Think Spring!

Tomorrow will be the Vernal Equinox, the start of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere.  Already we have sap dripping from the maple trees and the smelts will be running in the coastal rivers. Look into your crystal ball and see yourself in warm weather clothes.  Keep Fasting to make your Springtime You a healthier person.   For inspiration, read this: http://www.cheatsheet.com/health-fitness/fasting-the-secret-to-losing-weight.html/?a=viewall

Salsa Chicken Bake:      287 calories        5.6 g fat         2.3 g fiber        17 g protein        34 g carbs 221 mg Calcium     GF   Salsa for breakfast? Porque no?  Do you see the happy face in the photo? Smile!salsa-chicken-bake-w-s-bs

1 two-oz egg                                                                                                                                                              1 Tbsp low-fat cottage cheese, drained if too watery                                                                                                                             1 Tbsp tomato salsa, slightly drained if too watery                                                                                                dash of salsa verde                                                                                                                                                  ½ oz chicken breast meat [from a roast, perhaps]                                                                                               oregano [Mexican if you have it]                                                                                                                       2 oz strawberries                                                                                                                                          blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water                                                                                 5-6 oz fruit smoothie, green smoothie or natural apple cider

Stir the cheese, salsas, and chicken together in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk in the egg and seasonings. Spritz a ramekin with oil or non-stick spray. Pour in the egg mixture and bake in the toaster oven at 350 degrees F. for 12-15 minutes, depending on how you like your eggs. Brew your warm beverage; shake and pour the smoothie, portion those delicious strawberries, and enjoy a zesty start to your day.

Smelts, pan-fried:     276 calories      8.8 g fat      4 g fiber      33.3 g protein      14.2 g carb     120.6 mg Calcium    PB GF — if using GF bread      When Spring is near, the smelts swim up the rivers and into my frying pan!pan-fried-fish-w-broc-beets5 oz smelts, cleaned & boned                                                                                                                              1 egg white                                                                                                                                                                ½ slice 70-cal whole-grain bread, ground to crumbs                                                                                            salt, pepper, thyme                                                                                                                                                   1 tsp olive oil                                                                                                                                                                                a dab of  catsup or relish                                                                                                                                   your choice of sides to total 45-50 calories: 2 oz cooked beets   = 24 calories                                                                     ¼ cup pickled beets      = 37 calories                                                                                                                                          2 oz broccoli      = 20 calories                                                                                                                                                         2 oz snow peas       =24 calories                                                                                                                                                      2 oz green beans     =18 calories

Trim tails and fins from the fish and remove the backbones. Whisk the egg white until frothy. Mix the seasonings with the bread crumbs. Dip the fish in the egg whites, then in the bread crumbs. ‘Pan fry’ in oil in a non-stick skillet until lightly browned and cooked through. Prepare your vegetables and season to taste. Plate it all and enjoy the bounty of Spring. Looks and tastes like a lot of calories, but it isn’t.

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