Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: North Idaho
Height: nearly 5'2"
For lunch I often have TastyBites brand "Madras Lentils" -- they look horrible but are tasty and filling, and easy to store at my office. Or else I hit a salad bar and have lots and lots and lots of zero point veggies with some salmon or turkey on top.
I eat more 2-point bars and Bakers Breakfast Cookies and Miss Meringues and Scotto's biscotti's than I wish I did (the points aren't the problem -- it is that the carbs make me very hungry).
I like hardboiled eggs. I often have a whole wheat tortilla wrapped around a Trader Joes chicken sausage (they are great) with a slice of LF cabot cheddar on top and no point veggies added. Absolutely delicious.
I have Amy's breakfast burritos often, and also Morningstar Farms black bean patties.
And I really really like a cheese I recently discovered at Costco -- I don't remember the name (maybe Fromage Blanco), but Costco was giving out samples that were lightly sauteed in oil. A 1-ounce slice is surprisingly large and has only 80 calories, and it can be heated in the microwave (w/o the oil). It is warm and soothing and rich-tasting and salty and slighly lemony and very quick to make -- very satisfying. I just scrape it off the plate and eat it with a fork. It's nice to taste melted cheese again, since the low fat cheeses don't melt well.
I often eat salami by the slice -- just by itself. For some reason (probably the protein) I can have 3 slices and stop.
Lots of chicken.
And of course, white wine. . . .
Ok, my staple these days is roasted veggies. I just stick them in a "pammed" roasting pan (cut up into 2 bite size peices) and roast them (pam the top again real quick before putting in the oven) at 425 for about 25-40 minutes (depending what veggies). I use (together and in varied combinations) asparagus, onion chunks, garlic cloves (whole- oh YUM) carrots, zuccinni, green peppers (red and yellow if on sale), mushrooms (whole or sliced), carrots, squash, beans, and to add 3 points to a whole plate, I throw in a sliced pototoe. I sprinkle the whole shebang with McCormicks salad supremem seasonings. (I use that stuff on everything) and its a GREAT low/0 point plate full of food. If you slice the onion and roast it, sometimes the middle comes up and it looks really cool. (grin).
For a summer treat, I take a variety of veggies (same as above- par boiled if necessary), canned sweet peppers for salads, sundried tomatoes, grape tomatoes, a dash of mustard, some garlic (sometimes I leave out) and somtimes some sweet relish and mix with some vinegar (flavored or non), splenda packets (to taste) mint, basil, oregano and sometimes orange zest. Sometimes it needs salt, but that might just be my PMS talking (grin). That is a 0 point veggie salad. If you want to add some points/bulk/make it a meal, add a can of tuna and/or a cup or two of pasta. Very refreshing w/ a fruit smoothie on a hot summer day.
Oh- two other things- fat free pizza (4 points for the whole 7 inch pizza) ordered online from pizzafree.com (I have not yet found a store that sells them) and sport cookies from protocookies- people have found them in walgreens and a few online sites. They are 2 points for the (very large) sugar free ones and 3 points for the ones that have sugar. There are a variety of flavors in both types. These are very large,chewy cookies that have a ton of protien and fiber and are just wonderful. They keep me full for hours.
I see nobody mentioned a crumpet, a bit bigger then 1/2 of a english muffin, one point for one, delicious with Brummel and Brown, or melted cheese.
Diet Rootbeer and a scoop of frozen cool whip.
I love SF Jello! Used to not like anything SF, but now it's a treat! All also like:
Oscar Mayer FF hot dogs
Wonder Light Wheat Bread
Morningstar Chik Patties
Healthy Pop Kettle Corn... sweet...yummy
I could go on and on....!
I just found some 1 pt hot dog and hamburger buns made by Merita! Way cool!!!
Klondike Slim a Bear
Hillshire Farms Deli Select sandwich meat
air popped popcorn
Diet Mt Dew
grilled chicken salads
home-made smoothies w/ nonfat yogurt
Here is the recipe I use for the crustless pumkin pie, it really is good!
Crustless Pumpkin Pie: entire pie is about 4 points
1 15-oz. can pumpkin
1/2 c. Eggbeaters
1 1/2 c. skim milk
3/4 c. Splenda
1/2 t. salt
1 t. pumpkin pie spice
Beat all till smooth, put in sprayed pie pan. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes, then at 375 for 45 more minutes or till knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool and serve with FF Cool Whip if you'd like.
Quaker Chewy cinnamon bars are a lifesaver for my sweet tooth crave (2 pts). There are other flavors but some are 3 pts each.
I also enjoy the sugar-free original brand Popsicle for 0 pts. It tastes just like regular popsicles.
A good sandwich bread is Brownberry's Dutch Country 100% whole wheat (1 pt per slice).
-16 glasses of water a day
-subway turkey subs
-grilled chicken salads
-healthy choice hot dogs with 1 pt. whole wheat bread with mustard
-ww frozen entrees and Lean Cruisine-lite bread 1 pt for 2 slices
-veggies and fruit
I don't eat most of the foods you all listed because I find that even a few bites of regular food is more satisfying to me than a whole (usually larger) serving of the diet-type foods. I'd rather eat 1/4 cup of regular ice cream (2 points) or splurge on 1/2 cup (4 points) than eat a ton of the low-fat stuff. However, I adore air-popped popcorn. I can make a nice-sized serving for 1 point and add 1 teaspoon of real butter--1 point, and have a great snack for 2 points. I found a microwave oven popper that you use plain popcorn in, so I save money, too.
Those packages of microwave popcorn are really expensive. That's one other reason I don't do the diet-type foods thing. They cost more and I don't have more money in my budget to cover them. So, my list of helpful foods is: every food. I choose a variety of healthy foods and enjoy my favorite not-no-healthy foods by planning for the points and staying within my limit. Eating this way makes it easier for me to stick with the program.
It helps that I love to cook and to redo recipes to eliminate unnecassary extra fat or add some veggies or substitute lower point ingredients that I like. Nonfat yogurt for sour cream is one I always substitute. I don't like sour cream. The most common thing I change is the amount of fat, though. The recipes in older cookbooks, in particular, have way too much fat. But there are some things that simply cannot be made lowfat or lower in points without wrecking them, like hollandaise sauce. Those I plan for and fit in on occasion.
There is one other reason I don't do the diet-type foods. I start feeling deprived and get rebellious and stop doing the program. I want real food. Now, I can eat real food and that's what I do. The flex point system maks that easier, so I'm a happy camper. I've lost 7 pounds since starting flex points, so it's working for me.
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars - Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chunk
Skinny Cows and Blue Bunny FF/SF ice creams/bars
Hershey's Chocolate Tastetations or Werther's Butterscotch -- three for one point (I usually have just one)
Kroger light buns
McDonald's grilled chicken salad
boca burgers (1 point each), fat free cheese slices (1 or 2 for 1 point), oranges (1 point), apples (1-2 points), cereal (2 points per cup), and oatmeal (3 points for 1/2 cup uncooked)
Dreyer's Fat Free Frozen Yogurt in Caramel Praline Crunch
No Pudge brownies
Frozen Fajita bags at TJs
klondike slim-a-bear sandwiches (2 points!)
kellogg's eggo fat free waffles (1 point a waffle) with low fat syrup
diet V8 splash
cucumber salad (0 points if made with splenda)
1 point cheesey soup
arby's lite menu
Some of my more recent discoveries:
Gardenburger Riblets- these are so good for curing the BBQ craving at 4 points. They are expensive, but certainly a lot cheaper than going out for BBQ.
Pure DeLite dark chocolate bars. Wal-Mart carries these for $.97 each and it is very high quality chocolate. Much better than the Atkins, Carb-o-Lite and Russell Stover stuff I have tried. 3 points per bar. I have a little nibble each day!
Butter- what can I say? Sometimes 1/2 tsp. of the real thing is so much better than any amount of margarine. I threw out the ICBINB spray. I can believe it's not butter. It's lousy!
Eggplant casserole-cures that pasta craving for me. Alternate 2 cans of Italian diced tomatoes, 1 large eggplant sliced and 8 oz of sliced mushrooms in a pan. Cover with Saran and nuke for about 20 minutes. I like to sprinkle in a little crushed red pepper for kick as well. When you have no points, this is very satisfying as is. When I want to make a meal out of it, I add nonfat ricotta, a little mozarella or parmesan, occasionaly the soy pepperoni.
Natural Ovens bagels (blueberry are my fave-1.5 points for half of a good-sized bagel) and oatmeal raisin cookies (1.5 pts each.)
Kraft 2% cheese- so good to put one slice of American on a serving of fresh cauliflower and nuke for about 1 minute. Yum.
Kashi TLC crackers-especially love the honey sesame. These have no trans fat in them. Much better for you than regular crackers, and they are reasonably priced when you catch them on sale.
Dissent on the Skinny Cows-I don't like them. I do like the WW Smart Ones sandwiches, but my fave is regular old ice cream san for the extra point. WW sundae cones are yummy!
Nonfat cottage cheese - If you shop carefully, you can find a brand with enough calcium to count as a dairy serving. I love, love, love it with fruit stirred in. Even when I am "off" program, I crave it! I love a mix of blueberry, raspberry and blackberries microwaved with a little sweetener stirred in. It looks a little daunting, but it's an excellent dip for aforementioned bagels. Also very good is strawberries with a little basalmic vinegar (sounds strange, I know--just try it) and sweetener. If I have the points, I add 1 T. sliced almonds. Delicious.
Pumpkin fluff--this recipe is in the chocolate recipe section on the board, called chocolate fluff. I just don't care for the chocolate much. I like butterscotch.
DQ fudge bars--these are sugar and fat free. So smooth, creamy, chocolatey. 1 pt. I used to dread family trips to DQ, but now I'm the one suggesting it!
Starkist flavored tuna packs-I just can't go back to the can. I love the hickory with salsa stirred in, or the sweet hot just plain.
Orville Redenbacher peanut carmel popcorn cakes. 10 cal per mini-cake.
Barbara's puffins cereal bars-cure that sweet, cinnamony craving.
GeniSoy soy crisps- lot's of flavors, even cinnamon and sugar. I can enjoy chips and still get in some protein.
Back to Nature Hi-Lo cereal-- 1 oz. (a good sized serving) has 100 cal, 12 carbs, 14 grams protein, 1.5 points. It is delicious stirred into yogurt. Has a slight coconut flavor and is sweetened with Stevia.
Mezetta roasted red peppers-delicious on sandwiches. One of my faves is turkey with these peppers, a little feta cheese and spicy mustard. I'm not a tomato person, so these add some moisture and flavor.
La Tortilla tortillas-lots of fiber and only 50 cal. for the smaller ones.
WW Peanut Caramel 2 Point bar-sometimes only a chewy, chocolate caramel thing will do. I don't consider these health food, but not so bad for a treat.
Boca burgers on light buns. Not terribly expensive if you buy the big box at Sam's.
I think that's enough for today.
I really like lite hot dogs and lite buns. That and wow chips make a very satisfying meal. I love ham and cheese sandwich w/chips, ww fetuccine alfredo, ww southwestern w/wow tostada chips, funsize 3 musk, and little peppermint patties, fudgecicles, ketchup instead of butter and sour cream on baked potatoes, and all the 0-1 pt veggies!
Oh and I forgot a BIGGIE....OR 94% FF popcorn!
Swiss Miss fudgsicles (2 pts)
Skinny Cow (which is which??)
& "Skinny Bread" (1 pt/2 slices) -- usually Wonder Wheat
Trader Joe's chicken sausage (2 pts)
lots of water
fruit in season (right now it's grapefruit)
available snacks at work - 2 pts of pretzels; fruit; laughing cow and crackers...
diet vanilla coke
Mint skinny cows
Beefsteak low cal bread (1 pt. for 2 slices!)
Low cal vanilla yogurt mixed with a handfull of chex cereal (2 pts. + a milk serving!)
Lean Cuisine Brocolli and cheese baked potato (4 pts.)
Cambells low fat clam chowder (selects) 4 pts. for a whole can (its a big can)
Veggie soup WW.
Mine are probably not your normal 'on-plan' foods, but I dislike anything that's touted as low-fat or fat-free unless it's naturally so because there're too many chemicals and sugar in them.
I love bulgur - cooked with chicken broth for something hearty, and mixed with lots of veggies, or cooked with water and mixed with splenda and DaVinci syrup.
Prierogies - can't remember the brand, but it's 5 for 4 points, very filling, and I eat it with 1 point of FF sour cream.
Diet Code Red Mountain Dew - the one BAD food I allow myself - it's my favorite soda and keeps me away from Coke.
Tilapia - can't remember the points, but it's the only fish, aside from halibut, that I'll eat, and both my fiance and I LOVE it with Emeril's spice.
For afternoon snacks, when 'dying' of starvation: air-popped popcorn. Toppings from 'nomorenakedpopcorn.com'. Also, Krusteaz FF muffins fortified with bran.
Really anything that has decent points and that is within my point range.
I think this thread is AWESOME....I got some GREAT ideas (that I didn't know about) from reading what everyone put here! I started WW (cough-cough AGAIN) on Jan. 5th and thought I would share what helps me thru my days....
drink LOTS of water
Bachman Cheese Curls (they are called Jacx) and they are 3pts for 25. LOVE them!!
Hillshire Farm Deli Select turkey (6 slices for 1pt)
Kudos (just like granola bars)
Wonder Light bread
Lean Cuisins or WW meals
2% Kraft Cheese
Baked French Fries
Skinny Cows....these are AWESOME!!!
WW Bagels (not bad)
rice krispie treats
aunt jamima low fat pancakes
Here is a new one I make....take two sheets of graham crackers (chocolate) cut each sheet in 1/2 so you have 4 for the top and 4 for the bottom and add a tbsp of FF whip cream and freeze them. for ( crackers w/the whip cream it's a 3pt treat and so tasty!!!
Hope some of these help out!!!
How did I lose 69 lbs (and have not attended a single meeting this time around)? These foods surely helped:
Kashi Good Friend's cereal
Trader Joe's cat cookies
Boca Burgers breakfast patties
Steamed artichokes (no butter, just a little salt)
Balsamic vingegar in lieu of salad dressing
I absolutely LOVE this thread. I've gotten so many ideas out of it! Here's my favorite foods that help me through the day!
Laughing cow (actually found out about it through this thread) I have it on melba toast.
FF cottage cheese
Oatmeal (every day for breakfast!)
fresh fruit!! never in all my life would I want that so much. I love, love, love berries....straw, blue, black and rasp!
The new Michelina Garden Bistro bowls are excellent. The Greek one (my fave) has 4 points & has feta cheese & olives in it (and lots of taters, mmmmm). I think the American version has 3 points. A good way to get in some extra veggies.
There are directions on the box on microwaving them to "cool" (yuck), or hot. Really like these.
Just got some of the Sara Lee deLIGHTful bread. It's made with cottonseed fiber, so it's high fiber & lo points (2 slices for a point). Tastes a little like clothing, though.
I have been a ww member since Jan. of 02 and have lost 43 lbs. so far, but the foods that I have enjoyed is chicken with peppers and onions, low point foods, slice of pizza and and a salad, weight watchers cereal, weight watchers ice cream. and also the chocolate chip three pt. muffin, and the 2 pt. bars. I do eat lots of chicken, and also make low point meals.
I try to eat low pts throughout the day, and have a good meal at night, but sometimes I have a big Breakfast and a little lunch. Whatever works for you! I try to maintain my portions throughout the day, and the most important thing to me is to drink plenty of water and to get weighed in every week.
I dont know if anyone has mentioned these...but Flat Out flatbreads are great. They make a huge wrap or quesadilla and they are only 2 points. I use them for breakfast burritos, veggie wraps, and thin pizza crusts. So far the only place I have been able to find them is Walmart. They have helped me out so much, especially at lunch time.
I used to use bread until I found tortillas whic I used until I until I found the lavash!!! They are huge and are only 61 calories - 8 fibers - low in carbs - they are wheat free and made with millet and flax. A bit pricey - but they are well worth it. I get them at the health food store in my area!
That and the kettlecorn smart pop - big help for me!Smucker's Fat Free Strawberry jam = 0 POINTS
Fat Free Mayo= 0 POINTS, (CountryStar Farms, it tastes like mayo!)
Western brand Bagels "The Alternative Bagel"-1 POINT
I forgot the brand, but its a yogurt & cucumber hummus-0 POINTS for 3 tbsp.
Wow. This is a way popular thread. I don't get over to this board as much as I used to (hang out mostly in 100+) and the traffic on this is amazing.
You all are going to laugh at me. My food find is good old fashioned French baguettes. I use the slim shape and cut several small thin slices with a sharp breadkinfe. I weigh out 2 oz with of these slices for 2-3 points (depending on wether I made whole grain or regular) and rarely eat all the slices. I do this in place of rolls, slices of bread, crackers, croutons, etc. It's not low-fat or anything, (Well, it is, because French bread doesn't have any fat in it. In France, by law, bread may contain only flour, yeast, salt and water. Herbs are allowed in some breads.) it's just good bread. I used to get these great par-baked mini baguettes from Tradser Joes that were only 1.5pts for 2 oz. (and hot and fresh from the oven!) but they were discontinued, so now I'm learning how to bake my own from scratch.
five pounds at a time : and then i get a massage from a hot guy