Sunday, December 11, 2011

Keeping On the Health Train

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This post brought to you by Slim-Fast. All opinions are 100% mine.
So in previous posts I have talked about how I have been trying to keep a low calorie diet in order to cut out some weight.  I've been pretty good about keeping the calories down, so I've also been trying to focus on getting the right levels of nutrients in my daily diet.
I decided to give the new Slim-Fast  Shakes a try.  They come in around 190 calories, which I wasn't thrilled about at first, but they are actually really filling, so they make the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack.  Another huge benefit are the high levels of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.  I've mentioned before that I struggle getting enough Potassium in my diet, well one shake gave me 600 mg of Potassium, bonus!
I perused the selection at my local grocery store (and received a $1.50 off a future purchase coupon at the end!) but you can also pick up Slim-Fast products at Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway, Kroger,, or at the Slim-Fast 3-2-1 store on Facebook.  I decide to give the Creamy Milk Chocolate a try.
It looked like, and tasted exactly like, chocolate milk!  I was really impressed with the flavor.  I have tried protein shakes in the past, and have not been overly thrilled, but this tasted like a glass of chocolate milk.  It tastes much better cold, so I stuck a couple ice cubes in there, but I used the plastic kinds that don't water down a drink.  The colder it was, the more frosty and chocolatey it tasted.
Even though at first I was a little put off with how high the calories were, I was pleasantly surprised at just how filling it really was.  It worked as the perfect snack and I didn't need a meal for hours later.  Definitely a plus!  I know I'll be going back for more.  Some of the other flavors look pretty interesting too, now that I've cut out most coffee, a nice cappuccino flavor might be nice, and I do like Vanilla Milkshakes, so I might have to give the French Vanilla flavor a try.
I'm also interested in giving the Slim-Fast 100 calorie snack bars a try as well.  I glanced at the selection in the store while picking up my shake and was impressed with the selection.  Since my current diet is focused on cutting out calories, I'm constantly looking for low calorie snacks, and you can't beat 100 calorie bars!  A regular granola bar tends to run around 110 calories, or more, and don't look nearly as filling.
Overall I'm really happy with my Slim-Fastexperience.  I think I've made a new discovery that will help this low calorie diet continue to be successful.  I'm happy to be healthy and feeling good!  I encourage all of you to give the new shakes a try!  Also swing by and check out the Slim-Fast Facebook page, I'm sure you'll "like" them, just like I did!
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Monday, December 5, 2011

It's finally that time of year!

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This is the beginning of my favorite time of year!  Thanksgiving needs it's well deserved time in the spot lot, but as soon as it's over...bring on the Christmas Cheer!  This year we finally got around to getting and putting up our tree.
We don't own a tree skirt, but after getting the tree in the stand it was pretty obvious that we needed one...
So I hit the store, and picked up a cheap $6 fleece blanket.  Spread it out on the floor...
Folded it into quarters...
Cut an arch, which created a big oval shape...
Then I cut a slit so that it would fit around the tree.
 Then I put it under the tree, covering up the tree stand, and was quite pleased with the end result!
Here's to $6 and 5 minutes of my time!
Brian and I had a great weekend together decorating and seeing lots of fun Christmas lights!
 After a fantastic weekend, it was back to work today.  Getting home at 7, it was grocery shopping time, ugh.  Getting home after 8, with no dinner made, and the pledge to stay healthy and under my calorie goal, I was just not feeling it.  But I'm pretty happy with what I came up with!

Easy, healthy, low calorie chicken salad!  I picked up a small rotisserie chicken while at the grocery store.  Shredded it up, added one cup of plain greek yogurt (much healthier and better than mayo!), 1 cup of red grapes cut in half, 1/2 cup of green onions, and 1 avocado chopped.
I stirred it all up, taste tested it, and was thrilled that it wasn't missing anything flavor wise!
I added it to a tortilla (much lower calories than 2 slices of bread) and a glass of V-8 splash.  Overall my dinner came in around 346 calories (BAM!).  It was delicious, healthy, filling, and only took a couple minutes to whip up.  Best part is that I now have lunch for tomorrow, plus I will probably skip the tortilla which puts it at only 146 it!
I would say that throughout this whole healthy kick, my greatest achievement has been cutting out my daily cup of coffee, and my nightly glass(es) of wine.  I'm down to about 2 cups of coffee weekly, and only an occasional glass of wine.  I'm definitely feeling good!

Happy Monday to you all!

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