Goodbye September

September is over… well almost; few hours left. Where has this year gone? Every year seems to go by faster and faster.

I have been doing really well – I know I haven’t been posting, but that means nothing. The month isn’t completely over… but – I have lost almost 5 pounds this month, I have exercised almost everyday totaling over 2000 minutes, I have walked 10k+ steps a day everyday but a few, etc, etc. So it has been an amazing month! I will come back tomorrow with the real totals.

I have been doing lots of cooking and baking… nothing really to get excited and post about though. The weekend before last I did make a HUGE batch of wontons, 250 to be exact! Wonton soup is a great quick and low calorie dinner. I freeze my wontons in a huge bag. I boiled up some veggies and frozen wontons in chicken broth and dinner is ready in less the 15 minutes! One of these days I will post about wontons and maybe even share my recipe 😉

Anyway, just thought I should pop up and say I am still doing well.

Low Calorie Pepperoni and Cheese Scones Recipe

I love scones, cheese and pepperoni; so I put them all together yesterday and made delicious scones for breakfast. In the end they were medium size and around 160 calories each – not too bad! I love making scones and playing with ingredients to make different kinds (dill and feta is another favourite of mine.) These ones turned out so yummy I just had to post the recipe for them.

Low Calorie Pepperoni and Cheese Scones Recipe
    makes 8 scones

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup white all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powered
1 tsp baking soda
couple shakes of cayenne pepper
3 turkey pepperonis, chopped
1/2 cup low fat cheese
2 tbsp light margerine
1 cup skim milk

Directions

1. Preheat over to 425.

2. Mix together flours, baking powder, baking soda, and cayenne pepper. Mix in chopped pepperonis and cheese.

3. Blend in 2 tbsp of margarine with a fork.

4. Stir in milk until dough forms.

5. Form into 8 balls and place on baking sheet. Bake for 13 mintues at 425.

Low Calorie Pepperoni and Cheese Scones – Nutritional Information
    1 medium scone
      157.8    calories
      2.5        grams of fat
      23.9      carbohydrates
      2.2        grams of fiber
      1.5        grams of sugar
      8.7        grams of protein

Delicious 100 Calorie Lemon Ricotta Cupcakes

I found this recipe for Low Calorie Lemon Riccotta Muffins. I found it on the same site as the Fettuccine Alfredo recipe I made on Friday. Again though, I found their calorie information to be incorrect; this time it was too high!

I followed her recipe almost exactly and it made 12 delicious 100 calorie muffins but I am calling them cupcakes. To me, these seemed much more like cupcakes and I love the word cupcake! I used all white flour for mine; maybe that’s why. Like a comment mentioned on her post, the cupcake/muffins were fantastic with some jam; I used Strawberry (jam icing!).

I will be making these again and again. Next time I am going to add more lemon and vanilla extract though, I did find these to be a tad bit bland. Also, I wouldn’t try muffin wrappers – they are VERY hard to get off these muffins, after a day they need to be cut off; just grease your muffin tray well.

And there weren’t little tiny half cupcakes either, my muffin pan was over-flowing with cupcake good-ness.

Once I get the recipe how I like it; I will post it here. Below is the calorie information for her recipe (all white flour).

100 Calorie Lemon Ricotta Cupcakes – Nutritional Information
    1 cupcake
      96.3    calories
      2.6      grams of fat
      13.4    carbohydrates
      0.4      grams of fiber
      3.5      grams of sugar
      4.7      grams of protein

Simple, Low Calorie Fettucine Alfredo

I really had a craving for fettuccine alfredo, after a lot of googling I found this recipe for Light, Low Calorie Creamy Fettuccine Afredo (with or without chicken).

300 calories for a serving of fettuccine alfredo? Unbelievable! Actually it is unbelievable, my serving was more around the 700 calorie mark, but it was a fair size serving. I only changed one thing, I fried a bit of garlic with my chicken.

The original recipe had 4 servings, I made mine into two – I like big portions. One of my biggest beef with “low calorie” recipes – they are only low calorie because the portions are so damn small!

I made the sauce from the recipe exactly the same and it came out to 153 calories for half a serving, not too bad.

Low Calorie Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce – Nutritional Information
    1/2 of recipe
        153     calories
        2.3      grams of fat
        5.3      carbohydrates
        0         grams of fiber
        13.2    grams of protein

I found that knowing the calories for the sauce separate was easier, because they I could adjust my calories accordingly. I had 1.5 servings of whole wheat fettuccine (405 calories) and approximately one small chicken breast (90 calories) and half a tablespoon of oil (60 calories). Bringing my total to 708 calories for a generous portion of fettuccine alfredo. That’s not a lot of calories for fettuccine alfredo, but it’s a lot of calories for one meal I think.

It sure looked good.

But honestly it wasn’t that fantastic. It was good, but not that good – not 700 calories good anyway. I found the sauce kinda lumpy and not that flavorful. I might make it again, but I sure wouldn’t make it often. I think next time I want fettuccine alfrado, I will just go all out.

Leslie Sansone, Walk Away the Pounds, Coupon Code

I have gone back to using my Walk Away the Pounds DVDs since starting my 10k steps a day challenge (I am doing great btw).

I love these videos because they are easy, a lot of fun, and I really feel like I get a pretty good workout.

So I was searching for Leslie Sansone’s new videos the other day and I found this coupon code that takes $5 off – WALK09. It actually seems to work on her entire site! But to top it off, I found a link offering three discounted DVDs and they already included shipping. So you can get two them for $5 shipped (in the US) and a third at $10.

5K With a Twist! $4.95
Walk this Way $4.95
The Big Burn – 2 miles of Intervals $9.95

The link is brought to you by Woman’s Day and can be found here.

Use coupon code: WALK09

I have to say I was REALLY disgusted to see that it was $25 to ship to Canada. $25 for a DVD is bit outrageous I think. Thankfully a friend in the US ordered me the 5k With a Twist!

How To Save Calories At Starbucks

Let me introduce this beautiful little world to you: Misto.

Misto means steamed milk, typically half steamed milk and half coffee (or tea, or americano, etc)

For example, a grande non-fat latte has 130 calories while a grande non-fat coffee misto has only 70 calories. The great thing is, you can add the word misto to most any drink.

Coffee Non-Fat Misto
Americano Non-Fat Misto
Tea Non-Fat Misto

Add some sugar-free syrup to any of the above, and you have a delicious drink for few calories. Just remember to ask for non-fat.

My favourtie drink of the moment: grande, non-fat, sugar free vanilla, african red tea bush, misto

With a name that long, you would expect it to be packed full of calories; but nope, only 70 calories!

So next time you make a trip to your local Starbucks for a special treat, try a misto!

If you are just a regular black coffee drinker, this might not appeal to you. Though, I do love a regular Non-Fat Coffee Misto.

Not only does a Misto save calories, but money too! A coffee misto is much cheaper then a latte. Pay with a registered Starbucks and get syrup and steamed milk (on some combinations) free!

Starbucks Non-Fat Coffee Misto – Nutritional Information
  grande, 16 fl. oz.
    70     calories
    0       grams of fat
    10     carbohydrates
    0       grams of fiber
    10     grams of sugar
    7       grams of protein

(and no, I do not work at Starbucks, I just want to share the love of a misto)

Banana Bread: Sweet Home Alabanana

This Banana bread comes from the cookbook Eat Shrink and Be Merry. It contains delicious bananas (obviously), oat brand, pecans and mini chocolate chips.

It turned out fantastic and it was the first banana bread I have ever made. I am actually not normally a big banana bread lover; but, the boyfriend requested banana bread, and banana bread he got. (plus it was a good excuse to try a new recipe)

There was a downside to this fantastic looking banana bread. It was delicious and the recipe made two loaves. Being on a ‘diet’ with two wonderful loaves of banana bread sitting around… well enough said. At least it came from a healthy cookbook; right? 😀

Warm banana bread, mmmmm….

Would you like a slice?

The calories in the Sweet Home Alabanana actually were not too bad.

Sweet Home Alabanana; Banana Bread – Nutritional Information
  per slice, 1/8 of a loaf (a fair size slice)
    173     calories
    6.4      grams of fat
    28       carbohydrates
    1.9      grams of fiber
    4         grams of protein

September: 10k Steps A Day, Everyday!

That’s my goal for September – 10,000 steps a day, everyday! It is going to be hard, especially on the weekends, but I will do my best. There will probably be a few days where I don’t make it, but as long as I try I should get it in most days.

I made it yesterday!

And I am close today.

I am really loving my Omron Pedometer – it is really encouraging to see how many steps you take in a day. And I defiantly find myself putting more effort into making it going higher and higher. Like last night, I really wanted to see if I could hit the 15k mark. I almost went for a walk, but I was just too tired and had a VERY early night in bed. Sometimes sleep is just more important!