Costco, Trader Joe’s and Other Various Food Finds

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I’m still busy as hell but thought I’d drop a quick post with some new food finds!  You can click here to see all my posts about various food finds I’ve had

Costco Food Finds:

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All yogurt is not created equal in my eyes, and Fage is the BEST.  It is also EXPENSIVE. Costco has a 3 LB tub for $5.99 which really puts the price in line with regular yogurt you find at the regular grocery store! Score!

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I love these things on salad!  15 are 3 Smartpoints but totally worth it for me.  They also have these at Trader Joe’s, but Costco is much closer to me and I only do Trader Joe runs every other month or so.  It is nice to have another place where I can get these!

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Lemon Blueberry Breakfast Cake

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I love me some Blueberry and Lemon, and when I’m craving something sweet this is it for me!  You can make this in the oven or the Instant Pot and it’s super easy!  It is dense and very filling.

Ingredients:

3 Large Eggs
1 Cup Fage Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
2 Teaspoons Lemon Zest
1 1/2 Cup Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1Cup Stevia Baking Blend (I use Aldi’s zero calorie)
1 1/2 Frozen Blueberries

Optional (for oven preparation) 1 beaten egg for egg wash

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MIA

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So I have received a lot of very sweet messages asking about my whereabouts.  Some wanted to know if I was okay, some wanted to know if I fell off the wagon, and some wanted to know if I fell off the Earth.

I’m still here y’all!  Sundays are blog days.  I write all my blog posts on Sunday and schedule them to post during the week.  I’ve been working a lot of Sundays lately, and the ones I haven’t have been filled with Birthdays and other special occasions.

It is also my meal prep day, so when I work or am busy that day something has to give – and unfortunately my choice has to be the blog, because if I don’t meal prep this weight is going to come back with a vengeance.  This much I know.

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A 25 Point Day – Get Into the Groove

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So this whole #WeightWatchersFreestyle thing is taking some getting used to, but I’m digging it.  I still have to find my sweet spot – where I don’t gain or lose, but it’s an adventure.  Right now I get 25 Smartpoints on maintenance.

I really like healthy food.  Like if I had someone to prepare all my food for me probably 90% of the time I would ask for vegetables.  I LOVE THEM.  I realize this makes things easier for me, but I’m finding that with all the free food it is easy to overeat, and you can overeat on healthy stuff too.

I’m getting into the groove of it though, and I’ll figure it out!

Breakfast – 0 Smartpoints

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2 hard boiled eggs

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Salisbury Steak – Instant Pot or Stovetop

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I’ve been playing around with this recipe for awhile now, and I finally got it.  I wanted to lower the Smarpoints without compromising the taste, and I think this turned out delicious.  The steak is 4 Smartpoints and depending how much mushroom sauce you use it can be 0 Smartpoints.  I’ve added a point for it for all the strict strict people out there (like me).

This recipe doubles well, and also freezes well.  I doubled it and formed 8 patties.  I took 4 of them and wrapped them in parchment paper and placed them in a ziptop freezer bag.  They are all ready for when I am running late and don’t know what to cook.

If you are using the Instant Pot to make this you can also make a starch using the Pot – in – Pot method.

Recipe for 4 servings (can be doubled)

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What Kelly Does

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2017 has definitely been a great year for me.  I’ve lost and maintained a 65 pound loss, putting me in a healthy weight range for the first time in a long time.  Here’s how I did it.

I wish I could tell you it was easy.  I wish I could tell you that I found this pill, this diet, this wrap that made it all go away and let me eat as much as I want.

That’s not real life.  It actually wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, especially as I got close to my goal, but believe me there were challenging things along the way.

There are still challenging things. There always will be, and I’ve come to terms with that.

So for the official first day of 2018 I’ve decided to do a round up of my blog and answer the most asked questions I get about my weight loss.

Now I know some of you may be doing a great big eye roll and thinking “she does Weight Watchers”.  Yes I do, but that is just my method of controlling my portion sizes.  I think I have a lot of valuable information for anyone trying to lose weight, you diet snob. 🙂

What is your number one piece of advice to someone who is trying to lose weight?

Clean your kitchen.  Seriously.  If you dirty a dish, wash the dish. Dry the dish.  Put the dish away.

How many times have you come home, set to cook dinner, but the kitchen is a wreck and you say screw it?  I know it used to happen to me all the time. I’m not a hoarder or anything, but I’m busy.  And tired.  I used to slack, for sure.

Not anymore.  It is so much easier to cook when I get off work when I don’t have to pick up clutter or empty the dish washer.  It is amazing how fast 15 minutes of extra work can derail all your plans and send you to calling for pizza.

How much water do you drink?

I’m really lucky on this one.  I do not like pop, or soda, or coke,or whatever you call it where you live.  I pretty much drink two things – water and coffee.  Do I drink like half my body weight in water?  No.  I simply drink when I’m thirsty.

One thing I do try to always do is drink a glass before I eat.  Every. Time.

Are you low carb/gluten free/only eat red food on Mondays?

I do follow the Weight Watcher plan.  It works for me, and you need to find what works for you.  I’m not so arrogant that I think WW is THE diet plan.  Not all people will like it.

It is the plan that my Doctor recommends, and that’s good enough for me.

One thing I do know:  You best pick one that you can do forever, that you can live with.  It doesn’t just “end”.  You don’t get to be done and go back to what you did before.

I mean I went low carb once.  It was the worst 7 hours of my life.

I need choices.  I need a cookie once in awhile.  Ice cream, for the love of GOD I need to have ice cream.

I’ve downloaded meal plans.  I’ve taken pills that made me feel like I was going to have a heart attack.  I’ve Pinned 9 million healthy meals that someone else ate to lose weight.

If you aren’t going to do it, it’s not going to work.  Find what works for you, and will work for you in the long haul.

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Spicy 3 Bean Chicken Stew

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Hello fellow freestylers!  Are you excited about the new program?  I’m going to go more into my thoughts on in on the weekly weigh-in post, but I wanted to post this today to help all of you that need a fast and easy 0 Smartpoint dish!

Now I do have to warn you, the chicken broth has a point if you eat the whole thing.  I’d love the meet the person who could, because after eating just a bowl of this for lunch I could barely eat dinner.

It’s warm, filling, and definitely feels like comfort food!

Ingredients:

2 Cans Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Can Kidney Beans(be sure to get the kind without sauce), drained and rinsed
1 Can Corn

1 Medium Yellow Onion, chopped
3 Celery stalks, diced

1 Tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
2 Teaspoons Chili Powder
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

3 Teaspoons Better than Bouillon Chicken base mixed with 3 cups water

1 1/2 Pounds Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, halfed if they are really large

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