Thursday, May 24, 2012

Papa Murphy's Pizza

I didn't want to cook and I wanted something delicious!

Instead of a traditional pizza I make the swap for Papa Murphy's DeLite Pizzas

Below is a Large 1/2 Chicken Bacon Artichoke (left), and 1/2 Herb Mediterranean Chicken (right)

They are both Heavenly and hip friendly.
A serving is 1/10 of a Large at 180 cals each!
Here's what 2 slices look like:

Of course, that means I have room for seconds!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Spaghetti Dinner

Here's what my spaghetti dinners look like these days:

Here's what they USED to look like:

For me it's about easy/smart swaps and portion control.

I LOVE Smart Ones Spaghetti.  
It's only 290 calories, loaded with protein and portioned out.

Instead of garlic bread I toast Oroweat's Sandwich Thins (100 cals)
then spread Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese (35 cals)

Instead of a salad covered in ranch I eat steamed green beans without butter.

MY Spaghetti Dinner = 465 calories
Traditional Spaghetti Dinner = 1034 calories

My Favorite Breakfast

Yogurt Parfait!

5.3 oz Oikos Greek Yogurt (because it's my favorite!) 130 cals
1 medium banana 110 cals
1/4 cup granola, oats, or 1/2 packet instant oatmeal packet. 80 cals

Grand total! 320 calories!

This breakfast is filling, loaded with protein and all kinds of nutrients.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

1 Box Long Grain Wild Rice 380 cals
2 Chicken Breasts - cooked 300 cals
1 1/2 cup water
1 cup milk 90 cals
1/4 cup lite butter 120 cals
Carrots, celery, garlic, onion 
salt and pepper to taste.

I have my chicken cooked ahead of time and through everything into a pot. 
I let it all simmer for about 30 mins and it's ready.

This makes 7 cups! = 130 cals per CUP!
Leaving plenty of room for a biscuit ;)

BTW this freezes nicely.  
I like to freeze leftovers in 1 cup tupperware to use for lunches.

Chocolate Protein Smoothie

After a heavy weight lifting session I desperately need to give my body a protein boost
and here it is:

Muscle Milk Protein Powder
Water and Ice
Frozen Bananas 
(When they start getting "too" ripe cut them up and freeze them)

Pour 1 cup water and 1 scoop protein powder into blender.  
Add 1 frozen banana and enough ice for the consistency you like.

This makes 2 tall glasses and yes I drink them BOTH!

2 glasses = 250 cals
1 Glass = 125 cals

Skinny Cow!

Skinny Cow understands we need an Ice Cream fix sometimes!

Here's my favorite!
Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Sandwich

Veggie Straws!

Veggie Straws and Apple Straws are a perfect chip substitute!

38 straws = 130 calories!!!

Here's what 38 Apple Straws look like next to a banana:

I love them with a Turkey Burger, sandwiches, snacking, wraps . . . 
pretty much any time you would want chips!

Mini Jello Cheesecakes

Love Cheesecake?
I DO!!!!!!!!

1 small box Jello - Cheesecake flavor
Fat Free Milk
Wilderness Cherry Pie filling
1 mini Graham Cracker crust
Lite Cool Whip

Make small box of cheesecake Jello per pie instructions with Fat Free Milk.
Pour into 6 mini Graham Cracker Crusts
Top with 1/4 cup pie filling and 2 Tbsp Lite Cool Whip

Let set in the fridge for 1 hour.

250 calories per pie!

I make this with all kinds of Jello flavoring and toppings.
Get creative!