Good eats, mediocre sweats

I don’t know what’s going on with the scale — I was up 0.8 from last Friday when it came time for Friday’s DietBet WI, and up another 0.4 from Friday to Saturday. That’s despite eating within my Points and getting in some activity.

And now I know why I shouldn’t get on the scale more than once a week …

Anyway, on to this week’s wrapup of good eats. Part of the Spring Bootie Buster challenge involves sharing workouts, so I’ll get that out of the way first.

I managed to get in some activity on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Most of the time it wasn’t anything spectacular, but at least I was out there, moving — and that’s more than I’ve been able to say for quite some time.


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Friday, I had the distinct displeasure of shoveling some of this:

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It was wet and heavy. It took me 10 minutes to clear our deck and sidewalk. (I snapped this picture in front of my office. I didn’t have to shovel here.) Found it really amusing when the Weight Watchers app asked me if I wanted to make “shoveling snow” a favorite. Who in their right mind would answer in the affirmative?

Saturday: No pictures, but I did a commercial break workout. It was the day’s HealthysELF challenge. Included were crunches, wall pushups, lunges, bicycle crunches, jumping jacks and a plank. I’d say I was moving for at least 10 minutes (but I forgot to check the clock).

On to my favorite eats of the week:

No-Bake PB granola bar

These Five-minute No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars from fANNEtastic Food. Delicious! Each time I eat one, I love them a little more. They got the stamp of approval from one of my coworkers, even if the Boyfriend wouldn’t even try a nibble. I swear — he always wants me to share my food, but when I offer freely, he doesn’t want any.

DTG Tuna Salad

I admit I wasn’t too enthused about trying this DietToGo tuna salad. The stumbling block? Besides being fish (not my fave), it said “best eaten cold,” which I questioned because the cheese on top is clearly melted. But I ate it as suggested … and enjoyed it more than I expected to. Not quite as good as the Lobster Ravioli I raved about in my WIAW post, but it was surprisingly delicious — so much so that I was a little sad to finish the last bite.

A GreenLiteBites recipe

A GreenLiteBites recipe

This Quinoa-Stuffed Butternut Squash Bulb was another delicious decision. I made it Friday, using this recipe from Roni’s GreenLiteBites. As the squash was baking — for an hour-plus, I considered grilling a chicken breast to round out the meal. But ultimately my laziness got the best of me, and I spent the time on the couch, surfing Twitter, Instagram and Feedly. Turns out that was a good thing, because the squash/quinoa combo was filling enough on its own. In fact, I almost didn’t finish it. It was that filling.

My only complaint? I’m used to butternut squash that tastes a bit more buttery. Next time, I think I’ll add a little butter to the mix. It’ll add a WW Point or two, but I think it’ll be worth it.

from PBFingers

from PBFingers

Saturday’s breakfast was a recipe I’d been raring to try ever since reading it on Julie’s blog earlier in the week: Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough Overnight Oats. I mixed the ingredients together Friday night, cutting back a bit on the oats and PB to keep the Points value lower. Then, as instructed, added extra almond milk in the morning. Okay, Julie said “a splash” and I added another 1/4 cup. Clearly that was a little overzealous, as mine ended up a bit soupy. But that didn’t stop me from tossing on a few chocolate chips and gobbling down every last bite. So yummy — it really did taste like PB cookie dough.

I think I just found a new favorite way to eat Overnight Oats.

After breakfast, I headed to Starbucks for some writing time … er, more like some “catch up on NARWA business” time, but at least I was doing something writing-related most of the time. I enjoyed a skinny caramel macchiato and contemplated buying a bacon egg and cheese artisan sandwich when I got hungry again. Instead, I drank more water and eventually headed home, where I whipped up a tasty treat to tide me over while I got busy with dinner.

Mint Chocolate Cookies N Cream Shake

That’s a Weight Watchers Chocolate Smoothie packet blended in my Ninja mini blender with 8 oz. H2O, less than 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract and 5 ice cubes. When it was mixed well, I threw in one reduced fat Oreo and gave it a couple more whirls. Yum! Even though it wasn’t green, it gives McD’s Shamrock Shake a run for its money. And at just 4 WW Points, it’s a much more reasonable treat.

It ceased my tummy’s rumbling so I could get on with dinner prep:

Sauced & plated

Sauced & plated, with a side of cauliflower & broccoli

A noodle-less spaghetti inspired by The Wellness Mama’s  One-Pan Grain-Free Spaghetti. For weeks, I’ve had a window open on my computer for that recipe, intending to make it  — but when time came to start cooking, I didn’t want to go get the laptop and couldn’t find the recipe on any of my Pinterest boards. So I improvised. Turns out, I stayed pretty close to the original. I used less meat and threw in some bell peppers, and seasoned with garlic and pizza seasoning. (I think we’re out of Italian seasoning.)

I was going to put the recipe in this post, but it’s already too long, so I decided to split it into one of its own. Look for it on the blog later today.


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