Monday, April 23, 2012

Can You Become Skinny? Penne With Spinach

I thought I'd take some time and share with you what I have been doing. AGAIN!!

This time I don't think I'm going to fall off the wagon. Yup, another diet try.....

One ingredient that has quickly become my best friend is spinach. I never realized how much that can be done with spinach. And it makes foods taste so good.

Just three ingredients (okay 4, if you count the small amount of left-over taco meat) to fulfill my lunch.

I have started the 90 day challenge with Visalus, Body by Vi. This product is reasonably priced, and the morning shake is a plus for me since I am not a breakfast eater. The shake gives my body a jump start in the morning. I use Silk soy milk for the shake and thicken it with sugar-free pudding. A 7:00 a.m. shake holds me over till lunch time, and then I eat light for lunch. I have been eating liquid egg omelets for lunch, and of course, penne pasta with spinach and organic pasta sauce. If you are interested in joining the 90 day challenge, you can click here.

One thing about organic pasta sauce is, it doesn't contain all the extra, what do you call it? GARBAGE!!

Hopefully you can see the nutrition facts in this picture, but if not:

Per 1/4 cup

35 calories
Calories from fat 10
Total fat 1g
Saturated fat 0
Trans fat 0
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 150mg
Potassium 165mg
Total Carb 4g
Sugars 2g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Protein 1g

Pretty darn good for a pasta sauce, huh? I bought this pasta sauce from All Things Food, and I'm definitely going back to get more.

This is what I did for the Penne Pasta and Spinach.

I cooked a half box of penne pasta to my liking
(While cooking my pasta, I was heating the pasta sauce with a little left-over taco meat)
I drained the pasta. A couple handfuls of baby spinach went into the hot pasta pan, and then I returned the hot pasta into the pan with the spinach. I stirred until the spinach was wilted.
I topped the pasta with 1/4 c. pasta sauce, and Parmesan cheese.
A perfect light lunch!
With the left-overs I placed them into clean Lean Cuisine containers and stored them in the frig for two more lunches (or dinners).

I have been doing the 90 day challenge for two weeks now and I have noticed a huge difference in the way my clothes fit. I don't do scales very well (depressing), but judging by my clothes, things are changing.



  1. This sounds wonderful Angie!
    Keep your focus on feeling good. Eat a bit healthier, but make sure to eat several small meals each day... and add a small walk or a couple of minutes of stretching exercises to your day. Don't make it about a diet to lose weight, focus on small changes becoming a lifestyle... you'll be surprised how fast your body adapts, and how great you feel, and without realizing it, your clothes will fit better and better each week! xoxo

  2. Sounds like a plan..looks like a deliciously wonderful recipe too. I am always! falling off the wagon...picking myself up and beginning again. The warmer temps help because I do like to walk a few times a week. We just gotta keep trying....and not give up all together. Thanks for sharing this lovely post.


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