Things Discovered: Simple Mills


So, now that I’m back on track (more or less), I’m continuing the quest for yummy, hopefully somewhat healthier, low carb options. Enter Simple Mills and their line of gluten-free bake mixes.

I ordered the 3-count set, which came with Chocolate Muffin, Artisan Bread, and Chocolate Chip Cookie mixes. Of course, I made the Chocolate Muffins…

chocomuffins

They weren’t bad and still warm it was like eating a brownie (which according to the directions you can actually make brownies with this mix so double yay!!). Not super-sweet – more of a dark chocolate flavor, but all-in-all pretty tasty. And at 110 calories* and 14 carbs, it definitely fits into my diet (with a little protein and fiber thrown in as well).

Can’t wait to try the other mixes!! Yum!!

* to make sure that each muffin was as close to the suggested serving as possible I used a one tablespoon scoop and evenly distributed the batter. Each muffin cup took about 3 tablespoons… making a total of 12 muffins.
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Things Discovered: Halo Top


So… in my (current) never-ending quest to find low-carb foods that I can eat, I came across a few winners today. At the top of that list… Halo Top ice cream. It’s very low calorie, and best of all low-carb. The normal (1/2 cup) serving size only has about 14g carbs, and if you cut that in half to a 1/4 cup, then it’s only 7g carbs. Plus, I also found Mrs Thinster’s Waffle Crisps, which are these little pieces of waffle cone – yum!!! But, the best part is that a normal serving size is like 15 crisps (120 calories / 22g carbs), which is great if I ever have a serious craving, but for average consumption, I can cut that into thirds to pair it with the ice cream and it makes for a nice treat that fits well within my food budget (71 calories/14 carbs/3g protein – there’s a bit of fiber in there too, so net carbs are even less) .

halotop

Another keeper… Special K Crustless Quiche. Great for a quick meal or snack – 140 calories, 7 carbs, 2g fiber and 11g protein.

 

Something I Want To Try…


In my desperate search for things to eat, and to find ways to replace the yummy things I miss (like pizza), I will occasionally post recipes and ideas here that I want to try. This week – I’m going for some sort of low-carb version of pizza (or a pizza-like substance)…

Things I Need To Buy

  • Toufayan Bakeries Low Carb Pita Bread – 100 calories per pita / 3.5g fat / 125mg sodium / 16g carbs / 7g fiber / 8g protein
  • Sargento Shredded 6 Cheese Italian – 90 calories per 1/4 cup / 7g fat / 200mg sodium / 2g carbs / 0 fiber / 7g protein
  • Hunt’s Tomato Sauce w/Basil, Garlic & Oregano – 20 calories per 1/4 cup / 0 fat / 360mg sodium / 4g carbs / 1g fiber / 0 protein (only need a spoonful or so though so even less of an impact on the actual recipe)

Note (if making something like a quesadilla instead) – the 4 Cheese Mexican blend has 110 calories per 1/4 cup / 9g fat / 170mg sodium / 2g carbs / 0 fiber / 6g protein. Also look for low-carb tortillas.

So just slap sauce and cheese on the pita and bake for a bit. Then YUM!!! Could also add some spinach (which is negligible in terms of calories and carbs) for a little something extra.