Monday, September 28, 2009

Healthy Recipe: Crunchy Party Mix

Finally - I'm giving you the recipe I promised!! I found this recipe in Weight Watcher's magazine a couple of years ago. It's a yummy little snack and the portion is surprisingly satisfying. I love that you make this snack in your slow cooker rather than the oven!

Crunchy Party Mix

6 tablespoons light butter
2 tablespoons curry powder
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 cups Rice Chex cereal
5 cups Corn Chex cereal
1 cup tiny pretzel twists
1/3 cup lightly salted peanuts

1. Place the butter in a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook until melted, about 5 minutes on high. Add the curry powder, soy sauce, sugar, cumin, and salt; mix well. Add the remaining ingredients; mix well.

2. Cook, uncovered, about 45 minutes, stirring well every 15 minutes.

3. Reduce the heat to low. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is crisp and fragrant, 3-4 hours. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool completely. Store in ziploc bags in pantry up to 6 weeks.

1/2 cup serving: 89 cal., 3 g fat, 1 g fiber, 2 WW pts.


This has a very strong curry smell. It's a good mix, but we decided that we might like more traditional Chex Mix seasonings. I made it the exact same way, except that after melting the butter, I replaced the curry powder through salt with: 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt, 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon onion powder. Yum!!

After it's done, I portion out 1/2 cups into separate snack bags so I know I can grab a 2-pt. snack later! I hope you get to try this - so fun to make in the slow cooker!

I'm linking this to Crockpot Wednesday at Dining With Debbie - yummy ideas!

Lisa :)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

You Lose Some, You Gain Some...

Sorry I didn't post like I said I would last week - I do have a recipe to get on here and will post it this weekend!

I went to Weight Watchers this morning! Remember - I said I would go no matter what and one of my readers even said to do it and get it over with. I totally agree with that. No surprise that I had a gain (over 2 lbs - ACK), but it was good to get it on the record so that I can lose it! Why do I keep working within the same 5 lbs and never get beyond?

I want to be good this next week, but I am worried! I have company coming for the week and there's the usual eating, desserts, etc. I am going to try and plan out all the meals - including where and when to eat out. I will also work in walking whenever possible. I've already got a couple of ideas for that.

I hope you have had a good week! If not, plan to make a small change for the better this week. We can do this!!

Lisa :)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Just A Little Note For You ~ Do As I Say, Not As I Do

I HAD to say it! Because guess where I did not go this weekend? To weigh in at WW - that's right! Ugh - so bad! I had another bad week and my weight is up and I just could not bring myself to go log that weight. But really - you should do it so you can start losing it sooner!

So, once again I say - THIS is the week! I'm not making any promises of what things I will do this week. I'll just try to do something great every day - whether it's eating right or exercising or getting through a craving. I do hope that I have a weigh-in and success to report to you this week!

I have some healthy recipes to get posted for you and will see what else I can come up with to help motivate me...and you!

Did you have a good week? Do you do better with healthy eating and exercising in Fall or Summer? Forget about any issues from last week - start fresh! Let's have a great week!!

Lisa :)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

No Weigh-In Report

Sorry I have missed posting for a few days! I have no current weight report for you. I wasn't able to weigh in last weekend due to being out-of-town and I confess that I did not go weigh in this morning because my weight is up from the last time I weighed! We ate too much while visiting relatives last weekend - no surprise there. My weight has come down during the week, but not enough yet. I will work hard this week and see what I can do by Saturday. I get so tired of the constant up and down. Why can't it be down all the time? :)

I will keep close track of my points this week and do some Wii Fit. And I will go to WW next Saturday and weigh in no matter what, even if I'm still up (I better not be - LOL!).

How have you been doing? Did you have any Labor Day pinics or visiting that threw you off track? Let's make this the week of success! We can do it!!

Lisa :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Healthy Recipes: Updated With Pics

I often forget to take pics of the food I make - still not in the habit! I use a lot of food pics on my other blog, but have forgotten many on here. I'm trying to remember as I go, so I thought I would give you 3 of the pics that I've taken recently along with the links to those recipes that are already posted here. Maybe you've tried them, but maybe they're new to you! Enjoy!

Hope you get a chance to try these! Have a wonderful weekend everybody!! :)

Lisa :)