It looks like my posting days are going to be Tuesday and Friday. I just can’t seem to get a post up on Thursdays right now. So Friday’s it is my friends! Let’s get started because I have some awesome finds to share with you this week. With nicer weather approaching and more hiking, road trips, outdoor biking and vacation plans we can all use some portable foods to help bridge the gap between meals.
Perfect for dipping apple slices or celery sticks. Great portion control. A good source of protein and fat.
Available at Whole Foods, REI and health food stores.
Another wonderful snack with built in portion control. It is high in sodium so it’s not an every day food but I do take it hiking and keep a bag in the car for an emergency snack. The college kids carry some in their back packs too.
Lots of protein for just 90 calories!
We had this tea at a friends house over the weekend and fell in love with it. Then at Costco the other day I saw it and had to buy some for myself. It is very sweet tasting even though it has no added sugar. Great for after dinner when you want a little something but don’t want to use up any more calories.
Katy and I were in Target and when we found this microwave popcorn popper we decided to give it a try. I am so glad we did. It’s awesome! No oil required and it makes delicious popcorn in just minutes. I spray my bowl of popped popcorn lightly with olive oil spray and a sprinkle of garlic salt – I got this idea from a Dr Oz show and it’s incredible.
Cammy from Tippy Toe Diet shared this recipe for a chocolate protein microwave muffin/cupcake as special guest post on the Mizfit blog. I was looking for something simple and small to eat before my walks in the morning so I gave this a try. It’s pretty good! The texture is kind of like a sponge cake but it’s just the right size for a little pre work out protein. It only takes about 50 seconds in my microwave. The first one I made I left in for a minute and it was really dry. The second time I cut back to 50 seconds and it was more moist and had better texture. You can top it with some nut butter, yogurt or light Laughing Cow cheese if you wish. If you plan on having this on a regular basis I would measure out the dry ingredients into individual serving containers that have lids – if you have glass ones with lids it can also be your microwave dish. Then when you want to mix one up, add the wet ingredients and you are good to microwave. That way you only have to get out all the ingredients once a week.
Chocolate Protein Cake
(with Cammy’s notes and humor)
- 15 grams protein powder (This is one scoop of GNC unsweetened soy protein isolate; your powder & scoop size may vary.)
- 1 tbsp 100% cocoa powder (I use dark chocolate–swoon)
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 2 packets stevia (or sweetener of choice–it does need it if you’re using unsweetened protein powder. Trust me.)
- 1 tbsp pure pumpkin or applesauce (or Tami’s addition of fat free Greek Yogurt)
- 3 tbsp. Egg Beaters Whites
- dash of cinnamon
- drop or two vanilla
Stir it all together in a microwaveable mug or small bowl and zap it for 60-70 seconds, depending on your microwave.
Then carefully, because it’s H-O-T!, remove it from the microwave and loosen the edges with a knife or spoon before upending the cup and plopping the cake onto your plate or, um, your paper towel/aluminum foil if you’re cooking to go.
Don’t worry if it looks a little, ahem, ugly, it’s CAKE.
In addition to its yummiliciousness, what makes this cake such a perfect start to the morning is that it’s packed with protein (almost 20g!) and has only 115 calories with the brands I use.
Nutritional Stats will depend on the brands you use but it is easy enough to calculate.
Recipe from Cammy @ The Tippy Toe Diet blog.
Weighing In Week 6 on The 17 Day Diet
As reported on Monday I was up a pound from our weekend social eating engagements. I went with lower carb, higher protein days Monday through Wednesday and back to 2 carb servings on Thursday and managed to drop that pound plus an extra .4 – (that is ounces not pounds!) That is a total lost of 8.6 pounds in 6 weeks. So it averages out to 1.4 pounds a week, which for me is awesome! I read on the 17DD facebook page that most people experience more inches lost on cycle 2 than pounds on the scale. That is for sure what I have experienced. I feel like I have lost more than just 8.6 pounds.
Isn’t it funny how we sometimes have days where we feel skinny and other days we feel fat? Yesterday I felt “skinny,” my jeans are starting to get a little loose in the legs and the sweater I put on was fitting better and I felt thinner! Love that feeling!
I have been on cycle 3 for one week. Although it allows more variety with starches I don’t find myself wanting bread, rice, beans or pasta. I like having oatmeal and yams so that is what I usually chose for my starch. I can see myself bouncing back and forth between cycle 3 and cycle 2 as I work towards dropping a few more pounds. So far so good!
I read this on line the other day.
What you eat in private, you wear in public.
Add Your Thoughts
Have you made any of the microwave muffin/cake recipes that have been floating around blogville? Care to share the recipe you tried?
Do you have days where you feel thin and days you feel fat?