I'd like some advice on snacking. I've been trying to keep my calories at 1600 a day, and this is so hard for me! Does anyone have any advice? Some snacks I've been having are fruit, almonds, beef jerky, baby carrots and hummus. I guess I'm just going to have to get used to eating these all the time in order to keep my caloric intake down. So I'd love some suggestions if anybody has a magic trick that keeps them from having a growly tummy.
In return, here are some of my favorite kitchen tools for losing weight.
Misto sprayer - I love this thing! You fill it with your own olive oil and you can use it to coat baking pans, skillets, or anything you like. I spray it on bread to make garlic bread that isn't too oily, and I use it when I want to season my popcorn, but don't want to use butter. This way, you get to stop buying non-stick cooking spray all the time! I highly recommend it.
Quick and easy lunch or dinner. I love to cook, and I try to avoid packaged foods, but sometimes a girl wants more time for blogging, er, I mean exercise. So I try to buy the "better" processed stuff I can. Like Annie's mac and cheese boxes. Here's a recipe:
Broccoli, Chicken and Cheesy pasta
1 6 oz box Annie's Shells and White Cheddar
8 oz frozen broccoli florets (or fresh, and use more if you want - I shake in a little more than half of a 1 pound bag)
1 cup chopped cooked chicken breast (or, you could buy these)
Salt and pepper
Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add pasta and cook according to directions on box. During the last two minutes of cooking time for pasta, toss in the broccoli so it can thaw. Drain, and then prepare cheese sauce per the directions on the box. Stir in the chicken, and season to taste. Voila! Green vegetable, cheese, and protein - and it doesn't take a whole lot of time.
Drink your water! I know for many of us this is hard. But, I found a couple of great tricks. Infuse your water with flavor.
- Peel and chop up a cucumber and let it sit in a gallon juice container with the water for at least 6 hours, at room temperature. Remove the cucumber and chill the water. Delish!
- Do the same but use melons, berries or orange peels.
- You may want to strain the water if your flavoring is pithy or seedy
Beans are our friend. Vegetarian refried beans are really good, and I remember from weight watchers that a whole can is 3 points. They are very filling and full of fiber and are good for you! Hummus is our friend, pureed beans can make soups "creamy" without adding fat, and black beans in a scrambled egg burrito with salsa - oh, it is so good.
Whattaya got? Give me your best snacks!