Greetings friends and family ... and strangers. Will there be strangers?!? If so, I hope they'll be exceedingly wealthy and bearing exotic gifts.
Let's get the disclaimer out the way up front: I am not an expert, a doctor or a dietitian. I'm a pretty serious foodie, who loves to cook and likes to look good while doing it. I'm a diva on a diet. Maybe you are too. If so, read on.
Last week I decided to try the South Beach Diet and have had such a great time preparing so many delicious and healthy foods that I thought I'd start a blog to share the recipes. Some of them will be from the South Beach plan, some from other places on the web, and - hopefully - most will be my own creations.
It is my hope that this will be a place to share some recipes, cooking and shopping tips, and a make-up tip or two. Half of what I write will be a joke, the rest will be serious ... hopefully you'll know the difference. Ok, so the blog's a little bit selfish too ... I'm looking to keep my favorite recipes all in one place, but no reason you can't benefit from that, right? If you read something you like, give it a try and let me know how it goes! Leave comments, ask questions, send me your favorite healthy recipes, its all good.
As for frequency of updates here ... I'm not sure. Let's test the waters and see how it goes. It all depends on what I'm cooking I guess, but I'll try for weekly updates at a minimum.
I'll start us off with my new favorite breakfast:
Wake-up Energy Shake
(adapted from The South Beach Diet Plan)
- 1/2 cup low-fat, no-sugar soy milk, unflavored
- 1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt
- 3 oz. firm silken tofu
- 1/4 cup dry roasted almonds
- 3/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract, or to taste
- sprinkle of Splenda or other artificial sweetener
The amount of Splenda is really up to you. I use very little or sometimes none at all. The shake is delicious, nutritious and slightly cruchy! LOL (That's a good thing for me, but as always YMMV. ) The main thing is that its a high quality meal and it will keep you satisfied for the whole morning.
Last and most importantly - never, ever use artificial vanilla flavoring. That stuff is just gross. I mean it! Get the pure stuff. Really. You'll thank me later.
So, what's your favorite breakfast?