Crazy Times

The last two weeks have been crazy busy for me so I apologize for my lack of posting.  I'll try to update you quickly on how things are and what I have learned . . .

1)      I’m down 16.5 pounds.  I had the privilege of being on Fox 8 news a few weeks ago and I met one of my goals of being in the 160’s by the time that date came and I made it!  WOOHOO!!  Small goals are sooo important.  If we look at large goals we can easily become discouraged but by breaking them up into bite size pieces we can reach them easier and stay motivated to stay the course!  If you didn’t get to watch me on tv shame on you!  Just joking.  J Check it out here!  

2)     After not eating fast food for just about 2 months I splurged and ate a filet-o-fish while traveling out of town last weekend (it was late and I had no more snacks).  BAD MOVE!  I did not realize the effects that stuff has on my body and I never want to experience it again.  Enough said.  My quest to cut out processed foods reached a snag but I was reminded why I cut them out in the first place. 

3)     Tracking my calories is a must.  I must admit I’ve been a little lax and I think that is why my weight loss is slowing just a bit.  Now I’m back to tracking every bite.  I must stay the course and for me that means counting my calories.  I tend to forget what I put in my mouth.  I like using My Fitness Pal on my phone.  It’s an excellent, free app that tracks food and exercise. 

Ok, enough about me.  Some information for you: Recently I came across several articles about two moms who have a petition asking Kraft foods to leave out the artificial food dyes that are used in foods here in the US but are banned or are being phased out in most European countries (these dyes are not used in the UK versions of Kraft Mac and Cheese).  Some food dyes are known carcinogens (cancer causing agents), may cause an increase in hyperactivity in children and may have a negative impact on children’s ability to learn.  Many have been linked to long-term health problems such as asthma, skin rashes, and migraines.  

I am all for real, whole food and I support these two moms.  Click here for more information.  Mac and cheese is really not that difficult and I’ve given you a lower calorie version to sooth the savage mac and cheese beast.  It’s not exactly like the box stuff but it has a nice kick (pepper jack cheese) and amazing flavor!  All for around 300 calories.

 

“Enlightened” Mac and Cheese

5                cups                              Elbow macaroni -- cooked and drained

1                 cup                               Low fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese

                                                         (+ ½ cup shredded)

1               cup                          Low fat White Cheddar Cheese

1                cup                         Low fat Pepper Jack Cheese

2               whole                           Eggs -- beaten

 1 ½           cups                           1% Milk

 1/4             cup                                  Butter

 

Directions:

 

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

 

2) Boil macaroni according to box directions.  Drain and set aside.

 

3) Heat but do not boil milk.  

 

4) In a separate bowl beat eggs. 

 

5) Spray casserole dish with cooking spray.

 

6) Put pasta in dish; add cheeses, eggs and milk.  Season with pepper to taste.  Stir in ½ of butter. 

7) Top with pats of butter and sprinkle with ½ cup shredded cheddar.  Bake for 40-45 minutes, until bubbly.

tags: Recipes

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