Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Baby Steps

When I first began to eat in a more healthy manner I would slowly change my family's diet as well. I would fix more stir fry, using lean steak or chicken breasts; adding bunches of broccoli and cauliflower. I began to grill the turkey without being smothered in mayo-can you imagine-that was Steve's Dad's great idea-MAYO! Instead I now grill the whole turkey in a turkey bag, in a baking pan for 4 hours and yum! I've begun to make the family wonderful lean meats with marinades, on the grill, with pouches of foil full of carrots and potatoes-they love it! I've been taking baby steps with their nutrition.

The boys used to have ice cream every night before bed. Ice cream in a dish, ice cream in a malt, a float, etc. Lots of ice cream. I began to make them a smoothie every once in a while. Now, they ask for smoothies. MOM! Smoothie! They yell out every evening, around 8 PM. I use frozen berries, cherries, fresh banana, no fat Dannon yogurt and sugar free smoothie juice, in banana strawberry, or blue berries, it's awesome stuff. They love it, and so much more healthy then their past loved malt.

For breakfasts I've moved the boys from sugared cereals and Malt O Meal to UN SUGARED Cocoa Wheats and steel cut oats. I couldn't believe it when I looked at the Malt O Meal nutrition and saw it was mostly sugar. Ugh. Cocoa Wheats isn't all sugar. Good change. They love the steel cut oats when I boil them and soak them all night, just heating up in the morning. Troy likes fresh berries on his, Tyler likes cinnamon and almonds with his.

On Saturday we went to the Renaissance. It was a beautiful day, we had a blast. When we came home they wanted chicken and noodles. Well, that takes forever: the rolling out of the noodle dough, it has to dry, etc. So I made a quickly healthy version: Chicken and Dumplings. I had 12 big fat lean chicken breasts in the freezer, so instead of boiling up three whole chickens I boiled the breasts with low fat canned chicken broth. I then prepared the dumplings with Eggbeaters and whole grain flour, instead of the dozen whole eggs and white flour I usually use. I was going to use egg whites but wanted the yellow color from the Eggbeaters.

I kind of pulled the breasts apart, so they resembled the look of the pulled, boned chickens I do. Wala! Healthy Chicken and Dumplings, and no one said a word! Nobody noticed that their mouths weren't covered in chicken fat and that the dumplings weren't sliding all over their plates. It was awesome good!

Here's another great breakfast or post cardio meal. The boys have been eating these for breakfast too.

Amy's Oat Pumpkin Bars
Mix: 6 cups oats, 5 cups eggbeaters, 1/2 c raisins, 2 cans canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie), cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice to taste, 1/2 c walnuts (if desired), 10 packets Splenda (more or less to your taste).

Spray PAM into 9x13 pan, bake at 425F for 40 minutes. Cool. Cut into 12 servings, they are big servings! Store in refrigerator. Eat at room temp, toast or microwave. Very Good! Here's the stats: 226 Calories, 2G Fat, 32 G Carbohydrates, 19G Protein. An awesome good breakfast!

In other news..I'm just going to taper for Superior 100. It's a week out. I'm running on the treadmill for high intensity interval training and night runs with Topaz on the trail, those are slow and easy.

We're going to head to Lake Vermilion over Labor Day, our last summer weekend at the cabin. I'll run a few 6 miles up there and next week, on Thursday, I'll head on out for the big one.



SteveQ said...

See you at Superior! I signed up to volunteer at 62 miles (Crosby); couldn't say no after seeing volunteers at Hope Pass (12600 feet) out at Leadville.

Best of luck!

Julie B said...

Hey Steve! It will be great to see you out there, probably about 5 AM I am thinking. I'll be looking forward to the sunrise and having to battle the wild Manitou River Gorges.

Rebecca said...

That's cool, to help your boys eat healthier in small ways that don't compromise the taste. I always find it interesting when parents diet or whatever, and still feed their kids crappy food all the time. I don't think it sends a very good message. Kudos!

Kristy said...

Hi Julie

I was doing a search for reviews of the Afterburn program and I found your blog. You seem to rave about the program, but other people say it is torture and not very fun. I'd love to know what you think. How long does it take to do the program daily? Is it an hour a day 6 days a week. I'm just working out whether to spend the money and buy the book or not.

I think your blog is great buy the way and look forward to hearing from you.


Travis said...

I do the steel cut oats with applesauce and peanut butter. It's not the best looking, but tastes good and gets some fruit, protien, and carbs in. And Oat pumkin bars sound great, I may have to try to whip some up.

Julie B said...

Hi Kristy; I would definately NOT call Afterburn torture. I love it! The workouts are all body, done quickly as a circuit. It's a good change of pace from lifting with barbells/levers all of the time. I enjoy it very much. I'm only finished with week 4-he sets up 3 sections: weeks 1-4, 5-8, 9-12 and the workouts become more difficult and lengthy as you progress. I had no problems with week 1-4. Afterburn cardio is HIIT, done 3x a week the first section, then increasing to 4 and 5 sessions. The lifting sessions begin 3x a week, then progress to 4 and 5 days. Cardio weeks 1-4 is 21 minutes, strength is about 45 minutes. I'm anxious to begin weeks 5-8 after recovering from Superior 100 next week.

keith said...

Julie! You're gonna rock it next weekend at Superior! I enjoy reading about your workouts...they inspire me to change my own routine up from time to time!

kelly said...

Good luck at Superior! I will be running Wasatch and will remember to think of you. I am going to try the oat pumpkin bars tonight, they sound good. I really enjoy reading your blog. Take care and have fun at your 100.