Friday, May 9, 2008

Fitness On Fridays!!


 Fitness on Friday

Wow, I can't believe it's already been a week since the last Fitness on Friday and I haven't posted anything in between. I need to be better at posting. I have all these things I intend on posting, but then somehow life gets me busy and I don't find the time to do it. That should be a goal for is to post more on this blog during the week. . . we'll see if it happens eh?

Anyways, this past week was a pretty good one for me. I ate within my points, despite going out to eat a few times. So, I was proud of that. I lost about 1 pound, give or take a few ounces. My scale can't make up it's mind ;) Not a huge loss, but any loss is GREAT by me. I'd even take no loss at all over a gain :) Wouldn't we all?

Well, when it came to drinking enough, I did great as long as V-8 Diet Splash counts. I was not so good at drinking water, but I'm gonna try to do better on that. As for exercise, I WAS LAME!!! I need to get off this big hind end of mine. No excuses! Sheesh, I'm pathetic. . . TRULY! I just don't know what my problem is. . . WAIT, I'm freaking lazy! Alright, so I am going to exercise at least 3 times this week. And when I say exercise, I mean truly work up a sweat, burn some calories, you know, EXERCISE!

I did try some new recipes this week. I found the link for these on Honey I Shrank Myself. There are TONS of recipes at this link called Aimee's Adventures. This lady is AMAZING! She has 3 different cook books here that you can look at that have ALL the points and servings for you and are ALL WW compliant! How cool is this? To top it all off, she even has pictures, YUM! A couple of the ones I tried are below.

First off, we tried this one:

CROCKPOT CHEESEBURGERS

1 1/2 Pounds Lean (96/4) Ground Beef
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons Skim Milk
1 Cup Chopped Onion
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Tablespoon Prepared Mustard
1 Tablespoon Pickle Relish
8 oz. Velveeta Light Cheese

Brown the ground beef in a large skillet until no longer pink. Spray crockpot with non-stick cooking spray. Place the cooked ground beef into the prepared crockpot followed by the garlic salt, pepper, milk, onion, garlic, mustard, relish and cheese. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours. Stir and serve on hamburger buns for additional points.

Serves: 10 (1/3 cup each)
Per Serving: 181 Calories; 7g Fat (36.2% calories from fat); 21g Protein; 7g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 53mg Cholesterol; 736mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain (Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 0 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates. WWP: 4
(www.AimeesAdventures.com)


These were delicious!!! I used the Wonder Whole Grain White buns (3 points) There are obviously buns out there for less points, but these are really big, so one sandwich really fills you up. I also put some salsa on mine for an extra kick and 0 points. We will have this one again as it's very simple and easy and super good :)

I also made this one off of Aimee's website:

CHICKEN CORDON BLEU

4 (4 oz.) Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts
12 Slices Deli Select Thin Sliced Ham
4 Slices 2% Cheese, mozzarella or pepperjack
1/4 Cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
1/4 Cup Plain Nonfat Yogurt

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place each chicken breast between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound out until thin. Try not to pound it so thin that you create holes in the chicken. Place 3 slices of ham and 1 slice of cheese at the top of each breast, and roll starting with the end that has the cheese and ham, bringing the sides in as you roll. Brush each breast with a thin layer of yogurt, and then dip into bread crumbs. Place on baking sheet and spray each breast with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for approx. 30-40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. 
 

Serves: 4
Per Serving: 249 Calories; 6g Fat (24.1% calories from fat); 36g Protein; 9g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 92mg Cholesterol; 930mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 Grain (Starch); 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 0 Fat. WWP: 6 (www.AimeesAdventures.com)


These were really good as well!! Here's a picture of what I made. Obviously mine weren't as pretty, but they tasted really good!


I also made this recipe. I obviously had lots of chicken on hand :)


CREAMY CHICKEN ITALIANO



6 (4 oz. Each) Boneless Skinless Chicken-Breast Halves

1 (.7 oz.) Packet Dry Italian Salad Dressing Mix

1/4 Cup Water

1 (8 oz.) Package Fat Free Cream Cheese, softened

1 (10 oz.) Can 98% Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup

Place chicken in crockpot. Combine salad dressing mix and water. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours. Combine cheese, and soup until blended. Pour over chicken. Cover; Cook on low 1 hour, or until chicken juices run clear. Serve over noodles or rice. (Optional for additional points). 

Serves: 6
Per Serving: 204 Calories; 4g Fat (19.1% calories from fat); 32g Protein; 8g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 76mg Cholesterol; 895mg Sodium. Exchanges: 3 1/2 Lean Meat. 
WWP: 4
  (www.AimeesAdventures.com)

With this recipe, I decided to break the chicken up once it was cooked and put it on noodles. I used the Ronzoni Smart Taste Penne Pasta and they are delicious. They are only 3 points per serving (you get a lot in a serving) and they are packed full of fiber. They look like regular noodles and taste like them too! If you haven't tried them, I suggest you do. You won't be disappointed! :)


Finally, this is the one I am trying tonight! It's already filling my house with the most delicious smell of seasoning and chicken. YUM!!! 

CHICKEN TACO FILLING

1 Packet Taco Seasoning
1 Cup Chicken Broth
1 Pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

Spray crockpot with non-stick spray. Dissolve taco seasoning into chicken broth. Place chicken breasts in crockpot and pour chicken broth on top. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. With 2 forks, shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Use in soft tacos, hard tacos, burritos, tostadas, taco salads, nachos, etc. To freeze, place shredded meat into freezer bags with juices. Press out all air and seal. I usually double this recipe so I have extra to freeze.

Serves: 4 (1/2 Cup Each)
Per Serving: 169 Calories; 3g Fat (18.6% calories from fat); 27g Protein; 5g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 69mg Cholesterol; 833mg Sodium. Exchanges: 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates. WWP: 3 (www.AimeesAdventures.com)

I plan on using the Mission Carb Balance Tortillas. These are delicious and once again packed full of fiber. The Fajita sized ones are only 80 calories and have 8 grams of fiber each (1 point). Then they now have Burrito sized and they are 200 calories each and have 8 grams of fiber (only 4 points) and these are HUGE!! They just came out with (or at least they are new to the stores around here) a soft taco size and this one is even white. It has 110 calories and 11 grams of Fiber (I say they are 2 pts, but they only have 2 grams of fat, so you could say they are 1 pt if calculate more fiber, it's just all in how you calculate your points).  SERIOUSLY, we've used these and you can't even tell a difference from the real deal, full of fat and calories ones. Once again, if you haven't tried them, I really think ya should :)

Alright, I'm babbling on like a moron. I made some other things this week as well, but won't post them all here as this is already getting long enough. I'm gonna try and post what I make throughout the week as the week goes along, so this post isn't so lengthy! 

THANKS AIMEE FOR A TERRIFIC WEBSITE!!! I LOVE IT!!! EVERYONE SHOULD DROP BY FOR A VISIT!! THERE IS JUST SO MUCH ON THERE YOU CAN MAKE AND IT'S HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS!!


GOOD LUCK EVERYONE TO A GREAT WEEK AHEAD!!!!!



4 comments:

Lorie said...

That is one of my favorite sites to find recipes on! Glad you made use of it. Your recipes look good and the Crockpot Cheeseburgers are on my list for this month to try! I need to get caught up with my recipe reviews!

Aimee said...

I'm really glad you're enjoying the recipes. :) Thanks for the reviews too. Stop by any time.

mom_of2boys said...

Great job on your weight loss. Thanks for sharing the recipes. I think I will try out these new recipes in the coming weeks, if not before.

Have a great week!

Michelle said...

Ohhh these recipes sound delicious! I'm going to try them. Thanks for the tips! Keep up the good work, sorry you've had a bad week like mine. I hope it gets better for you. :)