Sunday, August 1, 2010

Weekly Meeting Topic : Safe Snacking

I was a visitor at a different meeting in my area on Saturday, as my meetings are on Tuesdays and well... I was out of town!  This weeks topic was about Safe Snacking!

Snacking is definitely a downfall for many of us... we didn't get fat from not eating!  I was never a huge snacker but I must admit I never snacked on the right foods.  So as a Lifetime Member of Weight Watchers if we are going to snack (and I do) we have to snack smartly!  I can't believe that there are people out there who go from meal to meal without eating in between.  My body is on such a natural clock during the work week that I have to eat every few hours because I'm starving!  I tend to eat breakfast at about 6:50, snack at 9:30, lunch at 11, snack at 2, dinner between 6-8PM.  So that's my eating day (when I'm working).  If I eat dinner very early (5PM ish) then there will be another snack around 10PM.

So yes, I'm a snacker!  But I do snack smart, my morning snack is often an apple or fruit, if I'm still hungry some yogurt.  My afternoon snack is either a Fiber1 Bar or more fruit.  I have to say fruit is often my go-to snack, I always eat vegetables with lunch and dinner, so I tend not to want it for my snacks.  Some of my other favourite snacks are yogurt with Fiber1 Curnchy Original Cereal in it, nuts and raisins, Simple Pleasure brand cookies, apple and peanut butter.  So there it is, if you need to snack here are my favourite choices!  Make sure you're snacking because you're hungry, not because you're bored!  I always ask myself : is it my stomach that's hungry or my brain?

I weighed myself before I went away for my first half of my holidays and I was up 0.5lbs for the previous week.  That's okay with me because it was a busy week, I didn't work out over a few days, and well there was wedding CAKE and an excellent dinner that I enjoyed and didn't worry about not eating.  I weighed in at my meeting on Saturday morning and the end result for the month of July is I'm down 2lbs in total!  I'm very happy with that as my goal was to weigh less at the end of the month as I did at the beginning of the month.  I will continue this goal for the month of August, to weigh less at the end of the month than I did at the beginning.

I wanted to share with you the AWESOME dinner I made last night!  It was incredibly points friendly!

Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast - 3pts
Cob of local corn with a little margarine -2pts
Roasted peppers and onions - 1pts
Point total :6pts

The chicken was marinated in a herb and garlic marinade all day and barbecued, the corn had the silk removed, husk left on, soaked in water and grilled on the BBQ as well. 

Roasted peppers and onions
1 each red, orange and yellow peppers cut into 1-1.5inch pieces
1 red onion cut into 1 inch wedges
1 tbsp of olive onion (I think I could of used less)
1tsp fresh thyme (I used dried)
1/2 tsp of sea salt
1/4 tsp of freshly ground pepper

Pre-heat oven 425F

Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray, mix all the above ingredients together in a large bowl.  Place on cookie sheet without pieces overlapping.  Cook in oven 10 minutes, turn/stir put back in for 10 more minutes. If peppers are fragrant with brown spots, its ready, if not stir and put back in for 5-10 mins more.



Anonymous said...

Dinner sounds delicious!

We're having roast chicken tonight. :-)

My favorite snack -- apple w/ a little bit of almond butter or plain Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries or strawberries.

We went to the Fresh Market today. The sugary snacks were calling my name VERY loudly. I'm proud to say I ignored them in favor of having some fresh mozzarella (insalata caprese) tonight with dinner.

Kimberly said...

Great post, Dani! And yep, I'm all about the snacks!