Monday, December 27, 2010

Easy Low Calorie Chicken Meal Idea

Although I do like to cook nutritionally sound meals with organic ingredients, no high fructose corn syrup, whole grains, fresh and healthy. Sometimes I'm tired. Sometimes I just want to whip something up and have supper.

I have a job. Actually, I have two jobs, but who's counting, right? I also have a house to clean and dishes to wash and laundry to do. So, sometimes, I just want something quick and easy, but still low in calories. If you are in my shoes, I have some ideas....

Tonight we had Sam's Choice Three Cheese & Jalapeno Stuffed Chicken Breast. It was good. Really good. There are two chicken breasts per package and each has only 230 calories and 9 grams of fat. Now, that's about 35% fat, but if you're calculating overall fat, 9 grams isn't too bad.

I also fixed Schwan's Fire Roasted Vegetables. We love these! At about 60 calories per 3/4 cup (or 85 grams) they're a wonderful side dish. That's about 120 calories for 1 1/2 cups and will really fill you up.

To add some good antioxidants, I opened a jar of pickled beets. (I know, this was a really hard meal!). About 1/2 cup adds about 50 calories to your meal.

One yummy stuffed chicken breast, 1 1/2 cups fire roasted veggies and 1/2 cup pickled beets made for a very filling and tasty meal. All this for right at 400 calories. You can't hardly beat that!

Bossman was full and happy. He even had room for dessert.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

New Cookbooks on the Way!

I just sat down and did some research and ordered two new cookbooks that I'm really looking forward to trying out!

Cook This Not That promises to show me how to cook some of my favorite restaurant meals without all the added calories, sodium and cost. The cookbook is not a "rice and tofu" cookbook (which is a good thing), but contains real meals for real people.

The reviews were awesome, so I'm really excited to get this one and to share my experience with this cookbook here on my blog.

It's set to arrive December 28th, so check back and see what I've come up with on this one!

This is the second cookbook I ordered. It promises real meals at 300 calories. It even claims to have crockpot/slow cooker meals and "meals for two".

It also had really awesome reviews, so I think I'm going to get a lot of use out of this one.

Again, it's set to arrive December 28th, so come back and check out what I'm up to. (give me a couple days to pick out some recipes and actually GO to the store ;)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Meal Planning

So, I went in to cook supper (we call is supper in the Ozarks; we have breakfast, lunch & supper around here. We only have "dinner" when we're trying to be fancy or going out to eat). Anyway, I went in to cook supper (yeah, I know, I already said that) and Bossman followed me in the kitchen. He wanted to check calories on FitClick so he could plan his meal. I'm telling ya, he's loving this.

Tonight he had a lot to add up. Just every now and then, you have to shuffle through the cabinets and throw a meal together. We had fried Spam (it's actually pretty good), Kraft Shells and Cheese (don't even ask calories on that...eeeek!) and Niblets corn on the cob. Bossman got out the measuring cups and planned how much of what he could eat and stay under his target calories for the day. It helps that we eat a bare minimum of calories during the day, so we can have a decent supper. Tonight, though, he realized how much he was overeating before counting calories. Shells and Cheese is one of his favorite side dishes and he used to pile quite a bit on his plate. Tonight he found out that 1 (thats ONE) cup (prepared) has 360 calories. Ouch!

We got our portions figured out for how many calories we each wanted to eat and all was well in our household.

Bossman had also suggested he take me out to eat tomorrow night (that would be for dinner - are you keeping this straight?). Yay! So, after supper, he got on his laptop to plan for dinner tomorrow night. We chose Ruby Tuesday's (not a lot of choices around here, especially with nutritional value in an online menu). He already has both our meals planned for tomorrow night and may even squeeze room for us to share a dessert. He even has it written down. On notebook paper. Seriously.

I love him.

My Grandson ~ so sweet & innocent

Monday, December 20, 2010

My 2nd Associated Content Article has been accepted!

I get so excited about my Associated Content articles. I'm like a little kid. But, as I've said before, they have to be submitted and reviewed before they are accepted and published. So, somebody actually reads it and makes sure it isn't copied off another article, the grammar is good, mechanics are good and subject matter is acceptable. It usually takes anywhere from 3 to 5 days, at least in my experience.

So, go read my article on What is Generation G? You want to know that anyway, right? Would love some feedback! K, thanks :)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Change of Plans - Lets Count Calories!

I have spent so much time and effort hunting down healthy recipes and meals, shopping for organic food and reading labels so we get a minimal amount of high fructose corn syrup. What is high fructose corn syrup anyway??? And then I read THIS article about a nutrition professor who, out to prove himself right, ended up proving himself wrong. He lived on an 1,800 calorie diet of Twinkies, Hostess cakes and all things junk food for a period of ten weeks. And guess what happened? He lost weight, thats what happened! Not only that, but his bad cholesterol went down and his good cholesterol went up. Hmmmm.

Now, I don't for one second think that eating nothing but junk food, no matter the caloric intake, is good for you over a long period of time. BUT, I do think that the age old, simple as pie method of eat less calories, lose weight idea is really worth a second look. I also think that if you want something, eat it! Just eat it in moderation and exercise.

A pound = 3,500 calories. Either gain it or lose it. Simple as that. To lose a pound a week, you have to cut out 3,500 calories that week. So, if you normally eat 2,000 calories a day, that's 14,000 calories a week. To lose a pound, cut your weekly intake down to 10,500 calories. That's 1,500 calories a day.

OR eat the normal 2,000 calories a day/14,000 calories a week and exercise off that 3,500 calories to lose your pound. Keep in mind that if you are maintaining your current weight on your 2,000 calorie a day meal habit, you aren't burning any extra calories with what you're doing. You will need to do some extra exercise to burn that 3,500 calories.

Go for a walk every day. Play Kinect (I kind of like this one ;). Take up running. Do P90X. Jog. Rake leaves. Shovel snow. Mow the grass. Clean house. Yoga. Zumba. Kickboxing. Cardio. Aerobics.

So, we are switching gears and just counting calories for a while to see how that works out. When I go grocery shopping, I am only looking at the calories part of the nutrition label. (sneaky things that they are, make sure you pay attention to serving size and calories per serving - they will trick you every chance they get!) After having looked at fat grams and ingredients for so long, this has proven to be a real challenge to me. But, I'll get over it, I'm sure.

Bossman is using an online calorie counter at FitClick. He can list everything he's eaten that day and it will calculate how many calories he's taken in. He can add favorite foods and input foods that aren't already on FitClick. He loves this. I hate it. I can't seem to get in the habit of recording every single thing I eat every day. I almost feel restricted for some reason and I want to go out and be "bad" and eat chocolate till I explode. I just kind of keep track in my head and I'm okay.

We've been doing this for a month or so and I did one of those things online where you put in your age, weight, height, amount of exercise, etc., and it calculates how many calories you should eat per day. Mine came to something like 1,600 - 1,700. So, I've been keeping my caloric intake down in the 1,400 range to lose weight. Much to my suprise (and let me tell ya, I love it!), apparently I am more active than I anticipated and/or my metabolism is higher than I thought. My britches are way loose all of a sudden. Cool, huh?!

So, I'll update you on our pilgrimage though all things calories. I'm also planning to do some reviews on some lower calorie foods that we've found. I'll give 'em a yay or a nay. I would love to hear some things everybody else is trying!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My First Associated Content Article - PUBLISHED!

Wow two posts in one day! Now you're going to expect it of me and things will never be the same. Okay, well, really, this is just to tell you I had my first article ACCEPTED on Associated Content.

With Hubpages, you just write the article and hit "publish" and it publishes much like a blog. However, on Associated Content, you must submit the article where an actual human reads it and says yay or nay on whether it's published. Now, I doubt they go over it like an editor or something, but basically make sure it's readable, not plagiarized and acceptable according to their terms of service. Still, it's exciting to see that email saying your article has been accepted and published.

Without further adieu, go check out Top Trend for 2011 Random Acts of Kindness - How to Pay it Forward ~ hope you enjoy!

My first Hub!

I now have my first Hub! Woo Hoo!!

I know, what's a hub, right? And why are you so excited? Well, a Hub is an article written and published on Hubpages. Hubpages is a website devoted to content writers who write about anything and everything. It allows those of us who are aspiring writers to get published and read.

So, I'm published - kinda, sorta. Even though this is exciting, I do have to say that anybody can write on Hubpages. All you have to do is sign up and start writing. With that in mind, it doesn't necessarily mean everybody who writes on Hubpages is a good writer. However, to be a good writer you have to get people to read what you write and want to come back for more. (I'll update on this as it happens).

I'll be even more excited when the article I submitted to Associated Content is accepted and published. That means it was at least decent.

For now, check our my article on VERY Last Minute Gift Ideas over on my Hub.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Here I Go Again...

Here I go again, not blogging for extended periods of time. Why is that? Am I not eating and therefore have nothing to blog about? No. (trust me on this one). Is it that I'm lazy? No. Not that either. If anything I'm maybe too busy. Is it that I don't have time? Maybe a little of that. Maybe.

I do work six days a week. So, yes, that means my time is pretty much taken up. However, I also have my laptop at work, generous amounts of time where I can do whatever I want or need to do and nobody telling me I can't post a blog if I feel like it. So, that's not really the issue either.

I have been learning the rental car business and that has been taking up quite a bit of my time here lately. But, not all of it. (nice try, though, huh?)

I think my interest just comes and goes. I think I need to work on disciplining myself to do things that I don't have to do. There are so many things a person has to do every day that if we (or at least I) encounter something I don't have to do, oftentimes I don't. Even if it's something that I enjoy doing.

So, here's to me doing more posts and keeping up better with my blogs. Cheers ;)