I had a shock last week when I found out I had gained so much weight none of my shorts would button. With Summer moving in fast, I decided it would be cheaper to lose weight than go out and buy new clothes.
This is a good time of year to “take stock” anyway. I like to look around my apartment and get rid of clutter – and that would include a butt that looks like a bag of groceries, along with the muffin hanging over the top of the sack.
One of the easiest ways I’ve found to lose weight is eat smaller portions of meat and fill up on green vegetables and fruits. We found a great new way to eat leafy green vegetables – grilled.
When I was a kid we ate lots of asparagus – boiled completely to mush and served with a big whopping tablespoon of mayonnaise. As an adult I learned to steam it just so, leaving it with a little snap to it, but I still used mayonnaise as a dressing. Now that I’ve eaten it grilled, I don’t think I’ll ever eat it any other way.
We wrapped it with a strip of prosciutto, fastened carefully with a toothpick. We laid it over a hot grill for a couple of minutes, turning it. The asparagus spears were tender sweet and smokey within 5 minutes – with a hint of the salty pork. The prosciutto was perfectly crisp and dry – you can crumble it onto a salad, or eat it in tiny strips, so tasty!
But the real treat was the kale. I washed four big leaves and spread a little olive oil on them with my fingers, then dusted them with garlic salt. My husband put them on the hot grill, and they sizzled right up – they came out like some sort of vegetable chips, salty and sweet, the leaf spines chewy and juicy. I ate the first one right off the grill, the whole thing, I couldn’t stop. I was afraid they would not taste as well cool, but I was wrong, they were delicious.
My husband and I split a small steak, but we were unable to finish our portions of meat because we’d filled up on kale and asparagus. We set aside the leftovers and we heated them over for breakfast.
Between healthier meals and more bike riding I have lost about a pound and a half over the last week. Woo-woo!