Monday, November 30, 2009

***Recipe Alert: Spaghetti Chicken and veggies***

I came home from worked hungry for dinner and wanted to make a quick and easy and of course low point dinner. This is a quick and tasty meal that I whipped up in 20 minutes and is only 4 WW points! Here are the deets: Ingredients: 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut in cubes 1/2c. chickpeas, drained Any veggies to your liking (I used okra because that's what I had) 1/2c. spaghetti sauce Add the sauce in a pot and add the chicken and chickpeas. Place a lid on the pot and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Take the lid off and add you veggies. Sautee for another 5 minutes. Enjoy!! Total WW pts: 4 What did you have for dinner?

Getting Back on Track...

So, Thanksgiving is over. After feeling stuffed, bloated and a couple of pounds heavier, I knew I had to do something to get right back on track and I've done exactly that. We all know Weight Watchers works. It's worked for me and millions of others, but WW will not work if you do not follow the plan properly. That means, no guesstimating, no sneaking a bite here and there and not counting points. I know if I want to continue to lose weight, I really need to document every single morsel of food that goes in my mouth -healthy or not! I know I feel better when doing WW because I nourish my body with fruits and vegetables. I know to choose complex carbs over simple carbs. I've learned the importance of fiber and vitamins. With this, I have to say, if you want to get back on track with WW, you can, but you also have to be honest with yourself if you want to see results. Don't wait until January 1st to start treating yourself better!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

***Snack Attack -Roasted Edamame***

Roasted, lightly salted edamame...lately this has been my go to snack. It's crunchy, light, full of fiber and protein! To combat mindless snacking, portion this crunchy snack out into 1/4c servings and you've got yourself a great 2 point snack. Here are the deets for 1/4c. of roasted, salted edamame: Cal: 130 Fat: 4g Fiber: 8g WW pts. 2 What have you been snacking on?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Seriously Cereal...

Good Morning Everyone, I hope you all are doing well and trying to lead a healthy lifestyle. So, I decided to do a post comparing two cereals: Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat cereal and Fiber One Honey Clusters cereal. Let's start off with the stats for Kashi Heart to Heart: Cal: 120 Fat: 1.5g Fiber: 5g WW pts.: 2 Fiber One: Cal: 160 Fat: 1.5g Fiber: 13g WW pts.: 3 Yesterday, I decided to have the Fiber One for breakfast. My opinion, this really was not a great cereal. Sure, it's got 13 grams of fiber and no it did not taste card boardy, but it definitely had an after taste, that tasted like aspartame. That turned me off big time! Also, when looking at the ingredients, I see it does contain high fructose corn syrup, which I'm really not that hot about. The bran flakes also got soggy after being in milk for a couple of minutes. Would I have this cereal again? NO! Today, I opted for the Kashi and was extremely happy over this decision. There was no un natural after taste. A one cup serving only has 2.5 WW pts and to start the day off with 7 grams of fiber is not bad! Also, the oat clusters STAYED crunchy...yum! My opinion, go with the Kashi. It's lower in points and definitely more satisfying! What did you have for breakfast?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

***Snack Attack***

Ah yes, another perfect little snack to have between breafast and lunch or lunch and dinner. Again, I'm on this YoPlait YoPlus infactuation. This time, I took my YoPlus yogurt and stirred in half a cup of Cheerios. The result...a totally filling, satisfying yumness!! Best part, this great snack was only 3 WW pts and 150 calories!
PS: The yogurt and cereal options can be endless!!!

***Question of the Day: Scales***

Dear Kanwal,
I've decided to invest in a scale, but do not know which kind to buy. I'm looking for an easy to read scale, that is reliable.

Dear Anonymous,

Just last weekend I went to Bed Bath and Beyond in search of an easy to read, reliable scale as well! Luckily I found The Biggest Loser Scale. What caught my eye about this scale was, when you weigh yourself, it portrays the amount of calories needed to maintain your weight. Also, the scale is extremely easy to program, and has a big digital screen to view your weight and calories. The scale costs $39.99, but with those wonderful 20% off coupons, it was a only $32.99, not bad for something you will have for a very long time! Here are more specs on the scale from BB&B:

Bath scale has a super wide 15" glass platform and features CalMax™ which provides the amount of calories needed to maintain weight. The silver back painted glass platform has silver accents to create a handsome addition to your bathroom. Extra large display measures 2 1/4" and features 2" digits. Weight capacity is 440 pounds in .02 pound increments. Measures approximately 16 3/4" W x 13 1/4" D. Five-year warranty. Model # 75444102BL.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

***Recipe Alert: Low fat, low sugar Apple Pie***

INGREDIENTS 3 apples of your choice (I used Red Delicious for added sweetness), thinly sliced with peel on ¼ c. dark brown sugar 2TB. of lemon juice 1 tsp. of corn starch 6 sheets of phyllo dough

PREPARATION 1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. 2. In a bowl, combine the apples, brown sugar and corn starch. 3. Lightly spray a 6 inch pie bowl, add three sheets of phyllo dough on the bottom. Carefully align the apple slices in the pie bowl. Top with the remaining three sheets of phyllo dough, and spray with a canola spray. 4. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the crust has turned a light brown. Allow to cool and enjoy with a dollop of whip cream or vanilla ice cream.

A few facts about an Apple: One medium apple only has 95 calories, .4g of fat, 25g of carbs, and 4 grams of fiber Nature’s perfect portable snack!

Recipe from Kanwal's Healthy Corner, The Ajnabee:

***Breakfast Time***

This morning my breakfast consisted of an Arnold's Wheat Thins, half of a banana and 2 tsp. of creamy PB!
Total WW pts: 3.5
Total Calories: 211
Don't forget guys, you need breakfast to jumpstart your metabolism for the day. Try to always start your day off with a healthy, filling breakfast, with lots of fiber!
What did you guys have for breakfast this morning?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I want to know...

What are your goals! Are you looking to:
  • Lose weight
  • Gain a healthier lifestyle
  • Be more active
  • Get in shape
  • Make an overall change

You could want to be all of these or just some, or maybe none at all! I want to know, what are your goals!

***Snack Attack -and new find***

Another great find for yogurt lovers...YoPlait YoPlus+ Digestive. So far I've only found this flavor in strawberry, but it is extremely creamy and delicious!
Here are the deets:
Cal: 110
Fat: 1.5g
Fiber: 3g
Points: 2
I was able to make the best snack out of this. I chopped up the half of banana that I had left over from my PB&B sandwhich this morning, and I added that to my YoPlus yogurt...delish and only 2.5pts!!!
Not bad for a snack!

Breakfast this morning...

One Arnold's Wheat Thins Half a banana, sliced 3 tsp. of creamy PB Total Points: 4 What did you guys have?

Getting Back Together...

Hey Guys, So, I know it's been a terribly long time since I've posted. I know, I've slacked and I'm sorry. What have I noticed? Well, when I was constantly blogging about my weight loss experience, I was focusing more on my diet, due to feeling more obligated to my readers. Since I've stopped blogging, I also noticed I stopped caring about my diet more. Yes, the little pieces of chocolate here, the extra spoonfuls of ice cream there...well these things have really taken a toll on me. Well, I'm not saying I've gained a dramatic amount of weight...only about 5 pounds, but it's still a difference that I've noticed. I've realized that I get a lot of support from my readers and I'd like to continue blogging atleast 4 days a week. Share my experiences, my ups my downs and not only help you along your journey of a healthy lifestyle, but also having you help me. So, with this said, how about we try reconnecting once more and help each other out this time!