I mentioned last week that I’ve been getting a little…um….fluffy over the last year. I’m on week two of Weight Watchers and last time I weighed I was down almost 6 pounds. Pretty awesome if I do say so myself! My biggest challenge has been figuring out what to eat so that I am not hungry and angry (or as I like to say hangry). While you can eat unlimited fruits and veggies for zero points, I find that you need a bit of protein or fat to keep you from being hungry again in two seconds.
Here are a few things I’ve been eating that are filling me up and keeping me happily on track.
Blueberry Chicken Salad (pic above) – Baby spinach topped with half of a grilled chicken breast, blueberries and balsamic glaze (I bought the one from Costco). – 4 points
Snap Peas and Mushrooms in black bean sauce. Last night I tried this with a packet of Blue Dragon stirfry sauce. It worked perfectly. I count either option as 1 point though realistically it is probably less because I don’t use any oil and you don’t generally eat the entire pan by yourself (though no judgement if you do because they are YUMMY).
Garlicy Tomato Toast – I eat this for breakfast along with my 4 point latte and a banana. If you need something more substantial for breakfast then this would make a great snack. One slice of Weight Watchers bread, toasted. Spread 1 tsp garlic and herb cream cheese on the toast. Top with sliced cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper. Delish!
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad – Romaine hearts chopped and tossed with 1 Tbsp Renee’s Light Caesar Dressing and a squeeze of lemon juice then topped with a cajun spiced grilled chicken breast. 4 points for half a chicken breast and & 7 points for a whole chicken breasts. Want croutons? Check your package and add a point or two worth. I find that adding bell pepper gives me crunch without the point load of croutons.
Another twist on this same salad is a Chicken Taco Salad. I sub the Caesar dressing for 1 Tbsp of low calorie ranch and 2 – 3 Tbsp salsa. Yum!
Spicy Thai Chili Tuna Salad – I topped a salad made of chopped romaine hearts, bell peppers and blueberries with a can of Spicy Thai Chili tuna. The oil in the tuna meant that I really didn’t need dressing. I added cheese but found that it got lost in the mix. Next time more blueberries and no cheese. Without cheese it is 4 points.
Messy Egg Scramble – This is a great breakfast and can be HUGE if you put in enough veggies. 2 eggs, any number of veggies and 2 pieces of most deli ham is 5 points. Sub in sausage, bacon, etc or add cheese for extra points.
Green Smoothie – Pack a blender jar 2/3 full with baby spinach. Add a frozen banana and whatever frozen fruit you like (I recommend blueberries and cherries), 2/3 cup of 0% fat Greek yogurt and water (~1/2 cup…add more if needed). Blend until smooth. 2 points
Pro tip: When you are making a salad, put it in a plastic container with a lid. Add your dressing and SHAKE IT LIKE CRAZY. You can get by with way less dressing that way and all of your salad tastes great instead of just the top half.
So what do you think? Doable? Not? What are your favorite healthy meal ideas?