Peanut chikki bars

5 Snacks to eat when trying to lose weight

The hardest times during weight-loss (Read all about my weightloss goals on this post on project 50k) are the in-between times, the periods between meals when I feel ravenous, when I have a good mind to order a biryani or call on my mom for a full meal. A couple of marie biscuits and a small glass of vanilla milk may well calm my tummy down. But when I am hungry I want maximum bang for the buck, I crave crispy onion pakoda and hot molaga bajji. The best way to combat these hunger pangs is to have some healthy snack options handy so you never let yourself get to that crazy-hungry stage. Eat the minute you feel hungry. Don’t wait. In this post, I list the snacks to eat when trying to lose weight. I am listing some of the snacks that I have been relying on these past few months while trying to lose weight. Don’t worry. I am not about to suggest making any of these snacks yourself. I know it’s hard enough cooking three meals a day. All the snacks that I list below are store bought. Just stock up on your favourite snack options and make sure to carry a couple of them with you wherever you go. Peanut chikkis Our folks invented energy bars long ago. They were called peanut chikkis. Peanut chikkis have the goodness of peanuts and jaggery and are so delicious. Chikkis used to come as little round balls. Now they come as snazzy individually packed bars, easy to slip into your handbag or workout bag. There are several variants of these peanut chikki bars now – sesame bars, dry fruit bars and such. I prefer the original peanut chikki bars. They’ll make you thirsty. So have a bottle of water with you. One peanut chikki bar and a big glass of water and I am good to go for a couple of hours. Calorie count: 120 calories per bar Cream cracker/Marie biscuits I love cream crackers because they’re not too sweet or too salty like most other biscuits in the market. They’re ever so slightly tangy but mostly plain. You may not take to cream crackers the very first time you try them. If you don’t like them, try marie biscuits. They’re light and subtle sweet and are perfect as a snack anytime of the day. 2 crackers or marie...
Red cabbage & chickpea salad

Purple cabbage Chickpea Salad | Project 50k update

Do you remember the magazine that carried a feature on women’s leggings, photographing unwary moms’ bottoms when their kurta fluttered up at the traffic signal? I have an idea the magazine may like. I’d like to contact the same magazine to ask if they’d be interested in doing a similar feature on the men in gym who wear sleeveless T-shirts and gym tights and all men/boys who strap their pants around their thighs, their back pockets near the back of the knee and their “jockey” strap for everyone to see. If someone knows someone who knows someone who supplies water cans to that magazine, please put in a word, will you? That’s how things works, don’t they? I was at the gym a couple of days back when all these distracting thoughts criss-crossed my mind. I noted them down to write about them later. I then finished my workout and checked my weight. I’d lost about 0.6 kilos over the last 10 days. Project 50k update Overall I’ve lost about 3.6 kilos from the time I started. I’ve also switched over to MyfitnessPal app. I find it crashes less often and has lot more food listings which makes it quicker to use. I’ve still got to lose a little over 14 kilos in 3 months. It’s a lot steeper than the pace at which I’ve been losing weight. But I also know I’ve had a few lackadaisical weeks when I was swamped with work, when I ate late and skipped my workout. Then there was my birthday and my son’s and so cake and ice cream. I thought I was no longer as besotted with chocolate cake, with ice cream, that I was now adult enough to not eat the entire box of leftover cake. Appears that I am not. It’s time to tighten up and stay focused. How is your weight-loss journey shaping up? Do share in the comments section below. While you’re at it, do check out Positivehealthwellness site that has a great collection of useful information on diet, fitness and wellness. I love their infographics. Now I actually have a chicken parmigiana recipe in my drafts that I wanted to post but then I don’t want to disturb reader’s expectations. There were quite a few of them who felt cheated that I was eating Dal Makhani in the course of Project 50k. I am eating healthy most...
An easy. delicious & filling leek soup

Diet meal – Leek Soup & Honey mustard Grilled chicken

You know the feeling when you say your prayers, remove your shoes and socks, look around and decide to leave your clothes on and slowly climb up on the weighing machine all the while imagining the time you ate just pineapple and leaves while the person in the adjacent table ate biryani, the time you braved the dust and traffic and walked to work and reason that these great sacrifices deserve at-least a 1 kilo drop and then look down to find a 200 gram increase. You jump down as if given an electric shock. You gingery put one foot on the machine and as delicately as possible the other foot so as to exert minimum weight, look down now thinking if you had drunk too much water in the morning, if you had finished the toilet business and see the exact same weight you saw earlier. You get down, put on your socks and shoes and walk away thinking “What the fuck!” , “Fine!”, “I don’t care”, “I’ll keep going”, “Life is not fair”, “I’ll never lose weight”, “I hate diet meals”, “What I need is acceptance”, “Round is a shape too”.. You’ll oscillate between disillusionment, self-pity, anger, frustration and biryani. It’s a deeply emotional thing, all of this weight-loss business. Not easy at all. The day you take your weight, you’ll let loose, seek comfort, eat noodles or paruppu sadam or macaroni instead of your diet meal. After the initial bout of frustration and cheating you’ll think back to your routine and realize times when you had eaten out, when you had not pushed yourself as much. You’ll then come up with things you want to change, new diet meals, a more strenuous routine, an extra bit of exercise or a little green tea ritual you want to add. This cycle is normal. Let yourself go through it all. If you have decided to eat only soup for dinner, then here is a soup you’ll love. This leek soup is simple, easy and super quick. I added a small potato to give the soup some body. You can do away with it if you prefer. I paired it with an equally simple honey-mustard sauce grilled chicken. You could serve the soup alongside toasted wheat bread too for a delicious, filling diet-meal. Project 50k Update I’ve not checked my weight since my last weight-checking debacle. It’s been about 10...
Will Kelloggs K help you lose weight?

Will Kelloggs Special K help you lose weight?

Nobody ever lost weight with their mothers around. When I am in the midst of the strictest diet, when I’ve not eaten rice for a week, when I am painfully sipping sugar-less coffee my mother hands me a big plate full of hot off the stove assorted bajjis – onion bajji, potato bajji and vazhakai bajji. She brings me mutton biryani the next day. She thrusts a big dabba full of fried vengaya vathal (onion-rice fritters) for snacking. You’d think she doesn’t want me to ever lose weight, which wouldn’t be inaccurate. In fact she doesn’t register that I am fat. Ah, Mothers. In spite of my mother’s sabotage, I managed to stick to Kelloggs Special K for breakfast and dinner for an entire week. 2-bowls a day, just like Deepika Padukone says. Do you want to know if it worked? If I lost weight? In just a bit.. As part of my project 50k, I am experimenting with different diets and exercises to see what works and what doesn’t and to infuse some variety and interest into my weight-loss journey. I am sharing all those details with you as I know many of you are in the same boat. The Kelloggs special K tastes delicious, slightly sweet and wonderfully crunchy. On the Kelloggs Special K pack, there are clear instructions as to what makes the 2 bowls that Deepika talks about. 30 grams of Kelloggs Special K along with 120 ml of skimmed milk makes one bowl and that is 144 calories. Compare that with 2 idlis+ sambar, 2 dosas + sambar or a serving of upma which all work out to about 300 calories and you are consuming only half of that. 144 calories is super low for a meal and would be fantastic for someone looking to lose weight. It tastes great and is low-calorie. What more could you ask for? Well, let me show you what 30 gm looks like. 30 gm turned out to be just over a 1/4 cup. I am using a 1/2 cup measure in this picture and I have a little over half of it filled. I don’t know about Deepika but a 1/4 cup of cereal is like a baby-portion of cerelac. That’s the amount of food we feed our neighbourhood crow. Sorry, he likes to eat more except on Ammavasai when he likes to act pricey. 30 gm of cereal is simply insufficient for me. On days I’ve worked out, I want to...
Project 50k - Weekly DIET-MEAL PLAN

Project 50k Weekly Meal Plan 1 – Diet Meal Plan

I was scrolling through my Instagram feed. Really? You’re stuffing ricotta into ravioli and then deep-frying it. And you are sandwiching ice-cream between cake and dunking in melted chocolate and then frosting it. And with the slightest hint of rain, before the radio channels can switch to rain songs, food bloggers are out in action with a flurry of deep fried pakodas and bajjis in their feeds. Really? How do you guys know I am on a diet? Where are the salads and health drinks and smoothies? Deep fried crisp fritters, bubbling oil, melting cheese and dripping chocolate are sexy. They truly are food porn. And you can’t compete with porn. There wasn’t a harder time to be on a diet. The first couple of weeks of a diet can be agonizing and frustrating at times. Hang on though. There’s nothing like seeing the weigh scale show you a smaller number. I don’t think diet meals need not be boring or bland. It is totally possible to have healthy, delicious diet meals. I rounded up six of the diet meals that I’ve been making lately to help provide you some inspiration to make your own tasty diet meals. I love that most of these meals can be served to the entire family or you can pick one or two of the components of the meal for yourself. I am keeping it simple. Most of us don’t have the time, energy or resources to cook separate meals for ourselves. #Project50k is about real people with busy, messy lives pushing themselves to reach their goal weight. Tap the images below to get the recipes to those dishes.   The past week wasn’t too great for me. I ate out twice and missed gym most of the week. I am therefore making an extra effort to eat right the rest of the days. How has the past week been for you? Share your progress, story with me.   I’ve also been busy testing a few theories the past couple of weeks – Kelloggs special K, 30 day AB workout plus a few home remedies. I’ll share the results of those tests in the coming weeks. Stay focused. We can do this. Keep moving and eat well!
Chapathi dal grilled chicken - Diet meal

Chapathi, Dal and Grilled chicken – Diet meal

At times it’s hard to believe that something as good as it tastes could be good for you. It was so with this Chapathi, Dal and grilled chicken combo. Delicious, wholesome and satisfying. I wouldn’t mind having this meal again and again. Except for the chapathi, the rest of the components of this meal are almost no effort.   There are hundreds of flavours for your grilled chicken. I happened to have some leftover Thai red curry paste which I rubbed into the chicken and let it marinate for an hour before placing it on a cookie sheet in the hot oven and grilled for 30 minutes, flipping half way through. While the chicken cooked, I pressure cooked toor dal with salt and green chillies till soft, mashed it and finished with a simple tempering of mustard seeds and oil. I cut up a couple of carrot and beans into long strips and steamed them in my idli steamer. I made chapathis last. You can buy Thai red curry paste at stores if you don’t want to bother making it at home. If you are not crazy about Thai red curry flavour, you could try Tandoori style, Teriyaki or a simple lemon-salt-black pepper version. This is a meal you can serve your whole family. But good luck with the steamed vegetables. I ate most of them. Happy Dieting! Let’s do this – Project 50k!

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