Category Archives: What I eat

Diet coke + gummi bears

This may sound crazy… I was inspired by Classic 50’s drive in Norman, Oklahoma (please go there if you’ve never been). And this new “treat” has become a staple several afternoon a week to get me through the last hours of my work day. A diet Coke/Pepsi with a few gummi bears in the bottom is a glorious treat. If you let it “marinate” for a few minutes, or stir it up, it tastes like regular coke (without the regular coke calories and sugar). You will get some calories and sugar in the gummi bears themselves, but not as many. I have tried many different variations of gummi bears brands to find the best. My favorite flavor combination is Trolli Classic Bears and Diet Pepsi. I use 9 gummi bears in 32 ounces of Diet Pepsi. This totals 55 calories, and tastes wonderful. Go ahead, try it out.

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What I’m eating: dinner last night

Dinner last night was a healthy portion (about 2 cups) of baby carrots, 1/2 cup steamed spinach, 1/2 cup of my homemade cheesy mashed potatoes, and a chicken breast topped with my new Belgian beer & onion braising sauce. I recently received this sauce, and I love it. It is so easy to throw frozen chicken breasts in the slow cooker and top them with a dollop of this sauce as I’m running out the door in the morning. It is great to then come home to the sweet aroma of a fresh, hot meal when I get home. Almost no prep-work necessary! I’ve put a link to the sauce below. I used it on chicken here, but I’m sure it would go great on beef as well.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/belgian-beer-onion-braising-sauce/?pkey=e%7Cbraising%7C15%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C14&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-Feature_Recipe_Rule-_-

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Tips from this weekend

Although my weekends always include a fair amount of eating out, there is always room for wise choices. At a favorite brunch restaurant visited this weekend, we split an entrée, and had them plate is separately. This picture looks like a normal sized portion, but this is HALF of the whole entrée. This is the case at many restaurants – huge entrees that are too big for one person. The key here is to split it or take half home!

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Pictured here is a veggie pizza. The key to cutting out calories here is to order the thinnest crust pizza. Ordering a thin crust can cut out as much as 200 calories per slice!

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