Okay, so I am doing this diet thing. I am even doing pretty well at it, even with these little beauties staring me in the face, (I haven’t touched them other than to dole them out to the kids).
As I said before I’ve been getting help with the Atkins frozen entrees. I was asked to share my opinion on the few I’ve tried. It has only been nine days but I definitely have some opinions already. So far my personal favorites (in order) are:
1. Beef Merlot (Exquisite!!! 5 out of 5 stars)2. Crustless Chicken Pot Pie (Didn’t even miss the crust which is usually my favorite part 4 out of 5 stars)
3. Chicken Broccoli Alfredo (Delicious!!! 4 out of 5 stars)
4. Chicken Masala (Yummy!!! 4 out of 5 stars)
5. Swedish Meatballs (Tasty as well as filling. 4 out of 5 stars)
6. Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry (Very good. A little on the sweet side but not too bad. 3 out of 5 stars)
I prefer traditional home style cooking. You may have a more exotic pallet. I don’t completely dislike any of the meals I’ve tried but these were my least favorite.
*Italian Style Pasta Bake (However, I do not like Italian Sausage, if you do…you will love it.)*Orange Chicken (This would have been good, but just a little too sweet for my liking.)
*Meatloaf with Portobello Mushroom Gravy (I think I just expected too much on this one. I love mushrooms and again I am a home-style cooking kind of girl. For me this had the heavy meaty taste of a school cafeteria.)
*Mexican Style Chicken & Vegetables (This was a little heavy on the cumin and just my least favorite of all sampled.)
There are plenty more entrees to try, this is just the selection I have tried so far. The meals are all very well prepared, the vegetables in every dish have been very appetizing and I have enjoyed them very much. I hope if you try them you enjoy them too. (Just in case any of you are thinking it, no I do not get anything from Atkins for saying this. I am not affiliated with them in anyway and they don’t know who I am. However, if they wanted to give me some entrees I would not object, I can use all the help I can get.)
Another Question I have had is…”What are you eating for breakfast?”
*Activia Black Cherry yogurt with shelled Sunflower seeds sprinkled in it.*Eggs & Bacon
*Smoothies (I have 3 different recipes I enjoy, listed below. They also make a nice snack.)
Mixed Berries – 1 cup ice, ½ cup coconut water or plain water & 1 cup frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries & blackberries- value brand found in Wal-mart freezer section).
Sunrise – 1 cup ice, ½ cup V8 Splash (peach/mango) & 1 cup frozen mixed fruit (this has mango, peach, pineapple & strawberries - value brand found in Wal-mart freezer section).
Pumpkin – 1 cup ice, ½ water, 4 TBS canned pumpkin, 1 TBS sugar free French vanilla coffee creamer, ¼ tsp. cinnamon
I don’t have those things all at the same time, these are just an assortment of items I have allowed myself in place of toast or oatmeal.
I’ve given you a list of all my brownie points, so here is my guilt list. Things I need to own up to, and modify along the way.1. I am still enjoying my coffee with one or two squirts of caramel.
2. I am not exercising yet.
3. I’ve had a few weak moments where hunger got the best of me. In those moments I have indulged in chunks of cheese or a banana rolled in sunflower seeds. I know those aren’t great choices, but they feel better than cookies or ice cream, so I will give myself a break for now.
Lastly, my blog feels a little self-absorbed right now, and I apologize. I’m not contributing much of value to anyone but myself. However, I have to do this to better myself. I hope maybe along the way I can help someone else who is struggling with the same issues and I hope you will feel free to share your experiences and tips. Thank you for the support and encouragement I have already received and God bless you in this wonderful and exciting New Year.