Don’t get me wrong, I’m not condoning being wasteful. But sometimes it is better to waste than to have it on your waist. This all came about because my son saw a package of Chex Mix on my desk. He thought it was for him. I said well you have it I only ate half of it because I didn’t want to use more points for the whole package. He accused me of being wasteful. My comeback to him was better to waste than to gain (or in this case add to my waist).
I also found some mini-chocolate bars that were hidden in a box of my training supplies. I almost always have chocolate at my trainings – why do you think they are so well attended? 🙂 So instead of throwing them out I’ve been handing them to co-workers. Yes, I could have 1 or 2 mini-chocolate bars as long as I tracked them but instead I figured it was better on someone else’s waistline than on mine or in the trash can. They can always say no if they want (so can I).
So if you don’t want to be wasteful, find a co-worker, friend or family member to split that treat/snack/goodie with. Not only is sharing good for your waistline but can bring a smile to someone’s face. If you don’t have someone to share it with – toss it! It is better to waste things once in a while than to go ahead and eat the whole thing (isn’t that what got us into trouble in the first place? portions!) Hopefully next time you’ll stop and think about whether or not you want that whole snack if there is no one to share with.
I’ve discovered a surprising place that stocks fresh fruit and vegetables in individual packages, string cheese and even yogurt – Royal Farms! Most convenience stores attached to gas stations seem to only stock sweet treats and fatty snacks so I was very surprised to find that Royal Farms also had healthy alternatives.
This is great for a quick snack while you are gassing up your car but what if you really need a full meal? I would recommend if you have a smartphone that you either access the site Dotti’s Weight Loss Zone or download the app (for Android and iPhone). Practically every restaurant is listed and they have calculated the Point Plus value for items on the menu. This helps making a decision as to which restaurant to eat in as well as what food to eat a whole lot less stressful when you are on the go!
Ever crave a particular food but just don’t want to use your points for it? Here are a few food suggestions that will help you get the salty, fatty, sweet, etc. goodness you are craving without having to use up lots of points.
Mentioned at a meeting one week by a member – Skinny Fries available at Trader Joe’s. 65 “fries” for only 3 points. I like that if I halve my portion I still have plenty of salty snack goodness with even fewer points.
I discovered this at the grocery store the other day – Special K Cracker Chips (in sea salt or sour cream and onion). 30 chips for 3 points. They taste pretty good and give you that potato chip feeling/flavor without all the fat, calories or points.
Also Special K Multi-Grain Crackers – 24 crackers for 3 points. They work really well with a fresh apple and the apple doesn’t cost you any points. Or if you want to add my next ingredient, only add 1 more point to your snack.
I love cheese. I love mayonnaise. I’ve found that switching to Laughing Cow Light Wedges I can get both the cheese I crave and the fattiness from the mayo without using a lot of points. When I make my wraps instead of mayo or cheese I can spread 2 wedges of Laughing Cow light and I only have to use 1 point! It comes in oh so many flavors – original swiss, garlic and herb, blue cheese, French onion, mozzarella sun-dried tomato and basil, and queso fresco and chipotle. You are sure to find one you like. I don’t miss mayo anymore now that I have Laughing Cow.
Bagels – who doesn’t love bagels? I sure do but don’t love the points they cost me. In comes Nature’s Own Bagel Thins (in cinnamon raisin, original and whole wheat). 3 points! Add some Egg Beaters and fresh tomato for a yummy low point but filling breakfast. A member mentioned at our meeting this past weekend that Einstein Brother’s also has a thin bagel and can add egg whites to it for a yummy low point breakfast. I think she said you have to ask because it’ may not be listed on the menu.
If I hear of any other good snack/food items that don’t break your points bank, I’ll be sure to come back and update this post.