Intuitive Eating Update

I’m sorry for the lack of posts recently. I had been posting on my husbands nearly new laptop and of course it stopped working – it’s actually still not fixed – so it’s been harder to get on here these past couple of weeks.

Anyways… I am so loving this intuitive eating. I have managed to eat so many foods I love – like baked goods, the occasional lattes and ice cream- and I’ve managed to lose a few ounces shy of 10 pounds. I started this thing at 169 pounds and I’m down in the 159s now! Woo hoo!

Since I can and do eat whatever sounds good I have a yummy recipe I tried out last night….wait for it…

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Maple Bacon Biscuits
Adapted from Wineimbiber

10 slices bacon into 1/2–inch pieces (I used the pre-cooked bacon from Costco)
1-3/4 cups flour
1 tablespoons sugar
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, cut into 1/2–inch cubes
3 Tbs. maple syrup
1/4 cup + 3 tbs. buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 tablespoon half and half or heavy cream
Salt
Additional maple syrup to drizzle over the tops

In a medium frying pan, cook the bacon over medium heat until cooked but not crispy, 10 to 12 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove the bacon to a paper towel–lined plate or pan, to remove excess fat. Or you can use pre-cooked Costco bacon and skip this step all together.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in the diced butter, until it resembles small peas. Stir in the bacon, then 3 tablespoons of maple syrup and the buttermilk until the dough just comes together (it will still be clumpy). Be careful not to overwork the dough.
On a lightly floured surface, gently press or roll the dough to 1–inch thickness. Cut the biscuits using a 2–inch round cutter; you should have 12 biscuits. Place biscuits on a parchment–lined baking sheet, spaced 2 inches apart. Chill biscuits in freezer for 10 minutes (or fridge if you don’t have freezer space).

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. While the biscuits are chilling, prepare the egg wash: In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and cream. Brush the chilled biscuits with egg wash and top each with a pinch of salt.
Bake the biscuits until they just begin to brown, about 25 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven. Quickly drizzle about 1 tsp. of maple syrup over each of the biscuits, then place the tray back in the oven for 3 minutes more. Serve while still warm. You can reheat them in the microwave for 20 seconds too and they are delicious!

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Creamy Garlic Parmesan Hashbrowns

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This was a new recipe I have been wanting to try for a while and finally got around to making… only I changed it up a bit since I only had hashbrowns on hand. It was delicious and a nice change from ketchup!

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Hashbrowns

(Adapted from Rock Recipes)

  • 3 Cups Hashbrowns
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/8 cup butter (not margarine)
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 3-4 slices bacon ( I used turkey bacon)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • Garnish with green onions (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut the bacon into small pieces, cook until crisp.
  2. Drain off all the fat and set aside.
  3. Press down on the garlic cloves with the side of a knife to break them up a little. Melt the olive oil, butter and garlic together over medium heat in a small pan for about 10 minutes so the garlic is infused into the oil butter mix.
  4. Add most of the oil to the skillet and leave the rest in the small pan.Add the hashbrowns to the skillet. Cook until browned and season with salt and pepper to taste. The potatoes should be fully cooked and a little crispy.
  5. While potatoes are cooking add whipping cream to the small pan with the reserved oil. Let simmer until reduced by about half. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir until melted. 
  6. Once hashbrowns are done cooking add the sauce and the bacon. Garnish with green onions if desired. 

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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Once again I am trying to find my way back to eating healthy. I am working on increasing my fiber intake and decreasing how much sugar I eat. I recently read that a female should only have 24 grams of sugar a day, men should have 36 grams at most and children only 9 grams. When I think of all the sugary things I love, I am very aware of the massive quantity of sugar I must put into my body each day. Because I do like treats I don’t know if I will ever be able to cut back to 24 grams on a regular basis but I figure I can at least try to make healthy improvements.

Something I have discovered lately is refrigerated coconut milk. One cup is only 6 grams of sugar and it naturally has a sweet taste to it. I have been trying to incorporate this into my foods as a sugar replacement to see if it helps. I think it does! Thankfully the flavor is not so strong that it makes everything taste like coconut… If you are someone who doesn’t enjoy that flavor. I love coconut so it doesn’t bother me!

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This morning I came up with a chocolate chip banana muffin. Normally I don’t really care too much for chocolate chips in my breakfast foods (even if it tastes good) because it doesn’t seem very healthy. I realized though, in making these muffins, that chocolate chips have a lot less sugar in them than sugar does. In a small quantity they add just enough sweetness to make a yummy muffin.

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins
1 Cup Coconut Milk (from the refrigerator section)
1 Cup Oatmeal
2 Tbs. Whole Flax Seeds
1/2 Cup Whole wheat Flour
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
2 Eggs
1/4 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
2 Bananas (chopped into small pieces)
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1 Tbs. Oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a bowl combine coconut milk, oats and flax seeds and let sit for 10 minutes. In a separate bowl mix together flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and chocolate chips. Set aside.

After 10 minutes add the eggs, vanilla and oil to the oat mixture. Stir well and then add the flour mix to it. Once combined mix in the bananas.

Pour into greased muffin tins. Makes 12 muffins,
Each muffin has 4.5 grams of sugar and 2.6 grams of fiber. If I was magical I’d like to decrease the sugar even more but then I realized…If I add half a cup of brown sugar to this then I am adding 106 grams of sugar to the recipe. This would mean that each muffin had 13.3 grams of sugar. I think 4.5 grams doesn’t sound so bad.

Now these aren’t crazy sweet but I enjoyed their healthy taste for a good morning treat! I hope you enjoy!

Gluten Free Cream Cheese Pancakes

I was all ready to start posting some recipes and blogging again after my bread pudding and ended up with a stomach bug instead. So of course cooking and eating were the lasts things on my mind. I still even feel a bit off, plus I’m pregnant so heartburn doesn’t make me feel any better!

Anyways I did manage to feel well enough today to try out a new pancake recipe I had seen on Barefeet in the Kitchen. It’s literally just eggs and cream cheese. I did add a little vanilla and cinnamon an then topped it with powdered sugar and syrup. Yum!

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Gluten Free Cream Cheese Pancakes

4 eggs
4 ounces cream cheese
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1/8 tsp. Cinnamon
Powdered sugar
Syrup

Add eggs, cream cheese, vanilla and cinnamon to blender and blend until smooth. Heat pan on medium, grease with butter and add 1/4 cup batter to pan. It only takes a minute or two on each side. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and syrup…or any other topping you enjoy 🙂

4/30: Deconstructed Veggie Egg White Omelet

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I had been tossing around the idea of going vegetarian and then woke up and ate a small piece of turkey bacon… oops! This morning I cooked up mushroom, red pepper, zucchini and onion and then topped it with one scrambled egg white, 1/4 piece of turkey bacon and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. The veggies were so tasty and I was able to have a little protein as well. 

4/23: Raspberry Fage Yogurt with Nature Valley Granola Bar

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I had never seen raspberry Fage yogurt before and yesterday I was shopping at Target and came across this kind. It seemed like a weird place to find a new flavor. Today I was trying to spread out my snacks more at work so I wouldn’t be so ravenous when I got home. Usually I eat about 9:30 but today I forced myself to be content with some coffee while waiting to eat this yumminess at 11am. I did it! I crumbled up my granola into it and enjoyed a great morning snack.