Daily Archives: September 1, 2011

DAY 1: Petite Treat! Banana ‘ice-cream’

Tonight’s Petite Treat!

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Banana ‘ice-cream’ with toasted coconut/slivered almonds

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This is how you toast the coconut & almonds 😉 Med/Low heat- and keep a good eye on them so they don’t burn!

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I made this ice-cream from 2 frozen banana, and used my juicer to turn them into ice cream! Silly me, I didn’t take pictures. Duh! What a dork… I’ll do it again and take pictures next time 🙂

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So delicious! Do any of you own a juicer? 🙂

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DAY 1: Dinner. You call this a diet?!

Good evening everyone! I hope you have all had a wonderful day, and for those of you who have started the No Grain, No Sugar, No Cheese diet with me today, I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I have! It feels SO good already just on the first day!

Today has been quite the stressful day, and so many times I have almost gone to reach for a snack, and then I realized that I can’t, because the only snacky things I crave when I stress are carbs. Truly, this has freed me from so much EXTRA stress that I would have put on my body for eating all that junk, and I have been relieved all day that I am just simply not allowed to eat those things right now 🙂

So, after school today, and after working about an hour, I took a break and made a snack:

 

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1 large pink lady apple with 1 tbsp. of sunflower seed butter. Delicious!

 

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This is a fantastic snack, and a nice switch from the typical peanut butter. You can purchase this at your local Trader Joes, if you have one! The raw almond butter is also a great choice! I have yet to try cashew butter. Anyone tried it before?

Now, for DINNER!

 

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This was absolutely the best salmon I have EVER had! Remember last time I made it, and I claimed it was the best?

 

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Well, this time beats even that! It was SO good!

 

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I cooked it in olive oil, garlic, and a rosemary marinade and it was OUTSTANDING

 

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When it was done cooking (about 10 minutes in a pan over medium heat) I put it on top of my sautéed veggies and drizzled all the leftover garlic-y sauce on top! SO good!

 

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To sauté the veggies, I put them in a pan over medium heat and olive oil, then I added some garlic and a little bit of the same rosemary marinade to flavor

 

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This mix of veggies had frozen “asian-style” veggies, fresh organic spinach, and whole raw cashews

 

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It was simply amazing. To top it all off, I put a few slices of perfectly ripe avocado on the side.

You call this a ‘diet?’ I don’t think so! This was probably the best meal I have had in a long time- it was THAT good! And the great thing, is it is 100% healthy, and I am so satisfied and full. Amazing how that works 😉

Now, go make yourself a delicious healthy dinner that you’re going to feelgreat about! I’m so excited about my healthy eats today; I feel accomplished! Now, I am off to the gym! See you back here later for a petite treat if my tummy calls for it 😉

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DAY 1 of 6-8 Week Challenge: breakfast & snack :)

Hello everyone! Here is MEAL #1 of the 6-8 Weeks No Grains, No Sugar, No Cheese Diet! It is my goal to show you as many fun, new, different, tasty things as I can!

Breakfast:

 

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Something different: Egg Frittata with ‘Salad’ on top!

 

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First, grab a yummy tomato and cut it like so. If you want, use cherry tomatoes and bake them in the oven until they look like wrinkly little tomatoes (this makes them delicious and sweet- it’s my favorite way to eat this, but we were all out!)

 

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Grab your ingredients, and get your eggs goin

For the eggs:

-Whisk together 2 whole eggs, 1 white

-BUTTER your pan so the eggs don’t stick

-Let it cook until the Frittata can easily move around the pan and then flip

*Cook on medium heat- be patient with your eggs so they don’t burn!* 🙂

 

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Mix together a handful of spring mix, a tsp. of olive oil, and a few shakes of balsamic vinegar. Add sea-salt and pepper if you’d like! Oh, and don’t forget your favorite herbs- like rosemary!

 

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Place the frittata in the plate, put the salad on top, and place your tomatoes delicately on top

 

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Grab your cup of coffee with unsweetened almond milk & agave (yes, you can still have agave! Woohoo!)

 

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Look at the beautiful color! I love colorful foods 🙂 And we know from Nan Gibbons in her guest post, that they are extremely healthy for you!

 

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Enjoy!

Here is the snack that I am taking to school today. I will be there from 8:30-3, and then I work directly after until 6pm. The eggs were a good thing to keep me full for many hours today! Lot’s of protein will do that 🙂

 

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-A cherry pie LARA BAR

-28g of Raw Almonds

-38g of Just Mango Slices from TJ’s

Have a beautiful day! I’ll see you back there the next time I make something! With this diet, don’t plan “breakfast, lunch, and dinner” if you can avoid it. I find that it’s best to take this time to really listen to your body and eat whenever you’re hungry, and don’t eat when you’re not. Let’s take this time to learn more about our bodies!

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6-8 Week Diet Starts TODAY! Grocery List/Ideas/Tips HERE!

Good morning everyone, and HAPPY 1st! Today marks DAY 1 of our 6-8 week No Sugar, No Grain, No Cheese Challenge! I am so excited to start, especially having you all join me this time! I am overwhelmed by the number of responses I got for people that would like to join! So cool, and I have so much faith in each and everyone of you 🙂

I wanted to start off by providing you guys with some FOOD IDEAS and a few TIPS!

First of all, I did this diet before, and I have an entire list of foods that I ate everyday for 7 weeks. If you would like that list sent to you, I would be more than happy to send it your way so you don’t feel alone. E-mail me with the subject “7 Weeks List” at healthyhitsthespot@gmail.com

Secondly, I wanted to take from my Trader Joes list all the things that you could eat and list them here:

Trader Joes- 

Refrigerated Fruits & Veggies- 

Grapes 

Pomegranate Seeds 

Figs 

Organic Baby Spring mix 

Organic Arugula  

Organic Baby Spinach  

Organic Baby Carrots  

Celery Hearts 

Cauliflower  

White Mushrooms  

Shelved Fruits & Veggies-  

(NOTE: some of these you can only buy when they are in season) 

Lemons  

Watermelon 

Cantaloupe  

Bananas 

Kiwis 

Peaches (white and yellow) 

Green Apples  

Red Apples (Pink Lady is my Fav) 

Cherries 

Pears 

Tomatoes  

Bell Peppers (red & green) 

Russet Potatoes 

Sweet Potatoes 

White Onions 

Garlic  

Avocado 

Nuts Area- 

Raw Almonds 

Raw Whole Cashews  

Just Mango Sliced 

Dried Cranberries 

Raisins  

Creamed Clover Honey 

Clover Blossom Honey 

Honey Apple Butter (want to try) 

Fig Butter  

Sunflowerseed butter  

Raw Crunchy Unsalted Almond Butter 

Organic Creamy Peanut Butter 

Refrigerated- 

Extra Large Eggs 

Greek Style Nonfat Plain Yogurt 

Organic Lowfat Wildberry Probiotic Smoothies (4 pack) 

Lowfat Cottage Cheese 

1% Milk 

Organic Half & Half  

Frozen- 

Sweet Potato Frites  

Chicken Gorgonzola (want to try) 

Salmon & Chicken- we buy from Costco in bulk 

Asparagus  

Broccoli Florettes 

Melange à Trois Bell Peppers 

Edamame 

Stir-Fry Vegetables 

Chile Lime Chicken Burgers 

Pineapple Tidbits 

Strawberries 

Fancy Berry Medley  

Very Cherry Berry Blend 

Shelves- 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray 

Toasted Sesame Oil 

Balsamic Vinegar of Modena 

Black Olives 

Greek Kalamata Olives 

Manzanilla Olives 

Organic Sandwich Pickles 

Hot & Sweet Mustard 

Bruschetta 

Tomato Basil Marinara  

Curry Simmer Sauce 

Thai Yellow Curry Sauce 

Thai Green Curry Sauce 

Thai Red Curry Sauce 

Black Beans Can 

Garbanzo Beans Can 

Organic Split Pea Soup Can 

Organic Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup Box 

Vegetable Broth 

Chicken Broth 

Seasonings- 

Sea Salt 

Black Pepper 

21 Seasoning Salute 

Curry Powder 

Ground Cumin 

Red Chili Pepper 

Rosemary  

Garlic Powder 

Ground 

Cinnamon  

Vanilla Extract 

Baking Soda 

Unsweetened Apple Sauce 

Organic Blue Agave Raw 

Organic Maple Agave Syrup Blend 

Canned Mandarin Oranges 

Bars- 

LARA BAR (all, except the one with chocolate chips)

Apple

Cherry

Peanut Butter Cookie

Cashew Cookie

Coconut Cream Pie

Lemon

(any other favorites!)

Drinks- 

Unsweetened Almond Milk 

Refrigerated Deli- 

Oven Roasted Turkey Bread 

Bruschetta Sauce 

Guacamole Fresh & Spicy 

Hummus Dip 

Three Layer Hummus 

Genova Pesto 

Spicy Egg White Salad

 

Lastly, I wanted to leave you guys with a few simple ideas of the majority of things I ate the last time around.

-Tons of fresh fruit

-Omelets

-Frittatas

-Avocado sliced with sea-salt

-Celery & Peanut Butter (or any other flavor of natural nut butter)

-Apples & Peanut Butter (green apples have less sugar)

-Baked Potatoes with broccoli and non-fat plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream

-Potatoes diced and cooked in olive oil seasoned with your favorite spices/hot sauce

-Salads with chicken or fish & colorful veggies, tossed in balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil + sea-salt and pepper

-Yogurt with banana, agave, and nut butter

-Fruit salad

-Fruit salad tossed with a couple spoonfuls of non-fat plain greek yogurt and toasted coconut

-Tomato Soup

-Lentil Soup

-All your favorite soups that do not have grains, sugar, or cheese (check ingredients)

-Chili

-Cauliflower cooked in sesame oil with cumin to season (so good)

-Pineapple and veggies sautéed in a nice yellow curry sauce

-Fruit and cottage cheese (yes, this is okay)

-Nuts (any of your favorites)

-Edamame

-Meat & potatoes

-Egg & veggie scramble with pesto

-Meat & asparagus (or your favorite veggies)

the list goes ON! If you want a full list of what I ate, day by day + time of the day, e-mail me at healthyhitsthespot@gmail.com with the subject “7 Weeks List”

TRY SO MANY NEW THINGS THAT YOU WOULDN’T TRY BEFORE, AND COOK YOUR “NORMAL” THINGS DIFFERENTLY (ex. instead of eating raw sliced apples all the time, cook them in some olive oil to caramelize the edges, and make them taste like dessert with some cinnamon to season) 

Now, for some helpful tips:

I usually at about 6 small things a day. On this diet you don’t ever get that “too full” feeling. You always feel satisfied, and always lean & lite. I NEVER felt hungry, because I listened to my body the whole time, and ate whenever I felt like I needed to. You should MOST IMPORTANTLY listen to your body through this time.

Always eat whatever you’re craving, and always eat when you are hungry. Everytime I ate, I asked myself what I felt like, and I made that. I always sat down with my food, ate slow, and enjoyed all the flavors in my food.

This diet is about learning how to appreciate health, and get yourself going on a lifestyle of appreciation and freedom from the bondage of “fad diets,” unhealthy decisions, emotional eating, junk food, binges, and all the other things I have learned that so many of us face.

It truly is not hard, if you 1) keep your cupboards stocked, 2) always eat what your body is feeling like, 3) make it so enjoyable, and tell your friends and family how much you enjoy it. No diet is easy if you walk around complaining about the things you CAN’T eat! Focus on what you CAN eat! 🙂

You guys are going to do so great! Please email me with any questions, and let me know how you are doing! I would wish you all good luck, but I already know how good you’re going to do 🙂

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