Almond Maple Chicken

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tomorrow is my weigh in day for the 50 pound weight loss challenge. I really do not know how I will do. I am hoping I will lose, say... I dunno... 5 lbs? Yeah, I know... I am dreaming. It is past my bedtime :) Honestly, I will be happy with any loss right about now. As they say, a loss is a loss and even if I stayed the same I am happy. Now, if I gained then I will kick, scream and throw a fit but I don't think that will happen. Nonetheless, I can't wait to see what my scale has to display for me. Maybe it will be nice to me for a change. I even started exercising this past Monday which is HUGE for me! I haven't been active in anything for quite some time. I really started moving my butt only because Jalita Reeder from Facebook (who started the 50 lb weigh loss challenge) set up these mini challenges as well. One of them is to exercise for at least 30 minutes fives times during the week. Well, today is my second day walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes (33 minutes to be exact but whose counting!). I feel pretty good about adding exercise to my daily routine and I find myself looking forward to it.
If you haven't already joined some type of a challenge, or maybe even a support group on facebook, or visited the medifast community website, I highly suggest you do. I am in a couple of social groups and what you get out of those groups is just beyond words. The groups that I belong to are simply amazing! The people are wonderful, they know what you are going through because they are going through the same thing, and you will just plain out meet some very inspirational people! You can learn so much from others on the program whether it might be a new recipe, tips and tricks to add variety to the meals, or how they may cope with stress through this whole weight loss phase. It isn't easy going through this journey alone so take advantage of all the resources out there!
Now, it is recipe time! This chicken is especially good because it has a sweetness from the pancake syrup and crunchiness from the almonds.The lemon brightens it up with a little tang. I have to say that this is pretty yummy and it adds some variety to plain old chicken breasts. Definitely give it a try at least once!



Almond Maple Chicken

Ingredients:
9 oz raw chicken breasts - should yield 6 oz cooked (1 Lean)
2 tbsp Walden Farms pancake syrup (1/2 Condiment)
1/4 teaspoon grated fresh lemon rind (1/2 Condiment)
1/2 teaspoons lemon juice (1/4 Condiment)
1/8 tsp pepper (1/4 Condiment)
10 almonds, chopped (1 Snack)

Directions:
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken in a shallow baking pan and then sprinkle with pepper. Combine pancake syrup, lemon rind, lemon juice, and almonds in a small bowl. Pour mixture over chicken. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until done.

1 serving with 1 Lean, 1.5 Condiments and 1 Snack per serving


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