So, I am officially on the Simply Filling plan. I will explain more but first I must explain an accomplishment I had yesterday. Yesterday was Employee Appreciation at work (probably our last because we’re moving next month) and there were pancakes, muffins, potatoes, breakfast sandwiches, and probably other stuff from Mimi’s. I must tell you I LOVE their muffins, and I freeking LOVE PANCAKES! I didn’t take anything. I made myself a smoothie and that was my breakfast! My aunt had a spare blender that she gave to me, so I can make smoothies at home now among other things!
I mixed 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup 1% milk, 1 packet coconut smoothie mix from Weight Watchers, and a couple of scoops of ice. It was really good. I like this strawberry/coconut flavor it had. It did cost me 2 Points Plus in the end because it wasn’t fat free milk, but that’s okay. I get 49 a week plus any extra that I earn from exercise.
Today, I made a smoothie with a can of crushed pineapple in juice (note to self, add only 1/2 of the can instead of the WHOLE CAN!!! It makes too much!), 1 cup of 0% plain Greek yogurt, 1 packet coconut smoothie mix, 1 scoop of ice, and two packets of Splenda to cut the tart of the pineapple and yogurt.
Okay so simply filling… The Simply Filling plan is like the old Core plan Weight Watchers had when I first started up in 2005, just a little less strict (they don’t limit the amount of grains you can have). In a nut shell, you can eat all of the fruits, vegetables, whole grains (only light whole grain breads), lean meats and fish, beans and legumes, etc, that you want until you are SATISFIED. I’m still trying to figure out, so I’m no expert or anything.
Basically, if you are on Weight Watchers, it’s any food that has a green triangle by it. The Power foods… But, here’s a list of what I found. If you’re not sure, just look it up.
- All fresh, frozen, or canned without added sugar
- Fruit canned in its own juice (drained)
- Fruit salad — mixed fruits with no added sugar
- Most fresh, frozen or canned without added sugar or oil
- Potatoes — white, red, sweet
Avocados are not a Power Food.
- Brown and wild rice
- Hot cereals, cooked — without added sugar, dried fruits, or nuts
- 100% bran
- Cream of rice
- Cream of wheat
- Pasta, whole-wheat or other whole-grain varieties
- Popcorn, air-popped, or 94% fat-free microwave-popped
- Whole-grain, ready-to-eat cereals without added sugar, dried fruits or nuts, and with 4g of fiber or more per serving
- Whole-grains such as:
- Cornmeal (polenta)
- Whole-wheat couscous
Non-Fat Dairy and Dairy Substitutes
- Fat-free cheeses, including fat-free cottage cheese
- Fat-free milk and beverages made with fat-free milk, such as cappuccino or latte, as long as it’s sugar-free
- Yogurt, fat-free, plain or flavored with artificial sweetener
- Fat-free sour cream
- Soy products, unflavored and plain, such as:
- Calcium-fortified soy milk
- Unflavored soy milk
- Fat-free soy cheese
- Plain soy yogurt
Lean proteins (see food list for specific cuts and grinds)
- Beef, chicken, lamb, pork, turkey, veal: lean, trimmed, all skin removed
- Dried beans, including canned black, cannellini, kidney, refried, and white
- Dried peas, including black-eyed peas and split peas
- Eggs: Whole, whites, and fat-free substitute
- Game meats, including buffalo, elk, ostrich and venison
- Meat substitutes, including tofu and vegetarian burgers
- Most fish and shellfish: fresh, frozen, and canned
- Organ meats from beef, lamb, pork, veal, and poultry
- Light English muffins
- Light hot dog and hamburger rolls
- Reduced-calorie (light) breads (whole grains are the best choice)
- Broth, onion, and some broth- and tomato-based vegetable soups
- Sugar-free gelatin
- Coffee (without sugar)
- Tea (without sugar)
- Diet soda
- Club soda
- Seltzer (plain or flavored, unsweetened)
Seasonings and condiments
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Cocktail sauce
- Fat-free salad dressings
- Fat-free margarine
- Fat-free mayonnaise
- Hot sauce (peppersauce)
- Lemon juice
- Lime juice
- Nonstick cooking or baking spray
- Salsa (fat-free)
- Soy sauce (shoyu)
- Steak sauce
- Sugar substitutes
- Taco sauce
- Teriyaki sauce
- Worcestershire Sauce
Include 2 tsp each day without counting PointsPlus values. Use your weekly PointsPlus Allowance for any additional oil.
- Olive oil
- Canola oil
- Safflower oil
- Sunflower oil
- Flaxseed oil
What’s not included on the Power Foods list
- Processed meats, such as:
- Hot dogs
- Luncheon meats (other than fat-free)
- Fish or shellfish, canned, or packed in oil
- Meats, poultry or fish with breading or added fat
- Dried fruits
- Fruit juices
- Vegetable juices
- Vegetables prepared with ingredients that are not Weight Watchers Power Foods, (for example, corn in butter sauce, dried tomatoes packed in oil)
- French fries
- Sweet pickles
The whole article can be found here.
So, about that hint of what I might be doing in a couple of weeks… Well, it’s official. We are taking a road trip of sorts to LA. We will be leaving a week from tomorrow after work to go to Fresno for the annual gigantic garage sale. Sunday, we’ll leave to drive down to San Luis Obispo/Morro Bay for the night so Nick can see Cal Poly. I think I mentioned that he was accepted there and he’s still thinking about it, so he wants to see the campus. We might go on a Hearst Castle tour if we have time too.
Monday is my mom’s birthday, and we’ll bring her out to dinner that night, but we are also driving down to our next destination, and I’m sure you’ve figured out that YES we’re going to DISNEYLAND. For three days, but still! We’ll go into the parks Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, then Saturday morning we’ll spend a couple of days with my cousin who lives in Santa Monica, then drive back home Memorial Day.
I’m so excited!!!! And, I know it makes me look like a big fat nerd but I don’t care!
Anyway, since it’s so close, I should probably think about, you know…. Finishing last year’s Disney trip… Just a thought… I will be sure to get on that and my goal is to get it finished by the time we go. I also need to recap our trips to Tahoe and last Thanksgiving to Carmel… Wow, I’m SO bad!