Bulk Up Your Meals – Weekly Weigh In

The first weigh in after the holidays.

The dread.

The doom.

The sheer delight when I saw this:

Weight Watchers Weigh In

Yes people.  That would be a loss, thank you very much!  A small loss but a loss none the less!

How did I do it?  Well, I let myself eat the holiday treats and goodies and then as soon as January 1 hit, I started hard.  I counted every point.  I worked out several days in a row.  I rocked the WW app.

I was pretty shocked that it all balanced out but I also think it shows that I have truly made a lifestyle change.  Only took me almost 4 years but maybe I have this thing figured out.

Who knows?!?

Anyways…on to the meeting topic.

With the new Weight Watchers 360, they are looking at a habit a month.  Last month we talked about packing a snack.

This month, we are focusing on fruits and veggies!

They are asking us to eat a fruit OR veggie with every meal and snack.  Why?!?  Because it will help us stay fuller longer.  They are also packed with vitamins and minerals and good things our bodies need.

I am pretty good about getting in fruit during the day.  I usually have fruit for a snack mid-morning and sometimes after school.  The veggies, however, are a different story.

I am terrible at eating veggies.  I don’t know why but I just don’t enjoy them and it is sometimes torturous to eat them.  I have gotten better lately though because I take a big salad to work that has lettuce and cucumbers in it.  Occasionally I will get crazy and throw in a carrot.  Hold me back!  For dinner, I enjoy those Valley Fresh Steamer bags that take less than 5 minutes in the microwave.  That is still a veggie even though most of them have sauce!

I would really love to find a way to start enjoying veggies without sauce but I just don’t…as of yet!

How do you try to eat more fruits and vegetables to “bulk up your meals?”  Do you have a fruit or veggie with every meal and snack?

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  • http://twitter.com/AlwaysAStaffer Monica

    I do the steamer bags but add my own sauce – lemon juice, pasta sauce, even bbq sauce. I figure if I’m adding it I can control the amount of sauce the ingredients – so it’s not just soaking veggies in butter!

    • Jessica Hartman

      Hi Jennifer! I’ve been wilting spinach with my 1 tsp oil on the stovetop while my egg mug is in the microwave in the morning. Or SOUP!!! The WW Veggie soup goes with everything. Also the steamfresh bags. Oh, and the Green Giant Just for One broccoli & cheese! They are 1 point but sooo cheesy yummy – you can mix with other steamed veggies for more “bulk”.

  • http://twitter.com/NewlywedsBudget Newlyweds ona Budget

    i would highly recommend curries! i buy the asian yellow curry paste and some coconut milk and then just dump a bunch of veggies (carrots, broccolli, mushrooms, cauliflower, peppers) and chicken and it is SOOO good. thats it: veggies, yellow paste, coconult milk and chicken. easiest thing and delicious!

  • Staci @ anewstaci.blogspot.com

    I don’t love all veggies, but I am way better than I used to be! When I make chili, I always throw in a can of diced tomatoes. Last time, I got totally crazy and threw in a fresh zucchini all cut up. Even the hubby and kids ate it without complaint, so I am doing this as a regular thing. I have found that I really enjoy spaghetti squash as noodles instead of spaghetti. That is another easy way now for me to get in a veggie. This year, I am trying to force myself to eat more veggies in their natural state!

    • no one special

      Grated/pureed zucchini hides well in sauces, ground meat patties, and baked goods!

  • deedosred

    Congratulations on the loss and the lifestyle change! I love salads but I do tend to get bored with them. I don’t like taking a ton of time in the mornings to prepare my lunch so I take a bag and toss in a few possibilities that are WW friendly. Yesterday i took some salad greens, an organic green pepper ( I love Trader Joes for affordable organic fruits and veges), and an organic crisp and juicy Fuji apple. I chopped up the apple and mixed in with the greens, added a very small serving of slivered almonds and it was amazing!! Just adding the apple took it to a new level! It took longer for me to chew and left me very full. ( I used a lite balsamic spray dressing) I have also recently discovered Watercress. My entire family loves using it on sandwiches, especially with chicken or turkey breast meat instead of the usual lettuce. I buy the bag at Lucky’s that is “living”. I’m new to your blog and have just started WW again after a few months of being on “pause”…(adjusting to a move and the death of my mom right before Christmas) , but I’m back and have devoured the success stories here and look forward to following your journey! Thank you for your inspiring blog!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Deborah-Diamond/13919575 Deborah Diamond

    I love vegetables! But I had to start trying them and learning to love them. Try roasting them – makes anything taste good. Brussel sprouts roasted and served with goat cheese are amazing. Or drizzled with maple syrup. Same with cauliflower – excellent roasted! My goal was to try a new vegetable every month. I’ve come a long way – now I have a winter CSA and am still surprised at what I haven’t tried yet – but now it’s fun!

  • Eliza

    Roasting vegetables gives them so much more flavor than steaming. And it’s super easy! Roasting transforms things like brussel sprouts, squash, garlic (!), cauliflower, and broccoli into snacks you can’t help but love. I also love baking up a big batch of kale chips when I want some greens that satisfy my need for crunch and salt.

  • Jessicas Weigh

    I here you about the vegetables! I am NOT a veggie eater. I just do not like them. The only salad I will eat consists of lettuce (mostly iceburg), radishes, and little cheese cubes. Lol. When I am feeling really brave, I might throw in some shredded carrots, or purple gabbage. But that’s it.

    I don’t like raw veggies. I can sometimes manage a few baby carrots, I have to force down snow peas, and I love celery…with cheez whiz on it. But apparently, that is not the way to go about eating your vegetables. So really, I am left with having to hide my vegetables in my food. I love making stir-fry and throwing in a good portion of onions, peppers, mushrooms and bean sprouts. And home-made soups, chilli, and stew make great, quick lunches that you can freeze and grab on the go.

    If I could, I would get all my fruits and vegetables servings in a day with just fruits alone. But being a diabetic, probably not the best way to go about it. Haha.

    And way to go on the loss, I managed to drop 4.6 lbs this week. Yay me!

    http://jessicasweight.blogspot.ca/

  • Takara O’Pharrow

    I am bad about eating my veggies too. The everyday this week I have cooked a meal for dinner that included absolutely no veggies at all! I think tomorrow I will bring a fruit or veggie to work to munch on. In the form of a salad of course….it just seems easier that way.
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  • robyn long

    A loss is always a success, great work!!! Especially around the holidays.
    I am on my own journey too, come check it out

    http://twotimestoomany.blogspot.com/

  • Rebecca Bryant

    I love being back on weight watchers and veggies are good grilled

  • http://www.fatallie.com/ Allison

    Congrats! I found that eating Kale is pretty good. I cook it; it’s a little bitter otherwise.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/pnksweethrt Tiffany Wray Bohland

    Gratz on the weight loss!
    I am a new follower to your blog, and am loving the support and motivation and inspiration I’m feeling so far. What a great thing, to be so open and honest with us your readers!!!
    There are some veggies I like better than others, but am still struggling to include a fruit or veggie in every meal. I like to buy the steamer veggies in the bag and use those for dinners because they are easy, but then I’m tempted to load them up with butter – bad bad bad!!! So I need to find a new way to get the veggies in for me and my family.

    • Jessica Hartman

      Look in the popcorn section for White Cheddar Popcorn Seasoning – and add 1 tsp to your serving of veggies instead of butter. It’s a good trick

  • http://twitter.com/PrayersNApples PrayersNApples

    congrats on the loss! i like to put mine in shakes (for instance, right now i’m on a huge blueberry-spinach-smoothie kick!) i know it sounds gross, but it really isn’t i promise! :) i use: 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, 2 cups spinach, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1tbsp flaxseed and either a small banana or an orange! and a couple ice cubes too :)

  • John Whelan

    Brocoli steamed in low sodium veggie broth with boneless skinless chicken. Yumm!

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  • Lolahogan

    I love roasted brussel sprouts! They seriously don’t even taste like a veggie. You must try them. No sauce required, just olive oil (2 tsp/no points) salt and pepper. Delicious. I can eat them as a meal and they are 0 points.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sidne.kneeland Sidne Kneeland

    I like vegies well enough, good for keeping the glycemic index down. Trying to cut meat completely, my husband wants to be a vegetarian. Fruit has got too much sugar. I don’t exercise anymore other than to walk the dog a mile or two,….right now that’s my problem.

  • http://twitter.com/diettogo DietToGo.com

    Eating veggies can be tough, but better if you add something fun to dip them in like low-fat ranch or hummus. Carrots and hummus are delicious! Congrats on your success! You have every reason to be so proud. Love reading about your journey.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shonda.pierce.3 Shonda Pierce

    I will try the microwave veggies

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