Sunday, July 31, 2011

Yogurt-like Snack

If you like yogurt, try this as a snack:

1 C low fat cottage cheese
1/4 tsp sugar free Jello-O (any flavor)
1/4-1/2 tsp Splena (or 1-2 packets)
2 TBSP low fat cool whip

Blend in mixer until creamy.

Calories: 185

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Do you miss french fries? You shouldn't! Here are some french fry options:

Natural Carb Options
Option 1: French fries
  • Slice potatoes into french fry cuts
  • Fry in MCT Oil (Don't get oil too hot)
  • Serve with a fibrous carb (FC) and a lean protein (LP)
    • Sample Dishes:
      • Grilled chicken on double fiber wheat bread with condiments and fries
Option 2: Sweet Potato
  • Peel sweet potatoes into french fry cuts
  • Cook in oven at 425 F for 20-30 minutes (until done)
  • Serve with a fibrous carb (FC) and a lean protein (LP)

Butternut Squash Fries

Fibrous Carb Options
Option 1: Butternut Squash Fries
  • Peel a Butternut Squash
  • Remove seeds
  • Cut in french fry cuts
  • Cook in oven at 425 F for 20-30 minutes (until done)ur
  • Serve with a lean protein and a natural carb (LP/NC) or a lean protein only (LP/FC), or a fatty protein (FP/FC)

Option 2: Acorn Squash Fries
  • Peel an Acorn Squash
  • Remove seeds
  • Cut in french fry cuts
  • Cook in oven at 425 F for 20-30 minutes (until done)ur
    Serve with a lean protein and a natural carb (LP/NC) or a lean protein only (LP/FC), or a fatty protein (FP/FC)
    • Sample Dishes:
      • Grilled chicken on whole wheat bread with condiments and fries
      • Extra Lean Hamburger on double fiber wheat bread with condiments and fries
With these options, you can have a sandwich and fries meal and be healthy too!

Skinny Jim

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Skinny Jim's Menu Guide and Cookbook is here!

After several months, long nights, many dishes and learning how to publish, Skinny Jim's Menus and Cookbook is a reality! I ordered 120 hard copies today. The book is also available as a download and as an eBook.

The book contains nine weeks of menus and over 120 recipes. Click the link to order your copy today!!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Want to Look Younger?

Losing weight can make you look younger! You don't have to worry about pills or creams, just eat healthy and watch the years melt away!  On the left is a picture take of me about 1 week after I began my healthy eating journey. I had lost about 5 lbs at that point and weighed around 185lbs. The picture on the right was taken when I had reached my goal and weighed right at 155lbs. I look a little different! Many say I look younger too. Too bad healthy eating doesn't make your hair thicker (LOL)!

Eating healthy and losing the weight has its benefits.

Skinny Jim

Friday, July 15, 2011

Diet Coke Anyone?

Before I started my weightless journey, I was a Diet Coke addict. I drank 3-4 diet cokes a day. Since I began drinking about 96 ounces of water a day, I cut way back on Diet Cokes. Now I generally drink 1 a day or sometimes none a day. I'm glad I've cut way back; however after reading this article by Caroline Sloan I'm going to work toward drinking none a day!

"If you think people are hooked on Coke, it seems like Diet Coke has added a new meaning to the word addicted. It’s not hard to find someone who drinks several cans a day. Everyone seems to think that it’s totally fine for your body, since it doesn’t have any calories. In fact, the communications director of Coca-Cola North America is quoted as saying, “Great taste. No calories. Wholesome ingredients. How could you drink too much?”
We’re not sure exactly which wholesome ingredients he’s talking about. If you check out our post about the effects of Coke on your body, you’ll see that several of the negative health aspects of Coke don’t have anything to do with the high-fructose corn syrup it contains. So we broke down the ingredients of Diet Coke, and what they do to your system.

Carbonated water: This can irritate your digestive system, triggering Irritable Bowel Syndrome. 

Caramel color: According to the Journal of American Medical Association, there’s some evidence that caramel coloring could increase insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes.

Aspartame: This chemical sweetener replaces the “bad” high-fructose corn syrup found in regular Coke, but could be bad for you in its own way. There have been studies for years linking aspartame to cancer, and while the FDA has claimed that there’s been thorough testing on the chemical, not everyone is convinced. In 1995, the Department of Health and Human Services submitted a list of aspartame side effects to the FDA, which included headaches, seizures, neurological problems, and abdominal pain, and nausea. Also, when aspartame is ingested, it breaks down into a variety of chemicals, including formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, and can also cause abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, and damage to internal organs and the central nervous system.

Phosphoric acid: This ingredient gives Diet Coke a tangy taste. Oh, and it can also be used to remove rust on surfaces. Phosphoric acid has been linked to low bone density in several studies, as well as kidney stones. The phosphoric acid binds with zinc, calcium, and magnesium in your lower intestine, which would be good for your bones, but the caffeine in Diet Coke makes you pee it all out before that happens.

Potassium Benzoate: This preservative keeps your Diet Coke fresh. Coincidentally, it also gives fireworks that annoying whistle.

Citric acid: You know that slightly citrus-y taste you love so much in your Diet Coke? That’s thanks to citric acid. It can ruin your tooth enamel and lead to decay.

Caffeine: Your body absorbs caffeine within 40 minutes, causing your pupils to dilate and your blood pressure to rise. It can also lead to ulcers, since it increases the production of stomach acid."

Next time I am tempted to drink more than 1 Diet Coke a day, I think I'll pass!

Slim Jim

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New Name/Pancakes

I have not posted anything substantial for a time because I have been busy developing a menu guide/cookbook. Hopefully, it will be in print very soon.

I am sure you have noticed a new name "Skinny Jim's Menus." The reason for the name change is a concern that "Slim Jim" is a copyright name and I might have some legal problems with the future menu guide. I don't want to be sued by the people who gave us beef jerky!  Hence, the name change.

In honor of the new name, I thought I would give you a new recipe I developed: BASIC PANCAKES

Basic Pancakes(LP/FC)
· 1/2 C DFWB crumbs        1/2 C FF cottage cheese
· 4 egg whites                      1/2 tsp baking powder
· 1/2 tsp vanilla                    2 packets Stevia or Splenda
Blend everything except the DFWB (Double Fiber Wheat Bread). Once you have a smooth liquid, add the DFWB crumbs and blend for only a little bit, you want the batter to be a little bumpy. Let the batter sit for a couple minutes, to thicken up a bit. Cook in a pan coated with no stick cooking spray. Makes about six pancakes.

Since this is a LP/FC combo, you can add fruit to the pancakes like blueberrys or a small banana thus making it a LP/FC/NC combo.


Skinny Jim