(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 using whatever plan you prefer.)
My week at the beach was a blast! My favorite thing? Sitting on the balcony in the morning drinking my coffee and marveling
at the work of the Creator! I don't think I could ever get tired of watching the ocean in the early morning.
I went out to eat only once a day for the lunch meal, and I split the meal with my friend. That's probably where the restraint
ended. I will admit, I did not always choose dry grilled fish. I did get a favorite seafood bisque at a certain restaurant and a grouper covered with the white sauce with shrimp and crab in it at another. But once I got home, I got right back on track (after
that Mexican meal my friends insisted on), counting points and making healthy choices. I only lost .4 of a pound this week, but I'm ok with that because I enjoyed myself at the beach, I didn't feel deprived, and the scale is going in the right direction.
A new recipe I tried this week really surprised me. It's Sweet
Cottage Cheese and Bananas. I highly recommend this for those of you who don't really care for cottage cheese. The honey does something delightful to it and makes it really good. I used Kraft's Simply Fat Free Cottage Cheese (2 PP), only 1 1/2 tsp.
of honey (1 PP), and the banana (0 PP) for a delicious 3 point breakfast.
Lela, I finally found some Orange Cream yogurt to make your Orange
Creme Pie Smoothie the way you intended. I really like it. I hope you have submitted it to AR. It's definitely going to be a smoothie I fix over and over.
I love it when I fix an entire dinner that is really good. I fixed Thirty
Minute Baked Tuna Burgers (4 PP), Healthier
Old Fashioned Potato Salad (4 PP), and cantaloupe (0 PP). I made Randy's
Easy Remoulade Sauce for my husband, but I found that I had a hard time staying out of it!
I love adding fish to my menu. This week I made Lemon
Garlic Tilapia (3 PP). One of the things I especially like about it is that it uses ingredients I always have, so it's easy to make and it's delicious. With my fish I had Roasted
Vegetables (1-2 PP?). This is a very painless way of getting all those veggies in.
I especially love salads in the summertime. One of my favorite congealed salads that just screams summer is Gelatin
Fruit Salad. My grandmother first made this recipe for me, so it conjures up fond memories, but it also tastes great! I use all sugar-free ingredients: SF Jello, SF applesauce, crushed pineapple in its own juice, and Diet Sierra Mist. You can also
easily switch up the Jello flavors. Now, according to WW, all the ingredients are 0 points, so I make it into 4 servings and count it as 0!
Another salad I especially enjoy in the summertime is carrot salad. I decided to try a new one, Mom's
Carrot and Raisin Salad. It certainly works well with my WW way of eating since the only dressing is 3 T. of orange juice. Carrots are 0 points, and the rest of the ingredients total
maybe 4 PointsPlus for the entire dish. So I didn't feel guilty eating one serving. I could even add 1 T. of my low-fat Hellman's and only add another point to the entire recipe.
So tell me...do you have any favorite healthy salads you especially like in the summertime? I'd love to hear about them...and
any other healthy dishes you've made this week!