I’m taking Jaime’s lead and posting about healthy grains today. Interested in the protein blast of farro? Check her blog to find a great breakfast option using this nutty alternative to oatmeal or rice.
Alternately, I’ve been working through a mountain of cooked bulgur I scored from Steph’s Oscar party on Sunday night. They had a crazy amount leftover from the deliciously healthy tabbouleh salad, so I offered to use it up in my own kitchen this week. Upon researching I was beyond thrilled to learn that an entire CUP of cooked bulgur only has 150 calories, making it the lowest calorie grain I’ve found yet. (Note: A cup of cooked brown rice has 210 calories.) So far I’ve used it as a warm breakfast grain, stirred into yogurt and tossed with fire roasted tomatoes and parsley for a light lunch. And tomorrow night Eli and I will incorporate bulgur (rather than breadcrumbs) into turkey meatballs.
Here’s what wiki says about bulgur (the USDA does consider it a whole grain – more good news!).
The last portion of my bulgur-tomato-cucumber-parsley-feta salad:
30 Day Challenge update: What day are we even on? I’m losing count! Today I pushed back into the 170’s (on my scale, which undoubtedly reads lower than my doctor’s scale, but this is still really good news), and partner Jaime has lost three pounds! We are two very happy gals. 🙂 Curious to hear how my mama’s challenge is going over there in Wisconsin?? Anybody who can limit sweets and booze through that miserable weather is a winner in my book! And cheers to anyone else secretly cutting back on her indulgences… We are with you!