Chocolate

Diet Update #2

The good news: A lot of my clothes are pretty loose and baggy! That’s a good problem the have! The bad news: I am not ready to invest in new clothes until I’m a little closer to where I want to be. So in the meantime, I’m all frump I guess.

I did break down over the weekend and buy two new pairs of jeans because the ones I have were literally falling off and a belt wasn’t helpful. I am now in a size 10 jeans. My postpartum jeans were 12’s, so it felt good to go down a size, even if i haven’t seen a big change on the scale lately.

More good news: I wrote about crashing pretty hard on my run days. Well, last time I ran during my lunch break I felt much better. I had some carbs about an hour before I ran in addition to my low carb protein drink, so about 175 calories worth. I had more energy, I didn’t feel lethargic, wasn’t starving and shaky after my run, and just generally felt much better. So obviously this is something I need to do on days I run.

Some Winning Foods:

My favorite low carb breakfast:

A “mcmuffin” without the muffin. It’s good! It’s a low calorie and low carb option for breakfast.

I tried a new lunch for work and loved it! I don’t have pictures because it honestly doesn’t look that photogenic, but it was delicious. I cooked two boneless chicken breasts in the crockpot with green chile enchilada sauce for about 4 hours then shredded the chicken and let it soak up the sauce.

I sauteed riced cauliflower with butter and seasonings. I was worried it wouldn’t reheat well, or be soggy, but it wasn’t! It was perfect. The next day at work I topped the cauliflower “rice” with the shredded chicken and a little cheese. It was delicious, low in carbs and very filling.

Another delicious dinner: I picked up a rib eye steak at Trader Joe’s the other day and Michael made a chimichurri sauce to go on top. I made a chopped salad from Trader Joe’s (it was a salad mix with kale, shredded Brussels sprouts, lettuce and cabbage) and added cauliflower and carrots.

The sauce was super good. I also had a slice of smoked Gouda with dinner (because I’m obsessed). The sauce was fantastic on the steak!

Challenges Lately:

Halloween Candy.

UGH. I was doing pretty good lately with limiting the sweets and then Halloween came and I kind of binged. I had two pieces of Halloween candy at Michael’s work Halloween Party and then a maybe three or four more later that night. I’m bummed. I haven’t had that much candy in a long time–probably last Halloween!

But to end on a happier note, here are a few kiddo pictures!

I got off work a little early and Michael dropped Logan off at my work so everyone could see him in his costume. Then we all went to Michael’s office for a Halloween party. There were a bunch of kids in costume. It was super sweet.

There was pizza and a veggie tray and fruit tray, plus tons of candy and juice boxes. (I did not eat pizza!)

Logan had a fantastic time! There were tons of kids, a craft table, a photo booth, and games. After the party we came home for dinner and bath and then went trick or treating.

Logan LOVED it! He was having so much fun walking up and down the street in the dark. LOL We went to half a dozen houses, the people we know on our street and would enjoy seeing Logan in his costume, and then headed home.

He had two small pieces of candy–the first time having candy in his life! HE LOVED IT. Haha. But, unlike his mama, he was able to self-regulate and shook his head when I offered him more. He had enough and said no. I need to take a hint from my kid. 😉

He went to bed and completely zonked out. He’d had so much fun and slept like a rock all night long. It was a pretty fantastic holiday. Can’t wait for next year!

Back to the diet — I will be weighing in next week, and crossing my fingers that the candy didn’t do too much damage…

Balls

I tried a few recipes recently and I wanted to share them with you. Now onto the balls!

No Bake Lactation Cookie Balls

Yield: 20 small balls

Serving Size: 1 ball

Calories per serving: 60

From: http://www.losebabyweight.com.au/no-bake-lactation-cookie-balls/

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of whole rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • ¼ cup almonds, cashews or walnuts
  • 3 tbsp linseed or flaxseed meal
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brewer’s yeast
  • 1/3 cup dried dates, chopped
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp honey, rice malt syrup or maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp desiccated coconut, for rolling

Instructions

  1. Process the oats, nuts, linseed meal, cinnamon and brewer’s yeast until it turns into a powder in a food processor.
  2. Now add the dates, water and honey and blend again until it forms a cookie dough.
  3. Using slightly damp hands, roll small balls of dough and then roll in the coconut.
  4. Place on a plate and chill in the fridge for an hour.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for two months for an easy to grab snack.
http://www.110pounds.com/?p=50203

 

IMG_1559

These were so delicious! I loved the flavors. It was mild and had a nutty flavor, like peanut butter, and they were slightly sweet but not too sweet. A nice, well-balanced flavor for a snack.

FullSizeRender

These balls are so delicious! And dangerous. It’s easy to pop them into your mouth!

IMG_1561

Yum yum yum! I’d make these again.

IMG_2383

Here is another recipe I made:

Peanut Butter Chia Energy Bites

Yields 45

Total Time: 15 min

Ingredients

1 cup oats
2 T chia seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1 T vanilla

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine the oats, chia seeds, shredded coconut, mini chocolate chips, and wheat germ.
  • Stir in the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla until well combined.
  • Roll into small balls and place on parchment paper.
  • Refrigerate for 1-2 hours and then store covered in the refrigerator.

IMG_2384

One thing I noticed immediately: they are impossible to roll into balls! They are too sticky. My suggestion is to put the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes or so first and then try to make them into balls. Otherwise it’s impossible and really, really messy.

While I was making this recipe I had to stop half way through and put the dough back in the fridge in order to finish making them into balls.

Other than that, they were really delicious! I loved the chocolate, peanut butter flavors.

FullSizeRender-1

So these tasted really good and were around 50 calories each ball–which is not bad. When I was measuring out all that peanut butter I started to think…hmmmm maybe I should have done the calorie count before making this recipe! It’s going to be high in calories! But, it turned out to be not too bad!

So there ya go, two tasty recipes for when you’re craving something sweet.

Have you tried any “ball” recipes lately that were out of this word? Link it up in the comments!