My 15 Faves

See what I’m eating

I’m still on the hunt to find a way to share the details (nutritional breakdown, calories, ect.) of what I am eating  in real-time. I currently use Fat Secret to track meals, and really like it, but as far I can tell, they don’t have a ‘public’ sharing option. I will update this if/when I find a solution.

Here are some of my new favorite fat-burning fitness foods. I am going to keep adding, because of course it is perfectly OK to have more than 15 favorite fat-burning fitness foods. Hope you like a few of these, too. I would love to hear your comments.


Breakfast smoothie

This smoothie starts by day with a protein punch nearly every day.

1 scoop protein powder
1 T flax seed oil
1 t flax seed
1 cup frozen fruit – blueberries & strawberries best because they are lower in sugar
Stevia for sweetness to taste
Cinnamon to taste

Why is it good? Protein and low-carb satisfies the hungries while keeping your fat-burning zone humming from overnight. Flax seed oil adds to satisfaction, satiety, and the cinnamon gives it an extra layer of flavor.

Approx Nutrition – depends on your choice of protein power and fruit

Calories:     320
Fat:        16.5 g
Protein:    21.0 g


Your Fave Protein Salad

I traded BLTs, pastrami and beef-dip sandwiches for this protein and nutrient-rich salad. Even after 4 months, I am not tired of it, and my co-workers still eye it longingly while they eat their deli sandwiches.

1-2 cups raw baby spinach
1/2 c sliced fruit – I vary seasonally. Apples, grapes, raspberries, pears – anything that looks good.
Handful cherry tomatoes
Optional – sliced peppers or another veggie of choice
4 – 8 oz grilled Steak, lamb or salmon
Dressing – store bought fat free vinaigrette, or homemade: Flax seed oil, cider vinegar, garlic, and lime juice – zesty!


  1. I took my mini-George Foreman grill to the office and left it there.
  2. At home in the morning, put meat into baggie with marinade/seasoning of choice. My current favorite is Tom Douglas’ Bengal Masala Rub it is fantastic on anything.
  3. At lunchtime, plug in the grill. As it warms, cut rest of ingredients and throw in big bowl.
  4. Grill meat for meat for 5 mins or to desired temp – meat thermometer gives me perfectly cooked medium every time.
  5. Slice meat, throw on salad with dressing, and chow down while your co-workers envy.

Why is it good? That should be obvious. Try it and you tell me.


Truthfully, dinner is still my biggest challenge. Check back as I keep experimenting to find something for dinner as much as I love that salad for lunch!

Snacks & Other

Beyond Bliss Bearnaise

Use this yummy sauce to blissify just about anything.

1/4 cup     white wine vinegar – I used cooking wine so as not to be tempted by the rest of the bottle = )
1/4 cup     dry white wine
1 Tblsp      minced shallots
To taste     salt and pepper
3                   egg yolks (beaten)
1/2 Tblsp   unsalted butter (room temp)
2 Tblsp        minced fresh tarragon – I substituted rosemary and that was just as good


  1. Combine all ingredients except butter & egg yolks in saucepan.
  2. Bring to boil and reduce by about 1/2.
  3. Place reduced mixture over boiling water ala double boiler (upper pan should not touch water).
  4. Stirring rapidly & constantly, add eggs and butter, and cook until thickened.

Don’t overcook, but if it gets too thick add a couple tablespoons hot tap water. Makes about 3/4 cup (twelve 1-tablespoon servings).

Why is it good? The tangy bite in the sauce livens up even the most boring good-for-you-veggie, and the recipe has waaaaay less butter than traditional.

Broccoli Bliss

So PJ has been after me for months – every time I say something like “I want to lose faster,” he says something like “eat more broccoli,” or “have you tried broccoli <insert some recipe>?” And all this time, I have been saying ‘ugh’ and resisting the broccoli. But finally, I found a way that I like it, and here it is:

Roasted, with the tiniest bit of olive oil and (the most important part), balsamic vinegar.


  1. Cut the broccoli, and put in large zip-lock.
  2. Add the bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar and shake it up.
  3. Roast at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, with the last few under the broiler for a bit of crispy. Even better if you season with a yummy seasoned salt. (I found a great imported Italian seasoned salt at PCC.)

Why is it good? The balsamic gets into the little florets’ nooks and crannies, and tastes nice and sweet with every bite. Yum. If you would have told me just a few months ago that I would be “yumming” over broccoli, I would have said you are nuts. Like they say – life is stranger than fiction.



  1. Nice Leisa! I knew you would find a way. Broccoli is the single most powerful “negative fat” food, meaning the more you eat, the leaner you get! Keep chowing! Let’s come up with some more recipes too. Maybe we can start our own broccoli cult 😉


  2. Hi Leisa,

    I love broiled broccoli with olive oil and sea salt…ate a whole cookie pan worth the other day!Can you believe one night at dinner I actually heard my kids fighting over who got the last bit in the bowl? Now that doesn’t happen every day!

    How do we see the other 14 fave foods?

    • Thanks Taz & PJ –
      Don’t have all my 15 Fave Foods up yet, but I will keep adding to this list in the coming weeks. My goal is to have my current faves up by Nov 5 before I go on vacation. If you subscribe to RSS feeds, you will get a notification every time I add something. PJ sent me your Balsamic dressing recipe – I look forward to trying it, and if it is as good as you say – I will probably add here. = )

  3. That sounds yummy!
    I’m going to try that 🙂

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  5. Broccoli is definitely the way forward – and good source of calcium & vit D if you don’t drink milk (like me).

    I post about my fitness journey here:

    Stay fit,


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  7. Also – what kind of protein do you use in you smoothie? Vanilla flavor? Or Chocolate?

  8. Hey Leisa! I get to add chocolate back in to my 15 favs! Taz makes it healthy, high protein and sugar free:

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