Whole Food Banana Apple Oatmeal Breakfast “Cookies”

Breakfast Cookies? Yes! I wanted a warm breakfast treat using only ingredients in my BrightLine food plan. I committed to eat oats, an egg and 1 fruit for breaking my fast today. These cookies contain everything in my plan and tasted like a healthy oatmeal cookie. I served mine with a dollop of low-fat Greek…

BrightLine Eating Week 1 Free From Sugar

How do you feel, Doc? I paid to take the 14 day challenge at BrightLine Eating. I wanted a  good start for my sugar and flour free adventure. I am not affiliated with BrightLine and my menus are compliant but not sanctioned by BrightLine. I feel a little fatigued from the low calories.  I haven’t…

What’s for Dinner Doc? A Weekly Menu

I can’t believe that December is upon us. I’m watching snow videos sent from Nevada while enjoying mild temperatures in Baja. I do miss a good blizzard but only if I don’t have to go anywhere. I hope my menu gives you a few ideas to try this week. Planning is everything when you’re committed…

La Gringa’s Weekly Menu, Mostly South Beach

I’m back in Baja and Sunday is our hunting and gathering day. The outdoor market is open and the vegetables were fresh. In the U.S. I create a weekly menu and then shop for the ingredients. In Mexico, I gather what I can find and then create a menu. Baja shopping tip: The winds have…

South Beach Phase 2 Menu, Dealing with Boredom

Diet Boredom? Are you really bored on a low carb diet or are you just waiting until you can go back to your routine of grab and go high carb choices? If you are constantly thinking you’re on a diet then you aren’t really changing how you eat as a lifestyle. Essentially you’re always looking…

South Beach Diet, The Lost and Found Phase and Restaurant Tips

The South Beach Diet, Lost and Found Phase is my way of saying, “Hey, you can wander off course but you can always adjust your sails and find a path back.” I wasn’t really lost but I did take a detour and now with some planning I’m back on track. There’s nothing like a lake house…

South Beach Phase 1 Menu

Another week on Phase 1, Feeling accomplished  I reduced the red meat and cheeses this week and added a vegetarian day on Monday. I changed a few snacks to better fit my tastes. We are traveling to the lake house and that means lots of grilling, besides it’s too hot to bake or cook inside….

South Beach Diet, Weigh In and Personal Observations in Phase 1

Weigh in: -2.5 pounds, Happy Dance Very Personal Observations on South Beach Phase 1 Disclaimer: You have to make your own food choices and modifications. I’m not a South Beach purist but it’s working for me.  The South Beach diet is really not too far away from my usual eating with a few exceptions. Phase 1…

Spanakopita Mini Fritattas, South Beach Recipe

South Beach Phase 1: Breakfast or Snack Recipe South Beach, Phase 1 recipes include lots of eggs for breakfast. I don’t love eggs but I like quiche. Quiche is delicious because of its rich egg custard and flakey pastry crust. Wheat pie crust is definitely not on the Phase 1 list of approved foods, but…