Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Veggie Tacos

It seems like I am always on the go and when it comes to making dinner I don't always have time to throw together this emaculate (Sp?) meal. Although, sometimes I do spend over an hour on dinner and don't end up eating until 8pm or so.  Fat girl inside my brain wants a bomb dinner so I spend that time making it!

I have really been paying attention lately to my breakdown in My Fitness Pal to my fat consumed, cholesterol, protein and things and I noticed that I have been really over my cholesterol intake the last few weeks.  When I think about the foods that have a lot of cholesterol I immediately think of friend greasy foods, but that is not the case.  A lot of cholesterol comes from meats and dairy. On a daily basis I typically eat high protein, moderate fat and low carb, therefore consuming probably a bit too much meat raising my cholesterol.    So last night I wanted a really yummy, filling vegetarian dinner with all the veggies I could get.  I had planned on making hubs Chicken faijtas so I decided to make me some veggie fajitas!  I don't have one single picture because I literally threw this together and thought nothing of it! I wasn't even going to blog it, but then I realized in all my years of cooking I had never made veggie fajitas and they were so amazing and simple that I had to share! 

**These are just the veggies I used-feel free to add whatever kind of veggies you like!
servings-4 tacos
Prep and Cooking time-20 minutes

Ingredients:
  • Half of a green pepper
  • Medium onion or half of a large
  • Half zucchini 
  • 1 cup of mushrooms
  • 1 tomato
  • cabbage 
  • low carb tortillas-I used the mission carb balance 120 calorie tortillas (tortillas of your choice)
  • sour cream
  • Avocado
Directions:
1. Chop all veggies in bite size pieces.  I cut bell peppers and onions in strips and chopped zucchini, mushrooms and tomato in chunky pieces.
2. chop and shred cabbage (I made this 1000 times easier and bough the shredded cabbage and carrots already in a bag.  Less prep work and quicker eating time!)
3. In a large skillet drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil and toss in onions and peppers.  Sautee for 5 mins on medium to high heat.  
4. Add in the zucchini, tomatoes and mushrooms and sautee for another 5-7 mins or until veggies are tender and have some color.  Now would be a good time to season- I used salt, pepper and a chicken seasoning on mine.  A fajita packet would probably be really good in this as well!
5. Heat tortillas and start to assemble your tacos.  I layered some cabbage on the bottom and then added the veggie mix.  Add some avocado and a dollop of sour cream! 

This was so yummy and SO easy that it will definitely be in my weekly food rotation! And I didn't even miss the meat! I served myself up 2 big tacos! I had about 800 calories left for the day.  

Nutritonal Breakdown: Per 1 taco (including 1/8 avocado and 1tbsp sour cream)
Calories-261, Fat-9.7, Carbs-33.6, Fiber-16.2, Protein-9.5

XOX Brit

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Roasted Vegetable Spaghetti Squash Cheesy Bake

Here is an awesome recipe I have for ya guys! 




Serves 5-8 (Depends on whether you use it as a side dish or main meal!)
Cooking and prep time- 1 Hour 

Ingredients:
-1 Spaghetti Squash
-Yellow bell pepper
-Red bell pepper
-2 Zucchinis
-2 tomatoes
-1 yellow onion 
-2 cups 30 calorie unsweetend Almond Milk ( I used the Unsweetened Vanilla and couldn't taste it!)
-3 Tablespoons butter
-3 Tablespoons flour (white or wheat-there is so little of it in the dish that it won't matter)
-1 1/4 cups mild cheddar cheese
-Fresh Basil 

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 425 F
2. Cut spaghetti squash length wise (the long way) and microwave the two halves face down for 9 minutes.  Check for fork tenderness. Once done cooking set aside to cool. 
3. Dice all other vegetables in bite size pieces.  You do not need to be precise because they will cook down and soften 
4. Spread vegetables over two sheet pans and drizzle some olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic.  Toss vegetables and bake at 425F for 30-40 minutes or until tender and have some color.  


 


5. Get your spaghetti squash and start pulling at the flesh of the squash with a fork.  You will notice it starting to look like "Spaghetti".  Scrape the entire insides into a bowl and set aside. Throw skin away. 
Cheese sauce: 
6. In a large pot melt 3 TBSP of butter and then add in 3 TBSP of flour.  Wisk together on medium heat until all flour and butter are combined.  This is called a roux.  it will be lumpy and that's okay.
7. Add in your 2 cups of milk and turn up heat to high. WISK, WISK, WISK until thickened.  Turn down heat to low once thick
8. Add in 3/4 of a cup of mild cheddar cheese, salt pepper, red pepper flakes and dry mustard.  Stir all together.  (season to your liking-feel free to add more or less.  When it doubt just salt and pepper)
9. Add in Spaghetti squash and vegetables to cheese sauce and mix together.  Tear about 6 leaves of basil and mix into as well (I use twice the amount because I love basil- you can't go wrong)
10.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with pam and pour in your cheesy squash.  Use remainig 1/2 cup of cheese to cover top and broil on hi for 10 minutes or until top is browned and golden.  
ENJOY! 



 Enjoy it with a dollop of Daisy :), greek yogurt or as is. I also added some tapatio to mine! 



Nutritional Breakdown: (5 Servings)
Cals-238.9, Fat-13.3, Carbs-18, Fiber 4.4, Sugar-7, Protein-10

XoX Brit 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday Letters and a 21st Bday memory (or lack thereof)



Its FRIDAYYY!!! If your a working woman you know exactly what this means! Wine starts tonight and does not end until Sunday evening.  If only it went like that. I have to work tongiht :( I've stated before that I have a full time job and also waitress 5 times a week.  I LOVE it.  If I could I would waitress full time I would!  Do not judge me.  I have a 4 year degree and would still waitress.

Dear February,
I Love you, and you love me.  It's my Birthday month (Feb 3), my daddy's birthday, my Best friends Birthday and Valentines day all in one! What other month can give so much more love?!

Dear Starbucks,
I have recently discovered your Turkey bacon, egg white, whole wheat sandwich which is only 320 calories and 13 grams of carbs! You saved me from a bagel and cream cheese craving this morning!

Dear Body,
Please get with the program.  I am working my toosh off and seriously I just need 10 more lbs! I'm not asking for a miracle here.  Your frustrating the shiznit out of me and its not cool anymore.

Dear Jesus,
Thank you for blessing my life in more ways than I deserve.  It is because of you I am where I am today.  I ask you for patience and kindness and that I have a blessed birthday with family and friends.  I Love you.

Dear Saturday (Faturday),
I have been waiting for you all week! Hopefully I will wake up feeling skinny tomorrow so I don't feel so bad about shoving my face with an undesirable amount of food.  GAh I cannot wait!!

Dear Hair,
You have been amazing all week.  Please cooperate tomorrow!

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And now for a funny story....

For my 21st birthday I got a bunch of friends together and we took a limo to dinner and drove around.  My husband, (boyfriend at the time) totally paid for the entire limo too! How sweet! Anyhoo, We started the night off with a few shots for everyone.  Patron was the choice of the night.  Hubs had bought me one of those big ol bottles! Like the size of your head status! We all got into the limo and started to drink it up! Dinner was about an hour drive away.  By the time we end up at the retaurant I have a nice buzz going, but boyfriend is totally freakin wasted!!!! He spends like an hour in the bathroom at the restaurant when we get there! I was so pissed because this was MY birthday and I was the one who was suppose to be puking, not him! Anyhooo, he recovers and joins us for dinner.  Dinner was so-so, I didn;t even eat.  I just cared about drinking , and the fact that they brought me the wrong food made it worse.  Dinner was over and we jumped back in the limo.  Had some more shots of patron and were having a grand ol time! As we started to head back home I started to feel a wee bit nauseous...OH NOO.  Before I could even think I quckly rolled down the window and half barfed in the limo/out the window! We had to pull over, I lost my favorite sweater that night because it was covered in puke. There happened to be a bouquet or roses in the limo, not sure where they came from, but all I remember is people shoving rose petals up their noses! My poor friends.  In the end boyfriend was stuck with a $250.00 clean up tab.  :( It was definitely a night to remember and no one will ever let me live that down.  My dad even offered to give me a bucket to take in the limo and i refused.  Shoulda listened to daddy, he knows best!  Since then I have not been able to drink Patron ever again.  Now a different tequila, yes.  But that's a whole different story in which I can't drink that one ever again either.  

Have a Fabulous Weekend! 
XOX Brit


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Oops I did it again... So What Wednesday and an "a ha moment"

Its Wednesday!! You know what that means? The week is half way over! I half a half day tomorrow and then Friday baby! Thennnnn Birthdayyyyy booze!! 

So What Wednesday

So What if...

  • I swore I would never color my hair again, but it happened last night... 
Its a much richer version of what I had before.  Has a hint of redness to it in the sun, but more chocolaty!  GAHH I LOVE IT!!! I know i have issues... but it only cost me $14 because I did it myself.  I used Garnier Nutrisse- Chocolate Chesnut and Dark Reddish Brown. I think it makes my eyes pop out more and everything else.  Loving it to the max.  Next week I may change my mind-but for now in love!  

             
                                New Hairs                                                                 Old Hairs 

  • So what if I weighed myself this morning.  I am not suppose to weight until Saturday but I was feeling good this morning (maybe it was the new hair).  Somehow I have gained 1.5 lbs.  Seriously? This is a joke.  I need to laugh now-I can't get upset.  I have been doing things to a 'T' for almost a month now and I have lost 3 lbs! I don't even know what is wrong with my body.  BUT I had a "Brittni seriously relax" moment this morning.  I know I am healthier than I was 1 year ago.  I know I weigh less than i did 1 year ago.  I can run for longer than I have ever been able to do so in the past.  I workout more than I ever did before.  I am physically in better shape than I was a year ago.  All of these things are because I did them.  I know I am capable of doing this.  These last 15 lbs are my last and with my track record and the history with my family loosing weight is a big bad biotch!!! I started to realize that I need to not stress so much over my weight.  Afterall it is just a number and it doesn't define the relationship I have with my husband, nor my family.  It doesn't define the way I treat other people.  It doesn't make me rich (not that being rich means anything).  It doesn't solve all of my problems.  I need to just continue to workout, eat right and eventually the weight will drop off right? I mean scientifically it makes sense.  Overall there are so many other serious issues in this world to stress over and my weight is not one of them.  I can't let it bring down my mood anymore. 

  • So what If I am sooooo excited for my birthday outing on Saturday! I can't wait to be with friends and family!! Also drink a little, or a lot.  :) Follow me on Instagram because I know that thing will get bombarded!

  • I have been trying to find something cute to wear to my birthday dinner Saturday, but am having no luck and will probably end up going comfy, casual, but still cute.  Mexican + Drinks calls for comfy.  

  • I told my husband lasagna wasn't in our budget for making dinner this week, but then I just spent $14 last night on my hair dye, which he didn't even notice! I do feel bad though.  Its ok mama works tonight and my tip money will go toward buying stuff for lasagna.  p.s. if you are super materialistic do not get married, it sucks you dry! But I wouldn't change a thing!! For now we are right where God wants us to be and so blessed to have all that we do.  Were just right.  

  • I have like one pair of jeans that fit just right and wear them all the time but paired with different tops.  No one notices right? 

  • We ran out of dish soap at home and have a pile of dishes sitting in our sink and I have been putting off buying soap for lack of wanting to wash all the dishes.  We have a dishwasher but for some reason we don;t use it..what a concept.  Maybe I should buy dishwasher soap instead.  

  • I cant wait to eat like a fat kid Saturday! I don't care if I gain 5 lbs.  Life is short and its one day! 
That's all I have for ya today! Have a blessed Wednesday!! And remember that the scale doesnt define who you are.  Its about being healthy and happy.  

XOX Brit 


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Clarisonic, Olive Oil and Randoms

I will be 25 in just 5 short days!  25..that's like half way to 30! Crazy how time flies.  No longer are the days of  wanting barbies, makeup kits, nail rhinestones, clothes and loads of money for my birthday, (ok clothes and loads of money would be nice), rather this year I wanted a Mia 2 Clarisonic!  I have been trying to get into a good face regime over the last year or so and just never found something I was able to stick to.  I have heard great things about the Clarisonic and have wanted one for awhile now.  So hubs said I could get either a clarisonic or a Brazillian "blow job" (yes that's what he called it). I chose the Mia 2! 



I ordered it off Obaji Products for $130.  No tax or shipping.  I was soooo excited to use it when it arrived last Friday but was sad when it needed to charge for 24 hours.  I wanted to get a good face cleanser so I headed to the store and stared at the aisle of facial products for an hour trying to find the right one.  Seriously, it was so overwhelming.  People must have thought I was seriously troubled.  I ended up purchasing

 It's a scrub and a Pore Minimizing cleanser and also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  I better start now!

and then I also got this 

To remove my makeup and wash my face prior to using the Mia.  

I love it so far.  My skin feels so smooth and soft after and I can tell its getting me a really deep clean.  I look forward to the day when i can wear no foundation at all!  


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Olive Oil is all the new craze lately.  On your face, in your hair, on your lips..whats next?! I have super dry hair so in my researching about olive I found that it can be applied to the hair as a moisturizing deep conditioner and will leave your hair feeling soft and silky and also helps with the frizz.  

I attempted this Saturday morning.  I started with dry hair, and warm olive oil.  I want to say I used about 1 cup.  Warmed it on the stove and then just poured/combed it on my hair until my hair was saturated.  And yes I made a complete and total mess of my bathroom.  I left it on for an hour.  They say if you can do it for 20 that's good, but do it for as long as you can.  I could only do an hour because it just kept dripping off my face.  

I washed it out regularly with shampoo.  I washed twice to ensure that all the olive oil was rinsed out.  My hair felt no different when it was wet so i assumed the magic would happen when i blew dryed.  UM NO...in fact, I think my hair was even worse! Dry, super dry and a frizz ball! I am not sure if this is something that I need to do consistently, but I am over it.  I guess Ill just buy a good leave in conditioner.  I was just trying to be all natural. 

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Yesterday this is what My fitness Pal looked like 




Much better than Saturdays! And I feel so much better this morning.  I had to really improvise yesterday because I did not prepare Sunday night.  My goal is to eat all my 1300 calories and then create my deficit with exercise   I think my problem is I am not eating enough.  Obviously on days I don't exercise I will cut back on the calories.  I was able to knock out 3 miles on the treadmill last night and get in a session of Pilates! Successful Monday night! 

Happy Tuesday!
Brit 







   

Monday, January 28, 2013

Weekend Shinannigans


I don't know why Monday morning comes at me the same every single week.  Week after week stuck on repeat. Tired, cranky and wishing I had another day to just sleep an extra hour or two.  Working 7 days a week most of the time is do-able and I am just fine, but come Sunday evening I am wiped and need another day to myself to do nothing.  But I guess that's life and I am oh-so thankful to have a full time job and another  one on the side! Lord forgive me for my bantering this morning.  

Saturday was suppose to be my cheat day where I stuff my face and go to bed feeling miserable day, but when I woke up with a .2 gain I wasn't feeling like I deserved a full on gorge day.  Yea, that's right, a .2 gain!! There is no way possible! I was under my calorie count all week, not a single bad thing went into my mouth last week, so I am not stressing over it.  I actually attribute it to not eating ENOUGH!  Yes, enough...ain't that a concept! This week I plan on upping my calories to 1500 and trying to eat every single one of them! Of course exercise will help me burn that 500 calories a day and that will create my deficit.  

Staurday's I have been taking a pilates class with my momma and love it! I really try and get Pilates in twice a week.  Its amazing and my body is definitely improving..especially my back side!  After pilates we ran by starbucks where I got an eggwhite, turkey bacon whole wheat english muffin sandwhich which by the way is only 320 calories and 13 grams of carbs! UM Amazing!! I finally got a much long needed pedicure with my lil sister, mom and a friend.  I think it had been 6 months! 

The little sister.  There is a 13 year difference between the two of us.  She is amazing and I love her like my own child.


The hubs and I had no plans really Saturday night, but ended up spending the evening at a friends house for his birthday.  I got to feel like I was 18 again and back in high school.  Full on cops showing up, underage drinkers.  It made my night.  You see we still have friends who are quite immature and at 25 years old they still hang out with 16, 17, 18 year old GIRLS! Yea, your telling me.  My bff and I had lots of laughs that evening...kept asking ourselves if we were like that at that age. Answer=yes.  



It took us back to reminiscing when we were 18 and all the good ol days! It was much needed definitely! By the end of the night My Fitness Pal pretty much looked like this 


That is not including a glass of wine I had and a brownie. And yes my alcohol consumption is greater than my food intake.  So what.  I cared more about alcohol than food by the time the evening came.  Never thought I'd ever say that.  I'm not sure if that is anymore healthy.  But this girl needed a break! 

Sunday morning rolls around and I decided to weight myself and guess what?! I lost 1.1 lbs!! Um YEA! Gonna have to go on a alcohol diet asap! I ended up having my free day Sunday then and I sure ate.  As a result that is probably why I feel like crap this morning.  Ugh but it tastes just so good in the moment. 

Today I am back on track until saturday morning.  I feel like I really need to kick my butt this week.  I would love to see 149 on saturday.  I didn't grocery shop yesterday so that means I am not fully prepared for today.  So it will be a McDonalds chicken salad for lunch. (yes-i said McDonalds-don't judge me. It is the best salad at only 420 calories with dressing.) It's all about portion control and what I know works.  

I hope you all have a fabulous monday! 

Xox Brit 












Friday, January 25, 2013

Because I have nothing for a tile post and I don't wanna be a cheeseball and say, "I'm back"

OK hi!



I am one bad selfie rule breaker! 

So I didn't go anywhere, just took a break I guess? The last month has been soo busy!! I've spoke before about my Blogging anxiety and how i go through waves of loving it, and then waves of overwhelming thoughts of what I am going to blog next.  Totally not healthy! And again, I do this for me and I need to remember that.  I am amazed that I have gotten a few followers despite not blogging for a month, that puts a big-mac burger smile on my face!  Iv'e been keeping up with you guys though and love reading your posts and following you on Instagram! I am such a people person and I am fascinated by the lives of others..really its very intriguing!  By the way if you follow me on Instagram you won't miss a thing! -Brittnigee-

A few things...



My Birthday is just right around the corner! I could not be more happy to indulge in a weekend of drinking and eating! Gahhhh I can taste the margaritas nowwww!!! My Birthday actually lands on Super Bowl Sunday this year..not sure how I feel about that.  Anyway, we will be celebrating Saturday.  



My hair...
I have hair issues.  Like bad.  My hair is never one color for more than 6 months.  I cannot seem to find my "color" my "style" whatever you wanna call it, but I think I am found it and I am never going back!!! Pigs are flying by the way.  I've debated cutting my bangs, growing them out over and over and over....finally they are growing out and I'm thinking I like! I have been having the most amazing hair days lately! 





We are at a reddish-brown state right now I am Loving it!!!! (think Mcdonald's- Bada baba ba Im lovin it!) have I mentioned that Aquage Uplifting Foam and Kenra 25 hairspray are like the best two hair beauty items on this earth?! You see I have these little hair pubes like Miss Holly likes to call them and the Kenra Hairspray seals those puppies in place and they don't move all day! It holds without feeling like you have plastered your hair.  

I have been on the hunt for some berry/raspberry purply, but not too purple lipstick and I found it! Its Revlon-Berry Haute. 


 Yes my spaghetti face-I know, and I don't care.  Anyway, this is the best color! so subtle, but enough pow! and it wasn't $30! 

Currently...


We are in operation of get rid of this shiz! 
I have been tracking in My Fitness Pal for a good 3 weeks now and have lost 2.8 lbs.  SLOWWWWWWW but steady.  I feel good. Friend me-Britg115.  I think.. Too many names to remember.  Currently I am at 151.7.  Trying to get to 140.  11 lbs...sounds like a piece of cake huh? Yea right, this is becoming the hardest last 10-15 lbs to loose and all I wanna do is drink wine.  Damnit I actually have to count those calories.  BUT tomorrow is fatty day! Hallelujah! I give myself one cheat day.  I need it to keep me going.  

Ok I tried to keep it short and sweet-I didn't want to overload your brains with catch up boring stuff.  See ya'll next week! 

Xox Brit