THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all the ❤️ 👍 and especially for your support!!!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all the ❤️ 👍 and especially for your support!!!
My WW leader Gwen calls anyone who has never had a weight problem, can eat a chip or two and leave the bag alone, and who has never had to question the caloric value of anything. a Civilian. This holiday season I want to eat with the Civilians. It’s Christmas Eve. You don’t have time to listen to me babble on and on and on like I usually do…you want to grab your last minute items and eat with the non Weight Watchers too. So Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Boxing Day, Happy New Year or whatever holiday you are celebrating this week…here’s to eating with the Civilians.
Holiday Hack #1 – Take something they recognize
This DeLiteful Ambrosia Salad is a favorite at holiday gatherings because everyone recognizes it and more importantly everyone loves it. They will never suspect it is lightened up…and it’s so creamy and delicious my container is always empty at the end! Find the full recipe here DeLiteful Ambrosia Salad
Holiday Hack #2 – Disguise it as something they know and love
No one suspects a doughnut is anything other than a doughnut. Mwahahaha little do they know you are on plan and they will be too! For the complete recipe click here or search doughnut here on www.ifyouhaveanegg.com
Holiday Hack #3 – Make it adorable and irresistable
Even the most staunch meat and potatoes guests can’t resist veggies and fruit when they are served in tiny cups or even better a little half piece of fruit cup. I mean come on, could you keep your hands off of these? Simply use low point dressings or Tzatziki in the cups and voila, you are a hero even with the little ones. For great low point salad dressing options visit the Shopping Guide section of my If You Have an Egg app
Holiday Hack #4 – Fat Free Half & Half is your new best friend
I seriously don’t know what I did before I found this. Here in the south Christmas is often surrounding by gravy…lots of gravy. Gravy on biscuits. Gravy on mashed potatoes. Gravy on toast. Gravy on gravy. Not really but it’s pretty serious. Whether your gathering is sponsored by Paula Dean or a Nonna serving old world creamy goodness, you’re going to need this. To get you started visit my Cube Steak & Mushroom Gravy recipe
Holiday Hack #5 – Festive drinks all around!
If you are the hostess with the mostess or can pull of helping with beverages make sure there is a fun alternative to those high calorie and often alcohol laden holiday beverages. And let’s face it, after a few cups of Uncle Clark’s famous Christmas Nog your ability to make rational food decisions may start to wane…just sayin. Check Pinterest for some great ideas, here is one I have made myself to get you started Iced Cucumber Water 0 Smart Points!
And the most important hack of all…enjoy your time with family and friends. Remember, this is a HoliDAY, not a HoliWEEK or a HoliMONTH. I don’t want to hear any whining, no complaining, no acting like everyone else gets to eat good food and not be on Weight Watchers at Christmas. You have tools, you have support, now get out there and get elbow to elbow with those Civilians and show them what weight watchering is all about!
For access to my Trader Joe’s Smart Points database check out my new app on both the Google Play Store and the Apple Store
Link to the Apple store is: Smart Points Database in the Apple Store
Link to the Google play store is:
Smart Points Database on the Google Play Store
This is one of those moments in life where you need juuuuust a little something else on your plate but everything you have on hand is 3 Smart Points before you even do anything with it. I try to keep my work week breakfasts under 6 SP but sometimes I need a little somethin’ somethin’…know what I mean?Last week hubby was home like 6 days in a row (I know, I know…it’s a miracle!) and I had an opportunity to control his lunches for five of those six days. He loves him some white bread but I hate throwing away half the loaf when he gets that call and has to leave again. It is inevitable, if I buy a bunch of perishable food thinking he is in town for a few days then he has to leave town. I’m sure there is a metaphysical phenomenon name for that but let’s get back to warm cinnamon and sugar. He will eat as many bananas rolled up in a peanut butter filled tortilla as I can pack for him so I grabbed a pack of Trader Joe’s Reduced Carb tortillas for us both. He can have his roll ups, I can eat the rest if he gets called out to a jobsite. Tada. Win win. Add the cinnamon sugar. Win win WIN!
Cinnamon Sugar Wedges – 1 WW Smart Point / 1 Points Plus
Preheat oven to 350. Spray tortilla with non stick spray. Sprinkle as evenly as possible with the sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 10 minutes or until the tortilla starts to bubble up. Cut into 4 pieces with a pizza cutter (much easier than a knife) and serve immediately. Yum yum yummy!For more great ideas join my Facebook group at If You Have An Egg…A Weight Watchers Support Group
(Updated January 24, 2016 to Smart Points)
With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays upon us I’ve been getting all warm and fuzzy and thinking of strange things I am thankful for. First, I am thankful that I still live in a country where I can say Christmas on my blog and no one can stop me. I know that sounds silly and when we look back on this no one will even remember the Starbucks red cup ridiculousness or even why it appears in this post. None the less, I am thankful. Christmas. There, I said it. Other thankful thoughts that keep popping into the front of my brain are those of new and improved methods of weight watching…I mean seriously, would I have ever had a chance to reach goal and become a lifetime Weight Watcher last year at this time if it hadn’t been for e-tools? And social media support groups? And easier and much more efficient ways to calculate points for recipes and eating out? And then there are my fellow food bloggers who calculate points…bless you. I have consumed more unusual food items and combinations of food items than I would have ever imagined and it’s all because of you.
With all the warm fuzzies still buzzing I decided I should share some of those other blog recipes that I have tested myself, pass or fail, and checked the points for myself. Not that I don’t trust you, but seeing is believing right?
The first recipe for my new “Put it to the Test” series is from my favorite food blogger Kate of Drizzle Me Skinny. Kate is my favorite not because of fancy recipes or professional staging. These recipes are real. I can make them. You can make them. The only issues I’ve ever had with a Kate recipe was finding “real” marshmallow Fluff which apparently was a big deal according to one of my other groups. Calm down, I found the Fluff.
The Drizzle Me Skinny Apple S’more Rings were the first recipe I tested from Kate’s phone app and I was sold. This app is so ridiculously easy to follow and the entire ingredient list is in your hand at a moment’s notice for impromptu stops at the grocery. Why believe me? See for yourself at Drizzle Me Skinny in the Google Store or Drizzle Me Skinny in the Apple Store.Back to the recipe!
Drizzle Me Skinny Apple S’more Rings – 5 Weight Watchers Smart Points Value (2PPV)
Melt your chocolate in the microwave for 35 second intervals, turning after each time, set aside.
Melt your marshmallow fluff in the microwave for approximately 20-25 second, it will expand. (ok, let me interject here…when she says “it will expand” she’s not kidding. The container I used was way too small so my first try looked like Mount Vesuvius. Luckily I was standing there watching the carnage and grabbed it before it went all over the microwave. The next time I put it in a 1 cup glass measuring cup so a) I could watch the fun and b) it didn’t become a white sticky volcanic eruption again)
As soon as you take the fluff out of the microwave spread it onto your 4 apple rings (this was oddly easier than I imagined it would be…what magic properties does the microwave have with fluff??)
Sprinkle the graham crumbs on top of the fluff, then using a spoon drizzle your chocolate onto the apples
That’s it! You’re done. I ate them all immediately…I mean like once I got started I could not stop. But it really didn’t matter because this was only 5 Smart Points. Now let’s see how I did.
I give this recipe 5 eggs! It was easy to follow, ingredients were readily available (after I found “real” fluff), they turned out exactly like I thought they would, anyone could make this. I can’t wait to review more of Kate’s recipes so I have to *cough* make them and *cough* taste test them.
Want to see more of what Drizzle Me Skinny has to offer? Visit Kate and her yummy simple recipes at her website Drizzle Me Skinny or find the app in your store below (note, not all app recipes are available on the website…trust me the app is worth every penny so you’ll want it too)
(updated to WW Smart Points value on May 30, 2016)
What’s better than ice cream? Cookies? Cookies and ice cream? Cookies filled with ice cream? Now we’re talking.
Last week I did a review of Halo Top Creamery ice cream when all I could find at my local store was vanilla. It was delightful and I printed out the handy dandy order form for my favorite grocer. Well this week I scored the mother lode…Halo Top Lemon Cake Ice Cream. Oh my my my.
Since I’m a sophisticated lifetime weight watcher I can’t just sit with a spoon and eat the entire carton anymore. Not with witnesses anyway. And I sure wouldn’t post pictures so what to do what do do….
So halfway through the container I set down my spoon and decided I better come up with something. As I was rummaging through the pantry ranking potential partners for this lemon lusciousness I moved my tin of Quest bars to see what was behind them. Quest bars. Hey, there is a Lemon Cream Pie Quest Bar. Oooooh lemon and lemon. And Lemon Lemon was born.
Lemon Lemon – 6 Weight Watchers Smart Points (5PPV)
Cut Quest bar into 8 equal pieces. Softly roll each piece in your hands long enough to soften them and then flatten in the palm of your hands. Preheat oven to 350 and place all eight pieces on a parchment covered cookie sheet. Bake for 3 minutes. Remove from oven, flatten with a spatula and flip each “cookie”. Return to oven and bake for an addition 2 – 3 minutes but keep an eye on them…they go from done to DONE pretty quickly. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Using a knife gently spread equal amounts of the Halo Top to four cookies, top with the other four. Immediately place in an airtight freezer safe container and return to freezer for at least 10 minutes. If you are going to enjoy immediately, remove and consume in a civilized manner. If you can. If you are making ahead of time, these should keep well for several days. Now if Halo Top and Quest will team up and make Key Lime versions….
What's better than ice cream? Cookies? Cookies and ice cream? Cookies filled with ice cream? Now we're talking. Last week I did a review of Halo Top Creamery ice cream when all I could find at my local store was vanilla. It was delightful and I printed out the handy dandy order form for my favorite grocer. Well this week I scored the mother lode...Halo Top Lemon Cake Ice Cream. Oh my my my. Since I'm a sophisticated lifetime weight watcher I can't just sit with a spoon and eat the entire carton anymore. Not with witnesses anyway. And I sure wouldn't post pictures so what to do what do do.... So halfway through the container I set down my spoon and decided I better come up with something. As I was rummaging through the pantry ranking potential partners for this lemon lusciousness I moved my tin of Quest bars to see what was behind them. Quest bars. Hey, there is a Lemon Cream Pie Quest Bar. Oooooh lemon and lemon. And Lemon Lemon was born.