Happy Monday all! Thanks for sharing your menu and recipes ideas ~ I have some new ideas to try! As for the fruit versus points+ discussion we had on yesterday’s post, I wanted to clarify my thoughts on it.
I personally think the whole concept of 0 points+ fruit is to encourage everyone indirectly to pick a healthy snack, i.e., fruit OVER something less healthy like chips, 100 calorie snacks and less nutritionally sound foods. I definitely think it should be used to supplement meals and snacks. I can honestly say I try to include it at least 1 serving (1/2 cup or 1 piece) of a fruit and/or veggie with each meal because it helps me feel satisfied and full. Ideally you should be eating somewhere between 5-9 servings of fruits AND vegetables each day as a general guideline.
That being said, I really think you need to be mindful in how you choose to use the 0 points+ fruit.
Are you using it to replace a less healthy option when you are hungry?
Are you eating all the 0 points+ fruit you can eat on top of what you are already eating? As in, you are eating the chips and having the fruit with it.
As much as I LOVE bananas, I also know that I cannot eat more than 1 or 2 a day or I will gain weight. Each persons body is different so you do need to listen and learn how your body will respond to each food.
I still stand by the fact that you can eat as much 0 points+ as you need to feel satisfied IF you are losing weight and losing at a rate that you are happy with. If, however, you are plateauing and/or gaining weight, looking at how much fruit you are eating, like in the example yesterday, might be the reason.
Does that help clarify? If not, please let me know and I will be glad to answer based on my opinion.
By the time I walked to the office from the train, I was STARVING! Breakfast started with a crisp pear.
Then, I moved onto the 2 Weight Watchers Egg, Cheese and Sausage Wraps. I LOVE that you can actually taste everything in them ~ the egg, cheese and sausage.
Dunked them in Sriracha (6 points+)
Despite having protein packed mini burritos, I was STARVING again like an hour later. I wish I knew the secret of days I am starving and days I am not.
Mid – morning snack ~ banana & Lite Sargento string cheese (1 points+)
Last night, I whipped up a batch of Butternut Squash Soup just so I could have it for lunches this week. I missed bringing any nuts with me for toppers (4 points+)
We also bought a big veggie tray at Sam’s Club just so we could have veggie snacks all week.
I portioned everything out into 6 containers so it’s a quick grab and go for veggies with 2 Tbsp light ranch (3 points+).
I was once again STARVING an hour later but I totally blame my lack of protein at lunch for that. After having a cup of coffee to see if that would work, I moved onto a 1/2 an oz of Salt n Vinegar Almonds. (2 points+)
I couldn’t wait for dinner tonight ~ maybe THAT was the reason I was hungry all day LOL. I actually made a feeble attempt at measuring out 3 ounces of BBQ pork loin ribs as you see here.
BUT, I actually ended up going back for the rest of the rib so I should’ve just put the whole thing on my plate to start.
5 oz Grilled Center Pork Loin cut into “rib” shapes, seasoned with sea salt & pepper, then, grilled with BBQ sauce. (5 points+)
Plus 3/4 cup Creamy Dill Mac Salad (4 points+) ~ I do not LOVE mac salad, but, there is something so completely delicious about the dill in this salad with the crunchy veggies that make this tasty “ranch” like mac salad.
Plus the BEANS that The Husband picked out to go with our “Que”.
1/4 cup Bush’s Bourbon Brown Sugar Baked Beans ( 2points+)
It’s pretty funny to me now to see my 1 oz of pork rib on the plate ~ hindsight
We actually made up side salads, but, honestly, I’ve reached my fiber limit for the day. I do not think I could stomach any more veggies LOL….
So, this salad will show up at lunch tomorrow!
I am so glad our spring weather is back so I can get out and get my walk on!