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Archive for January 16th, 2013

Now that I’m on Weight Watchers (progress report at the end), I’ve been attempting new, healthier recipes – all of which have been inspired by Pinterest. Here’s what I’ve tried, and my thoughts on the results. Also note that the photos are not mine. I’m too lazy for that. But you can follow the link to the original photo owner and their recipe.

Yogurt covered berries

blueberries

Easy to do, and a low-point snack (about 2pts), but after freezing them I failed to put them in an airtight container and so after about 24 hours, they were chalky and tasted like my freezer so I ended up throwing them out. Don’t make my mistake!! But even though this is a low-point snack, I didn’t love them enough to still use precious points on them. I’d rather not use any points and just eat an apple or a grapefruit.

Stuffed Strawberries

strawberries

I was on a bit of a berry kick last week. In addition to the blueberries, I also bought a container of strawberries. Half of them I dipped in yogurt like the blueberries, and the other half I just washed, pitted, and filled with Fat-Free Rediwhip. Verdict? AMAZING. So good that I bought another container of strawberries and already did this again. Much better snack and ZERO points.

Lemon Cake

lemoncake

I love all things lemon, so I was really hopeful about this recipe, which is just a box of lemon cake, 20 oz of diet 7-Up, and whipped cream as the “frosting.” But this did not live up to my expectations. I mean, it turned out fine, but it didn’t look very pretty and it was hard to figure out just how big of a piece to cut so that it was only 2pts. I find it MUCH easier to just buy the little individual 2pt Weight Watchers cakes or ice creams, though this is definitely a lot cheaper. Still pretty amazing that a box of cake mix and some diet soda can create a cake. Color me impressed.

Zucchini Oven Fries

zucchini

Oh man, do I love zucchini. And apparently everyone else does too because when I go to the store lately, all the good zucchinis are GONE. It’s a travesty. But anyway, this recipe is super simple. Take some zucchini, cut it however you want, toss in egg whites and then dip in a bread crumb and parm cheese mixture and bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Seriously amazing and I could probably eat these every single day if people would stop buying all the damn zucchini.

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

lasagna

Ok, so this is a tad more labor intensive than the above recipes but OMG is it delicious. And honestly, really difficult to stick to portion sizes because it’s just THAT good. So first, you have to roast your squash. I hate cutting big fruits (cantelope or watermelon) or raw vegetables (acorn squash, spaghetti squash) with a knife because I’m always worried I’m going to¬†accidentally¬†stab myself in the process, so I prefer to bake my spaghetti squash whole first, and then cut it. Just stab it a bunch of times with a knife, bake at 375 for about an hour, and done. Then scoop out the seeds and throw those away. Scoop out the “meat” of the squash, and follow the recipe. The first time I made a version of this, I didn’t season it enough so if there’s one tip here that you won’t find in the recipe, it’s to use a hefty portion of garlic salt, a dash of regular salt, and a little pepper on your squash layers. I was also pretty terrible about measuring things out for this one so by my estimations, a portion size was about 7 or 8 pts, which isn’t bad if you can stick to that. So if you’re on Weight Watchers, you may want to calculate the points yourself and not go by my estimates. But if you’re not on Weight Watchers and just looking to make something that’s healthier or low-carb, try this. I made a side of garlic bread for the hubs and he even ate the leftovers the next day, which is really saying something because my husband NEVER eats leftovers. So this was definitely a winner.

If you have any favorite healthy dinner or lunch recipes to share, let me know!

Ok, so now it’s time for my weigh-in stats. I’ll try to just bury these within other posts because, let’s be honest, no one wants to read a post solely about my weight for the week.

Week 2: -1 lbs
Total lbs lost: 3.4 lbs
Lbs to go: 36.6 lbs

So I only lost 1 lbs. Disappointing, but expected. I used a lot of my flex points over the weekend and even had a couple of glasses of wine before I realized that 1/2 cup of wine is FOUR POINTS. Holy shizz that’s a lot. On top of that, I weigh in on Sunday mornings and Saturdays are always my “cheat” days, so this is just poor planning on my part. This past Saturday we had a gift card for Longhorn Steakhouse and even though I had green beans as my side, I’m sure they were doused in butter and oil because they tasted too good. And instead of choosing something healthy like fish, we did the porterhouse for two meal and…let’s just say I ate my fair share of it. I think I could be a vegetarian if it weren’t for steak. And bacon.

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