Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Skinny on Skinny Taste

I made a promise to a friend that I would post my very favorite Skinny Taste recipes today.

I had to make this promise because I am now so obsessed with this website that I am obnoxiously talking to people about it. Pretty much anyone who will listen gets an earful.

To be honest, it's just because I am really excited! I hate dieting, and I have never been good to committing to lifestyle changes for much more than a week. I'm on day 22 of this little program I have put together, and have dropped 5 pounds since Christmas!

It's a lot easier to stick with, because I don't feel like I'm depriving myself of anything. I eat really yummy food. The recipes are so good that I have made them for guests, and no one can tell that they are low calorie meals. They are full flavor recipes, and really fun to make.

What I have been doing is eating a piece of fruit and a cup of coffee for breakfast (around 200 cal), I keep my lunch below 300 cal, but usually 200 (Light Progresso soups have been exceedingly helpful with this), and then I still have around 600-700 cals to splurge on dinner. I also let myself have one day of I-can-eat-whatever-I-want. What has been interesting is that I feel a difference in my body when I go and eat whatever I want.

Example: Sunday was my cheat day this week. We went to Red Robin, sat in the bar, and watched the Seahawks earn their way to the Superbowl. I had a burger, fries, and cocktails. It was super fun, and I had a great time 12th man-ing it up, but the next morning all of the sugar and grease I ate the day before made me nauseated. I had a hard time shaking it all day.

I love eating clean, and my body is happy. I am so supportive of this website! I have also been using My Fitness Pal to track calories. It's a great site that allows you to connect with friends, access support boards, and track your calorie intake. It has an amazingly thorough database that actually includes most of these recipes on Skinny Taste!

So, here are my favorites:

Chicken Parm: This was very very good. It was so low cal, that I could afford to serve it with some Angel Hair and Marinara. The leftover chicken make great sandwiches to boot!

Turkey Chili Baked Potato: I made this last night. It was delicious. I make taco soup on a fairly regular basis, and this just took that to a new level. I didn't make it in the crock pot, so it may not have been as juicy as normal, but it sure was delicious. I have made the full transition to using ground turkey instead of beef. If I'm craving beef, I'm going to have a steak. No questions.

Shrimp Tostadas: Mr. OU made this for me while I was in recovery (yes, I had my surgery) and it was very very good. Fresh ingredients, zesty guac... yummmm. Mr.OU marinated the shrimp in his own citrus-jalapeno marinade. I don't have that recipe, or I'd include it. It is one of my favorite things in the world, especially for Carne Asada. Maybe I'll squeeze it out of  him one day.

Pollo in Potaccio: Mr. OU was more a fan of this than I, but I don't love rosemary. It was very very tender. I made it on the stove top. I don't think my crock pot could have handled the quantity. It was good, but next time, I will omit the rosemary.

BACON Meatloaf: Ok, ok, it's bacon topped meatloaf, but still! It's been a very long time since I've had someone else's meatloaf, and I am very particular.... but you put bacon on anything, and I am likely to try it. If you need your fix, this is the one to go to!

There you have it, a work weeks worth of yummy, good-for-you-recipes.


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