I broke it down into a pretty simple system and this is how it works. I make myself a list and give myself 3 or 4 options for breakfast, snacks, and lunch. I buy groceries and plan for those choices so whatever my mood that day, I'll have it covered. We eat dinner as a family, so I plan out 6 dinners for the week and one night for dining out. I figured my points for each item out in advance, and and when I get hungry I just look at my little list and grab what sounds best and works in my point allowance. This way I am not rummaging through the pantry and freezer full of all the boys' snacks and ice cream. I have my little area of food and steer clear of theirs when I am hungry.
I am also keeping a notebook this time around. I am actually writing down all of my recipes and their point conversions so that I don't have to hop on the internet when I need to get a shopping list together. The notebook has helped tremendously. I can also look back on my food journals for the past week and see what I ate, etc. This is not a big deal now, but down the road when the weight doesn't come off as quick I will be able to see what I ate, etc.
As promised, I am gonna share my favorite recipe from this week and some other faves I found. I have the biggest sweet tooth ever. As you can tell that has not worked in my favor, anyway... I LOVE Skinny Cow ice cream products. They taste like regular ice cream and the points are good. Even Lon likes them and he is very picky.
These mint chocolate dippers are GREAT, and at only 1 pt. I love 'em
These chocolate fudge lowfat cones are heavenly! 3 pts. each and worth every one! They even have chocolate in the cone. YUM!
Now, for the recipe this week I am gonna tell you my Lowfat Chili recipe. I have never actually shared a recipe that I did on my own before, so I can't make any promises, but it works for me.
Mandi's Lowfat and Fabulous Chili~
1 lb. ground turkey (the leanest you can find)
15 oz. can of Hunt's Chili Tomato Sauce
8 oz. can of Hunt's Tomato Sauce
15.5 oz. can of Hanover Kidney Beans
1 packet of McCormick dry chili seasoning
Brown the ground turkey. Drain off any fat and add all the other ingredients into either a big pot or a crock pot. Stir well, and simmer on low for about 2-3 hours.
*You can let it cook longer if you like. It will only improve the flavor. If you are gonna let it cook much longer I would add 1 cup of water to make sure it doesn't get too dry.
When I figured this I did it as 4 servings/5 points each. Being that I am a scientific genius, precision is key (sorry I'm choking up at my sarcasm here), I actually divide it evenly into 4 bowls and refrigerate the ones we don't eat so it is already divided for later.
For any of my Weight Watcher's buddies out there, how was your week? Any new finds you would care to share?