My New Kitchen Gadget & The Weekly Menu….

by DanicasDaily on January 13, 2013

Happy Sunday all!  Thanks for all the compliments on the Wine Tasting Open House and our New Building on my last post.  Today marked the day that I headed back to my Weight Watcher’s meeting and started eating tracking again.  It’s pretty funny that somehow my body seemed to just “know” this as I was suddenly starving all day.  I guess that whole loss of appetite thing only works when you are super sick LOL.

On the brighter side, I was down 3.2 lbs.  My challenge this week is keeping that loss and making the scale go down……I am so up for that!

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Since Weight Watchers is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year, we all received these all too tasty Celebration Cake 2 points+ bars.  They really do taste like a marshmallow cake….just don’t look at the ingredient list ~ it’s long and not so recognizable. (SF + 2 WPA).

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After the meeting, I had my first latte in over a week…..probably the best latte I’ve had in awhile.  Nonfat, decaf with caramel drizzled on the top and a banana. (SF) – 3 points+

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We spent the morning getting in our steps by FREEZING outside walking around the Sacramento Antique Faire.  Yes, 27 degrees is freezing for California….I had on 3 shirts, a jack, mittens, a scarf and a hat……

I was thinking that might have been a little overkill when The Husband asked me if I wanted some Malt-O Meal!  Do you all remember those commercials?! He’s funny…..

We warmed up with lunch at Crepeville.  All I can say is WOW ~ have you all ever seen a menu with so much on it?!

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I went with the exact same thing I ordered when we went to lunch here over the summer ~ Soup and Salad, surprised? lol….

Half a Caprese Salad ~ Mixed greens tossed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil topped with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil.

(SF + 3 WPA for the cheese) ~ oil & balsamic are both 100% Simply Filling! 5 points+

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Some of the best Split Pea Soup I’ve ever had and 100% Simply Filling. 4 points+.  I decided to save my foccacia bread until the end of my meal and by the time I was finished, I decided I didn’t need it  ~ Success!

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I have two pretty awesome announcements to share with you all…..First ~ The Husband gave me an early birthday present……drumroll please…….

The New Vitamix 6300!!!  I have honestly always wanted a Vitamix but could never ever justify the cost…..until now ~ I so get it!

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The newest model comes with 3 pre-programmed settings for smoothies, frozen desserts and soups and you can pick from 4 different colors.

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You also get this huge cookbook that has over 350 recipes and a pretty cheesy DVD to show you a full 6 course meal you can whip up in your Vitamix.

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Even though you can get the older models cheaper now that the new model is out, it is worth it in my opinion to pay extra for the 3 settings and the all new pulse button.  All you do is pick the setting you want, hit start and in anywhere from 30 seconds to 6 1/2 minutes, your meal is done.

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I’ve already made like 5 things from smoothies, juices, strawberry frozen yogurt, orange sorbet and now these Banana Ball Cookies.

I was intrigued by the 5 ingredient cookie recipe ~ it’s vegan and practically Simply Filling.

I mixed up 1 cup of old fashioned oats with a banana, 2 Tbsp applesauce, 2 Tbsp oil and 1 tsp vanilla in the Vitamix.

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Then, I stirred in 1 cup of old fashioned oatmeal and 1 cup dried cranberries.

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Scooped 15 cookies out on a cookie sheet lined with my sil pat, flattened and baked at 350 for 20 minutes.

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I am amazed that they are so sweet without any sugar, but, I would probably add some baking soda and/or powder to lighten them up down the road.  They are pretty dense and chewy which I do not mind, but, The Husband isn’t a fan. (SF + 1 WPA) – 2 points+ each.

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Served up with a Simply Filling Carrot, Banana, Orange & Pineapple Smoothie.

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Dinner tonight was more of a new Spicy Italian Minestrone Soup I developed as a guest post.  But, you all have to wait until tomorrow night to get the recipe Open-mouthed smile (SF + 1 WPA) – 4 points+

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STATS:

  • AL – 2 Activity Points earned, 96% (I am so finding 4 more % tonight!)
  • 9 WPA used, 40 WPA remaining, 24 daily points+

HERE IS WHAT IS ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:

QUESTION OF THE DAY:

What is on your menu this week?  What is one new food or recipe you are trying?

Night all!

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