super bowl food ridiculousness

It seems that this is the week of super bowl food. Forget the commercials, it’s all about the food. Is the game even worth a mention anymore? I’m not sure…

Pinterest is FULL of cheesy dips, party foods and sweet treats. Which is pretty standard, but I swear there are more than normal! (super bowl recipe pins)

There is a full-fledged shortage of chicken wings – buy them sooner than later and you will be paying a premium!

Every article and headline is either low-calorie recipes so you don’t gain weight, or the opposite – drool-worthy, cheesy, gooey recipes that are begging to make your super bowl party food list.

Commercials are getting us geared up to think that we absolutely couldn’t watch the game without: soda, beer and a pizza delivery.

And I’ve even joined a #superbowlplus hangout on google+.

It’s a bit ridiculous, right? But what are we to do? Go completely overboard and indulge in everything we’ve seen online or on tv? Or serve some boring grilled chicken breasts with veggies and a low-fat greek yogurt dip? Don’t even get me started on soup – so not super bowl food. Ugh.

I’ve never been one for making things too healthy, and I’ve never been one to have a snack spread lacking some sort of vegetable. And even though I think it is all a bit ridiculous, I’ll still have to partake in the super bowl food fest. :) My spread will look something like this:

A balance of healthy and indulgent, fun and veggies.

What is on your super bowl food menu this year?  

*image via what the health magazine

breakfast from the freezer {from home, not the store!}

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’ve been a little extreme with my breakfast planning.

For some reason, toast every morning no longer works and I’ve been preparing “more exciting” meals ahead of time.

Except I don’t want to be prepping breakfast and lunch every night for the next day.

I want my poached eggs and I want to eat them too!

Ok, poached eggs aren’t really a possibility but I’ve come up with a number of other breakfasts that can be made ahead of time and then frozen so that they can be enjoyed any morning! Breakfasts that come from the freezer, but not the store!

Here is a list of my favorite breakfast items that can be made, frozen and then saved for a later date!

Now I just need more glass tupperware…

Have any ideas to add to the list?

 

ask the nutritionist: eating out without gaining weight

Last week, when I posted about all of the Korean BBQ I’ve been eating, I received a question from a reader wondering how to eat out when you are trying to lose weight. I should mention that I’m not actively trying to lose weight, just maintain it, so if you are actively trying to lose weight, limiting meals out may be a good idea.

This is not an easy question to answer because there are so many ways, opinions and answers/suggestions on how to eat out and not gain weight.

Eating out for me is pretty much an obsession/favorite hobby of mine. I love exploring new cuisines and ethnic foods that I’m not familiar with in addition to any old delicious restaurant. I’ll try everything and every place once and so far, I’ve liked pretty much everything. :) I prefer to eat out on a regular basis, so I definitely rely on a few “tricks!”

Here are some of the ways that I enjoy restaurant meals without gaining weight: 

  • Decide what calories are worth it and which ones aren’t.
  • Appetizer or dessert.
  • Share! The Taster and I always share meals, and often just share small plates so we can try more items.
  • Take home some leftovers. When we had breakfast at The Griddle Cafe, the portions were so huge that we had enough leftovers to provide another whole meal.
  • Appreciate and savor delicious meals – having someone cook for you should be luxurious and special, treat it as such!
  • Don’t eat until you are stuffed. Sure, this will happen from time to time, but I make an effort to not leave a restaurant stuffed.
  • If you eat a large meal, don’t feel obligated to eat your normal breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks afterwards – listen to your body! Some meals we’ll eat a little more, and some we’ll eat a little less.
  • Eat the types of meals that you would typically eat at home. I often look for seafood or other protein and will usually request all non-starchy vegetable sides. Potatoes are not worth it to me, so I’ll typically skip them and ask for something else. (If I’m eating a burger, that is a different story).
  • Workout! Restaurant fare is typically a little higher in calories than a meal at home so it is just another reason to workout regularly. :)

Everyone has their own tips and tricks – please share yours! (Even if your tip is not eating out!) :)

make any recipe healthier

I’m always looking for ways to make a recipe healthier.

Well, I take that back – there are times to make a recipe healthier and there are times when you should leave it be. Some recipes aren’t meant to be healthy.

But when the time is right to make a recipe a bit healthier – here are my favorite tips:

How to Make any Recipe Healthier: 

  • reduce an ingredient! This can work with cheese or dairy products, mayonnaise, oil, sugar, etc. Play around with the amount to find the best result.
  • swaps grains: Using whole grains (bread, pasta, tortillas) in place of white flour versions can help increase fiber and protein and can sometimes even decrease calories.
  • reduced-fat products: In my opinion there isn’t much of a flavor difference between the full and reduced-fat versions of cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise. (Reduced-fat cheese is NOT ok with me!) :)
  • add veggies! This is a favorite of mine – if a recipe calls for 1/2 an onion or bell pepper, use the whole thing! Veggies add bulk to your meal for very few calories. Serve entrees over lightly steamed spinach instead of pasta, and always add more greens and lettuce to salads.

How do you alter recipes to make them a little healthier?