Eat Fit Not Fat- Broccoli and Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes

IMG_7964If you read last weeks Eat Fit Not Fat installment I promised to readers on Friday that I would share my twice baked sweet potato recipe that was pictured with the Balsamic Pork. So here ya go! Everyone should eat more sweet potatoes, they’re so creamy and delicous. They also pack quite a nutritional punch- way better for you than your run of the mill white potato.   These potatoes came out wonderfully and taste like their so very bad for you, but suprise-they’re not! These were a great side dish for dinner, but could easily be turned into a flavorful lunch.IMG_7944Ingredients:

4 medium size sweet potatoes

1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese, shredded

2 cups chopped broccoli

2 cups chopped cauliflower

1/2 cup low fat buttermilk ( used regular buttermilk, not much of a calorie/fat difference from low fat or non-fat)

2-3 tbsp of chopped chives (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

IMG_7945 1) Pierce potatoes several time and roast sweet potatoes in oven for approx. 1 hour or microwave according to microwave instructions for baked potatoes. IMG_7947

IMG_79462) Chop cauliflower and broccoli into bite sized pieces. IMG_7948

IMG_79493) Cook broccoli and cauliflower in a covered shallow pot of salted water. Cook broccoli for approx. 3 min. Remove broccoli with a slotted spoon, set aside and con’t to cook cauliflower till fork tender, approx. 5 min. total. Remove and place aside. IMG_7950

IMG_79514) Remove potatoes from oven or microwave.  Cut potatoes in half length wise. Be careful! Hot Potatoes! Scoop out potato leaving approx 1/4 inch rim around potato so it remains somewhat sturdy. Place shells back onto baking sheet. IMG_7952

IMG_7953 5) Mash together cauliflower and sweet potato with a few pinches of kosher salt. Add in buttermilk and combine until smooth. I had to microwave my mixture for approx 1. minute more to obtain a softer potato to mash. IMG_79546) Toss in 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and scallions.  Mix together.  IMG_7957

IMG_79567) Fill potatoes with cauliflower and potato mixture. Top with broccoli and cheddar cheese.  Place back in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melty and delicous. You know me- loving me some cheese again this week :) IMG_7958 IMG_7960Approx. 150 calories per half potato. Enjoy!IMG_7963 Recipe adapted from: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/01/broccoli-and-cheese-twice-baked-potatoes.html

 

 

 

MLK Day link to the destruction of our new years resolutions?

On Tuesday I wrote about how difficult it is to get back into the swing of things when your routine is disrupted. A great majority of people that work those boring office jobs had this past Monday off to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. The three-day weekend so close to the holidays and New Year is a nice little surprise, guaranteed to brighten your winter spirits. However, as I wrote earlier this week, it is sometimes hard to get back to your healthy routine after the long weekend. Case in point: I didn’t go to the gym Tuesday night.

Last night, I did go to the gym to spend some quality time with the treadmill, as the winter continues to do it’s fun Michigan thing and snow every day. Jeff and I have been frequenting the YMCA since the beginning of the New Year, we signed him up with a membership just as everyone else was deciding this was the year they were going to be active. So we have been hitting the gym at the busiest gym-time-of-day, between 6 and 7pm. It has been packed. It has been very hard to get a treadmill at all, let alone two next to each other. So we’ve been enduring the crowds, knowing that in a few short weeks the mob will thin out, and people will go back home, where they will give up on themselves and start eating steak again. But that time seems to have come early. Last night, the gym was not nearly as crowded as it has been, and by the time we were leaving, most of the machines were open.

According to a website that probably has no credibility, but provides statistics that support my point, says that 75% of New Years Resolutions last through the first week of the New Year. By the end of the first month, only 64% of people are still working on their resolutions. Well, we are at week three here, and I’m pretty sure the gym is at least 30% less crowded. So that got me thinking. Do you think the 3-day weekend gifted to us by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has anything to do with the dramatic amount of drop outs I witnessed this week? Is our success that dependent on routine? Personally, I know that any time I have been successful at weight loss or healthy-living, a strict routine has played a huge role. I routinely log my calorie intake, and I schedule out gym visits. I meal plan obsessively, and I’m all the happier for it.

What do you think? Do disruptions in our routine test us? Does MLK Day mark the end for the majority of New Years Resolutions? Are you still working on yours? 

Weigh-In Wednesday January 21st 2015: Naturally Salty

Here at 2 Fat Nerds each Wednesday is a Weigh-In day, where all of the data from the previous week is collected, displayed, and analyzed. If anyone is interested in taking part in weekly tracking, leave a comment!

Weight Loss

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Anti-Fat Points

Anti-fat points (AFP) is a system designed to give some sort of value to each and every workout, regardless of type. It is based on metabolic-equivalent values out of the compendium of physical activities. Submit a workout, get AFP. Each week we post the totals for each person for the week. In addition, you may see the monthly AFP leader-board on the right-hand sidebar. This is meant to be a fun way to encourage competition to see who can earn the most points!

Weekly Points

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The threshold is back to 100 AFP, Green is over and Red is under. Try to get 100 AFP and turn your bar green!

The Chain-Game

To put more emphasis on current progress and current streaks, I am now only displaying the current active streak for each player. It is calculated the same as before, minimum three days a week. Each consecutive week you gain a link.

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A blurb of motivation because I’m on my way to the gym.

Coming back from 3-day weekends can be tough! I think sometimes, despite the joy that holiday weekends bring us, 4-day weeks make it difficult to get going, and to start the week off on a good healthy foot. Things tend to be a little bit busier, and its not always easy to recover from the extra weekend day (when it comes to diet or exercise). I think one of the hardest things to do after an extra day off the diet or routine, is to not allow yourself to take another couple days off. It’s easy to keep pushing off the run or the grocery shopping, but I am here to remind you not to!

Sometimes we fall off the wagon, we eat a cheeseburger. I think we too often feel like we’ve failed once the fries in our lips. That’s where we’re wrong. It’s the avalanche after the french fries that messes us up. It’s the “oh, I’ve already been bad today, so I might as well take this opportunity to be terrible for the rest of the day.” It’s OK to have a cheat meal, or to make a mistake an over-indulge. We all need a little help making sure that cheat meal doesn’t turn into a cheat day, or a cheat weekend, or a cheat-forever. So we had an extra day of weekend bliss, and now we need to be careful not to throw away the rest of the week. Get back up, brush the crumbs off, and hit the treadmill! Make the most out of this 4-day week! Weigh-In Wednesday comes that much faster when there is no Monday…

Self Reported Data: Can We Trust It?

I read an article on NPR discussing  the issue of self reported data when it comes to fitness and exercise. The author of the paper in question essentially came to the verdict that self reported data is such a poor measurement of actual energy intake and expenditure that it has “no place in scientific research”.

Those be fighting words.

I tend to agree with him to some extent, in my own limited experience running this blog. Depending on the person submitting their data here, I’ve seen vastly different strategies of reporting, not to mention vastly different ideas of what is considered and not considered exercise. Some people like to report everything, while others  like my brother Mike rarely reports in despite being very active. In terms of gleaning valuable population-based information . . . there is just too much to control for. The variance model will literally explode.

That being said, I also think that from a health standpoint, keeping track of your own activity, whatever you deem that to be is incredibly beneficial. You keep yourself honest when you have many blank days on the calendar. Regardless of what you choose to submit, as long as you remain consistent in how and what you choose to report, the information can be helpful.

What do you guys think? Is it risky to draw health-care related conclusions based on self-reported user data? As we move into a much more analytical society where everything is “captured”, is it trustworthy enough to start making health care decisions on that data set?

It is an interesting question to say the least.

Weigh-In Wednesday January 14th 2015: Namaste!

Here at 2 Fat Nerds each Wednesday is a Weigh-In day, where all of the data from the previous week is collected, displayed, and analyzed. If anyone is interested in taking part in weekly tracking, leave a comment!

Weight Loss

team-weight

Anti-Fat Points

Anti-fat points (AFP) is a system designed to give some sort of value to each and every workout, regardless of type. It is based on metabolic-equivalent values out of the compendium of physical activities. Submit a workout, get AFP. Each week we post the totals for each person for the week. In addition, you may see the monthly AFP leader-board on the right-hand sidebar. This is meant to be a fun way to encourage competition to see who can earn the most points!

Weekly Points

afp

The threshold is back to 100 AFP, Green is over and Red is under. Try to get 100 AFP and turn your bar green!

The Chain-Game

To put more emphasis on current progress and current streaks, I am now only displaying the current active streak for each player. It is calculated the same as before, minimum three days a week. Each consecutive week you gain a link.

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While the snow falls…

I have always dreaded winter because it is a several month stretch of snow, bitter cold, and after Christmas, very little to look forward to. There really isn’t anything exciting happening until the spring, so January, February, and March tend to drag a little. Unless you’re anxiously awaiting the birth of a niece, or have a tropical vacation planned, winter is long. Typically, during the warmer months, I have every weekend planned and I do a lot of traveling, mostly to spend time with friends and family. But right now, I’m looking at an infinite number of open weekends. So, in the manner of looking at the positive, I am now looking at winter as a several month period where my calorie counting and workout schedule won’t be interrupted.

Because really, isn’t that the worst? When you start on a really good schedule of going to the gym and eating healthy foods, and then all of a sudden you have a big holiday weekend where you’re out of town eat, or god forbid, you’re entering the holiday SEASON, and there is no end of decadent desserts to distract you from your goals? So here we are! Blessed with months to get back into shape (while hiding behind sweaters) until the weather gets warm.

Since last week, Jeff and I have become gym rats. We went almost every day, including both weekend days, not because we felt like we had to, but because we really wanted to. Working out has become a really fun part of our routine. We are trying to keep a balance, and making sure we take our rest days every now and then, but we are having such a great time! In the past week I have already seen progress toward my own fitness goals. Trying to get back into running, I had to spend a couple days on the treadmill alternating running and walking intervals, but by Sunday, I ran two miles without pain in the foot formerly known as my broken foot, and without walking! I knew it would be easier to get back into this time around, because I’m not starting from absolute scratch, but I didn’t expect this! It’s really exciting to start to see progress, it’s just another thing that helps pick you up when you are about to fall off the wagon.

We’ve also been eating a lot better, planning our meals in advance, incorporating lots of healthy snacks, and have dramatically cut back on the yummy beverages. Although, like I said before, balance is key, and sometimes (if it’s your boyfriend’s birthday), you have to let yourself eat a piece of the cheesecake you made him.

With my new goals and plans in place, winter is starting to look a little bit brighter, and a lot shorter! We only have two and a half months to get into spring shape! Better get moving!

And a very Happy Birthday to Jeff (Heff!)