Archive | October, 2012

Low Carb Diet News – How Low is Low for a Low Carb Diet and Weight Loss? – Low Carb Diet News

26 Oct

If you are looking for some guidance on how many carbs to have each day, the link below is a great reference point.

Have you reached a plateau and finding it hard to lose a few more pounds?  I recommend keeping track of what you are eating, every morsel. Not as hard as it sounds.  I use My Fitness Pal to keep a record, pretty easy with the iphone app.  You may be surprised at how many carbs you are eating without realizing it.

Low Carb Diet News – How Low is Low for a Low Carb Diet and Weight Loss? – Low Carb Diet News.

Quicker than it looks..

24 Oct

Pork Tenderloin is a great meat to have on hand for a quick delicious meal.  I have made this recipe a few times and each time I change it up a little bit.  I have used mushrooms on occasion which are a great addition and this time I added fresh spinach.

Pork Medallions with Prosciutto Sage Sauce

1.5 lb pork tenderloin, cut into 1/2″ medallions. (cut across the grain)

4 T olive oil

2-3 ounces prosciutto, chopped

2 T fresh parsley, chopped

1 T fresh sage, chopped

4 ounces petite cut canned tomatoes, drained (substitute fresh if available)

1 small yellow onion, chopped

1/2 C dry white wine (may substitute chicken broth)

1/2 C heavy cream

6 ounces baby spinach, lightly chopped

freshly ground pepper and salt to taste

In medium saute pan heat 2 T olive oil over medium heat and cook prosciutto with onions, sage, parsley and tomatoes. Cook until onions translucent and tender about 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat.

In large skillet heat 2 T olive oil over medium heat and cook the pork medallions turning occasionally until browned on both sides, about 1o minutes.  Add the onion mixture, wine and cream then heat to just boiling then reduce to a gentle simmer.  Add spinach and stir. Simmer uncovered, about 20 minutes until pork cooked through and sauce thickened.  Stir occasionally during this time.  Season with salt & pepper.

I served this with Roasted Brussels Sprouts*.

Cut each sprout in half and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake in 425 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Top with fresh shredded parmesan cheese before serving.

Brussels sprouts get a bad rap and most people don’t like them. I am on the fence. It was nice to have a different vegetable but my husband thinks they smell funny and is not a fan!  You decide.

*Just and FYI-the proper spelling is Brussels sprouts not Brussel sprouts, because they were named after the city of Brussels, Belgium.  The word sprouts ends in the letter ‘s’ because we usually eat more than one, unless you are my husband.

Get outside while you can!

23 Oct

No matter what you eat to stay fit and healthy, you can’t forget to get outside weather permitting and exercise. We all were told to go outside and get some fresh air when we were kids, I think it is still a great idea today.  I was fortunate enough to be in New England this weekend and the leaves were beautiful!  I am so lucky to have an extra weekend of fall because in Minnesota the leaves had already fallen.

So remember to pack your sneakers when you travel and grab some sunshine and exercise at every opportunity.

 

I am not a runner but I walk pretty fast and keep track of my walks on the Nike + app on my iphone. It is great to see my progress as my pace increases. Then all you need is some great music or a talkative partner and you are good to go for miles.

I was not always out in the countryside walking.  On Saturday I walked what seemed like  miles as I window shopped  along Newbury Street in Boston!

Can Carb Refeeds Boost Stalled Weight Loss? | Mark’s Daily Apple

20 Oct

I have heard so many people mention the plateau they reach after a few months eating low carb. Many times they have reached a comfortable weight and just want to lose a few more pounds or inches. Below is a great explanation and plan that I personally can’t wait to try!

Can Carb Refeeds Boost Stalled Weight Loss? | Mark’s Daily Apple.

Just in from Winter Park, CO

18 Oct

Sarah sent this and it looks so good.  Great hearty breakfast using a 1 carb tortilla, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, eggs and avocado.  Such a great way to start the day before hitting the slopes. Honestly, breakfast is just the best when you are living low carb!

Trouble remembering things…

17 Oct

Do you sometimes wonder if eating “low carb” is a good thing?

Need some motivation before you reach for a big chocolate chip cookie?

Read this link!

Great dinner last night..

16 Oct

I decided I really should try a recipe from my last post. Low-Carb Chicken Breasts with Fresh Sage and Mushrooms.  It was so good and so worth a little extra effort.

I served it with fresh steamed broccoli with butter and a big green salad. The sauce was so good I wanted to lick the plate! Not sure I am a huge fan of fresh sage so I used it sparingly.

Below are a few pictures taken during preparation. I find putting chicken breasts in a zip lock bag before flattening with meat mallet saves a big mess. I also prepare all the sauce ingredients ahead of time, then making the sauce was a breeze.

Foodista | Chicken Breasts & Fresh Herbs

13 Oct

I love reading food blogs and today I found two great recipes for chicken breasts on Foodista.  The use of fresh herbs sounds delicious. 

Low-Carb Chicken Breasts with Fresh Sage and Mushrooms.

Chicken Breasts with Tarragon Mushroom Cream Sauce.

Quick and easy breakfast

12 Oct

No time for frying pans and all the mess, here is a simple delicious way to prepare eggs.  Now there is no excuse for not having breakfast! Thanks Betsy for sharing this great recipe.

Coat a microwave-safe large coffee mug or custard cup with cooking spray or butter. The eggs will rise so be sure to cover the entire area.  Add two eggs, 2 T cream, salt and pepper. Beat with fork until blended. Cook on full power for 35-40 seconds and stir. Continue cooking unti eggs are set, about 40 seconds longer. (microwave times vary) Top with shredded cheese if desired.

Above is a great quick way to have breakfast, but here is my absolutely favorite way to have breakfast.  Breakfast in bed brought to me by room service. I am not sure which is better breakfast in bed or eating sausages with no guilt whatsoever? A toss up.. 

On the road this week in Arizona

12 Oct

Traveling is always fun and a great way to hear about new low carb recipes from friends I don’t get to see often. Last night Betsy shared a great quick breakfast, which I will post later today. It seems the more people I talk to, the more I hear about converts to the low carb way of life.

Yesterday I had a wonderful salad at a Spa, it was so great to see a menu with Carbs listed next to the choices. I never was much for requiring restaurants to list such things, but must admit now I am a huge fan. I had a roasted beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts on assorted greens. I felt funny taking a picture as I was with a group. But I found this picture on the internet and it looks just like the salad I had.  This salad had only 6 carbs and I was not hungry again for hours. 

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