Thursday, September 17, 2009

"Diet" Foods I Cannot Live Without

These are the few items that send me sprinting to the grocery store as soon as I run out, because I find diet survival very difficult without them!
English Muffins- My current favorite are the whole wheat "light" ones from Thomas Brand. Only 100 calories & 8 grams of fiber!
Egg Whites- Available in the carton (just whites, no messy separating)
Laughing Cow Lite Cheese- SO GOOD. This is the spreadable stuff. It's great to use instead of mayo or regular cheese on a sandwich, with crackers or veggies. Also they come packaged in individual wedges of 35 calories each so you never have to guess how much you are eating. (I'm a chronic underestimater :)
Greek Yogurt- I cannot say enough good stuff about greek yogurt. I'm actually eating a vanilla one for an afternoon snack as I type this. I'll let the label speak for itself. 110 calories, 15 grams protein, 0 grams fat & only 11 grams of sugar. I love to eat these for breakfast (mixed with Kashi Go Lean & berries) or as a pre-workout snack. AND they're full of probiotics which promote a healthy digestive system.
Blueberrys/Strawberrys- Blueberries are apparently some type of super food these days- I think even Oprah is talking about them! I eat them because they taste good, add color & flavor to yogurt or salads (yes salads too!) and are low calorie, 70 cals in an entire cup. Strawberrys have 45 calories in 8 medium berries. If you slice them up, that's a ton! I usually have about 4 in my cereal or yogurt.
Chicken- I eat a lot of chicken. I happen to live with a BBQ master who has taught me that chicken does not have to be dry and boring, but can be delicious! I'm no expert on this but Chris likes to start with the bone-in chicken and then BBQ it over a pan with chicken broth & seasonings in it? Ok now you can tell how much attention I'm paying when he cooks... I'll have to have him guest write and explain his perfect technique! But overall chicken is a great lean protein to incorporate into your diet.
Salads- I always try to have the following on hand, enough for a basic salad. Lettuce, spinach, bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatores & a good dressing. Anything else is bonus (and I believe in putting all kinds of crazy things in salad) but you can make a decent salad out of those simple ingredients.
Low Cal Dessert- I'm not a huge sweets person but it's nice when I can enjoy something tasty after a long day of eating well and still get to feel good about it. My current favorite are Weight Watchers Toffee Ice Cream Bars. They are vanilla ice cream on a stick dipped in chocolate & toffee for ONLY 100 CALORIES. Ok I'm not going to lie- they're small. But still! Yum.
I'm having an unmotivated week for some reason. Both work & food wise. It's interesting how they kind of go together. What WAS exciting was that I did a little shopping yesterday and was down a pants size at Banana! That great feeling is what I need to focus on when I'm dreading a workout or craving junk food. I'm eating really well today & heading to bootcamp tonight becuase tomorrow Chris and I are having dinner at Nobu which I'm SO excited to try! Luckily I think I should be able to keep it pretty healthy. Now I just need to find a cute outfit to wear... :)

1 comment:

  1. Your loyal followers miss you! (plus you were supposed to brag about the dinner I made on Tuesday night)