Weight watchers breakfast ideas

I’ve been doing weight watchers for about four months now and am starting to feel like I’ve found my groove with it. I’m getting steady consistent results and I’m not feeling hungry, which is exactly what I want! Below is a list of the types of things I’ve been eating for breakfast on a daily basis and their points values, as one of the things I have found is that I need variety both for my sanity and continued weight loss.

1. 1 slice brown toast (2pp) and 1 medium poached egg (2pp)

2. A weight watchers yogurt (1pp) and a pear

3. A weight watchers yogurt (1pp) and a light Alpen Bar (2pp)

4. 1 slice of brown toast (2pp) with Philadelphia lightest spread 

5. Two mini meringues (1pp) with a weight watchers yogurt (1pp) and some strawberries

6. 1 bananna blended with 1 egg (2pp) to make banana pancakes

7. 1 weight watchers hot chocolate (1pp) with a fruit salad

I mix up my breakfasts and rarely have the same thing two days in a row, sometimes I also use these options as somthing to have as an evening snack before bed.

Pea and Ham Soup

Pea and Ham Soup

As I’m still doing weight watchers I’m making a lot more food from scratch as its really shocking how much sugar and salt is added to store bought foods. This seams to be especially true of soup’s. This is one of my favourite recipes, it’s really quick and also works out very cheap too.

Ingredients:

1 onion

Half a bag of frozen peas

1 medium potato

1 thick slick of premium ham

1 clove of garlic

1 jug of chicken stock

Method:

Chop and lightly fry the onion, potato and garlic until the onion goes soft. Then add the chicken stock and peas. Chop half of you ham and add that in.Bring to the boil for about 15 mins. Add salt and pepper. Blend with a hand blender. Dice the rest of your ham and use as a garnish when you serve the soup.

I estimate that this dish cost me max £1.50 to make and it easily makes four portions ! 

The whole thing took me less then half an hour to make and I just love knowing the whole thing is completely healthy and fresh with no hidden nasty bits! 

I’m officially a home made soup convert! 

My weight watchers journey: 12 weeks in

just under three months ago I declared I had joined weight watchers as I was determined to lose some weight. I was optimistic but had no idea if I could stick to the plan or if it would work for me. I’m very glad to say that so far the plan is working really well for me and I am actually quite enjoying it. Here is my progress report:

Week 1: no loss

Week 2: no loss

Week 3: 2 1/2 lbs lost

Week 4: 2 lbs lost

Week 5: 3lbs lost

Week 6: 1/2 lb lost

Week 7: 3 lbs lost

Week 8: 1/2 lb lost

Week 9: 2 lbs lost

Week 10: 3 lbs lost

Week 11: 1/2 lb on

Week 12: 2 lbs lost

This is a grand total of 18 lbs lost in 12 weeks. I hadn’t set myself any specific targets but this is more then I expected I could lose and in a shorter amount of time. I am really really please especially as now that I am used to the points system and my body has adjusted to the portion sizes and food types I don’t really feel like I’m on a diet. I won’t say it’s easy all the time as I still have my moments when I struggle but the sucess I’ve had so far just makes me want to keep going as I am finally starting to believe that I can be a slim woman again, which I wasn’t actually sure was possible!

Starting my weight watchers journey

One of things I was most looking forward to after giving birth to our second child (other then the joy of a new baby) was getting my body back into shape and getting some new yummy mummy clothes. I’m so fed up of feeling like a frumpy mum with a just throw it on as long as there isn’t too much sick/ snot on it style, I want to start taking pride in my appearance and health.

So I decided that once Max was 4 weeks old I would join weight watchers. I’ve never done a weight loss program before and was quite nervous about going. I mustered my courage and went to my first meeting three weeks ago. I don’t know why I was so nervous as everyone there was really friendly and helpful.

Weight watchers works on a point system. Every food has a point value and you can eat any food you like as long as you stick to your daily points limit, you are also given some extra weekly points to use for treats and extras which you can use as you wish, either all in one go or spread through the week.

The number of points you have to use is determined at your first weigh in as it is calculated using your starting weight. My starting weight was 12 stone which means my daily point allowance would be 26, however as I am exclusively breastfeeding I get an extra 10 points. Which means I have 36 daily points to use, plus my 49 extra points to use weekly.

I joined up to the monthly package so that I have access to the weight watchers meetings and the online resources. I’ve found the online system really useful so I’m really glad I went for the full package as it makes working out the points for food and keeping track of my points really easy, I do it all on our iPad which I always have to hand near the kitchen.

Progress to date has been slow and steady which is exactly what I want as I don’t want any drastic weight loss to affect breast feeding. My results so far are:

Starting weight 12 stone
Week 1: No weight loss
Week 2: Lost 2 and a half pounds
Week 3: I missed the weigh in, but am pretty sure I’ve lost a couple of pounds

I’m going to do some separate posts as to the foods I’m eating and some recipes and the points they add up to. I’ll also keep you posted as to my weight loss sucess. Wish me luck!

Budget family meal: BBQ pulled pork in Jacket Potatoes

I am typing this post as this meal currently cooks in my kitchen, it’s the first time I’ve made it before and I can already tell you it’s going to be a family favourite! I was running though the costs in me head as I was doing the food prep and I just can’t believe how cheap it is considering how tasty and fresh it is too!

Here is the cost break down:

The pork I’m using is the left over pork from a pork leg I cooked in the slow cooker for Sunday dinner it was £3.80 and I have already used 2 servings for Sunday dinner and 2 in sandwiches for lunch today. This meal is using up the last of it meaning it will have been used for 6 servings in total = £1.26

1/3 of a carton on mushrooms = £0.30
1 cup full of tomato juice = £0.10
4 table spoons of BBQ sauce = £0.35
Two Baking potatoes = £0.50

Total = £2.51 for two people

Total per person = £1.25

Amazing value!

In case you are wondering about my method. I have shredded the pork and then added it to a pan of cooking mushrooms that I’ve finely chopped. I then poured in the tomato juice and BBQ sauce and cooked it slowly until the sauce thickens a bit. This is them sloshed on top of a slow cooked crispy baked potato : )

It’s an extremely simple meal and is so easy to do but somehow has quite a special indulgent feel to it. I’m already thinking of ways I will used the BBQ pulled pork for future parties and BBQ’s as the value is just so great!

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