weigh in monday, on tuesday and two healthy recipe powerhouses!

ladies and gents we are officially back on track.  another two pounds lost last week.  getting over the two hundred pound mark is definitely within my grasp.  another few weeks and i will be there. i won’t allow myself not to be.

i did make it to the gym last week. i spent an hour on the elliptical. while on it, my back was okay. occasionally it would send a nerve pain saying “hello don’t push it lady.”  and i didn’t.  i just went easy and steady.  it felt so good to be doing something.  anything.  then i took two days to recover because it was pretty sore.  i will try swimming again this week.  recovering from back injury is no joke.

i have been eating pretty well.  back on the portion train. it isn’t fun counting calories but it is sure better than limiting myself of any and all foods that taste delicious.  i was in charge of dessert for our father’s day cookout and i totally used my celiac disease as a diet tool.  i made a chocolate chip cooke dough cheesecake.  it would have been pretty easy to make gluten free but i didn’t.  i didn’t even want the temptation.  i also made a grasshopper pie which had significantly less calories than the cheesecake.  i made that gluten free (gluten free chocolate cookie crust) and had a slice of that.   life without any pie is not a life i want to be a part of.  so i just made sure my slice was an appropriate portion.  oh, and i left the leftovers with other family members.

green smoothies are this girls best friend when i am trying to lose the weight.  the husband noted the other day, he knows when i have had a good, healthy eating day when he comes home to see the vitamix drying because i had used it.  it is completely true.

my latest favorite is the “green elvis.”

1/2 of a large frozen banana
1-2 Tablespoons PB2 or peanut butter
1 scoop vanilla brown rice protein powder
3/4 cup cold unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk)
1/4 cup cold water
2 handfuls of baby spinach

i promise all you taste is the peanut butter and banana combination. no spinach.

another food i am currently obsessing about is refrigerated overnight oats.  i think this is my summer food.  last summer i enjoyed several weeks of different combinations.  so here we go again.  this morning i was so excited to go downstairs to eat breakfast.  when does that ever happen?!

this morning i had an almond, mango concoction.  it was DELICIOUS. no joke.

1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned oats (i used certified gluten free oats)
1/3 cup milk (i used whole because i have switched to whole fat dairy. any milk will do)
1/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt (i used greek from the atlanta fresh company)
1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon honey, optional but why wouldn’t you add a little honey to everything.
1/4 cup diced mango (approx. half of a small mango)

directions
in a half pint jar or container, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, almond extract and honey. put lid on jar and shake until well combined. add mangoes and stir with fork until mixed throughout. return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. in the morning, top with a few leftover chunks of mango (the more the better) and eat chilled.

nothing better than healthy start to your warm, summer morning.

4 comments
Kara
Kara

just curious - you said you switched to whole fat dairy - any reason in particular? I love overnight oats too - i usually put flax seed in instead of chia, but could mix it up some :-)

Jenni
Jenni

No joke - I JUST printed off a recipe yesterday. I need to run by and get some chia seeds then I'll be set. Great minds huh?

Sarah
Sarah

I really need to try the fridge oats - I've been hearing about them a lot. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Kelsi
Kelsi

Great question! I did a lot of research about fertility and foods I was eating and it seems there is a lot of data stating that whole fat dairy is really healthy for women, especially if trying to get pregnant. So I made the switch. It is more calories but I feel like I am enjoying foods more. Plus it feels good to read the ingredients and not feel like my body is a chemistry lab experiment.Definitely look into chia seeds. I think they keep me fuller, longer than flax seeds. Both are great but I really like the added benefits of the chia seeds!

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