Sunday, July 12, 2009

It's Sunday Already?

I can't believe how the weeks and especially the weekends are flying by! I didn't have time to post yesterday because of the fantastic Luau party we went to and let's just say, I'm not too sad about not taking food pics while I was there. It was a food fest like you've never seen and I "tried" to make some healthy choices, but there was definitely some baked brie and one too many brownies that landed on my plate or just right into my mouth. It was a good time and for once, I am feeling no guilt about what I ate. Maybe because I woke up and got right back on track without giving it a second thought. I think I finally realize that overeating on a regular basis isn't my "norm" anymore. I don't like it. I can't do it all the time. I enjoy my healthy eating plan and I begin to crave it when I stray a little. Wow, could I finally be getting this? If so, it's a good feeling and gives me hope that long term maintenance might not be so scary after all...

I felt a bit tired this morning, but really wanted to get in a run. I wasn't able to do it yesterday because I had some weird dizzy spell that put me back to bed for a couple of hours. I felt a lot better this morning, so I hit the treadmill. After 5 minutes, I wanted to quit. I just wasn't feeling it, but I kept talking myself out of quitting and before I knew it, I was 40 minutes into my run and felt like I could have kept running for an hour! Running really is a mind game!

After my run, I had a great breakfast of 1/2 c. Trader Joe's Nonfat Greek Yogurt, 1/2 c. mixed fresh berries (stolen from the party!) and a crumbled Quaker Blueberry Muffin Bar for 4 POINTS...

Breakfast held me over fairly well, but at the first sign of a grumble, I got to making lunch. I have been wanting to use this for a while...

The whole package is barely 3 POINTS (click pic to enlarge)...

I decided to make Salmon and Egg Salad...
  • 1 packet of salmon
  • 2 hard boiled egg whites, chopped
  • 1/4 c. chopped celery
  • 1/8 c. diced red onion
  • 2 tbsp. Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil
  • s + p

I served it in a Weight Watcher Whole Wheat Pita with some spring mix along with some Sea Salt and Pepper Rice Chips and Rainier cherries. A filling 7 POINT lunch...

Later in the afternoon, I felt like doing some baking. I wanted to use up some of the cooked quinoa that I had in the fridge and after doing some research on the internet, I put together a recipe for quinoa muffins...

Quinoa Cranberry Bran Muffins
  • 2 c. quinoa, cooked
  • 1/4 c. applesauce, unsweetened
  • 3/4 c. skim milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 c. oat bran, dry
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray or line with paper baking cups.
  2. In a large bowl, mix first 6 ingredients (quinoa through vanilla) until well combined.
  3. In another bowl, combine oat bran, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Add dry ingredients to quinoa mixture stirring until fully incorporated.
  5. Mix in dried cranberries.
  6. Fill muffin cups to the top with batter (about a heaping 1/4 c. per muffin cup).
  7. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and store in a tight container or plastic zip bag.

Makes 12 muffins. Each muffin is 134 calories, 2 grams fat, 3 grams fiber, 5 grams protein. (* I calculated nutritional information using

I thought this would be a unique way to use up some of the quinoa that I had cooked for breakfast the other day! These are some hearty muffins...

Of course I had to try one for a snack! Only 2 POINTS and also a nice dose of potassium (234 mg.) and calcium (78 mg.)...

Although, I tried to chase the husband and daughters around the yard to taste my healthy muffins, they weren't going for it. The husband did want to "save" them for his breakfast tomorrow, so I'll let you know if they passed the pain in the *ss picky eater test ;)

I decided to be nice and not torture them with a healthy dinner. They requested Flatbread Pizza again and I agreed. I made plain for them (can we expand our horizons a little, people that live here????) and I decided to mix mine up a bit. I made a whole wheat crust using the ever easy Quick Flatbread Dough recipe, rolled it out and topped it two ways...

  • 1 tsp. garlic oil
  • sliced tomato
  • 1 oz. part skim mozzarella
  • fresh basil, shredded


  • 1 tsp. garlic oil
  • 1/4 c. sliced roasted pepper and onion
  • 1 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
  • 3 Kalamata olives, sliced
  • fresh basil, shredded

The tomato/mozzarella half came to 7 POINTS and the pepper/goat cheese half came to 9 POINTS...

I had a slice of each and a side salad ...

and I couldn't resist another slice which made for a 12 POINT dinner...

I was full, but later wanted a cold one...

A fruit bar that is! These Trader Joe's Mango and Cream Fruit Bars are a great 1 POINT treat.
I'm doing the Sunday night wind down. Hope you all had a terrific weekend =)


Danica's Daily said...

LOVE your pizza!! :)

I bought the TJ's Raspberry/cream ones....I couldn't decide between that or the I need to try Mango too.

MoraPiggy said...

You wouldn't have had to chase me down to try a healthy muffin. They looked really good, and probably smelled great too.

Sarah said...

So true running is a big mind game, great job!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

Good job getting back on track!

The flatbread pizzas look awesome... And a TJ's ice cream sandwich is the perfect ending to the day! :)

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Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try the flatbread. Are you sure you aren't married to my husband?! He'll try just about anything but I might hear a grumble or two.
Great job on running when you really didn't want to!

Fatinah said...

I liked your insight in your review of the Luau. I think there is no doubt that you must be "getting it" if you can look at it like that. That is just so great. Good for you!

A Daunting Tale of Scale Warfare said...

Seeing lal of your healthy eats after my marathon of vacations (and substantial weight gain) is exactly what I need right now :) Thank you for all of the pictures! I get so many great ideas here!

C.G. the Foodie said...

Way to get back on track!!!! Yum on your dinner :-)

Anonymous said...

Those muffins look great!! I must try these asap.