Brown vs. white

Years ago I switched from eating white rice, pasta and bread to eating brown rice, pasta and bread. My reason: more nutrients. And on the old Weight Watchers plan whole wheat pasta was lower in Points. On the “newer” plan the Points are the same. But (healthy) habits are hard to break.

And I love carbs and will NEVER give them up. Yum!

When I went to do my research on brown vs. white rice and pasta the Google search also listed brown vs. white eggs … sugar. I also looked up bread.

According to The Hungry Mouse, the only major difference between brown and white eggs is the color of the shell.

According to a New York Times article, the two varieties of (brown and white) sugar are similar nutritionally.

I have been eating whole wheat (brown) bread for years. According to a Livestrong article, whole wheat brown bread has a “nutritional advantage” over white bread, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. This is because brown breads made from whole wheat usually contain more fiber than white bread, as well as greater amounts of important nutrients such as vitamins B-6 and E, magnesium, folic acid, copper, zinc … Continue reading

Baking squash and adding grains

In a quest to try new things for this month’s Monthly Challenge I grabbed an acorn squash at the grocery recently.

I wasn’t sure what to do with it. So I went online to find some recipes. I would have made a soup. But I didn’t have the other right ingredients or enough squash.

First I baked the acorn squash for about 30 minutes in the oven.

This site had many options to choose from with recipes. I went with a variation of No. 2.

I had a little couscous. It wasn’t quite enough for a filling filling so I added a little brown rice.

The couscous was a frozen variety from Trader Joe’s, which included some squash and seasonings. I added seasonings to the brown rice and mixed the two grains together.

It was delicious, healthy, filling and different. I liked it.

I used the other half one day for lunch and just had it as a side vegetable along with my zucchini “pasta” and brown rice.

In my research I found an article, which talks about 10 other healthy grains beyond brown rice, such as barley, couscous and quinoa, just to name a few.

I <3 veggies!

Monday I talked about my munchie-infused snacky day. I mentioned my high-veggie dinner and neighbor/friend/GFG! reader Jessie wanted to know more about my dinner.

So let’s talk veggies (and, of course, I will have to get a shout out to protein … Why? Because I am on a protein kick and protein is good for you and keeps you full.)

My Monday night dinner consisted of steamed spinach, boiled carrots and shrimp and zucchini sautéed in garlic and other seasonings

According to Livestrong, a 3-ounce serving of shrimp has 11.6 grams of protein.

There are very few veggies I won’t eat or at least try.

I used to not be a fan of zucchini and now I love it.

On Monday I cut it up into little pieces sautéed in Pam and garlic with New Orleans Cajun seasoning. Spicy and delicious and most important, filing.

Note: My usual serving of brown rice with a meal is one cup. According to the website, How Much Protein, a half a cup (100 grams) of brown rice has almost 7 grams of protein.

Here are some of my regular veggie-infused meals and/or sides:

Tips on forming good, healthy habits

A friend recently asked me if I had any tips on how to eat healthier. She may regret that she asked.

Just a reminder to my readers … I am not a doctor, nutritionist or personal trainer. This post and all of my posts are based on personal experience and my own research.

So here we go:

It takes time to break old habits and form new good habits.

Drink lots of water. I try to drink at least 64 oz. of water a day. Yes, you will pee a lot. But that’s the point. You are cleansing yourself.

I recommend keeping a food journal. My weight loss and healthy eating is most successful when I am tracking my food. I am not saying you have to join Weight Watchers. Though if you are asking for advice on losing weight I would definitely recommend WW. Regardless the food journal keeps you honest, accountable and makes you aware of what you are putting in your mouth.

Always eat breakfast. Eat something that will keep you full and satisfied. High protein and fiber foods keep you feeling full longer. My regular breakfasts are: oatmeal with fruit; Kashi cereal; Sara Lee Delightful bread … Continue reading

Grateful for new recipe

Today I am going to share a recipe with you, which was shared with me by my friend Monica.

Monica had lunch one day recently with a friend who replicated a recipe from Cafe Gratitude.

Cafe Gratitude is a restaurant in Berkeley. (And has a couple of other locations.) All of their food is organic and vegan and they specialize in gourmet raw and cooked cuisines. I have eaten there once years ago. Whatever I had was pretty good. I am wiling to try different things.

As I started to do research on the restaurant and the recipe I am going to share with you I found that this recipe: I am Grateful has more meaning than just a healthy, vegan meal.

According to the website where the menu is listed the I am Grateful bowl is a community supported grain bowl. Shredded kale with local brown rice, black beans and tahini-garlic sauce. They created this bowl to allow for those in financial need to have access to organic vegan food. Payment for this bowl is by donation. No one is turned away. The suggested value is $7. You can feed yourself and someone in need for … Continue reading

Committed to eating healthy

I am having a food intervention with myself.

I am coming along great with the exercise. I exercise 6-7 times a week and I vary it with yoga, spin, weights, abs and body conditioning.

When I was working on losing my 30 pounds about five years ago the first 20 pounds I lost without any exercise. I lost 20 pounds by portion control and making better food choices. The last 10 pounds lost was a combination of my “diet” and exercise.

Many things that I have learned over the years I continue to practice. Such as dressing on the side; Splenda instead of sugar; at least eight servings of water a day; fruits and vegetables make healthy and filling snacks …

I feel like I am not fully committed to my healthy lifestyle. I need to be fully committed, not partially committed. I know how to lose weight. I know how to maintain my weight. I know how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There is some will power involved. And I just don’t always practice will power.

Planning meals and regular grocery shopping are a big part of maintaining my healthy eating. I don’t enjoy cooking and wouldn’t say I … Continue reading

Genius in the kitchen?

As Bridget Jones once said: Have a sneaking suspicion … am also something of a genius in the kitchen …

So this week I think I have been pretty good with being on a plan to eat healthy and keep up with exercise.

I started back at yoga on Monday. Practiced yoga Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Went to the gym today for two hours of spin, abs and body conditioning.

On Thursday I had a work dinner, which consisted of wine, appetizers and an amazing dinner. Probably the only super unhealthy item I had was the delicious mushroom ravioli. Wow, was it good!

Since Thursday was a higher calorie dinner I am trying to be aware and careful for the rest of the week (and I was careful coming up into Thursday).

I had dinner plans with some girlfriends last night. We had Chinese and I knew I could be OK with steamed veggies and brown rice.

For lunch yesterday I was craving something with balsamic vinegar. It’s one of my new “seasoning” obsessions. I found stuff in the fridge: zucchini, green onion, jalapeno and  yellow hot. I cut them all up and mixed with a little olive oil … Continue reading

Munching on “spaghetti”

I survived Day 3 of my cleanse. I replaced my three meals with three green smoothies. I was a little hungry in the afternoon so I had an apple. Trying to keep it raw. It went much more smoothly than I thought it would.

Last night I attended my regular Friday evening Vinyasa flow class with Lily. We did moon salutations instead of sun salutations. It was a nice way to end the week and for an evening class.

One pose we did was called dragon pose. It was a nice stretch. And Lily mentioned it is a great pose for those of us who wear high heels.

Today is Day 4 of my cleanse. I woke up with a slightly scratchy throat. I am thinking it is because of the raw fruits and vegetables. I tried to do some research online. I couldn’t find anything that is certain. But I think the scratchy throat is because my body is detoxing.

I had a green smoothie for breakfast and lunch. I had some carrots for a snack this afternoon. For dinner I made raw “spaghetti.” I am eating half of it now. And will eat half later. … Continue reading

Super quick, easy, healthy dinner

I left the house this morning about 6:15; got to work at 7:15; worked until about 4; headed down to the gym at about 4:15 and jumped on the 5:35 shuttle bus; got back to Emeryville about 6:35; headed to Target and then the grocery for Thanksgiving shopping and shopping for a small party we are hosting this weekend for my gym friends.

I got home a little after 8:15 … more than 15 hours after my day started.

I am sure you wanted to read all of that, right?

It is a little before 9 and I am just sitting down to eat and blog and watch TV. Yes, I must multi-task. It’s the only way I can get anything done these days.

Man, I am so freakin’ tired. But I wanted to eat.

I heated up some brown rice (I had pre-made in the fridge), grabbed some roasted seaweed snacks and my bottle of Rooster sauce. (I also had this for dinner last night as I didn’t get to eat until about 8 and still had to blog, get my clothes and gym bag ready for the next day.)

Getting back to the basics

I am desperately trying to get back to a healthier food routine.

The first issue was that I hadn’t been to the grocery in sometime. I went on Saturday.

I also hadn’t been regularly buying some of the basics. I made sure to include those on the list.

I hadn’t taken the time to prepare some of the items that take a little longer and can be made in “bulk,” such as my steel oats for breakfast or brown rice for dinners and some lunches. Yesterday I made sure to make a batch of both rice and oats for the week.

I had my steel oats and blueberries for breakfast. For dinner I am having steamed broccoli and brown rice.

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I was super busy at work today and in no mood for the gym. And I just felt off most of the day with the time change. Though I did sleep well. But I did cheat. I took half a sleeping pill to make sure I went to sleep at a decent hour and slept through the night. The fact that I was up yesterday at 5 a.m., attended a rigorous yoga class, didn’t take a nap during the … Continue reading