Pumpkin Pudding & Tuesday Totals

6 Dec

I teased you in my last post with this picture of pumpkin pudding…

This is my new favorite winter time treat, and it’s ZERO points!  Well, technically, if you enter it as a recipe it is three points.  But if you enter the ingredients separately and save it as a meal, it’s zero.  So, it’s up to you how to count it – I count it as zero :)  It’s super easy to make and only takes a few minutes.  It’s not very sweet, which is fine by me, but you could always add more stevia or maple syrup if you want it to be sweeter.

Warm Pumpkin Pudding

3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp arrowroot powder
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp blackstrap molasses
2 drops stevia
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
dash ground nutmeg
pinch of salt

Whisk all ingredients together in a small pot until completely smooth.  Bring to a boil, whisking often.   Turn heat down and simmer for a few minutes, whisking constantly, until thickened and smooth.  Eat warm.  Makes one serving.

I wanted to do really well with my points this week because it’s the week between Thanksgiving and a little vacation we’re leaving for this weekend.  Normally I wouldn’t call a week in which I eat two burritos doing well, but I stayed within my points!  It was not easy.  After Sunday I was ten points in the red, so I made it my mission to exercise enough to get back in the green.  I don’t feel like I’ll lose a whole lot when I weigh in tomorrow morning, but I do think I’ll lose.

Totals for 11/23/11 – 11/19/11

Daily points used:  202/203
Weekly points used:  49/49
Activity points earned:  21
Activity points used:  19
Points left on the table:  3

Now, to get caught up on my daily menus.

Thursday, 12/1/11

breakfast – Sunday Supper Frittata, one slice 21 whole grains bread
AM snack – apple, coffee with hazelnut soy creamer
lunch – potato soup with watercress, salad with beets, blue Sheese and red wine vinaigrette, two clementines
PM snack – 3/4 oz smoked almonds
dinner – 8 tortilla chips, burrito (rice, beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, lettuce), 4 oz red wine

exercise – 30 minutes walking

daily points used:  29
weekly points used:  11
activity points earned:  2

Friday, 12/2/11

breakfast – Sunday Supper Frittata, one slice 21 whole grains bread
AM snack – apple, coffee with hazelnut soy creamer
lunch – potato soup with watercress, salad with beets, blue Sheese and red wine vinaigrette, two clementines
PM snack – 1/2 oz smoked almonds
dinner at Whole Foods – 1 cup brown rice, lettuce, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage, 1/4 cup edamame, 4 oz baked tofu, sesame kale
after dinner – 12 oz beer, 48 oz light beer, medium french fries with ketchup

exercise – 30 minutes walking

daily points used:  29
weekly points used:  29
exercise points earned:  2

Saturday, 12/3/11

(slept in and skipped breakfast)
lunch – smoothie (banana, kiwi, frozen mango, 2 Tbs hemp protein powder, 2 Tbs chia seed powder, 2 Tbs rolled oats), 1 Tbs Liquid Sunshine vitamin D supplement, coffee with soy milk
dinner – burrito (rice, beans, lettuce, salsa, guacamole), 8 oz red wine

daily points used:  29
weekly points used:  2

Sunday, 12/4/11

pre-run snack – one date
breakfast – one slice 21 whole grains toast with 1 Tbs cinnamon raisin swirl peanut butter and pumpkin mixed with 1 tsp molasses, coffee with soy creamer
AM snack – banana
lunch – lotus salad with spicy dressing (cabbage, carrot chopped peanuts, tofu “ham”, faux shrimp crackers), basil eggplant and tofu over brown rice, 24 oz light beer
dinner – 6 pc cucumber roll, 6 pc veggie roll, 10 oz red wine

exercise – ran 2 miles (24 minutes), walked 10 minutes

daily points used:  29
weekly points used:  7
activity points earned:  5
activity points used:  14

Monday, 12/5/11

breakfast – oat bran with banana, cinnamon and 2 tsp maple syrup
AM snack – apple, coffee with hazelnut soy creamer
lunch – Kashi Mayan Harveset frozen entree
PM snack – 6 oz strawberry soy yogurt
dinner – Goddess Nicoise Salad (from Appetite for Reduction), one slice 21 whole grains bread
after dinner – sugar cookie tea brewed in one cup warm almond milk

exercise – 30 minutes walking, 35 minutes yoga

daily points used:  29
activity points earned:  4

Tuesday, 12/6/11

breakfast – peanut butter pretzel Clif Mojo bar
AM snack – apple, coffee with hazelnut soy creamer
lunch – Goddess Nicoise Salad, one slice 21 whole grains bread
PM snack – 3/4 oz smoked almonds, two clementines
pre-run snack – half a banana
dinner – tempeh pot au feu (from Vegan on the Cheap), whole wheat pita
after dinner – other half of the banana, sugar plum tea

exercise – Bridge to 10K (henceforth known as B210K) week 1 day 1 (40 minutes running, 13 minutes walking)

daily points used:  28
activity points earned:  8

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3 Responses to “Pumpkin Pudding & Tuesday Totals”

  1. Allysia December 20, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    That pumpkin pudding looks fantastic – I’ve never made it without a banana before. But since bananas are temporarily banned from my house (it’s a fruit fly thing), I should give this a whirl.

  2. Allysia December 20, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    Sorry for the double comment, but pretty much right after I wrote that, I went and made this pudding as a part of breakfast, ha ha! It was delicious – the only changes I made were to add more blackstrap instead of stevia (don’t have any), and subbed cornstarch for the arrowroot (again, don’t have any), but I only used half as much and it still came out nice and thick.

    • veganhomemade December 20, 2011 at 8:34 am #

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it! Cornstarch will certainly work instead of arrowroot. Would love to hear what the other parts of your breakfast were.

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