Yesterday I woke up feeling really sick. Runny nose, sore throat, itchy ears, achy, sneezing, gross. Stay away.
I ended up taking a sick day from work, but even though I was feeling pretty ill, my appetite remained pretty normal. I know a lot of people don’t have much of an appetite when they’re sick or in the summer heat, or so I hear, but that never happens to me. Rather than sulk all day, I decided it would be a good take to take photos of everything I ate so that you can see how I use my 29 pts+ to the fullest.
Even if you’re not a WWer, I think it’s good to see how following the WW plan really does NOT (have to) leave you deprived at all. The following was my 29 pt+ day, which is “weight loss mode.” I’ve been aiming to eat 29 pts+ on most regular days when I don’t have extra stuff going on (happy hour, work parties, etc). You can read about my reasons for doing this here, even though I’m technically in maintenance mode.
Yesterday started off with a staple breakfast for me at 9:30am:
A toasted bagel thin (3 pts+) with 20 grams peanut flour (2 pts+) mixed with water and stevia to make peanut butter, plus a sliced banana (0 pts+). I normally have this same combo with a whole wheat English muffin a few times a week, but I have bagel thins in my freezer I’m trying to use up! I also had a huge mug of English breakfast tea with lemon, but my normal morning beverage is coffee.
At 11:30am, I had a small snack:
A super juicy peach (0 pts+).
Then, it was time for lunch around 12:30ish. Since I wasn’t feeling so hot Monday night, I didn’t get around to making the collard wraps, but it’s so simple that I decided to make the wraps for lunch yesterday instead. I blended up 1/2 cup chickpeas (3 pts+) with 1 tsp olive oil (1 pt+), garlic, lemon juice, salt, and a touch of water to make a homemade hummus, and divided that mixture between 3 wraps with extra spinach and tomato.
Three wraps for 4 pts+ total – not bad! I also had a smoothie:
With 1 cup skim milk (2 pts), half a frozen banana, a handful of frozen strawberries, a handful of baby spinach, and 1 packet of stevia. I also added 1/4 cup water while it was blending because it needed more liquid, but the smoothie ending up being 2pts+ total.
Yum. Wish I could eat lunch at home more often.
Around 3:15, it was time for a snack.
100 calorie mini bag of popcorn (3 pts+). These were on sale for $2/box and I couldn’t resist…
Dinner was around 6:45/7:00pm, and I started off with two cups of potato leek soup from my freezer that I made a few months ago.
Topped with a little ground pepper, and this bowl was 4 pts+ total.
I had a hankering for mac and cheese, so I decided to do some digging in my pantry/freezer and come up with something to fill the void.
I’m not sure exactly what to call it, but I cooked up two servings of orzo (from the pantry), added in cauliflower (freezer), tomatoes, basil (freezer), garlic (freezer), and some salt and pepper. I added in 1 oz of part-skim shredded mozzarella, divided it between two casseroles, and put it into the oven to bake. It turned out DELICIOUS.
8 pts+ total because I added 1 tbsp panko crumbs (1 pt+) and extra cheese (1 pt+) to that one. I’m looking forward to leftovers for lunch!
Dessert was a frozen strawberry fruit bar from Whole Foods.
These are SO good, and just 3 pts+ each. That rounded out my 29 pts+ perfectly!
Here’s the breakdown:
- Breakfast: 5 pts+
- Lunch: 6 pts+
- Snack: 3 pts+
- Dinner: 12 pts+
- Dessert: 3 pts+
- Total: 29pts+
While I would say these eats are pretty standard, my lunches and dinners do tend to change a lot so there’s not really a “typical” day for me. I am pretty boring with breakfasts – what you see above, greek yogurt, smoothies, or oats – but lunches and dinners change up daily and I don’t repeat things too often to keep it interesting.