New to weight watchers, pointplus.
I was wondering if anyone has any tips or delicious filling low point recipes they would like to share. I am open to any and all suggestions, please help. I have read some previous threads and found some great ideas but they focused on the older core or flex plans.
There is another current thread on here about Weight Watcher foodies, i can't remember the name of the thread ( and I post on it all the time....lol) but it's a pretty active one, so if you scroll down Home Cooking you will probably find it. Or you could do a search for "Weight Watchers". I also like slenderkitchen, and Gina's skinny kitchen is another great site. I've been using some recipes from Cooking Light, and lots of times, i just lighten recipes up on my own.
I started WW in early November, just before they switched over to Points Plus. I've lost about 23 lbs, and would like to lose about another 15 or 20. One thing that I do is follow the Good Health Guidelines, and stay within my points. I try to get the most nutrition out of every point (except for a few things...more about them later.) For example, in the morning, I always have a smoothie, which is made with 1 cup of unsweetented Almond Milk, 8 oz frozen mixed berries, and a banana. That is 2 fruit servings and one dairy serving for 1 point! And it tastes good and is filling. If I'm also having oatmeal for breakfast, I add 1/2 scoop of whey protein to the smoothie, which adds 2 points, but a lot of protein as well. On those days, I also have 1/2 cup steel cut oats, 1 chopped apple, a sprinkle of cinnamon,and 1/2 cup almond milk, all of which is only 2 points. I cook a batch of steel cut oats ahead on the weekend, and refrigerate until needed. The night before, I chop up the apple and put it in, and sprinkle with cinnamon. I then take it to work and reheat in the microwave. I also add a packet of stevia, becuase I like a little sweetness. For lunch on workdays, I usually have tossed salad ( I almost always make a salad for dinner and when I'm cleaning up after dinner, just pack the leftover salad in a container and bring it to work for lunch I have found a great 0-1 point dressing: Kraft Lite asiago parmesan balsamic viniagrette . (Depends on how much you use whether it is 0 or 1 point. I use 1 tablespoon.) I also usually make a big batch of home made low or no point soup on the weekends, and take some of that to work for lunch as well as the salad, fruit and fat free yogurt sometimes. I usually need a snack around 3-4 pm. I was having flavored mini rice cakes, which are tasty and only 3 points per serving, but other than fiber, don't add a lot nutritionally. So I switched to fruit. Now I have an apple or an orange, or some grapes or cut up melon, and/or sliced strawberries. I also usually have two cups of coffee in the morning and one cup at that between 3 and 4 time of day. Sometimes I'm good with just the coffee and don't need a snack. Sometimes I will also eat my lunchtime fat free yogurt at that time. I drink at least three 24-ounce bottles of water a day. For supper, I usually make a traditional "family" type meal (I cook for my husband, mom, daughter and son-in-law and 2 granchildren, aged 2 and 5) just lightened up. Tonight, we had salad and chicken enchiladas from Gina's skinny kitchen.( 4 points each) Her recipe is great, in that you cook the chicken for the enchiladas in the slow cooker, with vegetables and water, which then yields a quart or so of fat free chicken broth. I'll use that to make chicken noodle soup tomorrow for the week, heavy on vegetables, light on whole wheat noodles. I really enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, and I continue to do that. I was using the weekly points for that ( and sometimes having a glass or two!) but after about 20 pounds, I stopped consistently losing every week and started yo-yo ing up apound, down a pound, etc. So a couple of weeks ago, I started cutting the wine back to maybe every other day, and only one glass (for now, to see if it helps get me losing again) And I take it out of my daily points. That worked well last week. I also plan treats...I just try to keep them light, and portion control is critical! I made these wonderful carrot cupcakes from Cooking Light a couple of weeks ago, but the regular size (1/16th of the cake recipe) was 9 points! So i made little mini cupcakes, which were also yummy, and I think, 3 points. Best wishes for your success, and looking forward to sharing ideas with you!
There is an interesting blog at slenderkitchen.com. It has lots of recipes and actually sorts them by pointsplus values. So, if you are looking for a 4 point item to eat you can find one easily. Just stick with it at the beginning and write down the points values. You will internalize them soon. And, I find that a protein for breakfast really helps. Arnold Sandwich flats are a good all around sandwich choice. They can serve as hamburger buns, sandwich break, and other things that you would normally use a bun with. They are only 3 points and well worth it. Let me know what you think of the blog. I find it helpful!