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Friday, March 11, 2011

Breakfast Smoothie

I used strawberries instead of bananas today. Still tasty, thick, and delicious but 4 strawberries didn't add much strawberry flavor. Maybe strawberries and vanilla soymilk. 6p+

The protein whey powder has been making me feel fuller. Also combined with the multivitamin and daily veggies, I am feeling much better. My immune system has taken a beating this year.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

WW Points Plus Restaurant Blog

Going to Panera for lunch so I thought I would find what the best choices are. I found this site. So today I got the Asian Sesame Chicken Salad which is 8 Points+. Really tasty. I still have to learn to not get the bread side. I like bread though. Whole grain baguette side is 5 Points +.

For breakfast I had an awesome smoothie. Pure protein whey, light chocolate silk soymilk, and frozen banana slices. 6 points + Delightful!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Hungry Girl Chicken Parmesan

This was really delicious! Hungry Girl No Harm Chicken Parm! find the recipe here.
Egg beaters --> 2 egg whites
Fat free mozzarella --> thinly sliced provolone
Tomato sauce --> jarred marinara
8 Points +

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Jammed with Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

From HG 1-2-3:

I didn't have all of the ingredients for the actual HG recipe so I improvised, which of course is higher in points.

Fat free egg substitute --> 2 real eggs
Laughing cow cheese --> cream cheese
Light white bread --> High fiber bread
Sugar free strawberry preserves --> Strawberry Rhubarb preserves

Eeekkkk! 12 points vs 7 points
It was still really delicious!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Starting Weight Watchers Points Plus Program

I found a great website for Weight Watcher support here. I was going to sign up for the 3 month deal with no sign up fee, which expires 3/12/11, but I found the formula for the Points Plus program online and decided that I am going to keep track of it myself.

Here is another website run by a WW leader here. Both sites have lots of recipes. The only thing I can't find is how many daily points I should have. The previous bottom daily points was 19. Based on the Suggested Daily Points breakdown by meal, I think the bottom daily points is 29. Plus everybody gets 49 Extra Weekly Points Allowance. Awesome!

I love that all fruits and veggies are free (except starchy potatoes, corn, peas, and high fat avocado). I am focusing more on fruits and veggies as well as a multivitamin everyday since I have been sick since December 29th. Yes, I realize it is March. I lost my tastebuds for a few weeks too but they are slowly coming back.

Another site with good swaps for high fat foods is Hungry Girl. The recipes in the Hungry Girl books have all been updated online to reflect Points Plus. I LOVE these books! My goal is to do at least 2 HG recipes a week and I will review the recipe too.

WW+ starts 03/06/11!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Healthy snacks you can't overdo

I love articles like this one from When you are "dieting" all of a sudden your brain tells you that you need to eat more. At least that is how mine works. lists six snack foods you can't overdo. Fabulous!

Healthy Snack #1: Homemade Cucumber Pickles
Make it: 1.Thinly slice cucumbers; 2. Douse in rice vinegar. Pretty simple, right? "Cucumbers only have 16 calories per cup and the rice vinegar only adds 1 calorie per teaspoon but tons of flavor," Blatner says. This low-calorie snack should be a staple in your healthy diet.

Healthy Snack #2: Air-Popped Popcorn
"Because popcorn is mostly air, you can eat a lot for minimal calories," Blatner says. "You get about 3.5 cups for only 100 calories." And since popcorn is naturally a whole grain, you also get 4 grams of filling fiber. For extra flavor add paprika, chili powder, vinegar and pepper, or cinnamon.

Healthy Snack #3: Zucchini Carpaccio
Make it: 1. Thinly slice zucchini; 2. Drizzle with lemon; 3. Sprinkle with pepper. The secret to this healthy snack is in the lemon. "Cutting the zucchini very thin allows the lemon to tenderize it, so it's extra delicious!" At only 19 calories per cup, with flavorful and low-calorie lemon and pepper as seasoning, this may become your favorite way to eat squash.

Healthy Snack #4: Canned Artichokes
Blatner recommends rinsing and draining to reduce the sodium content. Then dig in! Artichokes have one of the highest antioxidant contents of all fruits and vegetables. "So you're not only getting just 16 calories each," Blatner says, "you're also getting healthy anti-aging, disease-fighting antioxidants." Call it youth in a can.

Healthy Snack #5: Homemade Kale Chips
Make it: 1. Preheat oven to 375°F; 2. Wash 2 bunches of kale, remove stems, tear into small pieces; 3. Toss with 2 tsp olive oil and spread on baking sheet; 4. Salt lightly; 5. Bake until crisp and slightly golden around edges (10 minutes). "These satisfying chips only have 34 calories per cup, versus a cup of bagel chips, which would be four to five times more calories."

Healthy Snack #6: Finger-Food Veggies
"Veggies are mostly water—about 90 percent," Blatner says. So you'll feel full long before you overdo it. Plus, veggies are one of the most portable snacks around. "Celery, carrots, grape tomatoes, snow peas and broccoli are the best finger-food veggies." Pop them in a plastic bag and eat on the go. It'll save you from giving in to drive through disasters.

Monday, January 3, 2011

How to find a new gym

As with most New Year's resolutions, many people are looking at gym memberships. Some questions to ask yourself before signing the dotted line and laying down the bucks:

  • Is the gym convenient to your home or work? If you have to go out of your way, you will make excuses not to go.
  • Do your research on the gym - many companies don't make it. Make sure you pick a reputable company with a good track record.
  • Introductory offer - What does it entail? What are you getting for our money?
  • Know what it takes to get out of a contract - You sign for a year and something comes up after 3 months. Know what your options are.
  • What is your goal? - Focusing on strength or cardio? Make sure the gym offers what you are looking for.

Your health is an investment. Research your options. Your body will thank you!