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So my WeightWatchers efforts are beginning to show, it’s slow but I do cheat occasionally. I find the weekends are hardest for me as it’s the time of relax, of wine and chocolate and that’s when my points kind of go overboard *sigh* but on the whole I’m really liking this way of being aware of what you eat.
By counting your points you suddenly realise which foods carry more calories and therefore ask yourself – Is it worth it?
I didn’t know just how many WeightWatchers products there were out there until I started looking. So far I have tried the yogurts – only 1 point, I have tried the WeightWatchers wraps and I have some bagels for next week’s lunches.
The scales WeightWatchers sent have been a godsend, they show 1/4’s lb up so even though you should only weigh yourself once a week (does anyone do that?) you can watch your weight throughout the week. I find if I have a ‘bad’ day I’ll see it a couple of days later on the scales. I find by watching my progress every day spurs me on and by seeing my downfalls helps me to get back on the wagon. (RRP £29.95) I really should remove the stickers, you’re right!
My favourite biscuit this week has been the ginger and lemon, two small biscuits individually wrapped for 2 points, they go down a real treat with my mid morning teabreak and I feel like I get a treat too.
Porridge has been the way forward for breakfast, it’s cold outside and this breakfast choice really warms me up PLUS it keeps me full right up to lunch time.
The weekly chocolate fix has been the WeightWatchers Jaffa Cake bars and I am giving a mighty thumbs up! Say with a french accent Deux points.
Recipes tried this week are Pesto stuffed haddock for 8 points – absolutely delicious. So delicious I forgot to take a photo of it :)
Second up this week and VERY, very good was Tex Mex Grill Steaks. Husband-to-be also gave a massive thumbs up so I’ll definitely be doing them again
Tex Mex Grill Steaks
You’d never know you were on a diet whilst eating these delicious steaks and what’s more they only take minutes to prepare, an ingenious recipe that can also be adapted for only 9 points!
Ingredients – serves 4500g extra lean beef mince 50g breadcrumbs (I didn’t have any and the recipe still worked) 2 tbsp chopped coriander (I didn’t have this either) 30g sachet dried fajita seasoning mix 1 red onion chopped finely calorie controlled cooking spray
Mix together the mince, breadcrumbs, coriander, the fajita spice mix and the onion. With slightly wet hands, shape into four large patties.
Preheat the grill to medium high. Place the patties on a foil lined grill tray and spray with cooking spray. Cook gently for 10 – 12 minutes turning half way through until cooked.
Adaptions – replace the fajita seasoning with a sachet of dried chilli con carne mix for the same propoint value
Tips – Steaks can be frozen and defrosted thoroughly before cooking so you could make double batch and have a dinner ready for future use.
Spicy sweet potato wedges
A long time ago we spoke about superfoods. Sweet potato is one of them.
Sweet potatoes – contain twice as much vitamin C and fibre as ordinary potatoes with high levels of beta-carotene warding off certain cancers and heart disease.
Ingredientssweet potatoes paprika olive oil
Peel the potatoes and cut into long strips. Place in a pan and sprinkle paprika over them. Drizzle a little olive oil over and toss them so all sides are covered in the mix.
Pop in the oven at 200C / gas mark 6 for about 50 minutes turning them over half way through.
To make them even spicier you can add chilli powder, chilli flakes, black cracked pepper – how hot can you go?