Friday, December 5, 2014

December 5 - holidays can be healthy!





how wonderful does this look?  


its just grapes and cheese and a few sprigs of rosemary.
So pretty.
So festive. 
So healthy! 

This is what I'm bringing to my cousins Christmas eve party - so I now have healthy snacking choice at the party. 

Be sure to check out (and follow) my Pinterest boards - I have lots of great ideas.  Lets share some healthy recipes.

xoxo, Irm

Thursday, December 4, 2014

December 4 - My hair is finally growing back


Having weight loss surgery has been amazing.  Losing weight - feeling great - more energy!  Best decision of my life.  The one BIG downfall?  Losing hair!  

They warned me.  With rapid weight loss comes hair loss.  A lot.  It was tough at first - but its finally growing back.  As you can see.  It was so thin that for a few weeks all i wore was hats!!  

It grows back - and its a minor set back to a major life changing decision - so totally worth.  and i can say that because it is finally growing back - lol!  

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December 2 - Jambalaya Recipe

















I love this recipe. 
I've been making it since I was single - my bff Deb found the recipe on the back of a box of rice. 
I've altered it thru-out the years but I think its pretty fantastic.  The rice in it makes it impossible for me to eat as much as I used - which is a good thing.  But my hubby loves it and he used to live in New Orleans, so I know he knows the authentic stuff.  This one does NOT have seafood or Okra.  But its still yummy.  Since the surgery I'm good for a small bowl every once in a while.  Its filling, flavorful and fabulous. 

HERES WHAT YOU NEED...
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup of chopped onions
3/4 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup of chopped green bell peppers
3 cloves garlic cloves
1 package (4 links) of Andouille sausage (or Turkey sausage from Hillshire Farms)
1 can of diced tomato - undrained
1 can chicken broth
3/4 cup of water
1 tbsp thyme
1 box of rice (I use Zartaran's Jambalaya - but their Spanish rice works too)
1 lb of chicken breast tenders
1/3 cup of minced parsley
salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste

HERES WHAT YOU DO...
In a big pot - heat the oil then sauté onions, garlic, celery and peppers until soft.  Add sliced sausage and sauté for 5 minutes.  Add un-drained tomatoes, broth, water and thyme.  Bring to a boil.
In the meantime - heat up a sauté pan with some Pam.  add chicken tenders with a little water and lemon pepper seasoning.  cover and cook completely.  then take off heat, drain most (but not all of the juices) and shred with 2 forks and set aside.
Back to the pot... when its boiling add rice with all the seasonings.  reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender.  Add the shredded chicken and cook five more minutes.  Stir in parsley and hot sauce to taste.  I use Frank's Red Hot. 
Add salt and pepper if you need to. 

Enjoy! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Healthy Candy Corn!!

Tis the season - for candy!
So many sweet treats in the 'fun size' - but when you jump on the scale - not so fun.   Here's a list  (from popsugar.com)  of some of the favorite 'fun size' candies and their calorie count.  It may be low but remember - when they are little pieces we end up eating more.  I can easily inhale 4 little Snickers and few Kit-Kats in less than 30-minutes.  (dont judge).

So..... check this out...  a cute healthy way to enjoy the holiday and not pack on the lbs or calories.
(big love to familyfreshmeals.com for this cute fruit cocktail).  For an even healthier version - try (greek) yogurt instead of the whipped cream.  

Be sure to share some of your healthy holiday recipes with me - i will repost here and give you mad love!

xo, Irma

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cookie for one!

Sometimes you just want ONE cookie.  
I know some of you think I'm crazy - but hear me out.  
When you are trying to lose weight - a bag of cookies in the house is dangerous!  For me - I cant just eat one.  I sneak a few more.  and a few more.  and then maybe one more after that.  
So I found this recipe on line (Melissa at No2Pencil)  for ONE COOKIE in a cup.  
It was easy, delish and satisfying.  I'm not saying I didn't want another cookie later - lol!   But I didnt have a bag to dig into - so its win win!  

Anyway - here is the recipe and some pictures I took along the way.  

So Yummy!  Enjoy!   
xo, Irma