Do you find yourself in a drive-thru at lunchtime? Maybe you are tired when you get off work and don’t feel like cooking. I’m guilty of both! Lunchtime is chaos in the news business. Somedays you have time to grab a bite, other days it is impossible. I’ve found that bringing my lunch not only helps control my calorie intake it also saves me money! #winning 🙂
What if you don’t know the calorie intake in the foods you are eating. I’ve got a simple solution. Your smart phone has a number of awesome apps geared toward calorie counting and keeping up with exercise. A good friend of mine, who will hopefully be a guest blogger next week, told me about an app she downloaded-and since the start of the year she’s lost 22 pounds!! Her secret? Logging every piece of food she puts in her mouth and incorporating exercise twice a week. Seems simple enough 🙂
The app she recommended is called “Lose It.” It keeps up with the foods you eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. It even has a bar code scanner so if you are unsure of a particular food all you have to do is run the scanner across the barcode and viola! It tells you the calorie (and other nutrition information) of that particular food. And it has measurements so you can determine how much of that food you can eat to stay within range. I recommend the app and it’s free!!!! Another good app if you don’t like that one is “Daily Burn.” Again, it is in your app store and it is free. I love anything that is free!
If you don’t have a smart phone and prefer a different method of logging your meal intake, try Calorie King. You can buy the book at your local bookstore or look it up on the internet. It has calorie counts for thousands of foods, including fast food.
So, how many of you enjoy eating fish? I’ve discovered a love affair with grilled tilapia. Mercy! That is the most delicious fish I’ve ever put in my mouth! Be careful though when you order this from a restaurant. They like to soak it in butter. Ask them if they will grill it without the butter. You won’t miss it because the fish is so tendery and flaky. Here is a healthy way to enjoy fish on the grill without all of the added calories.
To Prevent sticking. Spray the grill with a light coat of non-stick spray or use a paper towel to wipe a light coat of olive oil or vegetable oil on the grill.
Heat the grill to 300 degrees (400 degrees if you want to blacken the tilapia).
Drizzle the fish with a very small amount of olive oil on both sides.
Season the tilapia with spices of your choice. Be basic and only use salt and pepper or go crazy with lemon pepper, cayenne or Old Bay seasonings.
Grill, baby, grill. Place the tilapia on the oiled portion of the grill. If your grill has a raised tray or hanging basket, cook the fish there. It is best to keep the fish out of direct contact with the fire. This is especially true if you are cooking other items at the same time.
Watch the time. If the fish is directly on the grill, cook it for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. If the fish is not in direct contact with flames, the cooking time needs to be closer to 10 minutes.
Check for doneness. You know the tilapia is done when the meat is white all the way through and the juices from the fish run clear.
So if your following me on this blog, I’ve lost 2.5 pounds so far. I’ve stuck to this lifestyle change like glue! How are you doing on your weight loss journey?
Have a great day everyone!