Light done RIGHT!

Since starting Weight Watchers, Alfredo sauce has definitely been something I’ve avoided. But I spotted this “light” version of Classico Alfredo sauce in the grocery store the other day and even though I really didn’t think anyone could pull off a light Alfredo sauce, I thought I’d give it a whirl.

Well, I must say… I was very pleasantly surprised! This stuff is actually good! It’s 2 points+ for every 1/4 cup, so it’s not something you can go crazy with and just pour all over everything (1/4 cup is pretty small)… but used sparingly I think you get some great bang for your points buck!

I threw it on top of some mushrooms the other night and it was fabulous! Tomorrow night I’m gonna mix it in with some whole wheat pasta and spinach, and when I do my grocery shopping on Monday I’ll be sure to pick up another jar to keep in my pantry.  I think it will come in handy for lots of different recipes in the future.  Yay for good Weight-Watchers-friendly food finds!

A note to naturally skinny people who think it’s easy to lose weight

Nothing bugs me more than a naturally skinny person telling someone who has struggled with weight their whole life how easy it is to lose weight.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of listening to my coworker (who I’m sure has never had to diet or exercise in his life) tell me I don’t need Weight Watchers.  If I would just go for a walk with my dog every night, I could eat cupcakes whenever I wanted.

Um really?  First of all, I don’t have a dog.  I have two cats, and they don’t like to be walked. Trust me, I’ve asked.

Second of all, I’m not sure what kind of math you’re doing, but even my ten year old could figure out that the calories burned by taking your dog for a stroll don’t even come close to the amount of calories ingested when you decide to stuff a cupcake in your face.
And I hear “logic” like this all the time!  People really seem to believe if you “take the stairs” or “take the farthest spot in the parking lot” or “walk your dog” that you can eat whatever you want.  OH HOW I WISH!

Third, I can guarantee you that although I am a good 30 pounds overweight at this point, I eat healthier and exercise more than you do.  GUARANTEED.  So please… the next time you feel the need to expound your weight loss wisdom, feel free to keep it to yourself.  

My Favorite Trader Joe’s Stuff

Oh how I love Trader Joe’s.  Even though the closest one to me is pretty far from my house, I make the drive at least once a week (or send a shopping list with my mom if she’s headed that way) to pick up some of the yummy, healthy, low-point stuff they carry.

Some people in my Weight Watchers meetings say they get lost in Trader Joe’s… and I don’t blame them.  It can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you are there during their busy times.  But there are so many treasures to be found if you take your time (and your points calculator) and look carefully.

And to do my part to help you find all the good stuff at Trader Joe’s… I’ll be posting my favorites every once in a while.

I’ll start today with one of my absolute favorites — Trader Joe’s Fat Free Lime Fruit Floes.

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They are frozen lime popsicles and Oooooh baby if you love lime like I do… you must try these!!!  The lime flavor is so strong and vibrant and they are so refreshing.  The perfect summer treat (or dessert) and only 2 Weight Watchers Points+!  Gotta love that!

Zero Point Birthday Cake

Ok that title might be a little misleading, but this really is the birthday “cake” I made for my daughter’s 10th birthday last week… and it really is zero Weight Watchers points!

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Isn’t it great?  It’s a little messy to make (be prepared for lots of juicy-ness running all over your counter), but super easy.   All you need is a couple of seedless watermelons (one big and one small), whatever other fruit you like, and a whole bunch of toothpicks.

Take that big watermelon and cut off the top and the bottom.  Then take your knife and slice off the rest of the rind… making your way all the way around the watermelon until the whole thing is removed.  I could have spent a lot more time scraping and smoothing and making it a more perfect cylinder, but let’s face it — I don’t have the time or patience for that.

Repeat this process with a mini seedless watermelon.  Then take some of your toothpicks and press them into the bottom of the smaller watermelon, leaving them sticking out about half-way.  They’ll help keep your watermelons stuck together after you stack them up.

Then just cut up your other fruits into the shapes you like and use the toothpicks to stick them on.  Add some cute candles to the top and voila — a zero point birthday cake!

You gotta start somewhere!

Well, I’ve been thinking about starting this blog for a while, but every time I sit down to get it started, I get overwhelmed!  I have so much to share, but where do I start?

So no more analysis paralysis!  I’m just gonna dive right in and get this sucker started!

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.  I hope you can find some inspiration here — or at least some helpful information.  Here goes!