Showing posts with label Weight Watchers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Weight Watchers. Show all posts

22 July 2018

WW: Stuffed Green Peppers

Good morning! Today I want to bring you a tried and true recipe that will make your Weight Watchers experience that much easier. The stuffed green pepper. I remember my mom making these on a regular basis as a child. At the time weight loss was not an issue so the pepper was stuffed with steamed rice before she added the meat. However since we're trying to stay low in smart points I am going to skip the rice for today. But do know that Weight Watchers does not shun rice in general.

2 bell peppers (any color will do)
1 pound ground meat
1 egg

these ingredients measurements will vary depending on personal taste
green bell pepper, chopped
onion, chopped
zucchini, chopped
tomato sauce
parsley, optional
low-fat cheddar cheese, optional

  • preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • wash and core the two bell peppers and place them in a baking dish
  • sauté the ground meat
  • don't forget to drain excess fat
  • mix the ground meat with the chopped vegetables and egg and any spices
  • stuff the ground meat and vegetables mixture into the bell peppers
  • bake for 20 minutes
  • add tomato sauce and cheddar cheese
  • bake for another 10 minutes
  • top with parsley before serving hot
If you are looking for a starch side dish, consider 1/2 of a small baked potato (2 smart points) or 1/2 cup of steamed rice is 2.5 smart points.

Accessible: Can't chop? Can't cut? If you don't have someone who can help you out in the kitchen (thanks Dad!) consider adaptive utensils and cutting knifes for those of us who are disabled, have arthritis and hand muscle weakness. Popular brands are Sammons and BunMo.

19 July 2018

WW: Stone Fire Grill

Morning! Day 3 was another success on my weight loss journey.

For breakfast, I tried non-fat Greek yogurt (Trader Joe's) combined with low-fat granola (Trader Joe's) and blueberries.

For lunch, I made a 1/2 baked potato (2 smart points) with non-fat Greek yogurt, broccoli and a dash of parsley and cheddar cheese.

For dinner, the family went out to Stonefire Grill for another weekend family dinner. I must have spent a good half hour agonizing over nutritional facts and smart points. The frustrating thing was that Stonefire Grill does not provide sugar facts on their nutritional pdf which Weight Watchers requires for smart points calculations so I had to make guesses.

TIP: Don't go to the restaurant's website looking for nutritional facts. For some reason the only pdf I could find was the allergen facts.

I ended up getting:
1 petite salad w/ dressing on the side
1 petite tri tip w/o sauce
1 1/2 breadsticks

Like I said, there is no sugar facts so there was some guessing on the smart points (but I did lose weight!) but it looked like 2 points for a petite salad, 7 points for a breadstick and 11 points for a full petite tri tip (with pepper garlic sauce).

The salad and tri tip were split into two portions so I could have some more on another date.

My Goal: 40 pounds
Day 1 Weight Loss: 2.7 pounds

Day 2 Weight Loss: 1.2 pounds

Day 3 Weight Loss: 1.8 pounds
Total Weight Loss: 5.3 pounds (!!!!)

18 July 2018

WW: Day 2 Eating Out

Good morning! Thanks for following along on my Weight Watchers journey towards healthy eating and shedding these extra pounds.

Day 2 involved most of the same foods for breakfast and lunch as Day 1 so I won't bore you with the details. You can find my waffle recipe (3-4 smart points) here and my lunch (7 smart points here) here.

For dinner, I went out with the family for some fast food and after reading and re-reading the nutritional facts and using my smart points calculator, I knew what I was going to eat with my remaining 17 points.

I ended up getting a Kid's charburger open faced meaning only using half the bun. That allows me to enjoy some bread while also being able to enjoy a small portion of fries that is included in the kids basket. I left for and satisfied and happy and has my Weight loss points will show you below I still Lost over a pound! So a huge thank you to the website exercise for weight loss with their handy Smart points calculator and nutritional facts for popular restaurants. Obviously I won't be going out to dinner most nights but on the weekends it's become tradition to eat out as a family. So kudos to Weight Watchers for not preventing me from going out with the family for a bite, change of scenery, and a good time with the family.

What are your favorite cheats when dining out?

My Goal: 40 pounds
Day 1 Weight Loss: 2.7 pounds

Day 2 Weight Loss: 1.2 pounds
Total Weight Loss: 3.9 pounds (!!!!)

17 July 2018

WW: Day 1 Snack

Morning! Happy Tuesday! Time to share a recipe for everyone's favorite food group. Chocolate. 

Come on, you know you love it.

Thanks to Weight Watcher's website and booklets I discovered a mouth watering way to satisfy my summertime craving for s'mores and a chance to indulge in some chocolate.

Bring on the S'more!

12 mini marshmallows (1)
10 semisweet chocolate chips (1)
4 graham cracker squares (4)


Divide the marshmallows and chocolate chips on top of two graham cracker squares. To get the wonderful burnt taste to the marshmallows while also melting the chocolate down, use a lighter to catch each of the marshmallows on fire. Easy peasy. If you fancy the full effect add two more graham cracker squares to press down on the gooey marshmallows. If you'd like to save two smart points, try it as an open faced s'more such as Weight watchers recommends.

Accessible Note in the Kitchen: And for those of you with hand troubles like me (thank you Fibromyalgia) the hardest part is handling the lighter! If you have troubles with a lighter feel free to put your s'mores in the microwave for half a minute or bake in the oven at 375 for 5-10 minutes until the chocolate is melted and marshmallows are gooey.

So here is to positive healthy eating!

My Goal: 40 pounds
Day 1 Weight Loss: 2.7 pounds (!!!)

Next time we will discuss my Day 2 menu that includes dinner out and about without breaking the scale.

16 July 2018

WW: Day 1 Lunch + Dinner

For lunch on Day #1 I had some left over tuna fish (2 Smart points) with 15 Lays oven baked potato chips (2 Smart points) for a quick and easy lunch.

Alternative options: Some of you might like an open face sandwich. You can use one slice of bread for two smart point as well. Reduced calorie bread is one smart point per slice. Another option if you would prefer bread is to have an English muffin. I believe it is two smart points for a light muffin. I decided to avoid any sugar that might be in the bread and enjoy dipping my tuna fish with chips.

Tip: To keep your tuna fish light in smart points, consider using light mayonnaise and maybe substituting it all together with mustard which is zero points. I stuck with some reduced fat mayonnaise which is 2 smart points for 1 tablespoon, mustard and a spoonful of relish which is approximately one smart point.

For dinner I celebrated a good day done With 2 eggs, veggies and a peach that equal zero smart points. I have to read anywhere specifically the said you need to have fewer smart points at dinner time but I figured it won't hurt to try. I would have taken a picture but I was hungry and wanted to eat so started the wolfing it down before I thought to pull out my camera. LOL. But I think we all know what eggs and veggies and a peach look like don't we? And by the way if you live near Trader Joe's and fancy some peaches they have a great deal on a flat of peaches that are just delicious.

That's it for now. I hope this is been educational and helpful for you all. It's always helpful to know what works and that you're losing weight in the process Well being healthy. In particular I am trying to avoid too much sugar and the emotional snacking that comes with being home during the day with my thoughts.

Accessible Note in the Kitchen: And for those of you with hand troubles like me (thank you Fibromyalgia) the hardest part is prying open the tuna can! If you have troubles with a can opener try an electric one, ask a friend for help, or get one with a tab.

So here is to positive healthy eating!

My Goal: 40 pounds
Day 1 Weight Loss: 2.7 pounds (!!!)

Next time I will share with you my new favorite Weight Watchers chocolate dessert and snack that is only 5 to 7 points depending on a couple choices you might make. And you can still lose weight eating it!

15 July 2018

WW: National Ice Cream Day

Ice Cream and Graham Norton (c) The Joyous Living
When I heard today was National Ice Cream Day I had to check out what Weight Watchers had to say about ice cream and found this handy table.

ProductPortion SizePointsPlus value
Fruit-flavored ice pop1 item1
Sherbert1/2 cup2
Sorbet1/2 cup2
Low-fat frozen yogurt1/2 cup3
Ice cream sandwich1 item4
Fat-free ice cream, no sugar added1/2 cup2
Soft-serve French vanilla ice cream1/2 cup5
Premium ice cream1/2 cup8
Obviously I won't be having a three scoop treat like I did for my 30th birthday but who says you can't have a small scoop and add some fresh fruit as garnish for zero smart points?
A Birthday Luncheon at the Stag (c) The Joyous Living.

Wanted to follow up by saying I had 2 Tablespoons of a "premium ice cream" (Ben and Jerry's Milk and Cookies) and according to the Weight watchers' app, that came to 3.25 smart points. I at first thought that wouldn't be enough but because of the sweetness it was just the right size coupled with banana and blueberry.

WW: Day 1 Breakfast

Morning! Happy Sunday! Time to start on our adventure towards healthy eating. I wanted to start off with a recipe for everyone's favorite meal of the day. Breakfast.

Multigrain Belgium Waffles! (2.25 smart points!)
Mix together:
1/3 Cup Trader Joe's Multigrain Baking & Pancake Mix [4 Smart points]
1 Egg White [0]
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Original Almond Milk [<1]
1 Tablespoon Oil [4]

Split batter into 4 sections. Personally my Belgium Waffle maker makes 2 whole waffles which I split into 4 portions.

Because fruit counts for zero points, feel free to top your waffle with your favorite assortment. On Day #1 I used fresh strawberries. Yum!

If you're looking for a little something sweet and moist, consider pureeing some strawberries with water in the blender [Zero Points] or you can add up to 1 Tablespoon of Sugar Free Lite Syrup for 1 Smart point!!

For some added protein, I also baked one slice of Turkey Bacon (1 smart point) on the side. But you could also choose zero point eggs.

Easy peasy and yummy. And for those of you with hand troubles like me (thank you Fibromyalgia) the hardest part is the few seconds stirring the batter at the beginning. Heck you could use your mixer if you want!

You can have your carbs and lose weight too!


My Goal: 40 pounds
Day 1: 2.7 pounds (!!!)

Come back later for my Day 1 lunch and dinner.

14 July 2018

Weight Watchers: The Beginning

Hi guys! What a crazy 4 years it has been. Ups and downs. Heartbreak, laughter and joy. But also an annoying amount of weight gain. I must have gained a good 40-50 pounds in the last 4 years, 30 of it was last year when my medication changed. With everything going on, weight loss seemed low on the list of things to do. And yes I have tried 3 diets but after an initial loss of 5-10 pounds I seemed to always plateau. Maybe because of the lack of exercise (darn you, body!) or maybe because of "who knows what" but I always got discouraged and was disappointed so started comfort eating again. Let's be honest. Life is rough enough without losing something you enjoy like that bowl of pasta and KW homemade cookie.

But it's time folks. I am starting Weight Watchers with my mum and therapist's encouragement. I am going to start post my menus and recipes and food pictures. Hopefully these will be useful for someone out there and if you have any suggested recipes please share!! Good luck to all who are driven to get healthier. x