Tagged: carbs

Ugly Caprese Salad

I’m not sure I should call this a recipe, because I think you should make it to taste.  I call this my Ugly Caprese Salad because I was too hungry to make it pretty for the picture.  This was actually the best caprese salad I ever had!

You’ll need:

  • Good, ripe tomatoes
  • Good fresh mozzarella
  • Fresh basil (not optional)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil (optional)
  1. Slice tomatoes however you’d like them.  I like them in 1/4 inch thick rounds.
  2. Sprinkle tomatoes with a little salt.
  3. Slice mozzarella about the same thickness you sliced your tomatoes.
  4. Chiffonade (roll the leaves up like cigars and slice thinly) basil.
  5. Arrange all three on the plate however you’d like.  Traditionally the tomato and mozzarella slices are stacked, i.e. tomato, mozzarella, tomato, and so on.
  6. Sprinkle on balsamic vinegar.  If your bottle is anything like mine, be careful–I basically dumped a bunch of vinegar onto my salad because it came out of the bottle too quickly.  Luckily, I really like balsamic!
  7. Sprinkle on a little olive oil if you’d like.  I did not, but after I inhaled my salad I thought that a bit of olive oil would take it over the top.

This can be made as a one-woman salad or a family meal, but it should be served immediately.  If you want to test out the salt, basil, balsamic, olive oil ratio before making a big one of these as a meal or side dish, make yourself a little plate of it first and adjust as needed.  Enjoy!

 

Coconut Milk Even Lower Carb Shake

This is a lower carb version of my Coconut Milk Low Carb Shake.  This makes a thinner, less sweet shake, so feel free to put less coconut milk in if you want to keep it thick and add some sweetener if that doesn’t cause you to stall.  Make sure to adjust the carb count accordingly.

4 net carbs

3T ground flax
1/2 cup unsweetened refrigerated coconut milk
1/2 cup Egg Beaters
1 scoop zero carb protein powder
4 ice cubes

  1. Blend.
  2. Drink it.

 

Weigh-In Day: Stalling Bites

After worrying that my weight loss was too fast, I added in a few foods with higher carbs to try to slow down.  It worked–I am exactly, to the ounce, the same weight I was last weigh-in.  Sheesh.

I’m slightly discouraged.  I know I’m not supposed to lose every single week until I hit my goal, but to stall so early is unfortunate.  I have 51 more pounds to lose.

My next mini-goal is to lose 12 pounds in 12 weeks, and I’ve already lost 9.8.  I need to lose 2.2 pounds over the next seven weeks.  I know exactly what to do.  This week, I will continue to focus on eating properly and drinking enough water.  If I haven’t started losing again by next Sunday, I may have to cut out caffeine completely or cut out some of the foods I added back in.

Caffeine is known to cause stalls in low carb dieters, although it never affected my weight loss before.  I may have to cut it out to see if that helps.  There will be tears.  From me, and quite possibly from the people around me while I go through caffeine withdrawal.  Let’s wait and see what happens this week before I do anything rash, like quit MY ONLY VICE.

Weigh-In Day

Happy Sunday!  I lost 2.2 pounds this week!  That means I’m only 2.2 pounds away from my next goal of losing 12 pounds in 12 weeks.

While I’m happy with this loss, I want to try to slow down my weight loss to a healthier clip, around one pound per week.  I am not yet eating enough carbs, so I have to consciously try to increase my carb intake to slow down.  My goal is to eat around 25 carbs per day, and even with adding in a few non-Induction foods, I averaged 14 carbs per day this week.  Whoa.

One issue is that I haven’t been able to find my two favorite low carb foods, macadamia nut butter and Fage Total Greek Yogurt.  Where did they go?  I think my local grocery stores stopped carrying them once I stopped buying them in bulk due to my recarblapse.

I have a few more stores to check before I give up completely.  In the meantime, I know I can increase my carb intake by eating more veggies.  Asparagus with homemade hollandaise sauce, here I come!

Coconut Milk Low Carb Shake

These are very similar to my Low Carb Shake Base, minus the dairy.

7.25 net carbs

3T ground flax
1/3 cup canned, full fat coconut milk
1/2 cup Egg Beaters
1 scoop zero carb protein powder
4 ice cubes

  1. Blend.
  2. Drink it.