AMAZING skinny recipes…

… courtesy of Gina at http://www.skinnytaste.com. She posts the most delicious looking low fat recipes that I think y’all will like.
I have no clue how many ww points any of these recipes are, but not everyone is on that diet so this is still a great reference.

If you cook anything from her website please let me know how it tastes!

 

 

Whoa!

Been a while. Sorry about that! I fell off the wagon for a week and felt too ashamed to post anything. How can I post about motivation and will power when I was eating mango ice cream? Needless to say, I’m back. I hope I’ve gotten it out of my system. My husband has hidden the scale so I can give myself a week or so to get back to where I was and not get depressed😛 Anyway, I got my butt back into gear by looking at old pictures of myself where I was much heavier. This kick in the gut featured prominently in my “Get back on the diet, you don’t want to look like this again” photo album:

Anywho, I went to the store today to buy some more pork roasts and I came upon some pretty yummy low point candies that I’d like to share. Some of these I think I may have pictured before, so they may be repeats, but I found a really awesome little gem during my browsing.

 

 

 

These are all pretty standard fare in my candy jar, except for these little guys. They are a whopping 5 candies for 2 points. I’m not kidding. I stopped in the middle of the aisle with like ten people behind me when I realized this so I could do my calculations again.

*Not pictured: Me with like ten of these stuffed in my mouth.

 

Apricot Dessert Quesadillas (Weight Watchers) Recipe | Key Ingredient

Here you go Regina! You asked for a dessert, and this is what I found for you. Unless you’d like something more chocolatey?

½ cup(s) light cream cheese, whipped

1 Tbsp sugar

½ tsp lemon zest

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

OPTIONAL: 1 T candied ginger, finely minced

4 medium apricot(s), sliced into thin wedges

1 spray(s) cooking spray, butter-flavored

1 Tbsp powdered sugar

1 serving(s) butter-flavor cooking spray

4 6-inch tortilla, flour, fat-free

Stir cream cheese, granulated sugar, zest and lemon juice together in a medium bowl. Spread ¼ of mixture on one half of each tortilla, layer each with ¼ of apricot slices and fold each tortilla in half.

Coat a 12-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Arrange 2 folded tortillas in skillet; cook over medium heat until golden brown, flipping once, about 4 to 5 minutes on the first side and 1 to 2 minutes on the other side. Remove from skillet, cover to keep warm and repeat with remaining 2 tortillas.

Cut each tortilla in half to form quarter wedges, place on a serving platter, dust with powdered sugar (use a sieve) and serve.

Yields 2 wedges per serving.

Flavor Booster: The hot-sweet bite of ginger adds an exciting taste dimension to the quesadillas. Halve the sugar in the cream cheese spread and mix in 1 tbsp finely minced candied ginger.

4 points.

via Apricot Dessert Quesadillas (Weight Watchers) Recipe | Key Ingredient.

Low Point Meal Ideas!

Hey y’all! I’ve been super busy lately with my job starting up, but I haven’t forgotten to take pictures of what I’ve been eating to give y’all ideas.

First, I’m happy to report that after a two week long plateau, my weight has finally dropped again. If you have experienced a plateau, or are experiencing one currently, don’t feel bad! It happens to all of us. Rest assured you’ll get out of it. My only word of advice is to tighten the belt a bit; sometimes plateaus happen because we get a little careless in counting points or maintaining our exercise schedule. If you have problems counting your points, a really helpful tip is to keep a journal of what you’re eating every day and how many points each item is. This is doubly helpful because then you have a quick reference for foods you like to eat often. I kept a journal the first six months of my diet and it helped me a lot in regards to staying on track and making sure I didn’t go over my daily point allowance on accident.

I have a dirty little secret though. I am TERRIBLE at exercising regularly. I admit it. I maybe do the elliptical once in a while. If you’re like me, and hate going to the gym, make sure that whatever you do during the day keeps you fairly active. I have a bad habit of sleeping in, and I notice that when I wake up earlier I lose weight faster. Make small changes like taking the stairs instead of the elevator! Every little bit helps. I also work with kids all day, so that tends to help.

So here are some meal ideas for y’all:

If you are in a rush one morning and don’t have time to cook a breakfast, either grab a fiber one bar or indulge in an 8 point Maple and Fruit oatmeal cup from Mickey D’s. Yup, you read me right. McDonald’s is a dieter’s worst nightmare, but they do offer one item that I get a few times a month. Their oatmeal is pretty good, and it’s great when I’m in a hurry. It’s full of fruits and raisins, which I LOVE. For those of you not on the WW diet, nutritional facts are available on the outside of the cup.

Total Weight Watchers Pointsplus value: 8

I want to apologize in advance for the next pictures. I was so hungry coming home from work that I started eating before I realized that I hadn’t taken pictures of my meal. I tried to get y’all semi decent pictures when I realized

😦

First up is Hummus. For those of you that love hummus, high five. For those of you that don’t, bear with me. I promise you this stuff is delicious. I was SO sure that this food is super yummy that I even fed it to some of the fifth graders I work with. And guess what: they ate it. Proof enough for you? I think so.

Sabra Supremely Spicy Hummus is supremely awesome. For those of you that like a kick to their food, like me, this stuff is amazing. Don’t worry; it isn’t actually supremely spicy. I could probably do with a little more, but it still has that nice after burn to it that I crave.

For those of you that don’t like spicy foods at all, Sabra offers a wide range of flavors. I mean, the super-market local to Florida has an entire section for these babies. And best of all? It’s only two points for two heaping tablespoons.

But what will you eat the hummus with, you ask? Simple: go to the bread aisle of your grocery store and get a package of this:

Super thin slices of crispbread that have delightful undertones of garlic and onion. I absolutely love this brand. It’s perfect for dipping without all the added calories/points of normal chips and breads.

Total Weight Watchers Pointsplus points: 1 point for two slices.

Last, but definitely not least, is the main course. If you haven’t figured this out yet, extra lean pork loins are nomtastic. They average around 1 point per oz., maybe less. The one we had for dinner was a whopping 3 points for 4 oz. Considering I have a 30 point a day allowance, you can see how this is potentially a large portion.

Here’s the brand we bought, but most extra lean pork loins are extremely tasty:

Again, sorry it’s an empty wrapping. I was really hungry o.O

Here’s what it looked like cooked:

This is the portion leftover after my husband and I ate our faces off, so you can see it’s actually quite a large pork loin. It’s great for leftovers when you don’t feel like cooking a low point meal.

Total Weight Watchers Pointsplus value: 3 points for 4 oz.

Whelp, that’s all I have for y’all today! My posts might be coming a little slower now that I’ve got an actual job in the works. Rest assured I brainstorm in my free time about new ideas to share with y’all🙂

How to eat out at restaurants:

I know I have a lot of problems when it comes to eating out at restaurants. First comes the bread, which is SO HARD for me to say no to (especially if it’s at Bonefish Grill or Red Lobster… mmm cheesy biscuits…) so I am going to compile a list of dos and don’ts for y’all

While you can have bread on weight watchers, I try to refrain. One cheesy biscuit at Red Lobster is about 5 points, and to me that’s just a waste of points when I could get something more filling in my actual meal. So if it’s just my husband and me, I usually ask them to just not bring out the bread. I know this is hard to do, because the bread is so good, but it’s a choice that you won’t regret. If I’m with friends that want bread, I usually ask them to keep the bread on their side of the table so that I wont be within easy reach of it. This sounds silly, but you’d be surprised how much it works. If you move it out of your reach it’s less likely that you’ll just casually pick up a piece and start munching away. My friends are great supporters in my diet, and they usually help me keep myself from making bad choices when we go out to eat. Unless their name is Kathleen. Then she tries to get me to cheat…😛 Anywho, if you can pass the bread test, you can pass any other test at a restaurant!

Beware of alcoholic beverages! I love getting fun fruity drinks when I go out, but they can rack up the points faster than anything. Alcohol isn’t as easy for the body to metabolize, so it usually just makes you pack on the pounds much faster. If you absolutely have to have a drink with the girls (or boys!) try to find something like this to help you out:

Not all places will be so considerate, but if you find a drink like this try to choose it over a pina colada.

Next up are salads… all I have to say is BEWARE. Salads in restaurants are DECEIVING. They can be some of the highest point items on the menu. I am NOT joking. Chili’s has one salad, a citrus balsamic vinaigrette salad, that is upwards of 19 points. Now don’t get me wrong, I love salads. But you really have to pick and choose the ingredients you put in them:

Just look at those ingredients; points ninjas waiting in the shadows to strike!

I tend to get the basic house salad and ask to have the croutons and cheese taken off. If the salad has nuts or dried fruit, I take those suckers off too. Nuts are high in points and although fresh fruit is zero points, dried fruit isn’t. I also usually get balsamic or vinegar and oil. Any cream based salad dressing will be high in points, so be careful. If they have “lite” salad dressings, those are usually okay (again, lite cream based salad dressings will be worse). **It is also a good idea to ask for the salad dressing on the side, because then you wont eat as much of it.** Fill up on salads and vegetables! You will be less likely to pig out when your actual meal arrives.

Grilled Chicken alla Caprese from Red Robin: sans bread, croutons, and pepperoni slices. Extra onions🙂

**Just a tip, the salad at Olive Garden is amazing, but the salad dressing is upwards of ten points. Solution? They have a low fat version of their salad dressing that you can ask for that tastes exactly the same. I am not joking. It’s awesome.

If you’re looking for a cup of soup before your meal, try to get something that isn’t cream based and has lots of veggies in it. Chicken noodle is a good choice. I usually average a cup of non-creamy soup at around 6 points. If the soup is cheesy, it’s probably not a good idea.

**Olive garden’s soups range anywhere from 3-6. The Minestrone is 3 per bowl and the Zuppa Toscana [sp] is about 4-5 (I always round up just in case. I’d rather spend too little points than too many.) Soup and salad is always a good choice at this restaurant, because you can fill up on the yummy salad and have one or two bowls of soup.

For your main course, try to figure out what dishes the restaurant serves before hand. I usually google the nutritional value menus for the restaurant that we’re going to for the night. For example, Outback Steakhouse has a complete nutrition menu available online. I can look up what I want to eat and just calculate how many points I will be spending from the comfort of my home. Then, when we get there, I don’t even open the menu. I set it aside and stick to what I picked out at home. (By the way, their mahi mahi is great!). Fish is always a good choice, but be careful with what they smother it in. Restaurants like to cover them in cream based sauces.

Desserts: I don’t even have to say beware, I’m sure most of you know this already. If you HAVE to have a desert, split it with someone. If it’s ala mode (with ice cream) ask for it without the ice cream. Again, Olive Garden has a great dessert option. Their berries and cream (which is unfortunately seasonal to summer) is only about 6 points and is fabulous. Can you tell I like Olive Garden?

Remember, you’re usually not as hungry as you think you are! Order something light and once you’re done with the salad/soup and your dinner, you will be full. I’m not talking about fit to bursting full; that’s never a good idea. I’m talking about satisfied but not weighed down full. I’m talking about healthy full🙂 Choose your meals wisely!

Also remember that weight watchers lets you have 49 indulgence points each week, so if you really do want those two cheesy biscuits or that mango margarita, it is possible to splurge!

I despise peas…

But I love Progresso’s Split Pea soup with Ham. Not to be confused with their Split Pea Soup with Bacon (I really don’t know the difference, but this is the one I’ve tried and enjoyed). It is a remarkably hearty soup that doesn’t really taste like nasty little peas to me. I’ve decided to show y’all which of these “lite” soups I enjoy the most, and this is the first one I will start out with. I enjoyed this soup SO much that Blaine and I went back to the store to buy four more cans of it.

Weight Watchers Pointsplus value: 6 for the whole can.

I wont lie to you. It looks kind of gross, but it tastes great. I add in cracked pepper, salt to taste, and loads of louisiana hot sauce🙂

With this soup I went ahead and grabbed one of the prepackaged lite Caesar Salad bags from the salad section. This is my favorite salad, even though it is semi-high in points. It is 3 points for every serving, but be forewarned that they consider this bag to be 4 servings total. So either save up your points if you’re a salad hog like me, or make sure you stick to the serving size. I don’t know if croutons are included in the nutritional value, but I always add in one or two as a treat🙂

Total Weight Watchers Pointsplus value: 3 per 2 cups of salad (and 1.6 tbs of dressing).

On a somewhat related note, when my mother visited she bought us all kinds of cute Halloween decorations. I’ve had an ongoing love/hate relationship with this guy though:

We filled him with peanut butter M&Ms and I’ve been sneaking them every once in a while, which can’t be good. So, to remedy this situation, I filled him chock full of my low point candies so that when I get the urge for something sweet I don’t have to fall back on those dirty little joy filled M&Ms.

Problem Solved!

Be proactive! If you know something is a huge temptation for you, fix the situation! Throw away that chocolate cake. Don’t rationalize it by saying it’s going to waste, if you eat it, then it’s just going to waist! Get it! … Yeah… um anyway, if you know you have a weakness to something, don’t even allow yourself to succumb to it. Remove the temptation! Or, if you have a hungry hungry hippo for a husband, like I do, don’t let him eat it around you. If he does, then treat yourself to a low point popsicle or some frozen gummy bears🙂 And always remind yourself when you go to bed that if you’ve done well today, then tomorrow you will reap the benefits!

Frozen Grapes and Gummy Bears

I don’t know about y’all, but I have a bad habit of not knowing when to stop eating something. I’ll tell myself, “Oh, I’ll just have five gummy bears,” and then end up eating 30. Gummy bears aren’t actually all that bad for you (they’re about 3 points for 17), but anything in excess is no bueno.

So, here’s how I remedied this problem.

Frozen gummy bears! Freezing them makes them harder to just eat one after another, and they last longer. Always measure out your serving size before you eat; never just eat them straight from a bag. Doing so makes you just eat more than you normally would, because you have the whole bag in front of you. Another fun freezing trick is this:

Frozen grapes! I love frozen grapes because they taste like mini popsicles. They’re great on a hot day, but more importantly they limit how much you eat. Grapes are zero points, of course, but the theory behind the idea is still sound! I also put these little duders in drinks to act as ice cubes (I especially love them in sprite zero).

What other foods can you think of that would taste great frozen?

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