Category Archives: Eating Well

No, I Will Not Clean My Plate Because People Somewhere Else Are Hungry

Yesterday I had lunch with the aforementioned person that I don’t plan to discuss much here. He grew up in a different place, in which many people didn’t have a lot, and sometimes he’s bothered when I don’t finish my meal or take the rest home.

Shrimp Pizza Louisiana Pizza Kitchen

He had shrimp on his pizza, and I had roasted garlic on mine. Yum!

We’ve enjoyed some delicious meals together, and over the last several years I’ve allowed myself to eat without finishing my meal. We typically eat healthy meals together, but yesterday we ate pizza. I ate 2.5 slices. He finished his and ate some of mine as well, and you can see what was left in the photo.

Roasted Garlic Pizza

When the waiter asked if I needed box, I said no. I wasn’t going straight home, and I knew I wouldn’t eat it anyway because I had plans to meet a client for dinner as well.

He said, “Do you know how many people in my country don’t have enough food to eat?” This time he said it with a soft smile because he already knows how i feel about it.

The first time he ever said that to me I responded by saying, “Yes, I know, but they will never benefit from my overeating.” He’s incredibly supportive, and he immediately understood my point.

I hear that statement a lot from people when I’m out at lunch or dinner, and my response is always the same. For years I overate at every meal. I indulged in too much at once and too often, which led me to an unhealthy size.

I try not to take advantage of everything I have, but sometimes I do. I do my best to conserve water at home, and I limit my consumption of bottled water by using a 5-gallon water cooler in my kitchen. I do a lot of little things to offset my consumption, but eating the rest of my meal will never be a part of that.

I grew up being forced to “clean my plate.” My parents did what they thought was best, but I’ve spent years letting go of the guilt and habits associated with leaving food uneaten. Now I’m okay with it, and I think it’s important to acknowledge that it’s okay to do what is best for myself.

Do you feel guilty when you don’t finish your meal? Do you eat leftovers regardless of what they’re made of?


Obesity and Energy Levels

I receive a lot of unsolicited advice about my “health,” and most of the time I appreciate it because people care enough to say something. It’s an important issue, but my size doesn’t accurately portray my energy level to many looking at me from a distance. 

Say what you want about my need to lose weight. That’s an undisputable fact, but I’m going to brag about my energy levels for a moment. 

I get up around 6 am during the week, and I’m up almost as early on Sunday mornings. Most days I’m away from home for more than 12 hours at a time. I’m gnerally not the “sit on the sofa while eating pizza while binging on Netflix” type, though I did make an exception for House of Cards. I’m the “wake up, hit the ground running, let’s smile because it’s finally time to be awake” type (at least most days.) 

I sleep well. When my head hits the pillow, it usually isn’t long until I’m dreaming. I typically feel rested when I wake up. I indulge in occassional Sunday naps, but it’s not a requirement…not even close. 

I have more energy and endurance than a lot of people who are much smaller than I am, but I don’t have as much as I had two years ago. This isn’t a post about comparing myself to other people because I don’t do that; this is about me. 

I’m aggravated with myself because I gained a significant amount of weight back, but I’m doing better. I’m consistenly eating less and making better choices. There’s a lot of room for improvement, but it’s been better for the last few months. 

My routine feels pretty solid now, but I need to exercise more than I do. I need to do it consitently because I know that it will lower my stress levels and increase my energy levels. It’s a win-win, so why am I struggling to do it? 

I’m busy from the time I wake up until the time I go to sleep. I enjoy everything I do, so rarely does it feel like burden. I’m thankful for that. I don’t prioritize my workouts, which is no secret here. I know that needs to change, which is also not a secret. 

I know that I need to continue taking steps in the a healthier direction. I’m doing that by cooking chicken in my slow cooker and bringing my lunch to work, making more time to get enough sleep, drinking water, and eating vegetables. I know that there’s so much more to do. 

I just find it a little frustrating (and silly) that people (though most of them mean well) spend their time and effort telling me how I should detox, or how I should do this or that because it will give me more energy, etc. It’s odd because those people (the recent ones) aren’t as healthy, balanced, or energized as I am. They’re just skinnier. 

I don’t offer a lot of unsolicited advice, but if I did, I’d start by suggesting that people offer less unsolicited advice. I’d follow that up with the need to recognize that our looks don’t always portray everything that’s happening on the inside. In fact, it rarely does. 

This isn’t something that I plan to lose sleep over. It’s just a little PSA for those well-intentioned, yet misguided folks. I’m okay. I could sugarcoat what I’m about to say, but it’s not intended to be mean:

If you’re talking about this with me and I yawn, it’s probably just because these talks bore me. Thank you for caring. Just take a bit more time to pay attention to the reality of my situation if you’re going to comment on it. I’m juggling my priorities right now, and I’ll keep trying to do better. 


And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. 

Collossians 3:17

Meal Planning

It’s been a long time since I did meal planning, but I’m working on a list for things that I can make and take to work with me next week. I typically work from the comfort of my home (or Starbucks,) but I’ll have to be more proactive with planning if I want my transition to go smoothly. 

I don’t know if I’ll have access to a refrigerator and/or microwave, but I’m assuming that I will. I want to prepare healthy snacks and lunches that won’t bother others. (I will not be the woman who makes popcorn at the office. It seems invasive to me.)

I know I could bring things like almonds, but the fact is that they don’t do much for me. I need to come up with some ideas that will be healthy, yet appealing. 

My plan is to pack fresh fruit in one container and fresh veggies in another. I also have olive oil popcorn from Trader Joe’s, which will be easy to portion out. I purchased some KIND bars earlier this week, and they’ll definitely make their way into my rotation as well. Maybe I’ll do almonds and string cheese. I have a stash of rosemary and balsamic chicken breast from Trader Joe’s as well. Greek yogurt should probably go on my list too.

I want to lose weight. I want to get my habits under control, and I think that this could be a good way to do it. Today I am making chicken and spinach soup, which shouldn’t have a strong scent if it’s reheated. It’s easy and delicious, and adding a little tortellini thickens it up nicely too. ( I think tortellini is fine since it will be portioned out.)

I haven’t been doing what a person needs to do to lose weight, but I’m going to give it another go. I think that with some planning, I can see success again. What do I have to lose (except weight?) 

Just Curious

I’m a week into calorie counting now, and it definitely feels like the right thing for me.  And one thing that I didn’t like about the idea when I tried it briefly in the past was that it  the nutritional information was always posted on the processed junk and not on fresh food.  But seriously? How hard is it to look up the calories?  I mean, I always looked up points so what’s the difference?   And thanks to the iPhone app, it’s really easy to figure out the calories of an orange or a banana or a cup of spinach which leads me to my question about your food habits.

Monday = rest day.

My goal, right now, is to eat 9 servings or so per day, and eating a big salad with leafy greens and other stuff makes that easily attainable.

How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you eat on an average day?  Do you seat an intake goal?  How do you work them into your meals?



A Major Change

After a post I wrote earlier this week, I had to face some real feelings and thoughts, and while it’s not easy to share them, I’m going to.  Here’s where I stand (and where I’ve been standing longer than I care to admit) right now.  I feel stuck.  I weigh 12 pounds less right now than I did at the beginning of the year, but it has been far too long since I made substantial progress.

I’m not discounting the fact that I exercise like a champ on a consistent basis…nor am I belittling the fact that I’ve managed to maintain my 100 pound loss.  These are both incredible things, and I’m damn proud of what I’ve accomplished so far.  That said, I’m not happy with where I am now.  My eating habits need to change, and they need to change now.

As I write this post, I’ve just successfully completed the first day of a personal challenge that I hope will spring board me into weight-loss once again.  I’ve counted calories all day, and I’m ending the day having consumed 1,474 calories (most of which came from fruit, veggies, egg whites and other lean proteins.)   My workout today included 30 minutes on the elliptical (easing back into it after being off for a month) and a strength workout for my arms followed by 5 minutes on the treadmill.

You can't really tell that I was sweating buckets, but I was...And I like it that way.

People say that weight-loss is easy, but those people often miss the point.  I’ve lost 100 pounds.  I know how to eat, but sometimes I find it extraordinarily difficult to convince myself that it’s a good idea.  That’s the hard part, at least for me, so I’ve decided to eat about 1,300 calories on rest days and no more than 1,500 calories on workout days.  I’ll listen to my body and do my best to adjust, but I think this is a healthy and realistic window that will yield good results.

I like the gym, and  I like exercising outside when the weather allows it.  I love to sweat, and I love to feel my heart pumping because it makes me feel strong and capable and athletic.  Now it’s time to reintroduce healthy eating into my everyday life.  And I’ve decided that for the next 30 days (probably longer, but this is my initial commitment) I’m going to track my caloric intake.   I made a difficult and bitter decision to leave Weight Watchers shortly after they unveiled the new PointsPlus plan over a year ago, but I never fully committed to counting calories.  What can I say?  That was then, and this is now.  I’m going to try again.

I realize that counting points and calories both work as long as you do it consistently, but I’ve been fighting with myself over the last few months to figure out how I can make PointsPlus work for me.  I’ve posted several times about modifying the program to work for me by counting fruits, tracking EVERYTHING through the recipe builder, etc.  But the fact is that  a successful day in my WW tracker looks like about 2,400 calories, and that’s far too many.

I’ve wanted to believe that I could make PointsPlus work because I love the support of the meetings, and even more so because I feel so indebted to Weight Watchers for what the helped me achieve in losing the first 100 pounds.  I also adored my first leader in New York, Jen, and my current leader, Penny.  I’m also completely infatuated with David Kirchhoff, the most handsome, friendly and witty CEO of all time.  (Swoon.)   But the fact is that, I’ve complicated the new program so much in my head just to make it work at least a little bit, that the simplicity of calorie counting has been a relief today.  I’m not saying goodbye to Weight Watchers.  I’m just trying something new to see how it compares.

Day one of calorie counting was a success...

I’m tracking my intake through SparkPeople for a couple of reasons…First, because I like the people I know behind SparkPeople.  You all know Coach Nicole now, right?  She doesn’t know I’ve crossed over to the calorie counting side yet, but she will soon.  😉  And secondly, I love the SparkPeople iPhone app!  It’s fantastic!  In addition to tracking my caloric intake, I can also track my workouts.  I can even get specific with my strength exercises, weights and reps.  I’m in love with this app, and I like that it’s free.

So this is where I am.  I’m starting over again because it seems like the right thing to do.  And I’ve said before that I’ll restart as often as it takes.  It’s better than throwing in the towel or refusing to face the fact that I’ve become complacent with food, right?  Anyway, I’m here, and I’m not going anywhere…But I’d like to see my excess weight flee the scene, and I’m hoping that this big change in my routine will do the trick.

What’s the bigger challenge for you?  Food or exercise?  Do you track your calories everyday?  Do you track you intake at all?



Friend Makin’ Mondays: Weight-Loss Tips

I’ve been striving to live a healthy lifestyle for a while now, and while there’s always more to learn, I have created a few habits that I think will help me throughout my life.  And I know that many of you have some awesome tips to share too so let’s talk about it today!

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Weight-Loss Tips


  • I put my fork down more often between bites.
  • I limit my salt intake…especially in the days approaching weigh-in day. 😉
  • I do weight training…not just cardio.  And floor exercises are a big part of my workouts too.
  • I eat more veggies than fruit, but I eat both.
  • I weigh and measure everything at home.
  • I don’t eat everything on my plate just because it’s there.  I am no longer a member of the “Clean Plate Club,”  and that’s okay with me.
  • I drink water regularly because I’ve recognized that sometimes when I feel hungry, I’m thirsty.  It also helps to curb my appetite, giving my brain time to recognize that I’m satisfied.

I may not be an expert, but doing these things has helped me in the past.  And they help now too.  Now it’s your turn to share your tips!  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments!  And if you have questions, share those too.  I bet someone here will have an answer for you.  Happy Monday friends!


And the winner of the EatSmart kitchen scale is Steffie! Congrats Steffie! Please check your e-mail!  Thanks to each of you who entered!

Fruit Is Not Always Free, And I’m Okay With That

I had planned to skip my Weight Watchers meeting yesterday because I had to be in two places at the same time, but I didn’t skip my weigh-in.  I showed up and faced the scale after a week that included a break-up and cross-country travel.  I knew that I had done my best (for the most part) and expected to show at least a tiny loss.  And I’m happy with the 1.2 pound loss that the scale reflected.

After weighing in, I left almost immediately, but I walked in on the meeting (that was an hour away) just as they were finishing up.  I’m not kidding.  I walked in and heard “So if there are no other questions, then help yourself to the refreshments.  Thanks.”  Oh dear.  It was an important meeting, but not earth shattering so I don’t regret missing it to weigh-in.  I do, however, wish that I could have attended the entire meeting.  I suppose I’ll just look forward to next week.

Following the meeting that I attended for 2 minutes, I met my friend, Kent, for dinner.  He’s in town for a few days, and it has been great to catch up with him without the static of the telephone.  At some point over the weekend, I plan to play Scrabble with my friend and his elderly aunt.  Maybe we’ll explore the French Quarter too.  Did you know that in New Orleans you can drink liquor walking down the street?  Kent and I don’t really drink so this isn’t particularly exciting to us…I just think it’s interesting.

Yesterday I posted a question about the merits of dairy yesterday because so many of you are doing what I’m doing – pursuing a healthy lifestyle.  I knew that you’d offer sound opinions.  And you did!  Have I mentioned how awesome it is to have you all in my life?

This smoothie could definitely be shared by two people - especially when adding ice!

Anyway, the issue of fruit in my smoothies came up.  And some of you voiced your opinion on my choice to count the points of the fruit too.  I didn’t think about making a disclaimer because I’m doing what Weight Watchers has directed me to do, but it seems like there’s a lot of confusion on this topic so I want to talk about it again.

First, I have to mention that I called Weight Watchers yesterday and spoke about this with a representative who explained it just as my leader has explained it.  Here’s what I’ve learned – when you’re eating a piece of fruit by itself, it’s considered zero points.  (I don’t count them as zero, but that is what WW recommends.)

When eating fruits and/or veggies mixed with other things (in a casserole, a smoothie, an omelet or other dishes in which the fruits and veggies cannot be separated/picked out) we’re supposed to calculate the points based on the total nutrition in the dish.

So my smoothie breaks down like this:

9 p+

And here’s the explanation that the WW representative noted during our call:

So while it has been a little confusing to figure out when fruits and veggies are free and when they need to be counted as a whole, it has definitely been worth the effort to figure it out.  I wasn’t thrilled with my results when they rolled out the new plan at the end of 2010, but coming back in 2011, I was determined to succeed with Weight Watchers just as I had before.

Obviously, we all have to do what’s best for ourselves, and I’m not telling anyone that they need to change what they’re doing.  if it’s working for you, that’s outstanding.  But in my world, eating fruits (my favorites being grapefruit, apples, watermelon, navel oranges and bosc pears) without counting them just doesn’t work.  Sure, if I’m hungry and out of points, I’ll eat an apple.  But most often, I’m finding that when I eat 9 or so servings of veggies, a little fruit and some protein, I’m satisfied all day.

I’m a work in progress and hardly an expert, but I believe that knowledge is power.  And understanding how the program works helps me get the most out of it, and I couldn’t really ask for more than that.

Who Wants To EatSmart?

We’re ten days into the new year, and I’m guessing that most of us are still working to live healthy lives everyday.  One thing I use to stay on track is myEatSmart digital kitchen scale.  I love it, and I’ve use it several times a day since I got it in May.  I weigh chicken and other meats and nuts, cereal…and I even use it to measure things like salad dressing and peanut butter in grams.  It’s easy to use and features more than a few weight options and a giant screen that is easy to read.  It’s also easier to turn on and off than my last kitchen scale.

I don’t know what I’d do without my kitchen scale, and EatSmart is going to give one Eat Smart Precision Pro Kitchen Scale to one of my readers!

There’s more than one way to enter so take a few minutes to check out the options!

1) Take a look at the EatSmart Precision Pro Kitchen Scale then come back and tell me if you want to win it!  (one entry)

2) Follow @eatsmartscales on twitter and tell them @alltheweigh says hi! (two entries)  You should get to know them too…They’re good folks!  If you already follow them, just let me know in a separate comment.

3) Like EatSmart on Facebook and tell them you’re participating in this giveaway.  Feel free to tell me hi on my page too though it’s not required to receive your (two entries)

4) Blog about this giveaway on your blog.  Feel free to keep it short and sweet.  Just don’t forget to link back to this post! (three entries)

Each entry must be separate to count as an additional entry so keep that in mind, and go for it!  A winner will be chosen at 9pm on Sunday, January 15th!


Do you use a kitchen scale?  If so, does it make life easier for you?


*All opinions in this post are mine, and I have not been paid to endorse this product. EatSmart will provide the scale to one winner. The winner will have 48 hours to respond from the time the e-mail is sent.  Resident must be 18 years or older and live in the US.

Friends Who Understand, A Great Workout and A Plan

Yesterday I did some things that I don’t ususally do – some good things and some things that I wish I didn’t have to admit.  Let’s start with the things that I wish I didn’t have to talk about…my weekly weigh-in.  I skipped it.  Yep, that’s right.  For the first time since joining Weight Watchers in 2009, I skipped a weigh-in because I didn’t want to deal with the numbers on the scale.

As a monthly pass member, Weight Watchers allows me to attend unlimited meetings, and they don’t require a weigh-in to attend.  I just didn’t do it, and this behavior is a slippery slope that I am not willing to slide down so I’m saying it now – I will NOT skip another regularly scheduled meeting because I don’t feel like facing the music.  I just won’t do it so feel free to hold me to it.  Over the last week, my choices became progressively worse until yesterday when I decided that enough was enough.  Now I have to do it again tomorrow.

I also did something that made me feel good about myself.  I took Anne’s advice, and set a challenging fitness goal for myself.  I hit the gym and completed 10 miles on the bike, pedaling as fast as I could.  It takes me 5 1/2 minutes to do a mile which added up to a great cardio workout followed by 100 crunches.  I know I should feel good about being able to do 10 miles on a bike without much effort, and I do.  But I thought I’d feel exhausted, but I didn’t.  I think I’ll have to try 20 miles when I’m back at the gym Monday.  Until then, I plan to do my favorite Richard Simmons workout, “Party Off the Pounds.”

I’m traveling again tomorrow which means that I’ll have the opportunity to prove to myself that I can make healthy choices even when I’m away from home.  I’ll bring a gigantic English cucumber, grapes and bananas.  And this time, Cal is coming with me, and I think we’ll spend some time ruminating over his ideas to change my palate.  I think it’s okay to like sweets, but I don’t think it’s okay to let them consume my mind or control my actions as they sometimes do.

With the holidays quickly approaching, I’ve come up with a plan that will (hopefully) help me stay in control of my cravings and food intake.  Chubby McGee, one of my favorite blog friends (check out her blog here) spurred a thought for me that has turned into action, and it worked well yesterday so I’ll do it again tomorrow.  She said that she loves cupcakes so she allows herself to have one every week.  She budgets for it in her intake, and she walks to the bakery and back to get it.  By the way, I’ve done that before, and I think it’s a brilliant plan.

And her comment made me think about something that I did during my first year of weight-loss.  I ate fruits and veggies and lean proteins along with foods that were high in fiber.  I exercised regularly, and I ate a piece of cake almost every night.  Yep…I did it.  I had a serving of cake (7 points at the time) for dessert almost every evening, and it took a lot of pressure off.  I didn’t worry about skipping ice cream when my friends ate it, and driving past a bakery was no big deal because I told myself I’d enjoy something sweet later.  And it worked.   it allowed me to focus on everything I was trying to accomplish without the fear of eating too much later.

So that’s my new plan, kind of.  I don’t plan to eat cake everyday, but I will allow myself to have something sweet everyday, at least for now.  I have more than enough PointsPlus to eat nutritiously and stay satisfied while enjoying  half of a cupcake or a Kit-Kat.  I have me entire life to reform my nutritional intake and to figure out why I crave sweet treats, but I don’t want to spend my entire life trying to reach my weight-loss goal.  I’d rather do what I can to reach that goal asap and worry about the rest along the way.

So in addition to working out hard, I’m going to eat healthy foods that are rich in vitamins and nutrients – and have something sweet everyday.  That’s my plan, and I think it’s going to help me get through the holidays with success just as it did the first year.  Obviously, I’m no pro.  I’m just a girl who’s trying to figure it all out, and I have a feeling that while I might get a little flack for it, this plan is going to get me closer to where I want to be.



David’s Mini Crab and Shrimp Cakes? Yes, Please…

Last week, I said I’d be sharing some awesome guest posts this week, and it starts today with a special post by KeepItUpDavid!   He’s a stellar example of how blogging has made my life fuller and richer even apart from weight-loss, the kitchen or the gym!  Check out what he has to say about one of my favorite foods today!  And be sure to check out his site if you haven’t already.  You’ll be glad you did!

Hello, fans of All The Weigh! What a treat to be a guest blogger on this site. I’ve been a fan of All The Weigh for a long time now, and it’s been really wonderful getting to know Kenlie both from her blog and in person – she’s been out to LA a couple times and has even stayed as a guest in my house (try not to get jealous)!
My name is David, and I’m a fellow weight loss blogger who writes about my journey over at Keep It Up, David.  Through diet and exercise, I’ve lost over 165 pounds and counting, and I write about everything: the ups, the downs and the in-betweens. Right now, there’s a contest on my site with the chance to win a $20 iTunes gift card, so click here to find out how to enter!

Kenlie has mentioned on a couple occasions that she’s been introduced to new foods through my website (I love trying new things, especially types of produce I’ve never seen or heard about before), so I thought it only fitting that for my guest post on All The Weigh, I’d share a recipe. I like to experiment in the kitchen, and rarely do I use a recipe without modifying it, either to eliminate some calories or tweak the flavors (or both). I recently went to a party that had a potluck element to it, so I decided to make something that I’ve never made before… so, without further ado, here’s how I made…

David’s Mini Crab and Shrimp Cakes!

I love a good crab cake, but they can be loaded with calories and fat, since it’s typical to fry them and they often have a load of mayo or butter in the mix as well. In September, I found a baked crab cake recipe that my mother used, but even that called for 1/2 a stick of butter. There’s gotta be a healthier version somewhere! I scoured the internet and ended up combining elements from a few different recipes to come up with this dish. It starts with about a cup of scallions (I ended up using the entire bunch from the store) and roughly 4-5 tablespoons of parsley:

Then I added 4 tablespoons of nonfat Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of low-fat mayo, and the juice of 1/2 a lemon:

Spice time! 2 teaspoons each of dry mustard, dried dill, and worcestershire sauce and 1 teaspoon each of cumin and paprika:

Make way for the main ingredients! My initial plan was to use all crab, but that plan was thwarted when I got to the store and saw the price tag on the crab – holy goodnight, it’s expensive!  So I bought two 6-ounces pouches of crab meat, and 1.25 pounds of bay shrimp. Altogether, that’s 2 pounds of seafood. In addition to being the most affordable, bay shrimp are also teeny-tiny, which means I didn’t have to chop them. I love a good time saver! (I also considered using imitation crab, but since I was going to a party in honor of a really good friend, I decided I’d go with at least some of the real deal). Here’s the seafood in the bowl:

Next up, bread crumbs. I’ve recently taken a liking to crispbread. It’s a Swedish rye cracker that you can find in a lot of supermarkets that has a great crunch and is very light and airy. They’re big, like full-sized graham crackers, and each one is about 40 calories. I put three in a ziploc bag, used a wine bottle as a rolling pin, and beat them into crumbs:

Time to mix it all up!

Next I formed them into golf-ball-sized balls, and rolled them in more bread crumbs – but these were crumbs from a box, pre-flavored with Italian seasoning:

This recipe made 30 appetizer-sized crab and shrimp cakes, which I spread between two baking sheets that I lined with foil (for easy clean-up) and sprayed with PAM:

You could also make burger-sized patties, if you were serving this as an entree. I popped them in the fridge for about an hour (I’m not exactly sure why, but I saw this step in a couple recipes online, so I figured it was beneficial), and then they went into my oven, which was preheated to 250 degrees. They cooked for about 18 minutes, and halfway through, I rotated the trays.

While they were in the oven, I whipped up a quick and easy chili-lime dipping sauce that only has three ingredients: 1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt, the zest of a lime, as well as the juice of 1/2 of it, and a teaspoon or so of chili powder (you can add more or less so suit your tastes, my tendency is to add more):

Don’t tell Kenlie, but that’s her cereal bowl that she left at my house! I might have promised to sent it back to her, but I never did. Oops! Give the bowl a stir, and the dipping sauce is complete!

Usually I like to end my recipe posts with a glamour shot of the finished product, but since these were headed to a night-time party, I snapped a very unglamorous shot of them in the Tupperware box that I used to transport them. They still look pretty good, right?

I’ll be honest – a couple cakes fell apart in the oven or when I tried to pick them up with a spatula, so make sure you give them a good squeeze when you’re making the balls. But the cakes were tasty! They were a hit at the party, and even surprised one guest, who thought, in the dim light, that they were cookies.

I’m going to end this post the same way I end every post on my blog – with a simple phrase that acknowledges my weight loss success so far and encourages me to continue making good, healthy choices: