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

Quick Albondigas Soup

Try Trimm-Way’s easy recipe for Meatball Soup — healthy, and low calorie, and delicious!  

ALBONDIGAS SOUP
010e85e8e0e11d1960ecbedf038097056 Cups Chicken Broth (preferably from cartons rather than canned)
3/4 C Salsa (preferably fresh), pureed
1 C peeled ad diced Potatoes
1 C peeled and diced Carrots
1 C diced Celery
1/3 C chopped fresh Cilantro
20 turkey or vegan frozen meatballs

Heat Chicken Broth in a large saucepan. Add pureed salsa and simmer for 20 minutes. Add vegetables, cilantro, meatballs and salt. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

5 Servings (2 cups soup with 4 meatballs): 270 calories  

For those cooks who prefer ‘homemade’, here’s the recipe for turkey meatballs:

TURKEY MEATBALLS
1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 C cooked rice
2 T chopped fresh mint
1 T minced fresh garlic
1/3 C breadcrumbs
1/4 C minced yellow onion
1 Egg
1/2 t salt

Preheat oven to 325. Lightly coat baking sheet with olive oil. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix well. Portion about 2 tablespoons (about 1 ounce), and form into a ball with wet hands. Place on baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until cooked through. Do not overcook.

Flat Out Pizza

Trimm-Way has some new recipes which take only about 20 minutes with 300 calories or less per serving.  First of all, who likes Pizza?  

FLAT OUT PIZZA
Image 1 Flatout® Thin Crust Flatbread
1/4 C Pasta Sauce
1/4 C Grated Mozzarella Cheese
5 Slices Lite Salami
(Optional) Chopped Veggies such as tomatoes, green onions, baby spinach, mushrooms, fresh basil

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Place Flatout Flatbread on a cookie sheet and spread ingredients evenly. Bake for 10 minutes, or 12 minutes for crispier crust.

Calories: 295 (255 calories without vegies)

Pumpkin Cheesecake

imagesCRUST:
1-1/4 C ginger snaps, crushed
2 T brown sugar
3 T margarine, melted
1 T water
Pam Cooking Spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine ginger snaps, brown sugar and margarine.  Add only enough water to moisten mixture.  Pat into 8” springform pan, sprayed with Pam.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Cool.

FILLING:
2 C lowfat ricotta cheese
1 egg
3 egg whites
2/3 C lowfat buttermilk
1/2 C sugar
3/4 C cooked or canned pumpkin
1 t vanilla extract
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t each allspice, nutmeg, ginger

Combine ricotta cheese, egg and egg whites in a food processor or blender until smooth.  Add remaining ingredients and process until well blended.  Pour into prepared crust.  Bake at 375 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes.  Cool to room temperature.  Chill 8 hours or overnight before serving.

8 Servings:  178 calories