Healthy Meal: Turkey Dog and Chow Chow Slaw

So you all know that quote from Mean Girls about Halloween? “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” What can I say – I dress very conservatively most of the time, but on Halloween, I live by that rule :) Well, I won’t bare my stomach, but I definitely go for the short skirt, low cut top, etc. Boyfriend and I want to dress up as something as a couple, and we’re not sure what yet, but I want to be in great shape so I look good and not ridiculous. Therefore: it’s Halloween diet time!

Lately I’ve been going out to eat or getting takeout more for convenience than for the experience or an event – not good. I’m going to try to really avoid eating out if I can help it. Tonight I had an obligation-free night, so I decided to kick off with a really light dinner: a grilled turkey dog and Rachael Ray’s chow chow slaw.

Believe it or not, I didn’t really make any changes to this recipe other than cutting back on the sugar and salt. As a result, the slaw was a little bit more sour than it probably should have been, but I still liked the tanginess, and the turmeric gave it a really nice color.

When you add a 70 calorie turkey dog, you get a decent amount of protein too – and all for under 300 calories! The fiber in the cabbage makes this really filling despite the low calorie count, and while it’s not my favorite recipe, it’s a great way to kick off a diet while still indulging on a junk food like hot dogs :)

Now – should I try to get to the gym tonight? My legs have a bit of soreness in them from yesterday’s marathon, but they’re not bad. However, I’m absolutely exhausted, so I think I’m just going to hit the sack and get up early. I have a book club tomorrow night and I’m nowhere near done yet, so my plan is to get up super early and then read on the bike in the morning.

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