One Bad Hombre


In honor of all my hombres; today’s healthy twist is lightening up on Huevos Ranchero.

Heat 1/4 t. of vegetable oil in a non stick omelette pan on high, add 2 ounces diced peppers, onions and tomatoes (I bought them pre-diced in the supermarket), one ounce of Jimmy Dean Healthy Turkey Sausage Crumbles and 1/4 cup of pinto beans.

To that add 6 ounces egg whites and reduce the heat to medium as the eggs start to set up, move the edges so the liquid runs under the cooked eggs and sets up.

Season with cracked black pepper, sea salt and a little sprinkle of garlic powder.

Slide on to a plate and finish setting up for about 30 seconds in a microwave, top with 1 T of shredded 2% cheddar cheese and a dash of hot sauce.

All this Mexican inspired goodness is 260 calories, filled with protein, low in fat and also has some healthy carbs.

It’s good to be a bad hombre!

#HealthierEating #BadHombre #LightenUp

Home Cooking


Tonight we were in the mood for a “meat and potatoes”, home style meal.

So of course we lightened it up a bit –

The meatloaf is 4 ounces of lean ground turkey breast, 1 t. diced onion, 1 t. diced sweet peppers, 1/8 t. chopped garlic, ground black pepper and Creole Soul Seasoning. We baked them in muffin pans and drained off any excess fat. About 240 calories each.

The mashed potatoes are actually Green Giant Mashed Cauliflower with Olive Oil and Sea Salt. (heat and serve) About 80 calories in 1/2 cup.

Swanson Beef Gravy – 1/2 cup has 15 calories and I used just under a 1/2 cup.

Fresh steamed Green Beans – 50 calories

Tonight’s entire meal, a full plate is 625 calories!

#YUM #LightenUP #HealthierHomeCookin #AuthenticallyMark


Meatless Monday: Indian


Today we got up early and and headed out to Webster Farmer’s Market; we stocked up on lots of fresh produce and used some of it for tonight’s Meatless Monday Dinner, Indian style.

On the top left you’ll see Chuck’s favorite- Saag (or Palak) Paneer, a spinach dish with cubes of farmer’s cheese. I lightened it up by replacing the butter with a small amount of vegetable oil, just enough to open up the spaces and we replaced the full fat milk 1% milk.

On the top right is Aloo Gobi which is typically made with cauliflower, white potatoes and peas. I lightened up this curry dish by removing the butter, and swapping out the white potatoes for a much lighter and more vitamin packed butternut squash.

And the last dish is the protein packed Chana Masala a great flavorful dish of chick peas, tomatoes and onion. Low in fat it has lots of fiber and protein.

These HUGE portions of all three items totaled just about 600 calories with the paneer making up about 120 calories of this and the chick peas being a slightly larger piece at about 300 calories.

(and we made enough for several more meals!)

#AuthenticallyMark #MearlessMonday #LightenUp #BigBoldFlavors

Reset: Starting back at Zero


Well, if you’ve been following my posts over the last 14 days you’ve seen lighter healthier eating, we’ve added LOTS of veggies, lean meats, cut out wheat flour and sugar, focused on slow burn complex carbs, drinking lots of water and cutting my diet soda intake to one in the afternoon.

We’ve used our Fitbits to track 10,00 steps a day and this week I increased my steps to 11,000 steps a day.

What you haven’t seen me talk about is my weight…

Part of this is because I’m really focused on my health and feeling better; which will in turn lead to weigh loss.

The second reason is truly that while I’m proud of the strides I’ve made, the reality is that about 18 months ago my doctor and I had a conversation about my need to lose weight and I went about it halfheartedly.

I actually packed on nearly 15 pounds in the past year…. so while I have lost just over 14 pounds in 14; I’m now JUST getting to where I was a year ago.

So, tomorrow morning I RESET, I focus on the new goal and make my way, one step at a time.

#MoveForward #HealthierMe #OneStepAtATime


Be Prepared – Early Riser

Tomorrow is an early day, I have an 8:30 am meeting with means up an out pretty early. And  know I have multiple site visit and meetings throughout the day.

I need to make sure I have everything together to set myself up for success.

I took a small screw top plastic container and measured in my egg whites, added turkey sausage crumbles, low fat feta cheese, some diced peppers and mushrooms for some fresh veggies and crunch and then ground in some fresh black pepper, sea salt and a touch of garlic.

All set to hit a nonstick pan while I make my coffee and I’m all set.

A banana for the car ride a little later

Some fresh turkey, hard boiled egg, celery bites,cucumber slices and low fat cheese – easy grab and go between appointments.

A couple strawberries and roasted almonds for the drive home and I’m all set for my hectic day; prepping everything the night before gets me a few minutes more sleep and keeps me on track for the day.

#HealthyEating #GrabAndGo #MakeItEasy


Yes, the taco socks my coworker Bri gave me for Christmas, and I wore today, inspired me to make tonight’s dinner.img_3806

Diced roast turkey, warmed in a homemade taco sauce (fresh tomatoes, garlic, green onion and spices), low fat mozzarella cheese, low fat sour cream, guacamole and we used bibb lettuce as our taco shells.

A side of spiced red beans was another protein with little fat and good, slow burning carbs.

LOTS of flavor, lower fat and really filling!

#TacoTuesday #HealthyEating #LeanProteins #BigFlavor