Monday, July 25, 2011

Tofu and Shirataki Noodles with Asian Style Dressing

I have to admit, I am getting a little tired of meat recently.  I don't think I could handle the Atkins diet because it seems mainly centered around protein (meat). 
As fellow HCG dieters on the Simeons protocol are aware, other than white flesh fish, certain types of seafood, chicken (white meat only),  and lean steak like filet, we aren't allowed other types of meat.
So there is only so much one can take. 
I have been looking at tofu as an option.  However, most I found were too high in fat and calories.  I stumbled upon low fat, low calorie tofu which is 40 calories and 1.5gm of fat in 79 grams. I used a small skillet and toasted the tofu on both sides and put some no calorie spray butter on them.

Miracle noodles or shirataki noodles are a good substitute for pasta.  Not that they taste like the real thing, but they do help with the craving and contain tons of fiber. I heated the noodles in a sauce pan with this all purpose dressing and marinade I have concocted:

1-2 tsp light soy sauce
1-2 tsp rice vinegar
1-2 tsp Mirin (fortified sake)
1-2 tsp chili sauce (can use hot or mild to taste)

Wisk together and serve with the tofu and noodles, cucumber salad, steak salad, grilled chicken salad, etc...really the uses are endless.

*This is my go-to salad dressing!

Week 3 Re-Cap

It is typical to see a huge weight loss in week 1 and then for the body to adjust and have smaller, but hopefully consistent losses in the remaining weeks.   This is exactly how I am responding to the diet.  Luckily, it still puts me within reach of my goal of losing 20lbs by the end of the month.  So another 3 lbs down this week!

I went out with a friend of mine this weekend to look at wedding dresses.  She recently became engaged and is on the hunt for the "the dress". We stopped for lunch between boutiques and I had the seared tuna salad with dressing on the side.  I was worried I would stall or gain, but neither happened.  It was a small variation from the diet, but one that didn't cost me anything. I ended up losing another pound that day! 

With my parents coming in town, I am still planning on sticking to the protocol as closely as possible.  I know we will be going to out to eat, hopefully it will not effect my loss. 

So moving on the week 4.  I have another few pounds to lose before I make it to my first goal!!! This diet is strict but does allow you to think of food differently.  It allows your body to reset and rid itself of the toxins found in prepared and processed foods.  I am finding the diet easier to do this time around and am less tempted to cheat.  Hopefully I can keep it up and when December rolls around be in the last phases!  

Chilled Strawberry or Blueberry Soup

It is summer in southern Florida.  Though not as hot as our hometown of Memphis, TN with heat indexes in the 117-120 range, it is hot enough to warrant cooking without turning on the oven or stove. 
So, I went in search of a HCG diet friendly chilled fruit soup, made some adjustments, and came up with this quick snack, dessert, or side.

The modifications for the OWL plan is the addition of 3 tsp of fat free, plain Greek yogurt and the use of blueberries which are not allowed on Simeons protocol.

1/2 cup thawed strawberry blueberries (no sugar added) and their juice
3 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp orange zest
1-2 tbsp no calorie sweetener (to taste)
1 tbsp fat free half and half

Combine blueberries, lemon juice, orange zest, sweetener, and half and half in food processor. Blend until smooth.  Strain mixture through and mesh strainer.  Chill in fridge until ready to serve.  This would count as 1 serving of fruit. 

*I made this last night and it was a nice treat.  I mixed in the Greek yogurt after blending and it added just enough creamy texture to make it taste decadent when it really wasn't!