Weigh in: Snackalicious

Happy Friday! It’s a busy Friday for me today. I went at 9:30 to my Weight Watchers meeting, and then I have to go to job #1 (I clean a bar twice a week) and then to training at 2 for my new job. Then Mr. Gaunt and I are going to have a little date night and go to Lynden Antique and Craft Show. It’s the start of the Holiday Bazaar and craft show season…YAY!!!!

I posted yesterday that I thought I wouldn’t be able to go to the 9:30 meeting because I was supposed to have training at 9, but my boss moved it to two. Today was my week 5, and I lost:

-2.6 lbs.

Holla! That’s exciting because I almost thought about skipping this weeks meeting because I was SURE I hadn’t lost any weight. That puts me at 11.4 pounds lost in 5 weeks. Maybe a little slower than I would prefer, but I can’t complain. I’m loving going to the weekly meetings, event if they are old and fuddy duddy. They hold me accountable, and that what matters.

Today’s topic was on snacking. More specifically, late night snacking. This isn’t something I have a HUGE problem with, but occasionally give into. Currently I have a pretty good routine of having 15-20 jelly beans (4 points) every night while watching an episode of whatever show we are into. I love it. I also started making my own Jelly bean mixes at the grocery store, so I don’t have to have any cinnamon or buttered popcorn, or tutti fruity.  Other late night snacks I enjoy are fruit, a healthy mini muffin (that I bake at the beginning of the week) or some popcorn. We flat-out don’t have any cookies, cake, chips, or delicious crackers anywhere in our house, because these are RED LIGHT foods.

In WW they talk about the three types of food:

RED LIGHT: Usually unhealthy. You can’t stop from eating too much. Shouldn’t be kept in the house (Potato chips, homemade cookies, croissants)

YELLOW LIGHT: Not super healthy, You can usually resist them, but they are a slippery slope into RED LIGHT territory. (pita chips, pizza, turkey jerkey, wine)

GREEN LIGHT:  Healthy food. You only eat when you are hungry and can stop when you are full. STOCK UP! (Fruit, healthy baked goods, lean meats, oats)

 

Some people in my meeting were talking about how while you watch TV you are bombarded with food commercials. I kind of forgot about this, as we cancelled our cable 2 years ago, and only watch Netflix (instant watch through our xbox) I never see commercial, ever. It’s sooo nice. We also recently have been watching gory TV shows (The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad) which are fairly un-appetizing, and do not make me want to snack.

Other tricks people said were to brush your teeth, take a night time class, and clean your whole kitchen so there are no leftovers to nibble on, and it feels like the KITCHEN IS CLOSED.

This weeks goals for me are: Stay away from all unhealthy foods at my new job, and make 2% or non fat lattes ONLY. (we have Edamame, eggs, whole wheat bagels, carrot sticks, hummus, and a few other things at work, which would be good choices). Also to move more, bake some healthy treats. Make a crockpot roast for the week, and keep moving while hanging around the house by cleaning and doing other chores.

This pic was taken yesterday, not today.

Nachos

Well I wouldn’t say these are that healthy, but they also weren’t that bad either.

-Tortilla Chips

-One Can Black Beans

-Pico de Gallo

-1 Avocado

-1 Bag shredded low fat cheese.

Pretty simple. Layer, repeat, layer repeat. The key with all Nachos is proper layering. Then cover with foil @400 for about 1 minutes, then remove foil and broil for about 5 minutes.  This was an awesome dinner. Our Cour Cream went bad, otherwise I would have done a bit of that too!

 

Granny Smith Apple Chips

I love Costco, they always have fun new foods to try, and I really think they do an honest job at providing healthy options (ignore everything in the freezer section). We usually only purchase meat, cheese, and sometimes produce at Costco. They have really cheap produce, although it’s not organic. Same with meat and fish, cheap but not organic. However sometimes they bring out a new product and they suck me into buying it.

Todays item was Bare Fruit 100% Organic Granny Smith Apple Chips. If I remember right they were around $5 for the bag. The ingredients is what got me though:

Also nutrition wise they are really good:

I love that there is no added sweetener or preservatives, these are CLEAN! Also (and I know this sounds funny) but they aren’t TO DIE FOR delicious. I mean that I am totally able to stop myself at like 10 chips, and not feel the need to eat the entire bag. This is an important factor when purchasing snack foods for me.

I hope Costco carries these for a while, it looks like you can also purchase them online too. You should try em! Id love to make my own with a food dehydrator, but these are so perfect, mostly crisp with a little chew that why bother…lol! Oh and they are made in Washington! I know I’m not currently living there, but it still feels like “buying local” to me.

Oh and in other Apple News Mr. Gaunt bought an apple slicer! At first I thought it seemed stupid and useless, but it is bad ass! I love it in the mornings when I want some apple slices and peanut butter to take to work, this makes it so much faster!

Like Fruit Fondu…kinda.

In the summer we eat tons of fruit, in the winter it gets a bit harder. I’m a big Mellon, Peaches,  and berries fan, which are hard to come by (at a good price) in the winter. So Bananas, Apples and Tangerines are about all we get now. During the week I eat on average 2-3 tangerines a day (one on each break), and half a banana on my cereal in the morning, but sometimes on the weekends I forget to eat any fruit at all. Recently (much to my dismay) Mr. Gaunt brought Nutella home. I have had Nutella a number of times, and while it is delicious, its pretty much garbage (even thought the stupid commercial makes you think its just nuts and skim milk…not true). However in moderation it’s not that much worse than Peanut butter, its kind of a chocolate dessert. It has a lot of sugar in it which sucks, but its pretty pleasing to eat with a big pile of apples and bananas!

Chips with Protein!

Umm I love chips. Did you know this? I love the salt and the crisp, all of it…yumm! I do however avoid them for the most part, because I will eat the whole bag….snack size or larger. So I’m always on the look out for a good chip that wont screw up the scale.

We were at Mr. Gaunt’s mom’s house tonight and she gave me half a bag of these Newman’s Own Organic Soy Crisps, and they are so good I had to share them with you! First of all they are soy, which is better than rice as far as I’m concerned. They kinda taste like a thin rice cake only better. The flavor she gave me is BBQ, so I don’t know about the other flavors but these are delish!

Now as far as nutrition goes these ROCK! The bag has 3.5 servings in it with SEVEN grams of protein per serving and only 110 calories! Hello! They also have 3.5 g of fat and 3 grams of fiber. In WW speak they are 2 points per serving. They are also GLUTEN FREE  and ORGANIC!

She got them at Sprouts, but I’m sure you could find them at Whole Foods or any other organic grocer. I’m definitely going to try other flavors (white cheddar anyone?)!