Hump Day! Luckily, the week has improved since Monday!
I went to weigh-in last night and I am the exact same weight as I was 2 weeks ago. I couldn’t weigh-in last week because we went to the Ohio State vs. Illinois basketball game, so I was anxious to see results, or lack thereof. No loss was just what I needed to get back in gear! I have not written in my food journal since February 10th, and I know that I was not making the best food choices while entertaining my parent’s last weekend, and all of those BLT’s (bites, licks, and tastes) have added up. Additionally, I know when I was sick for those 10 days or so, I was not necessarily eating a lot, at all, but it wasn’t the best of choices. Plus, I didn’t workout for 8 of those days, consecutively. Needless to say, I’m back on the wagon and still very pleased with being down 9.4 pounds since the start of 2011. 😀 Here’s to a better week!
Just as I taught my class this week, breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. Nutrients lost from a poor or skipped breakfast can not be made up for throughout the day. Logistically, sure, but your body is breakfast-loving machine and a great breakfast is what revs the engine for the day ahead.
As someone who arises in the morning ready for breakfast, it’s hard for me to relate to those that either don’t get hungry or report nausea after eating too early in the morning (I hear this a lot). But I strongly urge you, non-breakfast eaters, to get in a great breakfast every morning, to include complex carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
Maybe today’s recipe will inspire your breakfast, or give you an idea to spice up your morning grub. 🙂 At least for the sausage-lovers out there, like myself, this offers a great-tasting, heart-healthy, lower-calorie option for breakfast protein.
Spicy Turkey Sausages adapted from Diabetic Meals in 30 Minutes–Or Less!
1 lb lean ground turkey (I used 93/7)
1/2 cup cilantro, minced
1/2 cup parsley, minced
2 tsp fennel seeds
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tsp crushed red pepper
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tsp olive oil
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Form the mixture into 12 patties.
In a pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook patties a few at a time until lightly browned on each side and the turkey is cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Yield: 12 patties.
Nutrition Information (per patty): 56 calories; 3.6 g. fat; 35 mg. cholesterol; 119 mg. sodium; 0.4 g. carbohydrate; 0.3 g. fiber; 8.2 g. protein
Result: These were great — juicy despite the low-fat meat and packed with flavor thanks to the herbs and spices, especially the fennel seeds. Sausage needs fennel seeds…it won’t be the same without! If you’re making these for a crowd or they just look a bit too “healthy” or “green” try using less parsley and cilantro. While I think they add flavor and some moisture, you can certainly get by with less and the patties may be more aesthetically-pleasing to some. 😉 Enjoy!
Last night was spent out to dinner for the Illinois vs. Purdue game with Mr. P’s coworkers, so tonight I am going to try and make my Broccoli Cheddar Soup before class. I hate to get off my menu plan, but last night was enjoyable. 🙂
Fun fact: A woman’s basal metabolic rate (BMR) increases slightly during rest the 2 weeks prior to menstruation. This increase in BMR is what causes increased appetite throughout much the menstrual cycle.
Question: Sausage, bacon, or “no thanks!”? 🙂