Do you LIVE to eat brownies?


What's life without dessert!

Yesterday I made brownies for my son, and yes, I had a small one when they first came out of the oven. But that night, as he was having his second one after homework, I didn’t want to be left out and neither could I justify eating two in a day (when I’m NOT trying to lose weight, at my basal metabolic rate, my calorie ‘spend’ without exercise is only 1393 calories a day).

The Medifast foods are a great tool of the Take Shape For Life program because they are high protein, low glycemic, and portion controlled. I lean on them even in my ‘new normal’ maintenance mode, as easy meals and on-the-go healthy snacks that won’t jack up my blood sugar.

Although not quite the same, I’ve come to love the Medifast brownies, and they have the nutritional footprint of most meal replacements: 110 calories, 11 g of protein, and just 8 g of sugars (even 4 g of fiber!). Nearly instant gratification with 1 minute in the microwave. For fun I sometimes use a strong brew of aromatic herbal tea instead of adding plain water to the mix – it helps me ‘be present’ as I’m eating it because I’m looking for the new taste. When I’m ‘on program’ to lose weight, I’ll admit I sometimes drizzle on a totally fake-food non-calorie chocolate syrup. When I’m in maintenance, I add a few chopped nuts. I even make them for my son with a little real ice cream on top, as a treat with a little nutrition snuck in. Last night I kept it simple. It did the trick.

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About Leslie

In my 50th year, I had an amazing transformation that I had actually lost hope of achieving... I started a program that helped me lose 40 lbs and three sizes! The program met all my requirements for being sensible, fitting my lifestyle, nearly cost-neutral, and focused on acquiring habits for long term optimal health. This blog is to share some of what I discovered and what I am still learning. To learn more about my program, go to, or just ask me!
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