Posted in Foodie Pen Pal

Foodie Pen Pals – February

This is my fourth time participating in the foodie pen pal program.  This time I had to laugh because I got an email from the lady, Stacey, who would be mailing my box because she lived in the same area.  When I got her box, I had to LOL even more because she did not live in the same area as me, but she lived about 5 to 10 minutes from my house.  I have passed her street numerous times when I have traveled between my church and one of the main roads in town.

I sent it to Jes, who lives in Florida.  I don’t believe she has a blog, so I will post her email when she receives my box. 

I just opened your goodie box! I giggled a little whn I saw the cranberries bc I had run out yesterday and love them in cottage cheese for breakfast. You saved me a trip to the store! And dark chocolate with sea salt is a serious weakness of mine! You packed this full of things I love! 
Thank you! 
Now, I am off to make a pot if your delicious smelling coffee 🙂
Thank you again,

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Here’s an overview of what I received from Stacey.

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I love almond butter instead of peanut butter.  This will be great to put in your purse for emergencies.

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I have to keep these away from the Wee One because he loves gummy snacks.  This is another in case of emergency stash in my purse.

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Yum! Chocolate!  Enough said.

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My favorite granola brand and flavor.  I had just gotten a bag of this a few weeks ago, so now I have 2 bags.  Yum!  Chunks of white chocolate and freeze-dried pineapple – it doesn’t get any better than that.

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I don’t know why the pic is out of focus.  I’ve recently started trying Larabars.  I love chocolate and coconut together, so this will be a real treat.

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I had this for breakfast one morning after I received this box.  They were delicious with coffee,

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I love the Kashi brand but haven’t tried this flavor.  This is another case of an emergency stash.

Thanks again, Stacey, for a great box.

For more information about the foodie pen pal program, visit the Lean Green Bean.

Posted in Food, Randomness

Sunday prep

I have parent-teacher conferences this week, so I’ll be working late. I ensured Hubby had food to feed both boys on Monday and Wednesday. I also need to make sure I have plenty of healthy snacks.


Ranch-flavored veggie chips in individual bags


Carrot sticks


Italian Sloppy Joes


Asian Chicken Burgers


Ham and cheese scones


Almond Protein Pancakes


Celery Sticks

Posted in Randomness

Sunday Food Prep

Sunday Prep 2

So today, I took time out and did some prep for the week.  Tomorrow I’ll be cooking a roast for burrito bowls.  The soup is for lunches, and I ate it for dinner on Sunday night.  The Parmesan chicken is for one of our dinners.  I’m going to eat mine with the roasted veggies.  The breakfast apple crisp is my breakfast for 3 mornings.  I’m going to eat it with Greek yogurt.  The bbq pork will first be a dinner and then be pork fajitas.  Yum!

Posted in breakfast, Drinks, Healthy, Ingredients, Recipes, Smoothie, Spinach

Power Up Green Smoothie

During the holiday season, I participated in a group called the Healthy Elves (now Healthy Self).  I tried many new things.  One of the new things I tried was green smoothies.  I didn’t know what I was missing because they were delicious and healthy.

This is my basic “recipe” or method to make them.  You can change the smoothie up by adding different fruits or changing the fruits depending on your likes and dislikes.


Power Up Green Smoothie

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 c. baby spinach
  • 1/2 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 c. almond milk (I like vanilla unsweetened almond coconut.)
  • 1 kiwi peeled and cut into pieces (I get rid of the middle part.)
  • 1/2 – 1 Tbsp. chia seeds


  1. Place spinach, strawberries, almond milk, and chia seeds in a blender cup or blender.  
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add the kiwi.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Enjoy!

Printable Recipe

Posted in chicken 1, Chickpeas, Ingredients, Meat, Recipes, Salad

Buffalo Wing Chicken Salad

A week and a half ago, I posted a recipe for Buffalo Wing Hummus.  I used the hummus to make a chicken salad full of veggies and with less fat.

IMG_6541[1]Buffalo Wing Chicken Salad

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1/2 c. cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced and diced
  • 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced and diced
  • 1/4 red pepper, thinly sliced and diced
  • 1/2 c. Buffalo Wing hummus


  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Enjoy on bread, flatbread, or on a bed of lettuce!

(2 servings)

Printable Recipe 

Posted in Healthy, Randomness

Now what?

Now that I’m back to losing weight, I want to make mini goals. This way I’m not overwhelmed.

Goal #1 – healthy BMI

Goal #2 – reach the 130s/ get into single digit pants’ size

Goal #3 – look svelte and awesome at my 20th class reunion on August 3rd – Hopefully in my 120s by then. (Graduated at 120 pounds)

Posted in Ingredients, Main Dish, Meat, Pork, Recipes

Breaded Baked Pork Chops

I knew we would have pork chops for dinner, but I did not know how I would fix them. As I was driving home that night, a light bulb went off in my head. “Why don’t I make them like the baked chicken nuggets we had a few weeks prior?”

I like the recipe’s simplicity and how it is healthy for you. My husband raved about it so I’ll say it was a success!!!

20130130-195035.jpgBreaded Baked Pork Chops

Skinny Taste

Stars of the recipe:

  • 4 boneless pork chops, cut in half
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 Tbsp. Whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp. panko
  • 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • olive oil spray


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a baking dish with olive oil spray. (9 by 13 rectangular)
  3. Put Extra Virgin Olive Oil in one bowl and breadcrumbs, panko, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning in another bowl.
  4. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Dip in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, making sure to get all sides evenly coated.
  5. Dip in the breadcrumb mixture until it’s coated. Place in the baking dish.
  6. Repeat with the other pieces of pork chops.
  7. Spray the top with olive oil spray.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. (Turn once while baking)
  9. Enjoy! (We had ours with baked sweet potato and steamed broccoli.)

Printable Recipe

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It’s Not Just About a Numbers’ Game

To read about my weight loss journey, here are the links. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.

During my first weight loss journey, I played what I called a numbers’ game. I was obsessed with the number of calories I was eating but not the nutritional value. I would then play the game of it, “This doughnut is only 200 calories.” to rationalize why I was eating a doughnut. Then I would ensure I eat 200 fewer calories later in the day. Another trick I would do was look at a bag of potato chips and then divide it into smaller portions. “7 chips equals 70 calories so I’ll only eat that many.” I didn’t care about how much fat was in the chips. All I cared about was the number of calories.

I really didn’t learn anything about how to eat healthier. So it was easier for me to not maintain my weight in the long run.

Then there was the year I gave up drinking pop. I gave it up cold turkey and did great. After a year, I picked up my first can and gradually began drinking it again. Not a good thing – I maintained my weight, and my teeth were in great shape while not drinking pop. Soon I was drinking a pop a day, sometimes 2 pops a day. My favorites changed from time to time. When I stopped drinking pop 2 months ago, my favorite pop was Coke.

As I stated 2 months ago, I opened my last pop and drank a sip or two. Then I decided it was not worth it and gave it up once again cold turkey. I gave my Coke bottles to my sister-in-la so I didn’t have the temptation.

I’ve started on another weight loss journey. I decided not to just focus on the calories even though I look at the calories of different foods, especially when I’m eating out, so I can make the healthiest choices. My changes have come from eating differently and healthier. I’ve eaten new things in the past month and have discovered new flavors – kale and quinoa are two.

I also found Slender Kitchen. She has meal plans that are based on weight watchers. It’s what I’ve been looking for. I’ve got plans for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Do I follow them exactly? No, but at least I’ve got a starting point. In the last two weeks, I’ve followed those plans and lost five pounds! I’m satisfied with the food, so there is no overeating. Some of the recipes are simple, and others require some prep time.

I realize you need to worry about the calories you eat versus the amount you burn. For me, I need to focus on learning how to eat healthier.

The next step in my journey is learning how to be more active.

Posted in Healthy, Randomness

What I’ve eaten – Week of Jan. 30 – Feb. 5

Steak salad

Maple mustard chicken, corn, and cauliflower garlic mash

Sausage, kale, white bean soup


Blueberry almond whole wheat muffins

Kale chips

Flatbread pizza

Roasted veggie ziti

Hash brown and egg casserole

Buffalo wing hummus

Buffalo wing chicken salad

Caprese pasta salad

Baked potato soup with cauliflower.

Grilled cheese Sammy

Skinny chocolate peanut butter cookie made with chickpeas