Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Which Way Is Down???

I was back to my normal early morning workout today. I did 40 min. on the elliptical before getting little daughter off to school. I really like that routine; I'm not sure why I got away from it the past few weeks. It's so good to be done by 7:45 a.m. and ready to start the day!

I dreamed of almond butter last night! Crazy, right?? Food is always on the brain and, unfortunately, on my thighs, too :) I incorporated the dreamy homemade almond butter into my breakfast by topping a Weight Watcher's Petite Bagel with it. I had some sliced banana on the side (probably would have been good on top, too) for 4 POINTS...



I had a craving for flatbread pizza after seeing the delicious recipes in the book, The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great. I decided to try out the quick flatbread dough recipe which was so easy. I used a mix of whole wheat and bread dough to make these and they were terrific! They resemble a crispy tortilla, but a tiny bit thicker. I'll be making these and using them a lot. Here's the recipe so you can, too:
  • 1 cup bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 c. warm water, plus extra if necessary
  • 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Mix flour and salt in food processor. Mix water and oil and pour over the flour mixture; process to form a soft dough ball. If dough is too stiff, process in another tbsp. if warm water. Continue to process until dough is well kneaded, about 15 seconds. With floured hands, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cut into quarters (*I did three). Working with one quarter at a time, toll dough out to about a 12 by 4 inch rectangle, dusting with flour and turning as necessary to keep it from sticking. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment or a silicone mat. Top with favorite toppings and bake.


I rolled these out and prebaked them, that way I can have them ready made for instant pizza! Each flatbread is 2 POINTS if you get 4 breads and 3 POINTS if you get 3 breads. A great bargain!


I topped mine with 3 tbsp. of homemade pizza sauce, chopped red and green peppers, garlic thyme mushrooms and 1/3 c. Weight Watcher's Shredded Mozzarella then baked it at 400 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Delish!!!!! The possibilities are endless for these! There are many amazing sounding combos in the book, too. I'm excited to try them all!

I had a bowl of berries on the side for a wonderful, filling 7 POINT lunch...


Isn't that yummy??!!!


I got in a little trampoline jumping with the daughters, then got a St. Patty's Day dinner going. I made flat cut corned beef (MUCH lower in calories and fat), roasted red potatoes, roasted broccoli and a whole wheat raisin soda bread. The soda bread was only 2 POINTS per slice and was a big hit with the husband and daughters!

My plate was 4 oz. corned beef, 4 oz. potatoes, 1 c. broccoli and a slice of soda bread for a 9 POINT feast...


I did have dessert tonight, even though I felt pretty full and probably should have skipped it. But, the strawberry sauce was "going bad" in the fridge and the angelfood cake was "getting stale" (*wink, wink), so I didn't let it go to waste...



This was still not a good On Program day. In the afternoon (before trampolining), I had a big spoonful of almond butter, some Cheez-Its and a macaroon. Don't know what to do about that. I'll keep trying; that's all I can do. Hopefully, I can rein this in before the scale takes off in the wrong direction on a regular basis. OH NO!!! STOP THE INSANITY!!! I don't want to go up...that is the ...


Time for Biggest Loser:)

10 comments:

Vickie said...

Your food looks fabulous! I love almond butter but I don't dare keep it in the house because I wouldn't be able to stay out of it. I'll bet now that you are getting back to the exercise routine that you like, you'll be able to get completely back on plan in no time at all.

Kelly said...

Dang! That pizza looks ridiculously good! Thanks for posting the recipe for the flatbread. Gotta try that one.

Melissa said...

Too funny about the almond butter dream. I did that very same thing not all that long ago.

I. WANT. THE. FLATOUT. PIZZA.

And don't worry, your not going to spiral out of control. What you are considering to be "bad days" are probably more like MAINTAIN days!! : )

luckytastebuds said...

hi there! you just have the BEST presentation of food ever!! What a great role model you are. :)

That pizza looks so professional and tasty too....i'm salivating just looking at the screen! :P

Heather said...

Ooooooooo....that pizza looks GOOD! I'll have to try that one for sure. I'm allergic to almonds. Do you have ANY idea how much that sucks?

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

We also had the flat cut corned beef last night. Not only is it lower in calories, but it is a lot more tender than the point cut.

I think I have been buying the same wraps as you, but I have been buying the tomato basil ones. I think these would make an awesome pizza !

Amanda said...

Love the "wrong way" sign. Too funny!! I still think you had mostly an OP day. I would count it as a success (maybe a 9 out of 10 or something)!! LOL

katecooks said...

ooh that flatbread pizza looks so good and the dough sounds easy enough to make!! i always want to try recipes like that but then never take the time to do it :) happy st. patty's!!

Sarah W. said...

thanks for the recipe for flatbread!!! amazing!!!

Kristi said...

Seriously, I have been looking EVERYWHERE for the petite bagels and CANNOT find them! I look at every grocery store, every walmart, and nothing! Where do you get these and how do I go about getting some? Please let me know! Thanks chica!