Blue

How this Fast Diet Lifestyle works: Eat these meals tomorrow, for a calorie total of less than 600. On another day this week, eat the meals from a different post, another day of eating 600 calories or less. Eat sensibly the other days of the week. That’s it: a simple way to lose weight and be healthier.

The word ‘blue’ in English is derived from the French ‘bleu’ and is very close to the German ‘blau.’ The three words describe one of the primary colors. Visible light is made up of seven colors, each traveling in waves of differing lengths. Blue light has wavelengths between about 450 and 495 nanometers. Our eyes see the color blue because certain surfaces absorb all the other wavelengths of visible light but reflect the blue. Weird, but true. In English, ‘blue’ has various meanings besides color identification. ‘To make the air blue’ implies that a lot of profanity is being spoken. ‘To feel blue’ means feeling sad or depressed. In the USA, at election time, if a state ‘goes blue’ it means that a candidate from the Democratic Party was elected. If someone ‘looks blue’ in the Winter, he/she/they might be very cold and need to come inside. If an automobile comes ‘out of the blue,’ then you won’t see it until it hits you. A ‘blue blood‘ is someone born to privilege and maybe that person owns a lot of ‘blue chip stocks.’ “Blue Laws” prevented people from doing business on Sundays in Boston and Philadelphia, and prohibited Sunday liquor sales in many places. A “Blue Stocking” is a woman who is intelligent and well-read, an expression going back to the 1700s. “Code Blue” in a hospital means that someone is experiencing a medical emergency. In the diner, you might opt for the ‘blue plate special.’ And the “Blue Zone” in nutrition refers to several areas around the world where people live particularly long and healthy lives — presumably because of their dietary choices. I could go on until I am ‘blue in the face,’ but then I might ‘cross the blue line’ and that might earn a penalty.

Whether azure, or cobalt, or cerulean, or powder, or peacock — we are surrounded by the color blue. From the sky at noon to the waves of the ocean, our planet sees blue. So we will enjoy blue berries and blue fish for our meals, and nothing will cause us to feel blue.

Blueberry Flameusse: 206 calories 5.5 g fat 1.5 g fiber 14 g protein 24.5 g carbs 143.5 mg Calcium  NB: the food values given are for the plated items only, and do not include the optional beverages. PB GF  Fruit + eggy batter = flameusse. This meal is very simple and very good. I urge you to try it since I am sure you will like it.  HINT: this serves 2 [two]

One serving of flameusse with fruit.

2 two-oz eggs 6 oz skimmed milk 1 oz [by mass] = 3 Tbsp + 1 tsp white whole wheat flour 1.5 Tbsp sugar ½ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen 1 chicken breakfast sausage @ 33 calories each 1/2 clementine Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories]

Spritz 2 ramekins or an oven-proof dish [1.5 cup capacity] with non-stick spray. Distribute the blueberries over the bottom of the dish. Whisk eggs until foamy, then add flour and sugar, whisking until there are no lumps. Stir in the milk and pour the batter over the berries. Bake at 375 F. for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with a shake of powdered sugar. Cook the sausage. Serve with a hot beverage for a delicious start to your day.

Bluefish:  289 calories 10 g fat 4 g fiber 25 g protein 17 g carbs 45 mg Calcium   PB GF Bluefish is a sport fish of the East Coast of North America. As a youth, Dear Husband used to fish for them in New York’s Great South Bay with his father and uncles. When we are lucky, we can find them at a local market in Autumn. This is a delicious combination of flavors.

You will notice that this is served on a blue plate….

4 oz bluefish fillet 1½ Tbsp reduced-fat mayonnaise 1½ Tbsp Dijon mustard 3 oz green beans 1/4 c cooked brown rice

Start cooking the brown rice, which can take 35 minutes. Whisk together the mayonnaise and mustard. Put the fish on an oven-proof dish that has been lightly oiled. Spread the mayo-mustard sauce on the fish and bake at 400F for 12-15 minutes. Bluefish is dense-fleshed and takes longer than most fishes to cook. Plate with the green beans and rice for a delicious meal which is based on a recipe served by Legal Sea Foods in Boston.

Ingredients for next week: Breakfast, single portion for Monday …………………………… single portion for Thursday:

apple + melon + deglet noor date1 two-oz egg + one egg white 
plain or low-fat French Vanilla yogurtcottage cheese + Manchego cheese
plum, canned or fresh garlic powder + cooked spinach
cinnamon + Cider syrupnutmeg + strawberries
almond mealoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

Dinner, single portion for Monday:………………………….. single portion for Thursday:

egg + ricotta + mozzarellaquick-cooking barley
Jarlsberg cheese + broccoliwhole wheat orzo + broccoli
onion + fresh tomato150-calorie sausage
asparagus + herbs of choiceputtanesca sauce
Sparkling waterSparkling water

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