High Protein Shrimp Burrito Bowl

Hello There,

Well if you’ve been following me, then you know three things about me, and they are as follows:

  1. I’m very Vain!-What can I say, I care about the way I look and looking good is very high on my list.  Therefore, I try very hard to maintain an exercise regime, along with eating right and doing anything and everything that needs to be done in order to keep the weight I’ve lost off.
  2.   I am a crazy (in a fun way) Lesbian who is both a mom (1 lovely and spoiled son Steven and a great wife, Joanne, who spoils me terribly.)
  3. I am a writer who took the leap and published one book and have at least 10 first drafts on books that I have not completed.  You know how that goes when one loves what they do and ideas come into play and you get them down before you forget.
  4.  Then another idea comes to mind and bam, there you are typing away again.  Life gets in the way and you never seem to find the time to get back to you what you began.  It doesn’t mean that story has died, it’s just that you don’t have the strength to see them through.  Or maybe you enjoy having that one thing that is just yours, and yours alone.

Getting back to business here, I was going through my emails today and I came across this lovely find that I just had to share with you guys.  High-Protein Shrimp Burrito Bowl, now I’ve tried to understand the difference between vegan and vegetarian but there are so many different answers for vegans that I’ve thrown my hands up and developed my own definition  for vegans.

With that said,  I’ve taken certain meats out of my diet, and now I eat only small amounts of chicken and turkey.  But I consume a lot of fish,tuna, salmon, shrimp and crabs or crab meat.  Which is why when I received this email with the recipe for High-Protein Shrimp Burrito Bowl from MyFitnessPal, that I did a happy dance, so without further ado, I give you the recipe.  Just look at it, doesn’t it look delicious?

High-Protein Shrimp Burrito Bowl

For the cilantro black beans and rice

  • 3/4 cup (135 grams) uncooked long-grain brown rice (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1 1/2 cups (355 grams) water
  • 1 (15.5-ounce or 420 grams) can black beans, rinsed and drained (certified gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup (5 grams) chopped fresh cilantro

For the burrito bowl

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 medium (55 grams) onion, sliced
  • 2 medium (240 grams) bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound (455 grams) medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 cups (95 grams) loosely packed chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 medium (125 grams) tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium (150 grams) ripe avocado, diced


Prepare cilantro black beans and rice. Combine rice and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 35–40 minutes, or until tender. Stir in black beans; cook 2–3 minutes until heated through. Stir in lime zest, lime juice and cilantro. Set aside and keep warm.

While rice cooks, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, swirling to coat. Add onion, bell peppers, garlic, cumin and salt. Cook 3 minutes, covered and stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender. Stir in shrimp; cook 2–3 minutes, stirring often.

Place 1 cup rice and bean mixture in each of 4 bowls. Top each with 1 1/4 cups shrimp and vegetable mixture. Top each serving evenly with romaine, tomato and avocado.

Nutrition Information

Serves: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup beans and rice + 1 1/4 cups shrimp and vegetables + 1/2 cup lettuce + 1/3 cup chopped tomato + 1/4 cup avocado

Per serving: Calories: 450; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 172mg; Sodium: 452mg; Carbohydrate: 56g; Dietary Fiber: 13g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 34g

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 994mg; Iron: 31%; Vitamin A: 83%; Vitamin C: 139%; Calcium: 14%

I myself am not a rice person per say, I do enjoy fried rice-so if there is anyone who has a great low fat recipe for shrimp fried rice, please email me at purplesilkykisses@gmail.com.  I hope you enjoy this recipe, I will keep them coming…LP

Source: MyFitnessPal (please see the above link for the web address).

The Science Behind Why Water Is Good for Weight Loss – Hello HealthyHello Healthy

Ever wonder why it’s important to drink water while dieting?  Well, wonder no more here is an article that gives you,”The Science Behind Why Water is Good for Weight Loss,” courtesy of MyFitnessPal’s blog.  Really cool and interesting stuff here.  Enjoy!  LP 

We all know that hydration is important — especially in the scorching summer months. Getting your standard eight glasses a day can help you stay cool, hydrated and energized through even the most intense sweat-inducing heat waves. But drinking plenty of water can also be a super easy — and more importantly, super effective — way to lose weight, according to the experts. To look at exactly what drinking more water does to your stomach, appetite and brain, researchers from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior took MRIs of participants’ stomachs and brains after they had ingested either

Source: The Science Behind Why Water Is Good for Weight Loss – Hello HealthyHello Healthy

Getting & Staying Fit!

30 ways to keep the weight off

Back in the beginning of the month,  I mentioned. “The Master Cleanse.” (detox program) and how I was going to try it.  I was really excited about it and even more excited about the weight I dropping in a matter of days.  Then it occurred to me that I would probably gain back all that weight as soon as  I began eating and the ten days were over.  Knowing that gaining the weight back would bring me down, I decided on a compromise of sorts.

After three days of just drinking water and dropping five or six  pounds, I decided that what I needed was to change my diet and maintain an exercise regiment and not starve myself.  Although the idea behind, “The Master Cleanse,” was to cleanse the system and then re-teach your system how to eat again, their way would have taken at 15 days.  Instead I chose to continue drinking the Lemon Water, along with eating more vegetables and fruits. 

Now along with exercise, “The Master Cleanse” water, and at least one salad and one or two fruits a day, I am happy to say that I am accomplishing what I’ve wanted all along–LOSING WEIGHT!  During “The Master Cleanse Diet,” I went down to 197.8 lbs from 204 lbs.  I am now at 192.4.  Yay!  I make sure to exercise even if it means I have to get up 6 am to do so, then I jump into the shower and prepare for my day.

I have to tell ya, there is nothing like stepping on the scale and hearing repeatedly that I am losing instead of my weight going up and down.  I’m loving it and more-so I am thankful for finally finding a solution that actually works.


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My New Year’s Resolution

Brand new startNow that the holidays are behind us it is time for us (Joanne and I) to get serious about our weight loss plan.  We, like many others, utilized the past holidays as an excuse to gorge out on so many delicious foods that added multiple pounds to our bodies. 🙂  We’ve been watching the many commercials offering weight loss plans and the wonderful gym packages that are available for the New Year, and although they sound tempting, we’ve decided that we are going to tackle our weight gain the old fashion way, with healthy eating, dieting and exercisingLucky for us we have an appropriate little gym here in our complex, equipped with state of the art work out equipment, an indoor Jacuzzi and swimming pool.

I have to say that I love the beginning of a New Year, it gives  me the opportunity to re-evaluate my life. Going into a new year gives me the opportunity to take a look at my past actions, my failures and my achievements. I feel its important to take a look at the past year in order to either learn from, or improve my actions from the previous year, but most importantly ,to acknowledge, learn and move on.  For the past belongs in the past and acceptance is vital for success. 

In addition to losing weight, my New Year resolution is to find a job,write another book and to begin saving for a house.  Out of all of my resolutions for the new year, finding a job, I believe, is going to be the toughest.  Yes, we have modern technology that is suppose to make searching for a job easier, but in my opinion it makes job hunting a job within itself.  Not only do I have to go to the various job sites and fill out an online application and plug in my job criteria in order to  receive alerts, I also have to go onto the company’s website and fill out their application.  Which makes finding a job a job within itself. SMH. 😦

 It has been three years since I wrote my first book and I feel that it is time to stop procrastinating  and get the stories that are forming in my head in print. Although now that I think about it, procrastination wasn’t the only thing that was keeping me from writing, for I was in school until I ran out of Financial Aid, leaving me four classes shy from obtaining my second Masters in English/Creative Writing. Oh well, once I’m employed I intend to go back and finish.

Lastly, the wife and I are ready to begin saving for our own home. I think the easy part is putting money away since we are giving ourselves at least two years to save.  This will fulfill my dream of being in our home by the time I’m 55 years old.

Alright, now that I’ve given you a run down of my resolutions, why not give me at least one of yours.  Here’s wishing you all a great New Year and may you succeed in fulfilling your set resolutions.



Tonight’s Dinner

20151216_171250.jpgFor breakfast I drink two cups of coffee with Coffee-Mate Creamer and Splenda. I also eat a yogurt and a piece of fruit  Because I always plan my day with way too many activities I usually have a Slim Fast shake for lunch. And dinner time are usually reserved for larger meals.

Today, I had salad again made with both iceberg and green lettuce, red onions, and cucumbers.  I also made some homemade mashed potato, of which I forgot to take pics of the ingredients I use in preparing the potatoes, sorry :(–I’m still quite new at this, so please forgive me.  However, I promise the next time I make them I will share the recipe and include pics.

Until next time, LP

Last Night’s Dinner (12/15/15)

As you are aware, I have taken the challenge of eating healthy, and exercising daily. In this category (Healthy Food Recipes) I will share with you, just my dinners and the ingredients used to make them.  Thus far I’ve been having very simple foods, so expect to see lots of salads of different origins and a few surprises along the way.  Enjoy!

20151215_173902.jpgThis is a simple salad made with both iceberg and green lettuce, cucumbers and red onions, with a couple of fish sticks and of course a Coke.

Until next time, LP


Dinner Anyone?

Tonight’s dinner consisted of iceberg and green lettuce and fried cod. It was delicious! 20151214_180030.jpg