Thanks for all your kind comments to yesterday’s post – you guys are the best and have some great ideas. I agree with a fresh mouthwashed mouth I’ll have less temptation to mess it up – and have deemed the bedroom a beverage and food free zone, except for water. 😀
I am really starting to like sweet potatoes, and while I am still on the fence about eating them alone (other than deep fried!), I like them in things. I decided to make sweet potato pancakes. This batch makes 10, 1/3 cup measuring cup pancakes – 1 is 2 points, 2 are 5 points and 3 are 7 points.
Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pancakes
- 1 sweet potato, cooked, cooled and peeled (mine was 5 ounces)
- 1 cup pancake mix (like Bisquik)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon olive oil (probably could have left this out)
- 1 cup of buttermilk
- pinch of cinnamon
I used a potato masher to mash the sweet potato, then added the rest of the ingredients and mixed just until combined. I used my 1/3 cup measure get equal sized pancakes – this batch made 10.
While I brought 3 for breakfast, not knowing if they were 2 or 4 points each, I ate just 2 and with 2 links of turkey sausage this was a suprisingly filling breakfast at 9 points with the SF pancake syrup.
I tested my blood sugar around 11:30 when I normally walk, and it was only 83. Rats. But no fear! I had this whole bowl of fresh fruit for zero points.
I didn’t even bother checking my blood sugar 30 minutes later because fresh fruit is high in natural sugar, I thought it would easily be in the low 200’s. Um, guess again. About 20 minutes into my walk I can feel sweat start to drip down my back, and it was only 65 degrees out. My blood sugar was 45. Shit. So I ate 3 mini stickers for 4 points in order to make it back to my office. 🙁
I decided not to take any insulin at lunch. While this conconction may look weird, it was actually really good – 1 cup cooked spaghetti squash, 1/2 cup cooked brown rice, 2 ounces cooked ground beef, 3/4 tomato sauce over a bed of spinach and carrots. The hot/cold combo may seem weird, but I actually liked the cold crunch of the carrots.
This plate comes in at 9 points.
I recently found a new website to add recipes/track calories – it’s called www.fatsecret.com. It’s free and this week I am going to track my calories/fat/sodium in relation to my points. I have a feeling that while I am most of the time in my point range, my percentage of calories from fat is probably on the higher side. It will be interesting to compare! I do like how user friendly it is.
I had sauteed shrimp tacos on my menu with a light avocado sauce and lots of veggies. Sadly, I had to work late. Tony texted me and asked how he could help with dinner, and I said “could you defrost the shrimp for me?” thinking I’d get home at a decent time to still make the dinner I planned.
But it was 7:00 by the time I left the office, and when I came home Tony had gone to plan B. Hooters Buffalo Shrimp. OMG, these were damn good. I plan to put these in the football food rotation on Sunday’s for Tony. My plate comes in at 12 points. Let’s just pretend there were vegetables on there, shall we? 😀
So let’s do the comparison. According to eTools I had 34 points. According to fat secret, my stats: 1319 calories, 49 fat, 170 carbs, 13 fiber, and 51 protein (2200 mg sodium) which is the equivalent of 35 points – which I get because I didn’t count my fresh fruit as an extra point. So pretty accurate!
And my percentage of calories from fat? 33% Not too shabby.
Thanks again for all your comments yesterday – you guys rock! Make it a great day!