Sunday, May 27, 2012

Lunch by the Pool

For a quick lunch by the pool, I made roasted chicken wings. The recipe is from Emeril's show, Fast Food, Fresh.  The wings themselves are 100 calories a piece, but they were good.  I ate three wings and had a large salad ( the entire wing, less the tip).  This meal was good for me as there were very few carbs - means I can eat some popcorn tonight - and pretty healthy.

I know there was fat in the wings, but our bodies actually need fat, and our bodies need to process fat, so I don't feel bad about eating fattier foods every once in a while.  The only changes to the recipe I would make.  First, I added some Frank's Red Hot Sauce, and second, I will cook them for 20 minutes at 300 and then finish them on the grill next time.  They were good - messy to eat though.

With the wings, I made a salad with spinach, spring mix, olives, tomatoes, bacon, cheese, and Italian dressing.  It was a nice refreshing dressing on a hot day.

Italian Dressing

1/4 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup sugar - I usually use about 1/3 cup or less
1 packet Italian dressing mix

Combine all ingredients - keeps for about two weeks in the fridge.

What makes this meal work for me is the lack of carbs.  Carbs turn into sugar and cause my blood sugar to rise - they were also the main culprit with respect to my weight.  I didn't know until I started watching my carb intake, that not all calories were equal.  I have learned that eating carbs, especially the simple carbs not only caused my sugar to rise, they also didn't allow me to lose weight.

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