I’ve been committing the unthinkable lately: eating my success…literally!
Since late May, I’ve really ramped up my exercise and I’ve been running at least 5x a week, plus ice-hockey games. And yesterday, after my run, I caught myself thinking, “Since I didn’t really want to run, but I did anyways…and I went farther than I was planning…I can treat myself to a glass of wine with dinner! Or a scoop of ice cream later! Or, hm, maybe both!”
Shame on me! That is not how that game works! Exercise should not be rewarded with calories in any form! I’m glad I caught myself thinking this, as silly as it sounds, because I imagine this has been happening subconsciously as my exercise has remained consistently high.
Luckily, dinner was completely healthy, satisfying, fun, and a Mr. Prevention-pleaser.
Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos lightened up from Taste of Home
4 ounces light cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup 2% shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika or paprika
10 jalapeno peppers
In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Cut a lengthwise slit down each pepper, leaving the stem intact; remove membranes and seeds. Fill each pepper with 1 tablespoon cheese mixture.
Prepare grill for indirect heat. Place peppers in a disposable foil pan. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until peppers are tender and cheese is melted. Serve warm. Yield: 10 appetizers.
Nutrition Information (per appetizer): 36 calories*; 2.4 g. fat*; 6 mg. cholesterol; 150 mg. sodium; 1.6 g. carbohydrate; 0.7 g. fiber; 2.3 g. protein
*Original recipe was 66 calories and 6 grams of fat
Result: These were really delicious…but SPICY!!!! These are NOT for the spicy weenies out there!! If you are sure to remove ALL of the membrane and seeds, they’re hot, but not too hot….I really enjoyed them! Easy, too!
Baked Crab and Cream Cheese Wontons slightly adapted from Health for the Whole Self
Wonton wrappers (about 4×4” in size) — I used 2″ x 2″ Nasoya wonton wrappers
4 tbsp light cream cheese, softened
6 oz. can of crab meat (4 oz. drained)
freshly ground pepper (to taste)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup fresh chives, finely chopped
In a small bowl, mix together the crab, cream cheese, pepper, garlic powder, and chives.
Dollop a heaping teaspoonful onto the center of each wonton wrapper, then wet the edges and fold into triangles.
Place the wontons on a baking sheet lined with foil or sprayed with nonstick spray. Spray the wontons liberally with cooking spray (I used Olive Oil spray).
Bake at 400º for about 7 minutes, or until lightly browned. Yield: 18 wontons.
Nutrition Information (per wonton): 34 calories; 0.7 g. fat; 8 mg. cholesterol; 4.4 g. carbohydrate; 0.1 g. fiber; 1.6 g. protein
Result: Mmmmm! These were wonderful! I feel so silly for avoiding wonton wrappers for so long…they’re easy!!! These were Mr. P’s favorite! Can’t wait to make them again!
I had 4 jalapenos and 5 wontons for a WHOPPING 314 calories! The “meal” included meat, veggie, and carbohydrate and I loved it!
Question: Have you ever played “intake games” with yourself, or used food or beverages as a reward for a good workout?
Happy Hump Day! I work 12 hours today, so I’ll probably catch you all tomorrow!