Weigh to Goal

Things People On Weight Watchers Understand

Thursday morning weigh in with my extended family.  I have been on Weight Watchers for years.  I have lost more than 120 pounds and believe it is the best way to lose weight (for me).  Is it an easy road? NO!  Do I get frustrated? YES!  Do I keep going? YES!

If you are on Weight Watchers, can you pick out those who are also adopting this way of life.  No, it is not a diet but a change in the food we eat and the way we look at eating every day.  Those of you on WW will understand today’s blog – see how many you can identify with…

1. Your friends know you always have snacks stashed in your purse (or in the car) just in case.  Anyone need a carrot or a granola bar or maybe even a jerky stick?

2. You’re have a deeply committed relationship with your pedometer or your fit bit.  Have you been known to do the happy dance when you hit your steps goal before sundown?  Or maybe you have walked circles around your living room just to hit your goal before the clock strikes midnight?

3. You know exactly how many ounces of chicken fit in the palm of your hand.  Or maybe you measure tablespoons by the tips of your thumb?

4. And you’ve figured out how to include exercise into every space you spend time in.  Even at the doctor’s office — why not? Parking in the farthest spot away from the store or carrying one thing at a time up the stairs?

5. You’ve considered walking a few extra miles for wine…Yup, that’s me!

6. …or for a little reward when you deserve it the most.  Keep the dessert and give me wine!

7. You have a special lightweight outfit set aside for your weigh-in day each week. Yup, been wearing the same type of outfit every week for weigh in FOREVER and never denim!  Or maybe you have been known to change clothes once you weigh in?

8. You know the feeling of pure bliss after having all your work lunches figured out ahead of time.

9. You’ve grown accustomed to people asking “can you really eat that?”  Yes, that’s chocolate chip cheesecake. And yes, you can have the recipe.

10. You find yourself doing things you thought were impossible effortlessly.  Well, almost.  Maybe the stairs are a little easier.  Maybe you jog more instead of walk.

11. You find yourself talking to strangers about how amazing spaghetti squash really is.  “It’s just like spaghetti. But it’s squash! No, really!”  So guilty of this one and cauliflower rice!

12. Light whipped topping is basically your boyfriend at this point.  You’ve found a million and one ways to use it, and you’re never gonna let it go.

13. More than anything, people can’t put their finger on what’s different about you… …but you look and feel great — of course they noticed!

Whether you are on Weight Watcher‘s or not, I’m sure you can identify at least a friend or two who fit one of these things.

How can you spot a fellow Weight Watcher?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Tasty Tuesday: Restaurant Style Salsa

I don’t know about you but I LOVE salsa…. all kinds.  Thick and chunky, black bean, peach, mango, pineapple – yes, I could go on forever since there are so many different kinds.  I use it on everything – dressing on my salad, on my burgers, and with my eggs.  You get the picture, right?  Salsa is delish! And there’s nothing better than restaurant salsa – hot and spicy.

I am always looking for a healthy, fresh, easy recipe for salsa.  I like salsa with fresh veggies when I am putting it on a salad or a burger BUT when it comes to dipping chips, I want it to taste like the yummy kind I find in my favorite Mexican restaurant.

This is a great recipe because you use ingredients you can keep in your pantry.  So, when friends drop by for a visit or you need a quick snack for family, you can whip this up. You can mix it up in a food processor, a blender or I have even used my Magic Bullet.

Thank you to Creating My Happiness for sharing this recipe with us:

Ingredients

1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes, drained
2 10 oz can Rotel Original
1 jalepeno pepper
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cumin
1 tbsp cilantro

Directions:

  • Slice jalepeno, set aside (keep as many seeds as you like)
  • Strain the tomatoes, and the Rotel.  Dump in a colander and let the excess juice drain.  DO NOT rinse them
  • Place all ingredients in Ninja (or processor, blender).  Pour the lime juice over the top, then add cilantro.
  • Blend for 20 seconds.
  • Chill 1-2 hours before serving.   It tastes better cold!

Now you have amazing salsa, let’s serve it on Thirty One’s Close to Home Tray.  Place a small bowl with salsa on it along with some chips and let the fun begin.  Add a dash of style to your home with this beautiful mango wood tray. It’s perfect for serving small snacks and makes a great decoration when not in use! Personalize it with a Simply Etched design to create a special keepsake. Dimensions: Approx. 7.25″H x 20″L x .75″D

What is your favorite salsa recipe?  Or better yet, what is your favorite recipe?  Share it with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

 

 

 

Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Tasty Tuesday: Strawberry Muffins

Strawberry muffins

Thank you Lisa Richards for this YUMMY recipe!

Moist and full of fresh strawberry flavor, these muffins make a delightful treat. They’re perfect for a healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert, and the kids will love them!

Strawberries are on the Maybe list of foods to eat if you are on the Candida Diet. They are one of the lowest-sugar berries you can find, and a good way to introduce some fruit into your diet. Add in the coconut milk, coconut oil, and coconut flour, and you have a fiber-rich, low-sugar snack all the family will love.

You can make a large batch of these muffins and freeze them too. Take them on a picnic, or just keep them in the house for those between-meal hunger pangs. Just remember to make enough!

Prep Time:  15 mins     Cook Time:  30 mins     Total Time:  45 mins
Servings: 6 muffins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp. powdered stevia
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil , melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup diced fresh strawberries
  • 6 fresh strawberry slices for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 6 cups of a 12 cup muffin tin with paper baking cups or brush generously with oil, set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift coconut flour, baking soda and salt, whisk to combine. In another medium bowl, add unsweetened coconut milk, stevia, melted coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla, whisk thoroughly. Pour liquid ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients, stir to combine for one minute as coconut flour absorbs liquids. Fold diced strawberries into muffin batter.
  3. Spoon muffin batter into the prepared tin, smoothing tops, then press a strawberry slice on the top of each. Bake muffins until golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool, serve.

Want to take one of these yummy treats with you when you are out and about?  How about adding bottle of water (or tea)?  Keep it all cool in Thirty One’s Cool Clip Thermal. This clip on thermal is ideal for carrying snacks. It easily attaches to a backpack, bag or tote. Also works well to hold medicine, sunscreen, makeup or small electronics. Approx. 8”H x 11.25”L x 3”D

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Tasty Tuesday: Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers

I love everything HOT and spicy so I was excited to see this Hungry Girl recipe.

Prep: 25 minutes                 Cook: 30 minutes   Makes 4 servings.

1/4th of recipe (3 poppers with about 2 tbsp. dip): 118 calories, 3.5g total fat (2g sat fat), 385mg sodium, 12g carbs, 2g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 9g protein.  SmartPoints® value 3*

Ingredients

1/2 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/3 cup light/low-fat ricotta cheese
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper
12 slices turkey pepperoni, chopped
6 jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds and stems removed (see HG Tip)
1/4 cup (about 2 large) egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  • In a wide bowl, combine breadcrumbs, 1 tsp. Parm., 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning, and 1/4 tsp. garlic powder. Mix well.
  • In a small bowl, combine ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, salt, and black pepper. Add 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning, 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, and remaining 2 tsp. Parm. Mix well. Stir in chopped pepperoni.
  • Evenly spoon and spread mixture into the pepper halves.
  • Place egg whites/substitute in another wide bowl. One at a time, coat pepper halves with egg whites/substitute, shake to remove excess, and coat with breadcrumb mixture.
  • Evenly place on the baking sheet, stuffed sides up. Top with any remaining breadcrumbs.
  • Bake until outside is crispy and pepper halves have softened, 25 – 30 minutes.
  • In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine tomatoes with remaining 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning and 1/2 tsp. garlic powder. Mix well.
  • Microwave until hot, about 30 seconds.

Serve poppers with seasoned tomatoes for dipping.

HG Tip: Use a spoon to seed your jalapeños. When handling jalapeños, don’t touch your eyes — pepper juice can STING. And wash your hands well immediately afterward.

I am always looking for more recipes, send me your favorite so you can be one of our Tasty Tuesday guest cooks.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday Recipes, Weigh to Goal

Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge

I LOVE this Weight Watchers Recipe when I am craving something sweet without using ALL of my points.  Let’s make some before the HOT summer weather comes or you can make it and put it in the refrigerator.

Rich and delicious, and so easy to prepare. One square is all you need to satisfy a sweet tooth.  It is 3 PointsPlus Value for 1 cube.
Prep time: 10 min   Cook time: 5 min     Serves: 36

Ingredients

1 spray(s) cooking spray
1 2/3 cup(s) sugar
2/3 cup(s) fat free evaporated milk
2 Tbsp reduced-calorie margarine, or light butter
12 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
14 large marshmallow(s)

Instructions:

  • Coat an 8- X 8-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar, evaporated milk and margarine (or butter); bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring constantly, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in chocolate and marshmallows; remove pan from heat and stir until smooth.
  • Pour mixture into prepared pan and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Cut into thirty-six 1 1/3-inch squares and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.
    Notes
  • Store fudge in refrigerator. Or freeze for a firmer consistency.

Headed out and about?  Want to carry a treat with you?  Use the NEW Cool Clip Thermal Pouch from Thirty One.  

This clip on thermal is ideal for carrying snacks. It easily attaches to a backpack, bag or tote. Also works well to hold medicine, sunscreen, makeup or small electronics. Approx. 8”H x 11.25”L x 3”D.

The best part is this thermal is part of the June customer special at Thirty One.  Spend $35 and get this thermal for half price.  How awesome is that?

Share your favorite recipes with us.  I love hearing from my readers.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!