Monday, March 30, 2009

2 Monkeys & 3 Recipes All In One

So I am going to do a quick Saturday and Sunday food and fun recap. This was my Saturday lunch. 2 whole wheat pitas filled with extra lean ground beef, mixed greens, mixed peppers and my fav BBQ sauce. The bowl contained some cottage, Trader Joes pumpkin butter and peanut butter.
After lunch we headed out for a fun filled day at Monkey Joes.
Can you tell shes a little timid? We went home and relaxed and I made me some "ice cream".
I think it was mostly frozen strawberries almond milk and cottage cheese. For dinner I made a scrumptious salad. There are so many possibilities with salad I don't think I could ever get tired of it!!
After dinner we decided to take a family trip to Maggie Moos for ice cream. I was so full and told myself I wasn't going to have any because I have cut out dairy but when we got there I saw a huge sign that read "New Lactose Free, Low Fat Ice Cream, ". I couldn't resist :).
I ordered a kids cup and chose cookie dough for the mix in. I couldn't eat the whole cup but I ate about a 3/4. Here's all of them.
My man always gets the cookies and cream shake no matter where we go. The little one got cotton candy with gummy bears and marshmallows. I looked up the nutrition for mine and it contained about 90 cals and 15 carbs for 1/2 cup serving, not including the cookie dough. Not to shabby.

Sunday was a lazy day. At some point I got the baking bug and decided to make these banana doughnuts I have seen floating around the blogsphere. I altered it a little by using 3 bananas, coconut oil, and only 2/3 cup sugar. I also squirted in a little honey and some powdered stevia.
The little one added sprinkles to hers.

They turned out pretty good. My parents arrived just as I was pulling them out of the oven so they were able to each have one and they loved them. Mom asked for the recipe.

Shortly after baking it was time to make dinner. I was sad that it was so cold here because I was really cravin something off the grill. Instead I decided to make some Turkey Tenderloin Nuggets.
The pic doesn't do them justice but I promise they will not disappoint. Here's the recipe:

Turkey Tenderloin Nuggets
  • 2 whole wheat pita breads
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh sage
  • 1 clove garlic, split
  • 2 tsp. olive oil (i use Pam spray)
First, toast pita in oven or toaster until dry and crispy. Process pitas into coarse crumbs in food processor. Stir in salt and fresh sage. Place crumbs on a plate.

Next, dry tenderloin with a paper towel and rub all over with split garlic. Cut the meat into 1 1/2
chunks and add oil. Toss to coat.

Last, roll each piece of turkey in pita crumbs and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 min.

So easy!!! I usually make a Cranberry Yogurt Dipping Sauce but since I am avoiding dairy I didn't. Its really simple to make though. Just process 1 cup fat free Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries. The whole meal is kinda reminiscent of thanksgiving with the turkey and sage combo and the cranberry sauce. I love it!!

This morning I hit the gym early with a good full body work out. Breakfast was my usual but I had a fantabulous snack.

Monkey Shake
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp choc. rice protein powder (and protein powder will do)
  • 3 ice cubes
  • 5 drops dark chocolate stevia

All this yumminess for 315 cals and 26 grams of protein. :) :)

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Thanks for all the comments on the last post!

CONFESSION OF THE DAY: If I have caffeine, i.e. coffee or caffeinated tea, it makes me have an anxiety attack. I know it sounds weird but I completely quit caffeine when I found out I was pregnant in 04'. When the little one was around 1 I began having anxiety attacks and I had never had them before. I eventually found a link between my attacks and caffeine. Ever since I cut it back out I have been anxiety free!!!! :)


  1. Justine,
    Love everything you eat...seriously. All your dinner recipes are amazing. Chris and I would both love those turkey tenderloin things with the cranberry yogurt sauce? Yum! I love all your dark chocolate oats and shakes as well. You are so creative in the kitchen.

    Are you eating more calories now in the morning. I can't believe that your first 3 meals did not even add up to 700! I'm usually over a 1000 by lunch...easily, and that usually keeps me going until dinner.

    I couldn't get the video of Little One to work. What did she say? Oh, and that picture of her and your mom crashed out on the floor is hilarious. Totally priceless!

    Hooray for lactose free ice-cream at Maggie Moo's. How's the gas? DId you eliminate anything yet?

  2. First - Thank you SO much for the article! Exactly what I needed to read! I really appreciate it. How thoughtful! Second - I LOVE all the ice cream. Frozen treats are definitely my weakness - though I don't consider it a weakness. I have accepted that I have to have it in order to be happy. =) I have to try the "homemade icecream." One of my favs is Soy ice cream. Soy Delicious brand is really good. I have the mocha fundge in my freezer now. =) Ever tried it?
    Thanks again!

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