Things People On Weight Watchers Understand

Thursday morning weigh in with my extended family.  I have been on Weight Watchers for years.  I have lost more than 120 pounds and believe it is the best way to lose weight (for me).  Is it an easy road? NO!  Do I get frustrated? YES!  Do I keep going? YES!

If you are on Weight Watchers, can you pick out those who are also adopting this way of life.  No, it is not a diet but a change in the food we eat and the way we look at eating every day.  Those of you on WW will understand today’s blog – see how many you can identify with…

1. Your friends know you always have snacks stashed in your purse (or in the car) just in case.  Anyone need a carrot or a granola bar or maybe even a jerky stick?

2. You’re have a deeply committed relationship with your pedometer or your fit bit.  Have you been known to do the happy dance when you hit your steps goal before sundown?  Or maybe you have walked circles around your living room just to hit your goal before the clock strikes midnight?

3. You know exactly how many ounces of chicken fit in the palm of your hand.  Or maybe you measure tablespoons by the tips of your thumb?

4. And you’ve figured out how to include exercise into every space you spend time in.  Even at the doctor’s office — why not? Parking in the farthest spot away from the store or carrying one thing at a time up the stairs?

5. You’ve considered walking a few extra miles for wine…Yup, that’s me!

6. …or for a little reward when you deserve it the most.  Keep the dessert and give me wine!

7. You have a special lightweight outfit set aside for your weigh-in day each week. Yup, been wearing the same type of outfit every week for weigh in FOREVER and never denim!  Or maybe you have been known to change clothes once you weigh in?

8. You know the feeling of pure bliss after having all your work lunches figured out ahead of time.

9. You’ve grown accustomed to people asking “can you really eat that?”  Yes, that’s chocolate chip cheesecake. And yes, you can have the recipe.

10. You find yourself doing things you thought were impossible effortlessly.  Well, almost.  Maybe the stairs are a little easier.  Maybe you jog more instead of walk.

11. You find yourself talking to strangers about how amazing spaghetti squash really is.  “It’s just like spaghetti. But it’s squash! No, really!”  So guilty of this one and cauliflower rice!

12. Light whipped topping is basically your boyfriend at this point.  You’ve found a million and one ways to use it, and you’re never gonna let it go.

13. More than anything, people can’t put their finger on what’s different about you… …but you look and feel great — of course they noticed!

Whether you are on Weight Watcher‘s or not, I’m sure you can identify at least a friend or two who fit one of these things.

How can you spot a fellow Weight Watcher?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Personal S’mores Pies

I LOVE S’more!  I remember sitting at my best friend’s house in the summer, letting the kids make s’mores in the fire pit.  Of course, they were also a favorite treat when we were camping when I was a kid.

Being a Weight Watcher, I would love to have them more often but the problem is I can’t stop at just one.  One turns to two and then two… you see where I am going with this, right?

I was so excited to see this recipe from Hungry Girl – not only is it low in points (calories) but I can make then any time at HOME!  You can bet I will be stocking up on the ingredients…

Prep: 20 minutes     Cook: 15 minutes     MAKES 6 SERVINGS
1/6th of recipe (1 mini pie): 149 calories, 6g total fat (2g sat fat), 128mg sodium, 20.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 8g sugars, 3.5g protein.  SmartPoints® value 6*

Ingredients:

Crust
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup light whipped butter or light buttery spread
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tbsp. powdered peanut butter
2 packets no-calorie sweetener (like Truvia)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt

Filling
2 tbsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup mini marshmallows
2 graham crackers (1/2 sheet), finely crushed

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 6 cups of a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  • To make the crust, pulse oats to the consistency of coarse flour in a small blender/food processor.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter for 20 seconds, or until melted.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground oats, melted butter, and remaining crust ingredients. Mix until uniform with the consistency of wet sand.
  • Evenly distribute mixture among the 6 cups of the muffin pan, using your hands or a flat utensil to firmly press and form the crusts. Press it into the edges and up along the sides.
  • Bake until firm, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, and set oven to broil.
  • Evenly distribute 1 tbsp. chocolate chips among the crusts (1 tsp. per crust). Top with marshmallows and remaining 1 tbsp. chocolate chips.
  • Cook until marshmallows have melted and lightly browned, about 1 minute.
  • Sprinkle with crushed graham crackers.

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Hope you have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Strawberry Muffins

Strawberry muffins

Thank you Lisa Richards for this YUMMY recipe!

Moist and full of fresh strawberry flavor, these muffins make a delightful treat. They’re perfect for a healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert, and the kids will love them!

Strawberries are on the Maybe list of foods to eat if you are on the Candida Diet. They are one of the lowest-sugar berries you can find, and a good way to introduce some fruit into your diet. Add in the coconut milk, coconut oil, and coconut flour, and you have a fiber-rich, low-sugar snack all the family will love.

You can make a large batch of these muffins and freeze them too. Take them on a picnic, or just keep them in the house for those between-meal hunger pangs. Just remember to make enough!

Prep Time:  15 mins     Cook Time:  30 mins     Total Time:  45 mins
Servings: 6 muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp. powdered stevia
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil , melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh strawberries
  • 6 fresh strawberry slices for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 6 cups of a 12 cup muffin tin with paper baking cups or brush generously with oil, set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift coconut flour, baking soda and salt, whisk to combine. In another medium bowl, add unsweetened coconut milk, stevia, melted coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla, whisk thoroughly. Pour liquid ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients, stir to combine for one minute as coconut flour absorbs liquids. Fold diced strawberries into muffin batter.
  3. Spoon muffin batter into the prepared tin, smoothing tops, then press a strawberry slice on the top of each. Bake muffins until golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool, serve.

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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Veggie-Loaded Quinoa Stir Fry  

Thank you Hungry Girl for another YUMMY recipe.  I LOVE this one.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS: 1/4th of recipe (about 2 cups): 323 calories, 4g total fat (<0.5g sat fat), 788mg sodium, 59g carbs, 8.5g fiber, 18.5g sugars, 12.5g protein.  SmartPoints® value 8*

Prep: 5 minutes     Cook: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed thoroughly
  • 1 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 6 cups frozen stir-fry veggies
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup all-natural thick teriyaki marinade or sauce (like the kind by Annie Chun’s)

Directions

  • In a medium pot, combine quinoa, 1/2 tbsp. garlic, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes, or until water has been absorbed and quinoa is fully cooked. Transfer to a large bowl, and cover to keep warm.
  • Bring a very large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add remaining 1/2 tbsp. garlic, stir-fry veggies, broccoli, and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook until veggies have mostly softened, 6 – 8 minutes.
  • Uncover, and cook and stir until excess liquid has evaporated and veggies are fully softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Add teriyaki sauce and cooked quinoa and mix well. Cook and stir until hot, about 1 minute. Serve up and enjoy!

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Have  a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge

I LOVE this Weight Watchers Recipe when I am craving something sweet without using ALL of my points.  Let’s make some before the HOT summer weather comes or you can make it and put it in the refrigerator.

Rich and delicious, and so easy to prepare. One square is all you need to satisfy a sweet tooth.  It is 3 PointsPlus Value for 1 cube.
Prep time: 10 min   Cook time: 5 min     Serves: 36

Ingredients

1 spray(s) cooking spray
1 2/3 cup(s) sugar
2/3 cup(s) fat free evaporated milk
2 Tbsp reduced-calorie margarine, or light butter
12 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
14 large marshmallow(s)

Instructions:

  • Coat an 8- X 8-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar, evaporated milk and margarine (or butter); bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring constantly, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in chocolate and marshmallows; remove pan from heat and stir until smooth.
  • Pour mixture into prepared pan and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Cut into thirty-six 1 1/3-inch squares and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.
    Notes
  • Store fudge in refrigerator. Or freeze for a firmer consistency.

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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!