Egg and Cheese Tostada Breakfast

Cinco de Mayo had me thinking about Mexican food. Living in Texas always has me thinking about Mexican food lol.

Here is a simple, fast (under 5 minutes!), generally healthy recipe for a Mexican style breakfast that is reasonable on carbs AND calories (183 calories; 14g net carbs; 5 weight watchers smart points; 4 WW points plus).

Egg and Cheese Tostada Breakfast

  • 2 small extra thin corn tortillas (Mission makes some good ones)
  • 1 jumbo egg or 2 small, beaten with some salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1oz) 2% shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 medium roma tomato, diced and tossed with a little salt and pepper
  • Franks Hot sauce, tabasco, or salsa if you prefer

On a paper towel in the microwave, microwave the tortillas (separate, no overlap) for 1 minute, flip them over and microwave for 30 seconds. If they’re still not “tortilla chip crispy”, flip and go for 15 second intervals. They will burn quickly, so watch them.

Scramble your egg(s) however you like (I used cooking spray and a small skillet, you could microwave them).

Sprinkle the cheese over the crisped tortillas and add the diced tomatoes on top. Microwave for 30 seconds, top with the cooked egg and salsa/tabasco and enjoy.

**You can add beans, cooked bacon or sausage, whatever your dietary plan allows.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 1.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 183
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7 g 11 %
Saturated Fat 2 g 10 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 235 mg 78 %
Sodium 293 mg 12 %
Potassium 87 mg 2 %
Total Carbohydrate 18 g 6 %
Dietary Fiber 4 g 15 %
Sugars 4 g
Protein 11 g 22 %
Vitamin A 19 %
Vitamin C 13 %
Calcium 7 %
Iron 10 %
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A Slightly Peevish Rant: Don’t Take Medical Advice From The Internet!

On the various sites I visit, there’s been an alarming trend for “therapeutic doses”.

Not necessarily for prescription meds, but for supplements.

Poster A: “I’m cold a lot”

Poster B: “Oh you need to take a “therapeutic dose” of Iron. Start with 10,000mg an hour, every hour, for 2 days.”

Poster A: “That seems like a lot”

Me: “It is. If you take that much iron you’ll probably die. More than 50mg can cause a medical crisis.”

Poster B: “Oh, it’s fine, it’s JUST A SUPPLEMENT” She (me) is just being overly cautious” I’m suggesting a therapeutic level dose”.

Me: “A “therapeutic dose” of iron is determined by your doctor, based on your medical history, weight, how deficient you are, etc.”

Ok that may be exaggerating (a little) but you get the point.

People who have no idea what they’re talking about (and don’t know anything about you, your medical problems, medications, etc)are giving advice like this daily. And people follow the advice!

Ok sure, some supplements like Vitamin C might not kill you, but it will probably give you diarrhea bad enough you wished you were dead.

Others recommend taking prescription (ordered online, not prescribed) thyroid medications, adding that they’re “not dangerous”.

This sets me on edge because some people are gullible. They won’t do the research for themselves, and because they got the advice off a well known site by a well known (on that site) poster, they assume it’s great advice!

Please, please be careful giving or taking advice for “therapeutic doses”.

Tea Glorious Tea

I tend to drink a lot of coffee. Sometimes as much as 6-7 cups a day.  And by cups I mean 12oz mugs lol.

I got rid of my pod style coffee maker for a ninja coffee bar, which I like a lot. No more waste, no pods, etc.

But I have always liked tea, and tea has a lot of health benefits BUT it’s not coffee. Doesn’t have that kick in the butt way to start the day.

So I bought several kinds of tea to try and here are a few I liked a lot:

Choice Organic Russian Caravan Ok, this was the most coffee like in taste and kick.  It’s a black tea blend and it has that smokey, strong flavor that gets the job done.

Stash Licorice Spice if you don’t like licorice, skip this one. I happen to love it so this was a real treat. Strong licorice flavor. No caffeine.

Stash Maple Apple Cider aka: sex in a mug. Seriously. It doesn’t need sweetener and cream, but that takes it to a new level of “who needs dessert?!”

Tazo Passion Tea This has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Iced, squeeze of lemon and you want to sit on a porch swing, fan yourself and say “Why I do declare!”

Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief My go-to for night time herbal tea. It’s smooth, calming and tastes great.

That is just a few to try but I do highly recommend trying a variety of teas if you don’t think you’re a “tea person”.

*These are Amazon links, but I am not an affiliate. I don’t get any compensation for sending you there 🙂

 

Sharing a Motivational Blog

Though this reads like a big ad for spark people (well, it IS Spark People), the idea behind the premise of “talking positively to yourself” and improving your mind set is a sound one.

Spark People Blog 65 of the Most Motivating Mantras

Some of these mantras are by famous people like John Bingham, John F. Kennedy, Madonna and Carrie Fisher, but most are by normal, every day people like you and me 🙂

I hope you find this positive self thought link helpful 🙂

 

Inner Dialog and the Self Defeating Attitude

I don’t know anyone who hasn’t done it.

Weather over diet or relationships, or anything really.

You’re doing great, or think you are. Then the negative thoughts creep in.

With dieting it’s especially detrimental to your mental state.

You know how, you’ve done everything right, feel and look slimmer and you step on the scale and BAM! You gained. WTHeck?

So the negatives start:

  • I’ll never get this weight off
  • what’s the point?
  • Maybe I ate too much (you know you didn’t)
  • Maybe I’m just meant to be fat!

It’s hard to deal with at times.

But you know. You KNOW it’s a struggle but you ARE worth it, so fight off that negative attitude and get back at it 🙂

 

Low-Carb Colcannon for St. Patricks Day!

Easy to put together and tasty.

Low-Carb Colcannon

  • 2 pounds frozen cauliflower, thawed
  • 4 slices “streaky” bacon (aka: fatty)
  • 3 cups sliced or shredded cabbage
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced green and white parts
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • salt and pepper to taste

Microwave or steam cauliflower until soft. Drain well, and mash or puree with the melted butter and 2 tablespoons of buttermilk. Add the the remaining buttermilk, if needed, to get a smooth mash that it’s to dry.

Fry the bacon until crisp, then crumble and set aside.

In the bacon fat, saute the cabbage and onions until the cabbage starts to get golden and browned.

Mix with everything else, salt and pepper to taste and serve pipping hot!

You can reserve some bacon and onions to sprinkle on top for garnish, if you like.

 

Paleo Texas Hash Recipe

Texas Hash is a pretty ambiguous name given to any semi-spicy ground beef and rice dish with Mexican or Tex-Mex seasoning.

My version is paleo, even Whole30, allowed.

Paleo Texas Hash

  • 1 pound bag frozen cauliflower, riced, drained and set aside
  • 2 pounds ground beef (I use 90/10)
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cleaned and roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, de-cap (clean out seeds if you don’t want it spicy, or don’t use at all)
  • 2 Tablespoons ground chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon roasted ground cumin (more or less, to taste, everyone is different)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pink sea salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil -your cooking fat of choice

In a food processor, pulse the jalapeno and garlic until minced, then add the bell pepper and onion and pulse until it’s a small chop, but not pureed

Heat the cooking fat in a large pan and add the processed veggies. Saute for 3-4 minutes until they’re very fragrant.

Add all the seasoning and stir around for a minute or two, then add the ground beef and break it up, stirring and breaking until it’s cooked through – about 5-6 minutes.

Cover and let simmer on very low heat for  10 minutes, then turn heat to high, add the cauliflower rice and stir around for 2 minutes. If you need to, add just a small amount of beef broth or water (1/4 cup or so) but the veggies give off a lot of liquid so you probably won’t need it.

Add salt, if needed.

That’s it, you’re done!

Top with sliced avocado and salsa 🙂

*You can add a pint of cherry tomatoes during the simmer so they just start to burst when you stir in the cauliflower, if you like.

**For non paleo, add 2 cups of beef broth after the ground beef is cooked, and add 2 cups of instant rice, bring to a boil, cover and let sit off heat for 5 minutes (or according to the rice instructions)

Whole 30 Completed: What I Did Right, and What I Did Wrong

Well that was an experience!

I’d say that was my 3rd Whole30 but the 2nd one crashed and burned after 22 days, so let’s call it the 2nd one.

What I did right:

  • I ate whole foods
  • I drank plenty of water
  • I followed the Whole30 guidelines
  • I paid attention to how I felt
  • I added turmeric lattes (I left out the extract and used 2 turmeric capsules(opened and dumped the powder in) because they’re more concentrated)
  • I got outdoors and got more fresh air and sunshine

What I did wrong:

  • I ate too much fruit, sometimes 3 apples a day (small apples, but still)
  • I ate too much protein. Some days I didn’t want to cook so I ate proteins I’d cooked in advanced, and nothing else the whole day BUT protein.
  • I ate too many potatoes. Yeah only 1-3 a week but, for me, that was as lot of potatoes. How do I know? Gas. That’s how. Lots of it. The hubbs was way, way too amused by this /annoyed.
  • I probably had too much coconut milk in my coffee. I wasn’t really tracking, but I did log it into my fitness pal one day and had over 300 calories from coffee with coconut milk.
  • I drank too much coffee and not enough herbal teas.

Overall, I think I did learn more about what works for me.

Occasional potatoes; coffee “creamer” blending the almond and coconut milks to lower the calories a bit; eat my veggies, not just proteins; experiment with more veggies that I don’t normally use, like different squashes; that I can’t eat unlimited veggies and lose weight, it’s just too many carbs (I think); that I can live without sweeteners!

That’s a short list, I’m sure there’s more lol.

 

Week 4, A Few Days From the Finish Line!

I started on Jan 30th, but I think I’ll keep Whole 30 through this whole week as well.

I’ve learned a few things.

First: the coconut milk and almond milk creamer is tasty and I use a lot less than I did of heavy cream or half and half, so it’s a $$ saver as well.
Second: I seem to be allergic to raw zucchini and yellow squash! Weird, right? I eat it cooked all the time with no problem, but I made raw salads with zucchini and had awful, stabbing stomach pains both times. I wasn’t thinking so I ate just a few slices of yellow squash as I was cutting it up to saute and had the same reaction.

Third: I don’t have to get up and go to the bathroom at night. My unscientific, no facts theory is that some of the chemicals in, well something, were irritating my bladder and causing it.

Fourth: dried lemon slices are awesome in water! I bought a big bag of them – just dried lemon slices, nothing else added – and pop 3-4 in my water bottle in the fridge overnight and it’s nicely flavored lemon water the next day. I use these off Amazon from Sincerely Nuts. Nothing but lemon slices.

And Fifth: unadulterated foods taste really good! Simple meals, not a lot of sauces or gravies*, no fancy shmancy, expensive spice blends, just real foods.

*because pureeing onions, carrots, celery, garlic -whatever veggies you add to your proteins – pureed in the pan drippings make an awesome gravy!