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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 21

Friday, October 21, 2011

BREAKFAST (8:40 a.m.)

2 pieces of turkey bacon; 2 scrambled eggs; fresh cooked spinach; 5 prunes

SNACK (12:00 p.m.)

Fresh tomato salsa and celery

SNACK (4:30 p.m.)

Handful of nuts (almonds, pistachio, cashews)

DINNER (6:30 p.m.)

Salmon and broccoletti/broccolini (It's a cross between broccoli and Gai Lan, or Asian Broccoli.)

SNACK/DESSERT (8:00 p.m.)

Chips Ahoy cookies and a cup of milk (not pictured)


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SANYA_SHNICK 10/23/2011 10:04AM

    I like that you keep track of your water too. I'm not there yet but something to think about in the future.

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BOOKWORM27S 10/22/2011 7:39AM


Glad to know some of my Spark friends are doing this too. I got the idea from member "confusedbird." It is such a great idea, and really keeps me accountable.

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GOURMETLOSER 10/21/2011 10:57PM

    Another good day.

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FERRETLOVER1 10/21/2011 10:30PM

    You had a good food day. You go, girl!

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LEGALSEC20 10/21/2011 9:25PM

    Your salmon looks sooooo good!! What's your secret for fixing it?

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/21/2011 8:20PM

    Great eating day. It looks well balanced. emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 10/21/2011 8:07PM

    I've never had Asian broccoli before...

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GHK1962 10/21/2011 8:03PM

    Ohhh, I really love asian brocolli. Yum yum

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 20

Thursday, October 20, 2011

BREAKFAST (8:15 a.m.)

SNACK (12:00 p.m.)

LUNCH (1:30 p.m.)

SNACK (4:30 p.m.)

DINNER (6:30 p.m.)


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GOURMETLOSER 10/21/2011 11:07PM

    Another brilliant day! Well done.

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SANYA_SHNICK 10/21/2011 10:37AM

    LOOKING GOOD!! Your choir sounds so interesting! Are there any youtube videos? I would love to really see what you are talking about. No pressure though.

Check out this link for TOPS:>
It's a more affordable version of weight watchers. We don't follow any specific program though, but we do meet once a week to weigh in a help keep each other accountable and motivated. I have been going for a few weeks now and I enjoy it. Nice people, and hopefully now instead of losing the same 5-10 pounds over and over again I will actually drop them consecutively!

Hope you're having a good day!

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POOKASLUAGH 10/20/2011 9:07PM

    I need to try collard greens sometime.

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RUTGERSM0M 10/20/2011 9:00PM

    emoticonYou certainly ate better than I did today. emoticon

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 19

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I'm posting my blog early because I have to take the kids to scouts and I have sign language choir rehearsal as well. So... here are the goods:

Today was a church fasting day until dinnertime so don't be alarmed by the one meal. It's not an every day occurrence.

DINNER (4:00 p.m.) -- Started dinner a little early, eh? LOL

Grilled chicken breast; collard greens; purple potatoes (YES, purple potatoes!)

I remembered seeing purple potatoes on a segment of the Today Show where the nutritionist was talking about the benefits of eating from the rainbow. But, I had never seen them in a grocery store until recently. So, I picked up a few and today was my first attempt to cook them. I spread them with garlic, rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted them in the oven at 400 degrees. I think it was 20-30 minutes.

They were good. Try them if you can find them. You'll probably like them!


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BOOKWORM27S 10/22/2011 7:41AM

    Love purple potatoes! Very high in antioxidants! Have you ever tried purple cauliflower?

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/20/2011 9:34AM

    The collards look so delicious. My crew doesn't eat them so I rarely cook them. It is about time to cook a batch or maybe some mustard greens.

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SANYA_SHNICK 10/20/2011 8:55AM


I know what you mean about having someone else on here with pictures from their day. It's so fun to look at your daily pictures! Your meal today looks amazing by the way - especially since you described how you made your potatoes.

Technically I only lost 1.75 pounds, but I'm rounding up to 2 and trying again this week. The walnuts in the pasta was a bit of a stretch, but it worked. It was actually tasty. Although, I would say maybe next time instead of marinara sauce I would use maybe a tsp or 2 of extra virgin olive oil, maybe some feta cheese, and some vegetable. I didn't have that stuff in the house though, so I had to make do with what I did have.

What is sign language choir rehearsal?

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ERIKO1908 10/20/2011 12:27AM

    Beautiful as always!! I love that you share this!!

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GOURMETLOSER 10/19/2011 8:40PM

    I love your meals. I want to eat at your house. :-)

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POOKASLUAGH 10/19/2011 6:18PM

    Darn...for a minute I was about to ask you to tell me where in town you found purple potatoes, and then I remembered that despite you being on the SA team for awhile, your'e not actually in SA... :D Ah well. I'll keep my eye out for them!

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CARLIASTAR85 10/19/2011 5:50PM

    I love purple potatoes!! Your dinner is now making me hungry!

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 18

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

BREAKFAST (9:15 a.m.)

2 pieces of Oscar Mayer turkey bacon; 2 scrambled eggs, 12 oz. 1% milk

LUNCH (12:20 p.m.)

I had intended to purchase lunch today, and this Fiber One bar was just one of the snacks that I packed for myself. But, come lunch time, I wasn't really that hungry, so I decided that this bar would suffice for lunch.

SNACK (2:40 p.m.)

1 serving = 24 crackers. That's how many I ate.

DINNER (5:30 p.m.)

Picture didn't come out too great; but this dinner was delicious... Blackened salmon cooked to perfection (in my opinion) and baked potato with the fresh tomato salsa I made yesterday on top.... Yum Yum Yum!!


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HALLELUL 10/19/2011 10:38AM

    No one mentioned your "peelie"? It looks like you didn't peel off the coupon on your crackers! Did you already have another?

BTW, TOM's twin is visiting me this week. Ain't that something.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/19/2011 8:57AM

    Yum. I love baked potatoes with salsa. emoticon I also add two tablespoons of low fat sour cream.

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SANYA_SHNICK 10/19/2011 8:56AM

    Hey, thanks for checking out my blog again. I am really enjoying taking these pictures and think that's why I lost this week. Your salmon, baked potato with salsa on top looks amazing. I know I would love that dish.

I've had salsa on my eggs before, and I'm not crazy about it. haha. I know a lot of people get grossed out by ketchup on eggs, but I like it. The ketchup I chose was all natural with no high fructose corn syrup so it met my guidelines for what is good and ok.

Thought you might like this link:

It's about the new food pyramid. They switched it to a plate, and I have been trying to use it to take my pics!

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TRUE-NESS 10/19/2011 6:54AM

    MICHSTATE: Thanks for the comment on my Food Picture Tracking Blog for Oct. 18th. Your points are valid. But, let me just say, I'm probably a volume eater too. If you go through my blogs for this entire month, you'll see that I'm definitely not starving. But, Oct. 18th was ONE day in the life... It's different every day. (And I don't always take the time to explain why I ate the way I ate, I just put up the picture.)

This week is very "different" because it's TOM week. I'm following some advice from some other Sparkers by just giving my body what it wants. I started off ravenous (or rather, with lots of cravings), but it's kind of tapering off now and I'm not as hungry. I'll be back to normal soon. "Normal" is shown in my previous blogs. If you go back and look over my blogs from prior to the 14th, you'll see loads of freggies!! I include them with breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. They are all over the place!! :-) But, again, for this particular day, I didn't need to bulk it up with anything. I wasn't that hungry.

But, last I checked, potatoes and tomatoes are freggies... not green leafy, but they are veggies and fruit, nonetheless. :-) I don't often have a starchy veggie, so that was a big treat for me. I brought a few potatoes, so they will be consumed. LOL

Thanks again!

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MICHSTATE 10/19/2011 6:10AM

    You can ignore me if you didn't want constructive criticism, but I am wondering where the fruits and veggies are??
This may be a personal preference, but I am a volume eater, and couldn't survive on such little volume of food, I would add some freggies to bulk it up some!!!:-)

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GOURMETLOSER 10/19/2011 1:32AM

    That all looks so delicious and nutritious. Well done emoticon

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GHK1962 10/18/2011 10:20PM

    Salmon? Did I hear salmon?

When are you going to invite us for dinner!!!!

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ERIKO1908 10/18/2011 9:43PM

    Yum, yum, yum!! :)

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POOKASLUAGH 10/18/2011 9:30PM

    So have you hit the not-so-hungry days then? :D I hope so!

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 17

Monday, October 17, 2011

BREAKFAST (8:00 a.m.)

LUNCH (12:30 p.m.)

Smoked Ham sandwich on wheat w/provolone cheese, lettuce and tomato (from The Corner Bakery); chips; pickle

DINNER (7:30 p.m.)

Okay... I've got to talk a little before I show these pictures. I am so excited about this!!

Many years ago, I was a raw foodie. 90% of everything I ate was raw. I purchased this "cook" book called "Rawvolution" by Matt Amsden which has a lot of recipes in it that mimic traditional cooked foods. It's a gourmet living cuisine book. My dinner was one of the recipes from his book. It's called "Soft Taco with Fresh Tomato Salsa." It involes making fresh tomato salsa and ground walnut "meat."

So, part one: make the salsa. Here is a picture of it close up....

Soooooo yummy!!!!! My mouth waters again just looking at the picture. It was sooo delicious!! I can't remember the last time I made it before today. Eventhough it has simple ingredients (various kinds of gourmet tomatoes, fresh cilantro, scallions, olive oil, garlic, cayenne pepper, sea salt, ground cumin, ground coriander, fresh lime juice), it's takes a lot of time. But, it's so worth it!!

Part two: make the walnut "meat." The picture I took didn't come out too well, but here it is...

It's just ground raw walnuts. But, it looks like ground meat, right? You grind the walnuts in a food processor, and then you add ground cumin, coriander and Nama Shoyu (which is an unpasteurized soy sauce)

And HERE is the finished product, the "Soft Taco with Fresh Tomato Salsa":

Spread the walnut mixture along the center of the collard green leaf stem and then add some shredded lettuce (which I didn't) and top with some salsa.

Roll up, or fold over and chomp down!!! Delicious!!!

And with the leftover juice from the lime that I squeezed, I made some limeade:

And that completed dinner! If you have it in your local library, check out Matt Amsden's book, Rawvolution. There's lot of healthy, raw food recipes in there. If you're interested in the complete recipe (with measurements) for the Soft Taco with Fresh Tomato Salsa, hit me up via email. But, it's really to taste. So experiment and have some fun!


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GOURMETLOSER 10/19/2011 1:35AM

    Sounds wonderful AND healthy!!!!!!!

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ERIKO1908 10/18/2011 9:42PM

    you had me on the salsa until you mentioned cilantro!! read recently to sub celery leaves....i'm taking that tip forward with me in my life...

Happy Sparking!!

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SANYA_SHNICK 10/18/2011 2:55PM

    Looking good! The raw cookbook idea sounds interesting. And of course I love the pancakes! Seems like a good food day for you!

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SEWFITSINGER 10/18/2011 11:44AM

    What an inspiration ... emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 10/18/2011 9:57AM

    The salsa/walnuts looks amazing & tasty. Some foods are worth the extra effort.

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POOKASLUAGH 10/18/2011 8:18AM

    I admit, I'm not a huge fan of raw tomatoes. I do like salsa, but the pureed kind.

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COLLEENMC1 10/18/2011 7:31AM

    I have tried eating raw collard green, i'm gonna try it soon

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SUZANNE0606 10/17/2011 11:55PM

    Everything looks great, especially lunch! Love your new background, too!

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HALLELUL 10/17/2011 10:53PM

    You answered my question about the background photo. emoticon
Oh the pancakes. They just look mmm-mmm good.

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FERRETLOVER1 10/17/2011 10:19PM

    Love limeade!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/17/2011 10:05PM

    That salsa looks absolutely delish!

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GHK1962 10/17/2011 9:52PM

    Oh man....that tomato salsa looks SOOOOOOOO GOOD! Oh man I am hungry now.

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MEYLOSE 10/17/2011 9:50PM

    your foods look so good today, well done!

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