Parfait for two

As you probably know research shows that starting your day with a balanced breakfast is a sure fire way to jump start weight loss. This is because it gets your metabolism going while giving your body the energy and nutrients it needs to function properly. Breakfast is very important in our house. I always have a stash of breakfast options on hand because we have be known to have breakfast for lunch and dinner.
Today we had yogurt parfaits. Here is what you need for 2 servings: 1 1/2 cups of non-fat yogurt, 2 cups of fruit, and 1 1/2 cups of whole grain Total. I layer these is drinking glasses: fruit, total, yogurt, fruit, total, yogurt, fruit and total. You can also make these ahead, i.e. the night before and cover them with plastic wrap. If you want to make them more then 12 hours before consuming I would recommend using a heartier grain like a granola. If you do that make sure to cut down your amount to 1 cup total (1/2 cup per parfait).

Try these out for breakfast or as a tasty snack.



Must-Haves for a Blissful Kitchen: Lunch Edition

Next up, all your helpful ingredients for delicious lunches every time. Whether you eat it at home or brown-bag it these items will hold up and keep your lunches healthy and will provide lots of variety.


Artichoke Hearts Dijon Mustard Vegetables: baby carrots, grape tomatoes, celery sticks Microwave Popcorn
Broccoli Florets FF/LF Cheese Canned Tomatoes Mixed Nuts
Chopped Onion FF/LF Yogurt Couscous Low fat & low calorie treats
Grilled chicken or steak Lettuce, variety Dried Fruit – variety Rice
Lean Cuisine or Smart One Meals LF Mayonnaise Dry Whole Wheat Pasta Roasted Red Peppers
Veggie Burgers Low-fat deli meats Garlic Salsa
Pickles Olives Vinegar – variety Spaghetti Sauce
Seltzer Pesto Canned Beans Stock/Broth


Must-Have List for a Blissful Kitchen: Breakfast Edition

Here are my go-to items to ensure I can always whip up a healthy breakfast in no time. This list will provide you with the ingredients for everything from smoothies, to toast with peanut butter to waffles or pancakes and everything in between.

Frozen Berries Low-fat granola All-Purpose Flour Mixed Nuts
Other frozen fruits: banans, mango, pineapple, etc Dijon Mustard Baking Powder Peanut Butter
Raw Nuts Egg Substitute Baking Soda Roasted Red Peppers
Vegetable Blends Eggs Brown Sugar Vegetable Oil
Whole Wheat Waffles FF/LF Cheese Cinnamon Whole Wheat Flour
Fresh Fruit: variety of in season items FF/LF Milk Coconut – shredded Whole-Grain Breakfast Cereal
Dried Fruit – variety FF/LF Spreads (cream cheese) Cornmeal Light Whole-Grain Breads
Granulated Sugar FF/LF Yogurt Lettuce, variety Sugar Substitute
Honey Ketchup & Hot Sauce Kosher Salt Cooking Spray

takin my time

Just movin along.
Yes, we are on the move again. Winston and I aren’t quite sure why Carver made us get up so early without properly caffeinating but I’m sure it will be clear in a few hours. If you’ve watched the news you have seen the terrible storms along the heartland and down tornado alley. We are altering our route and our hotel plans to avoid getting stuck in those storms. The early start, so I’m told, will help us get further before the storms get dangerous and will get us closer to our end goal.

Lunch yesterday was film-worthy. How could making sandwiches at 65mph not be?! Basically we had no utensils and Carver was morally opposed to eating them without condiments. So I squeezed the mustard and horseradish on the bread and hoped it would work itself out. We did manage to have a fairly balanced meal without incident.
We stopped in some godforsaken place for gas and snacks and I made a very silly mistake. I bought juice at a gas station. Never again. I drank half of a serving (quarter of the bottle) before I read the ingredients. Amateur mistake. Ingredient #2: HFCS. Needless to say I did not finish the juice. Take home lesson?? Be vigilant. Always go for water.
Carver felt it necessary to the experience (and to pay homage) to eat a slim Jim. That ingredient list is so disturbing. As is the product itself. I had a bite, and now no one will be able to give me crazy eyes for never having eaten a slim Jim.

Dinner was even more disturbing. First time at an Applebee’s or similar chain since reading ‘The End of Overeating’. The service and ambiance aside we made it work. We opted for the ‘2 for $20’ deal. We had the boneless buffalo wings (only ate 3 each), the Chinese chicken salad (ate about 2/3) and the fiesta chicken (ate all the chicken and 1/2 the rice). While the nutritional quality of the meal wasn’t great, sharing and not finishing anything helped keep the meal realistic. Normally I would have chosen one of the Weight Watchers-endorsed items, but they were very high point values and not entirely appealing. Matter of personal preference.

Breakfast this morning will be Greek yogurt (peach for me, pomegranate for Carver), coffee and 1/2 cake doughnut.

I’m being told my navigation skills are needed so that’s all for now.