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Thursday, September 20, 2012

What's for Lunch

One week into my diet or die program and I’m down four pounds. Which is pretty fabulous. Unless you consider that I’m actually up one pound from where I was at the beginning of the summer. Sigh. And yesterday was such a crazy day that my lunch was basically trail mix, eaten in a car on a freeway in northern San Diego county and dinner was sugar free banana bread eaten in a car on a freeway in central Orange county. But today is another day and another opportunity to eat lunch.

Here’s a few of my lunch time favorites.

Add 1 1/4 cups of chicken broth to one package of frozen, puréed frozen vegetables. Blend until smooth. Top with grated pepper jack cheese and a dollop of sour cream. Croutons optional.  (Isn’t the color nice?) serves 2 
About 100 calories

Mean Bean Green salad
Top 2 cups of torn greens with 1 cup bean salad, 1 strip of crumbled bacon, a dash of parmesan cheese. Dressing, 1 tsp. Ranch dressing mixed with juice from the bean salad. Feel free to add extra vegetables.
About 150 calories. This is the bean salad I love and use.

Chicken and Apple salad
Top 2 cups torn greens with a grilled chicken breast. Add craisins, a chopped apple or pear, and a strip of bacon.
About 150 calories

Mandarin and Spinach salad
Top 2 cups spinach with ½ cup of mandarin orange sections. Add avocado slices. Sprinkle with slivered almonds. Dressing: juice from orange can, balsamic vinegar and touch of olive oil. Add grilled chicken or shrimp or scallops.
About 100 calories (without meat)

And those are all better choices than this:

160 calories a 1/4 cup

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