Archive for January 16th, 2009

Here’s a good suggestion for a healthy mid morning snack. Add some defrosted raspberries, some raisins and nuts to non fat plain cottage cheese. The picture looks a little….ah…sloshy but it really tasted super, espec. if you like raspberries!


 Lunch was simply left overs from yesterday’s lunch, plus a small spinach side salad.  No picture.  I really wanted to post the following write up from  SparkPeople.com.  Sorry its a little “chopped” but I think you can still get the gist of the message.  The nutrition for the boxes that are cut off on the right, I have entered at the end of the  article. So take note of that particular restaurant item and find it below.

I’ll be back tomorrow to offer my review of dinner in one of “Utica’s finest”.  Enjoy the article and have a good night.

What Do 300-Calorie Meals Look Like? 

Wonder what 300 calories looks like? 300 calories look drastically different when you're eating in instead
of dining out. Choosing healthier, more nutritious foods--at home and away--means you can eat much more
food and still lose weight. Check out these 18 meal comparisons..
Breakfast: 300-Calorie Meals & Portions 
Here are three morning meals that each weigh in at 300 calories. 
Healthy and quick homemade meals (left column) pack whole grains, fresh fruit, 
and protein--a filling combination that will keep you fuller longer. You could only
eat a fraction of the comparable restaurant meals (right column) for the same 
number of calories.

Lunch: 350-Calorie Meals & Portions
These midday meals contain 350 calories each--the perfect amount to 
keep you going without wrecking your diet. Packing one of the homemade lunches on
the left doesn't take long, and look at all those low-cal and filling veggies you'll get! 
Notice how seemingly healthy options like the restaurant foods on the right can be
very misleading! Those 350-calorie portions are pretty small.

Dinner: 400-Calorie Meals & Portions
Many people consume a larger meal at night, so we picked 400-calorie dinners here. 
By combining whole grains with lean protein and vegetables, these homemade dinners
(left column) are a snap to prepare--and they'll keep the late-night munchies at bay!
In contrast, the high-fat and high-calorie meals on the right don't offer much in the way
of nutrition or volume.

The bottom line is that you can eat more and lose weight when you know how to
pick the right foods and the right portions. Use the images and portions above as
a guide to create your own healthy, diet-friendly and nutritious meals every day!

Entire Portion Calorie, Fat, Carb. Summary:
  • Blueberry Muffing: 420 cals. 20g fat 54 g carbs
  • Restaurant Omelette: 915 cals 72 g fat 14 g carbs
  • Stuffed Hotcakes: 1540 cals, 77 g fat 198 carbs
  • Meat Stuffed Pizza: 976 cals 47 g fat 83 g carbs
  • Potato Soup Deli Sandwish  1370 cals 77g fat 119 carbs
  • Restaurant Veggie Burger: 955 cals 52 g fat 76 carbs
  • Frozen Chicken Pot Pie: 1060 cals 62 g fat 96g carbs
  • Chicken and Rice Takeout: 1150 cals 46 g fat 127 g carbs
  • 5 Cheese Pasta: 843 cals 37g fat 84 g carbs.

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 Our Harry & David delivery arrived yesterday. They describe these beautiful pieces of fruit as “…The World’s Delights, The Rarest, Most Delicious Pears… So big and juicy, you eat them with a spoon”.

 The Nutritional Facts for these fancy pears are: 1 Pear approx. 198 g.    120 Cals. 0g Fat. 0 Cholesterol. 0 Sodium. 31 g Carbohydrates, 7 g Fiber, 19 g Sugar, 1 g Protein.

Both Ted and I had one with breakfast this morning.  It was as described – absolutely luscious!

Only a Blurt

 Last night after dinner and the recap of CEimB, we were off to see Diavalo.


How to describe this?  Well, it wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be. Ted said Utica got the “B-Team”.   The dance company represented some aspects of life through the use of geometric figures/props.  The dancing was loose with incomplete movements.  Such as the aerial splits, etc.  They didn’t even use that wheel that is in the program picture. I’m glad we saw it, just wasn’t what I had expected.

This morning, I’ll only offer a tid bit because I got up late, took Shane for a quick walk (the weather didn’t meet the sub zero expectations as predicted) and assembled a cake for tomorrow, to the point of crumb coat.  I’ll finish it late tonight or tomorrow morning.  So breakfast was on the run:

  • 1 small packet of Quaker Oats (100 cals)
  • 1/2 chopped, peeled pear
  • 1 scoop VPX mixed in.  A very soupy oatmeal dish.


I didn’t offer my lunch concoction due to CEimB so I will offer up our yesterday’s lunch fixin’s.

Due to the time crunch, Ted helped and we managed to make 2 items.1. Namaste pizza.

  1. 1 Namaste pizza crust cooked according to directions.
  2. About 1/2 jar of sauce “Vino de Milo all natural wine based Four Herb Malbec Marina Pasta Sauce”….. say that 3 x fast!
  3. 1/2 cup chopped asparagus.
  4. 2 TBS chopped Calamata Olives. 
  5. 1 1/4 cups Shaved Pecorino Romano Cheese -FRESH.

The crust took 15 minutes at 425 F.After the toppings were added, we cooked the pizza for 20 minutes, again at 425F.


 Next on the menu was a Caramelized Onion and Baby Bella Frittata.

  • 1/2 cup EggBeaters
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 3 fresh sprigs of thyme (shaved)
  • salt and pepper taste
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1 whole onion, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms (used Baby Bellas)
  • 2 ounces Feta cheese
  • 2 ounces Goat cheese

Preheat the oven to 425 F. Whisk eggs and beaters. Add milk, thyme, salt, pepper. Set aside.  Heat oil one minute on medium. Add onion and cook 15 minutes.  Add mushrooms and cook an additional 2 -3 minutes. Pour egg mixture into a non stick baking dish (or spray with non stick spray). Add onion mix. Top with crumbled feta and crumble the goat cheese. Bake about 20 minutes.


Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Frittata

 This was my serving and did the job for warding off hunger throughout my Thursday afternoon.

 I’ll be back again later, but it’s an awful busy Friday so … wish me luck! See ya!img_1813

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