Making it a Habit: Healthier Eating and Exercise

My mother is a ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ kind of person and when she tells you something that you have been feeling insecure about yourself, you know it’s time to do something. I have been feeling self conscious about certain parts of myself that could use some good ol’ cardio and simple exercises. Especially working at Mr. Food, I find myself snacking on oatmeal cookies. Cookies! I can’t help myself. 😦 But what I can do is counter some of those delicious goodies with nightly a exercise routine paired with some lower- ‘bad stuff’ (calories, fat, sugar, etc) foods that I can prepare with my fam!

After work, I vegged out in front of the television and, of course, put on the Cooking Channel. Lisa Lillen’s Hungry Girl show was on and I saw her make her spin on Onion Rings, which she so cleverly called ‘Lord of the Onion Rings‘. (I doctored up my dipping mix with some salt and pepper and onion and garlic powders.)

Would I try these again? Eh… the bran is a little much. I should have laid the onions out on a cookie sheet instead, I think I had too many onions in the baking dish (that you can see below). But my good old dad smiled and said they were the ‘best non-onion ring onion rings [he] had ever tasted’. Nothing like your dad to boost your confidence 🙂

Lord of the Onion Rings

By ‘Hungry Girl’ Lisa Lillen


1 large onion

1/4 cup original Egg Beaters**

1/2 cup crushed Fiber One Cereal


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut edges off onion, and remove outer layer. Cut onion into 1/2 inch wide slices, and separate into rings.  Next, fill a small bowl (just large enough for onion rings to fit in) with Egg Beaters. Using a blender or food processor, grind Fiber One cereal to a breadcrumb-like consistency. Pour crumbs onto a small dish.  One by one, coat each ring in egg and then crumbs (give each ring a shake after the egg bath).  Place on an oven-safe baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray.  Cook for 20-25 minutes, flipping rings over about halfway through.  Serves one!

Serving Size: 15 rings; one recipe

Calories: 153
Fat: 1g
Sodium: 225mg
Carbs: 41g
Fiber: 16g
Sugars: 7g
Protein: 9g


Categories: The Real World

Author:Rachel Johnson

Writer/Photographer/Food Person Stupid Good: When food is so simple and delicious, it's just stupid.

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