(I am journaling my weight loss efforts in hopes that you and
I both might benefit. Me from being accountable and you from recipes and tips I write about. I am using the Weight Watchers PointsPlus program and usually calculate points using the nutrition guide underneath the
recipe. I invite anyone who wants to eat healthier along on this journey.)
One particular night's meal this last week was an easy one. I cooked a Hormel
Bourbon Maple flavored Pork Center Cut Loin Filet (4 oz. = 3 PointsPlus), frozen Kroger brand Key Largo Blend Vegetables (1 c. = 1 PointPlus) seasoned with Vegetable
Seasoning Mix, and Acorn Squash (1.5 PointsPlus). I filled each cavity of the split acorn squash with 1.5 tsp. each of Brummel and Brown and Splenda Brown Sugar Blend. A delicious
Obviously, I had left-overs of the pork loin, so another night I decided to have sliced pork loin sandwiches with a little
BBQ sauce on them. I also had bought a huge sweet potato and found a recipe for Cinnamon Sweet Potato Chips (4 PP). Be sure to read my review for the complete
story, but let it be known I messed up 7 pans fixing ONE potato for two people. Ha! No way I could fix this for a group even though the slicing was easy because I used my mandoline. My husband and I both enjoyed these and I would definitely fix them again.
I love trying out new smoothie recipes. Lela sent me a suggestion of one of her
personal recipes, Orange Creme Pie Smoothie. I looked and looked for the WalMart brand Orange Creme Pie Yogurt, but couldn't find it. So I settled
on Peach flavor. It was so good! I can't imagine the orange creme being better, but I do hope to find it so I can try it and see. It was 4.5 PP and made a filling breakfast, but it would especially make a great dessert some night when my sweet tooth won't
quit nagging me!
I bought a watermelon, but when I cut it, it really wasn't sweet enough for eating,
so I looked up some beverage recipes, hoping to find some way I could salvage it. I ended up making Cool Watermelon Slushes. I used Splenda instead of honey, making it 0 PP
for a cool, refreshing drink out of something that otherwise was destined for the garbage. You have to admit, it does look pretty.
Another meal I fixed this week was Root
Beer Pork Chops (7 PP), Sarah's Applesauce (0 PP), and Corn on the Cob (2 PP). I pulled both the corn and the applesauce from my freezer, having put it up last year. I had made
the applesauce with Splenda. I love homemade applesauce!
I did not follow the recipe exactly for the pork chops, so I am quite certain
they would have been much better had I done that. I used diet root beer, Splenda brown sugar, and thin pork chops...plus I broiled the chops instead of grilling them. The chops weren't that flavorful, but my oh my, the reduction sauce was wonderful. I used
it like a French dip. I could have drunk the stuff but refrained.
My husband and I took advantage of the long Memorial Day weekend to go on a short
trip. We went to The Creation Museum and Shaker Village, both in Kentucky. I made sure to take along apples, Fiber One Bars, and packages of peanut butter and crackers. For breakfast, we ate at the hotel. I had oatmeal or Raisin Bran and skim milk along with
my coffee and a piece of fruit. For lunch one day, we stopped at Subway where I got the Turkey Breast and Black Forest Ham Sub (7.5 PP). I added an apple I had brought. Another day at the Creation Museum, I ordered a salad with FF French Dressing and a small
bowl of Southwest Chicken Soup. It had black beans, tomatoes, corn, and very little chicken in a broth base, so I think it was perfectly fine. It tasted good too. Those PB crackers and fruit came in handy for lunch another day! For dinner the first night,
we stopped at Cracker Barrel and I got a vegetable plate. Another night we ate at Appleby's and I got the WW endorsed Lime Shrimp dish. It came with steamed white rice and mixed veggies. It was a delicious 8 PointsPlus! And then another evening we ate at Panera
Bread. I never eat there, so I wasn't sure what to get. I ended up getting a new salad that had strawberries and blueberries in it topped with a FF poppy seed dressing (5PP). I also got some low fat chicken tortilla soup (4 PP). One afternoon, we both were
craving something sweet, so we stopped at Chick-Fil-A and got a Diet Lemonade (1.5 PP) and a small Icedream Cone (5 PP). The last day coming home was my splurge day. Anyway, I had to have a burger on Memorial Day! We stopped at Sonic, and I got a burger with
mayo on it. I should have omitted that mayo, but I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a whopping 17.5 PP, but I took it easy for dinner.
Two of our vacation days were spent walking, walking, and walking some more!
(Of course, the other two were spent sitting in a car ) The Creation Museum was quite large and it also had beautiful gardens that we walked all over as well. Then the next day, we explored Shaker Village from one end to the other! Both nights, I was a worn
out little puppy. As I told you last week, I'm in a boot now for a few weeks because of a stress fracture in my foot. I really had no problem doing all that walking, but when night time came, I was so ready for bed! I was in high hopes that all that walking
would count for something...and it did! I lost 1.8 pounds this week. That makes a total of 4.6 lbs. lost this month. My goal is 5 lbs. a month because I generally lose rather slowly. Hopefully, I'll hit that goal next month, but any way you look at it, the
scale is going in the right direction. So I'm happy.
So tell me, what healthy, portable foods do you take with you when you go on
vacation and don't take an ice chest? What healthy foods do you order at restaurants?