SO YESTERDAY IT WAS HOT AS BALLS IN NEW YORK CITY.
The beginning of death-by-humidity-and-chaffing season here.
ANYWAY- we had a friend over for lunch and we bbq’d so kept it pretty calorie light ( grilling always does, that makes me happy)…but i wanted to make a dessert that didn’t require baking and TURNING THE OVEN ON-UGHHHHHH)
YOGURT: i used about 9 oz of plain 0% greek yogurt, that i mixed with a little vanilla extract, and literally a tbsp (which was more than enough) of sugar free/fat free vanilla jello pudding mix. that sweetened it right up, made it taste like CAKE! SO good, and keeps the sugar and cals out of the yogurt. I think the original recipe called for any vanilla yogurt. You can use WHATEVER FLOATS YOUR BOAT!
- I PUREED, in my food processor: (see photo) 1 banana and about 8 strawberries.
- fill half the cups with yogurt, top with the purree so no white is showing
- top with a dollop of either yogurt, or whipped cream- ( i did half and half. the whipped cream freezes deliciously, but i think i’ll stick with the yogurt to keep cals down.)
- FREEZE for about an hour
the first round we ate a little prematurely, but the outside was froen and the inside was gooey. i honestly preferred it this way, they were DELICIOUS. and the fruit froze perfectly. The second round we ate, were completely frozen. i say let them thaw out for 10 minutes before actually eating. I’d like to experiment with putting these on pops, or sticks.
SO GOOD! enjoy!
original recipe credit goes to : http://www.fitsugar.com/Low-Calorie-Ice-Cream-Cupcakes-28553112Note that her photos are like, beautiful and professional. mine are melting on my hands, and fuzzy. hahaha.
Just wanted to throw up a quick post to say HERE’s MY salad in a jar!! I think either i need a bigger jar, or i won’t really be doing this again (even though its sickengly cute)….But I feel like i needed more room at the top for my baby spinach and afraid of what its gonna look like come lunch time! I’ll let you know.
Bottom to Top:Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Blackened shrimp from the grill, Feta, and Baby spinach
I think too, i missed the point of this, i think you’re supposed to put the dressing on the bottom or something, so you don’t HAVE to bring another little container-but I’m still afraid of soggy whatever, so i still brought it on the side:
HOME MADE DRESSING: its just a little olive oil, a squeeze of lime, salt, pepper, thyme, and italian seasoning. super easy! sometimes i’ll use lemon instead of lime, and we can get super fancy later and talk about ones with mustard seeds, or dijon or sriracha or spicy stuff…but today, was the 30 second dressing from home. I never buy store bought anymore.
Not much else to say today…i, didn’t lose a pound last week, so i was super annoyed, even though i know BLAH BLAH BLAH all the reasons and that the scale isn’t THAT IMPORTANT AND BLAH BLAH BLAH…but i still get annoyed lol. Hoping for big loss this week. Gonna try to go really hard.
UGH Tuesday…and go!
ALSO STARRING: SKINNY Steak and Eggs Tostadas.
OKAY. So SINCE i’m still on a tostada obsession: I whipped something up for breakfast this weekend, that was SO GOOD on saturday, i had to make it again sunday, and i made it a little different and realized that i could do anything with this base, and that it tasted JUST like refried beans that i LOVEEEE to spread on the bottom of a tostada,(and a million other things) but could ALSO be used as a base for dips, without lots of added extra crap, and the only REAL carb are the beans, and there’s no oil or anything. ENDLESS possibilities for ALL KIND OF AMAZING SHIT!!
Quick couple of pulses in the food processor: Onions, and red peppers.
NOTE: ON SATURDAY, i made this with Green peppers, and it was JUST as delicious. i kind of liked it better, was a little more peppery, as red peppers are a LITTLE bit sweeter. but still EQUALLY as delicious. And the color is nicer. I’m gonna try this with a million different things. I LOVE using peppers as a fake starch. I use them with onions to bulk up just about anything where i would put a potato in like, a fake hash or whatever. ITS GREAT.
THROW pulsed onions and peppers in a pan, press in garlic. (I AM OBSESSED with a garlic press. SO fast and easy, minced fresh garlic.)
Then throw black beans ( any beans are gonna be fantastic to do this with, esp. red, but i used what i had in the house!)
Just cook down for a few minutes, till the onions are translucent and the peppers have softened, and you take that raw harsh bite taste out of everything.
Throw sautéed mixture back into food processor. I ADDED (just cuz i was in the mood to experiment…): a serving of fat free cheddar, and a squirt of sriracha cream. (remember, i keep a squirt bottle of this made in my fridge. just a little fat free sour cream or greek yogurt, mixed with srirahca…a way to add a cream, or a little flavor with barely any cals)
BLEND. the lighting in that picture is odd, it looks like peanut butter lol- but it came out much darker: FINISHED PRODUCT OF SKINNY REFRIED BEANS :
AND REAL QUICK: Steak and Eggs Skinny Brunch Tostadas:
Use the refried beans as a bottom layer.
REAL quick: steak for a few minutes on either side, The beauty of this, is you need very little, and then it makes soo much when you throw it in the food processor to shred!! Pulse it 3 or 4 times, it’ll up so nicely this little amount was BARELY 4 ounces of meat, and made enough to OVERDO IT on 4 tostadas!!
Just layer shredded steak over your spread of “skinny refried beans”, throw an egg on top, sprinkle diced tomatoes, and hit it with a little sriracha cream or sour cream, or anything you want really. Nothing is delicious too.
OKAY. i’m done with the tostada posts for now, i promise. The star of this post was REALLY the nonrefried, Refried Beans.
ABSURD photo of where we have to put my dog, Dinno, while we’re cooking (this is from friday night’s Salmon Tartare…. recipe to come.)
He HAS to be right in the sightline of everything thats going on in the kitchen, or else he’s in and out, underfoot, wandering around, trying to inhale anything that falls off the counter, which is not only annoying, but can make him sick. EX: he’s constantly snarfs up onions, and then spits them out all over the floor, where ever he takes them to hide them, when realizes they’re gross and he doesn’t want to eat them.
My ridiculous husband started this nonsense, which at first made me mad, but now makes me laugh. He calls the dog RATATOUILLE now, Like the mouse in the movie, who wanted to be a chef, but noone would let him. Says its Dinno’s secret dream. I say he’s just a scavenge.
OKAY LISTEN UP:
I LOVE ME SOME MOTHER FUCKING MEXICAN FOOD. and all spanish food. its in my blood. All i ever want is rice and meat or anything crispy or fried. IF IT COMES IN A DOUGH: SOLD. I can’t live without it. Burritos, Tacos, Nachos, Chimichangas (fried death delicious), Empanadas, Enchiladas, and THATS RIGHT……TOSTADAS.
A tostada (for you uncultured, unenlightened, and SERIOUSLY DEPRIVED KIDS): Is basically, an open faced taco, but the shell is hard (read: fried). The best ones, are ones you get
where a tortilla has been fried in old ass oil on the side of the road SUPER fresh, the flat taco shell still hot and freshly out of the oil crispy. but they also COULD BE THE DEATH OF YOU. so, we can’t eat these things in restaurants anymore, while we’re on a mission to reduce the sizes of our giant asses.
HOWEVER: eating them at home….CAN BE A JOY!!!!! AND DON’T HAVE TO BE INSANE CALORIES!!!! You can get tostada shells (flat of course) at the supermarket, and if you get the right brand ( they vary in calorie info)…the serving size is 3, ( and you only need 1 or 2), and they end up at about 50 calories for each! NOT BAD!! so for 2 shells, you’re at 100 calories, and about 10-12 carbs. SIGN ME UP ANYDAY.
NOW BEFORE YOU START YOUR SHIT: YES, obviously they could be MORE SKINNY, if we put them on fucking lettuce leaves, but then they wouldn’t be TOSTADAS.<3 ….they’d be LETTUCE WRAPS. AND THERE IS A TIME AND PLACE FOR THOSE.(and we love them.) but this is not that time.
Okay. Now. the usual (bless-ed) tostada: is FRIED TOSTADA SHELL, (grease and oil), REfried beans slathered on the bottom (how i love thee,) and super greasy meat, thats been cooked in oil, topped with avocado and white mexican cheese (orgasm)…..and a drizzle of mexican white Crema. (goodnight.)
WE ARE MAKING A SKINNY VERSION: AND ITS SOOOOO QUICK AND EASY!
2- throw your chicken in a blender or food processor to shred it up: if you don’t have one, you can just chop it up like i used to do, before i got fancy and can shred it right up in my food processor: must revisit this btw: if you don’t have one of these: GET ONE. ITS 40 BUCKS, and the best 40 bucks i’ve ever spent.
3- Throw your shredded chicken back in the pan,(just some PAM cooking spray is fine, no extra oil needed) with some black beans. The chicken will get a FANTASTIC crunchy texture, and the beans remind us of slathered refried (with like, a billion times less the calories.) I like to use ONE full serving, since i know i’m making dinner for 2 people- and its like i’m eating HALF the calories.ya dig??:
4:While your chicken cooks, you can throw together a quick salsa, and a quick guacamole:
Note: Classic tostadas usually just have slices of avocado laid beautifull across the top, but i wanted guacamole to get more of the flavors in there (to make up for some of the super fatty shit that i’m NOT putting on this tostada.)
Salsa: Tomatoes, white onion, cilantro, salt, pepper, squeeze of a lime,
GUAC: avocados, a little onion,a little diced tomato ,jalepeno, salt, pepper, cilantro. (you don’t need as much of all this stuff, because you DID make a salsa, and you don’t want overkill on anything.)
5: throw your chicken and beans combo on top of your tostadas!!! (measuring and weighing your food of course, so that you are within your calories)
6: Layer with Guac, and salsa, then throw a dab of fat free sour cream on top!! (its oNLY 30 calories for TWO tbsps….i always go with one, so its like cutting it in half…you’d be surprised how much and how BIG a table spoon is!!
THOUGHT YOU’D LIKE A SHOT OF MY MESSY KITCHEN WHILE THIS WAS GOING ON:
and below: A brunch tostada shot! I only eat one tostada when having it as breakfast/brunch. Get the idea here? you can put ANYTHING YOU WANT on top of tostadas! i made kind of a fake Hash….. with a little turkey bacon, chopped up, onions, peppers, and there might be a little turkey pepporoni sautéed in there with it. 2 Eggs on top, heirloom tomatos, and drizzled over, is a Sriracha cream!!! (My new favorite thing to make) i keep a squirt bottle of it around….its just a little bit of fat free sour cream, mixed with sriracha…makes a spicy, yet cool topping for NEARLY ANYTHING!!!!! OJ is Trop 50, CUT with seltzer (its like having a mimosa i SWEAR, but for 25 calories instead and half the sugar.)
Have a good weekend! Maybe i’ll post some more brunch nonsense next post, since tomorrow is saturday and all.
The view from Randall’s Island.
So this weekend was lots and lots of grilling in the backyard, and a 13 mile bike ride! Burned about 1200 calories.
In about 3 hours (with some stops, and stop for lunch) We rode from our house, over the bridge to Randalls island and across the Triboro Bridge into Queens. Then all around Astoria, and BACK the exact same way. HOT DAMN the Triboro nearly killed me. That bridge was SOOOOO steep:
Then, the bridge ITSELF (above) was SOOOO steep, all incline, so we stopped halfway across to take stupid pictures:
THEN we rode around Astoria, Queens-which is where we used to live.
SUUUUUUUUUPER CORNY ALERT:
(like super really really cheesey corny: )
Made turkey sandwiches with a little turkey bacon and lettuce, on low carb 40 calorie-a-slice- bread. (THRILLING, I KNOW.)
he had a chips, and i (he ate half of it anyway) had this popcorn i am OBSESSED WITH: its like 120 calories for 4 CUPS!! 2 cups is more than enough, so you’re eating half a serving….i’ll have to update with the name later)
After lunch, we went to our favorite antique store in Astoria (the best stuff, i want EVERYTHING all the time but bought nothing because A-i’m broke, (which never really matters) but mostly :B-you can’t carry a vintage wooden bar cart on your back on the triboro bridge on a bike.)
AND then we rode home, the exact way we came. And the bridge is JUST as difficult on the way home.
We got home with jello legs, and threw some skirt steak on the grill. Also had a little corn, and asparagus.
The marinade: olive oil, soy sauce(low sodium) shallots, garlic, pepper, lemon pepper seasoning, and Thyme.
Thrown on the grill. Made enough to share with the people upstairs, and have for leftovers. ITS SO GOOD it makes my brain explode.
This is pretty much going to be my whole summer. Bike riding and grilling. (AND SKINNY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD)
it was too cold to ride to work this morning,(WTF WITH THIS WEATHER)…so i’m hitting up a CARDIO JAM class after work, PUKE.
Have a good week guys!!!(perky skinny girl voice)
As you maybe can tell, i love stuff. I love gadgets, and stuff, and tools, and things and basically ANY DAMN THING that i can use to track, count, weigh, and will make life easier/is cute/when i look at it, makes me think of working out. Lord knows there’s enough to think about against me.
These kinds of things, also keep me motivated.
As you may know already, i have a FITBIT-(see earlier post, and a polar Ft4 heart rate monitor.Top 2 boxes above. And i’m NOT ashamed to say that a few of YOU FELLOW BLOGGERS inspired a few of these purchases. I love these things. Every day they are more motivating. The heart rate monitor has been A GAME CHANGER. i can’t tell you…WHILE i’m working out, if i know i’m not pushing myself enough, or i see a number, and know i wanna get to 100 more cals burned or something, it pushes me to move faster, push harder, jump more-etc. I LOVE that i can go back and look at them, compare for example, how long its taking me to ride to and from work,and how many cals i burn, and how its changing. Its great. If you don’t have one, get one- it’ll change your work outs forever.
Also, just knowing that i have it, makes me wanna
lay down on the couch and eat ice cream go use it, and work out.(annoying skinny girl voice.)
My newest addition to the STUFF TO MAKE YOU SKINNY family of gadgets and tools and junk: is my food scale!!
It’s Bamboo, and super helpful: it has amazing features like: you can easily switch from grams, to ounces, to ML, and it has a “tare” option, which lets you set a bowl or a glass or something down on it, and it levels if off to 0-to accurately ONLY weigh whats inside the glass or bowl. COOL RIGHT?? So you can actually see how many actual ounces of
booze orange juice or whatever you’re drinking.
I’VE BEEN WANTING ONE for so long, and i dont know why i didn’t just get one. It is SOOOO good!! AND ALSO, i thought i was going to find out that i was eating way more of certain things than i actually was- and its been THE TOTAL OPPOSITE! turns out i’ve been eating like, HALF the portions of certain things. Like string beans (featured in photo) I’ve been logging a cup, for example…and actually EATING like, the amount above. Same goes for chicken breasts, ground chicken, and fish. I was totally underestimating. Which brings me to 2 conclusions. 1– I don’t always need full huge servings, but 2-I’ve been getting headaches, and feeling a little too hungry on some days, after some meals- and now i know why. But this is fantastic. Its a great way to accurately cut calories on portions, or figure out how much of WHATEVER you’re eating or not eating. DEF. keeps you accountable. no more guessing game.
AND FINALLY: this keeps me motivated:
We were running around target last sunday, and found these suuuuppppperrrrrr cute dry erase markers, that hang on magnets on the fridge. I write down the lbs lost for that week ending on my little Leonx (THANKS MOM, you didn’t really think i could afford to BUY something lenox for my home, JUST BECAUSE, right?? a bitch is BROKE.) dry erase board.
DISCLAIMER: SUPER CHEESEY: I have to admit, this is something my husband started, a really long time ago, when i started down this weight loss road a couple of years ago, and i found that i enjoyed it SOOO much. I would come out of the bathroom from weigh in day-SUPER CORNY AND EXCITED, and tell him how many pounds i lost, and then he would write it down on this little thing. we stopped doing it, (because i got lazy and stopped losing weight, but this time- we’re in it to win it.)FASTFOWARD: RECENTLY, we moved into our new apartment and was heart broken, because i thought i lost this little thing. I JUST FOUND IT THE OTHER DAY! So we’ve just started writing them down again, starting with last week’s 4lb loss 🙂
stay strong, dumplings.<3
(WHY IS IT ALWAYS ABOUT FOOD. why couldn’t i call you all treadmills, or something?!?!?!)
Oh HEY y’all. Don’t mind me, i’ve just been over here, trying to widdle myself down, and with the warm weather arriving in NYC, i have begun riding my bike, to and from work.
IT IS NOT EASY. ABOVE, you can see a few to and from ride calorie burns.
TOP LEFT: i think my first ride: To, and From.
TOP RIGHT: , my husband and i rode for a few hours one saturday, all the way downtown ( and then took the train back cuz we weren’t in the mood for the long haul back haha) BUT 1400 cals!! proud.
BOTTOM left: this mornings to work ( burned less cuz i made it quicker)
BOTTOM RIGHT: yesterday’s to work ( took a little longer, got lost. haha)
BUT as you can see, its a GREAT workout, and a super serene way to get to work. There’s no gross train people, no screaming begging homeless people, no 6 kids screaming and throwing rice crispies at each other, no PACKED crowded train with people shoving your face into the windows of the doors like its rush hour in china, and noones elbow in your neck. Its a beautiful way to get to work, and calms someone like me down a lot. Riding through traffic in manhattan is a REALLY stressful, but once you can get to the bike path and shoot all the way down, its gorgeous:
The only other thing you have to fear, are OTHER riders. Some cyclists in this damn city think they are in the tour de france every morning, on a shared bike path, with people AND dogs, AND bikes….they try to mow us down haha. But other than that, its really fun.
THAT BEING SAID: BBQ SEASON IS UPON US!!!! it is SO FUN to fire up the grill ( and i am blessed to have a backyard) and a ridiculously healthy way of eating that i plan to take FULL advantage of this season.
Here’s a little peek at the menu from the other night. NEVER MIND THE BOTTLE OF WHITE WINE. its my all time FAVORITE and it was a beautiful day, we were celebrating the start of the season with a few friends a little.( i was good and didn’t have too much. ) PLUS, i had walked home from work the night before-it was A HAULLLL- and burned over 900 calories. SO I DESERVED A SIP OR 2 OF VINO. SHUT UP.
never mind all that junk , we’re redoing the garden- But there’s some lovely grilled food for ya. Grilled corn, asparagus, peppers and onions. Whole fish. Shrimp. Last night, i made salmon and asparagus, with enough leftovers for todays lunch, so super excited.
Trying really hard to stay focused. I’ve got 2 big trips coming up this year. One in august, and one in december. I want to look REALLY good for both trips, I have a small goal in mind for August. But by december, i want to see REAL serious results.
STAY IN THE GAME BITCHES!