Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday in the Kitchen - Tuna Fish Salad

I put together this basic recipe when I first started low carb and was trying to find something filing, healthy and high in protein to eat from ingredients I had laying around the house. It's quick, easy and pretty filling.

Ingredients:
1 4 oz container of chunk tuna in water drained
1 tsp lime juice (because there was no lemon juice in the house :/)
3 TBLS Mayonnaise
1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used Italian 6-cheese style blend)
4 slices sweet bread and butter pickle chips

Drain the tuna and mix everything together in a bowl. Eat and enjoy. It doesn't get much easier than that lol.

Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 490 calories, 36 g fat, 945 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 30 g protein.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Week Eight Low Carb - Thursday Check-In (Month Two)

Week Eight Weigh-In:
11/26/2015:         -2.4 pound
Total lost:              21.4 pounds
Current Weight:   208.6 pounds

Wooohooo!! I broke the 20 pound loss and I worked really hard to break it! I posted new progress photos on their page and the difference in my face is amazing! My 16's are also getting nicely roomy.

I'm not expecting a big loss for this upcoming week due to Thanksgiving because I'm allowing myself a little bit of pie with ice cream but other than that I plan on staying on track with the low carb.

I did much better with my calorie range and my protein this week like I planned and I want to add in a little bit of cardio exercise. I'm going to start with the Walk Away the Pounds DVDs (I have like 14 to choose from lol) but to be careful with my body I'm starting with 1 mile an not just jumping into 3-5 like I would have in the past.

My next short-term goal is 205 and right now my hope is to hit 200 by Christmas which should be doable if I work hard and stay on track!

On another topic, I'm doing okay with the med change. Yesterday was a little hard with dizziness and slightly slurring my words, mind being a little slow and so on but today looks a little better!

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The "Fun" Never Ends Around Here

So yesterday I had a blood test so my doctor can take a look and see how much sodium is doing after 7 weeks on low carb and a lot of sodium intaking. They called me an hour ago. My sodium, after no fasting, is 126. Normal is 136 and over.

For those just tuning in, I've been dealing with chronic low sodium for a while now, years actually, but it all came to a head when I ended up in the ER because of it and because of an "altered mental state" about a year and a half ago. Since then we've tried lowering my liquid intake and upping my sodium intake and it's not working.

This probably explains why I felt so horrible Thursday while I was getting my hair done, almost passed out and had to keep putting my head between my knees to the point where the hairstyle ladies were asking if I needed an ambulance which I declined. Since all I had that morning was a protein bar... well, it all makes sense now.

In any case my doctor has a new plan which is to cut one of my antipsychotic med dosages in half. He's tracked down that this med can cause low sodium so it's on the chopping block. I have to cut it as of tonight. And since my doctor is not a psychiatrist he wanted me to make an appointment with my psych ASAP (have one for Tuesday morning) and my therapist ASAP (waiting for her to call me back).

So far, so good right? Sounds doable? Here's where my fears come in. It took years and years to find a cocktail of meds and dosages that keep me stable (Bipolar 2 Rapid Cycling and Anxiety) and I've been on this cocktail for quiet a few years with just a few tweaks here and there. But this isn't really a tweak, this is one med dose cut in half and I'm not sure what will happen.

I'm not sure what the withdrawal will be like on this one (I know how the others are but this med has been pretty regular for me). I don't know if I'll go into a depression or into a hypo-mania or go back and forth (when I say "rapid-cycling I seriously mean rapid as in up to several times a day). I'm not sure what to expect and that scares me a little.

I've given the boys and Charles a heads up and I think I have a good plan built up around me but I can't help but worry. I guess we'll see what happens.

Oh, and next time I feel sick enough that I can't stay upright and think I'm going to pass out I am supposed to go to the free clinic or the ER. Same goes for any other mental state issues. Which, you know, should go without saying.

I'll keep you all updated!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday in the Kitchen - Blueberry Streusel Muffins

I got this recipe from The Taste of Home magazine and made it for the family a couple of months ago. I don't really eat muffins anymore (until I find or make some low-carb versions which I haven't tried yet) but Charles and the boys enjoyed them and they smelled great! We used blueberries we had previously frozen but, of course, fresh is great too. Also, I think the 1/2 cup of sugar for the topping was too much so I would cut back on that because the family said the muffins ended up a little too sweet.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (if you're using pre-frozen blueberries, don't defrost them, just use them frozen)

Streusel:
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup cold butter cut up into tiny pieces

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar, then beat in an egg and vanilla and mix well. In an another bowl mix the  the flour, baking powder and salt and add to creamed mixture alternating with milk. Once that is fully mixed you can add the blueberries.

Fill 12 greased cups about 2/3 full. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon, then add the pieces of in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over muffins. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until browned. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from the muffin cups and serve warm. This recipe should make 12 muffins.

Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 muffin) equals 252 calories, 9 g fat, 325 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Friday, November 20, 2015

How I'm Doing Low Carb

Well, it's Friday and I don't have anything to review so I decided to write this post. I've had several people asking me about what I'm doing and how I'm doing it this week and what better place to put it than here. Keep in mind that everything I do is up for evaluation and reevaluation as time passes and my body changes but here is what I've been doing for the last seven or so weeks.

1) I track everything I eat on My Fitness Pal. I changed my settings when I started low carb to match the info I found online so I can keep an eye on the most important things. I track calories, carbs, protein, fat, fiber and sugar. I keep my calories at 1350 and under and my carbs under 49 grams a day. I try to get as much protein as possible and while I keep track of fiber, sugar and fat they aren't that important to me and pretty much work themselves out based on my protein and carbs.

2) I count whole carbs and not net carbs (carbs minus fiber) when doing all my planning. I pay attention to the net carbs at the end of the day and write them down and eventually I may switch over to just net carbs but this is working for me right now. So for example, today my carb total was 38 but my net total was 28.

3) I read nutrition labels on everything possible looking at calories, protein and carbs and figure out how many servings (or partial servings I can have). If it doesn't have a nutrition label I look it up. Nothing goes in my mouth without knowing its nutrition.

4) I weigh and /or measure all my food. I have a food scale and, of course, measuring cups and spoons. Even if something has a nutrition label I weigh it anyway (unless it's liquid where I measure it) because I've found that a lot of the time the serving size on the nutrition label is off and doesn't match what it's supposed to be.

5) I plan and plan and replan, adding, subtracting and planning some more. This may sound tedious and annoying to people but without this I make food mistakes and, frankly, I like the planning. I've found that if I don't preplan my meals and just grab something, I'm very likely to go over my allowed nutrition amount. I especially plan carefully if I'll be eating out (which doesn't happen very often) and before buying groceries. Once you get used to doing this it actually doesn't take up as much time as you'd think.

6) There are certain foods I haven't eaten since I started low carb ( bread, pizza, chips or snacky foods like chips, ice cream, pastries, pie, donuts) but I can always make an allowance. If there was some amazing bread or something I could have a small piece as long as I work it into my nutrients. The same goes for dessert.

7) I read a lot of articles, blogs and message boards about low carb and keto because I love to keep learning and like I said, I love researching things.

8) I weigh-in every day so I can see where I stand and if I need to tweak something that week but I only count the weight I am on Thursdays because that's my official weigh-in day. I'm also taking progress photos, well, I haven't fully decided on how often but my next set will be when I hit a 20 pound loss.

9) I like discovering little things that I can add or subtract to lower the carb amount. For example, I found out that half & half has less carbs than milk so that's what goes into my coffee now.

10) I found a protein bar that I love (Power Crunch bars) and I always make sure I have some around (they taste amazing frozen) because it's easier to stick a protein bar into my purse on my way to work than to stop by Dunkin Donuts and grabs something way more unhealthy.

11) I have my Instagram which keeps me motivated and I follow a lot of people on there who do low carb and keto and give me great ideas for recipes and meals.

12) I working on exercising again and I know that will help me lose weight but that will have to be another blog post.

13) I take the advice of of people who have done this before me and have succeed and I stay open minded to new ideas.

I think that basically covers it and this may look somewhat obsessive to some people but it's what works for me and after more than a year of nothing really working and doing nothing but gaining weight or losing the same 3 or 4 pounds, this is great. On top of that I feel much healthier and in less pain so I'm not about to stop this.

I hope this helps someone and keep in mind, you don't have to be as focused and detailed as I am to succeed. Everyone needs to find their own way!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Week Seven Low Carb - Thursday Check-In (Month Two)

Week Seven Weigh-In:
11/19/2015:         -1.8 pound
Total lost:              19 pounds
Current Weight:   211 pounds

Wow... so close to a 20 pound loss! As of this morning I am down 19 pounds in total and 11 since starting low carb. I'm very happy with the weight loss but I am also having some issues. I know I have not been getting enough calories over the last two weeks or so and my protein amount has really dropped in the last week. I need to regroup and plan my food better because relying on protein bars is not a good idea.

So my goal for this coming week is pretty simple. Up my calories into a reasonable amount and up my protein. Focus more on "real" foods and cooking homemade and less on easy things and prepare at least 2 recipes sometime during this week. The ones I want to make are my taco salad and that cauliflower bake I've been thinking about the last few weeks.

I can also feel that I'm not getting enough nutrients. I feel light headed and dizzy and my headaches are coming back so it's time to buckle down and plan better like I did when I started this thing!

Anyway, I wrote a pretty long post yesterday so I don't have much else for today. Hope you all have a great week!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thoughts on Food

So I've been thinking about this on and off all day and decided to finally write about it. I realized in the last few days that I've been doing low carb for 6.5 weeks and in that time I have not had any bread, pizza, chips or snacky foods like chips, ice cream, pastries, pie, donuts and all sorts of other things that fall into those categories and the most shocking part to me is that I don't crave them and I don't miss them.

I think what I miss is the idea of them though. I go past the bakery and pastry aisle in the store, I go down the ice cream aisle sometimes, I buy Gabriel mini bags of chips for his lunch, stuff like that and before low-carb I would eat those things and enjoy them. Actually I wouldn't just eat them, I'd probably binge on them. I couldn't have one ice cream cone out of a box of four, I would eat all four unless someone managed to eat the other ones before I got to them. I couldn't buy a pint of Ben and Jerry's without eating the whole thing (although the whole eating a pint thing stopped several weeks before the low carb). If there was a pie in the house it would be all the pie or none of it. Yes, I know I have issues.

Anyway, now, I don't binge. I think I binged once in the last 6.5 weeks and that was Halloween, it was planned and it made me horribly sick. I don't have weekly cheat days any more. I can still fit in an occasional cheat snack like I did with half a slice of cake for Gabriel's birthday but that was included into my calories and macros and planned for carefully.

Honestly though, I may not want those things while I'm in the store or something, but if they were in front of me I don't know if I could control myself. I'd like to think I can but... I don't think I'm there yet. So if it's something I KNOW is a binge food for me I don't get it at all. I did try to get one bar of hazelnut chocolate and eat one small piece a day and that lasted for 5 days before I went nuts and chowed down on what was left (which is why this week's weight loss will be a lower than last weeks'... I think anyway). Obviously I'm not ready for that kind of chocolate to be in the house and now I know it.

The other thing I miss is how easy things were. I didn't have to plan everything ahead of time. If we ran out of time and energy we could order some pizza... now I don't eat pizza. If I wanted a snack I would just grab whatever looked good. Now I go over the nutrition label and my macros before putting anything in my mouth. Sometimes I miss that but the positives I've seen outweigh the negatives by a huge amount.

The thing that really shocked me was the bread. For months and months (maybe even years) I refused to go low carb because I'd have to give up bread. As I've said, I've had no bread since I started this and I don't miss it. I don't even think about it and there's been various breads in the house.

Once again though, if I were to make a loaf of homemade bread I'd probably stuff a chunk into my mouth as soon as it cooled down (if I waited that long) so for now I'm not making any.

I have no worries about Thanksgiving since we don't really do it anyway but I do have a cheat day set aside for Christmas because that's our Chinese food day and I am NOT willing to give that up! But I do plan to eat less than normal, choose more carefully and, frankly, one day is not the end of the world.

And at the end of all these thoughts, it all comes down to how much better I feel, how I'm losing weight steadily and how good low carb has turned out to be for me so far. And that makes all the inconveniences worth it!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday in the Kitchen - Basic "Zoodles"

We tried out "zoodles" a while ago after we bought the spiralizer after seeing a lot of recipes for them and they came out really yummy! There's tons of recipes we haven't tried but these are the very basic ones we made the first time around. This recipe made two servings.

Ingredients:
1 medium spaghetti squash
1 medium zucchini
2 TBSP olive oil
Garlic and salt to taste

Get the spiralizer set up. We used the thinnest cutting option because I like the food sliced thin. Wash the vegetables and then cut the ends off the squash and zucchini, load them up on the spiralizer one by one and take them through the machine.

I chopped up the spirals because I didn't want to deal with long strands, then rinsed them and tried to squeeze as much liquid out of them as possible in the strainer. There's a lot of liquid and I'm still trying to find the best way to get rid of it.

Put the olive oil into a frying pan and heat on medium. Add the spirals along with the garlic and salt and fry for about 2-5 minutes depending on how soft you want the veggies. I think they get softer the longer you cook them.

I drained and squeezed more liquid out after they were done and then ate them plain but I think adding some sauce would help.

Those are the basics and I'm looking forward to trying out some actual recipes!

Nutritional Facts: 1 serving equals 218 calories, 21 g fat, 13 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

My Heart Goes Out to the People of Paris...

... the lost, the survivors, the ones mourning their losses and the ones still trapped in the unknown, praying, hoping and waiting to hear.

To the ones who lived through it and the ones who did not make it.

To the ones who were there and the ones watching it unfold from afar.

To the ones now mourning and the ones thankful for another chance.

To the ones who sit by the sides of the wounded, the ones hugging their families, the ones who made it home and the ones who will never be home again.

To all the families, friends and loved ones of those who will now be mourned and never forgotten, the ones who must now find a way to say goodbye, to move forward and to continue the lives that have been torn apart and will never be the same.

And to all the ones I may be forgetting...

...my prayers, my thoughts and my well wishes are with you. We stand beside you and may the memory of all those who were lost be eternal.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Week Six Low Carb - Thursday Check-In (Month Two)

Week Six Weigh-In:
11/12/2015:         -2.6 pound
Total lost:            17.2 pounds
Current Weight:   212.8 pounds    

Wow... you guys know I wanted to see 215 well I blew right past that to lose 2.6 pounds and hit 212.8!!! I haven't been at this weight since July of 2014!!

I also took my measurements (which I am posting the basics of here and all of the official numbers for the full inches lost timeline are on my weights and measurements page) and I am comfortably wearing my size 16 jeans!!

Also since July 26, 2014 I've lost the following in inches (total loss on other page)

Waist: -1.5 inches
Hips:   -0.5 inches
Bust:   - 2 inches
Right Arm: - 1 inch
Left Arm:   - 1 inch            
Right Thigh: -0.5 inch
Left Thigh:   -0.5 inch
Right Calf:  -0.4 inch
Left Calf:    -0.9 inch
Jeans:  1 size

I am beyond thrilled with these numbers especially as they involved a weekend away from home and half a slice of birthday cake!!

My next short term goal is 210 lbs at which point I'll take new progress photos. I have 2 sets of progress photos, I have the ones posted on my photo page but I also have a set in just my gym short and workout bra that are very painful to look at due to my size and just general, well, size. I currently have that set on Instagram but haven't shared it here yet. I'm not sure if I'll share before I hit my goal but we'll see.

So the plan for this coming week is simple. Keep doing what I'm doing and try to get some new recipes on there. That's about it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

General Stuff

This will not be long as it hurts to type...

The weekend was a lot of fun. I stuck with the low carb thing and was even able to work in half a slice of cake for Gabriel's birthday without an issue and, shockingly, half a slice was enough!

I also must have done something right over the weekend because the scale continues to go down... I'm not sharing numbers until my official weigh-in on Thursday though.

We had a lot of fun wandering the mall (had to make it shorter than normal thanks to the ankle) and decided that Sarah and I need to go back to do Christmas shopping without kids sometime in December lol.

Sarah and Dom's remodeled house is absolutely gorgeous and makes me wish we could do more with ours!

Their kids were funny and pleasant as always and so were mine.

The car did awesome on the highway (although some freaking idiot nearly ran us off the road because he decided to wanted my lane in a spot where there was NOWHERE for me to go!! Luckily it worked out but it wasn't fun in that moment!).

The car actually goes into the shop on Thursday to get a new windshield and we're working on a list to give them of anything else that might need to be repaired (still paid by the dealership since this is happening after we took it home but before they were done with the things they were supposed to pay for) so Thursday I'll be driving a loaner (please NOT that pickup!!).

The arm hurts worse every day and the pain has now moved along to the forearm, wrist and fingers with the fingers occasionally falling asleep as they please. Did I mention this is my dominant hand?

I had to cancel the pug commission I had going and can't do any art work at this time. I'm not even going to talk about how much that sucks.

This is all I have because the fingers are hurting more the more I type. Until later!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Pain Picked a New Body Part...

I have to get this out of my head before the pain gets so bad I can't type...we had a great weekend and I can write about that later but this is what matters right now. Last night I was wiping down the kitchen island because I got some water drops on it and I threw out my arm.

How do you throw out your arm? Apparently by spending 12 seconds wiping a counter top in a circular motion. The pain went from my shoulder to my elbow, focusing on my bicep. It came out of nowhere and it really, really hurt...a burning, spreading pain like my hip and back get. But in my arm which has never happened before.

I was heading to bed so I just tried to ignore it except when I would move it and then pain would flare up. When I got up this morning and it only ached and I was able to move it without major pain again so I figured, yay, it's done.

Why do I ever bother thinking it's done? It's never freaking done.

It started aching again as I was driving home but the major pain didn't kick in again until about an hour ago, pretty much for no reason. I went to the bathroom. I stopped by Gabriel's bedroom to say something to him, I moved my arm and that was it. The pain was back and I could barely lift the arm or move it around without a lot of hurt.

So I did some googling and yeah, this could totally be from the degenerative disc disease thing. Of course it could be. Of course f**king could be. Why not? Why not throw in the arm I need to use into the mix? Hell, let's throw in my fingers, my toes, my neck, my head... why not just throw in my whole stupid, f**king body! Why the hell not??? It's not like I need to not feel pain or anything. Let's just make it worse for the hell of it.

I might be somewhat upset right now.

I'm just so frustrated and so sick of this. I'm sick of being in pain but I've pretty much got used to the general pain by now. And I'm used to my back and hip going out. I'm getting used to the bad ankles and bad knees again. I can handle the headaches. I thought I had it under control, but my arm? The one I write with... the one I freaking draw with?? Why the arm????

I guess it doesn't matter why. I may as well stop asking because the answers don't really matter. I don't know what will affect my body part. It could be a fall. It could be a twisted ankle. It could be doing an exercise wrong. It could be sleeping the wrong way. It could be taking a tiny step back. It could be slipping on the snow or gravel or ice or nothing at all, it could be vacuuming and I guess it could be wiping a freaking counter.

I'm mad and upset and crying in frustration and pain.

When the hell is this going to get better? Or it it only going to get worse as I get older? I don't know. I don't know what to expect anymore. I don't know what will go next.

I've done the chiropractor, I've done physical therapy, I've done the therapy pool, I've done the gym. I've done all the exercises that were suggested to me. I've done yoga and weights and the pool and the treadmill and band and stretches and walking and whatever else has been suggested to me. I've done ice and heat and braces and the air cast and elevating. I've worked with a trainer. I've tried therapeutic massage, I've changed my diet (and that should help, right?). I've done research and reading and anything else I could find on the conditions I have. I don't know what else to do except acupuncture which I keep meaning to try. Why is my body still falling apart? Why is it getting worse instead of better?

I have an appointment with the DHMC spine clinic on December 10th. My regular doctor is past being able to help me so they're my next stop. I guess I can just hope they can help.

But today, right now, with ice on my arm and the pain spreading to my fingers as I type (which is why I'm stopping now) I don't feel very positive about this or anything else.

I just don't.

Sunday in the Kitchen - My Epic Salad REDONE to be Lower Carb

I reworked my Epic Salad once I went lower carb to be much lower carb and much higher protein :)

My New Epic Salad:
1.25 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
1 cup Sweet & Crunchy Salad Mix
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup Rainbow Slaw
4 cut up grape tomatoes
1/2 cup sliced cucumber
1/2 cup Shredded White Italian Style 6 Cheese Blend
80 grams Perdue Shortcuts  Rotisserie Seasoned chicken breast
1 Tablespoon slivered almonds
3 Slices Oscar Mayer Fully Cooked Bacon - Original Cut (sliced up)

Mix everything together, pour the dressing of your choice over the salad and enjoy!'

Nutritional Facts:
1 salad equals 487 calories, 35 g fat, 1,104 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 51 g protein.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Week Five Low Carb - Thursday Check-In (Month Two)

Week Five Weigh-In:
11/05/2015:         -1 pound
Total lost:             14.6 pounds
Current Weight:   215.4 pounds

One more pound down and so close to a 15 pound loss! Definitely next week lol. Considering how Halloween went I'm thrilled to have lost a whole pound and my only "cheat" this week will be a small dessert (actually half of a small dessert) at Sarah's for Gabriel's birthday.

My plans for this week are simple. Keep following the low carb plan and counting calories. Keep blogging and Instagramming and just stick to what works. I also want to work on some new recipes which just didn't happen this week (like the cauliflower bake I had planned). Luckily all the ingredients will last until next week so I'm not wasting food.

I have been working on resting the ankle more but tomorrow will involved work, an hour and a half drive (sprained ankle is my driving one) plus walking around the mall so the plan is to super rest it on Saturday.

I also want to go through the workouts my trainer taught me and convert them for at-home workouts. For example, I need to find out what can replace the lat pull down and the leg press and extensions (plus other exercises) since I don't have machines at home. It shouldn't be too hard to figure out, I just need to spend some time focusing on it.

So basically, I am loving low carb and I'm very happy with the weight loss. I know a lot of people lose faster on low carb but this is steady weight loss and with the meds I'm on and various injuries I'm doing better than I ever expected!

So, to all of you who suggested low carb to me and pushed me to try it, thank you! Yes, you guys were right! I just had to find my own way to it but I couldn't/wouldn't have done it without your advice and help!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Happily Back on Track

So I've been back on track since Sunday and am finally feeling better. My regular food tastes normal again, the scale is slowly shifting down and, while I may be slightly craving chocolate, I haven't touched any despite the fact that there's still a big bowl in the kitchen (it helps that it's way, way on the top of the highest cupboard so I can't see it or reach it).

This coming weekend we're (excluding Andy who has to work and Charles who stays home) are going to Sarah's. As always we're meeting up at the Holyoke mall and having dinner at the 99 and I've already went over their menu and nutritional info and planned out my meal.

I am planning on dessert on Saturday for Gabriel's birthday but I don't want to go crazy with it. We're going to the specialty bakery I mentioned before but I'm not sure if I can split something with someone or get the smallest thing possible. I'll figure it out once I get there but I'm not throwing away all this work for one dessert!

On another topic my ankle has really been bothering me. I haven't been wearing the air cast enough because I can't get any shoes over it so half the time I just wear the Velcro brace which isn't letting the ankle heal like it should so the plan is work, driving, mall and grocery store for Friday and then resting the ankle on Saturday.

I'm also working on plans for working out at home but that's going slowly. I think I'll make it a bigger focus once this weekend away is done. I can at least do upper body and abs while the ankle heals.

In any case, it promises to be a fun weekend and I feel great being (and staying) back on track!!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sunday in the Kitchen - Golden Honey Bread

This is a bread machine recipe for Golden Honey Bread. It's very easy and so very yummy. Serve it with a little butter or Nutella and enjoy! It isn't low carb but it's delicious so I'm sharing it!

Ingredients:
1 1/8 cups water (70 to 80 degrees F)
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

In bread machine pan, place all ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select basic bread setting. Choose crust color and loaf size if available. Bake according to bread machine directions (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed). Makes 16 slices.

Nutritional Facts:
1 slice equals 145 calories, 2 g fat, 195 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 4 g protein.