Several things have happened in the past six months to help me in my new lifestyle journey (not a diet!) First, I started actually paying attention to what I eat. Second, I started moving more, going for walks in the summer months and purchasing a treadmill. Both these things have combined to not only help me lose weight (20 pounds) but also make me feel so much better every day.
Let’s talk about conscious eating. I am mindful of what I’m putting in my mouth, and I use My Fitness Pal to help keep track. The calorie count of some foods (like my beloved pumpkin spice latte) has surprised me, but I’m also finding foods that are low calorie but nutritious to help keep hunger at bay, particularly in the middle of the afternoon.
Having a bounty of fruit and vegetables on hand helps, and I’ve just recently become a huge fan of hard boiled eggs! Hard boiled eggs last in the fridge for 3 to 5 days if peeled and about a week if left in the shell so I can make a bunch at once to have handy when I’m tempted to snack. It’s rather perfect, really: Only 70 calories and 1.5 grams of fat, plus 6 grams of protein. I count my daily calories and work hard to stick within that allowance, so a 70 calorie satisfying protein snack is awesome.
Of course deviled eggs are a huge favorite and most everyone knows how to make them. I surveyed my friends to see what they season the simple hard-boiled egg with, and here’s my findings:
– chili powder and garlic salt
– smoked paprika and salt
– balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction
– dijon mustard
– siracha and salt
– taco seasoning
– soy sauce
– vinegar, salt and pepper
– Worcestershire Sauce
So, the next time you have a craving, you’ve got a great list of ideas (I’m totally trying them all!)
We just celebrated World Egg Day (October 14th) and maybe that’s why I have eggs on my mind lately. The day was set aside to celebrate all the goodness of the humble egg, but also to recognize the work and dedication of our egg farmers across the globe and of course especially here in Canada. Did you know? Canadian egg farmers collectively support close to 200 community programs, causes, charities and events across the country—now that’s something to celebrate every day!
If you haven’t seen the super-cute Egg Pass video that can be found at Eggcentric TV, here’s a peek at it here!