Friday, September 14, 2012

Salmon Sandwich (without the sandwich)

I've been trying to switch up my protein for each meal (so I'm not just having ground turkey & turkey breast every day, every meal).  I knew I'd need to be open to trying some new things.  I've had a 6 pack of Ocean's Wild Pink Salmon that I bought from Costco a while ago. I thought I'd give it a shot.  I haven't been eating bread lately (I'm getting most of my carbs from vegetables & fruit***) so I decided to come up with a way to make it bearable to eat without being in a sandwich.

***side note...that's basically the Paleo diet, which I thought I wasn't really going to be able to do, but it's how I've eaten for about a week now, & things have been fine.  A source of protein & veggies (salad or sauteed) at lunch, & the same at dinner with 1/2 of a sweet potato.  I think it's interesting that in the latest issue of the Clean Eating magazine, Tosca Reno admits that she's cut out all grains from her diet (due to a gluten sensitivity) basically, the founder of the Eat Clean Diet, without really saying it, has admitted that she's actually gone over the the Paleo way of eating.  I'm doing a blend of the two, I guess... I'm not so strict on the "No Dairy" thing (greek yogurt, etc) & I'm more conscious about making sure my protein choices are lean.

Anyway, back to the salmon...

I took a can of the Wild Pink Salmon & mixed it with about 1/4 finely chopped green onions, 2 (big) cloves of garlic (I LOVE garlic), 1 tsp Whole Grain Dijon mustard & 1/2 TBSP Light Miracle Whip.  Mixed it all up with a little freshly ground pepper & divided into 2 portions (one for lunch & one for a snack later).  I also had leftover veggies from last night's dinner (broccoli, cauliflower & beets)  & it was really good!  The whole thing was only 261 calories.  I love experimenting with new things & new flavors & I've been trying to buy one new vegetable each week... Speaking of which, does anyone know how to prepare an eggplant?

Despite eating super clean (I wasn't eating this clean when I was in the competition), I've gained a few ounces each day & I'm getting very discouraged.  I don't understand it... I daily calorie intake is really good & I've been working out A LOT... I just don't get it.  I don't think I've had too much sodium... I just don't know...Any ideas?

Anyway, I'm going to keep plugging along... It'll have to work sooner or later :)


  1. Hi Kelly! You asked in your post why you might be gaining weight even though you're cutting your calories. Perhaps this article might help:

  2. PS - for eggplant, just salt it, let it sit for an hour or more, then rinse, pat dry and prepare. (i.e. grill, etc.) The salting helps remove the bitterness.

  3. I found the same thing, when I exercised a lot regardless of my calories I would always gain weight. For me, I just slowed down on my exercises. Took more of a moderate route rather than hard core. I lessened my strength workouts to three times a week and walked six times a week.

  4. With the focus primarily on water and my daily calories; weightloss has been way easier. Good luck to you!

  5. Thanks Crystal (on both comments) I was wondering if that might be it... I haven't been super strict about writing down everything, so I might be eating less than I should be, especially since I'm nursing. That's another reason I'm getting frustrated is because everyone says nursing helps you lose weight, but I haven't found that at all! Anyway...will try your tip for the eggplant tonight!

  6. Kellie, I've got another great idea for fish. I mix salsa and hummus together with tuna and it tastes great!


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