Continuing with my recent weight loss goals post, lets talk about how the week went.
I lost 9 pounds so that is awesome (it’s probably mostly fluids, but heck I’ll take it!). I still have a lot to go, and can only really fit into two pairs of pants…urgh, it was so much easier with the first!
I still have some thoughts about how I plan on losing the weight. I don’t want to “diet” I am planning instead on changing the way I eat and think about food… for good! See, normally when it comes to diets, I am ALWAYS trying to cheat. I try to figure out ways to get stuff I want that I am not supposed to have by tweaking recipes, sometimes this is a way to get great, not so horrible recipes, other times it just leads to me eating a lot of stuff that is not as bad for but but also not satisfying. I realize cheating diets is the wrong way to go about things… but I also sorta hate to be told what to do… hard headed I guess! (and maybe, if you try todays recipe you can thank me for always trying to make decently non offensive desserts)
While I was pregnant and eating nothing but junk, I realized that when I was done- (and ready) I needed to make some serious changes. Starting with the way I plan and eat my meals. I am hoping this strategy works, we will have to see over the next few weeks.
In the past, I had been totally focused on grains/fiber. My thought has been if there is enough fiber then it is okay. Fiber is good, but basing my eating choices solely on the amount of fiber(eating mostly breads) and thinking that would make it okay, is not.
What I have decided I am going to do is switch my focus. My new goal is eating vegetables. When it comes to meals, I eat veggies first! What I want to do is basically switch out the base of my “Food Guide Pyramid” from grains to Fruits and Vegetables- mostly vegetables. Then grains, whole grains only, then the rest can stay intact.
When it comes to lunch and dinner, I am going to eat my veggies and some fruit servings first, to start filling me up, then I can eat the rest, be it left overs from the main course at dinner or what not.
Okay, so that is the basic daily eating plan, but I still have these cravings… for desserts. In fact it usually happens daily. I know that if I deny myself desserts it will backfire. But I need to find some decent dessert alternatives in the mean time. I think I’ve come up with one option, and that is what I am sharing with you today! Yes it has a lot of natural sugar, but is made up almost exclusively of fruit and whole grains (I ‘m stretching aren’t I) Oh well, I ate this during this week and I still lost weight.
Fresh Pineapple and Peach Crumble
1 fresh pineapple cored and peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
2 cans of sugar free (no splenda added) peaches, drained of juice
2 Tbsp white flour
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup coconut (optional- but dang good!)
1 cup whole wheat flour ( I used white whole wheat)
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp butter
Cut pineapple into small pieces, the size of a nickel would be perfect(I cut mine into pieces that were a bit big, and would have liked them a little smaller- they don’t cook down quite as much as the peaches!) and peaches into bite size pieces and mix in flour. Place in 9 x 13 baking dish. Sprinkle lightly with chocolate chips (if you are a chocoholic like me)
In a separate bowl add oatmeal, whole wheat four, brown sugar and small cut up cubes of cold butter. Work these together with a pastry knife, your fingers or forks, until well combined (because of the small amount of butter, it will not be as crumbly as you might expect!) add coconut, mix and sprinkle evenly over the top of the fruit.
Bake 350 for 30-35 minutes.
Since my husband didn’t want chocolate chips we only did them on half.
It helps to have a young child asking for chocolate chips working with you!
(someone also asked for a picture of my chubs, so here you go)
I forgot to photograph when serving sorry.
It is good with ice cream, the slow-churned or double churned vanilla is good.
Also, I left a few chocolate chips on top of the chocolate side so we would know… cuz you don’t want any surprises… like no chocolate on your dessert!
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