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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- The H H H Edition! July 2014 [OLD]

As if on cue, today the weather changed from pleasantly warm, to hazy, hot, and humid. July is here! For me, eating lighter foods has been considerably easier since the weather has become warmer. And the bounty of produce that is coming into the market should only make that even easier.

Last night for dinner, I had a very thin piece of swordfish, which was grilled and covered with a tomato salad that I had made. It was delicious, and just the thing for a warm evening.

So WW foodies -- how is the warmer (if not downright hot!) weather causing you to be more conscious of eating lighter foods?

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  1. I made a batch of this farro salad on Sunday and will have it for lunches this week. Topped with some lightly sauteed wild red Argentinian shrimp from TJ's, it was a lovely meal and will become a staple in my fridge. Works for Simple Start, too.

    http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-summe...

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    1. re: FlyerFan

      That looks delicious. Thanks for sharing! Don't the tomatoes and cucumbers get kind of slimy after a couple of days?

      1. re: roxlet

        also, i've found that tomatoes get mealy and flavorless once they've been refrigerated.
        maybe add them just before eating?

        1. re: westsidegal

          Well Day 2 of the farro salad and I haven't noticed any degradation of either the tomatoes or cucumber. We'll see what happens as the week goes on!

          I can see this salad being super versatile...add roasted veggies and balsamic vinegar one week, chopped bok choy, carrots and edamame and rice wine vinegar another week, black beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers, cilantro and lime juice another week, etc. etc.

      2. re: FlyerFan

        That does sound good. Will have to add farro to the shopping list.

        1. re: FlyerFan

          Oooooh, this looks yummy! I'm going to make it after my next farmers market trip! :-) Thanks!

        2. Wake up call- up 3 after two mini birthday vacations- a one nighter and a two nighter. Ate mostly in restaurants or from take-out and there was a homemade birthday dinner featuring pasta. I hope I can get back down 3 and maintain that as we have a 2 week vacation on the cape in 10 days. We will eat in or prep our own beach meals so this is less challenging than solid restaurant meals. I am bringing the damn scale with me too.

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          1. re: Berheenia

            Whoa! Bringing a scale on vacation? That's commitment!

            1. re: JoanN

              You mentioned slow going at your age and I think we are the same generation so you understand that a true 3 pound gain would take me a month to undo and if I can gain 3 in less than a week think of the damage I could do in two!
              It's taken me four careful months to lose ~14 and I'm going for 20.

              1. re: Berheenia

                It really is a helluva lot harder when you're older, isn't it? Fourteen pounds is very inspiring.

              1. re: Berheenia

                Have you read about weight fluctuations and why they happen? If not, please do. A 3 pound shift is likely *nothing* and nothing to worry about unless you know for sure you've consumed an extra 10,500 calories above and beyond maintenance and exercise. What the scale says when you weigh yourself one time isn't necessarily the truth.

                http://www.healthdiscovery.net/articl...

                http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2010/...

                1. re: weezieduzzit

                  Thanks for the links and yes I know and will try to keep it in mind. However posters on this board tend to open with "up" or "down" and a number. I usually weigh my self on Thursday (old habit from when I was in a WW group) and that is today and so my report is "up 2". I use the Sparks Program so I enter my weight in once a week. Lots of fatty salty food was a factor and I think I probably consumed about 3000 more calories over a three day trip than I would have eaten at home. Something about the lake air and being on a strip of fast food joints. Plus it was my birthday.

                  1. re: Berheenia

                    Actually, fat doesn't make you gain weight (its the only macronutrient that doesn't raise insulin,) unless it was deep fried carbs, of course!

                    I'm thinking of throwing the scale away today (its garbage pick up day.) I rarely weigh anyhow. I'm due for yet another smaller pair of jeans (I can easily wiggle out without unbuttoning or unzipping,) so I'm not so concerned about a number on a scale. What I'm doing is working as long as I work it and it shows.

              2. Down .4 this morning. Man, this is slow going. Lost a lot faster when I first joined WW more than 35 years ago. Granted, I was a helluva lot more active then. Need to remind myself that’s an average of .6 down a week since I started, so at least it’s going in the right direction.

                Recipe finds of the week adapted for Simple Start: Ratatouille from “Avec Eric” made with less oil and only one once of Parmesan. Best ratatouille I ever made. And a Shallot and Mushroom Frittata, again with reduced amount of cheese, from “SkinnyTaste.”

                 
                 
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                1. re: JoanN

                  Both look delicious, Joan! My best ratatouille is from River Cottage Veg - it is roasted and low fat. I am craving quiche of all things and need to get to a market today to buy fresh greens - big farm fresh salad will go well with this muggy day.

                  1. re: herby

                    I made the Ripert recipe, which called for 1/4 cup of oil, with only four teaspoons, so that came out to only one teaspoon per serving. I think that what I liked so much about this recipe was that the onions, peppers, and garlic were well caramelized--and the veggies chunkier than I've cut them in the past.

                    Do you make a crustless quiche? I've never tried that.

                2. Yesterday was another pretty good day. I'm enjoying having an omelet for lunch, which is a very manageable 5 points. I finely diced a serrano pepper and mixed that with the 3 egg whites and 2 whole eggs for extra zip, and I filled it with one slice of WW 1 point cheese. Last night, I just had a vegetable salad with a little pasta. I didn't even feel like the cold chicken I was planning on having with it.

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                  1. re: roxlet

                    I find the eggs to be pretty filling. The other night I came home and it was just me for dinner. I have been keeping Egg Beaters in the house. 1/2 cup is just 1 point. But we were out of that so I used 2 eggs, plus 3 egg whites (I was going to use 4 egg whites and realized that I didn't need so much). I had some leftover cooked spinach in the refrigerator plus some frozen onions. So I threw the onions and spinach in the pan to heat them up, then added the eggs and at the end sprinkled some low fat cheese on top to melt. With that I had 2 slices of WW whole wheat bread with some grape jelly. I actually didn't even finish all of the eggs and saved some for the next days breakfast. All in it was 9 or 10 points, which is pretty good for dinner since I usually leave myself at least 12 or 13 points for dinner.

                    I have to say I was proud of myself for actually leaving some of the eggs over instead of eating them just because they were there!

                    I haven't weighed in for about 3 weeks, mostly due to scheduling conflicts, but I plan to go tomorrow. According to my home scale, I am down...we shall see tomorrow.

                    1. re: valerie

                      That's great! Good luck on the weigh-in tomorrow!

                  2. We've been doing a LOT of caesar salads lately with a reduced fat yogurt-based dressing (very, very little, just enough to coat the lettuce!) and either grilled chicken or grilled shrimp and some shredded parm, hold the croutons. I also am eating a lot more fruit now.

                    Just back from an extended weekend back to the midwest for my high school reunion. I fully expected to see a decent gain this week because of it, but I was pretty sick (bad head cold) for most of the time, so I didn't really eat all that much, and I certainly drank a lot less wine than I'd originally planned to, so I'm actually down a bit, which is cool by me. I'm still off work the rest of the week, and plan to enjoy a few holiday weekend indulgences, but will go back to Simple Start next week.