So I got weighed last week – Week 4. I didn't gain, I didn't lose. And I actually find that to be a victory.
Usually on weekends I go for a long walk/hike each day. On Sundays we usually walk to the farmer's market, which is 10 minutes away, walk around, walk back and THEN go for an hour-long walk together as a family. I then try to fit in extra walking – park farther away at the Metro, walk around the block at lunch, get in a quick walk with Emerson before bed. This week I didn't do any of that.
I also ate pasta. We didn't get around to getting good groceries so we were eating that which was in the house, and that meant pasta. One night I made linguini (and not the Ronzoni stuff which is low points) with pesto (from my neighbor). For dinner I had that with some frozen spinach, and I didn’t measure. The next day I knew I would have meetings all day at work and no time for lunch, and had no frozen meals so I grabbed the leftover pasta, which must have been at least 2 cups worth and ate it for breakfast AND lunch. Oh, and another night we ate Gordon’s breaded fish filets for dinner, I had two.
And, I am supposed to get my period this weekend.
So to have all that against me and be flat, I feel pretty good.
And pretty motivated to get on track again this week.
After my meeting last night I hit the grocery store so I wouldn’t end up resorting to pasta and freezer-burned randomness. It was funny, I saw two other women from the meeting and my mom also went with me. A couple things I get to have on hand for easy quick low-point meals:
– Laughing Cow cheese, Egg Beaters
– Thomas’ Bagel Thins and their Light High Fiber English Muffins
– Tons of fresh produce that’s fun to munch on – cherries, strawberries, blueberries, apples, baby carrots, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, kale
– Hellman’s Low Fat Mayonnaise (lower points than the Light), and Breakstone’s Fat Free Sour Cream (the only brand that tastes like something when fat free)
– Fiber One cereal – the classic stuff. Smash it in a Ziploc bag and use in place of breading
– Vegetables that make a meal – spaghetti squash, artichokes, Brussels sprouts, etc.
– Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches and Weight Watchers Strawberry Smoothie frozen bars
– Progresso soups – many are 0 and 1 pt. Per serving and great to have in the drawer at work in case I forget lunch or crave a meal at 3pm
– Fiber One bars – I like the chewy chocolate chip ones and they are the size of a regular bar and only 2 points and super delish
– Jolly Time microwave popcorn – 2.5 points for one whole bag
– Fresh ginger, all types of onions, garlic, pepperoncinis, lemon and lime juice, soy sauce, a variety of vinegars, wasabi powder, various dried spices, all sorts of “free” flavorings
– Olivio spray, Olive-oil based no-stick, and regular no-stick
– Pickles – love Bubbie’s but when I can’t find I go with Clausen (can’t stand the flavor of the ones that don’t have to be refrigerated)
– Canned beans – garbanzo, kidney, black… always good to have on hand for so many recipes (and they are Emerson’s favorite food)
– Weight Watchers and Lean Cuisine meals just for work lunches. They are high in sodium and small so not really great as meal replacement but fab when I have to work through lunch. I prefer the sandwiches, flatbreads and pizzas to entrees – I feel as though I am getting more
So some delish things from the past couple of weeks:
– We got some tuna from the farmer’s market. I marinated it in a mixture of soy sauce, fresh shredded ginger, a touch of lime juice, a bit of black pepper, some wasabi powder and only a splash of safflower oil. We then put on the grill and it was insanely good. I have now made a salad dressing of this marinade, just added water to dilute a bit and I have it in the fridge. For a snack today I had it on some farmer’s market tomatoes.
– Our neighbor grew these little white squashes in her garden, they are like the size of an orange and all oblong in shape. Well my husband sliced them in thick discs like tomato slices, dipped in Eggbeaters, then in crushed FiberOne cereal that was mixed with Old Bay seasoning, and then put in a pan that was well coated with no-stick. Cooked either side until crispy. They were amazingly delish, like fried green tomatoes. We made a dipping sauce from a bit of fat-free sour cream, a bit of mayo, some Old Bay, a touch of Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Mix and season to desired taste.
– Muir Glen Organic’s large can of tomato sauce is 1 pt. And not full of weird fake crap. It’s just tomatoes and so delish. To jazz it up, I will first take a large pan and with no-stick sautee up some onion, garlic, finely chopped kale (though you could do spinach), shred a bit of carrot, add some crushed red pepper, maybe some green pepper if I have it. When all is soft and lovely I then add the can of the tomato sauce. Sometimes I will also add Boca crumbles to make it a meaty sauce (Boca crumbles is only 1 pt. per serving). So it’s really packed with veggies, low points and still delish. I will have this with the Ronzoni Healthy harvest pasta, which is only 3 pts. Per serving.
– My new favorite breakfast is only 3 pts. I stick a Thomas’ Bagel Thin into the toaster. Cook up ¼ cup of Eggbeaters in the microwave. When the bagel is finshed, used a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese like cream cheese and spread on the bagel. When Eggbeaters is cooked in the microwave it cooks into a perfect lump that fits great on a sandwich. Put it on the bagel, add a splash or two of hot sauce and it’s utterly lovely and feels decadent. Had it this morning with a few strawberries and coffee and it was as great as something at a nice café.
– Low point ranch dressing that tastes good? Yeppers, it exists, check out this post. Also check out the comments – I have actually adjusted by using variations of low-fat buttermilk, buttermilk powder with water, mixed with the may and sour cream.