Friday, December 16, 2016

This weeks random thoughts... not really random.. Surprise thickener!

Hi there everyone.  HOPE everyone is busy this Christmas season.  This really is my favorite time of year.  For many reasons.  Just because. 

I am not going to keep you long.  I have an announcement.  I have always been crafty and now I really am taking the plunge.  Right now I am focused on learning to use my Silhouette Cameo 3 and I have many samples coming soon.  My etsy store will be open after the first of the year and I am working on some final designs for Spring vendor shows.

My Weight update is good:  My dietbet ends on 12/23/2016 and as long as I stay focused, I will make it.  NO, I really have to work my heiny off double time.  I still am healing and have not had much physical activity.  Refuse to accept that as an excuse.  Must keep pushing forward!  The game tells me that I am 88% of the way to the goal.  I am focusing on this.  Too close to not give it my best effort.

Week 1-Starting Weight- 298.9 lbs. 
Week 2-289.9 lbs. 
Week 3 288.4
Week 4-286.9 lbs. Goal Weight by 12/23
 
For the most part, we have had a soup of some sort everyday for lunch. (My work chicas rock!)  I try to prepare as much as I can with no cans.  This helps control sodium and is just better overall.  Broth soups are always better.  BUT... we were not full later that afternoon.  Thickeners add unwanted calories and fat content.  
 
I know from home cooking that when I cook pinto beans, I like a gravy on them. I accomplish this by mashing up about 1c. of the beans until they are mashed finer then mashed potatoes.  I then add those mashed beans back to the pot and let it simmer.  This "thickens" the water into a sauce.  Since beans add fiber and protein I decided to try this in my soups.  I started with a Chicken Veggie.  The broth is generally a clear one. 
 
As I researched my bean options; I wanted something that would not "alter" the color of the soup.  I decided on White Kidney Beans.  White Kidney Bean extract has been featured on shows like Dr. Oz and implications for metabolic health as well as being a carb (simple) blocker have been touted.  Even tho this may or may not be the cause I know that beans are good for us and that using beans instead of pill would be most beneficial.  Well the results are delicious.  I have since added this thickener to my low calorie taco soup, and my copy cat Pasta y Fagioli.  I don't know if it really blocks carbs; I do know that we all feel fuller longer.  Satiety will keep us from grazing or over eating.  Its a Win in our books.  I'll let you know what other soups I try this in and if I get the same result with other beans. 

~~Jennifer

1 comment:

  1. Home cooking or any other cooking is really fun. One can enjoy the cooking if they know great dishes. Post more of the pictures of your cooking.

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