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“Tricks and Tips”
Foods to put in your shopping cart:
Protein Sources - Lean meats, fish and eggs – Fresh chicken and turkey (no skins – and no lunchmeat – too much salt in lunchmeat!), pork loin, ham, all types of fish and shrimp, London broil (this is the only beef that I buy – ground turkey is a good substitute for beef dishes that usually call for hamburger), sardines, eggs -- Well cooked bacon is fine – each strip is only about 50 calories! I also really enjoy chicken sausages – there are several out in the stores now, and each link is only about 150 calories or less. Just make sure you read the calorie count on the labels so you know what you are getting, and I don’t need to tell you that you should trim the fat off the pork loin and the ham, do I?
Eggs are wonderful coming in at only 70 calories each – hard or soft boiled. If you fry or scramble them, you want to lightly grease your pan with olive oil and you don’t need to really count those calories as long as it is just a skimming of oil to keep the eggs from sticking. I have to tell you, I eat a lot of eggs.
All Fruits and Vegetables are acceptable, and all greens, lettuces and tomatoes, celery, onions, cabbages, cucumbers and mushrooms are virtually calorie free – so I never count these calories and always tried to load up on them at my meals. I always buy cherry tomatoes too because they make a great 0 calorie snack! Yes, I know they do have calories, but there are so few, it’s hardly worth the time in counting them, so eat those cherry tomatoes!
You DO need to count the calories of fruits, and you can easily look up all the fruits online – but my favorites are fresh (not canned – never buy canned fruit, always buy fresh) pineapple – which is only 30 calories for a nice thick slice; apples -- only 60 calories for a medium sized apple and they taste great in salads. And yes, you can have a banana once in a while, they are about 100 calories each. Avocados are always in my cart – a whole one is about 250 calories, so you only should eat ½ - great in salads or as a snack. Strawberries, Papaya, Kiwi and Watermelon makes an AMAZING fruit salad and 2 full cups is less than 150 calories! Put that with ½ a cup of yogurt and you have a great and satisfying meal!
Nuts, especially Brazil nuts, are a great snack or addition to salad if your salad is your meal. Typically ¼ cup of any nuts is about 150 to 175 calories so you have to be very mindful of how many you are eating. I recommend actually measuring all nuts with a measuring cup.
What About Dairy? Yogurt, plain or Vanilla, but remember the Vanilla has more calories – so make sure you read the label! Avoid the fruited yogurts entirely – you can add your own fresh fruit and avoid all that sugar. I eat yogurt almost every day. Another good dairy, in small proportion is Ricotta or cottage cheese – but watch your portions! And of course, all the cheeses are great sources of protein and nutrients – but again, watch your portions!
I like to use Ricotta for a really groovy “dessert” – About ½ cup of Ricotta drizzled with a tablespoon of Agave syrup – OMG tastes like cheesecake!
You can also use a good organic maple syrup for the same effect. And the calories are only 210 – on a really low cal diet like this, you can hardly ever think about having a dessert, so when I get that uncontrollable sweet tooth, this is a great option – plus it is full of calcium, protein, and the Agave syrup is all natural – it does add about 60 calories per tablespoon, but is so intensely sweet, you hardly even need that much!
Milk should always be 2% or skim and you should always count those calories – have a cup (110 for 2%) as a snack with a square of 80% cocoa dark chocolate – This indulgent snack totals only 170 calories and really hits the spot! (and the dark chocolate actually has a couple grams of fiber!)
Finally, my “Ace in the Hole” is a meatless burger recipe. I LOVE CHEESEBURGERS! Unfortunately, they are off the list coming in at typically 500 calories or more, so I came up with this amazing
Meatless Burger Recipe
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