After my amazing weight loss victory from last week, I continued to lose another pound… until I boarded the plane for California last Thursday for an amazing long weekend in the wine country.
Sure, I could have waited until after the trip to start back at Weight Watchers, but then I’d probably be in more trouble! Instead, I enjoyed the vacation, enjoyed tasting some delicious wines and enjoyed (yes, you read that right, I did enjoy) making better choices at all those restaurants. Sure, I indulged a bit, but I also sought out healthier options to counter-balance some of the more indulgent choices. Plus, I didn’t want to be too light an eater while sampling at all those wineries.
(That’s my salad in the front, by the way. And I only dipped into that bread basket a few times.)
So, did my smart choices help?
Today I am happy to report that I weigh the same as I did when we left for the trip. And I did not feel deprived for one moment… I didn’t nibble on as many squares of Dove dark chocolate as I would have in the past, but I still enjoyed a few. And I never felt uncomfortably stuffed.
Before we left, and since we’ve been back, I’ve discovered a few more recipes to share.
Let me know what you think:
Almond Butter and Jam-Stuffed French Toast, apx 5 WW points per full sandwich
8 slices whole grain bread
8 teaspoons almond butter
8 teaspoons raspberry jam
¾ cup egg-whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons canola oil
- Spread 4 slices of bread with 2 teaspoons of almond butter and then 2 teaspoons of the jam each. Couple with the other 4 slices of bread to make 4 sandwiches.
- Preheat the griddle or frying pan to medium-high. Add 1 teaspoon of the canola oil.
- Beat egg whites, vanilla and cinnamon in shallow bowl.
- Dip and saturate each side of each sandwich in the egg white mixture. (About 30 seconds each side) and place onto griddle or frying pan. Cook until browned, about 2 minutes on each side. Add additional canola oil as needed.
- Slice sandwiches and lightly dust with powdered sugar.
My husband and children also added maple syrup, but I enjoyed my French toast with just the powdered sugar and found it delicious and filing!
Scrambled egg whites, wedge of Laughing Cow garlic and herb, a handful of spinach and 4 cherry tomatoes, Apx 1 WW point
Saute the veggies, add some egg whites and when almost done, break the cheese wedge in to pieces and mix into the egg mixture.
Turkey, Swiss and cranberry wrap, Apx 4.5 WW points
1 Flat Out Light flatbread
1 Tablespoon fat free mayo
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 slices deli turkey
1 slice, reduced-fat Swiss cheese
½ cucumber, sliced
4 cherry tomatoes, sliced
1 Tablespoon dried cranberries
- Combine fat-free mayo and mustard and spread on flatbread.
- Add remaining ingredients, roll and enjoy!
–Adapted from a recipe in Weight Watchers 150 Comfort Foods.
Shredded Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free
Super easy, super yummy and super healthy! I skipped the avocado because I’m just not a huge avocado fan. And the next time I might add a can of corn and a can of black beans. But I really enjoyed the flavor. I never would have thought to add cinnamon. Check the recipe out… you’ll thank me!
I think that’s it for the recipes this week. But I’ll be back next week with more… and hopefully a weight loss to report, as well.
This post is linked to FishMama’s Ultimate Recipe Swap where you can find more yummy recipes. (I make no promises about WW points there, though. :) )