Simple Start Day 3, Chipotle

by DanicasDaily on January 7, 2014

Happy Tuesday all! You all know how to build some seriously delicious sounding salads.  Thank you for sharing your ideas ~ I now have a few new ways to enjoy my greens that I need to try.  It’s …officially day 3 on Simple Start and I have to say so far, so good ~ it’s been pretty easy to follow using a combination of the build a meal and trying a few of the recipe ideas.

Last night, I knew exactly what I was going to eat today ~ not so much because of what I planned, but, because of what I knew sounded good.

Starting with a handful of crunchy berries, banana and shredded wheat…..


Sprinkled with cinnamon (it gives it a nice sweetness without adding calories/points+) and topped with about 1 cup of fat free milk.

Cereal usually does not keep me full for long, but, this kept me full for 5 hours ~ impressive!


I made up my lunch last night at the same time I made our dinner salads.  The one essential ingredient for me in any salad is to have a protein source for staying power.

My Mediterranean salad had two tasty proteins ~ chickpeas & a hardboiled egg.


Paired with a whole lotta crunch.  I have to say I think having apples in my salad might be my new thing ~ I love the sweet, juicy crunch with the tang of the vinaigrette.


When I ran out to bookstore at lunch, I kinda sorta had to stop in Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s too…you know, because they are like right next to the bookstore. I couldn’t resist buying some fresh watermelon to have with my cheese stick for snack. Open-mouthed smile


For the past 3 weeks, The Husband and I have been trying to plan a date night dinner and a movie.  The thing is being sick, it hasn’t happen and tonight, it “almost” happened.  The Husband was set on Chipotle which I was totally game for because I can build one amazing Simple Start/Filling bowl.

  • romaine
  • fajita veggies
  • chicken
  • 2 types of salsa ~ corn & pico de gallo
  • I skipped the cheese, beans and rice because I didn’t “need” them
  • And the best part… 4 points+ Indulgence of Guacamole!!


I did steal 6 of The Husband’s chips as my “croutons” so I’ll count 2 points+ towards it.


I only managed to eat half my bowl and was happy/sad that I stopped when satisfied.

As we walked out the door, we both started coughing like crazy so we decided to skip the movie until next time LOL. Our consolation prize is watching the Transformers part 3 at home.

Here are my stats for today:

  • Simple Start Day 3 Success, 6 WPA used, 29 WPA remaining
  • My Fitbit Flex Dashboard for today



What is one snack you look forward to having every day?

Mine is any type of fruit with a light string cheese or a Fage 0% Greek Yogurt.

Night all!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristi January 7, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Just started following you as I was looking for someone with ideas for Simple Start. Love that you added your dinner out. I’ve been worried about eating out and Chipotle was one of my favorites. I’m new to WW and love the ideas and advice! Thank you!


Cyndi January 7, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Enjoy your posts so much. Love the meal ideas. Very inspiring for me!


Gail H. January 8, 2014 at 3:40 am

My new go to snack that I look forward to after getting to work is probably some type of the yummy granolas from Nature’s Box (if you haven’t tried it, please do!! I get a wonderful box every month of 5 yummy organic snacks!!) and either plain or vanilla Greek yogurt; I use 1/4 c. granola which usually adds up to 125-150 calories…a little high for a snack (I’m a WW on-line member and also use to track points and calories most days :)) but it keeps me going if I have a long meeting before lunch! I need to try Chipotle again……


Lia January 8, 2014 at 6:38 am

Homemade roasted red pepper hummus with mixed raw veggies, starting over again with WW, was slacking off the past 5 months, now on my way back to goal 10 lbs to go. Danica it’s great to see your blog again, I’ve missed your recipes and your inspiration!!!


Mary January 8, 2014 at 9:46 am

Lia Can you share your homemade roasted red pepper hummus recipe? Is it made with SF foods?


Jayne January 8, 2014 at 8:30 am

Thank you SO much for sharing your meals. You are giving me amazing ideas for SF foods! I didn’t even think of adding cinnamon to shredded wheat for a touch of sweetness! Love, love love your blog!!!


Diana January 8, 2014 at 9:22 am

Danica, how many points would you calculate for your Chipotle dinner? Thanks you for the great ideas, recipes and sharing your fun life with us!


DanicasDaily January 8, 2014 at 10:15 am

Hi Diana,

This bowl is a total deal when counting. It would be 9 points+ for the entire bowl (4 for the Guacamole and 5 for the chicken). There isn’t enough corn in the salsa to count any points+ for it.




Cathy January 8, 2014 at 1:24 pm


Can you do points + for the people who aren’t doing Simple Start?



DanicasDaily January 8, 2014 at 9:22 pm

Hi Cathy,

Yes, I am sorry about that. I will go back to adding both points+ and Simple Start/Simply Filling.

Thanks for asking,



Lia January 9, 2014 at 8:24 am

Home made Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
1 can Garbanzos Beans drained and Rinsed, reserve 2-3 T liquid to add back in later
1/2 C Roasted red pepper from jar (water Packed) or 1 oven roasted pepper
2 small cloves garlic
1/2 T Cumin
1/2 to 3/4 T Taco seasoning
1 t lime juice or lemon
salt and pepper to taste
put all in food processor and blend, adding 3-4 T water or reserve liquid until right consistency, Can add 2 t of oil and or tahini for a much smoother consistency, I choose not to have the added PP. Add a little shiracha for a great pita dip


DanicasDaily January 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm

This sounds amazing – I can’t wait to make it! Thanks Lia!


Mary January 9, 2014 at 9:29 am

Thanks for the recipe Lia .Sound great! Can’t wait to make it.


Laura January 15, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Looking through all of this makes me want to join Simple Start that march. I desperately need this but can’t afford it :(


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