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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

I rarely drive anywhere with groceries more than 20-30 minutes...but I live in Phoenix...so in the summer even that amount of time can be an issue. The cooler bags from Costco, Trader Joe's and the like are effective with ice packs. Most shops will also pack ice if you ask which is good for fish, ice cream, etc.

I used to keep a hard side cooer in the trunk. It's more of a challenge in my current trunk due to space but that's a good option as well.

I also go straight home with groceries(always always always the last stop in a list of errands out here in the summer). but somewhere where it isn't 110 outside and 130 in the trunk, 45 minutes in a cooled bag shouldn't be a problem. Give it a try!

Jun 22, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

yes! with the wild salmon in season now we've been eating it every friday night. will have to put some lentils with it this week!

Jun 18, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

That looks wonderful. Are lentils one of the Simply Start foods? I love lentils so much!

Jun 18, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

Happy Birthday, Kontxesi! May your lucky stars shine all year for you!

Jun 16, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

sigh. up a pound. So tired of this cycle and plateau.

Nothign to do but keep on tracking and packing good lunches and snacks. Now that I'm back on track something will have to give eventually...

Hope everyone is having a good week.

Jun 05, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

Ha! I thought of this discussion as I putting the cheese on top of the eggplant cutlets last night and slipped a half a slice into my mouth as I was doing.

I did track it to keep myself honest but that snacking thing is never going to go away! LOL

Jun 03, 2014
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Everyday dinner ware

I've had the Sur La Table branded white wear for seven years now and been really happy with it. It doesn't chip and I don' thave any silverware scratches. What I have is made in Turkey, don't know if that's still the case. Price was great on it. I looked at both Revol and Apilco but decided to try this. I haven't been sorry.

Jun 02, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

snacking when cookiing is a big problem for me. Back when I was home more and made us dinner every night i twas not uncommon for me to be full when we sat down for dinner from all the picking i'd do while preparing the meal. Sad but true.

It's not as bad now because I rarely cook anymore. Also, sad but true. i don't like to chew gum so that strategy doesn't work for me. If I'm thinking about it I will cut up some carrots and keep those on the counter to snack on while I'm making something so at least the snacking isn't detrimental.

Jun 02, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

Did I mention June is the worst month in Phoenix? We are off with a bang...111 forecast for today. Ugh. Silver lining is that it kills any craving for heavy food! LOL

Still doing well with a solid week of tracking and better choices. So far today a banana pre-working out, cottage cheese and berries for breakfast. Brought a tasty salad of arugula, greens, tomatoes, leftover tritip, and a a bit of feta for lunch. Apples and string cheese for snacks. We'll make eggplant parm tongiht with some frozen eggplant cutlets from Trader joes and homemade marinara sauce and a nice salad to go along.

My husband picked up some Kirkland Signature beef jerky from Costco on Friday. I was surprised it was only 1 pt per ounce so am going to start bring that for an afternoon snack. I like almonds a lot but they are "expensive" so would prefer to only have that on afternoons where I've run in the morning. This is a good alternative for the other afternoons as it's still high in protein but not the same 5 points for a snack.

Jun 02, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- June is Busting Out All Over! June 2014 Edition [OLD]

I've always been a fan of June since my birthday falls mid-month. That said, it's the hottest month of the year here in our part of Arizona and I don't enjoy it as much as I used to!

We grilled a bison tritip on Friday night. When I stopped at the market on the way home they had first of the season Copper River salmon so I bought a very small fillet of that as well. So we had that with the tritip, an arugla and tomato salad and split a baked potato with yogurt and salsa. It was a delicious dinner, not too high in points, and fueled us well for our long run yesterday morning.

Last night our dinner club went for crab boil so that wasn't so bad either. I had a dungeness crab with a small piece of corn and a small potato.

June was a good month for me last year as I was in my first 6 weeks. Hoping it's another good month again this year....

Jun 01, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

The ones I have today are the Frigo Natural llight ones. 50 calories/1pt. They are pretty good.

May 30, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

if you have a trader joe's by you the kale yogurt spinach dip is also really good on baked potatoes and very low in points.

May 30, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

depends on the size. 5 oz is 3 pts. I like the big russets so we'll usually split one as they can get really large. The other night I did splurge on a whole one for myself though. It was 10oz and was 6 pts.

I love baked potatoes. I don't eat them as much anymore but do like them the nights before a long run with a steak. The greek yogurt and the salsa are both free and tasty on it.

May 30, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

String cheese has been a staple of my WW life! LOL My husband likes the smoked WW ones. I'm not particularly brand loyal, most of the low fat ones seem to be 1 pt. I never thought so much string cheese would go through our house! LOL(two on my desk right now for later this morning)

Salsa is my condiment of choice. I put pico de gallo on just about anything. And I love green salsa. Like string cheese we go through buckets of both around our house!(I like greek yogurt and pico on my baked potatoes!)

May 30, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

I have a lot of frozen bananas in my freezer but i use them for smoothies. I'll have to try eating one popsicle style!

I keep saying i'm going to roll some of the chunks in melted dark chocoate before freezing and haven't gotten around to doing that either.

May 29, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

you said it, it's just not possible to gain that much in one week. Remember the weekly weigh in is one moment in time and only over time will it give you what your trend is up or down. Hard to not be bummed though of course but focus on the overall downward trend for the month which is fantastic, particularly given all you've had going on.

Keep on keeping on! THe results will show in the end!

May 28, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

First meeting in a couple weeks. Down 3, which is the extra three I put on at the end of April/beginning of May. Hopefully it's gone for good this time.

Celebrated with a boring chicken breast and a baked potato with greek yogurt and salsa on it. Banana for dessert. My choices haven't been exciting this week but I sure feel a heck of a lot better eating the way I was last summer.

May 28, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

I found some of these Veggie Patch spinach and chickpea patties lurking in our freezer last night when I was looking for something to pack for lunch today. I had no idea they were in there! (My poor DH does almost all the shopping and cooking since I came back to this job in October, so I never know what he might have bought on impulse at Costco!)

Anyway, I brought one for lunch today. didn't do anything exciting with it. Put a couple dabs of homemade marinara and a little light jarlsberg on top(Only cheese in the house right now!) and nuked it. Actually the flavor of these is pretty darn good. I like the Dr. Praeger burgers a lot and their texture is really different from these but the flavor on these is good. I also packed some frozen broccoli and nuked that up as well. Together they made a pretty good lunch today with an apple for dessert.

Still feeling really good this week - both in terms of being over being sick and mentally. Two days back in the tracking habit. Not a huge accomplishment but two days more than I did in the last month.

Thanks to all of you for keeping these threads going. Going back and rereading some of what's here has helped me get over the hump I've been on.

May 28, 2014
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Kai...is it still exceptional?

I'm curious what you had as well. It's been a couple years since we last were at Kai and have been discussing maybe it was time to visit but were unsure with the chef changes, etc. Curious what's on the menu these days and what they are doing exceptionally well?

May 27, 2014
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Using thawed frozen greek yogurt in pasta sauce

I accidentally froze some greek yogurt and some ricotta cheese over the weekend. Took them out yesterday and put them in the fridge to thaw and was unsure if they'd be usable after thawing(both were unopened containers).

What do you typically use the yogurt for after freezing?

May 27, 2014
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Pie from Frozen Fruit?

Yes, I may have to make one just to experiment. I usually just use the frozen peaches for smoothies and sometimes for frozen yogurt in the VitaMix and only use fresh for pies...but now I'll have to try and see how the frozen work for pie based on the advice here!

May 27, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

Back from a badly needed long weekend and getaway. We spent the weekend at our friend's house down south of here and really were able to relax.

For the first time in weeks I feel really under control today. I'm finely feeling healthy again, got a couple enjoyable runs in this weekend, we ate pretty healthy. I packed my breakfast (oatmeal and a bowl of berries), lunch(broccoli, chicken sausage and brown rice) and snacks (apple, almonds, currants, some dried apple snack) this morning and have pre-tracked all my points for the first time in months.

I've even pre-tracked my planned run for tonight with our running group to keep myself committed to it(not looking forward to it since it's going to be at least 106 today and will still be very hot when we start at 7...hopefully tracking the activity and planning my afternoon snacks based on needing to run tonight keeps me committed!)

Now if only I could quit my job and keep the stressed out exhausted pattern from returning I'll be in good shape! LOL

May 27, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

Awesome, congrats!

May 27, 2014
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Pie from Frozen Fruit?

Well, forgot to put the peaches in the cooler when we left town Friday afternoon. So ended up making a mixed berry pie from fresh fruit instead. Delicious so everyone was still happy.

Thanks to all for the help though!

May 26, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

ha! the cheapskate thing is actually a challenge for me since i can eat free all day at work and bringing lunch costs me money! I've got bringing breakfast and a few snacks down pat but need to work on bringing lunch. I only succeeded once this week.

May 23, 2014
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Pie from Frozen Fruit?

Thanks everyone, I'll thaw, drain and reduce! Sounds good. Wish I had time to run down and get some fresh ones but alas have to make do with the frozen. Glad to know there is a way to make it work!

May 22, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

I just graduated last week and everyone, very kindly, wants to take me out to celebrate so I understand the challenge. One day at at time and all that!

Well, I've actually been sick for over a week now. Seems I picked up kind of virus that just really wiped me out entirely and now settled as a respiratory infection and since the beginning of last week was only feeling worse and worse each day.

Today is the first day I'm not completely exhausted since early last week. The good side is I felt so horrible last week it did really make me start eating well again. Now I need to start tracking again.

May 22, 2014
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Pie from Frozen Fruit?

I have some local peaches that I froze to keep and want to use for pie. I've never used frozen fruit in a pie before. Suggestions on how to best do this so the pie thickens properly? Thaw and drain? Extra thickner? Cook from frozen? I'm sort of at a loss...I don't think precooking the filling will work for peach? In my head I'm imagining the end result as overcooked mush...!

May 22, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

I never look at the WW recipes Gio so I always appreciate when you point these grace young recipes out!! Thanks!

May 16, 2014
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Weight Watcher's Foodies -- Spring Fling Edition! May 2014 [old]

Thanks, these are always great recipes!

May 16, 2014
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