Saturday, June 20, 2015

Baby Shower

This a long overdue blog. I had my baby shower over 2 months ago. We have a great group of friends who attended and we were blessed with many gifts. I was so busy running around getting things in order I didn't have time to take pictures. I was only able to get them from other people's phones.
I, of course made the sweets. We had cupcakes, chocolate and lemon flavor, tiramisu in small cups, brownie bits and rice krispy treats. We save a lot buy doing it ourselves. The cupcake cups were from the 99cent Only Store. The clear tiramisu containers were actually sauce cups from Amazon.




We bought a majority of our food from Costco. For the decorations, I recycled ones used from my baby shower at work. Other things like table covers and such, we hit the dollar stores like Dollar Tree and 99cent Only. For the main course, we had sirloin steak, sirloin burgers and hot dogs. We buy the steak log from Costco, they range from $160 to $200 depending on their weight. The only picture I was able to get was one of our guest's burger creation. Doesn't that look delicious?

We also rented a tent, chairs and a jumper. I was expecting extreme heat, but it rained on that day, luckily we had the tent.

So, just to sum it up on how saved money:
We baked all the sweets, asked friends to make banners, recycled decorations, buy in bulk from Costco, cut your own salad and fruits. Ask family to make their specialty foods ( we had egg rolls and fried rice) The dollar stores have a great selection of condiments, but if you use coupons and plan ahead, you can get some great deals at Target too. We also keep our choices simple. We so don't buy food that would easily spoiled, such as potato salad.







Saturday, April 11, 2015

My new diet plan-Lunch and Dinner

Having high glucose doesn't mean you have to cut off carbs, in fact, it's bad if you do. Carbs is our fuel. Having a balanced meal is the key. For lunch and dinner, I get 2 serving of carbs (starch-bread, rice, tortilla, oatmeal, etc), 1 serving of fruit, 2 serving of veggies, 2 servings of protein and some fat (1tsp oil).

I'm not perfect all the time, in fact, my dietitian said my snacking needs to be a little more balance. I wasn't drinking enough milk and was having too much protein.

I now read the nutritional labels on everything. Making sure I'm not over doing it with the carbs and sugar. I also measure out each portions. Tedious, but better than taking drugs or insulin.

Examples here can be lunch or dinner:
For the spring rolls, the rice paper is my carb (about 1 serving here). I made them with chicken strips. The dip is just 2 parts water, 1 part hoisin sauce and 2 part peanut butter. I don't really measure anything, if you want the sauce runny, just add more water.


This is brown rice with pork loin and pea sprouts. The soup is simply, broccoli, carrots, onions,  garlic, and seasoning. I sauté all the veggies first, then simmer in vegetable broth. I let it cool for a few mins before I put in the blender. I also had 3/4 cup of blueberry. When choosing fruits, I go with the low glycemic ones.  

This is just an example of what I eat. Everyone is different, always consult with your dietitian or nutritionalist to find the best plan for you. 

I also walk on the treadmill for at least 10-15 mins after breakfast and dinner at home. When I'm at work, I do brisk walks for about 10-15 as well. I may look crazy walking back and forth in the parking lot. But I gotta do what I gotta do my make sure I'm keeping my baby and I healthy. 



Thursday, April 9, 2015

My new diet plan-breakfast

A call from my OB confirmed my fear, my glucose was too high for the one hour glucose test.  It's not determined that I have gestational diabetes, but I must be extra careful. So far, my daily glucose tests have been good, it's  achieved by a new diet plan and working out after each meal. It's not easy, but knowing my baby's health depends on me, it make this sacrifice seem like nothing. I only have healthy grains, no white rice or white bread, no bake goods neither.

Being limited on carbs, sugar  and dairy, I really have to get creative. Fruits are mostly out too, I only get two servings a day. This makes taking my daily prenatal vitamins even more crucial. On a good note,  I can have all the non starchy veggies I want. Yay !!!( sarcasm)

Breakfast tacos, it's  what I've been eating for breakfast. It's a one egg omelet on top of a 6in multigrain tortilla smeared with mustard, topped with cheese and avocado. If you like it spicy, a few dashes of your favorite spicy sauce will do the trick.

 Fold it up and it's a toco.

Pre chop your veggies, in the morning all you have to do is take the amount you need. It really saves time. This whole process and be done in about 5 mins. It takes me another 5 mins to eat.


Just think how nice it would be to have a nice hot and healthy breakfast every morning.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Scones!

I love high tea, it's such a fun way to enjoy a leisure morning or afternoon. Sipping on tea and eating delicious finger sandwiches. Then you make your way down to the warm scones served with clotted cream and jam. I can't believe I never looked up on how to make scones until last week. It was so freaking easy. I found this scone and clotted cream (or Devonshire cream) recipe.  This clotted cream recipe uses cream cheese, I also found another one that uses mascarpone cheese. I think try it next time.





This is my way of saying thank you to my coworkers for their well wishes and wonderful gifts on my babyshower.  


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Here is another idea, something you can do in about 5mins. It's my toast with bacon, fried egg and avocado. Ok, some might argue bacon is not good, but it's only one piece. And the fried egg? It's good protein! I looked it up.
First thing, put a slice of bread in your toaster ( I used wholewheat multigrain)
Put one slice of bacon in your pan, make sure to use a paper towel to soak away the excess oil when you take it out.
once your bacon is done remove from pan and onto the paper towel. Then crack an egg into pan and cook it to your liking.
Layer the bacon and egg on your toast and slice some avocados on top. I sprinkled mine with some paparika for looks.




Breakfast with my husband, he likes it. Don't forget to eat your fruits.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Rolled Oats for Breakfast

I'm always trying to eat healthy because gravitate towards things that aren't, like croissants, french toasts, breakfast sandwiches etc. I needed something budget friendly and versatile. Because I do get bored easily.
 My latest attempt is the oatmeal. Whole foods sells these for a really good price; I think $1.6 9/lb for the organic one.
This isn't the instant one, so you have to cook it.. it only take a few mins for me, it makes me feel good to have something warm in the morning. It's usually one part oats, two part water ( or milk  or both). Bring it to a boil and lower the heat to simmer. You have to stir occasionally and it's done once it's thicken.

I don't put any sugar in mine. I sprinkle it with some cinnamon.
Here are the toppings I have on hand. You can add whatever you like to it. 







Sunday, February 22, 2015

Healthier Waffles

There is really no wrong time for waffles, it's simple delicious anytime of the day.  Something about waffles really amp up my breakfast experience. Just think how great it would be to start your day with something like this:
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The great thing about waffles is that there are so many ways to make it. I simply do a quick search for a recipe with really high ratings as my base. But as always, I have to make some variations. 
I followed the  original recipe for Belgian Waffles but made some changes to the flour used.

1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup of all purpose wheat flour
1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
1/3 cup of melted butter instead of 1 tablespoon of oil (this is an unhealthy alternative, but it was good)


Before I fold in the beated egg whites, I separated the mixture in to two bowls; this way I can make two different batches: one with green tea and another with flax seed. 

Flax seed smells like toasted nuts
These taste so good! They were soft and fluffy. This recipe yields about 8 pieces of waffle, enough to last me a week.