Monday, March 03, 2014

Peeing Is My New Hobby

I totally forgot to mention in my earlier post today that you should be prepared to wear a path to the bathroom if you decide to juice!  Holy cow!  I'd forgotten about this part!!!  But that's good in the sense that it means that I'm accomplishing what I wanted for my kidney's and liver!  

So as an example, here was breakfast.  

I used about 1/4 each of fresh pineapple, strawberries, papaya, and blackberries.  About 1/2 c. of kale broken into pieces, 2 Tbsp. of hemp seeds, and maybe 2 oz of organic tofu.  I then used about 6 oz of Pom juice (no sugar added) for the liquid and another 2-3 oz of water.  

I really like this little single-serving blender because it's super powerful and is pretty fun to use!  Once you've built your smoothie, you screw the bottom blender blade on like a lid (and, might I say, doesn't that look delicious?!), tip it upside down (after double  and triple checking that you've got it screwed on right...maybe had a bit of an accident once before!!!)...

And put the whole thing on the base.  Give it just a little slight turn clockwise and it turns on!  

Take off the blender blade base, and you're left with a perfectly sized single whole food smoothie!  

Here are the stats:

Protein:            18 g
Calories:        385
Net Carbs:       52 g
Fiber:              6.6
Fat:                  12 g

Remember:  your net carbs represent mostly the starches and sugars in food after some of the sugar alcohol contents and fiber have been subtracted.  It's a way of looking at how the cars are affecting your blood sugar which factors heavily in losing weight.  Since whole foods, foods that are still living like fresh produce, contain soluble fiber almost exclusively, you'll want to find a good app that will let you track not only your starches, sugars, and fiber, but also your net carbs as well.  This will give you a clearer picture of what you're eating.  And if you're diabetic, you're probably familiar with low glycemic index fruits and vegetables and how they can affect your blood sugar.  But if you're not familiar with them, it's good information if you're trying to lose weight.  Not all fruits have the same sugar content, and how your body absorbs those sugars really does matter when building a smoothy based on what you want to achieve.  Here is a good resource for that.  

You can customize your smoothies or juices based on things like how hard you worked out (a good 4:1 carb:protein ratio for recovery after exercise), how you're feeling (add more protein-containing ingredients if you're feeling sluggish), etc.  There is actually some science to this, and it can be fun!  I started doing yoga 3 weeks ago and today started my goal of aiming for 60 minutes of yoga per day by the end of the week.  I worked out hard this morning, so my smoothie was designed to give my body what it needs to recover.  

Just a quick note about apps. If you're reading this right now, you have a mobile device or a PC in some form.  Apps like MyFitnessPal and FatSecret are two really good ones that are available on both an online and mobile platform which means you can use it wherever you happen to be eating.  Rik prefers My Fitness Pal, and I prefer FatSecret mostly because I've tried them both but have used FatSecret for almost two years and just like it better.  Either way, I highly suggest choosing one so you can keep a close eye on your intake and make sure you're getting enough of what you need.  Both apps allow you to friend up with other people (My user name is Madonah45, so please feel free to friend me if you choose FatSecret), and Rik has a number of followers and would be happy to share his contact information if you want to comment below and I will hook you up with his info.
Here's dinner (for Rik) :)  It's a perfect put-it-in-the-crock-pot-and-it's-(practically)-ready-when-you-get-home type of meal.  I don't know what it's called as I got the recipe some 15+ years ago and I'm sure it's morphed a bit in the interim!  So here's what we call it:

That Meat Stuff With The Corn

1 to 1.5 lb roast, either pork or beef (I used pork)
1 can of Rotel (mixed diced tomato/green chile)
1 can of tomato sauce
1 can of no salt added black beans
1 c. frozen corn
1/2 c. chopped onion
Garlic salt

I. Rinse your roast well.  Sprinkle all sides with garlic salt.  Place it in your crock pot on low and leave it for
your work day.  

When you get home, first take a deep breath of that wonderful smell telling you that dinner will be ready in about 15 more minutes!  

II. Pull the roast out, drain off any fat remaining, and shred it with a fork.  By this time, even the cheapest roast will be falling apart.  Return the shredded meat to the crock pot.  

III.  Add in your can of tomato sauce.  Rinse the black beans well and drain them.  Add them to the pot. Chop your onion and add it.  Open the Rotel and drain it really well before adding it to the pot.  Dump in about half the package of corn.
IV. Stir it all together and put the lid back on.  Turn it on  high for about 10-15 minutes until the corn has heated up and the onions have cooked a bit.  

You can serve this a TON of different ways.  Use it to fill tortillas with sour cream (or Greek yogurt!) and some shredded sharp cheddar, or serve it alone in a bowl with a side of cornbread.  Or (like Rik), eat it  out of the crock pot standing at the counter.  And it's the type of thing that reheats well, you can eat this for about 4 days, or you can put it in the freezer and it thaws well to eat for later!  That and it's a pretty cheap and super easy meal, and perfect if you're doing the P90X or T25 workouts and are trying to up your protein to carb ratio!

Based on this amount making approximately 8 servings, each serving contains the following:
Calories:  353
Carbs:     30.9 g
Protein:    23.6 g
It's also very high in iron, niacin, phosphorus, thiamin, and selenium.  The sodium is a bit high due to the canned tomato sauce and the Rotel!  You can switch these things out to make this healthier by using fresh tomato and green chile, cook your own beans, and skip the tomato sauce.  Or, like us, you can eat it every now and then and just enjoy the heck out of it! :)

Here's our day:
Breakfast:  Oatmeal with brown sugar
Snack:  Omelette muffin and a protein shake
Lunch:  Skipped cuz he was too busy working!  :(
Snack:  Pineapple coconut water
Dinner:  That Meat Stuff With the Corn

Breakfast:  Coffee with homemade creamer, and a smoothie of pineapple, papaya, blackberries, kale, 

strawberries, tofu, hemp seeds, and pomegranate juice.  
Lunch:  Granny Smith apple with some almond butter and some baked tofu

Dinner:  Smoothie made with horned melon, red delicious apple, baby carrots, spinach, fresh coconut, blueberries, and coconut water

If you're on the juicing/smoothy wagon, share your favorite combinations or recipes with the rest of us in the comments below.

Gotta go.  Time to pee.  :D