I haven’t written in a while. In fact, since our return from Aruba there hasn’t been much free time. In an attempt to reclaim myself and get back into a routine, I felt the need to blog.
I swore when I came home I was going back on Weight Watchers; so I did! Having to wear a bathing suit in Aruba really puts things in perspective. With summer just around the corner, I decided to take a stand. It’s amazing what you can do when you get your head into the game.
I can’t imagine anybody not knowing what Weight Watchers is. I mean, it’s been around since the early 60’s. It was founded by Jean Nidetch of Queens, NY. She began inviting her friends to her home to discuss how best to lose weight. Now millions of people follow this program all over the world. You can still attend meetings and also follow the plan on the web. The program has changed many times over the years. It still offers the same benefits of health and successful weight loss.
I truly hate the word “diet”. As soon as someone mentions the word take a look at the person or people you are talking to. There are the head shakers, the nose wrinklers, the whispers, the laugh under your breath, basically the “non-believers”. So here is something you need to understand. Weight Watchers is a lifestyle not a diet!!!!
At present I have two partners in crime, two of my best friends actually. We all decided to change our “lifestyle” together. One of my friends had lunch for the 3 of us this week which resulted in this salad. She made this and I couldn’t stop thinking about it and what I could put in it. I made it for my husband and myself last night. It was a huge hit with him too.
This salad can pretty much be whatever you want it to be. It’s a fantastic way to use leftover vegies. The addition of beans and the egg are good sources of protein. I added some fruit as well. I have a new-found love for Bolthouse Farms yogurt salad dressings. You can use a lot for few points. I was also recently told about a poppyseed salad dressing from Panera that is 1 point for 4 Tablespoons. I haven’t tried it yet but definitely will.
Here is a list of what I used. This can be changed up by season and what is fresh. Seriously, this has no limits. For those of you that are lucky enough not to have a weight problem, you can also enjoy this. Vegies are for everyone!!!!!
- Spiralized beets, cut into 3 inches (I use scissors for this)
- Spiralized butternut squash, cut into 3 inches
- Spiralized zucchini, cut into 3 inches
- Carrot match sticks
- Corn kernels (I used frozen and let them thaw to room temp)
- Chopped tomatoes
- Chopped cucumber
- Chopped fennel
- Chopped red pepper
- Chopped strawberries
- Hard boiled egg
- Chopped scallions
- All of the above are on the zero points food list, use whatever you like. All of my vegetables are raw.
- I arranged everything in the bowl to make it pretty and eye appealing. I also wanted you to see what was in there.
- Serve with your favorite salad dressing. I am into the Bolthouse Farms yogurt dressings. I used the cucumber ranch. Two tablespoons = 1 point. It is a good amount.
- Salt and pepper or whatever seasoning you want on your salad.
This would be great for any time. If your hungry it’s a filling meal for little to no points.
Til next time,