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Fresh Cucumbers and Onions


This is my favorite summer snack!  I have it pretty much every afternoon when I’m getting hungry for dinner but it’s not quite time yet.  The vinegar does something for my appetite and helps me get through that hard snacky time of day.

All you do is chop up some fresh (preferably from the garden!) cucumbers and onions and drizzle/pour on the balsamic vineger!  Enjoy this nice cool treat!


I am back!  I had a fantastic vacation!  For more details you can see my family website at http://brandonandlindseymathews.blogspot.com in a few days for my detailed report!  I hope to be back to my regular postings!


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Tropical Fish Salad

P1020481This salad is one of my husband’s favorite dinners but we cooked the fish a little differently tonight and it was great.

We always use orange roughy because we love the light flavor and lack of real fishiness to it.  We sauteed it in a teeny bit of coconut oil, garlic, lime juice and chopped onion.  We then threw it on a big salad of romaine with avocado and balsamic vinegar.  It is so good and light tasting.  This is a perfect summer dinner!


I posted this on my post yesterday but for some reason it posted on the day I wrote it which was last week.  So it is down a little ways.  In case some of you didn’t see this little blurb on stevia, here it is again:

I have received a few comments asking about Stevia.  Stevia is an all natural, calorie free sweetener.  It is similar to Equal, Splenda, etc, but it is natural and from the leaves of the Stevia plant.  It has neglegible effects on blood sugar levels and there isn’t the wonder (or certainty, in some people’s cases) about whether or not is bad for you, causes cancer, what have you. 

You can purchase this in liquid, dropper like form at any health food store but I prefer to buy the brand Truvia.  It comes granulated and in packets and best of all, they carry it Walmart (in addition to health food stores).  The taste is great and it is very inexpensive and convenient.  I love me some Truvia! 

If you guys have any more questions about this staple in my diet, let me know!

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Guacamole and Hummus Salad


I am known to eat the same thing over and over again when I find something I love.  My breakfast for the last, probobly, month has been this.  This yummy salad has been my favorite lunch as of late. 

I make a big salad with whatever veggies I have on hand.  Today it was romaine, peas and peppers.   I usually add more but I was low on the veggies today.  I also added a hard boiled egg for some extra protein.  For the dressing I top with 2 T. guacamole (I use Wholly Guacamole from Costco – minimal ingredients and I’m too lazy to make my own) and 2 T. hummus.  Then I toss the salad so the “dressings” are all mixed in.  This is such a great, healthy salad!  I love it!




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Bbq Ranch Chicken Salad


Here’s an easy salad idea for you.  Grill up some chicken with any seasoning (I used “Kickin’ Chicken).  Throw that and your toppings on your salad.  I topped my salad with bell pepper, red onion and chicken.  For the dressing stir together equal amounts of bbq sauce and low fat ranch.  I used 3/4 T. of each.  This is such a yummy, different tasting salad!  Perfect for a light lunch!

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Chicken Veggie Salad


I wanted to use up some chicken today but wasn’t really feeling the traditional salad vibe.  So, I got out all the veggies I had in my fridge (cucumber, orange bell pepper, celery, onion, and brocolli) and cut them up into chunks.


Then I added my chicken.


And topped with some low fat salad dressing.  (This is actually homemade Cafe Rio salad dressing – 12 cals/T.  Seriously.  The recipe is here.)


It was a great alternative to a regular old salad!


A few updates:

-Core4 is going great.  I ate quite a bit less food yesterday than I normally do on a Sunday, yet I felt full and satisfied even still.  This is great news for me!
-I have 8 assessments for my next boot camp today!  Ah!  Crazy!
-I am getting my Lasik Surgery on Wednesday!  Two more days of these aweful glasses!
-My to do list is about two miles long today so I need to get cracking! 

Have a great day, friends!

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Nutty Chicken Salad


Oh my gosh.  This salad is so good!  It has all the elements of a good, summery salad.  It’s got a light flavor, strawberries, swiss cheese, egg, bacon, and lots of other yumminess. 

Salad ingredients:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Red onion
  • Raspberries or strawberries
  • Swiss cheese, grated or thinly sliced
  • Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Pecans, chopped

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 t. oil
  • 2 t. white vinegar
  • 3/4 t. low fat mayo
  • 3/4 t. sf maple syrup
  • 3/4 t. brown sugar

The dressing has about 70 calories.  The calories in the salad depend on the amounts of the ingredients you put in.  This salad is a great flavor combination!  I hope you try it!



Well, the results of the “One Plate Challenge” are in.  And… I forgot my camera.  I’m so sorry.  I couldn’t go home to get it.  You’ll have to just trust me on this one. 

Here’s what I had:

  • A little bit (1/4 cup?) of a really good bean salad with avocado
  • The same amount of a yummy pasta salad
  • 1 1/2 chocolate chip cookies
  • 1 really good brownie with cool whip and strawberries
  • 1/2 of a yummy pudding-ish dessert with a graham cracker crust

I admit, its more that I planned but I could’ve eat much more so I was proud of myself.  I left feeling like I had had some good treats but not overly stuffed and I was happy about that, too.  I am also happy that the crazy week of a million bbq’s is over and I can go back to eating normally without all the temptations to indulge!  I like indulging every once in a while but this last week has been a bit ridiculous.

I will attempt the “One Plate Challenge” another time when I have my camera with me!

Today is a day to get a bunch of stuff done around the house.  I have all sorts of laundry, kitchen cleaning, spring cleaning/getting things sorted for the garage sale, and other things to do.  The kids slept in until 9am, which is completely crazy for my kids, and were outside playing with neighbors by 9:30am.  I love summer!  Now, if it would just get a little bit warmer so we can start hitting the pool I’ll be good to go!

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“Leftovers” Salad

Hey guys, I’ve got to be quick tonight as I am so tired and ready to get off to bed!

Around 3pm I was getting a little snacky feeling.  Not super hungry, perse, but snacky so I got out my trail mix snack bag and munched on that.


This afternoon was spent checking things off my to do list around the house.  Nothing too fancy!

I had a fun salad for dinner.  I basically took out a bunch of our leftover things from the fridge and threw them into a salad.


This salad had chicken, ham, swiss cheese, red bell pepper, pineapple, garbanzo beans, spinach and romaine lettuce.  I topped it off with some Newman’s Own Light Balsamic Vinagrette!  It was so yummy!  I’m going to do another one for lunch tomorrow!


I have some big plans that I am going to be announcing tomorrow so make sure to check back!  Have a great night!

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