Posts Tagged ‘Low Carb’

Don’t Mean to Brag But ……

As I say I don’t mean to brag but I am pretty pleased with how well I did on Sunday. It is always a hard day for me, family dinner with dessert and usually card games in the evening with snack. I was able to get through it all with no hiccups at all. I even made chocolate cake and didn’t lick the bowl at all!!!!

I made a dinner that suited everyone and modified it for me.

Breakfast 1.2 Carbs

Cream Cheese Pancakes

Lunch: 2 Carbs
Atkins Daybreak Cranberry Almond Bar, 2 Cheese Sticks

Dinner 12.7 Carbs

Low Carb Bacon Meatloaf, Mashed Cauliflower, Caesar Salad, Strawberry Cup Cakes

Evening Snack 2.6 Carbs

1 cup Broccoli Florets, 1 Tbsp Salsa Southwest Dip

Daily Total:  18.7 Carbs / 1,436 Calories

Fitbit: 4,012 Steps / 14 Stairs

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

For the cakes:
    • 2 Tbsp butter
    • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar substitute
    • 1/4 cup almond flour
    • 1 Tbsp coconut flour
    • 1 egg
    • 1/4 cup pureed strawberries
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • pinch of salt
For the Strawberry Whipped Cream
  • 1/2 cup organic heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp pureed strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar substitute

Instructions

To make the cakes:
    • Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl (or in a small saucepan on the stove). Add the rest of the cake ingredients and stir to combine.
    • For cupcakes: Divide batter between 4 small silicone cups or paper baking cups. Microwave all four of them on a plate for 1 minute. Test with a toothpick, if still not done, microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
    • For mugs: Divide batter between two coffee mugs. Microwave for 90 seconds. Test for doneness, add a few seconds as necessary. Do not overcook!
    • To bake in the oven: Bake at 375 degrees (F) for 18 – 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
For the Strawberry Cream:
  • In a medium bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Combine the strawberry puree and sweetener. Fold the strawberry mixture gently into the whipped cream. Spoon or pipe onto the mug cakes.

Notes

Use organic heavy whipping cream when you can find it – it has no starches or thickeners added, and therefore less carbs.

Approximate nutrition information:

1 “naked” cupcake: 121 calories, 11g fat, 2g net carbs, 3g protein
1 “naked” mug cake: 242 calories, 22g fat, 4g net carbs, 6g protein

2 Tbsp strawberry cream: 61 calories, 6g fat, .25g net carbs, 0g protein

1 cupcake w/ cream: 182 calories, 17g fat, 2.25g net carbs, 3g protein
1 mug cake w/ cream: 303 calories, 28g fat, 4.25g net carbs, 6g protein

Read more at http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2013/07/strawberry-mug-cake-low-carb-and-gluten-free.html#E29Gxlkqzy8QTuQo.99

LOW CARB – WEEK TWO – DAY ONE

Well the weight loss for me is more than enough motivation to carry on with the low carb style of eating.  I can really understand how some people make this a way of eating as opposed to using the word DIET!

Had a long, busy day and still managed to keep to my goals, infact I actually went too low on the carbs.  Something I have read shouldn’t be done regularly, but when I recorded everything just prior to bed that’s the way it worked out.  At gone 11pm at night I didn’t see the point of eating for the sake of eating!!!

Breakfast 1.9 Carbs

Omelet (1/2 cup of Egg Creations Southwestern, 2 slices of bacon), 1/2 cup Almond Milk (unsweetened)

Morning Snack 1.4 Carbs

Sausage, Spinach & Feta Breakfast Bake

I had an errand to do on the way to work today, so I stopped at Safeway and picked up some lunch.  They had a delicious looking Cobb Salad ( I figured it met all the criteria – chicken, egg, cheese etc.  When I flipped it over it was just 3 Carbs.  It was a pretty large salad when I put it on a dinner size plate at lunch time.

Lunch – 3 Carbs

Safeway Take Out Cobb Salad

That salad kept me going for a long time and I completely forgot about getting my snack out of the fridge to eat.

We are having my 5 year old granddaughter overnight.  My husband went to pick her up, while I did the grocery shopping for the week.  We met up when I was finished at Swiss Chalet for some dinner.  I thought this was going to be an easy place to eat for me.  I went on their website when I got home to work out the nutritional value (690 calories and 4 Carbs)!!!  I will have to remember that!

Dinner 4 Carbs

Double Leg Dinner

Swiss Chalet Double Leg Dinner – I actually had the 1/2 chicken and gave away the dipping sauce and the bun.

1/2 Chicken, green salad and ranch dressing

Daily Total -10.1 Carbs / 1,337 Calories

FitBit: 6,500 Steps, 5 Stairs

I went shopping after work armed with a shopping list based on my menu plan for the week.  I am planning on loosely following the Week One over at I Breathe I’m Hungry.

I am going to spend Saturday morning getting some of the prep work done for the week.  I really like doing that it means no snap decisions.

At the end of her meal plans she even gives a shopping list and a meal prep list.

I even found a low carb dinner for the family on Sunday.  I can’t wait to try that one!!

The Low Carb Approach Continues …

Since deciding to try the Low Carb Approach to eating, I did 100% on Friday and Saturday.  With it being Mother’s Day on Sunday, I was not 100% but I tried!!  All the Mothers were given a Chocolate Truffle Bar at Church and I gave mine away.  That I is a score in my favour.  Monday was a good day.  If I had a problem it was that I didn’t eat enough carbs.  I read that it’s a good idea to go with 20 carbs a day for the first couple of weeks and then slowly increase.  I went under today which apparently is not a good idea!!!

So here is how Monday went for me:

Breakfast (2.4 carbs)

2 egg omelet with 2oz cheddar grated

Snack (2.3 carbs)

2 Celery Sticks, 1 Tbsp Ranch Dressing

Lunch (3.1 carbs)

Turkey Salad (2 cups shredded Romaine lettuce, 1/2 cup diced cucumber, 3oz diced turkey, 1 Tbsp Grated Romano Cheese, 1 Tbsp Ranch Dressing)

Snack (2.7 carbs)

24 Natural Almonds

Dinner (5.2 Carbs)

Chicken Tournedos with Bacon, 3/4 cup Easy Cauliflower Gratin, 2 cups shredded Romaine lettuce, 2 Tbsp Three Cheese Ranch

Snack (1.4 Carbs)

Sausage, Spinach and Feta Bake

Total:  17.1 Carbs / 1507 Calories

FitBit:  6,402 Steps – 8 Stairs

I had a look around the internet today for a little help with low carb cooking.  I found a great website/blog called I Breathe … I’m Hungry.  Great looking recipes that I think I will be using a lot!!

I decided to make the Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin to go with my dinner.  It was good, but the cauliflower seemed to take an awfully long time to cook in the microwave.  I think I might just steam it and mash it next time.

While dinner was cooking I made a Sausage, Spinach and Feta breakfast bake so I have something ready to go for the rest of the week.  It smelled delicious.  When it was cooled a little, I ended out having a piece for an evening snack.  Looking forward to breakfast this week!!

 

 

Yield: 18 muffins or 12 squares

Serving Size: 1 muffin or square serving

 

Sausage, Spinach & Feta Frittata – Low Carb and Gluten Free

A low carb and gluten free breakfast casserole recipe that is hearty and easy to make!

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. Jones Dairy Mild Sausage (roll)
  • 10 oz pkg of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Instructions

  • Break up the raw sausage into small pieces and place it in a medium bowl. Squeeze any remaining liquid out of the spinach, and break it up into the same bowl as the sausage. Sprinkle the feta cheese over the mixture and toss lightly until combined. Lightly spread the mixture onto the bottom of a greased 13×9 casserole dish or 18 greased muffin cups.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl beat the eggs, cream, almond milk, salt, pepper, and nutmeg together until fully combined. Gently pour into the pan or muffin cups until about 3/4 the way full.
  • Bake at 375 degrees (F) for 50 minutes (for the casserole) or (30 minutes) for the muffin cups – or until fully set. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

Approximate nutrition information per serving:
Per muffin: 137 calories, 10g fat, 1g net carbs, 8g protein
Per square: 206 calories, 16g fat, 1.4g net carbs, 12g protein

Read more at http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2013/11/sausage-spinach-feta-frittata-low-carb-gluten-free.html#H7gW6gER7b4khXjK.99

Low Carb?

For some time now I have been reflecting on why even when I am counting points or calories, I seem to be having such a hard time losing weight. I have started to think that maybe I need to look more at the carbs that I eat. So I have decided to try low carb eating and see how my body reacts to it?

So, my goal is to really work hard at this and see what the weighing scale says next Friday. When I weighed myself on Friday morning I had stayed exactly the same. I want to see those numbers going down not staying the same!!!

With it being Mother’s Day today, I thought first of all I would wait until Monday to start. Then I decided I should just start. I was reading somewhere that too often we plan in the future when we will start, whereas really we should just begin with the next meal. I guess it’s the same with having a “bad day”, really it’s a “bad meal”. It turns into a “bad day” when we just continue in the same way for the remainder of the day, instead of getting back on track with the next meal.

I read that to begin low carb eating we should start with 20 net carbs per day. So Friday morning I got up and started!!

So here is how Friday went for me …..

Breakfast
Omelet – 2 Eggs and 2oz Shredded Cheddar

Snack 1
3 Celery Stalks with 1 Tbsp Cream Cheese

Lunch
Tuna Salad (Can of Tuna, 2 cups shredded Romaine Lettuce, and 2 Tbsp Mayo

Snack 2
1/2 Red Pepper sliced with 1 Tbsp Ranch Dressing

Dinner
Chicken breast sautéed in 1 tsp Butter, 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce, 1 roma tomato diced, 1/2 cup diced cucumber, 2 Tbsp ranch dressing, 1 Tbsp Real Bacon Bits

Snack 3
Low Carb Caramel Nut Chew Bar

Total Carbs: 19.2
Total Calories: 1,453 – this is more than I have been consuming, so this makes me a little nervous, but we shall see!!!)

FitBit: 6,069 Steps, 7 Stairs
5000 Steps

Saturday I was up bright and early with a busy day ahead. I was helping our youth group participate in a highway clean up which is a big fund raiser for us. We had to meet at 6:30am at the church. As soon as I got out of bed I put 2 eggs on to boil. Saturday took a little bit of planning and control but I did it. I was pretty pleased too because on he drive home someone had a box of Tim Horton’s Timbits and I declined!!! Hurray for me!

For dinner we were at a Church event with pulled pork on a bun etc. I managed some wise choices and turned down dessert too!

Breakfast
2 Hard Boiled Eggs diced in a bowl with 1 tsp butter, salt and pepper
1/2 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond Milk

Lunch
Ham Salad (3 Sliced Chopped Ham, 1 oz diced cheddar, 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce, 1/2 cup diced cucumber topped with 2 Tbsp Ranch Dressing

Snack
Sugar Free Jello topped with 1 Tbsp Whipping Cream

Dinner
Pulled Pork, Caesar salad (I didn’t eat any of the croutons), spoonful of coleslaw

Snack
2 Slices of Swiss Cheese
Low Carb Caramel Nut Chew Bar

Total Carbs: 19.9
Total Calories: 1,477

FitBit: 13,596 Steps, 7 Stairs
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