Not all salads are created equal

I have always been a fan of salad. It can be a great meal or something on the side. It can be filling and healthy. And it can also be unhealthy.

Some salads are so loaded with calories and fat you might as well order a cheeseburger.

If you are ordering a salad to have a healthy meal choose wisely.

(If you don’t care and just really want that Buffalo bleu cheese salad because it tastes amazing and is super unhealthy then order it, just don’t order it too often. One of my many guilty pleasures.)

At work we have an amazing salad bar with so many healthy (and some unhealthy) options. When making my salad at work I focus on making it filling and healthy. I try to make sure my own made salad has at least three items that are high in protein.

High-protein items at our salad bar vary, but these items that can be found on any given day: garbanzo beans; at least two kinds of cheese; hard boiled eggs; kidney beans; tofu; tuna, chicken; black beans; and I am sure there are some items I am forgetting.

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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

I love my carbs, booze

Recently at the gym I ran into one of my spin teachers one early morning. As he and I were chatting I told him I had gone to a body conditioning the night before and then was back at the gym first thing in the morning.

His response, you must really like to exercise.

Uh, no. But I love my carbs and booze.

Believe me, if I was “skinny” I would eat and drink whatever I wanted and be a lazy ass on the couch.

But lucky for me, that is not the case. As I have tons of knowledge on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which makes me so much healthier than my skinny self would be.

Because of my regular exercise, which includes weights and yoga, I have some definition in my arms. And I kinda like having definition in my arms. I’m no Madonna, which frankly, I am OK with. But I am still pretty awesome.

I can still enjoy my carbs and booze in moderation while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I love to eat and drink.

There are things I won’t give up no matter what. I try to only drink alcohol on the weekends. … Continue reading

My healthy version of Eggplant Parmigiana

I love Eggplant Parmigiana. It is so delicious but so unhealthy with it being fried and all.

I also love eggplant. Lucky for me I like most vegetables (and fruit).

At Monday’s Earth Day event at work there was a mini Farmer’s Market. I bought some eggplant, which I normally steam in my rice cooker/steamer and mix with brown rice, seasonings and Kung Pao sauce.

Since I bought two I thought with one I would try to make a healthy version of Eggplant Parmigiana.

I sliced the eggplant and baked in the oven for 10 minutes on each side at 350. After that I lightly slathered spaghetti sauce on both sides of each sliced piece of eggplant. Right now all I have is goat cheese. So I sprinkled a little goat cheese on top of each slice.

I had some last night on its own with some healthy and delicious sides. It was pretty good. Of course not as good as the real deal. But good enough.

For a late lunch today I cooked up some penne with a little bit of spaghetti sauce. I put the remaining two eggplants on top of the pasta and had a delicious meal. … 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

A serving of pasta

The other night I was cooking some whole wheat pasta and needed to measure how much I was consuming. (I have been counting calories since Monday. Will write about how that is going later on.)

The box says a serving is 2 ounces. Since I don’t have a food scale I have no idea how much that is cooked or even dry. So I finally decided to look it up. Two ounces of dry pasta is equal to 1 cup of cooked pasta. (Why I didn’t look that up sooner I don’t know.)

The night of the pasta eating I also had enough calories in my “budget” to have a glass of wine.

It was a good dinner with some sauteed homegrown tomatoes, a little garlic and a tsp. of olive oil over a cup of whole wheat spaghetti, a green salad with basalmic salad spritzer and a glass of red wine.

Answering Jen’s question

So about two weeks ago I asked my readers for feedback. I got some good feedback. But I was surprised that I didn’t get more.

So, please, if there is something you want to know about me, would like me to research something, just have a comment or have any questions please let me know via this post, you can write on The Wall or you can e-mail me at ann@gofitgirl.com.

We will now move on to a question Jen posed to me recently: One thing I’d love to read about is how you keep your food in check — it’s one thing I struggle with, especially portion size and over-snacking in social settings. What works for you?

Answer: Thanks for this question, Jen. Let me first say, sometimes I am really good about keeping myself in check and other times everything I have learned I throw out the window and stuff my face. So keeping myself in check when it comes to food is still a challenge for me.

What I do have to say is no matter what I am eating … even if it is super unhealthy I am thinking about it. That is a … Continue reading