California & Colorado Diet

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

California Diet Menu

California - The Golden State, The Golden West State, The El Dorado State, The Land of Milk & Honey State.

Deep blue sea, craggy cliffs and miles of sandy beaches highlight the highlife in this great state.

Milk, cream, grapes and wine make up a good slice of California's goodness.  With that said, let's go a-searching for some diet nuggets that are high in taste, but low in fat and calories.  Grab your fork - NO!  Not that fork, you crafty scoundrel!  Yeah, that's the one....your food fork.

Free California Free Diet Menu - Total Calories About 480

California Gold Dust Salad - Start with 3 cups of field greens.  Add the following: a few cherry tomatoes, 1 teaspoon of golden raisins, 1/4 chopped apple with peel, 1 teaspoon of chopped walnuts, a few slices of cucumber, 1 shredded carrot, 1 ounce of shredded cheese and 1/4 cup of chopped roasted chicken breast.  Add salt and pepper if desired plus 1 serving of Ken's Walnut Raspberry salad dressing.

Pardner, no doubt that you jus' hit Diet Pay Dirt.  This salad is as big as the heart of California for about 300 calories.  Yee-ha!  Toss in your hat, your guns and your belt for this one.  We don't want folks gettin' too riled up over good diet food.

Parmesan Breadsticks - Use one biscuit that contains no more than 110 calories.  Separate into two pieces of dough.  

Work a couple of dashed of dried rosemary into the dough then form two long sticks.  Sprinkle with parmesan and sea salt and pop into oven at 425 degrees.  These cook quickly so watch and remove when golden brown.  Serves one for about 125 calories.

Dessert - Frozen Wine Berries - 1 cup of grapes washed and air dried.  Next, roll into Splenda and place on a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper resting on a freezer-proof plate or pan.  Pop into freezer and allow to freeze.

Colorado Diet Menu

Colorado - The Mountain State, The Centennial State. 

When Tom and I drove through Colorado in route to the Rocky Mountains for a vacation, one side of the highway looked as if we were still in Texas and the other was breathtakingly beautiful.

Accustomed to the lizard-like heat of Texas, the snow on the Colorado mountains in mid-September was a blustery welcome.  Although our trip was snapped short due to the September 11th national tragedy, we will never forget our experience in the Colorado mountains as well as the wonderful food we enjoyed at camp. Here are just a few of the delicious recipes that we conjured up at camp.

Free Colorado Diet Menu - Total Calories 460

Colorado Pike's Peak Salmon - Start with a fillet of salmon.  Spray with the juice of a lemon.  Next, rub in a bit of romance with lemon pepper.  Add a bit of cracked pepper, too if desired.  Roast until done - or put into a 350 degree heated oven until salmon flakes.  This salmon is so delicious that we didn't feel a need to cover it up with tartar sauce.  Enjoy three ounces for about 175 calories each.

'Fried' Tators - Coat skillet thoroughly with cooking spray.  Carefully slice potato into thin slices, then cook in skillet until they reach preferred doneness.  Salt, pepper. Makes 2 servings for about bout 60 calories each.

Big Ice Slaw - Shred wedge of cabbage and 1 carrot.  Add dash of celery seed, salt and pepper.  Add 1 Tablespoon of milk and 1 Teaspoon of golden raisins (optional).  Add Splenda to meet personal preference. Makes 2 servings for about 50 calories each.

Dessert - Roasted Smores - Take 1 full graham cracker (60 calories) and break it into, creating 2 crackers.  Top with 1/2 Hershey milk chocolate candy bar.  Roast large marshmallow over campfire and carefully transfer to rest on top of chocolate. Serves 2 for about 175 calories each.


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