Food Finds, A New Kitchen Gadget and My 17 Day Diet Weigh In WK 6

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 blogI 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.

Nutmeg Notes

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?


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  1. Karen@WaistingTime says:

    I bookmarked Cammy’s recipe when I first saw it but don’t have any protein powder so haven’t made it yet. My mom sends care packages to my boys in college; the older one likes candy so that’s easy. The younger one is not much into sweets. She decided to send him some of the jerky that I blogged about (that she introduced me to) and he really liked it. It is beef teriyaki with pineapple, 50 calories. I’m glad that 17dd is going so well for you! I did finally get the book from the library and don’t think I’ll do the plan but do want to read more about it and the rational/science behind it all.

    1. Tami says:

      Karen I will have to check out the jerky on line!

  2. Lori says:

    Great job on the loss – again! You are doing fantastic!

    I have mixed success with the protein cakes. they often come out rubbery for me. Not sure why.

    I like to mix 1/2 cup of pumpkin with 56 grams of liquid egg whites, 1 teaspoon of honey and pumpkin pie spice. Then microwave for a minute or so until puffed all the way through. Quick pumpkin pie!

    1. Tami says:

      Lori thanks for the recipe I will give it a try. I love me some pumpkin! 🙂

  3. Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds says:

    My favorite protein cake is from SmoothieGirl: http://smoothiegirleatstoo.blogspot.com/2010/11/moist-low-calorie-microwave-protein.html. It doesn’t have nearly as much protein as Cammy’s though, but it’s tasty. I use it as a vehicle for a bit of Biscoff Spread. 🙂

    Yay on the continued weight loss, Tami!!! It so lovely that you’ve found something that works for you and is sustainable without too many sacrifices.

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Tami says:

      Jenn thanks for that link, I gave that a try and it is my new favorite food! Oh my goodness it is good! 🙂

  4. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    I really like Justin’s almond butter (the chocolate one is one of my favorite treats!) & Good Earth tea.

    And, yes, I certainly have “skinny” and “not so skinny” days… 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Jody - Fit at 54 says:

    Congrats on your weight Tami! I think after you get thru this & understand your bod more, you can tailor this to meet your needs long term. It is all about learning our bods & then modifying & changing it up as things need to be changed – like age hormones! UGH! 😉

    OH YES! I have fat & thin days! The mind can screw with us! 😉

    I have had the microwave stuff but I am not always happy with the spongy texture so it is a give & take with me…

    1. Tami says:

      Jody I wouldn’t have thought that you of all people would have “fat” days! Don’t even get me started about hormones! 🙂

  6. Cammy-TippyToeDiet says:

    Thanks for the link love!

    I have the 1970s era microwave that came with my house, which probably explains the discrepancy in cooking times. 🙂 I like to top my protein cakes with PB or yogurt. I do have one of the Justin’s portion pack chocolate PB (also available at Target and even Walmart, I think), but I’m saving it for a special workout occasion yet to be achieved. 🙂

    1. Tami says:

      Good to know that the peanut butter packets are available at so many other stores.

  7. Sharon says:

    Yes, I have the microwaveable muffin about once a week or so using Lori’s (Finding Radiance) basic recipe. Will try yours – it has more protein.

    Loved what you said about not needing or wanting the bread, pasta, etc choices that came with getting to Cycle 3. The same thing happened to me. I just really didn’t want anything beyond what I was allowed on Cycle 2. Great feeling, isn’t it??

    1. Tami says:

      Sharon it is a great feeling! This has proven to be a really good food plan for me. Thank you so much for posting about it and giving me the inspiration to try it.

  8. Weight Watcher Wannabe says:

    Drat… Ok I also got that Microwave Popper and it only lasted 1 yr for me. So sad because when it was working it was great. It got some odd crack in it some how while cooking. So Good luck with your. I may just break down and get the Stir Crazy one next…

    1. Tami says:

      Bummer! Even if it only lasts for one year I will feel like I got my $8 worth!

  9. Carol says:

    Congratulations on your weight loss Tami….you are doing great!!

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you Carol! It’s great to finally find something that is working for me.

  10. Renee@Mykitchenadventures says:

    just wanted to let you know you won this week’s BSI…so send me your contact info via my email so I can get it out to you!!

    1. Renee@Mykitchenadventures says:

      your prize out to you…hahaha

  11. Veronica says:

    I was scanning your recent posts and clicked this when when I saw “17 day diet” in it because guess what? I too am on the 17 Day Diet!! I’m in the third cycle of it was well. Oh how I’ve loved this diet (and hated it too-lol). I felt so awesome in the first cycle and almost as good in the second. It all fell apart for me in this third one but only in this past week as I started baking again and allowed myself tastes that turned into full on freak attacks. Not so good. But I still have about 13 pounds to go so I’ll be going back to the first cycle, which was my favorite as far as how I felt (although I hated the food, but I’m better prepared this time, knowing all the ways I can prepare meat that won’t make me hurl). Glad to know I have a fellow bloggy friend on the diet with me!!

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Veronica! Thanks for introducing yourself and welcome to my Notebook! Baking can spell diet disaster – I can relate to that. I love to bake but then I love to eat what I bake! Right now I am choosing not to bake and not be tempted.For those of us who are carb sensitive it can be difficult to find the right balance. That is what has been so awesome about the 17DD food plan – my carb cravings are gone! I love that.

      I made some quick and easy pan sauces for chicken during the first cycle that helped the meals from being boring. Let me know if you want any links to recipes I found helpful!

      I agree it’s nice to know someone else is following the same food plan!

      Wishing you well as you get back on track with your food plan. 🙂 Only 13 pounds to go, you are almost there.

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