Low Carb Breakfast: Egg Muffins!

One of my favorite things to do is prepare something for the week so I don’t have to do it during the week. I’ve been preparing lunches for the week for a long time and just discovered something heaegg muffinslthier for breakfast that isn’t yogurt full of all kinds of crazy ingredients I can’t pronounce: Egg muffins!

I found the recipe on Kalyn’s Kitchen’s and it’s a great low carb way to start your day. Kaylyn’s Kitchen is a great website to bookmark for low carb ideas, that’s where I found my absolute favorite mashed cauliflower from.

I’ll explain things for a metal muffin pan, but if you have silicone, be sure to check out that link.

Servings: 12 (each)

You’ll need:

  • 1 dozen medium eggs
  • 1 cup mild reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Spike seasoning

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F and fill muffin pan with liners
  2. Spray with vegetable oil to keep egg muffins from stickingSpike seasoning
  3. Crack all the eggs into a large bowl and whisk
  4. Stir in cheese then Spike seasoning
  5. Pour into muffin pan approximately 3/4 way full
  6. Cook for 20-30 minutes or until brown on top

Let them cool for 15 to 20 minutes, then I just baggy them up or however you want to store them! I have a convection oven so during the week I will re-heat them at 350°F for five minutes then they are ready to go.

Also, the Spike seasoning is a great add to anything. I’ve tossed it into some of the things I have been making lately and it adds a lot of flavor.

egg muffins

What is Everyone’s Beef with Cats?

Based off my title, you probably know I have a cat. (And if you know me, you really know I have a cat because I love her to pieces and she isn’t nice to anyone who isn’t my husband or me).

But I wanted to preface this by saying I’m not just a “cat” person. I love all animals probably way more than I should. My face lights up when I see one, especially dogs. We just have one pet though, a cat. And the older I get, the more I hear bad things about cats and I really don’t understand why. Yeah, they do kind of have constant bitch face, I get it, but when you have a cat, you know how happy they are.

Top thing about cats is they basically take care of themselves. I would love a dog, but deep down I know it would be quite a bit of work to take it out and try to figure out what to do since sometimes we work long days. With my cat, I only have to do three things. Feed her in the morning, give her treats and make sure she has water. The water part is super easy now because she prefers out of a faucet so we just leave our second bathroom’s bathtub on a slow drip. I’ll also leave a bowl of bottled water out occasionally. So now we’re really down to two things. If we need to take a weekend trip, I can leave her for about three, four days tops and she’s okay.

There is also the litterbox, which is what  I hear a lot of complaints about. “You have a box of poop in your house.” Well yeah, you do. But with any animal you are going to have to deal with something. With cats it just happens to be a box. When she has to go, we don’t have to leave right away. I can just deal with it each day, or every other day if I’m super busy, when I have time. And I use a liner so that way when I’m ready to change the entire box I just take out the bag, put in another liner and pour in the litter.

catsPeople also don’t think cats are friendly. The thing with cats is for many they are apprehensive about people at first. They want to figure you out. But not all cats, some just come right up to you. My cat is so sweet to us and actually does a lot of things that dogs do. Best of all she has such a personality. She has favorite things and places. There are a lot of elements to her. I don’t have to watch her every move, she just lives here with us. She isn’t chewing up my shoes, walking on my counters, unrolling all the toilet paper, etc. She’s really well behaved.

One of my favorite things is when I get home everyday, she runs full speed to the door. She’s so excited when I get home. She loves to play, and even plays fetch. Not as great as she did when she was younger, but she loves for you to throw things and she’ll chase after them. Lately you have to retrieve it too and throw it again… but I’m sure with effort I could train her to bring it back.

I love how sweet she and many cats are. People might just not see it, but they will snuggle up to you, rub against your leg, and all kinds of other things. My cat in particular will bat her eyes when she’s in a really great mood (or wants something), cackles and all kinds of things. Cats are not emotionless. She also knows when I’m sad or in a bad mood and she definitely treats me differently in a nice way because she knows. She can sense when she might need to do something to make me smile.

She’s also extremely protective. I won’t forget the first time it happened, my husband was tickling me and I was screaming. All in fun, but she didn’t realize it and she came up and hit him and yelled at him to stop and didn’t let up until he was away from me.

But I think her being guarded about other people is why she isn’t nice to them. When she was a kitten, people bullied her, so it only makes sense for her to feel tense with others she doesn’t know coming up to her. You would be the same way.

So if people come up to her, she hisses. If you stick your hand out to pet her and she isn’t ready, she’ll hit you. I can’t say she’s ever attacked anyone for just being in our place while we’re there though. Just when she’s been provoked.

The hard thing is that people just can’t pay attention to her, which I know is hard. I’m sure that’s what people don’t like, and I wouldn’t either. When you see an animal, you want to pet it. That’s where the work comes in. My husband had a friend that always ignored her and one time after she’d got to know him and he left her alone, she snuggled up to him.

Then there was a time when we were trying to sell our old house and our realtor had to go while we weren’t home to take photos. She was okay with him with us there because he ignored her, but the one time he was there without us, she watched his every move.

She didn’t do anything until he got to one of our spare bedrooms I had some of her toys in and she attacked him. That’s the only time I can think of where she attacked someone without being provoked…so we all agreed it would be best to take her out of the house for showings or open houses which was hell. But that’s her space, a dog would do the same if they felt that way too. The world finally witnessed it with a video of a cat protecting a little boy from a dog attacking him. Cat’s definitely care and are protective.

Last, a lot of people have allergies. Now that’s one complaint I can totally agree with when it comes to not liking or wanting to have a cat. I will say I have allergies though. I’m definitely allergic to cats. I take allergy medicine regularly, but I would have to anyway because I’m allergic to basically everything outside.

Not everyone is like me, some people’s allergies to cats are more severe than others and they can’t breathe being in the same room as a cat. I’m lucky I was able to adjust. I’m to the point where the only thing that really bothers me is if she gets in my face. That makes my face itchy and stuffy. That’s rare though, it’s usually my lap, right next to me, or just on the other couch in the room.

So if you’re looking for a pet that’s low maintenance…..I don’t understand why not a cat?

Learning As I Go: More Tips on Losing Weight

It’s been a few weeks since I successfully finished my DietBet and am pretty happy to say I’m only two pounds over that, given the break I’ve been on. I haven’t gone too overboard and this isn’t a hiatus, which is what I normally do after a strict routine.

I’ve made the very hard decision to cancel my Weight Watchers subscription. I love Weight Watchers and stand by them 100 percent. But it was a $19 fee coming out each month that I was basically keeping as a security blanket. I know what to do.

We had a seminar at work called “Lose 20 in 30” that a coworker and I went to just to see how much of a joke it was. We all know it’s extremely unhealthy for most people to lose that much weight in a month.

However, it was a catchy title for a really interesting discussion. Not all of it I agreed with, but for the most part, it was a great talk about being healthy and what you really need to do.

The speaker pointed out for anyone that wants to lose weight, your diet simply needs to be the following:

  • Lean meats (or alternatives)
  • Nuts
  • Vegetables
  • Little fruit (at least the first month because of all the sugar)

I think there was a fifth, but you catch my drift. He also really focused on how everything unnatural they are putting in food these days can really screw up our head when it comes to losing weight. It was almost like an overload in a way to your brain and he explained why it’s better to try to eat natural foods. Yeah, it’s more expensive. But the medical costs in the future will be even more…so I guess we need to take our pick.

He also explained that our bodies have two modes: Fat burning mode and sugar burning mode. Our bodies burn sugar before they burn fat, which explains why we can’t just eat junk and expect to burn fat off in a workout. Your body burns the junk before it even gets to the fat. Interesting.

Then when it came to workouts, he said we don’t have to run marathons and spend hours at the gym, but even just a very intense workout for 20 minutes is all it takes. But it isn’t a walk on the treadmill or a few things here and there for 20 minutes–it’s a full on, dripping sweat, exhausting work out. Work out means you have to work, which most of us don’t want to do these days…myself included.

This seminar was kind of what lead me to the decision to cut off Weight Watchers and just try to eat off this list. Less carbs. More protein. But I wanted to find recipes that were actually good because I can’t just eat these things plain. I need them to taste like good food. I think that’s the only way I’m ever going to be able to truly live a healthier lifestyle, and I know with Weight Watchers I probably let myself eat a lot of sugars and carbs because it was in my points. I’m just going to try without it and see where that gets me. I hope it’s not a mistake but I think I need to mix things up.

If you’re looking for ideas, here are a couple of my Pinterest board with healthy foods to see some ideas and recipe swaps: