I’ve lost weight this year. It wasn’t without struggle, as anyone who has lost weight would understand. I put aside the cereal, the breads, and the mindless eating of M&Ms and ate my weight in protein. I guess it worked and I’m resolved to keep going! Here are my Top 5 Favorite Foods eaten on my diet.
1. Quinoa – a complete protein (unusual for a plant food), quinoa has replaced rice in my diet. Quinoa is now sold in pretty much any grocery store, including Target, but I buy the large bag at Costco. Make it with reduced sodium chicken broth and it gains flavor. My favorite variety of quinoa is Seeds of Change Uhuni Quinoa & Whole Grain Brown Rice. It comes in ready to heat pouches – stick in the microwave for 90 seconds and you’ve got your side dish. (Trust me, when you’re battling to make the right choice in what to eat – quick cooking is a GREAT asset!) I buy these at Costco.(When you eat a rice/quinoa mix, you are getting carbs from the rice…just so you know if you’re tracking protein/carbs!)
2. Pork Tenderloin – my favorite dinner is this spiced up pork tenderloin. It’s actually a meal the whole family loves it! Serve with brown rice or quinoa and veggies and you’ve got a healthy meal. *Recipe below!
3. Planter’s Wholesome Nut Mix (just changed its name from South Beach Diet Mix) – my evening snack. Replacing mindless cereal eating with a snack of macadamias, almonds, cashews and peanuts has saved me hundreds of calories. (I have to buy this version, where the mix is in pouches, because if I buy the can of them…I eat them!)
4. Zone Chocolate Mint Bars – My morning meal and the only protein bar I like. Every morning. Zone bar and coffee. If you tell your brain enough times that “this is what I eat for breakfast”, that’s what I eat for breakfast. Or is that just my brain?
5. String Cheese – ‘Nuff said.Best varieties are found at Woodman’s. A store I hate, but will make a special visit to, just to get the smoked string cheese varieties from Wisconsin.
*Spiced Up Pork Tenderloin
2 16 oz oz pork tenderloins
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp chile powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp fresh garlic, finely chopped
Tabasco sauce (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix salt, pepper, cumin, chile powder, and cinnamon. Coat pork with spice rub.
3. Heat tablespoon of olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat and brown pork, turning, about 4 minutes.
4. Stir together brown sugar, garlic and a little Tabasco and pat on top of tenderloin. Place pork in roasting pan and cook. Because I double the recipe, it usually takes almost an hour.