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My New Snack Trick

Friday, January 24, 2014


Let me talk about one trick that I discover to fight my late night cravings, or any other time cravings.

Before starting SP, I was a person who liked to eat huge portions of food at every meal. Unfortunately I am still craving big portions. It is very hard for me to limit my portions to fit in my calorie range. I think that this is going to be one goal in the future. Right now, I am still working on getting the most amount of food for less calories. .

emoticon About a week ago, I had some grapes that needed to be consumed, but nobody in my house ate them. What could I do with them? I hate to waste food. I decided to wash them, dry them, and freeze them to use them in my green smoothies.

The other day, I was craving something to eat. Digging in the freezer, I found the grapes. I decided to eat them as a late night snack. Because they were frozen, I had to eat them veeeery slowly and was forced to savor each of them. This nutritious snack with little calorie content, was delicious, and kept me busy eating for a long time.

emoticon The success of this snack made me think about different fruits. Among other chunks of fruits that I have in the freezer for the smoothies, I have oranges and tangerines peeled and in segments. I decided to try some when I was hungry. It worked like a charm.

I am very glad that I found a new tool to help me reach my weight goal. Now, my arsenal has a big bowl of air popped popcorn, when I need volume, and frozen fruits, when I want to spend time eating.

What are your tricks to placate your cravings?

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SUEARNOLD1 5/25/2014 11:26PM

    Great idea - Thanks for sharing

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SHELTER-PETS 5/5/2014 8:34AM

    Great idea!

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CTUPTON 4/15/2014 6:24AM

    I have successfully frozen grapes, mango pieces, banana chunks, and soups. I am still trying to figure out how to make my greens last longer. Right now I am not feeling well and many of my greens are in poor shape. I had such good intentions 3 weeks ago. chris

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LYNNWANNABE 2/2/2014 10:37PM

    Like Beth [Indy-girl] I eat a can of beans [my favorite is pork and beans] for 385 calories.. the protein fixes the cravings and if I'm hungry ALL day, I brown off extra lean burger and add 3 bags of frozen mixed vegetables and add seasoning to my plate. I might have Masterpiece Caribbean Jerk Sauce or KC Masterpiece Honey Teriyaki while my husband might have sweet and sour.. almost forgot, I love it with ranch dressing on corn shells too. These are my two favorite fixes, my 3rd is to baked chicken breasts [which I keep frozen and on hand all the time] if the cravings hit 2 to 3 ounces curbs it! (Makes a good stir fry for lunch too.. when added to the coleslaw makings you buy in the bag.. with a touch of the Jerk Sauce..)

Frozen pineapple [two rings] with a tray of ice & a cup of milk... Splenda is my favorite shake.

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_RAMONA 1/27/2014 11:28AM


(We always have a bag of frozen grapes in the freezer!)

If you freeze bananas in chunks, you can then pop them into the blender, add a bit of vanilla and on high speed whir them up until they are thick and creamy.

Voila! Instant low-fat, low-carb, DELICIOUS ice cream (and what other ice cream has FIBRE, LOL)! If you sprinkle some nuts on top, you have a sunday. A little cocoa powder and honey makes chocolate! A bunch of frozen strawberries and a bit of banana makes strawberry!

My family LOVES this stuff!

{{ HUGS }}

P.S. Glad to see you're stil here... I came over to check on you... I hadn't seen you in a while, so I got worried! Be well, my dear, and keep SPARKling!

Comment edited on: 1/27/2014 11:17:41 PM

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ANDI571 1/25/2014 11:28AM

    I have heard of the frozen grape trick, but have never tried it. Glad to hear it helps. I am like you, I am a big eater, and even healthy items I tend to eat to much of.

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LJCANNON 1/25/2014 10:38AM

    emoticon LOVE Frozen Grapes!!!! My Sister actually told me about them a couple of years ago and I fell in love with them immediately! !

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My Weekly Shopping Planning with Pictures

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Finally, based on the tracker and recipes that I just printed for the week, I fill out the shopping list template.

I have a very complicated way to do it by running the "See today's full report" 7 days, then I transfer everything to excel, add to excel the ingredients in the recipes, sort, put codes, sort again. Then I transfer to word processor, etc.

Another way, is by filling out a basic template manually.

This is an example of a shopping template that can be used for shopping and cooking.

There are shopping list templates everywhere that can be adapted to our needs in the internet, word processor, pinterest, etc.

I cover my shopping list, menu, and recipes with reusable plastic sleeves. I don't want my lists to get wet or with food spots.

When I go shopping, I write over the sleeve using a wet-erase marker, to cross out the items that I already have in my kitchen. I just buy what I need.

When I cook, the shopping list is very useful because I just gather all the ingredients that I will be using during my cooking day. For example, I get out all the condiments and spices listed and nothing else.

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2012MERRY 8/16/2014 3:57AM

    I hope i can put this into practise

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SHELTER-PETS 4/3/2014 6:45AM


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IS1GAR 9/11/2013 8:51AM

    Organization is the key. However, I don't seem to be this good.
Congratulation for being able to be so organized, you deserve a pot on the back.
Keep up the good work. Have a wonderful Hump Day!

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WATERONE 9/11/2013 8:40AM

    You are amazingly organized and efficient in doing this. I admire that very much.

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HAWTGRANNY2014 9/4/2013 10:33AM

    Great idea for getting ready to get groceries. THanks for sharing. Love the cute background. Have a great day today. You are a cooking fool. Maybe you should write a cookbook. Pam

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My Weekly Recipes Planning with Pictures

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Once all the weekly meals are on the tracker, I put together the information of quantities of food per meal as well as the recipes that I copy and paste, from the tracker. I need this information during my cooking day.

To get the recipes, I just double click on the red link.

Green Smoothie - Repeat 7 days

Lunch - Repeat 3 days

I didn't include the Quinoa Meatloaf Muffins recipe because I have the leftovers.

Kraft Apple Coleslaw Recipe


3/4 cup of Miracle Whip Light Dressing
1 Tbsp of Honey
16 ounces of Coleslaw Blend (just get one that is 25 calories for 3 ounces to keep nutritional information correct)
1 Medium Red Apple, Chopped
1 Medium Green Apple, Chopped

Mix dressing and honey in a large bowl.
Add remaining ingrediants; mix lightly.
Refrigerate 1 hour.
1/2 cup servings.
Number of Servings: 12
Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user DANIEL1:8.

Dinner - Repeat 3 days

Creamy Parmesan Broiled Tilapia (substitute with flounder)


2 tilapia fillets (5 oz to 6 oz each - if frozen, be sure to thaw fully before cooking)
2 teaspoons light mayonnaise
2 teaspoons non-fat plain yogurt
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 to 4 sprigs of fresh dill
1 tsp garlic powder or garlic salt, divided
black pepper (use as much or as little as you like)
non-stick cooking spray

Makes 2 servings, 5oz-6oz depending on size of fillets.

1. Place mayonnaise, yogurt and parmesan cheese in a small bowl, mix with a spoon until well combined.
2. Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum and spray with non-stick cooking spray of your choice.
3. Set oven to broil on high (if you have that option)
4. Place tilapia fillets onto cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
5. Divide the cheese mixture and spread half onto each fillet with a spoon, using the back of the spoon to distribute evenly over fish.
6. Rub dill between your fingers to separate and sprinkle 1 to 2 sprigs worth of leaves over each fillet.
7. Sprinkle each fillet with half of the garlic powder or garlic salt and desired amount of Black Pepper.
8. Place cookie sheet into oven about 6" below the broiler. (I used the first level down from the very top).
9. Watch fish carefully. Depending on the weight of the fillets it will take between 5-7 minutes to cook fully. When you notice the cheese starting to brown, check fish every 30 seconds to see if it's done. Fish will flake easily with a fork when fully cooked.
10. Turn broiler off and leave fish in oven about 5 minutes. (This is optional, but will ensure it's cooked all the way and give you a chance to finish the rest of your preparation)
11. Remove from oven and serve with side dishes of your choice.

Snack - Repeat 3 days

Snack - Repeat 3 days

Roasted Edamame


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups ready-to-eat shelled soybeans (edamame)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In small bowl mix all the ingredients until coated well. Roast beans in a shallow baking dish, uncovered, for 12 to 15 minutes, stirring once, until soybeans begin to brown. Yields 4, 1/2 cup servings.

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user MIMZY617.

I keep adding the information from the other days, not including the ones that I already pasted, for example, the green smoothies.

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SHELTER-PETS 4/3/2014 6:43AM


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HAWTGRANNY2014 9/4/2013 6:48PM

    sounds good, especially the coleslaw. I love cabbage. I can just cut it up and eat it plain. Thanks for sharing.

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My Weekly Menu Planning with Pictures

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

I have a routine in place to handle my meals. It's like having Jenny Craigs' meals delivered to your house, but in my case, is a lot of elbow grease to get the meals ready.

On Fridays, I plan my weekly menu in advance.
On Sundays, I do my weekly shopping.
On Mondays, and Tuesdays, I do the cooking for the week.
On Tuesdays, I transfer the menu that I loaded in the previous month, to check that the menu is in my range of calories, to the right dates.
On Wednesdays, I start eating the meals planned, tracked, and cooked.

My weekly plan starts with filling out a template.
I have some leftovers that I want to use:
Quinoa meatloaf muffins - 3 servings
Miso soup - 1 serving
Cottage cheese
Raw flounder - 3 servings
1 can of green beans
1 can pinneapple

I always have a green smoothie for breakfast.

This is the first step to fill out the template with the leftovers and green smoothie.

Then, I browse my SP recipe collection to finish filling out the menu.

Once I have the menu, I load the meals in the nutrition tracker, in the previous month, after removing the information that was there.

In this case, the menu for the day is in the range of calories, so I don't have to make adjustments. If the menu for the day was under or over, I could add, subtract, duplicate the servings, cut in half, etc.

Whatever change that I make in the tracker, I also reflect it in the menu, because is the latter that I will be using during cooking or when eating my meals. Otherwise, I won't know if I altered the calorie consumption.

I do the same for each day of the menu.


One of the great advantages of planning and cooking in advance is that I can scrambled the pieces around, as I want to. Because each day is around the 1,200 calories, whatever combination I want to have will be fine. At the end of the week, I will be averaging the 1.200 calories.

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SOOKIE 9/19/2014 10:37AM

    So organized ... Thank you for sharing.

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SUEARNOLD1 5/25/2014 11:24PM

    Thanks for sharing - this is very helpful

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PERUSER918 9/19/2013 9:27PM

    This is wonderful. I didn't realize you had posted these until just now. Thank you so much. I will worker on using the templates.

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HAPPYJUNEBUG 9/14/2013 7:33AM

    Wow, that's pretty awesome. Wish I had the discipline to do that! Maybe I should try a little bit of it. :D

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MATSCHI 9/4/2013 12:17AM

    Wow, this is very impressive! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LETHA_ 9/3/2013 10:46PM

    Did you get those images with Snagit? I love spreadsheets. You have really got your system down. I greatly admire your organization.

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Who Cares About Motivation? Not Me.

Friday, July 19, 2013

It feels so good when you feel motivated, when you feel the blood running fast through your veins to accomplish something. But you really don't need it to be successful.

The other day, I was in an eating rampage. I was so emotionally hungry that I just did not care what I was eating. I was falling in my old habit of eating whatever I wanted without restraining, without thinking of the consequences.

After that, I felt depressed and discouraged. I felt so helpless thinking that there was not a way out for me. I did not feel motivated to loose weight, at least my motivation was weaker than my cravings.

Next day, I felt guilty and stopped to meditate about my situation. I thought that if I was waiting to feel motivated to loose weight, I was in REAL TROUBLE. What if I feel motivated again when I gained 10, 20, 30 more pounds, or when my blood pressure skyrocketed, or when I was not able to walk because my knees were not able to carry my weight? Nevertheless, after all this mental self talking, the motivation did not return.

Then, I remember an instance where motivation did not have anything to do with my success. It is related to cleaning the bathroom. I hate to do it, I never felt motivated to do it, but I am very fast and good at doing it. Once a week, I just do it to get over it as soon as I can, because I HAVE TO. How? I have all the tools gathered in a bucket, I have the procedures well established, and I just do it as efficiently as I can.

So, I do not care about motivation at all anymore and I am not going to wait until I feel motivated. I decided to work on this project: loose weight, eat healthier, move more and improve my health, period.

I need to solve this problem or project. I need to gather my tools, like planning and cooking my meals. I need to establish the schedules and procedures. I need to know how to do what I have to do efficiently. I need to know the steps that I have to follow to reach my goal.

I am glad that I finally gave a kick in the b... to the motivation.

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LETHA_ 7/20/2013 7:15PM

    So true. Get 'er done.

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NANCYPAT1 7/20/2013 11:00AM

    What a fantastic blog - thank you soooo much for posting it.

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E1SPAG 7/19/2013 8:16PM

    Good thoughts! We do get hung up on motivation. Maybe it's just an excuse. emoticon

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BRAVELUTE 7/19/2013 7:53PM

    I have posted a couple of forms I use to plan menus at

Perhaps creating something like that would be a helpful tool.

If the link doesn't work after you copy and paste it, you can go to Eat To Live and click on the photo button under the huddle wall.

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MAGGIEMAGGIE5 7/19/2013 7:03PM

    That's it... JUST DO IT, like it or not... I'm sure you'll be glad you did! Way to go... you're on top of it now!! Good for you!
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