Friday, February 26, 2010

The Perfect Loaf of Banana Bread

Weight: 153.6 (down .6 lbs or 6.4 lbs from the beginning!)

I don't know about you but I love banana bread, I mean I LOVE banana bread. For the last couple of years I have been desperately searching for a healthy recipe that does not sacrifice taste. Ladies and gentlemen, I think I have found the perfect loaf of banana bread!

This blueberry banana bread will blow you away. It is so moist, delicious, filling and get this... not one drop of butter or oil in it! It's whole wheat, it's flax-y, it's low-calorie, it's low-fat, it's high fiber, it's healthy, it's amazing!

Since I have discovered this recipe about a month ago, I have been poping 2 piece in the toaster every morning for breakfast and having it with 1/2 a cup of yogurt and I can honestly say it keeps me full until lunch... a good 4 hours!

Bust out those old, bruised bananas and eat your heart out people!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Honey-Soy Salmon

Weight: 154.2 (down .2 lbs!) Little victories right...

I have been super busy lately with family, mostly helping my mom out with her ever growing business - Diapers Naturally. We were just at a great tradeshow in Edmonton on the weekend. And while it is difficult for any normal person to resist Chicago Deep Dish pizza while in Edmonton, I walked and walked and walked around that enormous show! So I am guess that is the reason for no weight gain, even though I endulged in the most amazing pizza EVER! I ate really well the rest of the trip though, even went to the grocery store while in Edmonton to grab some healthy necessities - bananas, yogurt, peppers, water. 

Despite my exhaustion and lack of interest, I hit up the gym on Tuesday with Lindsey and did our 45 minute walk/jog and then an hour of water aerobics.  I am just posting this then promptly working out with EA Active and then going on a walk to the library with Bevan!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Scallops with Capers and Spinach

Weight: 155.6 lbs (going back down - thank goodness! Damn cookies)

Oh lordy, this one it gooooood! A little tip about capers: More is not more with these little bundles of flavour! It's not like garlic, believe me, LESS IS MORE when it comes to these guys! 1 tbsp should do just fine. When making the perfect bite on your fork, combine a little spinach, a scallop and only 1 caper. Their flavour is powerful!

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Guten Appetit meine freunden! 

Sauteed Scallops with Lemon and Thyme

I rarely bust out the butter for cooking but sometimes it is just necessary. Scallops, my friends, are one of those occasions. While this recipe - and all the scallop recipes of mine - do have butter in them, it is a minimal amount. Everything is moderation right?

This recipe only makes 2 servings (because seafood is not the best re-heated the next day and it's just Bevan and I tonight). But, the recipe is easily doubled or tripled if you are feeding a larger crowd.

Oh, and remember to leave me comments! I love to hear if you have tried a recipe, will try it, want to see something different on the blog. Let me know what you're thinking!!

Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Baked Scallops

Weight: 156! Eeeek!

Damn it, damn it, damn it! I hate the weekends! And a long weekend?! My calorie counting always falls by the way side when Friday rolls around... what to do, what to do?! I think it may just be the cookies that Bevan (the significant other) baked on Saturday... and I proceeded to snack on all weekend long.

We went for a 1 1/2 hour walk yesterday... I didn't wake up until 10 so my eating time was cut short. I even stopped eating after 7pm last night... and STILL?! Well I guess I'll see what tomorrow has to bring.

My weekend was pretty sedentary actually because of my back. I am not sure what happened but based on the bruise on my lower spine I am thinking... I ran into something backwards at high speeds? I have no idea... I am trying to break free from the pain and just work through it. I have been doing that since last Wednesday to no avail.

So I am making scallops to cure my pain! Ever since my wonderful vacation out East to visit my in-laws in Nova Scotia... I have fallen in love.

A deep, delicious, heavenly love with... scallops (and seafood in general)!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Four-Cheese Baked Pasta

Weight: 154.6 lbs

Who doesn't love a nice dish of creamy, cheesy, delicious baked pasta? How about creamy, low-fat, high fiber, cheesy goodness? Yes my friends, it is possible! Guilt-free, healthy comfort food - here we come!

Four-Cheese Baked Pasta
Kinda, sorta from this recipe

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Yay for Active Days!

Working out to EA Active sporting my Bodybugg

Weight: 154.6 lbs (down 1.2lbs!)

I am super excited about the weight loss today! Yesterday morning was slightly depressing at 155 again.. I still hadn't lost the weekend binge weight from 2 weekends ago but now I am down past that.

I called Calista's Bridal yesterday to get the measurements of the dress I am trying to fit into (good idea eh?) and I am pretty excited! I need to lose:

1/2 inch from my chest
3 inches from my waist
0 inches from my hips (I am actually 2 inches smaller than the dress around my hips!)

The wedding is July 3rd. That means in 4 months (June 10th) I have to be where I will be on July 3rd! Can I do 25 lbs in 4 months?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Perfect Lunch

I worked out at a gym yesterday (I haven't been to one in awhile, I love stay home in my humble abode to work on my fitness) but I enjoyed it! My girlfriend and I worked HARD and we are both happy to be feeling it today! I also went to a movie on the weekend and refrained from allowing anything harsh to enter my body! Yay for will power!

Today's recipe: Roasted Onion and Garlic Bisque with Whole Wheat Garlic Knots (can we all say 'yum' together?!)

Don't only enjoy this meal to ward off vampires - garlic is full of calcium, potassium and vitamin C. Parsley is an herb that is chalked full of vitamin A, C and K, as well as folic acid. Onions support cardiovascular health, especially because

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Master Dough!

I know right... enough bread already! Let me explain, I was typing up a post on this amazing soup and garlic knot bun type things I made yesterday and remembered that I haven't written anything about the Master Recipe dough from the cookbook Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day. I also realized that I made the garlic knots with that master dough. So for you to make the next recipe you have to make the master dough. Thus, this post!

My favorite new recipe book (discovered at our lovely public library!) is Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day. I am so excited about this way of cooking! I have posted other recipes from this cookbook (Guacamole Bread & Simple Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread) and now I am posting the Master Recipe (that will keep for 14 days!)

The idea is that you make the dough (no kneading necessary) and store it in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Whenever you need to make a loaf of bread, you grab some dough, let it rest and pop it in the oven. Seems too easy to be so good,

Friday, February 5, 2010

Low-Fat Almond Biscotti

Weight: 156.2

No more falling off the bandwagon during the weekend (time to test the will power starting today... FRIDAY!) I was down to 155 and 1 weekend of not calorie counting ended up like this... it's now 1 week later and my weight hasn't gone back to pre-weekend blunder weight. Not going to lie, I am feeling pretty discouraged.

I was very active this week and watched my calories. I was busy with wii fit, boxing, swimming, water aerobics, chasing kids around the indoor playground and I even made and effort to walk instead of drive many times this week... what the heck?!

Anyways... I tried out a recipe for low-fat almond biscotti in my Clean Eating cookbook and it is heavenly! So I had to share. Biscotti goes wonderfully with

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sassy Flavoured Water

It's no surprise that most people do not meet their daily fluid requirements. The human body is comprised of up to 60% water! We need fluids to maintain the body’s fluid balance and for proper digestion, joint lubrication, to flush the kidneys, and more.

Ingesting lots of sugar with pops and juice (even if they are 100% natural) and chemicals with sugar-free pop is not ideal. Water is what our bodies crave and want but lets face it, water gets a little bland sometimes! Enter: Naturally flavoured water! All you need is a pitcher, water, fruit, vegetables, herbs and a couple hours to marry the flavours.

Not only does it spice up water, is it not just so dang cute sitting out on the table? Lets say thank you to our bodies for the work they do for us and drink up!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Another Day

Weight: 156.8 lbs (up 1.2 lbs!)

Huh... up in lbs eh? I know what the problem is at least! Does everyone have a problem behaving themselves on the weekend? I know that I do for sure! Calorie counting goes out the window, I guesstimate my caloric intake, working out doesn't happen... it's all together, not so good! Next weekend will be different now that I see what 2 little days can do.

I read somewhere that people who weigh themselves daily were more successful at losing weight than people who stepped on the scale less frequently and I have to say, I believe it. You think about your choice more because of the number you seen that morning and remember that you will be doing it again the next morning.

I am keeping up on my EA Active. That program really makes you work! I went downstairs to my heavy bag yesterday and had no ambition to work out so I went upstairs and tried EA Active. I ended up working out for a tough 30 minutes. I was really sweating by the end and burned 142 calories in the process!

Okay! Now for the good stuff....