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Kilojoules & Calories

I’ve had a busy week so not much blogging! I did get the chance to create a Facebook Page for my foods so please search Halfway To Healthy on Facebook to find me! Please Like and Share. 

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Coffee Club

Enjoyed a late night snack & soy chai latte with a friend a couple of nights ago in Wantirna South. The Coffee Club have a decent menu (pricey), and list the kilojoules (kjs) on their menu. It’s a great help if you’re counting or restricting intake. 
Kilojoules (metric equivalent to calories) & calories are a measurement of energy, if you’re looking to lose weight, counting them can be a huge help. Burn more calories than what you’re intaking. Simple, right? Not always.
Some meals can be in excess of 500 calories, if you’re looking to slim down it’s recommended that you stick between 1,200 & 1,500 calories per day, depending on your needs. Figuring out the caloric value of your foods prior to eating can allow you to make better food choices, and help to stay within your limits.
I decided upon a Walnut, Beetroot & Feta Salad with snow peas & spinach. Delicious, light & a perfect low calorie choice. It was better than nachos, fries or a burger. Assessing what’s actually in the meal, what benefit you’re getting from the food & how you’re going to feel after, tends to make choices that bit easier.
To convert kilojoules into calories (it’s much easier to work with smaller numbers) divide the kilojoules by 4.2. 
This will give you the calorie value of a kilojoule listing.
The above salad set me back 262 calories or 1,100 kilojoules. 
It’s always a good idea to view the menu of the place you’re planning on eating at before visiting. This way you can get an idea of the variety of their foods and find out if they cater for any dietary needs. 
Using apps such as My Fitness Pal can also come in handy when menus don’t contain calorie counts & can be used to gauge your consumption, and keep your fats, carbs and proteins in check.
The app also keeps record of your exercise too, this way you can actually see in real time how you’re tracking for the day & keep tabs on your weightloss.
My Fitness Pal is free on your App Store.

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24 Days of Salad: Mediterranean Mix

Tonight’s salad consisted of a few handfuls of mixed green salad leaves & some marinated vegetables.

I was cooking the family some seafood so I added a few prawns to my mix of feta, olives, semi dried tomatoes & anchovies.

This was a really quick & easy dish to throw together & was a fresh, fuller meal than previous salad dishes. 
Salads are so versitile and easy, I’m looking forward to trialling some new ‘salad’ dishes. 

24 Days of Salad: Cranberry & Feta

So this salad was meant to be made with spinach but I only realised this as I tossed the last of the spinach to the guinea pigs. 

I scrounged up some coleslaw and added a handful of low fat feta diced, a handful of dried cranberries & two sliced spring onions. I drizzled some balsamic vinegar over the top too.
It combines sweet and salty flavours and perfect as a light meal. Next time I would as some raw almonds too.

Boring Salad?

Salad makes me think of a pile of lettuce, with maybe some tomato & cucumber.

Maybe even spinach, feta & Spanish onion. Maybe that’s the reason why people are so turned off with the idea of a Salad as a meal. It doesn’t always have to be a considered as just a side. 
Try No lettuce with some bean shoots, lentil shoots, anchovy, salsa, beetroot & croutons.
What about some purple kale, artichoke hearts, alfalfa, egg, mayonnaise & some olives. 
One of my favourites is tzatsiki, pretzels, alfalfa, bean shoots, mung beans, capsicum & rocket.
Tonight’s salad contained spinach, pickled onion, capers, roasted capsicum, asparagus, tzatsiki, pretzels, bean shoots, cherry tomatoes & anchovies.
Yummy!