This morning was one of those mornings I did not want to get out of bed. I mean, I really had to talk myself up to get out of bed. I have to tell myself sometimes what my goal is…and trust me it is not easy. Of course, I am going to stick to my goal and I am pushing, and clawing, and doing everything to make it happen, because I know I can do it without a doubt. But, I have to make a choice EVERY DAY and every minute to stay committed. When you decide to do a competition, you don’t have people whispering in your ear telling you what to every moment but you always have your own voice to listen to.
So, this week has been kind of busy and I am forcing myself now to write this blog before bed because this is also part of my goal. I have been thinking lately about how to create new recipes and lower fat versions of meals. If you have heard of the book, “Eat This, Not That,” then you know the entire book is about better substitutions for some of your favorite junk foods. For example, the book will tell you what to get from Burger King, like a Jr. Whopper and side salad instead of a regular Whopper and fries. But this will take it to a different level. When you are trying to get extremely lean, you have to cut back on few things….lean body=lean diet. So, here are two substitutions I have been making lately. (They taste good too!) This will be an ongoing series so look for more!
I love peanut butter or any type of nut butter for that matter. Although I do eat it (not the whole container…one tablespoon) I choose healthier versions. One very low-fat option is PB2. PB2 is a powdered form of peanut butter. You mix it with water to create the butter. It has 85% less fat and is only 45 calories per serving. I will stick with this as I get closer to the competition. (available at Brighter Day, Publix, or online)
I have to cut back on the sugar so I don’t eat certain types of syrup. (Too much sugar turns into fat) I don’t eat the Aunt Jemima. If I do eat syrup it has to be pure maple and only a tad bit…or if I want more, I will eat the Walden Farms Zero Calorie Syrup. I love the way it tastes. (Available on www.bodybuilding.com ).
Also, I tried a new veggie this week! Butternut squash. This squash is sweet and tastes great. I put some sugar-free syrup and cinnamon on it and it was like a dessert. I think I will also try them mashed. Only 4o calories in a one-cup chopped serving. It fills you up nicely. You could probably bake them and eat them like fries too!