Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ohhh no she di'n't....

Yesterday, I received a tweet that "dissed" my strawberry milkshake recipe! Although I doubt the twit (that's what it's called, right?) even tried the recipe, he/she wanted to let me aware of their disapproval of my use of Crystal Light. So, like a true Diva would do, I would like to address the tweet and let my critics and the connoisseurs out there that think that their precious taste buds are too good for Crystal Light know why it has become so important to me while I have been Dukanning.

First of all, it is sugar free...actually, it is better than just sugar free--it is sugar free flavoring. It gives you a way to give yogurts and other foods sweet, fruity flavors without adding sugar or calories. Food critics might say, "hey, that's nasty!!" Well guess what? It's not supposed to be a culinary delicacy--they are DIET food...and chances are, you're on one for a reason! (Sorry...we Divas keep it real!)

Secondly, Crystal Light is relatively cheap and available in a variety of flavors at almost any grocery store. Some followers may want to flavor their foods with something other than Crystal Light, and there are a couple alternatives. Some will be pleased to know that Stevita is a flavored sweetener that is made from Stevia. It comes in a variety of flavors, such as vanilla,chocolate and strawberry.

In conclusion, if "Crystal Light" is not for you, find an alternative or you could always just eat your food plain.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Dukan Strawberry Milkshake

Pure protein can be sooo boring!! It's summertime now, and nothing is better than a nice, cold and creamy strawberry milkshake. So when I get a hankerin' for a sweet treat, I mix up one of these bad boys! They are delicious and 100% Dukaneriffic!

Dukan Strawberry Milkshake

1 cup skim milk
1.5 Tbsp nonfat yogurt
1/2 a packet of Wild Strawberry Crystal Light 
**ice (if you want to put it in the blender)

Directions: Mix ingredients well with a spoon, or (if using ice) stick in the blender for a few seconds. Drink through a straw and you'll swear it's the real thing!  Enjoy!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Can I be honest?! (Happy Memorial Day!)

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

I want to be perfectly honest . . . I fell off the wagon a little bit. I decided to enjoy a couple adult beverages while sitting on the beach this weekend. I also did a couple other naughty things . . .

I decided to make chicken salad . . . with pecans and grapes {gasp}. BUT I did use nonfat yogurt in place of the mayo, so I don't think I'm too far flung from the wagon, do you?

It's back to pure protein for me tomorrow (Dr. Dukan would be so proud). ;-)   In fact, I already whipped up some heavenly Dukan chicken salad while I was making the naughty chicken salad.

Plus I ran a few times this weekend . . . so that's gotta count for something, right?! ;-)

Friday, May 27, 2011

FREE Stevia Sample!

Grab a FREE sample of Soooo Sweet! It's an all natural stevia supplement. 
It claims "Noooo bitter aftertaste"! 
I can't wait to give it a try!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Lemon Lime Marinated Chicken

 I stumbled upon this recipe at My Coupon Teacher and it can easily be adjusted (by substituting Diet Soda) for Dukan. I haven't tried it yet (let me know if you do & I will let you know when I do!) . . .

Lemon Lime Marinated Chicken

1 cup lemon-lime soda
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tsp  horseradish
2 T lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp curry powder
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
2-3 pounds of chicken
In a large mixing bowl combine all the first nine ingredients. Pour 1 cup into a large resealable bag or a flat sealable container. Add the chicken and turn to coat all the pieces. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, but not more than 2 hours.  Pour leftover marinate into a bowl, use this for a sauce if desired.
Drain and discard marinade from the chicken. Grill until cooked through.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cottage Cheese

Lately cottage cheese is my best friend. Any time I'm hungry, I grab a few bites and it seems to help to satisfy my hunger. 
I've tried every brand out there . . . my favorite is Friendship brand cottage cheese. It's very rare for me to be able to find it though . . . . you can go here to look for it near you.
The next runner up is Kroger brand cottage cheese. It's delicious and easy on the wallet.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Recipe: Dukan Caesar Dressing

I was digging through my spice cabinets, looking for a way to add more flavor to this all protein diet. I came across some anchovy paste that I had never used before. The only thing I have ever heard it was for was Caesar after perusing through some different recipes, I came up with this one. I am currently marinating a chicken breast in it. Review: the yogurt I used was a little tangy, I think that Greek would've worked better! Also, if fat free Parmesan exists, it would take this recipe to the next level.

Dukan Caesar Dressing

1/4 cup 0% plain yogurt
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp anchovy paste
1/2 tsp reduced sodium Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp dried mustard
2 cloves of garlic, crushed

Directions: Whisk ingredients together in a small bowl. Voila!