Sunday, December 22, 2013

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sweet Butter Kitchen - Very Belated Birthday - Psychic Eye

"The more you praise your life the more there is to celebrate" Oprah Winfrey

I am notorious for celebrating my birthday extremely late or not at all (It's actually in August). I have serious anxiety attacks at just the thought of planning a gathering where there are more than two people. That would mean I would have to worry about everyone being happy, a location, enough food, if people would be on time, etc. I know, it's my birthday so someone else should plan it, but then I would get anxiety wondering what they were planning, if they had enough of everything, and all that good stuff (I have been told that I am the true definition of a Virgo).

Stay Skinny with Peeled and Ready to Eat Eggs

"I think one of the terrible things today is that people have this deathly fear of food: fear of eggs, say, or fear of butter. Most doctors feel that you can have a little bit of everything." Julia Child
Moderation, moderation, moderation! You can eat anything you want as long as you don't over do it!
Years ago I had crazy will power that had me calculating Tic Tacs into my daily calorie allowance. I was  in amazing shape, but completely cut all the fun things out of my diet. I became extremely bored and had to figure out a way to enjoy everything and stay pretty fit. Although I am not as toned as I used to be, I am much happier now that I can enjoy all the foods that I love to eat. 
One of my tricks is to have a lot of healthy options in my fridge. Even if I think it will go bad before I have the chance to eat them. I keep tons of greens, some fruit, lots of cabbage, cucumbers, and boiled eggs. The only annoying thing about the boiled egg is having to peel them. Imagine my excitement when these pre-peeled guys were discovered. You can get them at Costco! Costco is my Disneyland (and so is Target!). Whatever you do, DON"T EAT THE YOLK if you are eating these to maintain weight or lose a few pounds. Yolk contains the fat and calories. One large egg is approximately 78 calories with the yolk and only 17 calories without the yolk. These pre-peeled ones are a life saver! 
Fun Tip
As I type this I have raw egg whites all over my face. All I do is crack open an uncooked egg and rub some of the egg white on my face. This helps reduce the appearance of pores and supposed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Leave it on for 30 minutes then wash off with warm water. There are a few way people do this make. Research online for one that you want to try. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

PB2 Real Peanut Butter with 85% Less Fat!

I love peanut butter and would eat just one spoonful as a snack sometimes. I would eat more, but just in one serving of peanut butter lurks 190 calories, many from fat! 

I cannot believe I didn't find out about PB2 earlier. PB2 is peanut butter made with peanuts that are slow roasted, then pressed to remove the fat. There's no added sugar or artificial flavors. The best thing is that it is only 45 calories per serving, compared to regular peanut butter, which is typically 190 calories per serving. 

It comes in a powder form and all you have to 

do is add water until you reach the desired consistency. I have friends that add it to their shakes. This week I am going to attempt to have more protein shakes. I have to watch my calories a little until I am able to get motivated to get a good workout. I have been slacking a little and only doing partial workout....

Monday, October 7, 2013

Cheesecake Factory Copycat Recipe

Today I swore I was going to get myself back on the P90X wagon. I was only on the wagon for approximately 30 minutes prior to agreeing to meet a girlfriend out for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory (Grove LA location - Also great for shopping!). 

I promised myself I would finish the rest of the DVD after I got home. Well, I am home now and that P90X legs DVD is not going to happen tonight. I am hopefully going to get up a bit earlier to finish it, also hoping that I add in an hour of cardio later in the day.  I am trying to get the motivation to get back onto a routine. Especially after the cupcake making (and eating) weekend I just had. I will post the recipes to those cupcakes soon! In the meantime, you've gotta make this copy cat recipe for Cheesecake Factory potstickers. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Best Friend's Banana Bread

"There's no problem that friends cannot confront, combat, plot against, ignore, make fun of drown in chocolate sauce, or run over in a car." - Unknown 

... Or in this case devour banana bread! I don’t need any comforting at the moment, but it’s nice to know that I have a bunch of girlfriends that I can turn to if I would ever need a shoulder to cry on.

This recipe is from one of my best friend's, Mary D. I have two special Marys in my life... one all the way in Oklahoma and the other just a bit closer, in Orange County… I wish she lived next door!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Spicy Skinny Tuna Melt 260 Calories!

I ate a ton this weekend; therefore, it's time to get back on track. The reason I am able to stay thinner despite the many things I enjoy indulging in is because I am able to eat in moderation and make better food choices. This morning I had to jump around the living room while frantically pulling up my skinny jeans just to get them over my tush... that's when I realized that I have to scale back on the calories. That doesn't mean eat things you don't like. All you have to do is find ways to scale back on calories. I made a spicy skinny tuna melt that was only 260 calories!

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