Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fruit + Yogurt =

Something I had for breakfast during my fast.


After 30 something years of eating fruit, there's one thing that I've come to realize; I don't like fruit.

As a whole, most fruit is bleh. The only two I can honestly consume without barfing experiencing a sour taste are grapes and pineapples. On occasion, I can tolerate an orange and apple without skin. I am just not a fruit kind of girl.

Well, this week, my friend and I decided to challenge ourselves to seven days of discipline. I decided a 7 day food fast; consuming only one meal per day. Therefore, for one meal I had broth, and the other a had a fruit smoothie type of thing, and one meal was a high protein.

I bought a new blender from Wal-Mart with this cute dispenser nozzle in the front. (I forgot to put in on in this picture) A friend and the innanets internet suggested adding yogurt for taste and texture. (I hate the texture of frothy  type of stuff...I should have known to discard the advice about yogurt).

The pictures are from ending to beginning.



I didn't use all of the fruit in one blend...only a few pieces.



There was a coupon in Kroger for the Dannon Greek yogurt. I believe it was $.75 off of 3. I bought three. This isn't the best tasting yogurt, in fact, it's very tart yet bland. This is not something I will buy again; well not the plain one. I am open to trying the flavored ones. (Only with a coupon)

My fast went well. I stayed on task for the most part and dropped 8 pounds.

With Light and Love,

Dr. R

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Spaghetti - No Noodles

Trying new recipes and foods are top on the 2011 new foodie girl list.

Aligned with this, is the extreme effort to eliminate unhealthy, processed foods from the menu. However, I love spaghetti and all things pasta. Pasta, however, is not my friend. You see, for me, pasta turns to sugar, in this body, right away which adds more stored fat. (Huge NO NO) Therefore, I jacked up made a new, well not so new, recipe that I've jacked up tried before. The recipe is for spaghetti squash...which translate to spaghetti minus the pasta noodles and using spaghetti squash instead.

In order to get the squash noodles below, bake the squash at 350 for 30 minutes or so. Slice the squash in half, then use a fork to gently pull the noodles out the shell.

The remainder of recipe is quite similar to traditional spaghetti.



Traditional spaghetti; brown the meat, add the ingredients (onions, cheese, bell peppers) and seasoning, combine...blah blah blah. However, squash does not absorb liquid as readily, therefore, it's imperative to bake for a bit after combining the squash noodles with the other ingredients.

                                                           

Some people are able to season this dish well enough to fool family members into thinking that it's just plain spaghetti with angel hair pasta. I, however, have not gotten to that point. It's an OK dish, it will satisfy the taste but it does not replace traditional homemade spaghetti. It's healthier thou.

Happy Eating.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Mother's Day



Salut to all of the amazing mothers, blog mothers and those of us who want to be mothers.

Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Class


(photo found here)


This is a group of good-looking, thought-proving, classy, African-Americans.

What better way to spend the afternoon than enjoying a provocative conversation with President and First Lady Obama along with host extraordinaire Queen Oprah. Not only did the conversation include the likes of politics, it grazed into the depths of their human side. I love the way they are all grounded individuals who are not far removed from their authentic selves. The conversation extended from the variables of running the best country of the free world to parenting and laundry. Each held themselves in high regard (as usual) which further drew the audience into their sophisticated nature.

Classy, classic and of course - All American!

Love it!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Extreme Couponing


Sunday is grocery shopping day around these parts. Each Sunday, typically like clock work, it's off to the grocery store. My haul isn't much because it's just me (insert sigh here). My totals are typically between $40-50 per week. My staples are broccoli, chicken, beef, eggs, cheese, celery, and a household item. intermittently, there's coffee, vitamins, and
unnecessary stuff
, other essentials. Like clockwork, this is what I do.

A few weeks ago, TLC released a new show called Extreme Couponing. It's an interesting watch but it's not my favorite ..WHY...because it's excessive. These families have stockpiles of stuff that I believe that they won't ever use. I applaud the few families that donate some of their haul, but I can't quite understand the need of 35 bottles of Malox. Secondly, most of the stuff, in regards to food, is unhealthy, processed foods. Yulk! Boxed foods aren't my thing and won't be my families thing either.
Dear Companies,

Please include coupons for fruit, meat, vitamins and Glade Plug Ins.

Thanks,

Dr. Reginia

The show did inspire me to use a few coupons and I saved a whooping $2.75 this week.  I will continue to coupon but I don't think I'll have a 3in binder anytime soon.

Have a beautiful day and love what you do!

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