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Celebrating Eating Healthy - Week 5 
Jun. 7, 2012 6:21 am 
Updated: Jun. 30, 2012 4:47 pm

(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 to come along on this journey.)

This week's dinners began with Maple Cajun Mahi MahiCarrot Salad, and a baked potato. When I went to get the Mahi Mahi out of the freezer, I discovered there was none. So I went with salmon instead. Still a very good way to use 6-9 points! The Carrot Salad said it made enough for 8, but mine didn't. In fact, it made enough for 2! I'm sure carrot size matters. I omitted the almonds and figured since apples and carrots are 0 pointsplus, this came in at 2 points per serving.

This week's new smoothie recipe is Banana Blast I. I saw that lutzflcat had reviewed it and I know that she's on WW too. I used skim milk, only 1 cup of ice, and added Vanilla Bean Torte protein powder. Since the milk and the protein powder are the only thing with points, it comes in at 3 PP for the entire thing!

For lunch one day I fixed Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwich Filling. I had made this once before and thought it would be good with grated carrots in it, so I added them. This makes a really good lunch on multigrain crackers or on a deli flat/sandwich round. I figured up the points for the entire recipe of the light mayo and beans (omitting the veggies because they are 0 points), and it came out to be 10 PP for the entire thing. That way, I get to divide it into however many servings I want.

Another day I made Low-Fat Broccoli Soup for lunch. Counting the broccoli as 0, I figured that this soup is 2 PP per serving. Guess what? I had 2 servings for lunch that day :)

My final two recipes I'd like to share with you are Tropical Pineapple Chicken (3 PP) and Cajun Style Baked Sweet Potato (6 PP). Both were good. They weren't pretty or anything special, but they made a  good evening meal.

I have a good friend who invited me to go to the beach with her this week, Tuesday - Friday. She is getting to use a family member's condo free of charge. So I jumped at the chance! I love seafood, so I have tried to be sensible, yet still enjoy myself. I'm missing my weigh in day and am not finding a place to weigh in while out of town since I am with someone else. So I'll just weigh in next week and hope for the best :)

Have you discovered any new healthy recipes this week? Please share!

Jun. 7, 2012 7:13 am
I have followed your weight loss blogs Paula and I want to thank you for all your effort in posting great photos and recipes. Have fun at the beach ..I love seafood too and when I travel I ask for grilled fish or shrimp(my fav) with no sauce...I actually ask if they would grill it "dry"...so they don't overdo the butter or oil.....I am going to try your low fat broccoli soup recipe and those delicious looking cajun sweet potatoes....keep up all your hard work...:)
Jun. 7, 2012 7:19 am
The cajun sweet potatoes sound really good. I think those are going on the menu tonight. Thanks for sharing.
Jun. 7, 2012 7:25 am
baked apple sauce by marie mootz keep up the good work
Jun. 7, 2012 8:04 am
Hi Paula, I used to belong to WW years ago and it was the only thing that worked for me. I just rejoined this past Saturday..so I've two more days until weighin. Am hoping I've lost..I'd forgotten the first week is the hardest; however, I am on the program..having issues with choosing the right foods, so take up a lot of my points with the wrong kind and have kicked into my extra, but hope as the time goes by that i will get inline and learn to make better food choices. Thank you so much for your blog. And congrats on the weight loss..I know how hard that is to do so. I hope that I can follow your example and lose the 5 lbs a month.
Jun. 7, 2012 8:17 am
The food looks great! Keep up the great work!:):)
Jun. 7, 2012 8:23 am
Thanks Paula! I am on WW too so I appreciate the recipes and PointsPlus calculations!
Jun. 7, 2012 8:43 am
Hi Paula.. I agree with ellie's comments above. I really enjoy and appreciate your blog. You are probably already aware of this recipe, but I tried Tasty Lentil Tacos by Michelle Thomas from this site. They were really good! Can you tell me how you calculate your PointsPlus? I used to know the formula, but can't quite remember it. I think the Carrot Salad looks like something I'd like to try...Great photos and blog!
Jun. 7, 2012 8:53 am
You are doing good!! With a newborn baby I haven't had much time or motivation to cook lately. One of my favorite 'meals' to make for myself (quick and easy!) is a parfait with about 2/3 greek yogurt, a sliced banana, 2 tbs. ground flax, and cinnamon. Yummy and healthy! Also I make a protein shake that counts as a meal with milk, half a banana, tsp. cocoa powder, chocolate whey powder (sugar free), and a scoop of peanut butter. SO good! It is probably higher in calories but it keeps me full for hours. Also good is a baked sweet potato topped with vanilla greek yogurt and cinnamon.
Jun. 7, 2012 12:28 pm
I have been skulking around your "healthy food" blogs for a while now (= Weight is a life issue for me, too. I'm "up" again. I've been saying for about 1 1/2 years (since we were supposed to meet at Baking Nana's for the first So Cal round-up!) that I want/need to lose weight. (All the pics from all the round-ups just underline that! As depressing as it can be to look in the mirror sometimes, the pictures are so much worse!) I was given a wake-up call (I'm looking at it as a blessing!) when I got my lab work back, and was told that I am pre-diabetic. So, I am working hard to get my weight down - and trying to watch my carbs, specifically (which is so hard for a self-proclaimed "carb-girl!") I have lost 9 pounds since Mother's Day! Woo hoo! Mostly using Atkins bars and shakes, and real food for dinner. I started that way, mostly to get used to eating smaller portions. (Portioning is a huuuuuuuuge issue for me!) I need to learn to do it (again!) with real food! In the meantime, I added some weblinks to my RB yesterday. I am always on the lookout for a good grilled fish taco, and want to start cooking fish. This is on my To Do list: http://allrecipes.com/weblink/63239293/dr-oz-tilapia-taco-recipe-from-recipes-for-diets/detail.aspx
Jun. 7, 2012 12:32 pm
I saw this yesterday, and want to give it a try! http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/the-revolution/blog/diet-and-exercise/harley-oatmeal-berry-frittata ... When I looked for a "recipe," I found this: http://allrecipes.com/weblink/63239299/dr-oz-apple-cinnamon-frittata-oatmeal-recipe-by-harley-pasternak/detail.aspx
Jun. 7, 2012 12:34 pm
Here are some good-for-you drinks, including a green shake (I keep hearing about chia seeds, and want to try the chia "shake!"): http://allrecipes.com/weblink/63239306/dr-oz-chia-seed-shake-glowing-green-smoothie-detox-tea-recipes/detail.aspx
Jun. 7, 2012 12:36 pm
Here's another (breakfast) smoothie I want to try: http://allrecipes.com/weblink/63239385/daphne-ozs-superfood-breakfast-smoothie---the-chew---abccom/detail.aspx
Jun. 7, 2012 12:36 pm
And I want to try this oatmeal! http://allrecipes.com/weblink/63239399/daphne-ozs-gladiator-oatmeal---the-chew---abccom/detail.aspx
Jun. 7, 2012 12:47 pm
Oh! I am also riding my stationary bicycle! Aiming for every other day to every day (though, it doesn't happen as often as I'd like . . . ). AND, I have always HATED my arms - always! I saw this yesterday, and stopped to pick up some weights on my way home last night and started working on my arms when I got home. Maybe I won't have to hate them for the rest of my life (= http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBv-ID8IN1o
Jun. 7, 2012 8:02 pm
Thanks, everyone, for your encouragement and kind words. Jane, you are so right. The first week is the hardest. In fact, I think the first month is the hardest because I am having to adjust to those smaller portion sizes. Good luck the rest of this week. Hope you've lost!
Jun. 7, 2012 8:05 pm
Mi Being Me, I love those lentil tacos! Aren't they great? Even my husband really liked them. The only way to calculate pointsplus is to purchase a calculator from WW or use the one online. It calculates some kind of formula using the fats, protein, carbs, and fiber stats of the dish.
Jun. 7, 2012 8:08 pm
Cicischwartz, your easy recipes sound good. I would never think to put vanilla greek yogurt on a baked sweet potato! I'll have to try that. Enjoy that baby!
Jun. 7, 2012 8:12 pm
Xraybarb, don't you hate wake-up calls? But I guess in the long run, they are certainly good for you. Yay for you and your 9 pound loss. Good job! Thanks for all the recipe suggestions. Oh, I understand about the arms. I have those exact same issues. I will admit, though, since I have been working out with a personal trainer who has me lifting weights, I like my arms much better. I believe the weights are really helping.
Jun. 7, 2012 9:22 pm
[I actually bought a sleeveless t-shirt last night in anticipation of not being embarrassed by my naked arms (=]
Jun. 7, 2012 11:03 pm
Paula, all the food looks so good. Thanks for sharing all the recipes and WW points.
Jun. 10, 2012 7:06 am
hi Paula your a really good cook i tried one of your recipes lol 5/5
Jun. 30, 2012 4:47 pm
You have some good recipes! Have you heard of the science of Acidic vs Alkaline? I have found good results with Kangen water to get the acid out of body tissues, that is through hydration,not just alkaline food.but washing out acid with the right water! I love my water and what its done for me!www.sueginger.yourbodyiswater.com
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Holidays bring out the traditions: chocolate chip cheese ball; crockpot chicken and dressing; and broccoli salad, sweet potatoes and butterscotch pie handed down from past generations. Another thing that must be tradition in my family: we all make new recipes when we have company! My mother, sister, daughter, and I all do this. My daddy never understood why we would risk making something we had never made before. Actually, none of us has ever served company a new recipe that didn't taste good.
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