Archive for April, 2012

I’m going to forget that today is really Thursday and pretend it’s Wednesday! So folks, here is another installment of “What You Eating Wednesday.” This Wednesday (wink, wink) I’m sharing a recipe for stuffed peppers. Now, I’m never very exact when I measure spices. I just add a little of this and a little of that. But I’ll try and be more specific for you. My mom used to make these when I was growing up. Of course, I used to pull all the good stuff out of the stuffed pepper, then toss the pepper. Today I really enjoy eating the pepper too!

Stuffed Peppers with Turkey Burger

Ingredients:

  • 3 green bell peppers, cut in half, cored
  • 1 lb ground (or lean) turkey breast
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 BIG can of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup diced onion (more if you really like onions)
  • Chopped garlic, as little or as much as you want
  • Low fat cheddar cheese (if you can find it, don’t bother with fat free, unless you mix it half and half)
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 bay leave
  • 1/8 tsp thyme
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried basil
  • Garlic powder
  • Garlic salt

Direction:

ADD: chicken bouillon, bay leave, thyme, paprika, cayenne pepper and salt to the rice water before it starts boiling. Cook as directed. Cook onions and garlic together for a few minutes, then add the turkey burger. When the rice is done, mix in the cooked turkey burger and onions. You’ll want to put the cut green peppers in a baking pan. Add a little water to the bottom of the pan and throw the peppers in the oven, set at 375 degrees, for five or ten minutes. You want to get a little cook going on them. Pull them out, drain the water. With the peppers back in the baking pan, add heaping scoops of rice, turkey burger mix. In another bowl, empty the large can of tomato sauce. This is where I don’t do well in giving directions. I throw in some garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, dried basil, and salt. Taste it, decide what it needs, then add that 🙂 When it’s mixed, pour it over the peppers. Cover with tinfoil and put in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove tinfoil, add a drizzle of cheese and return to oven for another 10 minutes.

 

oh, are you on a diet?

Posted: April 24, 2012 in Health

If I could lose a pound every time I’ve heard the phrase, “Oh, you’re on a diet?” I’d weigh nothing! When did paying attention to what you eat become the abnormality? I used to just answer, “Yup, I’m on a diet.” That was easier than trying to explain that I don’t “diet’ in the sense they are thinking. I choose to eat certain foods (along with choosing to not eat others), therefore I spend a bit more time planning my meals, shopping and deciding what I’m going to eat when visiting a restaurant. No one questions anyone who sits in the McDonald’s drive-thru daily. Yes, sometimes you’ll even find me sitting in that McDonald’s line! Regardless, I “try” to stick to clean eating. In other words – I try and stay away from processed food. I focus most of my time on the outside isles of the grocery store. Buying fresh produce and meat. If you want to learn more about clean eating, check out “Clean Eating 101” over at The Gracious Pantry. It’s a good read.

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best ab exercises

Posted: April 24, 2012 in Fitness

Everyone, ok – everyone that is working out, wants washboard abs. How do you get these abs? Well, you can’t just ask Santa. You’ll need to eat clean and work your stomach. GeneticWAR.com has a great article related to eating and the top 10 ab exercises.

what you eating wednesday

Posted: April 18, 2012 in Recipes

We love looking at pictures of food. Weird, huh? With social media inventions like Instagram (find us @ fatkidsfitness) and Pinterest it makes food gazing even easier. Not only do these pictures fill up our eyes, it gives us new recipes. With that said, every Wednesday we’ll be posted a new recipe. Today’s recipe is: Pasta with Asparagus. Now, we can’t take credit for coming up with this recipe. It came from skinnytaste.com. Head over there for the full breakdown. We did add some grilled chicken for protein.

Our “attempt”

and a calorie, fat counter. You only get the joy of eating peanut butter when you have enough “calories” left. Let’s be honest, 190 calories consists of half my breakfast. I can’t use all that up for two tbsp of peanut butter! Okay, I can and have, but that’s not the point. And no, I’m not a calorie counting freak. I eat when I’m hungry, but I do enjoy tracking what foods go into my body. Anyway, in my many hours of fitness, healthy eating blog and forum reading. I started noticing people talking about PB2 (powdered peanut butter). Not just talking but raving about fewer calories, less fat and sodium. I put my order in over at Amazon and a few days later I had my PB2. Now, I will warn you. If you’re used to the “normal” peanut butter on the market the PB2 might seem bland to you. I recommend working your way in by trying some Adams 100% natural peanut butter. Yup, the kind you have to stir before using. I switched to PB2 in my protein shakes and absolutely love it. (Just a heads up, there is a chocolate version too and it’s just as fabulous.)

Here’s a label comparison between PB2 and a “well-known brand.”

a better protein bar

Posted: April 12, 2012 in Health, Recipes

When I used to think about protein bars, I’d think of them as a healthy treat. How can you go wrong with oats and fruit in a bar? Then I stopped and really started to pay attention to what’s in them (sugar, sugar and things I can’t pronounce). My thought process has since changed. One of my favorite food blogger, Snack Girl, wrote a post last year comparing a Cliff Bar to a Snickers. I know what you’re thinking, “Duh, it’s a Snickers. It’s going to be WAY worse for you.” Actually, they’re about the same (she also throws Newtons Fruit Thins into the comparison).

Now, I’m not saying don’t eat protein bars. I’m saying – start paying closer attention to those you do eat. Read the ingredient list. Is filled with six different types of sugar? If so, maybe grab a Larabar instead. (Most are made with less that nine ingredients.)

Want to know EXACTLY what’s in your protein bar? Make your own!