Archive | May 2015

An A “peeling” Idea!

potato peels

Potatoes!  Who doesn’t love them?  The humble potato is so versatile and can be used in multiple ways.

Peeling potatoes is not always fun, and discarding all those peels seems like such a waste!  Some people use them for compost, but the majority of us throw them away.

I recently discovered that potato peels can be seasoned and baked!  They are a great snack and are nutritious!

To make this recipe you need to start with great potatoes. They need to be scrubbed well before peeling and any parts of the potato that don’t look healthy (the green part or eyes) should be removed.   Then peel away.  Russets are good, but any potato will do.

Rinse the peels through water, pat them dry with paper towel.  Toss them in some light oil and lay them out on a cookie sheet.  Add salt, pepper, some thyme or other spices you might enjoy.

Place them in the oven at 425 F degrees for approximately 15-20 mins. Or until crispy.

Let them cool down and enjoy. For some flare serve with low fat sour cream and green onions.

Scraps become snacks and are a great alternative to tossing them out.

Life’s little ups and downs!

Losing weight is not always easy and when life throws curve balls at you it’s even harder to stick with a daily eating program and exercise routine.

During the last 6 weeks life has definitely had it’s little ups and downs.  My husband and I were planning on taking a vacation to Atlantic City when the teachers in our district went on strike.  The strike lasted for nearly 6 weeks.  We decided to switch vacation plans and turn it into a “family” vacation.  We cancelled our hotel without any problem and booked for Florida.  The trip was excellent.

Trying to stick with a eating program and exercise routine was a little difficult, but with proper planning we managed to do pretty well.  Since we were staying in a condominium-styled hotel we had a full kitchen facility and we took advantage of that.   This gave me the upper hand in making healthy, nutritious meals.

The weather was optimal and, therefore, it allowed for lots of exercise.   Swimming is one of my favorite things to do, and I took advantage of it.  Walking all around Disney World and Downtown Disney sure gave me lots of opportunity to burn calories.

While there was a shift in my plans I didn’t shift my focus off of my goals.  The key to success was planning a head and making a conscious effort to make wise choices.

The kids are back in school this week, and are gearing up for their Prom night and I am settling back into routine, feeling renewed and refreshed!