Not really a meal but just tried chia pudding for the first time and it was really good! Used about 4 tbsp. chia seeds, 1 cup high protein almond milk, vanilla extract, cocoa powder and a little maple syrup. Mix well and let sit overnight or up to 3 days. Makes about 2 servings.
My best breakfast is stuffed french toast. I take 32 OZ GREEK yogurt 1 pkg sf,ff vanilla pudding mix it together make french toast with 1 egg 2 slices take 1 cup of mixture and place between slices. I add strawberries or blueberries on top of mixture
I use 45 calorie a slice bread 90 calories for bread, 90 calorie for egg, 25 calorie for pudding, 100 calories for yogurt, 45 for fruit
the rest of the mixture I use as a snack drug the day. I have also used it with Bran buds cereal for another breakfast.
nuts, avocados, salmon are indulgent because they are expensive and high in quality fat, but they are also very healthy in appropriate portions
June -- Pacific Time Zone Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out. - Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards. It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake. Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness. Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.
September Minutes: 1,935
Fitness Minutes: (6,030)
3,863 7/24/18 2:07 A
Weekend breakfast: 2 eggs, medium. Cooked in nonstick pan with 1 tsp sesame oil (sesame is strong tasting so very little needed). Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and tumeric and cook over easy.
1-2 slices whole wheat toast.
Top with mashed avocado (the small ones from the Latin American grocer down the street are about 75 grams after it removed) to which you add 1 tbsp chia seed, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper, and chili powder to taste
BIG bowl of fruit. Whatever needs using up. Yesterday was about 200 grams papaya.
Wash it down with some strong coffee or good tea.
Total is about 700 calories, which is on the big side, but not as bad as most of Denny's breakfasts. I eat a big breakfast on weekends because I walk the mile and a half to the gym, do a long workout, then walk back.
Pounds lost: 51.1
Fitness Minutes: (114,504)
7/23/18 12:50 A
My favorite food is mostly all summer - salad from my garden. Most is arugula, a little spicy. I make my own salad dressing with lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic. I can eat four times more from my garden than I can afford to buy the rest of the year.
Fitness Minutes: (3,209)
7/17/18 12:52 P
Twice Baked Squash Medley, for those missing the holiday's blues. Or just an over surplus from the garden. I keep the recipe mostly the same myself but instead of the full cups of raisins and pecans. I half those and fill the rest with walnuts and dried cranberries.
Fresh fruit in season, like peaches, blackberries, plums, apples, pears, with a dollop of whole milk greek yogurt (maybe half a cup), sprinkled with chia seeds and a few nuts (tablespoon or two) such as pecans or toasted almonds. Sometimes a dusting of cinnamon. It feels indulgent because it has crunch and rich creaminess and sweetness. It feels like a dessert parfait. If I measure carefully I can have this every day for breakfast of lunch, or even a snack, depending on portions, and I never feel deprived. Sometimes I'll use half a banana, skip the nuts and use a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips.
Soups: Lentil or black bean with veggie and dollop of sour cream or sprinkle of fresh grated parmasan on top. A lot of flavor, cozy, filling. And I can have 2 servings.
ETA: Indulgences for me with regards to food are financial. I don't count calories, I count dollars. I believe in eating real foods when hungry and stopping when sated. Some days I eat more, some days I eat less.
Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 7/13/2018 (02:20)
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever exercises faith in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
Fresh (not frozen) fish and seafood like tuna, salmon, red snapper, cod steaks, shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams, oysters are always appealing to me. I used to eat crab and lobster but reject them now. because of how they are prepared (boiled alive in water).
I would like to think that fresh caught fish and seafood is healthier, although I recently heard of someone who ate fish exclusively and had higher levels of mercury in his body. As with everything, eating in moderation is best.
"You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarrass the guilty." Jessica Mitford
Not a meal per se but I love Old Home (local MN brand) Natural peanut butter. It's just peanuts and a bit of sea salt. I eat it almost daily and is a source of healthy fat with a little bit of protein and carbs. Yummy stuff.
Meghan in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
September Minutes: 2,659
Fitness Minutes: (64,887)
7/9/18 6:08 A
Minestrone Soup (this recipe takes most of the day but is so worth it!) this is a vegetarian soup, no fat , add a touch of olive oil and parmesan cheese right before serving, soup freezes well too, a satisfying main dish
Roasted Chicken & Veggies Stir-Fry (we rarely use rice) Any type of dish using "Zoodles" Spaghetti squash types of dishes
I use a lot of different recipes that I find and I often find one that use zucchini noodles / spaghetti squash as the base, yet have really tasty seasonings / tomato-based sauces. So flavorful, but not too bad in calories, saturated fat and sugars!
I honestly also just love various salads. We love Bolthouse dressings which are lighter in calories, but still have such an amazing taste!
I try to make most of my meals feel "indulgent", by using a variety of spices and sauces, having contrasting flavours and textures, and by having enough that I can comfortably "eat to hunger". I am pretty good by now at serving myself just enough to suit my hunger, so I rarely go for a second helping, but I don't worry about doing so if I'm really hungry for it.
Most of my meals fall in to the "meat / starch / veg" category, although the "starch" is most often a starchy vegetable and only very rarely a grain or pasta.
Our dinner last night was actually a good example of how "typical" can seem indulgent. It was chicken with potatoes and vegetables --- pretty simple, right? However, let's expand the description:
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts stuffed and topped with a mix of cream cheese, ham, sweet mustard, and sauerkraut - roasted on a bed of onions
Potatoes and carrots chunked and tossed in olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and parmesan then roasted until just crisped
Onions, mushrooms, and garlic sauteed in toasted sesame oil until caramelized, then deglazed with a splash of red wine vinegar and topped with toasted sliced almonds
Sugar snap peas lightly steamed (still crunchy) then topped with just a bit of butter and some dried dill.
See what I mean? Really, very little "extra" effort to add in the sauces / spices, but the difference in the flavours is amazing. I also find that making sure that I add a bit of extra fats (the butter on the peas, the almonds with the mushrooms, and the cheese with the roasted veg and the stuffing) goes a long way towards making a meal far more satisfying to me.
I could easily have had more of any part of the meal without it being a huge calorie hit, but the amount that I had was perfectly satisfying to me. I actually had a dessert made (a chocolate raspberry banana flaxseed "pudding") for later in the evening, but wasn't hungry for it after running errands and going for a walk, so it will be a snack or dessert some time today.
Sir Terry Pratchett:
"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."
Homemade turkey meatballs in homemade teriyaki sauce with A LOT of vegetables, no rice. Can really fill up on those veggies!
Also, baked salmon with roasted vegetables. The fattiness of the salmon makes it feel like a really filling protein without a zillion calories, and the roast veggies add a lot of volume to the meal. I can add a potato in there, too, without killing my calories. Ditto with a roast chicken.
When the blues whomp you up on the side of the head, throw them to the floor and kick them out the door... -- the B'52s
shellfish like lobster, crab, even shrimp feel indulgent to me even without drawn butter. mushrooms, especially portabella or cremini, seem indulgent. berries, raspberries-blueberries-blackberries were too expensive when I was growing up so they seem indulgent, although we had lots of strawberries and I love them, too
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Having a slightly smaller main meal, and then have a (healthy) dessert after feels like I'm being indulgent. I did that tonight. It has been a freezing cold day here (Southern Hemisphere and winter) and even with my big heater on (I don't have a heat pump/air conditioner) the house only got to 62F so I decided to make myself an Apple/Feijoa/Blueberry Crumble so that the oven would help warm the house.
For me it's dark chocolate, 1 square. But I eat it as a planned treat every day, after dinner, no seconds : )
Goal weight: 58 +- 1 kg /// 128 +-2 pounds CET (Europe, Hungary)
Maintenance Lessons Learned: -go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase -just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing -work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood -do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work -avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings