Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Good Eats!

My Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 book that I won in MizFit's contest (thanks again, Carla!) came and look - it's signed!!! How cool is that?!?
I've been browsing and drooling over all of the great recipes in this book...so many are popping out at me, but this one especially caught my eye: Scoopable Chinese Chicken Salad:I will be making this for tomorrow night's dinner - can't wait to try it! Only 195 calories for 1 1/2 cups?!? This makes me a very happy camper!

Also in good eats, yesterday I made Lynn's Hearty Lentil Spaghetti and it was great - really flavorful and filling! I served it with Barilla's Whole Grain Thin Spaghetti, thinking it was whole wheat pasta, but in looking at the ingredients I'm not so sure it was entirely whole wheat. What can I say... I got a little confused at the grocery store - there are A LOT of options when it comes to choosing pasta!

I recently received a couple of sample packets of Barney Butter - Kath over at Kath Eats Real Food raves about this stuff, so I was glad to finally try it. First things first...it's ALMOND butter, not peanut butter! Somehow I missed that...gotta wonder about my reading comprehension skills! Each packet is 90 calories, and I like the instant portion control with these (they do sell it in jars, as well). Once I got past the "this doesn't taste like peanut butter...oh, wait..." I liked it! One packet covered two English muffin halves (Thomas' whole wheat - yum) quite nicely. I will be incorporating Barney Butter into my meals!

I'm still trying to figure out what is a good amount of calories to eat per day...on my workout days, I'm aiming for around 1,500, but some days I can't seem to get much above 1,200 unless I eat something just for the sake of the calories and protein...and that doesn't seem right to me. I think what is messing me up is my breakfast - the Fage 0% plain yogurt, 2 cups of fresh strawberries and 1 cup of Kashi Golean Crunch really fills me up and holds me over, which makes me eat a light lunch. I've thought about having less cereal with breakfast, but I'm usually on autopilot when I make it and so far haven't poured less than one cup. Hmmm...may have to pre-measure the cereal into little containers for a while. Anybody else have this problem, or any suggestions?


  1. How cool! A signed copy of the book! Wow, that's awesome. Congrats on a great win.

    I want to start counting calories just to see how many I am taking in. I'm doing the WW points thing which is working out great. But I have a bodybugg so I know exactly how many calorie I use and would like to know the deficit, if any.

    You're doing great. I suppose measuring out your breakfast ingredients the night before might be a good idea to help with portion control and ease of preparation. :)

  2. A autographed book...how cool. Congrats!

  3. Very cool book..Love that it's autographed..LUCKY DUCK!!

  4. We have the same breakfast! I eat Kashi Golean Crunch, TJs O% Greek yogurt and berries. EVERY DAY! I just bought a digital food scale that sits right on the counter. I put the empty container on the scale, zero it out and pour into the container on the scale. I do 1oz which is about half a cup. I can't afford a whole cups worth of calories either but I find I'm quite satisfied with a half.

  5. I am not a doctor nor even close to an expert. Pleae take this in consideration. I think you should not worry about your calories too much - let your body deceide. You have your own rythym. Consume what feels right.


  6. Barney Butter sounds good! I will have to look for it.

    And I was going to say the exact same thing as the previous commenter - I think our overall goal is learning how to eat when we're hungry and to stop eating when we're not. If you've got 1200 calories in and you've covered all your bases, nutritionally speaking, I wouldn't sweat it. You're doing great. Your body will let you know what it needs.

  7. You could try swapping your breakfast with lunch. I often eat yogurt with cereal and berries for lunch. But then, I eat a big breakfast anyway because I workout in the morning.
    Another idea would be to use 2% Fage with your yogurt, but eat the same amount, which would boost your calories.

    I eat around 1500 per day, and have trouble staying below that! I used to eat around 1200, but it just wasn't enough, and now that I am training for the tri, I need the extra calories or I would gnaw my arm off.

  8. Nope, I can honestly say I have never had a problem trying to getting enough calories!!

  9. nope.
    cant relate :)
    fage and cereal doesnt hold me like that.

    maybe measure?
    maybe have a snack of PREPORTIONED almost or something midday?

    so glad the book arrived!

  10. Hey, you're really on a winning streak! Take me to Vegas with you!

    Glad you liked the lentil spaghetti. It's one of those things I don't make too often, but I get such a craving for it sometimes.

  11. A signed book - so cool! Looks like you'll have lots of fun with all the recipes too.

  12. I've seen that book - need to check it out!

    If you have trouble eating enough calories (wish I had that problem!) try eating a healthy, high calorie item, like adding sliced avocado, or eating a handful of nuts. :D

  13. Looks like a wicked recipe good! Congrats!

    I like to have a bigger brekkie ... good way to start the day.

  14. Shelley - I've got something at my blog for you. Please check.

  15. My dietician doesnt like most cereals and I myself prefer protein like eggs in the morning. Maybe you could add an egg on a very high grain piece of toast. Khris


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