BSI – Peaches with Suger Free Candied Walnuts

Since I haven’t officially grocery shopped, I present you with the typical breakfast sammie.  Turns out I am not the only one who could eat these every day – my friend Marisa even made her own turkey sausage!  I am definitely putting that on my list of things to make!

377 calories, 39 carbs, 19.5 protein, 16.5 fat and 6.7 fiber

My friend and I hit the gym – I did 30 minutes on a new level on the Stairmaster and I thought I was going to die it was going so fast!  I originally wanted to do 40 minutes, but after 30 minutes I was done. 😦  Then I did 5 minutes of abs on the ball.

I got a new product to me at Trader Joe’s:

I put a cup and a half of baby spinach on the bottom of my plate.  I heated up 1 cup of my thai coconut rice and poured that over the spinach to wilt it a bit.  Then topped with 3 ounces of my leftover herbed chicken breast mixed with 1/4 cup of the Thai curry sauce and topped with fresh cilantro.

Holy cow was this good – although it could have been a tad spicier for my taste, so I added crushed red pepper 😀  I like how you can see me taking the picture in the spoon!

456 calories, 51 carbs, 33 protein, 12.4 fat and 2.6 fiber

Dinner was quick and easy – burgers and fries!

471 calories, 46 carbs, 16.6 protein, 25 fat and 2.4 fiber

I actually have my sister’s co-worker Lilly to thank for part of my BSI recipe.   My sister wanted to know if there was a way to make sugar free candied walnuts.  They belong to a salad club and Lilly loves candied walnuts, but she’s a Type 2 diabetic.

I got my thinking cap on and am excited to say they turned out great!

Sugar Free Candied Walnuts

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 1/4 cup baking Splenda
  • 1 tablespoon water

Heat the oil, vinegar and pepper until it begins to bubble.  Add walnuts, and stir and cook for 4 minutes over medium heat.  Pour in splenda and water and continue stirring until the sauce is “sticky” and the splenda is melted.

Cool on wax paper (I tried paper towels, but they started to stick immediately!).  While the walnuts will be soft at first, once they cool they turn crunchy again.

For the BSI recipe, I grilled white peaches that were brushed with a bit of agave nectar.  I grilled them skin side down and then turned off the heat and turned them flesh side up and just left the lid closed while we ate dinner.

I put about 1/4 cup of good vanilla ice cream on top of the peach, topped it with a fried piece of fresh basil and sprinkled with the candied walnuts.  Tony cut his up so he got a piece of peach, ice cream and walnuts and declared it “really good!”  I can’t wait to use the candied walnuts in a salad!

at first the splenda did not melt at all, but once I added the tablespoon of water, it glazed up nicely!

Thanks for hosting BSI this week Rebekah!

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 1,439 calories, 147 carbs, 71 protein, 63 fat and 11.7 fiber
  • 30 minutes Stairmaster
  • 5 minutes abs on the ball

I actually think I have time to make a breakfast pizza, I was up early today!  It’s so strange, I was the woman who timed it so that I could actually sleep until 8:17 in the morning and still make it to my desk at 8:45!  Even on vacation last weekend the latest I slept was 7:15!

Are you a morning person, or have you become one as you’ve gotten older?

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27 thoughts on “BSI – Peaches with Suger Free Candied Walnuts

  1. I’ve been on a burger kick lately (using my George Foreman, though, since I don’t have a grill). I’ve definitely become much more of a morning person lately, although I’m still not really a morning person. It’s always hard to get out of bed in the morning. And exercising immediately after getting up never works out so well. I often feel tired as I’m exercising and my workout definitely isn’t as good. Although I love the idea of being a morning and especially of starting the day with a workout, I’ve finally decided that just doesn’t work well for me right now, and that’s okay.

  2. I fluctuate between being a morning person & not. Really depends on my sleep schedule – if I stay up late, I have a hell of a time getting up!

    Thai food looks great! 🙂

  3. That burger and fries looks so good! As do the sugar free candied walnuts, well done!! 🙂

  4. I’m getting better at mornings, although I don’t think I will ever be a “morning person”. You are really changing – I remember marveling at how much you could get done in such a short time, and still arrive at work on time!

    I think stairmasters are so hard – even now, I dread it when Linda puts me on one. I will always choose the spinner bike or treadmill over that…and I’ve NEVER gone 30 minutes on one! You are amazing with that!!!

  5. Oh, those peaches with the candied walnuts looks awesome!! Great idea!

  6. Oh I love that curry sauce for a quick easy dinner- I love how you used leftovers to re-do a meal too! 🙂

    Dessert looks so fresh and delicious! YUM!

    Marisa’s idea is brilliant! She rocks! 🙂

  7. Trader Joe has the best products. I have to look for this sauce the next time I’m there.

  8. I am not a morning person at all but Andy is so I’m kind of forced to me. I’m a light sleeper so once he’s up and moving around the house…I’m also up. I wish I had thought to get ingredients for a breakfast sandwich yesterday when I was at the grocery store!

    The candied walnuts look delicious in the ice cream so you know they’ll be awesome in a salad too!

  9. Haha! We should start a Daily Breakfast Sammie Movement! Yours always looks DELICIOUS!

    I love candied walnuts! I like the addition of the balsamic vinegar!

  10. On the candied walnuts, you said to use baking Splenda. Do you mean Splenda granular (completely sugar free) or the stuff for baking that has sugar in it? I’m confused since this is “sugar free.” If it’s completely sugar free, I’m actually surprised the coating would work just like sugar–that’s so cool!

    • It’s Splenda granular (sugar free, no calories). It didn’t “melt” until I added the 1 tablespoon of water and then it kind of became a glaze. Once cool they were crunchy again! 😀

  11. Glad the walnuts turned out great!! I am totally going to make those for myself too!

    Thanks for trying that for me!

  12. usually a morning person 🙂 but sometimes I get out of the habit… love grilled peaches!! and with candied walnuts, yum!!!

  13. Your BSI recipe looks wooonderful 🙂 I am loving nuts these days! I’ve seen that curry sauce at TJ’s, but after your rave review, I will have to give it a shot!

    I am totally a morning person and I’ve become more and more that way since starting a career. In school I was all about the night life!

  14. Everything looks great. Thanks for the recipe for the sugar free candied walnuts…I’ll definitely try them, and with wax paper tip too! Trader Joe’s is da bomb, yes? Have you ever tried their Punjab spinach sauce? Awesome to simmer chicken, and then addin some fresh spinach. If I ever get these boys back to from whence they came, I can try more of this stuff. But I love having them around.

  15. I’d have to say I’ve always been a morning person, I tend to get more done then. And now of course with a 9 mo old….I’m really a morning person!

  16. I’m not a morning person but the healthier I get the more I find I’m up with the alarm whether I want to or not. Up today with the alarm at 6:30am even though I didn’t need to be as I’m off today.

    Way to kick it up a notch or two on the stairmaster!

  17. YUMS I want some of those walnuts!!!!! they look so good. One of my favorite thing about winter in NYC is the smell of candied nuts!

    Ha I love the spoon picture of you =)

  18. No matter how old I get, I will always be a night person. Nuts to mornings – night time is where it’s at!

  19. Yum! The grilled peaches sound terrific and I like the addition of candied walnuts too!

  20. I have always been a perky booty in the morning. My husband claims he wants to “punch me in the face” in the AM because I’m so darn chipper! hehe! It really makes those 5 AM shifts at work a hell of a lot easier though!

  21. I hadn’t thought of the water to caramelize the Splenda. Good idea!

  22. Your dinner looks GREAT and then the candied walnuts with the grilled peach just looks awesome!

    I used to be a night owl, but as I have gotten older and had kids, I am definitely more of a morning person! I think it’s out of necessity! 🙂

  23. WOW! These sugar free Candid walnuts look great. I just started adding more fats into my diet with nuts… this is perfect recipe to change things up a little.

    I’m a total morning person… although these 12 hour shifts in a row thing are starting to wear on me

  24. What a pretty dessert! I’m making those walnuts and throwing them into my favorite spinach, strawberry and goat cheese salad! Thanks for the recipe!

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