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My recent Weight Watchers BLT post got me thinking about how wonderful the combination of crispy, smoky bacon, cool crunchy lettuce and sweet and tangy ripe tomato is. And how these ingredients can be used in a wide range of delicious dishes. So today I’m sharing a few of my favorites from around the web. All are Weight Watchers...

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My recent Weight Watchers BLT post got me thinking about how wonderful the combination of crispy, smoky bacon, cool crunchy lettuce and sweet and tangy ripe tomato is. And how these ingredients can be used in a wide range of delicious dishes. So today I’m sharing a few of my favorites from around the web. All are Weight Watchers friendly with calories and Points Plus Information. Enjoy!

7 Skinny Recipes for BLT Loving Weight Watchers

1) BLT Salad with Avocado – A BLT salad is a great low carb alternative to the traditional BLT sandwich. This delicious salad from the talented Gina Homolka, is featured in best-selling book, The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor. With only five ingredients, this skinny BLT salad is as simple as it is delicious. (from SkinnyTaste)

2) BLT Dip – Super cheesy with smoky bacon, juicy tomatoes and crisp lettuce, this BLT Dip tastes like an absolute indulgence. But with only 134 calories and 3 Weight Watchers points for 1/3 cup, it’s a steal. Serve this yummy dip with baked tortilla chips, crostini, pita chips, pretzel thins, crusty bread or any other dipper of your choice. I even spread some of this dip on a barbecue chicken breast and had it for lunch today and it was a magical pairing. (Emily Bites)

3) BLT Mac & Cheese – Bacon and whole grain macaroni tossed with fresh spinach, summer squash in a simple creamy sauce of laughing cow cheese and low fat sour cream.  This simply satisfying recipe with 227 calories and 6 WWPP per serving can be ready in 40 minutes or less. (Hungry Girl)

4) BLT Flatbread Pizza – This pizza takes all of the elements of a classic BLT sandwich and piles them on top of whole wheat store-bought naan bread. Within minutes, you can go from, “What the heck are we going to have for dinner?” to a meal that is both satisfying and healthy. Each serving has 261 Calories and 6 WWPP  (from Cookin Canuck)

5) BLT Corn Lettuce Wraps – This recipe is a spin on a traditional BLT combining bacon, lettuce, tomato and then adding fresh corn, cilantro, a jalapeno, and a touch of lime juice. Serve in adorable lettuce cups for a simple lunch or dinner. Consider adding chicken, shrimp, or avocado if you want some additional protein. 96 calories, 3 WWP (from Slender Kitchen)

6) BLT Ranch Turkey Wrap – Salty bacon, roasted turkey, smooth American cheese, creamy ranch dressing, and crunchy lettuce, tomatoes, and onions all rolled up into a 260 calorie, high fiber for wrap for just 6 Points + !!!  Not only are they easy and super quick to make, but they’re unbelievably delicious. Everything about this wrap worked perfectly together. I just took the idea of a BLT and altered it a bit to make it more Weight Watchers friendly. If you like BLT’s, then this Bacon Ranch Turkey Wrap will blow your mind. Enjoy! (from LaaLoosh)

7) Slow Cooker BLT Chicken – This creamy slow cooker bacon ranch chicken pasta really hit the spot when we had it for dinner last night. I adapted the recipe from one for BLT Chicken in Stephanie O’Dea’s great book, 365 Slow Cooker Suppers. This is another recipe for my make again file. 380 calories 10 weight watcher points plus. (Simple Nourished Living)

*PointsPlus® for these Weight Watchers friendly BLT recipes calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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Weight Watchers Success Story #11 – Kathy G. http://simple-nourished-living.com/2015/07/weight-watchers-success-story-11-kathy-g/ http://simple-nourished-living.com/2015/07/weight-watchers-success-story-11-kathy-g/#respond Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:47:40 +0000 http://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=35233

I’ve got another great Weight Watchers Success for you today. I came across Kathy G and her impressive before and after photos while surfing around Facebook Sunday. Like so many of us, she was experiencing the increased challenge of managing  weight after 50. Unfortunately, weight loss/maintenance doesn’t get easier as we age. Our unhealthy habits are...

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How Kathy G. Has Lost Weight While On Weight Watchers

Kathy G.’s Weight Loss Success with Weight Watchers

I’ve got another great Weight Watchers Success for you today. I came across Kathy G and her impressive before and after photos while surfing around Facebook Sunday. Like so many of us, she was experiencing the increased challenge of managing  weight after 50. Unfortunately, weight loss/maintenance doesn’t get easier as we age. Our unhealthy habits are more ingrained and metabolisms slow with each passing year. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. It absolutely Can. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, as Kathy shows us :-)

Just reading this, you’ll feel how much losing on average 1/3rd of a pound a week for 18 weeks (15.2 pounds) has improved Kathy’s physical and emotional wellbeing. She feels that her weight loss is slow, but slow weight loss is successful weight loss worthy of celebrating and so much more realistic for us normal folks, especially after 50.

Did you know that when you are overweight or obese, losing just 5 percent – 10 percent of your body weight can make a huge difference to your health? According to Weight Watchers, for most people 5 percent is enough to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol, increase energy levels, improve blood sugar control and help you sleep better! Talk about a worthwhile healthy endeavor!

Now, here’s Kathy…..

Tell Us A Little Bit About Your Weight Struggle
I had been struggling with my weight for years and especially after I turned 50. Every time I went to my doctor, I would ask why I couldn’t lose weight. I’ve been doing Zumba for years now – at least 3-4 times a week – and truly didn’t eat that much. (Why Exercise Alone is a Terrible Weight Loss Strategy)

I’ve since rejoined Weight Watchers 18 weeks ago and wow! Even though my progress is slow in my eyes, only losing most weeks .3 pounds or less, I’ve stuck with it and have now lost 15.2 pounds!

It’s true what they say about weight loss: nutrition is 70% and exercise is 30%. I still do my Zumba and try other workouts at least 3-4 times a week and stick with my plan of eating well with Weight watchers.

All I can say is that going to the meetings, getting weighed-in and having a support group really helps. Believe me only having to lose 15-20 is much harder to lose 50-100 lbs. I am doing this for me and I feel so much better.

What Was Your Wake-Up Call Or “A-Ha Moment” That Caused You To Sign Up With Weight Watchers?
The scale!

How Have Your Eating Habits Changed Since Weight Watchers? What Did You Eat Before And What Are You Eating Now?
Didn’t eat much before. Now, I’m eating properly with lots of fruits and vegetables.

What Is The Difference In Your Fitness Before Weight Watchers And Now?
No difference just eating better and more nutritional.

What Has Been The Biggest Change/Payoff For You So Far?
Feeling good about myself!

Do You Have A Favorite Recipe You’d Like To Share?
No.

How Much Weight Have You Lost? How Long Did It Take You To Lose It?
So far I’ve lost 15.2 pounds in 18 weeks.

Advice and/or Words of Wisdom To Others Who May Be Struggling
Just keep with the program it does work. Try to keep a positive attitude for weight loss success!

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Weight Watchers BLT http://simple-nourished-living.com/2015/07/weight-watchers-blt/ http://simple-nourished-living.com/2015/07/weight-watchers-blt/#respond Wed, 29 Jul 2015 01:31:15 +0000 http://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=35175

BLTs are one of my favorite sandwiches. Rod’s too. The combination of crispy, smoky bacon, cool crunchy lettuce and sweet and tangy ripe tomato is pretty hard to beat. We love them all year round for lunch or a light supper; with a steamy bowl of soup in the cold weather months and fruit or salad...

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Skinny Weight Watchers BLT

BLTs are one of my favorite sandwiches. Rod’s too. The combination of crispy, smoky bacon, cool crunchy lettuce and sweet and tangy ripe tomato is pretty hard to beat.

We love them all year round for lunch or a light supper; with a steamy bowl of soup in the cold weather months and fruit or salad during the summer. They are especially yummy now when tomatoes are at their peak.

By making a few smart substitutions you can make a delicious BLT with fewer calories/points plus too.  Enjoy!

Skinny on Weight Watchers BLT

Here are some ideas for how to make a lighter healthier bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich that won’t blow your calorie/points budget:

BREAD: Since I’m in maintenance mode, I use regular wholegrain bread, which costs 4 points plus. If you want to save a point or two opt for light bread or light sandwich buns.

BACON: Center-cut pork bacon and turkey bacon are the leanest options.

LETTUCE: Iceberg or romaine provide the best crunch, but use whatever you like best and/or have on hand. Even spinach can work.

TOMATO:  A large beefsteak tomato is definitely the best option. Thick slices of tomato seem to be less likely to slip and slide.

MAYO: Use reduced fat mayonnaise or change things up with mashed avocado.

Cooking Tip for Better Bacon

If I’m cooking just a few slices of bacon, I prefer to use a pan on the stovetop. But, when I’m cooking an entire package I use the oven instead. Lay the slices out in a baking dish at least 2″ deep and bake in a 400°F oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until the meat just begins to brown and crisp around the edges (bacon, like other meat, will continue to cook after you remove it from the oven). Not only will the bacon be perfect every time, but the fat will also render out more thoroughly this way, meaning your bacon doesn’t just taste better—it is better for you.

Weight Watchers BLT
 
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Weight Watchers BLT, one of the best sandwich combinations of all time made lighter and healthier!
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 3 slices center cut bacon
  • 2 slices whole grain bread
  • 1 tablespoon reduced fat mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup lettuce of your choice
  • 2 thick slices tomato
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the bacon, turning occasionally, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove to paper towels and let drain.
  2. Toast your bread lightly. Spread one side of each slice with mayonnaise. Top with lettuce, tomato and bacon.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with second slice of toasted bread and cut in half.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1 sandwich): 247 calories, 9 g fat, 28 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 15 g protein and *6 Points Plus.

*PointsPlus® for this Weight Watchers BLT calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Sources:

Hungry Girl
Weight Watchers

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10 Items Weight Watchers Can Stock in Their Fridge For A Healthy Week http://simple-nourished-living.com/2015/07/10-items-weight-watchers-can-stock-in-their-fridge-for-a-healthy-week/ http://simple-nourished-living.com/2015/07/10-items-weight-watchers-can-stock-in-their-fridge-for-a-healthy-week/#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:27:27 +0000 http://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=35225

It seems like everywhere I turn I run into fellow Weight Watchers and/or healthy eating enthusiasts, like Danielle Hegedus from Modernize who is stopping by to share her ideas for 10 items you can stock in your fridge for a healthy week! 10 Items Weight Watchers Can Stock in Their Fridge for a Healthy Week Keeping your refrigerator stocked...

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10 Things Weight Watchers Can Stock in Their Fridge for a Healthy Week

It seems like everywhere I turn I run into fellow Weight Watchers and/or healthy eating enthusiasts, like Danielle Hegedus from Modernize who is stopping by to share her ideas for 10 items you can stock in your fridge for a healthy week!

10 Items Weight Watchers Can Stock in Their Fridge for a Healthy Week

Keeping your refrigerator stocked with healthy food is one of the best strategies to help you make good food choices. With a little planning, you can satiate those late night cravings with an apple and some cashew butter, instead of ice cream. You can also pack a healthy wrap sandwich that will keep you full all day at work instead of making a hasty and pricey trip to a fast food drive through. Take just a little bit of time this weekend to plan ahead and set yourself up for good nutrition throughout the week. Read on for our top ten suggestions of items to keep in your fridge to create versatile meals and snacks that are packed with nutrients and will keep you full.

1. Hummus: Hummus is low-fat and full of protein. Typically made from mashed chickpeas, there are also fantastic recipes for savory versions made of pumpkin, beets, black beans, and edamame. Keep a bag of baby carrots or your other favorite zero points veggies to dip so that you have a quick, filling, grab-and-go snack. Hummus also makes a great substitute for traditional condiments like mayonnaise and even salad dressing.

2. Eggs: Eggs get a bad rap for being high in cholesterol. However, numerous studies have demonstrated that eggs tend to raise HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol associated with heart disease). Eggs are also loaded with protein, so much so that regularly eating eggs for breakfast can help you lose weight. Eggs are also full of essential vitamins like calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, vitamin E, folate, and many more. They’re also inexpensive and versatile. Enjoy them hard boiled, scrambled, or in the delicious veggie packed make-ahead omelette muffins.

3. Chicken Broth: Trying to cut down on your intake of butter, salt, and oil? Keep resealable low-sodium, organic chicken broth in the fridge. You can use it to cook simple carbs like rice or quinoa and to add rich flavor to sauteed vegetables.

4. Non-Fat Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt is a great way to increase your protein intake–especially if you are a vegetarian! You can add fresh fruit to it for a delicious breakfast or a savory dessert, or substitute it for sour cream or mayonnaise to decrease the fat content in a dish. Greek yogurt also contains valuable probiotics to support your digestive system.

5. Non-Soda Beverage Options: If you have a soda addiction, stock your fridge with refreshing drinks that will curb your soda cravings. Add fruits like blueberries, strawberries, or watermelon to water for a delicious drink that will significantly increase the amount of water you drink. I like mine with cucumber and basil. If you still find yourself missing the carbonation, pick up some flavored sparkling or seltzer water for a healthier alternative to soda.

6. Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables: When putting a meal together, 50% of your plate should be full of veggies, 25% of protein, and 25% of a simple carb or starch. Keep plenty of fresh produce on hand to help you meet this goal. Leafy greens like kale and swiss chard are full of vitamin K and calcium and form a great base for quick, nutrient-rich salads. Take time at the beginning of the week to wash and chop up cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, and any other veggies you may want to add to your salad to make meal preparation simple throughout the week. Keep fresh fruit like tangerines, bananas, and apples that can nix sugar cravings and provide you with a filling snack on the go.

7. Ready to Eat Proteins: Don’t forget proteins in your weekly meal prep. Have edamame on hand to add rich soy protein to salads or for a simple snack. Marinate chicken breasts to have a good source of lean protein to add to your meals throughout the week. Low-sodium deli meats like chicken and turkey are also great for tasty wraps. Add some of that hummus and fresh veggies for a filling treat.

8. Lemons: Lemons are easy to incorporate into your daily life. You can add them to water, tea, or even mix lemon juice with a little olive oil to create a tasty salad dressing. Lemons are full of vitamin C, a great source of dietary fiber, and rich in B-complex vitamins.

9. Tortillas: Tortillas are a great alternative to bread. You can make a great sandwich wrap or even make your own breakfast burritos. Whether your prefer corn, flour, or whole wheat tortillas, they are low in fat and significantly lower in calories than most bread options.

10. Nut Butters: Venture beyond peanut butter and check out almond, walnut, hazelnut, or cashew butter. They are a little bit more expensive that peanut butter in the grocery store, but they are also simple to make at home. Nut butters are full of protein, healthy fats, and fiber. They are also delicious for dipping fruit or spreading on whole wheat toast.

For more ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com.

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Skinny Chopped Greek Salad. Chickpeas, cucumber, grape tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives and feta cheese tossed in a simple lemon olive oil dressing. (The recipe called for some chopped romaine but I intentionally left it out, so I could store this easy, healthy chopped Greek salad in the fridge for a couple of days without...

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Skinny Chopped Greek Salad

WW Friendly Chopped Greek Salad

Skinny Chopped Greek Salad. Chickpeas, cucumber, grape tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives and feta cheese tossed in a simple lemon olive oil dressing. (The recipe called for some chopped romaine but I intentionally left it out, so I could store this easy, healthy chopped Greek salad in the fridge for a couple of days without it getting soggy.)

Skinny on Chopped Greek Salad

If you’re a Greek salad fan like me, this is a fun twist that holds up for a couple of days in the fridge, making it a great choice to pack for work. I eat at home most days and love having something quick and easy ready and waiting. This salad definitely does the trick. The chickpeas with their protein and fiber make it a little more filling too.

According to my calculations each serving has 152 calories and *4 Weight Watchers Points Plus.

I thought this salad was delicious as written, but feel free to experiment and adjust it to suit your tastes. The great thing about salads is that they hardly need a recipe at all. If you wanted to jazz it up a bit, a little oregano, chopped fresh dill, or mint would be nice.

Enjoy!

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Chopped Greek Salad
 
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An easy, healthy and delicious variation of one of my favorite salads of all time - Greek Salad - this one chopped with chickpeas for added protein
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Greek
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14 to 19 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup finely chopped red onion
  • ½ cup pitted kalamata olives, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl make the dressing by whisking together the lemon juice, olive oil, pepper and salt, then set it aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, cucumber, red bell pepper, romaine, tomatoes, red onion, and olives.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the chopped salad ingredients and toss gently to coat everything with the dressing.
  4. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if necessary, to suit your tastes. Sprinkle with the feta and serve immediately
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (about 1-1/2 cups): 152 calories, 9 g fat, 16 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein and 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus

Source: Slightly adapted from 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness

*PointsPlus® for skinny chopped Greek salad calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plan with Points Plus #39 http://simple-nourished-living.com/2015/07/weight-watchers-weekly-meal-plan-with-points-plus-39/ http://simple-nourished-living.com/2015/07/weight-watchers-weekly-meal-plan-with-points-plus-39/#respond Sat, 25 Jul 2015 18:39:47 +0000 http://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=35189

Every Saturday I share my Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plans with Points here on Simple Nourished Living. It includes what I’m planning to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well a few snack and dessert ideas. Taking the time to think about what I’m cooking and eating ahead of time makes meal times all week so much easier....

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Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plan Week 39

WW Weekly Meal Plan for 7-27-2015

Every Saturday I share my Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plans with Points here on Simple Nourished Living. It includes what I’m planning to have for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well a few snack and dessert ideas.

Taking the time to think about what I’m cooking and eating ahead of time makes meal times all week so much easier. With the shopping done and recipes at the ready I can just walk into the kitchen and get cooking. I don’t stick to it one hundred percent – life happens, but it helps to have a rough guide. And prevents me from reaching into the cookie jar or bag of chips too often. Whoever said that failing to plan was planning to fail was spot on!

To keep things simple I tend to rotate between the same one or two breakfasts and lunches the days I eat at home. And because we are a family of two most recipes I make result in leftovers that we are happy to eat again.  So, I usually only cook from scratch three or four times a week. We like to eat out a couple of times, usually during the weekend.

If I end up with more food than we can eat, I portion it out, package it up and pop it in the freezer for future quick and easy lunches and dinners.

I hope these posts make it easier for you to stay on track with your weight loss and/or healthy eating goals too.

And remember, there’s a Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plans Section on the blog so you can get inspiration from all of the previous weekly meal plans too. Enjoy!

Weight Watchers Weekly Meal Plan (Week #39)

Is summer whirring by as quickly for you as it is for me? It’s hard to believe we are approaching the last week of July. I know most of us here in Phoenix spend our summer awaiting the return of consistent double digit temperatures. I seem to be tolerating the heat better than in years past. It’s helpful that I can mostly avoid being out and about during the hottest part of the day. And rubbing peppermint essential oil on the back of my neck several times a day helps a lot too.

I’m back from the grocery store and ready to prep a few things for the coming week to keep my mealtime minutes in the kitchen to a minimum.

Stay cool and have a wonderful week!

Breakfast

This week I’m going to begin the day with a large iced decaf coffee (0PP) and either:

1. Whole Wheat Toast (2 slices – 4PP) and 1 slice Low Fat Cheese (2PP) with Honeydew Melon cubes (1 cup – 0PP)

2. Skinny “Banana Cream Pie” Breakfast (4PP) with 1 cup Strawberries (0PP)

Lunch

I like to keep lunch quick and easy. Limiting my choices makes weight loss/maintenance easier. (Here’s research that supports this idea.) I usually eat lunch out a couple days a week, which prevents me from getting too bored.

1. Easy Egg Salad (3PP) on Rye Crispbread (2-2PP) with Cucumber (0PP) and Tomato (0PP) slices

2. Leftovers from dinner

Dinner

Because we are a family of two most recipes result in leftovers, so, I only cook from scratch three or four times a week. (We eat out once or twice.)

1. Chicken Breasts (4 ounces – 4PP) sprinkled with Cajun Seasoning (0PP) and grilled or broiled and topped with Corn Tomato Salsa (1PP) and a Baked Sweet Potato (4PP) on the side

2. Slow Cooker Couscous Stuffed Peppers (8PP) and a Tossed Green Salad (0PP) with Low Calorie Vinaigrette (2PP)

3. Weight Watchers Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwich (8PP) and Grapes (0PP)

4. Skinny Mini Meatloaf Muffins (6PP) with Baked Potato (4PP) topped with Greek Yogurt (1PP), Green Peas (1/2 cup – 1PP) and Cucumber (0PP) and Tomato (0PP) slices

5. Leftovers

Snacks

I try to limit my snacks to one in the late afternoon which keeps me from being overly hungry when I’m getting dinner. To prevent snacking while I’m making dinner, I often chew gum.

1. Honeydew Melon (1 cup – 0PP)

2. Popcorn (2 cups – 2PP)

3. Greek Yogurt (1/2 cup – 2PP) with Granola (2 T – 2PP)

Dessert

I usually limit dessert to once or twice a week. At this time of year, I crave cold and creamy sweet treats like sorbet and ice cream. If portion control is a problem, there are lots of novelty treats to choose from in the freezer case of most grocery stores.

1. Ice cream (1/2 cup – 4PP)

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And remember, there’s a Weight Watchers Meal Plans with PointsPlus sectioon on the blog so you can get inspiration from all of the previous weekly meal plans too.

Have a wonderful week!

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Weight Watchers Chicken and Polenta with Zucchini Tomato Sauce Recipe http://simple-nourished-living.com/2015/07/weight-watchers-chicken-and-polenta-with-zucchini-tomato-sauce-recipe/ http://simple-nourished-living.com/2015/07/weight-watchers-chicken-and-polenta-with-zucchini-tomato-sauce-recipe/#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:31:28 +0000 http://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=35146

Here’s a simple dinner recipe with just 5 ingredients that comes together in 30 minutes or less. Baked slices of prepared polenta and chicken breasts topped with a simple zucchini tomato sauce. This quick and easy recipe comes from Weight Watchers PointsPlus Fresh, Fabulous, Fast Cookbook, a useful little book I picked up at a...

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Weight Watchers Chicken and Polenta with Zucchini Tomato Sauce

WW Friendly Chicken & Polenta with Zucchini Tomato Sauce

Here’s a simple dinner recipe with just 5 ingredients that comes together in 30 minutes or less. Baked slices of prepared polenta and chicken breasts topped with a simple zucchini tomato sauce. This quick and easy recipe comes from Weight Watchers PointsPlus Fresh, Fabulous, Fast Cookbook, a useful little book I picked up at a Weight Watchers meeting several years ago.

Skinny on Chicken and Polenta with Zucchini Tomato Sauce

Simple, tasty and satisfying, with minimal ingredients and effort, I’ll definitely be making this recipe again. Easily adaptable too. Though the recipe calls for zucchini, use whatever vegetables you like best. Onions, peppers, mushrooms would all be great.

According to my calculations, each serving has 266 calories and *6 Weight Watchers points plus. Serve with a simple tossed green salad. Enjoy!

Weight Watchers Chicken and Polenta with Zucchini Tomato Sauce Recipe
 
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Simple, healthy and delicious, this Weight Watchers Chicken and Polenta recipe with has just 5 Ingredients and comes together in 30 minutes or less.
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Recipe type: Weight Watchers Chicken
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tube (16 ounces) plain polenta, sliced into 8 rounds
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (5 ounces each)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 medium zucchini, diced
  • 2 cups low fat, low sugar tomato basil marinara sauce
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
  1. Preheat the broiler. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray. Arrange the polenta in a single layer on the baking sheet. Broil the polenta 4 inches from the heat until lightly browned and heated through, 6-8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray and set it over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. Put them in a skillet and cook, turning occasionally, until lightly browned and cooked though, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and keep warm.
  3. Add zucchini to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato basil marinara sauce and water. Cook, stirring often, until heated through, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Place two slices of polenta on each of four plates. Top with chicken breast and spoon the sauce over the chicken.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1 chicken breast, 2 slices of polenta and ¼th of the zucchini tomato sauce): 266 calories, 4 g fat, 24 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 32 g protein and *6 Weight Watchers Points Plus

Source: Weight Watchers PointsPlus Fresh, Fabulous, Fast Cookbook

*PointsPlus® for Weight Watchers Chicken and Polenta with Zucchini and Tomato Sauce calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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I just got back from my Weight Watcher’s meeting where the topic for this week (July 5-11, 2015) was PLEASURE… Taking care of yourself is more than eating healthfully, sleeping eight hours a night, and getting some exercise. It’s about the little things too, that have nothing to do with food or losing weight. These...

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5 French Weight Loss Secrets for Weight Watchers

Five French Weight Loss Secrets That Work Well With Weight Watchers

I just got back from my Weight Watcher’s meeting where the topic for this week (July 5-11, 2015) was PLEASURE…

Taking care of yourself is more than eating healthfully, sleeping eight hours a night, and getting some exercise. It’s about the little things too, that have nothing to do with food or losing weight. These small but powerful bursts of pleasure help you nurture your relationships and balance your life.

Make room for moments like these, and you’ll be more likely to follow through on taking care of yourself in every way – including weight loss. And no, it isn’t selfish. (Remember the airplane direction to put on your own oxygen mask first?) So, unlink the words “guilty” and “pleasure.” (Weight Watchers Weekly, July 5-11, 2015)

This got me thinking about an old post I wrote back in 2010 about French Weight Loss Secrets, in which pleasure was a central theme. It was fun for me to re-read so I’m re-posting it in the hope that it inspires you to consider how weight loss and pleasure really are linked…

I listened to a great talk by Tonya Leigh, a Martha Beck Master Life Coach and Weight Loss Coach who has a program that helps women lose weight by tapping into their desire for pleasure.

Tonya’s weight loss program is rooted in what she learned from the French when she visited her husband in the south of France while he attended graduate school. So, what were her French slimming secrets, you ask?

Tonya’s 5 French Weight Loss Secrets That Can Work for Weight Watchers

1. Focus on quality not quantity. Quality matters and the French cultivate quality time, relationships and appreciate high quality food. Increased quality allows you to be satisfied with less.

My Weight Watchers Translation: Eat smaller amounts of really satisfying high quality food.

2. Create supportive rituals. Establish regular meal times where you sit down and really savor your food, take time to honor yourself with a bit of self love and appreciation each day, spend a few minutes visualizing your perfect day each morning and then take little steps to realize it.

My Weight Watchers Translation:  Create healthy routines that nourish your body and soul. Pay attention to your food when you are eating it. Stop eating on the run, standing up, or in the car.

3. Savor life. Take time to smell the roses. Find simple pleasures. Engage your senses. Savor your food – see it, smell it, taste it, notice its flavors and textures.

My Weight Watchers Translation: Sip, don’t slurp. Nibble don’t gobble.

4. Make time for solitude and relaxation. Take 5 minutes and do some deep breathing or read something inspirational. Find something to be thankful for.

My Weight Watchers Translation:  Take a deep breath. Be grateful. Be still. These things will help lower your stress, which makes weight loss easier.

5. Clear away some clutter. Any clutter, not just kitchen clutter. Getting rid of closet clutter can be powerful too since everything is symbolic and interrelated. Follow the lead of savvy French women and focus on simplicity and quality with your clothes. Get rid of the clothes that don’t fit or make you feel beautiful and bring you joy. (If you want help with this, I highly suggest The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, which I’ve been reading and implementing this summer.) You are better off with just a few articles of clothing that really ft and flatter you.

My Weight Watchers Translation: Get rid of the junk that is weighing you down. It’s a lot harder to cook healthy meals in a cluttered kitchen. And it’s nearly impossible to feel good about yourself with a closet full of clothes that don’t fit.

The bottom line is that to lose weight, you need to figure out a way to eat less. For me, eating less seems a little easier when I try to do it like I imagine a French woman would. If you have read French Women Don’t Get Fat, you will recognize a lot of similarities here. In fact Tonya used a word – compensation – that I first heard Mireille Guiliano use in French Women Don’t Get Fat, that essentially means making little adjustments in your diet.  When you indulge a bit one day, cut back a little bit the next. It’s what Weight Watchers preaches when they tell you to just get back on the plan after a splurge.

How the French Approach to Staying Slim Can Work for Weight Watchers

Everything that Tonya said reaffirmed what I have experienced for myself – successfully losing weight has a lot to do with your attitude. While it’s never easy, taking a positive, realistic, sensible approach to weight loss can make it a little more so. You need to gradually develop behaviors you can imagine engaging in forever. Allowing yourself little pleasures along the way can help.

Try it for yourself. Begin by adopting just one behavior that has you focusing on nourishing/pleasuring yourself instead of depriving and beating yourself up.  It can be as basic as taking the time to sip your morning coffee on the patio, getting a manicure, picking up a new book, playing a favorite song or heading out for a matinee.

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.” – Lucille Ball

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