Friday, March 23, 2012

Sweet Tooth

I've somehow developed quite the sweet tooth the last few months with chocolate being a particular favorite. To try and manage it, I try to do most of the baking myself, just so I know exactly what is going into my desserts, and I try to give away as much as possible so that I don't eat it all myself. This afternoon, after watching some foodnetwork this week, I made Giada's Smore Brownie Bites. I pretty much followed her recipe, except I just used all regular flour (quinoa flour at $9.99 for a tiny bag at WF just didn't seem worth it to me), subbed in dark chocolate chunks for the unmelted chocolate chips, used a little less sugar and butter and added a little bit of salt and baking soda. I baked it for 12 minutes, rotating once, and it was pretty good, though not quite as moist or fudgy as I would have liked.
To balance all these extra desserts, I try to eat three as complete and healthy meals as possible for breakfast lunch and dinner. I'm trying to eat at least 80 grams of protein everyday (lots of eggs, fish, meat, greek yogurt, tofu), get plenty of vitamin C through fruits and juices, get a lot of calcium through milk, eat as many dark leafy greens and colorful vegetables as possible, and eat ample whole grains and carbs. I've had to cook a lot more the last few weeks with my mom in Taiwan, but we've done quite a good job in eating balanced and healthy with a lot of variety. The below is a simple but complete dish that I cooked for dinner last week: a shrimp and tofu thai curry with peppers, tomatoes and spinach served with rice. I pretty much followed my usual curry recipe (halving the one here) and tossed in some shrimp and spinach for the last few minutes of cooking. Along with yoga 3x a week (mostly at home) and taking the dogs for a brisk walk almost everyday, I've managed to feel pretty good through 29 weeks.

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