Friday, March 14, 2008

Week #3

Day 15
Cheese and Tomato Omelet: (3 egg whites, 1/4 cup chopped tomato, 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms, 1 ounce reduced-fat Swiss cheese cooked in 1 teaspoon canola margarine or olive oil)
1 (one-ounce) slice pumpernickel bread
1/2 cup fresh blackberries

Poached Salmon with Lemon Mint Tzatziki
3 whole wheat sesame breadsticks
1/2 cup sliced peaches with mint sprig

Edamame Garden Burger
1 small (2-ounce) whole wheat toasted bun
1 cup red leaf lettuce salad tossed with 1/2 cup diced cucumber, 1/2 sliced tomato and 1/4 cup shredded carrots with 2 tablespoons non-fat French dressing

2 small fresh apricots
1 cup fat-free milk

*Today's Takeaway Tip: You’ll see yogurt throughout this 30-day menu planner. It’s a wonderful source of calcium, high in protein and can substitute for cream and other high-fat ingredients. Used in the Poached Salmon with Lemon Tzatziki, it makes a creamy, satisfying sauce to the salmon without all the fat of other sauces.

Day 16
Apple Muffins
1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese sprinkled with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Vegetarian Sandwich: (3 tablespoons hummus, 2 slices tomato, 1/4 cup shredded carrots, 2 thin slices cucumber, 2 slices whole wheat bread)
1/2 cup reduced-sodium, low-fat vegetable soup
1/2 cup cantaloupe cubes with lime wedge

Baked Mahi Mahi with Wine and Herbs
1/2 cup roasted red potatoes
1/2 cup broiled eggplant
1/2 cup sliced papaya

Grilled Pita Triangles
1 ounce part-skim string cheese

*Today's Takeaway Tip: Go vegetarian! By eating naturally low-in-fat vegetarian foods like beans and grains, you can slash your saturated fat content while adding tons of fiber to your diet. Foods like hummus provide a rich taste without guilt.

Day 17
1/2 cup cooked oatmeal sprinkled with 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon and nutmeg
1/2 sliced banana
1 cup fat-free milk

Minestrone Soup with Pasta, Beans and Vegetables
1 cup romaine lettuce, 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes tossed with 2 tablespoons non-fat Caesar dressing
1 (one-ounce) sliced whole wheat Italian bread
3 dried apricot halves

Crispy Chicken Fingers
Coleslaw: (1/2 cup shredded green cabbage, 1/4 cup shredded carrots, 2 tablespoons minced red onion, 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds tossed with 2 teaspoons olive oil and 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar)
1/2 small baked potato topped with 1 tablespoon tomato salsa
1/2 cup sugar-free, fat-free frozen peach yogurt

1 ounce shelled walnuts
1 rice cake spread with 2 teaspoons sugar-free raspberry jam

*Today's Takeaway Tip: If you love the taste of fried foods, but can’t afford the calories and fat, learn the art of substitution. Crispy Chicken Fingers, which is cereal-coated and baked, gives the texture of fried chicken without the risk of added pounds!

Day 18
1 small whole wheat muffin
1 teaspoon canola margarine
1/2 cup sugar-free, fat-free lemon yogurt topped with 1/2 cup raspberries

Slow-Roasted Salmon with Cucumber Dill Salad
1/2 toasted English muffin
1 peeled and sliced kiwi

Thai Style Shrimp Stir-Fry with Tomatoes and Basil
1/2 cup cooked brown rice (cook in low-sodium chicken broth)
1 all-fruit frozen juice bar

1/2 apple spread with 2 teaspoons reduced-fat peanut butter
1 ounce baked low-fat tortilla chips with 2 tablespoons salsa

*Today's Takeaway Tip: Kiwi is an excellent source of vitamin C (an important antioxidant that may prevent heart disease), fiber and potassium. In fact, kiwis supply more potassium than a medium banana!

Day 19
Open Faced Egg and Tomato Sandwich: (1 poached egg, 1 slice tomato, 1 slice cooked Canadian bacon or 1 {one-ounce} slice turkey)
1/2 toasted whole wheat English muffin
1/2 cup fresh poached figs (simmer figs in equal parts apple juice and water, seasoned with a cinnamon stick and clove or two until soft, serve with poaching liquid)
1 cup fat-free milk

1 cup low-fat, low-sodium black bean soup topped with 1 tablespoon low-fat sour cream
4 baked tortilla chips
1/2 cup carrot sticks dipped in 1 tablespoon non-fat Ranch dressing
1/2 cup water-packed mandarin oranges

Snapper with Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil
1/2 cup cooked whole wheat couscous
Spinach salad: (1 cup spinach leaves, 2 slices red onion, 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms, 1 tablespoon sliced toasted almonds and 2 tablespoons non-fat Italian salad dressing)
3 sugar-free vanilla sandwich crème cookies

2 tablespoons Chunky Guacamole with 1 ounce whole wheat crackers
1 cup plain non-fat yogurt mixed with 2 teaspoons sugar-free strawberry jam

*Today's Takeaway Tip: While watching your quantity of fat is important, it is equally important to look at the quality. The avocados in the Chunky Guacamole are an excellent source of monounsaturated fat, the type that is good for your cholesterol. Moreover, the avocado is a source of lutein, a phytochemical that seems to help prevent age-related macular degeneration. This may be important for people with diabetes who may have eye problems associated with the disease.

Day 20
1 ounce Shredded Wheat Cereal
1 ounce cooked turkey bacon
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup fat-free milk

Chopped Nicoise Salad
1 small whole grain roll with 1 teaspoon canola oil margarine
1/2 cup (no sugar added) applesauce with 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, served warm

Chicken Cacciatore
1/2 cup whole wheat fusilli pasta
1/2 cup sautéed broccolini topped with 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
1/2 peach sprinkled with 2 teaspoons unsweetened toasted coconut

Hot Chocolate
1 ounce whole wheat pretzels dipped in Dijon mustard

*Today's Takeaway Tip: Decadent foods like chocolate are not off limits. The creamy Hot Chocolate is a perfect example of a how to enjoy a small amount of a rich food that is normally taboo. When combined with low-fat milk and bolstered with spices, chocolate is just a sip away.

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