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What I ate Wednesday

Food Diary 12wbt

 

I must admit that this isn’t exactly “What I ate Wednesday” – but more a selection of things I ate in the past few days….   I decided to sign up for the Michelle Bridges 12wbt again, mainly to get access to the menu plans – because the Exercise plans really haven’t changed all that much since I last did it a few years ago. They are OK (the exercise plans) but I find some of the exercises fussy and using too much equipment – so I switch them out for something that works the same muscle group.

About two months ago I commenced “Operation Get Andjxx fit again” and I was going really well for the first month and lost about 5kg – I was feeling great and really  on top of things. They I had a crash off my bike, shortly followed by another accident at  home that left me with a big gash on my leg (Which is really really ugly), and well I basically lost all momentum and just stopped exercising and eating well for the who second month. I kept telling myself I would get back on top of it and kept feeling like it was all too hard. But it was all in my head – just the simple act of telling myself it was all too hard was enough to stop me from starting. So after starting to read the book “If not dieting then what?” by Dr Rick Kausman, I talked some of my cognitions and am back on top of things again. The book is actually really good because it helps me to tackle some of my “black or white’ thinking behaviors – and also my tendency to become obsessive about every little morsel I eat.

The bottom line is I know that I feel better when I eat healthy foods the majority of the time… and I still need to lose about 7 kg to be at a good healthy weight for my body…and exercising helps with my Anxiety – all excellent reasons to get back on the wagon!

I have been pretty happy with the 12wbt food choices this week – I just changed up a couple of things to match more with things that we already had in the house. One of the things I dislike about the 12wbt food plan is that it often requires you to buy things that expensive just for one or two meals – so I will often substitute – because frankly I just can’t afford $200 a week on shopping!

This week I have been eating Banana Porridge and eggs (on separate days) for breakfasts; chicken and salad pita pockets for lunch and a variety of things for dinner – Lamb kebabs with Cous cous salad; Lemon and garlic marinate chicken and salad, Roast chicken with Asian vegetables and my favourite – Asian BBQ  cooker chicken with chinese broccoli. For snacks I have been alternating Chobani yoghurt (Coconut or banana) with Hummus and vegetable cruidites or an APple and about 10 almonds.

I will say up front that the food on the 1200 calorie MB plan does not keep me full…in fact I would wake up starving at 3am most nights (and it’s not head hunger – it is real stomach grumbling, anger causing hunger) – so I do actually consume around 1300 – 1400 calories per day on a typical day. I lost weight on this amount of calories and it basically means I have a snack after dinner – I know that if I don’t do this it is a sure fire way to a binge – so I see it as better to eat slightly more than what she recommends and reduce the risks of a binge session.

The other thing that I do to make it fit into our family lifestyle is I often will cook something different for my children – or provide them with an alternative side dish. I have fussy eaters and I would much rather they eat dinner than have the fight with them about eating at all. I will do a post about this next week actually!

Is anyone else who reads my blog following the MB program at the moment?

Andjxx


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and so I bought a Dehydrator…

Aldi Dehydrator

I have been waiting and waiting for Aldi to stock these Lumina Dehydrators again so that I could justify buying one – just to have a go and see if I like the result. So last week when I saw these in the Aldi catalogue, I put it in my diary so that I didn’t forget to go and grab one.

So far I have only used it a couple of times and having absolutely no experience whatsoever with food dehydrating – I had no expectations of what it should perform like.

My low expectations aside – I think that if you want a basic dehydrator for dried fruit and nuts that you make yourself – then this is  probably a very good option – at least until you out grow it and need something bigger and more comprehensive – by which time, I dare say you could probably justify spending more money on an expensive dehydrator.

On  the first day I bought a punnet of Cherry Tomatos and I had some strawberries in the fridge and I thought that I would just give it a go. I put them in at 70 degrees and the strawberries were done at about the 7 hour point and the tomato’s ‘semi-dried’ by the 10 hour point. The strawberries were great – like tasty little lolly treats. The tomatos were a bit tart – and I have since discovered that certain varieties of tomato make for a better ‘sun-dried’ affect than others.

On Saturday I put in some pineapple, banana, apple and kiwi fruit. The apple, kiwi and banana were all dried enough for our liking at the 10 hour point, the pineapple had an extra 4 hours the next day and probably needed longer – however, the little ones wanted to eat it so it didn’t really matter.

Dehydrated pineapple

The key is to choose good tasting fruit to start with – as if the fruit is sour then this is only intensified. The kiwi fruit tasted a little bit like sour lollies. The pineapple and banana were divine and the apple tasted like – well – dried apple.

I look forward to doing some more experimenting with it and to being able to use it to preserve any excess that we might have rather than it going to waste or simply to have another preservation option available. It is definitely a good feeling to be able to put these things into the school lunch box knowing that it is just fruit and nothing else.

On the downside, I had to say goodbye to my bread machine as a trade off to getting the dehydrator. It went to a good home though and will see many more loaves yet I am sure.

Andjxx

 

 


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Where did my Apricot and Yoghurt Cookies go?

Apricot and yoghurt  cookies

Photo credits to the cookbook author – my bikkies were eaten so fast that I didn’t get a pic!

I decided prior to H boy starting preschool that each week I would make him a small home made treat to go in his lunch box. Last week I made museli bars and they were a bit of a fail. I thought they were great – a bit crumbly but very tasty. The museli bars came home again in the lunch box each day looking a little sad.

This morning I decided to make some Apricot and Yoghurt Cookies from the cookbook Veggie Smugglers.

I substituted Spelt flour for the white flour indicated in the recipe and they turned out beautifully – just like the picture in fact. I also substituted vanilla yoghurt as indicated in the original recipe for some Organic natural yoghurt with a drizzle of vanilla extract.  These were fast and simple to put together. So simple in fact that I managed to dress two children, myself and organise us all to go out to a picnic in the time I was cooking them. I took some along with me to the picnic and all of the small people murmered sounds of approval through their cookie stuffed mouths and then promptly asked for more.

I returned home to discover that there were only 4 cookies left from the 16 I had made ( I took 6 with me). Needless to say that H Boy is now not having cookies in his lunch this week 🙂

Healthy Apricot and Yoghurt Cookies

Makes approx 16 – 20

1 1/4 cups Spelt flour (can use a mix of wholemeal and white but wholemeal alone makes cookies very dense)
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup Firmly packed Brown sugar
1 cup chopped dried apricots
2 Tbsp LSA or Almond meal
2/3 cup Organic natural yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup Coconut oil melted;      Dememera sugar for sprinkling

Method

Preheat oven to 170C and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.

Add the oats, sugar, apricots and LSA and mix together well.

In another bowl mix together the coconut oil, yoghurt and vanilla extract.

Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and mix together well with a wooden spoon. If the mix is too dry, add a little more yoghurt. But check first as it would be easy to add too much.

Form the mixture into ping-pong sized balls and place evenly spaced on the baking tray. Flattening with a fork slightly then sprinkling the demamera sugar on top. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until browned on top.

(Set a couple aside in a sneaky hiding spot for you to have with your cup of tea later when you get a chance to relax – quick before they are all gone)

xxAndj

What is your favourite treat for the school lunchbox?