50-Calorie Chocolate Protein “Truffles”

These taste too-good-to-be-true!  A good alternative to a pre-workout protein bar.

ecbb0866835a692a_bite.xxxlarge_2x1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup golden raisins
3/4 scoop chocolate plant-based protein powder (1 scoop is about 35 grams; I used Vega)
Pinch of sea salt
1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut

Add almonds to a food processor or high-speed blender. Process nuts a few minutes until a creamy almond butter forms.

Add raisins and mix until smooth.

Add in the protein powder and salt; blend until thoroughly combined.

Roll dough into 12 balls (make them smallish), coat each ball with shredded coconut, and place on a plate or pan.

Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. Store uneaten balls in an airtight container.

Mini Meat Loaves

 

A tangy Ketchup and Dijon Mustard Glaze helps the meat loaves bake to a golden brown and provides great flavor

5280711/2 cup ketchup
1-1/2 T Dijon mustard
1 pound ground sirloin
3/4 cup finely copped onion
1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 t salt
1/2 t dried oregano
1/8 t black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine ketchup and mustard, stirring well with a whisk.  Reserve 1-1/2 tablespoons ketchup mixture.  Combine remaining ketchup mixture, beef and next 6 ingredients (beef through egg) in a large bowl, stirring to combine.

Divide beef mixture into 4 equal portions.  Shape each portion into a 4 x 2-1/2 inch loaf, place loaves on a jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray.

Spread about 2 teaspoons reserved ketchup mixture evenly over each loaf.  Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until done.

4 Servings (1 loaf) – 255 Calories, 27 g protein, 15 g carbs, 8 g fat, 944 mg salt

Veggie Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Who doesn’t love PIZZA?  This recipe has a great balance of flavors, making it hard to believe that the crust is made with cauliflower, and an entire personal-sized pizza is only 350 calories.

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1 head cauliflower (about 3 lb.), roughly chopped
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
2-1/2 oz. shredded part-skim mozzarella (about 2/3 cup)
2 large egg whites
1/2 oz. grated parmesan
1/2 cup thinly sliced seeded tomatoes
2/3 cup fresh baby spinach

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a food processor, pulse half of cauliflower 10 to 15 times or until finely chopped (like rice).  Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining cauliflower.  Coat cauliflower with cooking spray.  Bake, stirring once, for 25 minutes.  Let cool.  Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees.

Warm a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add 1 tsp. oil; swirl to coat.  Add mushrooms and bell pepper; sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.

Place cauliflower in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze until very dry.  In a large boawl, combine cauliflower, remaining 1 tsp. oil, 1/4 cup basil, 1/8 tsp. black pepper, salt, garlic, 2 oz. mozzarella, egg whites and Parmesan.  On a parchment-lined baking sheet, press mixture into two 8-inch circles.  Coat crusts with cooking spray.

Bake crusts until browned, about 20 minutes.  Remove from oven; top evenly with mushroom mixture, tomatoes, spinach, remaining 1/4 cup basil, remaining 1/8 tsp. black pepper and remaining mozzarella.  Bake until cheese melts, about 7 minutes.

2 Servings, 350 Calories per serving. 16 g fat, 11 g fiber, 26 g protein, 658 g sodium

No Excuses!

imagesExcuses for skipping a workout fall into 3 categories. First, there are the Legitimate excuses like the flu, back spasms, Mom needs help, dead car battery.

Then there is the category of Utterly Crazy excuses for not working out, such as these:
I had a massage yesterday, and I don’t want to mess that up.
I don’t have any workout clothes to match my mood.
I can’t sweat because the heat makes my eyelash extensions fall off.
I’m going to an awesome party and don’t want to be sore because I plan to do a lot of dancing.
My appetite goes up after I exercise, so I need to take a break so I’ll eat less.

Finally, there’s the category of Poor/Lame excuses, but we like to tell ourselves they are legitimate — Avoid these and say: “NO MORE EXCUSES!”
It’s too hard.
I’m too busy.
I’m too tired.
I’ll do it tomorrow.
My body sucks.
I can’t go to the gym until I get in shape. (Don’t let muffin top, bloated tummy, wobbly thighs, etc., become excuses!)

Prawn Tacos with Mango Salsa and Cabbage Slaw

Try these healthy tacos — this recipe will definitely bring rave reviews!

Image1-1/2 lb. frozen medium prawns (precooked)
6 corn tortillas
3 T taco seasoning
1 T olive oil
1/2 c white wine
Cooking Spray
Lime wedges and cilantro (garnish)


Defrost prawns and remove tails. Place in shallow dish with wine and sprinkle with taco seasoning. Marinate for about 1 hour. Drain prawns thoroughly. Sauté in olive oil until just cooked, do not overcook.

Mango Salsa (or, use Trader Joe’s Mango Salsa)
2 ripe mangoes, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
2 T chopped red bell pepper
2 T chopped cilantro
1 tsp rice vinegar
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)

Mix all ingredients and set aside.

Cabbage Slaw
1/2 head of white or red cabbage, shredded, or 1/2 bag shredded cabbage
3 T low fat Caesar dressing
1/2 tsp pepper
1 T rice vinegar

Mix all ingredients and set aside.

Tacos (1 or 2 tortillas each)
Lightly coat a pan with cooking spray and cook each tortillas on both sides until toasty warm.
Place 2 T of slaw in tortilla topped with 2 T mango salsa
Add prawns. Garnish with lime wedges and cilantro.

6 Servings – Counts as 1 bread, 3 proteins, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, 1/2 fat

Brain Foods – Five Truths About the Foods you Eat

Food-Pyramid
1. You are what you eat.
• Your body is continuously making and renewing its cells.
• Cells influence the chemicals produced and required for proper brain
function
2. Food is a drug.
• Foods can affect your mood and energy levels.
• Foods high in carbohydrates can make you feel worse, just 30 minutes
after eating.
• Foods high in protein can make you feel great, even hours after
eating.
3. Diet influences everything in your life.
• Your overall health.
• Your ability to think quickly and clearly.
• Your energy level.
• Your weight.
• Your appearance.
4. Society bombards us with bad messages about food
• Do you want a supersize meal, fries with your burger, bread first,
another drink, appetizer first, dessert?
• We reward ourselves with food, whether for positive or negative
activities in life.
5. Teens, young adults and the elderly have the worst diets.
• Food habits developed when young are hard to break and can
influence brain development.

Call Trimm-Way today and learn how brain foods can help you lose weight!

The Day After: One Day Diet

30025294_grilledchicken2Trimm-Way’s popular “Day After” Diet is a one-day diet to use after overindulging.

Food Allowed:  1 grapefruit, 3 eggs, 2 chicken breasts (women – 8 ounces, men – 14 ounces), unlimited asparagus

Avoid fats when cooking — use Pam, chicken broth, nonfat dressings and seasonings.

Drink 8 glasses of water during the day !!!

Breakfast: 1 egg and 1/2 grapefruit

Snack:  2 oz. chicken and asparagus

Lunch: 3 oz. chicken  and asparagus (women)

6 oz. chicken and asparagus (men)

Snack: 1 or 2 eggs and all the asparagus you can eat  [ you can save the second egg, for a snack later ]

Dinner: 3 oz. chicken and asparagus (women)

6 oz. chicken and asparagus (men)

Snack: 1/2 grapefruit

Protein Pancakes

With a prep time of about 20 minutes and under 300 calories per serving, these light and moist pancakes are topped with juicy peach slices.
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3 eggs, separated
1 Cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/3 C lowfat milk
1/2 C all-purpose flour
2 t sugar
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
Cooking Spray
2 peaches, peeled and thinly sliced
Warm honey (optional)

In a food processor or blender, combine egg yolks and ricotta.  Whirl until blended.  Add milk, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt; whirl until mixture is well combined.  In a large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff, moist peaks form; gently fold in batter.

Preheat a griddle or wide frying pan over medium heat; spray with cooking spray.  Using about 1/4 cup for each pancake, pour batter onto hot griddle.  Cook until tops of pancakes are bubbly and appear dry; turn and cook other sides until browned.

Top pancakes with peach slices; drizzle with honey if desired.  Makes about 1 dozen 4-inch pancakes.

6 Servings:  157 Calories (plus 60 calories with 1 T honey), 9g Protein, 16 g Carb, 6 g Fat, 175 mg Sodium

 

Lettuce Wraps

Continuing the Trimm-Way series of recipes taking about 20 minutes with 300 calories or less per serving . . . Lettuce wraps make a terrific appetizer or light entree — Enjoy!

Image1 pound ground turkey
1/2 package of low sodium taco seasoning
1 Cup grated Pepper Jack Cheese
1/2 C lite sour cream
1/2 C salsa
8 large lettuce leaves

Brown the turkey and add 1/2 package of taco seasoning.
Divide the meat mixture evenly among the 8 lettuce leaves.
Top each with 2T grated cheese, 1T lite sour cream and 1T salsa

4 Servings: 290 calories