Wow! Where did March go??
I've fallen in love with this Morningstar brand (found at Target). The sausage patties and links are so delicious! I tried another vegetarian brand (Hilary's at Sprouts) and I just didn't care for them. But these are delicious and hit my sausage craving sweet spot.
It also helps me get my bean quota in for breakfast.
These snacking rounds are delicious! Too delicious so I've called a halt to buying them. However, they would be an excellent addition to a grocery box for a trip or for a kid's lunch box.
(found at Sprouts)
These whole wheat Naan really hit the spot for me! I also like the small size (150 calories) which I usually half, toast and share with DH (75 calories each). It hits the spot for me as an addition to soup and chili. Found at Target.
Wow! this Caulipower pizza is the bomb! What I like is the crust is sooooo good without blowing the calorie bank. And seriously you wouldn't know it wasn't bread pizza crust.
They sell a blank pizza crust that you can make the way you like. Found at Sprouts.
And yes, I've attempted to make this crust on my own and it was a dismal failure. So no thanks on doing that again. BTW don't get that Oprah brand of Cauliflower pizza crust - most of the ingredients are pure JUNK.
Thanks to Rosalie for the tip on these Spinach and Sweet Potato pancakes! Great way to sneak that veg into the morning breakfast. A very quick prep if you own an Air Fryer though you can also cook in a skillet or oven. (Find at Sprouts, Costco)
I'm switching my peanut butter craving over to this Raw Almond Butter. BTW check this brand carefully, and get the RAW. The other options they make have additional JUNK in them which makes it hardly worth buying if you go that route.
I've bought this at Sprouts - Target also carries it but the variety with added JUNK, so read the label!
To my buddy Lori-K who doesn't like Broccoli. I'm not a big Broc fan either but what I've found is this Baby Broc (I've found it at Target) really hits the spot! It is more tender and sweet than the mature big Broc heads you can buy.
So if not a Broc fan, check this out or the broccoli sprouts. You may find a love for it after all.
Another option for broccoli is this broccoli slaw which is sliced broccoli stems or the broccoli sprouts (both I've found this at a lot of different grocery stores, usually in the chopped produce area).
Look in the grocery frozen food section for this Alexia brand. I love the Butternut Squash Risotto --
Alexia and Green Giant also have a lot of tater tot varieties that if you have an Air Fryer are pretty delicious. Just be careful of the portion size as it can zoom up there in calories. These are great options for the kids in your house who might want the fries.
These were found at Target.
Some other options for breakfast if you still are eating meat is this True Story brand. I love it probably because I have a sweet tooth and I love sausage-like breakfast products. Bought at Sprouts.
While I do love my ground turkey for stews and chili's, I've switched out my chili meat to this venison and wow the difference in protein is amazing. Very lean too. Add in some Kidney beans, sauteed onions and celery, chopped tomatoes, with some chicken bone broth and you've got a star cooking in the crock pot. (Sprouts)
For seasoning we added some Enchilada sauce and wow really nice Tex Mex flavor without a lot of heat.
Thanks Lori-K for putting on to these powdered nutter butters! I've gone the almond route because it has more protein - and take a look at the low fat numbers! Awesome!
BTW I've found these at Target but Sprouts and your natural grocer will have better brands.
I'm still struggling to get my protein up - it's no where close to the numbers that science says I'm suppose to be but I'll get there. It just means juggling, education, and recipe trying.
Edamame comes in frozen bags and I was wondering what to do with them (no I don't like eating them by themselves) until I started adding them to my salads and chicken soup. YUM!
(frozen food section at a natural grocers).
King Arthur remains my favorite gluten free brand of waffle mix (the pancakes are okay) and it is affordable unlike a lot of other specialty brands. I buy this at Target and while Sprouts has some other brands, I've never liked the result from them.
On Dr. Gregor's Daily Dozen I'm still working on getting those all in for the day.
1.) Flaxseed I usually take in my morning oatmeal, waffle, or put in a sauce or soup. If I don't have any of those for the day, I put in a berry smoothie.
2.) The spices he recommends Turmeric and Cinnamon can usually be sneaked into oatmeal, eggs, soups or a smoothie without it effecting flavor.
3.) Berries I am scoring almost daily. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries can be used in my oatmeal, as toppers to salads, eaten alone or put in a smoothie.
4.) Broccoli family - I'm a hit and miss. I need to work on this. I'm learning how to sneak Riced Cauliflower into stuff though.
5.) Greens - I hit this when I do my salads. I've fallen off recently so need to get back on that bandwagon.
6.) Beans - I'm still scratching my head on this one but I'm learning. Adding Edamame to salads and soups, using Morningstar products (has soybeans) etc... are helping but I've got a ways to go on my learning curve here. BTW DH is having a big problem with the beans and we've had to resort to Bean-O!
7.) Other Veg and Other Fruit. Generally, not a problem.
8.) Nuts and seeds. I love nuts and seeds! The only problem is holding back and eating the right portion size.
9.) Grains. I continue to limit these as they cause me to bloat and give's breakouts to DH who has Rosacea. Quinoa has become my favorite add-in to my chicken broth soups.
So the last 90 days I've been working on an
Eat the Rainbow
challenge with some wonderful ladies and it taught me a lot about food.
I haven't lost a lot of weight though and I think that is because of all the food changes, which while scrumptious to eat, was a shift on how I was eating and resulted in some hit and misses.
I'll report more about my weight in a separate blog coming soon.
Becky aka Labyrinth
PS I'm really tied up in a big deadline so while I have been logging into SP and eating well, I've not done so great on keeping up with exercise or SP itself. I'm still on deadline for May 1st so I'll be bumping along here but probably quietly.