The Engineer and I decided we need to get healthier. I need to not be such a sugar junkie and he needs to lose a few pounds mostly in the belly region or as he loving refers to it as his gut and FAT SACKS. I know, fat sacks? Isn't love handles so much nicer? I always am polite and correct him "It's love handles, babe. I need something to grab on to." Since belly fat is the worst for your health and lots of sugar isn't ideal either, we decided to make a change. And since we're not likely to go to the gym more, we started some form of the South Beach Diet last week and we're slightly dying here.
The weekend was the worst. We were both grumpy, snapping at each other...and everywhere we went all we could do was drool about what we couldn't have. Ah look, there's Cold Stone. I'd kill for a LIKE IT right now. And there's Wendy's...mmm Frostys. Noodles and Co., Chipotle...and really anything but what we're eating! I was spending most of my days dreaming about ten brownies and chocolate chunk cookie dough ice cream with hot fudge, but oddly enough it's getting better. I think we're over the hump, we'll see.
In light of these recent changes in our life, today's Trifecta Tuesday will be a dessert that South Beach says we're allowed to have.
In Five Ingredients or less you can make CHILLED ESPRESSO CUSTARD. That doesn't sound so bad does it?
South Beach Diet Chilled Espresso Custard with a Julie twist
1 1/2 cups fat free milk
3 eggs, beaten
4 packets of Splenda*
2 tsp of instant coffee and/or coco powder
1 tsp vanilla
Cinnamon for garnish (optional)Whisk milk, eggs, Splenda, instant coffee/coco powder, and vanilla together until well blended. Pour in to 4 ramekins. Place these in skillet with water 1/2" from tops of ramekins. Bring water to boil over high heat and then simmer covered for 15 minutes. Remove from skillet, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for 3 hours.
It tastes like flan...a little watery, but quite satisfying (when no treats are allowed).
*I'm normally quite against artificial sweeteners (unless medically necessary), but am going all hypocritical/desperate for the time being. Please excuse my negligence...