So, today is Tuesday, February 11, 2014. We are having bad weather, thanks to Winter Storm Pax. Since I got out of school early, today, I decided to work on an Apple Spice Cake that would meet all of my criteria. I had a couple of other recipes to work with, so here is my “tweaked” recipe. I would credit the other recipes, but they were hand-written and I have no idea where they came from.
Apple Spice Cake:
1 c. Vanilla Protein Powder
1/4 c. non-fat dry Milk
3 level tsp. a diet sweetener
1 c. unprocessed bran (I bought this from Swanson)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. lemon peel
1 pkg. Alpine Diet Apple Cider Drink Mix packet
1 tsp cinnamon (or more if you like cinnamon as much as I do)
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 TBSP Vanilla Extract
1 TBSP Butter Flavored Extract
2 Cups unsweetened Applesauce
Beat eggs and flavorings until light and fluffy. Add combined dry ingredients to egg mixture and fold in applesauce. Mix well. Pour into 9×13 pan or Bundt Pan sprayed with Pam. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Cool and cut cake into 8 pieces.
Note: If using a Bundt Pan, it takes about an hour to cook. Also, use care when folding in applesauce. I noticed this is a very very moist cake. I like it better when chilled in the refrigerator. I would suggest storing it in there, too – with all of the eggs and applesauce.
Yield: 8 Servings. Each serving equals 1/3 protein and 1/4 fruit portions and daily protein powder.
Admittedly this first week has been about finding my way. I have been experimenting with recipes and trying to get nutritional facts down to follow what I want to make of this “weight loss process” that will eventually become my life change.
The 3rd through 8th day, I pretty much ate the same things, so I could experiment with different combinations of nutritional elements that I want and know would help me lose weight (based on the 18 million diets I have done in the past). I don’t really want to go into details about those meals, because they pretty much look like the same three meals on day one and two (other than I no longer have been eating beef – it does weird things to me). I replaced beef with fish, shrimp, crab, tuna. For the most part, I ate them pretty straight out, if I couldn’t figure out what to do with them that would fit into my “plan.” I decreased my fruit intake to 3 fruits per day and decided to add additional fruits besides Apples or Oranges (I specifically chose them for day one and two because of the fiber). And I added in fiber through Melba rounds, Melba Toast, and Wasa Crispbread
So, these days looked like this:
Breakfast: Warm Water with Lemon Juice, one egg, and a Wasa Crispbread
Lunch: Large salad with 3.5 oz protein and lite dressing, a cracker
Mid-afternoon: a cup of mixed berries with a tsp of Splenda
Dinner: 3.5oz Protein and 1 cup of Veggies
After a few days of this (and me covering everything with mustard), I decided I needed to get some recipes together AND maybe blog about this journey so I can keep up with my recipes. I have been using the Menu Planner within the free version of Cozi to keep up with my recipes – or to put ones in that I want to convert. I am working on that and will post them here beginning tonight. I will also begin to try to map out my plan in a better, more organized way. Just know that for the most part, I am following the above plan, other than if I post a dessert, it means I am not having the afternoon fruit (because the fruit will be in the dessert) and I may be eliminating a bread/cracker serving and decreasing my protein somewhere else (since most desserts will probably have eggs or protein powder). I will try to post nutritional information as I go.
By the way, Monday, February 10, 2014, I was down by 9 pounds. 🙂