A Weeked of Delicious Food

I was a bit worried to get on the scale this morning–not because I had cheated, but I had so many delicious meals this weekend, that I thought for sure I hadn’t lost.  I was wrong.  I lost 2 more pounds, which means in 13 days, I have lost 10 pounds total. 🙂  Happy!

For breakfast, you can pretty much gather by now I have some kind of egg and a sugar-free jello or pudding…so unless I have something special, I am going to start leaving those out.  Today I made a delicious quiche, however–so I wanted to mention that.  Making a quiche on the weekend is great (I had today off work for the holiday) because you can eat it the rest of the week…just pop it in the microwave for a minute or so and you have a great breakfast before work.  My quiche is pretty simple.  6 eggs, 2/3 cup of milk and then any ingredients you want.  Today I used artichokes, sausage, tomatoes and goat cheese.  Cook on 350 for about 30 – 40 minutes or until you can stick a knife in it without anything on it when you remove it.  Quiche, or mini quiches made in muffin tins, can get you through the week.  Also, this weekend I went to brunch at Eggs in the City with a great friend and ate huevos rancheros–minus the tortillas.  YUM!

Lunches consisted mostly of leftovers….boring, but necessary.

Dinner was where the fun was this weekend.  Friday we went to see a movie at Brewvies, which also has pretty great food.  I ordered the Spinach Salad without the cranberries and it was tasty–and left me pretty full.  And even though I was at Brewvies, no beer was had!

On Saturday, we decided to go to the Pizza Factory because they have these amazing zucchini noodles.  I swear, sometimes veggie noodles are better than the real thing.  I have the zucchini noodles with alfredo (probably not the best choice) and artichokes.  Ok, yes, I have an obsession with artichokes.  They are God’s nectar, I tell you!  🙂  Another great meal, out on the town, that stuck to my diet–but maybe with some added fat I could have done without.  But hey, I didn’t see it on the scale and the important thing here was to avoid carbs and sugar.

Sunday night I made chicken tortilla soup.  I made enough to give me lunch 3 times over. 🙂  This is pretty basic, and you can add in a lot of things according to your taste.  I start with one can of fire roasted tomatoes, 1 can of regular diced tomatoes, 2 cans of “tri-bean blend” beans, 1 anaheim pepper, 1 can of mild green chilies, about 1 cup of fresh chopped cilantro, 1 can chicken stock, 2 chopped tomatoes.  You can cook your own chicken breast, but a great short cut is to purchase a rotisserie chicken already cooked from the grocery store and shred the chicken off of that.  It is already moist and tender, and you don’t have to cook anything separate (just don’t get a flavored one–a BBQ chicken might not taste awesome in tortilla soup).  I always remove the skin and only take the best meat–and it takes a lot of time off the soup.  Bring to a boil for at least 20 minutes.  Then add whatever else you like!  We garnished with fat free sour cream, low fat cheese, and some diced avocado.  Yum.

So, if anything, let this post help you to realize that YOU CAN eat tasty food on a diet.  Once you figure out the ingredients that are allowed, you can be creative to make or alter many recipes.  And, seeing that scale steadily decline is quite the motivation.

This week, I can add a little fruit.  So, I purchased some blueberries and also some plain fat free yogurt.  It will be nice to have some sweetness.  Still no carbs or alcohol at this point however!  Let’s hope to see another 10 shed off in the next 3 weeks or so!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

-Nosh

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Happy Updates!

As of this morning I am 8 (EIGHT!) pounds down!  Happy morning to me!

Here is the food from the past few days.

Day 8

Breakfast: sugar-free jello, hard boiled egg

Lunch:  shredded chicken with buffalo hot sauce (Franks and also some low sugar bleu cheese dressing) in lettuce wraps, sugar free caramel pudding

Snack: celery with sharp cheddar cheese spread

Dinner: chicken breast stuffed with pesto & goat cheese with tomatoes and zucchini (super easy, stuff the chicken, add one can of diced tomatoes on top, and then add zucchini on the sides–cook for about 30 – 40 minutes on 375).  I also put some parmesan cheese on top as well.  Pretty tasty.

Day 9

Breakfast: cauliflower with low fat ranch

Lunch: celery sticks and 1/2 a caprese salad from Toasters!

Dinner: black beans, pico, 2 over-medium eggs, and low fat sour cream.  This is one of my favorites….(sorry, I was bad at taking photos yesterday).

I am getting sick of chicken.  I think I could up the eggs though–and veggies.  Last night I wanted a chocolate chip cookie so bad I almost didn’t want to eat anything else.  Oh well!  Eventually, sugar-free chocolate chip cookies will be added (and yes, I have found some that are tasty enough to actually eat!).

Now, I have a 4 day weekend!  Hope you all eat yummy things!

-Nosh

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It Has Been a Week!

Today marked day 7 and I am on a roll!

Day 6

breakfast: 1 hard boiled egg, 1 string cheese

snack: sugar-free jello

Lunch: Leftover taco salad

Dinner:  Zucchini Pizza Boats (get the recipe here!)

Day 7

breakfast: 1 hard boiled egg

lunch:  salmon salad from Z’Tejas (pretty nummy!)

Snack: string cheeese

Dinner:  Eggplant “Parmesan” –Layered eggplant with cheese mixture (goat cheese, cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, mozzarella, ricotta (all low fat) and a homemade sauce (diced tomatoes, artichokes, fresh basil, oregano, sea salt). Layer the ingrediants and cook on 350 for about 20 minutes or until the cheese on top turns golden brown.  Tasty and carb free!

The cravings are getting much much better–and it is funny how when you really set your mind to something–cheating just isn’t an option.  However, i have had dreams that I forget I am not eating carbs or sugar and eat something on accident.  HA!  And let’s be honest, I still want a glass of wine.  😉

Hope everyone is having a great week!

-Nosh

PS–If anyone would like more info on what I have been cooking as far as recipes, just ask!  Posting almost daily means I don’t get into as much detail, but would love to share if people have questions.

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Weekend Eats & Omar’s Rawtopia

Weekends can be tricky.  Food that is easy to regulate during Monday – Friday can get all messed up.  However, this weekend, I stuck to my guns.  It was a mellow weekend–not much going out other than a few meals and a wedding reception full of ice cream. 🙂  So, here is the run down.

Friday

Breakfast: 1 string cheese, celery with cheddar cheese spread

Lunch: leftover chili (even better the second day!)

Dinner:  We tried a new place!  Omar’s Rawtopia!  I have heard from a few people that this place is great–but have never checked it out.  We decided that this would be a perfect place to try while carbs and sugar are out of the question.  And, it was delicious. Omar’s has a great philosophy about living food increasing the amount of nutrition one can get from eating raw.  Click HERE to read more about their story.

We ordered Seaweed a Noodles for an appetizer ($8), which had awesome flavor.  Seaweed marinated with nama shoyu and ginger served on
zucchini noodles, topped with avocado, tomatoes, celery,
red bell peppers, cucumbers, and onion.

For our meals: Raw Pasta ($14)–Tomato sauce, basil garlic pesto, and alfredo nut sauce mixed in with zucchini noodles, tomatoes, red bell peppers, onions, olives, topped with avocados, our famous seed/nut cheese.  THIS WAS SO GOOD!  The sauce was rich and it was very filling.  Tabouli Salad ($12)–A mix of parsley, tomatoes, red onions, scallions, hemp seeds, and mint. Marinated in
olive oil, lemon juice, and Celtic sea salt. Served with cabbage, lettuce, or a bed of greens, topped with avocados.

Seaweed and Noodles

Tabouli Salad

Raw Pasta

Delicious Raw Pata Sauce!

Tabouli Salad

Omar’s was great.  The pricing is a little high, but for the preparation and high quality ingredients, it is worth it.  Also, enjoy their fresh juices!  I couldn’t just yet due to the fruit, but can’t wait to go back and try some.

Omar’s Rawtopia

2148 Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Phone: 801-486-0332

Saturday

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with fat free cheese

Lunch:  Delicious smoked tofu (grilled with some worchestire sauce and sea salt) and cauliflower with cheese sauce.

Dinner:  Fiddler’s Elbow Black and Bleu Salad with half the dressing served.  The steak was delicious!  And, skipped all the ice cream at the wedding reception.  🙂

Sunday:

Breakfast:  Celery with cheddar cheese spread

Lunch:  Homemade stuffed mushrooms (mushrooms stuffed with low-fat sausage, fat-free cream cheese, and some fresh garlic).

Dinner:  making taco salads!  🙂

And, weighed myself today, 6 days in, and have lost 5 lbs!  No carbs and no sugar works.  Looking forward to adding some fruit back in though…

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

–Nosh

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Day Three–I didn’t have to cook!

Breakfast:  1 string cheese, 1 sugar free jello, 4 celery sticks Kraft Old English sharp cheddar spread (this is my new favorite)

Lunch:  Green Giant frozen cauliflower with cheese sauce (50 calories per serving and is seriously almost as good as eating mac and cheese), fat free cottage cheese with tomato, balsamic, and sea salt

Snack: string cheese, sugar free chocolate pudding

Dinner:  Chili made by my amazing boyfriend with fat free sour cream and fat free cheddar cheese.  This is a great carb free item because it is hearty and you will have leftovers for lunch the next day!

Dessert: 1 sugar free fudge pop (40 calories)

FEELING GREAT!  And, I have to say, the no drinking thing was hard today.  I had a long day at work and really could have used a glass of wine.  However, I am not tempted enough to even consider it….even when Russ had a beer. 🙂  That is steadfastness!

Some photos from today’s food:

Side note:  Russ’s chili is an amazing concoction of turkey, white beans, chili beans, kidney beans, celery, white onion, and a myriad of spices including one chili seasoning packet.  I know everyone is really picky about their chili recipes and you can always cut fat by using turkey or chicken or wheat meat.  Really, most chili is a great carb-free meal!

–Nosh

Day Two–Full and Happy

No cheating today!

Breakfast:  Hard boiled egg, 1 string cheese

Lunch: Celery Sticks with low fat sharp cheddar cheese spread, shredded lettuce with chicken salad (low fat mayo), 15 cachews

Snack: String cheese, sugar free pudding

Dinner: Caprese salad with shrimp cocktail (homemade sauce) for two.

Caprese:  tomato, fresh basil, low fat mozzerella, avocado, sea salt, balsamic.

Cocktail Sauce:  2/3 cup low sugar ketchup, 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce, juice of half a lemon, sea salt.  (should add horseradish, but I didn’t have any on hand, and this was still tasty!)

And, lots of green tea!

So far, so good. 🙂  And I am super full–and so is my boyfriend–without any carbs or sugars.  yay!

Have any great low carb recipes?  Send them my way!

-Nosh

Day One

Some tasty items from today’s menu:

Breakfast:  1 hard boiled egg, 1 string cheese

Lunch: Shredded lettuce with chicken salad (low-fat mayo) and 15 cashews

Snack: Sugar-free pudding (yum), 1 string cheese

Dinner:  Roasted brussel sprouts with sea salt and chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese.  DELISH!

DAY ONE = SUCCESS!