Pilates (25 minutes)
Zumba! (50 minutes)
9:00am Egg White Omelet w/Tri-Color Peppers, 5oz orange
12:30pm Think Thin Brownie Crunch Bar
3:25pm Easy Fajitas (only 1 corn tortilla), lettuce with 1tbsp balsamic vinaigrette, and orange
6:07pm 4.5oz Tilapia, 2/3 cup cooked spinach, 2oz Crystal's Sweet Potato Delight
8:40pm 1 cup Crystal's Turkey Chili w/Black Beans
I can hardly believe there are only 14 more days--a short two weeks--until the photo shoot! This time has really flown!!!! Everyday, I have really looked forward to achieving the goals I have set for myself and sharing them with you, through this blog. Today, I don't have much to share, but I did want to let you know about a tremendously helpful resource I found.
Before I get to talking about this resource, I should let you know what I think about the "Think Thin" bar I had today, as promised. Honestly, I am not in love with them. I think its the consistency... With the Zone Bar, I liked them so much because they were crunchy and it was like I was eating a crisped rice bar. The "Think Thin" bar was similar in consistency to the Fuco Protein bar I had yesterday, but wasn't as rich. I'm not sure if I can get used to this. I have 4 more bars to try. If after the remaining bars I am still not satisfied, I will continue my search. :(
Part of the challenge for me during these 30 days was to not go out to eat, which really means not to consume any prepared foods that I didn't cook myself. As a result, what this has translated into is me eating meals with nutritional values that are pretty easy to compute. For example, most days I have 3oz of chicken, some spinach and some sweet potatoes as one of my meals. Based on the serving size and portion of food I consume (I have an electronic kitchen scale), I can compute how much protein, carbs, and fat I consumed pretty easily. Today, however, I wanted to cook a pot of chili. But, how does one compute nutritional value from a recipe with tons of ingredients and multiple servings? Of course, I did some research on trusty old google and found an EXCELLENT recipe nutrition calculator. All I had to do was input each of the ingredients, the quantity I used and the number of servings yielded from the recipe.
Today, I made Turkey Chili with Black Beans. The ingredients I used are below with their corresponding carb, fat, and protein count. What is wonderful about the calculator is that it has a database of common foods (and brands) that you can search with all the nutritional info preloaded. It's makes this tool so simple to use.
With all these ingredients, I yielded 6 one cup servings of chili. Using the calculator, this came out to each serving having 247 calories, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fat, and 22 grams of protein. My chili is pretty healthy, huh?! Yep! So, try the calculator (and the chili recipe!) It's pretty cool. :)
For the chili, brown and drain the meat, then add all of the other ingredients, bring to a boil, and let simmer for 20 minutes. If you like spicier chili, add cayenne pepper. Makes 6 servings. Because I like things really spicy sometimes, in the bowl I had today, I added a few red pepper flakes for an extra burst of heat! :)
|Jennie-O Turkey Store - Lean 93/7 Ground Turkey, 16 Oz. (112 g)||680||0||32||84|
|Great Value - Canned Black Beans, 1 3/4 cup||385||67||4||25|
|Ortega - Diced Green Chiles, 6 tbsp||15||3||0||3|
|Del Monte - Diced Tomatoes, No Salt Added, 1 3/4 cup||88||21||0||4|
|Great Value - Tomato Paste, 10 tablespoon||175||30||0||10|
|Chef's Cupboard - Beef Broth All Natural No Msg* & Fat Free, 2 cup||20||0||0||4|
|Mccormick - Chili Seasoning Mix 30% Less Sodium, 4 tbsp. dry mix||120||20||2||4|