Sunday, February 15, 2009

Nutrition site to check out....

My hubby and I have made a commitment to lifestyle changes. He jumped on board with me several weeks ago, and we are still enjoying regular weight loss, although with him being on vacation for awhile, he's surpassed me in his pounds lost! Good for him though!

In my continued searches for recipes, information on leading more of a vegetarian lifestyle, I've come across two sites I want to share. The first is a nutrition site which has tons of great info on it if anyone is interested in really solid information. It is maintained by registered dieticians. Here's the site: Nutrition 101 site

the other is a book that I just found about, but it is on the same topic of reducing animal protein consumption, and eating more plant foods. The name of the book is the Flexitarian Diet. Now, many die hard vegetarians may find this appalling, as, you are either one, or you are not. I disagree though. I am not doing this out of animal rights or inhumane treatment of animals, I am doing this to help us live a longer healthier life, by reducing animal foods.

A book that I am currently reading, is a true eye opener though. The book "The China Study", by Dr. Campbell, shows through his great research, that cancers, heart disease, and diabetes are directly related to excessive animal food consumption. The study is the most comprehensive nutritional study ever done. It's amazing what they have found out, in relation to cancer and protein consumption......This book will change the way you look at food, since our typical American Diet is killing us....just look around at society, and see how it's changed in the last 20 yrs!

Let me know if you decide to read it. It's only like $16 at Amazon.

Monday, February 2, 2009

so how did your Super Bowl go?

While I am a not a big football fan, I did make a few things for the family and friends to munch on for dinner and snacks.

Are you up for a no-fat brownie recipe? Here goes:
Still in the Weight Watcher's mode, so I was looking forward to having some chocolate.

these are 1-pt brownies, and they aren't bad at all!

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup +2Tbls cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
(1/4 cup walnuts which are optional, and if used brownies are 2 pts each)

Combine the flour, cocoa, sugar and salt. Mix well, then stir in applesauce, egg whites, and vanilla. Fold in nuts if using.

Coat an 8 inch pan with cooking spray. Spread batter evenly in the pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, or just until the edges are firm and the center is almost set.

Let cool, nad sut into 16 2-inch squares
cal 80, Fat 0, fiber .8gms

I'll keep posting recipes as I go along, as I have scoured the internet for good looking recipes that are weight watchers friendly! There's a ton out there, and I think I'm on page 12 of a Google search!