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

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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 🙂

Never go through your old photos…

I was looking through my old photos and found something scary… me pre-diet! I’m really baring my soul here by showing this. I almost just deleted it:

Holy guacamole. Forget deleting it, I think I’m going to print this sucker out just so I can burn it. NEVER again!

 

Grocery Shopping!

I had to go pick up some things today, so I took the opportunity to take pictures of some of my go-to foods that I usually take home. (Yes, I was that weird chick walking around Wal-Mart taking pictures of the food.) Some of the things I bought were the ingredients for Anne’s Fruit Dip… ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. I licked the spoon clean after mixing it together. I did end up cutting all the ingredients in half because I felt like 32 oz. was a heck of a lot of fruit dip.

I can tell this is going to become a staple dessert in my diet.

Here are some other things that I thought I’d share with y’all:

If you don’t know about Laughing Cow cheese, you should probably go to the store right now and buy some. They come in a bunch of different flavors, but my favorite is the jalapeno pepper flavor. All of them are quite good though, and they’re super low in calories. The Weight Watchers version of this cheese is also super yummy!

Weight Watcher Pointsplus value: 1 per slice (they are prepackaged inside).

These veggie straws are what I automatically go to whenever I feel the mood to just eat something crunchy (they’re the closest thing to potato chips I’ll ever eat). They are actually REALLY good, especially when you load them up with some laughing cow cheese 🙂 The best part about these chips is that the serving size is huge compared to other chips.

Weight Watchers Pointplus value: 38 chips for about 3 points.

Next up are the Wal-Mart brand egg rolls. Yep, you read me right. The shrimp and chicken egg rolls are an astounding two points per egg roll. Two egg rolls are pretty filling, let me tell you. A meal for 4 points? Can’t beat that!

Weight Watchers Pointsplus value: 2 per roll

*Disclaimer: The pork egg rolls are higher, I don’t touch them. And this isn’t to say ALL egg rolls are so low in points, just these!

For those of you who have a sweet tooth, there are actual Weight Watcher candies available to buy. I am not a huge fan of buying Weight Watcher brand foods, because I feel like most of the time I can get the same thing but for less money, but these guys are pretty good at making some yummy desserts. Also very good are the sugar free candies for those people that have insulin problems, but they actually tend to be about a point higher.

Weight Watcher Pointsplus value: 1 point per candy

Greek Yogurt! Absolutely amazing and incredibly good for you! I favor this brand because I like having a little crunch in my yogurt, but most brands are pretty good. The points values tend to fluctuate a bit depending on the brand you buy.

Weight Watchers Pointsplus value: 3 per yogurt cup.

Okay, these guys defy all logic. They’re chocolate fudge popsicles that are only ONE POINT. I could eat these all day. They don’t taste like diet popsicles at ALL. I have no clue how they did this, but to whatever genius out there that made this happen, you have my thanks.

Okay, as a whole I don’t tend to eat all that many nuts, despite the fact that they’re so good for you. They tend to be high in fat, which jumps up the points on their value, and I usually just decide to eat something else. These little duders are actually really good though; they’re dusted with cocoa powder. Almonds are absolutely great for your body, and my mother tells me that eating six a day will make your hair healthier. I’m all about my hair, so I’m gonna try eating these a little more often.

If you’re actually on this diet and have a problem with remembering how many points each item is, try this little trick:

Grab a sharpie marker and write those numbers down so you have a quick reference, instead of having to dig through your pocket to find your calculator/smart phone to puzzle out the point values.

Anyway, I know this was a long post, but I had a lot to say! I have to get all my ideas down before I forget to show them to y’all. I hope this has helped some of you!

Food Reviews!

I lost a pound today! Which sounds great until I remember that I had accidentally gained two… but we wont talk about that. The only thing more depressing than gaining weight is giving up because of it, because then the alien baby wins. And no one wants that.

Anyways, today I thought I’d put up a review on some of the foods I have laying around the house that I eat almost daily.

The first item on the list is this:

Now there are two different types of Fiber One bars as far as points go. This type is the more lightweight one, and the one I eat the most. The one pictured is the peanut butter flavor, but I also really like the strawberry and oats. I eat these EVERY DAY. Fiber is a GREAT addition to your diet, and helps you lose weight faster. These guys taste just like rice crispy treats to me, and I absolutely love them. I even stick one in my purse when I’m going on errands just in case I get the munchies along the way.

Total Weight Watcher Pointsplus value: 2 (4 for the bigger versions). 35% of your daily fiber!

Next up we have:

Now I’m a fan of soups just in general; I eat them even when it’s hot as hell outside. So I might be a little biased. But from a completely non biased standpoint, light soups are a great way to help you lose weight. I eat them for lunch when I’m at work or for dinner when I can’t think of anything else to eat. The best brands are shown above, but there are a whole slew of other brands that you can try. Try to stay away from the “Chunky” soups though, they’re really not doing you any favors. One can will go upwards of 10 points. (My favorites are the Italian Style Wedding and the Mediterranean Chicken with Orzo).

Weight Watcher Pointsplus value: 4 to 6 depending on the soup you buy.

This cheese is AMAZING. The Light String Cheese from Sargento tastes delicious and comes down to a grand total of 1 point per serving. ONE POINT. It’s great for when you want to munch on something but don’t really want to invest the points into something more substantial. I take one with me every time I go to lunch to have with one of my Healthy Choice soups. Also remember, virtually all vegetables and fruit are zero points, so go ahead and throw some carrots and whatever fruit you like into your lunch menu; it helps round out your meal and keep you fuller longer.

Later on today I will be making Anne’s fruit dip, so I’ll try to make a post about how that ends up.

 

 

 

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