Taking On The Weekend (And Egg Muffins!)

The weekends are always rough for me. That sounds weird, doesn’t it? It should be the time you relax, have fun, just let yourself go. But what that usually means for me is: EAT. ALL. THE. FOOD!

And that’s not the way I want to operate anymore. Sure, I use some of my extra Weight Watchers points. I had Skittles (7 points) and homemade pancakes (16 points). What’s different about how I face the weekends now, versus 2 years ago, is I pay attention. I count points. Even if I eat more than my daily allotment (using my extra weekly allotment), at least I’m conscious of what I’m putting in my mouth.

I also try to work out on the weekends, as I did today with a couple friends. Weekends are for letting loose, and indulging a little, but not for going completely buck wild the way I used to. They’re not for binge eating and barely moving from the couch, as it used to be.

I still have a lot of work to do when it comes to my eating habits on the weekends. Eating candy at all while I’m trying to lose weight? I’m sure some would look at that and say, “WTF are you doing?” For me, 7 points worth of Skittles versus chowing on a 1-pound bag (yes, sadly, it’s true) throughout the weekend is a vast improvement. I still choose fruit over candy 90% of the time. So I’m moving in the right direction.

One thing I’m trying to do to move in the right direction is cook/bake things on the weekend that I can eat throughout the week. This will help me be better prepared to stick to my points plan.

With that in mind, I cooked egg muffins for the first time today! I’ve seen them on Pinterest a lot and knew it would make my mornings easier, and healthier. Now, for 2 points, I can enjoy these!

Jenni’s Egg Muffins

Only 2 points and great alongside fruit and yogurt, or put it between a light English muffin!

3 large eggs
6 large egg whites
1/3 c. skim milk
1 tsp. granulated onion
salt and pepper to taste
3 Morning Star spicy breakfast patties (microwaved ’til cooked through)
9 tbsp. 2% shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the eggs and milk in a bowl and sprinkle in the granulated onion, salt and pepper (I didn’t have many veggies (eek!) on hand, but you could easily use onion, peppers, spinach — any veggie you want!). Divide the egg mixture between 9 muffin cups (spray with Pam first!). Dice the breakfast patties into small pieces; divide between the 9 cups. Sprinkle 1 tbsp. of Cheddar cheese per muffin cup. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

I hope you enjoy them!

What is your mind focused on during the weekends? Do you still count points/calories, or is it your “free” time? How do you prepare for your week ahead?

A Slice Of Heaven

One thing that I struggle with when I’m trying to eat healthfully is dessert. I love my sweets. I do pretty well with fruit, and I love light Cool Whip with chocolate graham crackers (easy ice cream sandwiches!). But sometimes I want something truly indulgent and decadent.

Enter this recipe I found on Pinterest:

Weight Watchers (!) Peanut Butter Pie

I stole this photo and based my recipe off the Dashing Dish’s website (which is beautiful, btw!). I gotta give her full credit because the recipe is simply divine.

Here’s how I made mine:

1/2 c. reduced fat peanut butter
8 oz. fat-free cream cheese
8 oz. fat-free Cool Whip
1 c. Splenda

(The original recipe calls for 1/4 c. of skim milk but I didn’t have any & the pie turned out fine!)

Mix the ingredients together and pour into an Oreo cookie pie crust. Freeze for at least 6 hours. And, as the Dashing Dish recommends, take it out at least 15 min. before you plan to serve so you can cut slices easily.

I sprinkled a small handful of mini chocolate chips on top, cut it in 10 slices for 5 pts. each. So amazing! I’m definitely making this pie again.

How do you satisfy your sweet tooth when you’re trying to eat well?

Get In My Belly

I’ve only been on Weight Watchers for about a week now, but I truly am enjoying it. But what have I been putting in my mouth, exactly? (That’s what she said.)

I’m trying to switch up my meals right now, except for breakfast because I mostly need to keep that simple so I can do what I need to do before work. Most breakfasts so far have consisted of 1 egg and 2 egg whites, plus spinach, and yogurt (5 points total).

For a midmorning snack, if I need it, I’ve had a 100 calorie English muffin or peaches or apples or, this week, I have my new favorite: Weight Watchers Pumpkin Muffins. The recipe is so simple!

one 18 oz. box of spice cake mix
one 15 oz. can of pumpkin
1 cup of water.

The batter is super, super moist, and I had to cook them the full 25 min. at 350 degrees. (Makes 24 muffins at just 2 points each!)

As I said earlier, my lunches and dinners vary, from baked chicken breasts to Momma Goldberg’s sandwiches (Beef & Cheese, just lettuce, tomato & onion on whole wheat — no condiments — is 9 points). I used extra points this weekend to enjoy pizza and a beer or two. I’m still not perfect — not by a long shot! — as in I probably shouldn’t use 7 points on a small bag of Skittles while going to see “Snow White and the Huntsman.” But I had the 7 points and it’s what I wanted, so I went for it. I will say, it satisfied the craving for candy but it certainly wasn’t nutritionally satisfying, so I’m hoping, with time, cravings for foods like that will wane.

I want to try out more Weight Watchers recipes, especially dinner entrees and desserts. My friend Katie recommended some great websites to check out, such as Emily Bites, so I plan to spend some time exploring recipes soon. And I remembered I have some WW cookbooks that a friend gave me once!

Where do you turn for healthy recipes? Do you ever waste points/calories on food that’s not nutritional, to satisfy a craving?

Baseball & Grillin’ Out

You can’t get much more American than partaking in America’s favorite pastime this weekend, and grilling out with friends. They say Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and that was definitely true this weekend in the South! It was so hot, in the 90s, but that didn’t stop my BF and I from going to Atlanta for a Braves game.

We started the day off with lunch at 5 Napkin Burger, a recommendation from my friend Stephanie who grew up in Georgia. And it didn’t disappoint!

Near Piedmont Park in Atlanta

Loved the decor, which had scales and meat hooks, like a butcher’s shop!

We both ordered the bacon cheeseburger, J with sweet potato fries that were seasoned with something…we think Old Bay, but something else we couldn’t quite put our finger on. They were so good though! I got Cheddar tots, which were amazing! The only way I can describe them is they’re like cheddar mashed potatoes breaded and fried. Oh, yes!

We followed that with a trip to Ikea and then the 4:00 game, which the Braves lost, unfortunately, but we had great seats and sat in the shade, so we still had a good time!

The view from our seats near third base!

The next day I had a full day of shopping (more on that to come!) followed by a cook out with friends. Can I just say, my friends are such good cooks! I’m a spoiled girl. I prepared what I will call a Panzanella Caprese Salad. Here’s how I threw it together:

1 french loaf, cut into inch-size chunks
2 containers of grape tomatoes, sliced in half
2 mozzarella balls, cut into chunks
handful of basil leaves, cut into strips
handful or two of spinach leaves (use as much or as little as you’d like)

Toss the ingredients in a bowl and dress with 1-2 tbsp. of olive oil and 1 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar, plus salt and pepper to taste. Sea salt & fresh cracked black pepper will taste the freshest, but use whatever you have on hand.

Someone get me a fork!

Presto! A light, yummy summer salad. I know some people toast the bread first. You can totally do that, but I prefer my bread a little soggier and chewier in this particular dish.

All in all, it was a great holiday weekend! I could’ve watched what I was eating a little more, but I’m ready to get back on track tomorrow. I’m proclaiming next Friday, June 8, as my next official weigh-in day. So we’ll see how I’m doing. Despite the heat, I want to get outside and exercise a bunch between now and then. I enjoyed my sweaty walk a lot last Thurs., and I need to get that workout pattern up and running again.

How did you celebrate Memorial Day weekend? What are your plans for getting back on track after all the picnics and cook outs?

Oodles of Cookies

No weigh in today! Honestly, if I make it through the holidays and stay right where I started, at 231, that’ll be fine. I won’t be thrilled about it, but I’ll be OK with it.

Amazingly, while baking 13 dozen cookies this weekend, I only ate two. That’s right, 13 dozen! Why so many cookies? My office will have a cookie swap today and each person brings 1 dozen cookies per participant. I wanted to join the festivities, as it’s my first month or so working here…but now I will have 156 cookies in my possession! Oof! Talk about a recipe for disaster for my weight-loss efforts. Good thing is, I’ve identified a TON of people that I can give the cookies too, so I won’t have them in my possession for long.

Here’s a recipe for Maple Meltaways, the cookies I made for the swap. They’re great anytime of year, but I make them usually at Christmas. Enjoy!

Maple Meltaways

2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. butter, softened
¾ c. sugar
2 tsp. maple flavor extract
¼ tsp. salt
Pecan halves

Combine all the ingredients, except the pecan halves, in a mixing bowl using a handheld mixer. Arrange tablespoon-size balls of the dough on a greased cookie sheet. Place one pecan half on each ball of dough and press down slightly.

Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees, or until bottoms and edges of cookies are slightly browned.

Makes 36 cookies.