Happy Friday, er, weekend all! I am so excited for the LONG weekend because we have a bunch of fun birthday stuff planned (well, if the weather doesn’t rain buckets). I started my weekend off early this afternoon by getting out of work early, relaxing, doing a little yoga and a little experimenting with new TJ’s products and in the kitchen.
Breakfast was one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES ~ A WAFFLEWICH!
2 Kashi Strawberry Flax Protein Waffles
1 Tbsp Crunchy Almond Butte
1 Tbsp Organic Apricot Preserves
1 small banana
It is worth ALL 7 pts and kept me going all morning.
I LOVE it when you are super busy (even on a Friday) because time flies by. I had a working lunch so I could head out of the office early today. I continued in my quest to clear out our freezer and pulled out this ALL NATURAL Asian Potsticker Healthy Choice Entree from the Freezer courtesy of Healthy Choice. I LOVE Potstickers so I couldn’t wait to try this one out.
The stats are not too bad….The entire meal is 7 pts.
I LOVED the ingredient list and that companies are getting on board with REAL ingredients you can recognize….nothing funky. WTG HC!
My first impression was that I LOVED seeing BIG vegetable pieces. So many dinners claim to have vegetables, but, they don’t really have that many or they are super small. I absolutely LOVED the potstickers ~ they were dense and chewy and their sauce is sweet plus spicy. I honestly think I could eat an entire meal of just the potstickers plus veggies, trading in the rice
I added a crisp salad with TJ’s LF Cranberry Walnut Gorgonzola dressing to round.
I was super snacky this afternoon so I decided to bust out a snack that I could totally eat a bunch of for very little points. I am not a BIG fan of plain popcorn, so I decided to spice it up a bit.
SALTY CARAMELY CINNAMON POPCORN!!!
You can make it one of two ways.
1. OPTION ONE
5 c air popped popcorn
1 tsp agave nectar
1/2 tsp water
dash of sea salt
sprinkles of cinnamon
Mix agave and water – drizzle over popcorn. Add a dash of salt and sprinkles of cinnamon.
2. OPTION TWO
Follow the above, but, use microwave Smart Butter pop and omit the sea salt.
Salty, sweet, and crunchy. I LOVED this total random creation. I like using agave because you use less than sugar so you don’t add any points. If you have a mister, it could be even better.
I rounded out my snack with a LF Colby cheese while having a CSI marathon ~ awesome!
It was so nice to get off early and just relax. I did a little YogaDownload.com Gentle Hatha Yoga, then, headed out to Trader Joe’s to pick up some dinner supplies. I couldn’t resist picking up a few of their new items.
I LOVE their Dark Chocolate POM seeds, so I knew I had to try these, pretty much as soon as I walked in the door. I am all about POWER BERRIES!
When I bought then I actually thought that the fruits were all separate. I had to re-read the package to realize they were all combined. I had 4 pieces (4 fruits LOL) ~ the flavor is hard to describe but they are pretty tasty. Very chocolately loaded with a tart/slightly sweet fruit filling.
I had been pondering all sorts of ideas for what to make for dinner tonight, but, nothing sounded really good. So, I hopped on Cookinglight.com to see if anything stood out to me as a must try.
Since I have been craving soups, I went straight to their 20/20 Soups ~ 20 Super Fast Soups in 20 minutes.
I pretty much followed THE RECIPE, but, I added a splash of wine, doubled the spinach and added some freshly ground pepper with a pinch of crush red pepper flakes for spice. I LOVED it and bet it will be even better the next day.
1 serving is HUGE too ~ 1 1/2 cups for 5 points.
I served it up with a TJ’s Ciabatta roll topped with light butter, garlic salt and black pepper. (3 pts)
All together it was completely warm, comforting and filling.
I am off to relax with The Husband and watch some show he is addicted to (The Jersey Shore) or something like that.
I am SOOO EXCITED for tomorrow night. We are meeting up with my family at my ALL TIME FAVORITE sushi place to celebrate my birthday party. I LOVE it because my sis and niece LOVE sushi too so we can get a TON of rolls to share while The Husband and everyone else will get something like teriyaki beef Can’t wait, can’t wait. I am glad to have my long run of 5 miles (hopefully) so I can make sure I have a BIG calorie deficit to enjoy with
See you all late Saturday night or Sunday morning for a recap.