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Guest Post: Healthy Scones

Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be posting my very first guest post today! My friend Alicia from Losing With Cooper wrote this healthy recipe just for us!

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Hello all!

Fotor0919123054I am so excited and honored to have the opportunity to write a guest post for Erin’s blog here at Living Made Healthy! She is one of the first people to start following my blog, and we have a similar backstory, (both young newlyweds and both have similar weights) so we quickly became blogger friends! I love reading her blog and was more than surprised when she asked me to write for her! It’s a dream.

So I wanted to write a recipe that I can utilize on a day where all I want to do is cuddle up on the couch with a cup of tea, so I put the thinking cap on, and here it is!

Everyone craves a treat everyone once and again. We are only human. Often when I am craving something that doesn’t align with my healthy habits I try to come up with an alternative that is a bit healthier (and to be honest sometimes it comes out awful, and others are great!).

This is where my idea to “healthify” scones came about. I love scones. I am a die hard coffee drinker, and having a little something to go with it can really just be the icing on the cake. Sometimes the calorie count can also be just that, as much as cake with the icing on. No joke. Scones from Starbucks can run you about 400 calories, and even worse, the scones from Panera Bread can be almost 800 calories. So I set out on a quest to make some healthy scones as I have decided that every once in a while I NEED a scone in my life.

Here is the Recipe for my Cranberry Almond Scones that taste so sinful, and yet are about ¼ the calories of normal scones, coming in at 171 calories per scone.

photo 2Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 cup Oat flour (Either can be substituted to be a gluten-free pastry, but the calories will be slightly different)
  • 4 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt (can be omitted)
  • 2 Packets Stevia or other alternative sugar. You can also use honey or agave.
  • 5 tbsp. butter
  • ¼ cup chobani (any flavor. I used vanilla)
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup nonfat milk or almond milk
  • ¼ cup cranberries
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • Coconut oil

You will also need a baking sheet and a cooling rack!

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375

Place all dry ingredients in mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add butter and Chobani and use your hands to crush the butter throughout the dry ingredients. Do this until it becomes the texture of sand. In a small bowl combine egg and milk, and then add to the mixing bowl. Sprinkle in cranberries and almonds. You can add more or less cranberries/almonds, but I think this ratio worked out really well. This batter will look a little wet, but trust me; these will be some flaky scones. Coat a baking sheet lightly with coconut oil. Use an ice cream scoop (I have the kind with
a lever that works perfectly. You can use a ½ cup measure as well) and coop batter onto baking sheet.

photo 1This SHOULD make 12 scones, although I ended up with 11. Go figure :P The 171 calories is for the 11 I made. SO they will be just under that if you manage to make 12!

Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until slightly browning on the bottom. 15 minutes was perfect for me, but it will depend on your oven.

Once golden brown, remove from oven and transfer to baking sheet to avoid over baking. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

I had mine with a little bit of sugar free apricot preserves and a cup of nonfat milk!

The breakdown for nutrition is as follows:
8g fat
21g carbs
5 g protein

Lastly, let me just say that Erin is one of the most patient people I have ever worked with. I was asked to write this post a long time ago (like before Erin made her pregnancy public long time ago! Whoops). And despite the fact that it took me FOREVER, I really enjoyed coming up with a recipe to share with you all on Erin’s blog! This has definitely been an experience, and I hope to have the chance to return the favor and have Erin write for me!

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Confessions Time

Confession: I’ve been over my daily calorie limit 5 days in row.

I can’t believe it. Sometimes I go over a little bit and its not a big deal but 5 days in row is not good. A few of those days I was over by a lot like almost 1000! Wow. Could even be more, I know that occasionally I have a taste of this or little extra that, that doesn’t get recorded.

With only 9 pounds to go until I reach my goal, now is not the time to be slacking. I’m a little appalled I’ve gone of over so many times. I knew I hadn’t been perfect, but I didn’t realize it was so bad. I’ve been doing so awesome. I’ve lost 2.2 pounds each of the last two weeks, I’ve reached new milestones, and I’ve been killing it with my workouts everyday. There is no reason to be eating more calories than I need.

I’m using this as a little wake up call. I need to kick my butt in gear and watch my food intake. No more going over.

In other news, since I do only have 9 pounds until I reach the goal I set several weeks ago, I’ve been thinking whats next? I don’t think I want to stop at 180 necessarily because I will still be considered overweight. When I set that goal, I didn’t really think I would make it. I never believed I could be “skinny” and right now I feel skinny. Now that I’m within reach of that goal, I need to figure out what is my real goal weight?

I’ve done those test like, What’s Your Happy Weight? It said 145. That makes me laugh. I think I’d be happy around 170ish. I have a thicker build, (not “big boned”) I have broad shoulders, and thick but muscular legs. I don’t want to be a super model. I want to be healthy and strong. This is a weird thing to think of, but I don’t want to go over 200 lbs when I get prego (next time).

Anyway…food for thought. Right now, I need to focus on those 9 pounds that need to go right now and staying under my calorie limit!

 

 

 

Applebee's Sizzling Cilantro Lime Chicken

Quick Weekly Wrap Up

This week was tough in some ways and easy in others. I had a busy work schedule, opening most of the week, which is tough for me. Four am wake up calls seemed to really kick my butt this week. I was also house sitting for my in laws this week. So everyday after work I had to head over to their place and water the plants, I figured I better take advantage of pool since I was there. I also had their dogs over at my house for a few days.

dogsIt was fun to have them over. Kia loves to chase them, they hate it. We are actually planning on getting a poodle mix puppy in a few months.

This week I was following the 8-Hour diet from Men’s Health, I followed it on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I was also trying to eat every few hours hours. And it really seemed to work my weight was as low as 196.2 this week! Unfortunately my scale has died and I was unable to check today. Yesterday was still 196 though so I’m not too worried.

 

Yesterday, Blake and I had to make a trip to Wenatchee to get supplies for the coffee stand. Then we made a Costco run, hit up Target and went to Applebee’s for dinner.
I ordered the Sizzling Cilantro Lime Chicken which is on under 500 Calories Menu.

Applebee's Sizzling Cilantro Lime ChickenIt was pretty good, nice and spicy! I thought it could use a little more lime juice so it had some sauce, but overall I was really happy with it! Only 470 calories. Blake and I also split a dessert…a Blondie. I’m sure it was half a billion calories but it was very good, totally worth it.

Overall, I’d say it was a busy week but still enjoyable. I’m happy that the scale is finally moving again!

Not So Secret Diet

Turns out my new diet isn’t a secret after all! Haha. I thought it was because the Terms of Agreement talked about confidentiality and not sharing the info. However, I received an email saying that it’s not a secret. Too funny.

I am participating in the 8 Hour Diet from the editors of Men’s Health.

Never before have we seen anything as powerful as the principle behind The 8-Hour Diet: Scientists have lately learned that by limiting our eating time to 8 hours a day, each of us can flip the genetic switch that causes our bodies to stop storing fat, and start burning it—24/7.

I told you before that I only follow this diet plan 3 day a week, the other days I eat regularly.
I’m also following the advice of my new blogging friend at trikatykid, who suggests I eat smaller meals more frequently. Its pretty easy to follow the combination of the two, I’m not finding myself crazy hungry at the end of the day. The hardest part for me is eating a smaller breakfast, because usually I like to eat a bigger breakfast! After the first 5 days I’m already down 2.2 lbs from my lowest weight, and I’ve been stuck at that for months! Plus I only have 5 weeks left!! Score! Hopefully the weight stays off when I’m eating “regular” which for me is below 1600 calories.
Now I’m off for a run!

Weekly Wrap Up #3

 

Despite the fact that once again the scale did not move, I had a really great week.

I tried some fun new foods and meals, like these Baked Chickpeas, taco salads and even Caramelized Onion & Chicken Burgers. I was really happy to have my own homegrown tomatoes as a side dish.

I also tried and fell in love with my first KIND bar. So so good. Basically the best candy bar ever, but its made of nuts, tastes way better than a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. 190 calories and 7 grams of protein. Perfect for a snack or dessert.

I was under my calorie limit all week, I tired to stay around 1200 most days. Although I did go over a few times, I was always under 1610. Here’s the graph:

After some disappointing news tonight, Blake and I went out to dinner. I decided on the burger and fries. I said I was going to not eat carbs after breakfast in hopes of breaking this stalemate with the scale. But I broke that rule, oh well. I’m not worried about it. I know I did really well most of the week. I’m trying to really get myself in the mindset of living a health life, instead of trying to lose weight right now.

This was also the first week of my half marathon training. Definitely one of the best weeks of running I’ve ever had. I ran a total of 11 miles. I also walked Kia almost everyday, the loop we walk is 2.5 miles. I also spent a day at the aquatic center with my sister who was babysitting my (my brother’s kids)  niece and nephew. So I spent a few hours chasing a 3 years old and lugging around a baby (I’m sure that burns a lot of calories!). It was a lot of fun, although I did manage to get my first sunburn of the summer.

 

Changing It Up

I want to scream and cry and throw a fit like the 25 year old baby I really am deep inside.

But I won’t. I’m don’t know what’s going with my weight right now. Today I was up from last week, you can see my actual weight by clicking here.

Instead of throwing a fit. I’m going to change things up like you wouldn’t believe. When I started to write this I had no idea what to do. I was trying to start this post and upload my info on my bodybugg to the website so I could look at my calories burned and update my weight. Then I got distracted by all the information on the bodybugg site.

The really cool part about having a bodybugg is that when you update your weight it will tell you how far off (or on) from your goal you are now and how to fix it. It gives a bunch of options like reduce calories deficit or reduce calorie intake, and other things. The one I chose today was: Change goal and calorie deficit. With only 8 weeks left until June 9th, there is no way I can lose 25 lbs. So my new goal is to 183 lbs by June 9th.

Yesterday, I gave myself a rest day. I was sore and tired, I really felt like a rest was the best thing to do. But I wore my bodybugg all day, which gave me a baseline for an average day. On day where I worked about 6 hours and cleaned the kitchen, no extra workout I burned 2800 calories.

Ok so… thats nice to know! That means I need to eat around 1800 calories, I really don’t want to have too big of a calorie deficit and I’ve been burning around 600-700 calories in my workout. When I’m running or biking several miles each day or I need to be able to fuel my body. That still gives me a deficit of around 1700….too much if you ask me. I want to be right around 100o calorie deficit. Which would equal 2 lbs a week loss.

The bodybugg program also comes with a meal plan. It tells you what to eat for each meal, just like every other plan. I’ve never used it. I don’t usually follow any meal plan. I like to cook, but I don’t like to buy tons of ingredients. Those plans always have you buy tons of stuff that you use you one day and by the next week it spoiled and I have to toss it out. Plus Blake won’t eat most of that stuff. They bodybugg plan doesn’t include any weird stuff, but its very carb heavy and includes a lot of the apex brand supplements which I have no intention of buying. And doesn’t include very many veggies….at all.

So I need to come up with my own meal plan. One that works for me and it needs to be flexible yet structured. I need to be able to rearrange things but still stick to the plan. And say no to pizza and froyo! When I end up making food decisions as I go, I tend to make poor eating choices.

So this is my new plan(for now) I’m going to try it out and see how things work. If I know one thing about weight loss is you have to be flexible and realize somethings work and some don’t. Some stop working after a while, you have to try new things. If it doesn’t work I figure I’m no worse off.

Just Venting

This morning, like I do every morning, I stepped on the scale only to find it 2 lbs higher than yesterday! I had pretty decent day yesterday, as far as burning calories goes. I spent the morning and early afternoon looking for plants for our front yard, it took more than 3 hours of me walking around three different garden centers…all of which I had to go to twice. So frustrating, but thats another post, I’ll show you my garden soon.

When I got home I felt tired and lazy but I got myself up and ready for a bike ride. I had to wear jeans because all my workout pants were in the washing machine and it was too cold to wear shorts. It turned out to be a blessing because I fell when I tried to turn around in too thick of gravel and ended up with a little bit of road rash on my leg, it would have been worse in yoga pants. I didn’t know how far I’d go, I just set out to ride, I need to be getting a lot more miles in on the bike. So I rode out 6 miles, which means I had to ride back 6 miles. 12 miles! Just like that. It took 1 hour 16 minutes. I checked my bodybugg and I burned around 750 calories. Not bad.

Total calores burned for the day: around 3500. Now I promise you there is no way I ate that many calories yesterday. But I didnt count calories yesterday either, I just tried to eat healthy. Smaller amounts, things I know are good for me. I just entered everything into my calories counter and its around 2100 calories. Which actually isn’t that bad, although typically I try to eat a lot less than that. I don’t really want more than a 1000 calories deficit. After subtracting my bike ride from that, it puts me over by 200 calories. Which just shows that I really need to be counting calories.

This same thing happened last Saturday, remember Friday I had that amazing run and dinner then Saturday morning I was up 2 lbs. Its like my damn body is holding on, not wanting to be less than 200 and its pissing me off.

I don’t know what I’m going to do today as far as a workout because I’m actually really sore in my upper back and shoulers, so maybe a swim would be best. But I know that I will for sure be counting my calories and drink tons of water. In fact, I’ve only been awake for a hour and a half and I’ve already had 24 ozs of water.