General randomness today and
all most of it good!
Let’s start with something good. The generous Crabby McSlacker at Cranky Fitness and her readers compiled a list of Weight Loss Blogs, and they were kind enough to include The Tippy Toe Diet.
Even better, there’s a whole roster of truly great blogs on the list. Some of my daily reads are there, and I see quite a few new-to-me blogs to check out as time allows.
Even more better, if you follow any of the links on the list, you’ll no doubt find bunches of other weight loss/fitness blogs that could become part of your daily “must reads”. Anyway, thank you to those who nominated my blog! I’m honored to be included.
“POWER BAR”, MY EYE
Pardon the teensy bit of negativity. I don’t buy many protein/snack/meal bars, but I do usually have one or two in reserve for emergencies. (Current preference: Clif Bars, Carrot Cake, if you have it.) As I was checking out the bar aisle at Target the other day (no carrot cake), I spotted a new bar in town:
Ooh, I have an athlete in me (somewhere, I’m sure), and now I have my very own bar!
So what’s the first thing we do when we pick up a box, package, or jar? FLIP IT!
Admittedly, the name of the bar should have been a clue, but still…THREE grams of protein?! I can iron my clothes (if I knew where to find my iron) on 3 grams of protein, but I don’t see it helping much with workouts or recovery. My bottom-line-minimum for even a “trashy” snack bar is 5 grams of protein. Sheesh! I didn’t even bother checking the ingredients. (Bright side: I burned 100 calories scoffing!)
No scoffing necessary with this new-to-me recipe! I had a tub of cottage cheese that had hidden itself in the back of the fridge, and I really needed to use it. I can make oat bran pancakes with some of it, but even I can’t eat that many pancakes. No pimentos on hand, so no pimento cheese. Out of the depths of my pitiful memory, I recalled a Low Calorie Cottage Cheese Cheesecake recipe I’d seen on Blogilates a while back. Since I had
all some of the ingredients, I decided to give it a whirl.
Okay, so mine aren’t pretty like Cassie’s were (they look a lot like uncooked canned biscuits-LOL!), but mine have mini-chocolate chips on them so that makes us even. It doesn’t matter, anyway, because for taste, these cheesecakelets get two thumbs up, 5 stars, and a double-YUM from me!
Click the link above for the original recipe. I followed it almost exactly. I used coconut flour instead of regular flour because the regular was waaay over in the pantry and the coconut flour was beside me, and I used a sugar/stevia blend instead of sugar and only one tablespoon of that. Oh, and I was having commitment issues so I omitted the fruit. By making them plain, I can add whatever strikes my fancy at the moment.
The only thing that I’d really do differently next time is add a splash of vanilla. Oh, and I’d make them in a regular-sized muffin tin and not the teensy one. (Bright side: I get more cheesecakelets in the mini-tin!)
I may play around with variations over the summer. Maybe stir in a tablespoon of cocoa powder (with fresh cherries?) or try them with orange juice instead of lemon juice. You could probably even turn them into a savory type dish with sausage or ham and other seasonings. Any other ideas?
In the smaller size and with the ingredients I used, each cakelet is about 20 calories with 2 grams of protein. Not counting any add-ons, of course. And boy, is it filling! I ate four of these jewels (for testing purposes only), and I had to put the barbecued chicken I had planned for dinner back in the fridge. Salad was all I had room for! No worries about snacking tonight! Well, okay, maybe one.
ATTENTION: KROGER SHOPPERS
If you buy the bulk of your non-produce items at Kroger, as I do, you might like to know that they have a new brand of poultry. It’s called Iron Chicks.
Just kidding, it’s called Simple Truth:
Not organic, but it’s an improvement over their Sanderson Farms brand. And at $4.99/lb., for boneless breasts, (in Memphis), it’s a nice middle ground. The only downside for me is that the breasts come individually wrapped. As you know, I’m a batch cooker, so I don’t really like the unnecessary packaging.
I also noticed they have eggs under the same brand, but I didn’t stop to look at the particulars.
I think that’s enough randomness for today. I hope you’re having a wonderful week. We’re sliding toward the weekend now!