It’s Day Three of our game and the fiancee and I are doing quite well!  At first the food was starting to taste quite repetitive (a BIG no-no for us), so we had to get creative.  The basics are pretty much the same, but the flavors are definitely starting to change!

Last night Bella grilled up a beautiful eye of round steak roast with just a little spicy adobo rubbed all over it.  Seven minutes on each side and it was perfection.  We didn’t eat it then, though, since our meal off was that evening’s dinner and we spent it at El Toro (that’s a whole separate paragraph)!  We put it in the fridge, along with the red, orange and yellow peppers that I sliced and sauteed (with just a spray of Pam and some adobo seasoning!).  So, this morning, I made myself an egg white, RF cheddar cheese and tri-color pepper omelet with just about a tbsp and a half of brown rice in the egg.  I also spiced the eggs with adobo seasoning and some of my absolute favorite hot sauce, El Picante Green Habanero Sauce.  Aaaaahhhhmazing.  And a kiwi on the side to add a little sweet!

So, with this meat, I’ve discovered a fabulous microwave meal – 1 cup cooked brown rice, 1 oz shredded RF cheddar cheese, green sauce on one side, and then sliced peppers, slice raw zucchini with salt and pepper, and about 2.5-3 oz of the beef on the other side.  I nuked it for about 2.5 minutes and I was in heaven.  The green sauce really makes it!  It was a perfectly filling, perfectly tasty lunch.  And since zucchini is so delicate, the small bit of nuking (and the peppers resting on top of it) cooked the zucchini just right.

With meals like that, going out for Mexican food really doesn’t seem like a necessary expense.  I’ll admit, it was nice to get out and have someone else prepare our food, but the flavors weren’t perfect and the portions were HUGE.  I ordered a fajita taco salad with shrimp.  It was pretty good, but I’ve had better.  Too much bean and not enough veggies!  Bella ordered the burrito loco; the chicken was a bit overcooked and the sour cream tasted more like a sweetened cream!  Not good.  And since it was our meal off, neither of us took the leftovers back.  I do believe that’s the first time in the history of my life that I haven’t taken leftovers home.

Needless to say, I exercised hard this morning!  About 40 minutes of different routines on the “Challenging” difficulty.  It felt good to sweat again.  I’ve had so much more energy these past few days that I’m getting more done in the mornings and at night!  Most of it goes towards exercising and getting breakfast + 3 small meals to eat at work all ready before I walk in.  That’s when I discovered my newest sweet treat!

The perfect treat to curb that sweet tooth!

Dark Chocolate Pecan Ricotta Dream
Servings: 1
PointsPlus Per Serving: 6 PP

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese, 4 PP
  • 1-2 packets truvia
  • 1 drop vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped pecan halves, 1 PP
  • 1 tbsp special dark chocolate chips, 1 PP

Directions
1. Mix ricotta, truvia and vanilla together. Then mix in pecans and chocolate chips. Sit back and enjoy!

Not only is this treat sweet, but it’s also filling.  It’s not fully of empty carbs.  It will actually fill you up since low-fat ricotta is basically protein!  The nuts are also filling as they are healthy fats and the special dark chocolate chips give you some antioxidants.  Truvia is a natural sweetener made from stevia, so even THAT is healthy!  Paired with a winesap apple from the local orchard, this has become a staple for my game days.  I’ve enjoyed it so much that I’ve eaten it like 3 days in a row… but now I’m out of ricotta.  Time to go to the store!  And if I start to get tired of this combination, I can change it up… maybe walnuts and banana slices?  Or just a tbsp of pure maple syrup and some other fruit?  You can really do whatever you want since ricotta lends itself to a huge variety of flavors.

One more thing, ricotta has a bit of a grainy texture, so if you don’t like that kind of texture when you are eating sweet things, you probably won’t enjoy this.  But if that doesn’t bother you at all, you will absolutely love this!