Friday, March 26, 2010

Planning for a birthday party

Today is my husband’s 33rd birthday. We’re having a small party tomorrow with a few of our friends, and I’ve been devising ways to provide a fun meal, but to eat a little healthier at the same time. I decided to make the makings for plate tacos; ground beef, refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, etc. I’ll make the ground beef mixture half ground turkey (because Jeff doesn’t like ground turkey very much) and the refried beans will be half canned pumpkin, which cuts down on calories big time. And I’ll have low-fat sour cream. For me, I may use baked chips, OR high-fiber tortillas and make mine into a burrito instead. The options are endless!

The best part of these switches is that everything tastes the same, so no one notices, but it is healthier, and I can eat comfortably without worrying so much about my points. The thing that may stop me up is the chocolate ganache cake he wanted. Although, it may be helpful that I’m not that big of a fan of desserts in general so I’ll probably have a small piece and be happy.

He wanted peanut butter cookies, so last night, I made a batch, but I changed the recipe a bit. It said to make 1-inch balls of dough, but I used a mini scooper and the balls were quite a bit smaller. Original recipe said it makes 48 cookies, but the way I did it, it made 78. Which is great because since I’m not really into cookies, if I have one, it’s only 77.4 calories, or 2 points.

In my life, I haven’t liked peanut butter cookies since I remember having my first one at my Grandma’s house when I was about 6 years old. I haven’t eaten one since that first one, 21 years ago. I simply love peanut butter, and could possibly live on it, but I don’t think it belongs in a cookie (since I don’t like cookies). I really feel like whoever came up with that was sadly mistaken.

However, last night, one of them flipped over when I was putting them out to cool, and it kind of folded in half, revealing the inner almost-cooked-but-not-quite goodness. And all of a sudden, I had to give peanut butter cookies another try. After all, taste buds do change. And. It. Was. Delicious. Seriously. It was perfectly soft and moist, wow. So while I am enamored of MY peanut butter cookies, it’s apparent that it’s the store-bought ones I can’t stand. Even better for me! After all, I can figure out the nutritional value (or lack-of) with my recipe. So I had extra points left last night, and ended up eating three cookies for 6 points which brought me cleanly to zero. And best for me, I really only liked them when they were still warm and gooey from the oven, so now that they’ve been sitting on the kitchen table to cool, I don’t want them. They’re too hard and crunchy. But perhaps, I’ve found a recipe I can make a couple of times a year to impress (and have a couple of nice warm ones myself).


  1. I came across your blog and I though I would leave a comment. I to am fighting the weight loss battle and wish you all the luck.. I will follow your blog to see how you are doing?

  2. I found your blog through Lynns new memorial blog roll. Just wanted to say that I am trying to re-lose some regained pounds your not alone in your quest to be healthy. Maybe next time you could include the receipe for the peanut butter cookies a lot of people myself included like them.
    Keep up the good work!

  3. Hi there! So glad you visited my blog today. I also got yours from Lyn. I am glad you are doing the WW program. It is a really great program. It wasnt until I started Medifast that I realized that the reason it didnt "work" for me this time was because of me!!! I hadnt realized how much of the kids stuff I was picking at and not counting. The great thing about WW is that once you do it the concept and even point values tend to stay with you forever! I still look at chicken wings and think "that is 3 pts!" haha. I know without a doubt that when I am done actually losing the weight on Medifast(I sure hope I can get all the way to my goal) that I will do WW. I had no problem maintaining my weight by following the program. I have about 50-60 lbs left to lose and I look forward to incorporating WW back into my life. It really has taught me how to eat well. Anyway...just wanted to stop by your blog and say hello and let you know I will help support you on your journey! Let me know if you need anything. I am down 17.5 lbs in my first month of Medifast. I have found that blogging is a great means of support!