Easy Homemade FroYo

Hey look! A healthy Pinterest recipe that actually turned out great!

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1 cup frozen fruit of your choice (I used peaches, strawberries and mangos)
1 container Greek yogurt (I used the 2PP+ Yoplait Greek, mixed tropical fruit flavor)
Some splenda (or not, if you don’t want to use sweetener.  I hate Greek yogurt, so I knew I wanted some Splenda.)
Blend it all together in your food processor until it comes out looking like ice cream.  That’s it!

It was really great.. and like I said, I don’t even like Greek yogurt.  I think next time I’m going to try the combo of lemon flavored yogurt with frozen strawberries.  Doesn’t that sound good??

A Spaghetti Squash Expirement (and some really yummy turkey meatballs)

Let me start by saying — I LOVE spaghetti squash.

I used to make it maybe once or twice a month, but for the past few weeks, it’s become a Sunday night tradition for me to make some kind of spaghetti squash dinner for my husband and me.  So far we’ve tried two recipes from SkinnyTaste (Cheese Baked Spaghetti Squash Boats and Spaghetti Squash Lasagna) and last week I tried Rachael Ray’s Spaghetti Squash with Mushroom Ragu.  The two from SkinnyTaste were really good, but Rachael Ray’s recipe was a total bust. So bland and tasteless.  blech!

Anyway!  I wanted to make another spaghetti squash dish tonight, but I’m getting a little tired of the Italian theme.  I found a recipe for WW-friendly Asian meatballs and thought — why not try to make some kind of Asian spaghetti squash to go with it? I did a quick Google search for ‘Asian Spaghetti Squash Recipes’, and there were a couple, but none of them looked like exactly what I was looking for (or called for ingredients I didn’t have on hand). 

So I made one up. And it actually turned out really good!!  I basically just stir-fried the veggies I had on hand, then added a soy/peanut sauce that I’ve used for noodles before.. and voila!  “Thai Peanut Spaghetti Squash” was born!

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Here’s my “recipe” if you want to try it yourself:

INGREDIENTS
1 large spaghetti squash, cooked and strands removed. (My favorite way to do this is to cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and place cut-side down on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 for about an hour.)
8 oz thinly sliced mushrooms
1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 large carrot, thinly sliced (I used my julienne peeler.  LOVE.)
1 tbs minced garlic
large handful chopped cilantro
Sauce:
2 tbs chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup soy sauce
juice from half a lime

DIRECTIONS
1)  Mix sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.  (If the PB doesn’t want to mix up with the soy sauce, you can microwave it for about 30 seconds and it should come together better.)
2)  Spray a large deep skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium-high.  Add mushrooms, pepper and carrots and cook, stirring often, for 4-5 minutes, until vegetables are tender.  Add garlic and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes, until garlic is softened.
3)  Add spaghetti squash strands to the veggie mixture and stir to combine.  Turn off heat.
4)  Add sauce, and stir until all of the veggies are coated.  Top with cilantro and serve!

Now I’m not one of those people who pretends spaghetti squash actually tastes like spaghetti.  Let’s face it … it doesn’t.  But I have to say, with this peanut sauce on it, I almost fooled myself into believing I was eating Asian noodles.  And my husband (who is definitely not a huge fan of vegetables) LOVED it.  He even asked to take the leftovers to work with him tomorrow.  Yay!

But the best part?  I only had to count the points for 1 tbs peanut butter (actually less than that because I ate less than half of the recipe) because the rest of the recipe is Simply Filling.  Yay! 

Oh and the turkey meatballs were really good, too.  I found that recipe here.

So anyway… let me know if you give it a try.  And if you have any great spaghetti squash recipes, please share!  I’m sure we’ll be eating some more next Sunday! ūüôā

FRUSTRATION

I’ve been really struggling with this blog post (really silly because I know only a tiny handful of people will read it anyway), so bare with me.

I want to get on here and just let it all out —¬†whine and complain¬†and get all my weight-loss frustrations off my chest.¬† But I also don’t want to discourage people.¬† I would love to be one of those weight loss blogs that people flock to, to constantly feel inspired and motivated — to see monthly¬†pictures of amazing weight loss and read about awesome weekly weigh-ins.

But right now that’s just not happening for me.¬†So I’m sorry if that’s what you’re looking for, but I realized as I was thinking about it today… this blog is really for me.¬† I started it to keep myself in check and have a place to record my journey, and this is part of my journey.¬† So that’s what it’s going to be — the good, the bad and the ugly.

Right now I’m more in the ‘ugly’ zone, unfortunately. I’m just¬†so frustrated.¬† Not only am I still over 30 pounds overweight, but I’m still working to lose the ten pounds I gained at Christmastime.¬† IT’S JUNE, PEOPLE!!!

It frustrates me to no end that I work out almost every single day — and lately it’s been twice a day — and I see nothing on the scale¬†for it.¬† It frustrates me that I am doing more diet/fitness-wise than I was at this time last year, but the scale won’t budge (and last year it was moving down down down).¬†¬†It frustrates me that I eat healthier and work out more than I have ever in my life and I see nothing for it.

And I don’t know what to do about it.

The scary part is, I know how I am.  I know when I get to this point, this is when I give up.  Can you blame me?  How long can someone keep trying and trying and trying and not see anything for it before they give up?

I don’t want to give up.¬† It scares the crap out of me to think about going back to the way I was.¬† But it also makes me so tired to keep trying.¬† It’s so much work to track every morsel of food I put into my mouth.¬† It’s a lot of work (and time!!) to work out twice a day for 5-6 days a week.¬† I spend a lot of time every week planning meals and workouts and shopping for healthy food.¬† I put so much energy into this weight loss thing …. just to MAINTAIN??¬† Is that what it’s come to?¬† Am I going to have to work this hard for the rest of my life just to stay 30+ pounds overweight?¬† That doesn’t seem right to me!¬† Geez, it’s frustrating.

So that’s where I’m at.¬† Just one big ball of frustration.¬† At this point, I’m not giving up… mostly because I keep convincing myself that maintaining is still better than gaining… but I don’t know how long I can continue to convince myself of that.¬† It sure would be a lot easier to just throw in the towel!

*sigh*

But just so I don’t leave this blog post on a super down¬† note, I thought I’d at least¬†share with you a yummy little product I came across this week:

salad

This Ready Pack salad is 280 calories and it was really good.. and filling.. and it comes with everything included in the pack.  Even the fork!  Two thumbs up from me.

A Pinterest tip that actually works!

As I’ve mentioned before, I am a Pinterest-er. ¬†I’m always trying out new recipes and other fun tips I find on there. ¬†Some work – some don’t.

This one was a tip for storing cilantro. I love cilantro and I end up buying a little bunch of it almost weekly because I use it in tons of recipes and I can never get it to last me more than a few days before turning mushy. ¬†[Yes I know I could just grow my own. ¬†Trust me I’ve tried, and I apparently am incapable of growing anything. ¬†Plants hate me.]

I’ve tried a couple suggestions for storing the yummy herb, including this one from one of my favorite Food Network people, Aarti Sequeira… and none of them ¬†have worked as well as this super simple one:

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Just wash and dry the cilantro and then stick it in a cup, standing up in a little bit of water… and voila! ¬†It works! ¬†I’ve had this bunch since Monday, and today is Saturday and it’s still looking good! ¬†Yay!

On a side note… if you haven’t tried Wickles, you really should! ¬†They are super spicy pickles that are deeeelicious and very low calorie/points.

What’s with all these crazy-colored running shoes?

I finally had to break down and buy a new pair of running shoes yesterday. ¬†It always pains me to plunk down so much money for a pair of shoes, but I know it’s just what I gotta do. ¬†Mine were so worn down I could actually feel the ground under my feet the past few times I’ve gone out for a run, and my arches were starting to kill me. Not good.

So I went to the store yesterday looking for a normal-looking pair of Asics (my favorite brand) and let me tell you — they were not easy to find! ¬†Who decided all of a sudden that we all want to wear neon green and¬†fluorescent¬†orange and pink while we’re running? ¬†Call me an old lady, but I am not feeling all these crazy shoe colors!

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I ended up with a really nice pair of Asics Gel Exalt. ¬†I’m not a huge fan of white (and of course they had to throw in some bright blue and neon green on the tongue), but they were super comfortable, and at least I won’t feel like a clown while I’m wearing them.

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Whadya think?  Too boring?  Do I need to get over my issues with neon shoes?
And the really big question — have I officially turned into an old lady?

Another Trader Joe’s Favorite: Reduced Guilt Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip

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Only 30 calories (or 1WW p+) for 2 tablespoons and this stuff is soooo good. ¬†And I am not even a fan of Greek yogurt! ¬†Try it right out of the container on raw veggies (carrots, radishes and mushrooms are my favorite), or heat it up in the microwave and it ends up tasting like a warm spinach dip — really good on pita bread or tortillas.

Mmm I’m gonna go have some right now.

Opal — My New Favorite Apple!

I eat apples all the time, but I must say… it’s sure hard to find a good one nowadays. ¬†I have tried just about every variety I can find at the grocery store and lately I seem to only have good luck with Fuji and Pink Lady. ¬†Even my old favorite — the Gala — has started to become bland and mealy. ¬†So sad.

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Last week my produce co-op gave me a bag of these yellow apples and I thought they were Golden Delicious (which I think are some of the worst apples ever), so all week I’ve been trying to think of what I was going to cook them in. There was no way I was going to just eat one as a snack!

Then this morning I took a closer look at the label and was surprised to see these were actually “Opal” apples. ¬†Opal? ¬†Hmm… never heard of it, but hey I’ll give it a try.

Well, what a nice surprise! So crispy and sweet and deeeelicious! ¬†I don’t think I’ve ever seen them in our grocery store (or maybe I just overlooked them thinking they were golden delicious?) but I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for them now. ¬†So glad I have 5 or 6 more to enjoy while I look!

Have you ever tried an Opal apple? ¬†What’s your favorite?