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Celebrating Eating Healthy - Week 6 
Jun. 14, 2012 12:58 pm 
Updated: Jun. 20, 2012 5:13 am

(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!

Jun. 14, 2012 1:44 pm
Afraid I blew off healthy this week with all the roundup food! Sometimes, you just have to party:) While my hotwings were a guilty pleasure they were baked instead of fried and I included fresh in season fruits for a side salad. Also when I make cheese dips or dairy based favorites I do use 2% sharp cheddar cheese or lowfat cream cheese. I try to shave off fat and calories yet still give the dishes that decadent party rich flavor!
Jun. 14, 2012 3:07 pm
Cat Hill, you're right. Sometimes we just have to throw healthy to the wind for a few days and enjoy ourselves. After all, we're on this journey for life...a long one we hope! I love your tips for making things just a little bit lighter.
Jun. 14, 2012 3:22 pm
This is a great simple recipe for all year long. Cut up a couple of tomatoes in chunks and add some no fat Italian dressing. It's good on top of cottage cheese, or just on lettuce and cucumbers. We even used it for pizza sauce one time and it was really good that way! The great thing about this recipe is that it is an excellent way to preserve a tomato that's a bit soft for a few extra days.
Jun. 14, 2012 7:07 pm
Where do you buy fish? I LOVE it, but the quality of frozen available here is awful. You're doing great. I was lucky enough to lose weight on vacation last week...we were in New York City and all that walking and not eating after supper made it easy! Lost 2 pounds! Now I'm swimming a lot and trying to keep up the "no eating after supper" thing.
Jun. 14, 2012 7:16 pm
Redly, you've made a great suggestion with the tomato chunks and Italian dressing. Not something I've heard either. Thanks!
Jun. 14, 2012 7:20 pm
TwoSweetPickles, I buy my fish at Sam's. Unfortunately, I probably don't know really good quality fish because I never get it fresh :) I'm trying to do that no eating thing after supper too. Congrats on your weight loss even on vacation! Good job!
Jun. 14, 2012 9:09 pm
Paula-all the fish looks so wonderful. I really am not fond of fish. However, I do try to include tilapia and never thought about using tuna to make burgers. I am glad you finally found some orange creme' pie yogurt. It is one of my favorite smoothies. The salad I love-not sure how low in points it is. It has 183 calories per serving. I really have to watch the portion size on this salad. Good For You Greek Salad-http://allrecipes.com/recipe/good-for-you-greek-salad/detail.aspx
Jun. 15, 2012 6:13 am
Lela, thanks for the salad recipe. I wish I liked olives:) That recipe has a lot of olive oil for me, but I like the idea of using all those fresh veggies along with the oregano and maybe some FF Italian dressing.
Jun. 15, 2012 4:11 pm
Good going Paula! Losing a .4 pound is great for vacation and WW is supposed to be a lifestyle change. We can all lose weight with different diets but keeping it off is where the work comes in! You are building an arsenal of recipes that will help you reach and keep your goal weight. I personally have been very unmotivated and the scale lets me know! I haven't really gained or loss in a couple of weeks and I know that is 100% me. Reading your blogs reminds me that to succeed I need to be dedicated and I appreciate you sharing your journey with us. Keep up the good work!
Jun. 15, 2012 4:22 pm
Thanks, Tasha. I really want this to be a lifestyle change. Eating "bad" things (cream sauces, heavy desserts, fried foods) seem ok to me if it's once in a while. I just can't do it everyday or even every week. It has to be a special treat. And I'm reminding myself that I have to be more disciplined right now in the losing stage. I'm pretty sure I'll have a little more flexibility once I reach goal, but even then, I want to maintain that healthy way of eating most of the time.
Jun. 16, 2012 4:44 am
Now that summer is upon us, we do love to grill fresh veggies, chicken, shrimp, any kind of fish. For the sweet tooth, fresh fruit and mixing up salads with veggies and fruit. By the way I usually come back with less weight after our weeks at the beach, mostly because I can walk for miles up and down the waters edge. Keeping active is the best way to keep the pounds off. Keep up the good work, and you have to reward yourself once in awhile, nothing wrong with that.
Jun. 16, 2012 4:45 am
Oh and I've been paying attention to all your beautiful food photos...great blog.
Jun. 16, 2012 6:24 am
Thanks for your comments, Sherri. I love salads with fresh fruit in them too, especially strawberries and blueberries.
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