Low Carb Low Fiber

CalvinLowCarbComic I am not a big fan of low carb diets; they just make me feel so funny especially when I decided that I want to carb cycle. This week I decided to cut my carbs pretty low, I ended up wanting to eat between 150- 200 grams of carbs. Most of the time I ate 230 grams of carbs; I thought it would be easy but it is not, it is one of the hardest things to do since I am not getting enough fiber. I know fiber is a big issue in a diet most of my carb meals consist of high fiber foods (oatmeal) and I still was not able to get 30 grams of fiber.
I found a great fiber that has been helping me with my fiber intake besides vegetables. Psyllium husk, 1 tablespoon is 13 grams of fiber and carbs with only 45 calories. Psyllium husk has kept me full longer which made it hard for me to get in all my daily allowance of calories. I have added it to my blueberries and banana for toppings on my pancakes and it is yummy (especially the banana). What I would not add psyllium husk to would be pancake batter it will not work trust me it will not work. I have a few photos of me trying to make psyllium husk pancakes and let’s just say worse experience ever (sharing soon).
I would recommend it if you are on a low carb diet and have a hard time finding ways to get more fiber in your diet.
Do you ever try low carb diets to lose weight if so how do you get more fiber?

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300 calorie breakfast

I am still looking for a camera and this is a lot of work, I am thinking about going with a refurbished one since they are a lot cheaper but I still not have decided which one I should go with.
I know I have been looking forward to my workouts now especially since the weather is a lot warmer and my body has finally not in shock by the cold weather. I am still in my pursuit to make my breakfast 300 calories and I am almost there. When the weather gets hot the meals get lighter and less portions. Thank god for summer.
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300 calorie breakfast
½ cup oatmeal: 100
1 boiled egg: 70
1 boil egg white: 17
1 banana: 105
Total Calories: 292
I hope my 300 calorie breakfast has inspired everyone to make right choices that are not time consuming at all and they taste great. Just add water!

Ramble Friday: Cameras, Recipes, and Blogs

hey friday I am so happy to finally have made it to the end of the week. I am so excited for the weekend although I do not have anything plan. I am going to try to do some things that I meant to do this spring that never got done.
I wanted to tell you guys that I am thinking about purchasing a new camera pretty soon, I have finally saved up some money that I can finally afford a dslr. I am so excited because that means more recipes that look way better. I know many people believe you can do just fine with a point and shoot camera; I completely disagree I have so many recipes with my point and shoot. I have tried every angle and lighting and nothing compares to a dslr. Maybe an iPhone would be better than a point and shoot, but I have seen some ridiculous amounts people pay for service a month just to use their iPhone. I think I will keep my plan and phone for now.
I am really excited to make more recipes I have been going back and forth should I put more recipes on the blog or should I just keep blogging the way I am right now. I really would love to become an all-out foodie blog, but I also love rambling to you guys about the things I do and how I feel. I am still torn between the two.
I guess I have ramble enough for today, I am so excited about my new purchase. Of course before I buy my camera I will show you guys a couple of cameras I am thinking of going with…
Have a good day
Love

Coconut Fudge Bites (Only 3 ingredients)

I am a sugar addict I tell ya! I always have a craving for something sweet especially at night when it is time for bed. I am happy that my cravings decided to hit in the afternoon instead of later in the day; just the excuse I needed to make one of my favorite recipes.
Coconut Fudge Bites is a very simple recipe that is easy and quite healthy for you; all you need is a blender or food processor and 3 ingredients. Let’s get cooking!

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The ingredients that will make this treat delicious..

Coconut Fudge Bites (Only 3 ingredients)  Recipe, Savy Naturalista, Naturalista

Oh boy I can eat this ball of dough right now, it is so tasty I had about two spoonfuls

Coconut Fudge Bites (Only 3 ingredients)  Recipe, Savy Naturalista, Naturalista

Chocolate just makes everything look so much better and taste even better.

Coconut Fudge Bites (Only 3 ingredients)  Recipe, Savy Naturalista, Naturalista

Coconut Fudge Bites Recipe(Only 3 ingredients):
6 medjool dates
½ cup dry shredded coconut (unsweetened)
4 squares of 60% dark chocolate

Directions: Add the coconut and dates to the food processor and pulse until the coconut and dates become a soft dough; add the dark chocolate to the mixture and pulse it until the chocolate turns into tiny pieces. Dump the mixture into a bowl and form bite size pieces.

300 Calorie Breakast

This morning I have been debating should I do legs; I decided that I would take it easy today if I have time I will do them later. My arms are killing me from my workout yesterday so I am trying to make sure I do not overdue it this morning. Last week I did my leg work out and I was in pain for three days. I could barely walk the next day each step was painful after the other; I pretty much stayed in bed and studied the whole weekend and didn’t leave it until Monday.
This week I am keeping my calories low in the morning and so far I have been doing a good job of it. I have not gotten to the 300 calorie mark just yet, but with lots of practice and counting I think I will be there pretty soon.

Savy Naturalista, Naturalista

300 Calorie Breakfast:
½ cup oatmeal: 166 calories
1 cup frozen blueberries: 78 calories
3 boiled egg whites: 48 calories

Total Calories:
291 calories

Honey Nut Fig Bars

I am so happy to get my appetite back, that cold really did a number on me. I really wanted something sweet that had figs and nuts. I could not wait to get into the kitchen even though the weather has been pretty warm I am still looking forward to cooking.
It was time to use these figs since they have been sitting in the fridge for a while now. I did not want them to grow mold, and since I am not turning on the oven I decided to make a raw desert to kill my sweet tooth.
Honey nut fig bars are a great recipe to share, you will have more than just one.

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Honey Nut Fig Bars:

1 ½ cup dried figs
1 cup shredded coconut
½ cup almonds
3 tbsp. raw honey
1 tsp. vanilla
Directions: Place almonds and figs into the food processor; if your figs have tips cut them off (mine did) after pulse figs and almonds until you get a sticky mixture. Add the coconut and honey to the mixture and pulse it; once it is all mixed add the vanilla and mix the ingredients on high. After all the ingredients are combined take the mixture out and use a loaf pan as a mold for the mixture. Press the mixture into the loaf pan, and leave it in the fridge overnight. The next day cut in to bite size squares and enjoy.

What I Ate Wednesday

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Happy Hump day! I am getting back into the grove of eating right again, it has been really difficult especially when it comes to photographing what I ate. Most of the time I am busy with school and work, that’s when I am almost finish stuffing my face that I remember that I should photography what I ate. I did have a whole bag of popcorn, banana, two cuties, and two popsicles I forgot to photograph. I guess I am still in my snacking phase I hope I can get over it pretty soon.

The Cheat Meal Deal

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I know it feels good to splurge on food; after a week of dieting really hard I am able to get a cheat meal that will satisfy my cravings and kick start my diet for the next week. I guess one harmless meal will not hurt all my hard work or will it?
I know when I first started dieting I would have a cheat day every weekend, it got to the point that I began to binge eat. I would save up enough calories during the week to have my favorite cheat meal on the weekend. I would literally eat until I could not eat anymore. An example would be if I went out for sushi I would start with tempura; I would then order nori rolls and end up mixing and matching rolls which usually led to me eating about 16 nori rolls (rice included).
I would say my meals like this were way over my intake for the day, I am assuming it was about 3500+ calories. When it came time for me to weigh myself I would usually end up gaining a pound or two and most of it was not water weight. I know cheat days can help with staying on track but they can also stall weight loss and effect your goals in the future.
Eating healthy can be difficult and expensive, from meal plans, to finding yummy recipes that have flavor, but if you make it a lifestyle it is one that can be enjoyed and rewarding. I don’t have any more cheat meals are days, but when I do I will usually end up eating about 500-700 calories more for that day. I love a good cheat meal sushi is my favorite.

Question of the day: What is your favorite food to eat on your cheat day?

Banana Gone Black

My dehydrator has not shown up yet, I am so looking forward to making my banana chips. I guess I am going to half to wait another day or two.

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The bananas decided they did not want to wait for the dehydrator to get here so they went black pretty quick. I am not one to waste food so I decided to use them today. I wanted to make banana pancakes, then I wanted banana muffins, or maybe freeze them to make banana ice cream. I had a few ideals in my head more than what I listed; I decided to just go with the easy one and make banana bread. They all seemed pretty easy but banana bread seemed to be a classic that I could try to make healthy.

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My healthy version of banana bread did not come out looking like the one in the picture that I adapted my recipe from. Instead my loaf fell apart and was tilted to one side; it looked like a big blob of mush once in came out of the loaf pan, it was very sticky and moist (too moist). I guess I will half to work on my healthy alternatives to my favorite classic dishes.

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Question of the day: What is your favorite dish you would like a healthy alternative for?

What I ate Thursday

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I am happy I was able to eat in a hurry( over slept), I made a breakfast sandwich and added mustard. I think mustard makes every thing taste better after sriracha…

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I was getting my grub on, and run and got the camera to snap a pick… Last night dinner had left overs. I also added seaweed nori sheets, asparagus, dried kimchi, and shredded coconut (salad dressing)… I had to hook it up 🙂

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I like freezer dried fruit, but dried mango is the best and pair it with oatmeal yum, yum. I can eat the whole bag ( I really want to)

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I did add salad dressing, but I did not want to drench them in oil. The colors would never come out the same…

I ate granola bars while I was riding my bike and celery forgot to photograph it. I finish 240 squats today, and I surly do feel my thighs burning (burn baby burn)…