September 30, 2009
September 29, 2009
September 26, 2009
I know a lot of people who swear by McDonald's Southwest Chicken Salad — but I'm more of a Chicken Bacon Ranch kind of girl.
I think it's because, after two years on the Atkins diet, I love bacon. (Or maybe I just got along so well doing the low-carb thing because I was a bacon lover to start.)
With its cheese and bacon, the Chicken Bacon Ranch salad makes me feel like I've had something delicious and decadent ... and all for just 5 Points. (The dressing adds something, depending on what you use. I have Kraft light ranch packets in my purse and a bottle of Walden Farms creamy bacon dressing in the fridge — the former has 2 Points, the latter 0. Which one I use depends on where I am when the salad craving strikes.)
Oh, how I wish it would strike more often. I wish I could say I LOVE salads. Unfortunately, when I try to make one a meal, I often walk away wanting something more. This Chicken Bacon Ranch salad really satisfies.
And that's what matters: Finding foods that don't make you feel deprived.
September 25, 2009
... I was enjoying a California roll from my favorite local sushi place. I've been there so often — always ordering the same thing — that when I walked in today, the woman at the podium knew my name and what I wanted.
Hmm ... maybe I should take that as a sign that I eat too many California rolls. I try to go there at least once every other week (and sometimes more like weekly). But it's a good, filling lunch for few WW Points, which makes it a no-brainer choice for me.
Today, I paired it with a small bowl of cantaloupe I picked up while I was at the bank/grocery store. (There are advantages to having a bank with in-store branches.)
Overall, today was a great day — my first in about a week. I plan to make it the first in a string of great choices all weekend long ... something that will be easier because I'm working and the Boyfriend will be doing his own thing all weekend.
I have a meeting of my romance writer's group Saturday, which will make for a long day for me (up early to drive to the meeting an hour and a half away, then back home to work until midnight). That doesn't mean, though, that I have to eat things I know I should avoid. I'm perfectly capable of making good choices — even at a restaurant.
At least I'm going to tell myself I am. I tend to have trouble with that — a bad habit I'd like to change. For some reason, the things I know are safe to order don't appeal nearly as much as the ones that are bad for me. It's like I'm afraid they'll have disappeared off the menu the next time I go to whatever restaurant I'm in, and I'll have missed my LAST chance to eat whatever it is.
Then there's that whole "I'm eating out — why shouldn't I get what I want" attitude to counter. I know that every restaurant meal is not a special occasion and cause to splurge ... but I still have trouble not doing exactly that EVERY darn time I go out.
How do you safely navigate restaurant eating? Any tips on how I can change my mindset?
September 22, 2009
I've been thinking: One of WW's eight Good Health Guidelines is to avoid added sugar and alcohol. But I don't avoid added sugar nearly as much as I should.
September 21, 2009
September 20, 2009
September 16, 2009
Pay no attention to the sink full of dirty dishes. Hungry Girl's Cheesy Butternut Bake is SO worth the cleanup.
September 15, 2009
September 14, 2009
September 13, 2009
Believe me, I know this looks like poo on toast ... but it's really rather tasty.
What is it, you ask? I've been calling it pumpkin pie, but it's more like pumpkin pie filling on a reduced-fat graham cracker. And it's really simple to make — you might say it's as easy as pie! :D
I wish I could recall where I found the recipe, but it's been so long that I don't remember. It just popped up on my computer screen when I opened "Stickies" and I thought, "I wanted to try this." Since I had pumpkin leftover from the carrot-pumpkin cupcakes I made last weekend, I figured there was no time like the present.
Here's the recipe:
1 cup canned pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup FF vanilla yogurt
1 packet Splenda
cinnamon and ginger to taste
Mix everything together and chill until very cold. Enjoy!
I decided to enjoy mine with some reduced-fat graham crackers. The first batch I made, I crumbled graham crackers into the bowl and ate it with a spoon. This time, I spread some on the cracker squares.
Either way, it's a pretty good snack — and low in WW Points, too. The filling isn't even 2 Points (pumpkin is 1, the yogurt should be less than 1); and two whole graham crackers (RF) have just 2 Points.
September 12, 2009
September 11, 2009
When I returned from my vacation in Salt Lake City last month, the Boyfriend gave me a present. You see it at left: a 100-oz. jug.
September 10, 2009
You will never be "perfect". Not your diet, not your body, not anything. Do your best everyday and make the best choices you can to live a happy, active, healthy life. When you relieve yourself of the pressure of perfection you just might be able to reach your goals.
So I will focus on doing my best to make the best choices I can, every day. But I will not try to be perfect, because none of us can ever be that.
September 8, 2009
That's them, over at the right: The Carrot-Pumpkin Cupcakes from the latest issue of Weight Watchers magazine.
They're 3 Points apiece, so if you count the one on the cooling rack in back, that's 24 Points worth of cupcakes.
Thank goodness I didn't eat them all! I actually managed to restrain myself and eat just one, if you can believe it.
Actually, I was more than a little restrained: The recipe said it made 16 cupcakes, but I ended up with 17. I froze nine of them for later and made half a batch of frosting for the rest. I ate one the first night I made them (and gave one to the roommate's husband. I’d have let her have one, too, but she just started doing Atkins again, and they had way too many carbs in them for her.) I ate a second one Monday night when I got home from work.
Then, knowing my dentist was on WW too, I took four of the five that were left to him Tuesday morning, saving just one more to eat myself. My ploy to butter him up didn't work, though: I still need a root canal. Bummer.
Successful or not, that leads me to my tip for the day: If you must bake (and sometimes feel I must), don’t eat all of what you make yourself. Share it — with friends, family, co-workers … whoever you can get to try a “healthy” treat.
(My Boyfriend, unfortunately, need not apply. He doesn’t do healthy. I wish he did, because then I wouldn’t have to stare down a bag of Sour Cream and Onion Ruffles. Right now, I’m winning. I counted out a serving — 11 chips for 4 WW Points — and am studiously avoiding a second helping.)
September 7, 2009
I've been blogging over at Blog to Lose for a while now, and I love that community ... but lately I've been wondering if it's time to branch out a little.