Monday, June 29, 2009
About the No-Cook Apricot Barbecue Sauce. Here’s a fruit-based barbecue sauce that’s perfect for chicken breasts, turkey burgers or grilled salmon fillets. Best of all, you don’t have to heat up the stove to make this backyard favorite. Want it spicier? Add several dashes of bottled hot red pepper sauce such as Tabasco.
No-Cook Apricot Barbecue Sauce
Makes 14 servings
POINTS® value 1 per serving
1 cup all-fruit apricot spread
1/2 cup bottled chili sauce, such as Heinz
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
Place all the ingredients in a blender or a food processor; blend or process until smooth. To store, scrape into a bowl, cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks. Serving size: 2 tablespoons.
POINTS® Value: 3Servings: 12Preparation Time: 15 minCooking Time: 0 min Level of Difficulty: Easy
Beat the heat with this sure-fire summer pleaser. We used vanilla yogurt but chocolate or strawberry would be tasty, too.
1 1/2 pound(s) strawberries, hulled and sliced (about 6 cups)
1/2 cup(s) sugar
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp table salt
12 oz store bought angel food cake, cut into 1/4-inch slices
4 cup(s) fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt
Spoon the frozen yogurt into a large bowl and mash it with the back of a wooden spoon until soft and spreadable.
One thing I need for you today is think about what has worked for you in terms of weight loss and diets, and comment it to me. Weight loss is a very personal thing, that you need to tailor whatever diet you do to your own unique life. What have you done, what has worked for you, what stopped working for you. Things like that. Thinking about the successes can provide some insight for all of us.
Having the right things in the fridge is always helpful. I am a "grabber" when it comes to hunger. I grab at the quickest thing possible and if you have fresh fruit, veggies or fiber filled snacks on hand or things like yogurt, you can bring it along with you. Today, there is nothing to "grab" that is healthy, so I just ate a cookie. I know I should not have eaten the cookie, but it was there. Having the right things available is half the battle. Hope this was helpful.
Grocery tip-- If you live in an area that has Harris Teeter they are currently doing super doubles (through Tuesday, June 30) They will double any coupon up to $1.98. All Morningstar products are on sale for $2.99. Here is a link to a coupons for $1. It doubles to $2 and you pay only $0.99 per package of Morningstar product!
If you are craving a great low fat, low calorie ice cream another great deal this week is on Blue Bunny. My favorite flavor is Super Fudge Brownie, 2 points per 1/2 cup (120 calories, 3 g fat,3 g dietary fiber). It is BOGO at, original price is $5.99. With this link you can click coupon tab and get a $1 off coupon and that will buy you the 1.75 quart container for $1.. Happy Shopping!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I can't wait to try these... MMMM... Big Soft Peanut Butter Cookies. From Hungry Girl, of course...
Now if I could only get my hands on some Better'n Peanut Butter!
These should freeeze well to have a handy yummy snack when needed... if my kids don't eat them first that is!
HG's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Softies
You Big Softy...
Giant, chewy, peanut butter oatmeal cookies straight from the HG HQ. WOOHOO!
Serving Size: 1 large cookieCalories: 140Fat: 3.25Sodium: 160mgCarbs: 23gFiber: 2gSugars: 7gProtein: 4g
Friday, June 26, 2009
We stayed at the Mills House Hotel which was beautiful. They offered free room service breakfasts which one was a healthy start breakfast with fresh fruit (cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, grapes and orange quarters) with your choice of cereal, skim milk, fresh squeezed OJ and coffee. It was a great way to start the day.
We spent one day at the Isle of Palm Beach. The water was almost too warm at 85 degrees and a storm had come through several days before and the ocean water was very cloudy. It was a nice beach and we really enjoyed it.
Philip Simmons, whose skill with the hammer and anvil elevated him from a humble working man to an artisan widely recognized as a national treasure, died Monday night. He was 97. The city was covered in white ribbons on every piece of iron he made for it!
The other two days were spent antiquing, checking out the open air market, seeing the aquarium and just general sight seeing. We enjoyed a ghost walk tour one evening that was enough to scare the pee out of you, luckily I had used the facilities right before it left!
Ghost tour pics.. SPOOKY!
Circular Congregational Church Cemetery
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
No seriously. I had a great time, did over indulge on occasion but really kept with WW (even tracking) throughout my trip. It was hard. I do love the fact that before I would have just eaten anything and everything but this time, I thought before I put things in my mouth. For instance, the great cookies they just leave on the check in counter at the hotel.. I didn't ea any this time. Even though they had just come from the oven and smelled great, it was more important for me to think about my goal than to eat the cookie. All in all, even if I have a slight gain at tomorrow's weigh in, I am very proud of myself!
So I wanted to share the scavenger hunt I sent my friend to help her celebrate her birthday.. She is newly single and although I couldn't go with her (she is visiting her family) I sent this great scavenger hunt to another friend so they could have some fun activities while they went out tonight.. here is a sampling. I think they will have a blast..
1. Get the bartender to give you the phone number of his cutest unmarried, friend. Call his friend and ask him his middle name. 5 bonus points if he meets your group for a drink.
2. Get a photo with a bald man that has at least 2 tattoo’s
3. Drink a shot of something hat is lit on fire with a fireman (like sambuca)
4. Get a photo with a male nurse (2 bonus points) or a doctor taking your pulse.
5. Do a jello shot with any man that can do the moonwalk.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Today was a beautiful day! It was also my oldest daughter's birthday! We had a fabulous dinner, her favorite foods.. Roasted Garlic, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions and jalapenos served with chipolte chicken breasts and whole grain penne pasta! YUM and YUM. I was glad she chose something that I could eat and not feel guilty about.. I did have a small piece of cake but nothing major.
I am off to the beach for a couple days but will be back by weigh in day Friday- this is a big challenge for me - the first time I am going to "watch" myself on a vacation- big lifestyle adjustment- but I am happy I am sticking with it! Have a great week and I will talk to you soon!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Now do I expect to lose 4 pounds next week? I would love that, but I am realistic, I am aiming for 2, but we'll see how the week goes.
Anyone wanna challenge me to see who can lose the most this week (I'll probably lose a challenge- I just had a huge loss- but I'll take any motivation!) I'll be at the beach all week and really need to be pushed to not overindulge- come on, someone, anyone, make me work harder!!!
I'll be waiting to hear from you!
Don't forget- last day to enter SNACKS Giveaway!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
What's with Microwave Popcorn Nutritional Info and Orville Redenbacher's Buttery Salt and Cracked Pepper Popcorn
I guess the red plate doesn't show off the great color of the tomato, but trust me it is perfectly tomatoey.
I was wondering if any of you have any other ideas for tomatoes or zucchini.. which I will have an abundance of soon.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Included in the giveaway is one package each of:
100 Calorie Pack Oreo Cakesters- YUM!!
100 Calorie Pack Oreo Snack Cakes- (see a trend yet?)
100 Calorie South Beach Living Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar
Fiber One Oats and Peanut Butter Bar
100 Calorie Pack Ritz Snack Mix..
Yes... The trend is Chocolate, Peanut Butter and a little salty crunch..
So you wanna win.. here's what you do:
1. Follow my blog =)
2. Leave me a comment telling me telling me you're following my blog and which product you are most excited to try and your email address where I can contact you if you are the winner.
3. link back to this giveaway in a blog post (for an extra entry)
The giveaway will end on sunday June 14th.
I will use Random.org to choose a winner. Good Luck!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
I also purchased Limited Edition, Dannon Light & Fit Pineapple Coconut and another new flavor, Key Lime. I really enjoyed the Pineapple Coconut, think pina colada, but less calories. Quite tasty and hope this one sticks around.
The last "new" flavor I purchased was Dannon Light & Fit Key Lime. I thought it was good, but not as good as Yoplait's Key Lime Pie. Although Dannon Light & Fit has 20 less calories than Yoplait Light, I feel that those 20 calories are worth the taste and texture difference... Yoplait is much creamier in my opinion.
So Dannon Light & Fit is only winning 1 out of 3, with the flavors I tried. After checking their website I noticed there are 3 other new flavors. They other new flavors are Cherry, Mixed Berry ( I am having a hard time believeing they didn't already have these tow flavors- doesn't every yogurt come in mixed berry?) and Pomegranate Berry. I am not rushing out for the first two- but I'll have my eye out for the Pomegranate Berry.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Well here is what she left for me....
"Hello, do you know me? If you don't you should. I'm a pound of fat, and I'm the happiest pound of fat that you would ever want to meet. Want to know why? It's because no one ever wants to lose me; I'm Only One Pound, just a pound. Everyone wants to lose three pounds, five pounds or fifteen pounds, but never only one, so I just stick around and happily keep you fat. Then I add to myself ever so slyly so that you never seem to notice it, that is until I've grown to ten, twenty or even more pounds in weight. Yes, it's fun being Only One Pound of fat, left to do as I please. So, when you weigh in, keep right on saying "Oh, I only lost one pound." ( as if that were such a terrible thing!) For you see, if you do this you'll encourage others to keep me around because they will think I'm not worth losing. And I love being around you - your arms, your legs, your chin, your hips and every part of you. Happy Days!! After all, I'm Only One Pound of fat!!!"
Isn't that great? One pound is onederful!!!
All of that... and I weigh in this morning and I lost 1 pound!! ONE POUND, are you freaking kidding me. I worked my ass off and ONE POUND??? I know, it's better than gaining but come on scale gods.. gimme something more for my effort. This sucks!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I was searching for recipe's on Foodbuzz and came across this one from "Foodie on Weight Watchers". She was kind enough to agree to let me share this. It really looks good and I can't wait to try it.
Modified from Clean Eating Magazine May/June 2009
4 Servings4 Points/Serving (Maybe. This is the points value of the original recipe according to the calories printed in the magazine.)
½ cup pineapple juice
3 cloves of garlic, through the press
2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
zest and juice of one lime
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
1 pinch of red pepper flakes
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup pineapple, chopped
1 cup mango, chopped
zest and juice of half a lime (slice the other half for serving)
1 splash of pineapple juice
1 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1. Combine the ingredients for the marinade and place in a large plastic bag and marinate overnight.
2. Combine the ingredients for the fruit salsa and store overnight in the refrigerator.
3. Prepare the grill and cook the chicken.
4. Serve each chicken breast with ½ cup of the fruit.
Restaurants often serve large portions, and we tend to eat more when more food is in front of us.
I have done a little research and the top 5 tips I am going to use this summer are:
Desserts seem to materialize after every meal on vacation. And to make it worse, all the meals are little richer, and snacks are a little more frequent. But just because the food is there doesn't mean you have to eat it all. Slow down and consider what you're eating. WW gives you 35 discretionary points (and activity points). Think of these calories as your "fun" calories to be used for treats. Before you snack, decide whether you're truly hungry or just mindlessly noshing. Keep your discretionary and activity points in check by splitting your dessert with your family. Make the healthiest choices when you can, and take small portions when the meal choices are high calorie and out of your control.
(My waiter's are never this HOTT!! IF I get this one... I may be too busy looking at him to ask any questions!!)
Request whole grains whenever possible. Some restaurants offer 100% whole-wheat bread and buns, whole-grain blend pasta, tortillas, and steamed brown rice.
3. Order Fruits and Veggies Every Chance You Get
Look for opportunities to order dishes that include high-nutrient, high-fiber fruits and veggies. Entree salads or side salads made with spinach or romaine lettuce are a great way to get your vegetables. Grilled or roasted veggies with a little EVOO are a great choice too. If you're ordering something like a shrimp or chicken quesadilla, you can ask the restaurant to add some grilled or roasted veggies to it, it will be filling and leave less room for dessert.
4. Your shoes are made for walking
Ask about safe walking routes around your hotel or rental home, then lace up your shoes and get going! There's no better way than walking to see and really experience the area you're visiting. Plus, it's handy for burning off some of last night's dinner, too. Take advantage of the gyms. The place we stay at has a state of the art gym- that I have never been in. That will change this year.
When you're traveling, always keep a healthy snack on hand. The best combinations contain a little protein and a high fiber carbohydrate to keep you feeling full as long as possible. A trusty PB&J on whole wheat tucked in your carry-on bag will keep you cruising by the fat-filled (and expensive!) cinnamon buns in the airport. Unsalted nuts, fruits, and whole grain crackers are great for the car, and are real aces for keeping your stomach from rumbling while you're searching for lunch from somewhere healthier than the ubiquitous fast food place. There are so many great snack choices for healthy eating, my favorites are Kind Bars, Fiber One bars and Smart Food popcorn, all are in convenient single serve portions that are super easy to throw in my purse or beach bag.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
I'm going to keep it up today but geez... it really sucks when the number looks bad. I am hoping that it will get better with more regular exercise. I had not been doing as much lately.
On other notes my elliptical machine is making a horrible squeaky noise. It's a Horizon gym quality machine from Dick's Sporting Goods and is about 18 months old. I know we got an extended warranty on it but am not sure what it covers. I hope they can fix it.
In lieu of the malfunction I am going to do a 4 mile walk this evening and some strength training this morning.
I have some great new recipe's to share but need to get some photo's so I will be posting those later.
Better get going... gotta get stuff done and the kids will be home at 10:30... Looks like a great day to go to the pool.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I credit some of it to the great fruits and veggies at the local farmer's market. Nothing tastes as good as fresh locally grown produce!
It's been a busy week. My youngest daughter had her last soccer game last night, they lost in the semi-final but had a great year. She is also getting ready to preform for the next 2 weekends in Disney's 101 Dalmatian's- so we have had 2+ hour practices every night. Today is the last full day of school, three more two hour days and they are done, except my high schooler- she is done tomorrow.
Hubby is away for several days- so I am free to not cook- which is great but I probably will anyhow, I am craving some roasted veggies and shrimp.
My exercise routine is becoming well routine and I think I need to mix it up a little. I am really tinkering with the idea of running? I never have liked to run but it seems that it is a great exercise and really makes you strong. So maybe...
I have to clean/organize the home office today. My husband did the garage this weekend and it looks amazing- it went from really cluttered to really organized- we even bought a labeler- and labeled all of our storage bins. He labeled them before- but with post it's- so with in 2 weeks they had all fallen off and we couldn't find anything.
I am off to the elliptical- burning at least 250 calories this AM- then on to some cleaning and my last day with alone time until August- but I am glad school's out- here's to doing whatever, whenever and no schedules!!! YEAH!
Monday, June 1, 2009
I have not seen it yet and was wondering if anyone has tried it yet?