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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Changing it up. Again

When I started on the Weight Watchers PointsPlus program I had a daily points target of 49 - which seemed like a lot at the time.  Actually, now that I think about that number it still seems like a lot!  I remember eating and (more likely) drinking whatever I wanted.  As I lost weight I lost daily points and now I'm all the way down to 26 points.  I've bounced around between 26-28 points for a couple of months now trying to figure out how/what to eat to stay satisfied without going over my daily target.  Back when I started I had so many points that eating my weekly and/or activity points seemed excessive so I didn't and I still try not to, but that is just me.  To do that I was really relying on the free fresh fruits/vegetables.  However, I generally still felt hungry.  Hungry between meals, hungry even after a meal.  Seriously, this can't be normal.

So I started adding more protein to practically everything I ate.  Instead of just eating fruit as a mid-morning snack I started eating fruit with some lean protein.  Same for the mid-afternoon snack and even my post-dinner snack/desert.  Everything has to have a protein.  It seems to be working because I don't feel quite so "pull your hair my hair out because I'm so freaking hungry" all the time, which is nice.  For me and those around me.  Some of my current favorite proteins to add to snacks:

  • Dried venison (seriously this is DELICIOUS)
  • String cheese
  • Yogurt - preferably Greek
  • Better 'n Peanut Butter
  • belVita biscuits
In fact, one of my all time favorite snacks is:
  • 2 Tbsp Better 'n Peanut Butter Chocolate
  • 2 Tbsp Fat Free Cool Whip
  • 10 grams of Honey Maid Li'l Grahams
  • Apple
  • Banana
I mix the peanut butter and the cool whip in a small bowl and use it as a dip for the graham crackers and fruit.  It is delicious and can be as big/small of a snack/meal as you  need it to be depending on what you pair with it.

What is your favorite snack?

4 comments:

  1. I didn't know those belvita biscuits had protein. Huh.

    OMG, love me some better n peanut butter. Haven't tried the flavored ones though. But now I also get ProteinPlus Peanut Flour (through amazon or netrition), which is basically unsweetened PB2. It's 3 pts for 1/4 cup. Add stevia, splenda, truvia or some sort of low cal sweetener and water to get my even less sodium, sugar & cals... mix it with water to desired consistency to be like peanut butter or like dip. I do end up adding a little salt to it though. Not gonna lie. Oh, and sometimes I add some chocolate protein powder and make it a choc/PB dip for apples.

    Otherwise, I have a smoothie with protein powder in it almost ever morning, and string cheese and hard boiled eggs for protein snacks.

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    1. They contain about 3-4 grams of protein. Not enough but definitely something to get me through to the next meal. They also have good carbs and fiber so they are filling and they seem to stick with me for a while.

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  2. Not very familiar with WW but I've been learning the goodness of protein.

    If my WI this week sucks I'll be changing up some stuff too

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    1. What do you plan to change? I'm always curious what other people change to see if it's something that I should change or consider changing

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