Monday, June 16, 2014


I wanted to tell y’all about a new snack.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and then my mom made it happen.  It’s pretty simple.  All you do is take fresh raspberries and stuff them with one chocolate chip in the middle.  It’s simple but fairly decadent for a snack that’s not bad nutrition wise.  Obviously, the berries are good for you and the chocolate chips we were eating were Ghirardelli brand and only 70 calories for 32 of them.  So, if you think about it, you’re getting a lot of bites for not that many calories.  I’d give it a shot if you like raspberries and chocolate.

I know that advertising food with preservatives isn’t the “in” thing right now and I certainly don’t disagree that natural ingredients are better but for me, right now, I’m working from 8-5 during the day and 6-9 at night.  I’m working out at lunch so there is virtually  no time for me to cook during the week, so sometimes, I eat the easy stuff.  Velveeta, in addition to having the cute little cups of low fat shells and cheese, has something called Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Singles.  I got the Chicken Alfredo flavor and it was pretty good and only 290 calories.   I get so tired of frozen meals and while this still has that pre-packaged feel it is something a little different.

I wanted to give Newk’s a little shout out.  Honestly, Newk’s doesn’t have too much they can be proud of in terms of nutrition.  They have a nice nutrition calculator on their website but the truth is, there’s not much on their menu that is figure friendly.  Well, this week I discovered that their Grilled Vegetable soup is only 180 calories for 16 oz.  That’s a pound of soup y’all.  Also, it’s delicious.  You can have that and a pack of their little breadsticks which are about 50 calories a pack and be stuffed when you leave.  Now soup isn’t something you want to eat every meal because even though it’s low in calories, it’s packed with sodium.  It’s good know though that at least a few days a week, Newk’s serves something that will fill you up and not make you feel guilty.

For Mother’s Day, I promised my mom a nice lunch and a Mom/Daughter day out and we cashed that in on Saturday and had a great time.  We went to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens which was really nice. We ate at a place called Seasons 52 at The Summit in Birmingham.  It’s a nice place with fresh ingredients and their big thing is that everything on the menu is under 475 calories so we didn’t feel too guilty for eating there.  It was quite tasty.  We did some shopping at the Summit then watched the movie Chef which was really cute.  Overall, it was a great day.

I hope you all have a nice week!

Good luck with all your goals!



“Wait a second,
Why should you care what they think of you?
When you’re all alone, by yourself, do you like you?
Do you like you?

You don’t have to try so hard
You don’t have to, give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up
You don’t have to change a single thing…” Try – Colbie Caillat


  1. Those raspberry chocolate chip things look super tasty! And, you know I love a microwavable meal--I need to try this new Velveeta stuff.

    Congrats on your loss the last few weeks!

  2. Great pic of you and your mom!!! I hope you like the lose it app as much as I do!!!! :) Aunt Brenda


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