This post was created as part of a relationship in which I was sponsored by Weight Watchers and given a free three month subscription to try their new Personal Coaching product and write about my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own. #WeightWatchers #WWsponsored
How are you doing on your New Years Goals? As you know I began my journey right before Christmas, trying to reclaim my health, lose a little weight and to have more energy and feel better. So I have been using Weight Watchers to reach these goals. It has been a great journey thus far. First beginning a fresh start. And then experiencing the amazing personal coaching from Weight watchers. And the food! There is no gimmick or secret. It’s simply eating great food and making sure you keep within your allotted points. I mean, I can even enjoy amazing apple fritters and still be on plan! How awesome is that? I’ll be sharing my apple fritters recipe with you in a bit so don’t go anywhere.
But first I want to share some of my experiences. It’s not all easy. I mean, it does take some getting used to. I can’t just mindlessly eat anymore.
It has really made me conscious of what I eat. I don’t just sit and do an automated hand to mouth motion anymore. I consciously decide if I am hungry or not. If not, then I don’t eat. If it is just a craving, I take time to think about WHY I’m craving. Am I hungry or is it nerves?
Because frankly, I like my food. I’m such a foodie. And I want to make sure I have enough points left for the delicious food I make for dinner. So I’m conscious on how I spend my points in the day. So instead of splurging on candy in the day, when I want something sweet I reach for a yogurt instead. Only 2 points plus.
I have not stopped at a fast food restaurant for lunch since I started. That is HUGE. I used to stop at Fast Food maybe 3-4 times a week before. But now, it takes almost my entire day’s worth of points plus to eat one unsatisfying meal at a fast food place. So I really have taken time to reflect on what is really important to me. Do I want those fries now and have to starve the rest of the day? Or do I want to indulge in a little chocolate after my dinner tonight? I always choose the dinner and chocolate.
I have also been enjoying my personal coaching. I have access to someone who has gone through the same journey I am going through now. On my last session with my personal coach she answered a few of my questions and helped me focus on areas that I feel I need to improve.
One of my questions had to deal with the mobile app. Which I still seriously love. I use the mobile app ALL THE TIME to track my foods. I scan foods and it makes it so easy. And for dinners, I get online and use the recipe builder to get the points plus values for the foods I cook from scratch.
But back on topic…I had a question. I noticed these cool green triangles on the app next to the foods I tracked. I asked my coach about that. And the answer is so exciting!
Those are considered Power foods! Meaning they are the best choice in the category of food (ie Fruits, proteins, vegetables, grains) that you can choose to eat. The power foods have the least of the unwanted nutrients, and the most of the nutrients you DO want.
(Don’t freak out about the incomplete meals in the picture, I hadn’t finished putting in all the foods for the day, but it lets you see the green triangles in the app!)
Power foods offer the highest sustainability in keeping you fuller longer. No wonder I’ve been feeling so great! I have discovered I’ve been eating a lot of power foods. And I really can feel a difference when I eat a lot of power foods versus when I don’t.
I also discussed with my personal coach my struggles with Breakfast. It was easy when we were all in holiday break. I didn’t have a schedule to stick to. I could take time to make a long breakfast. But with school back in and me back to work, I found myself skipping breakfast again and that was not helping.
We discussed the need to take a moment to take care of me, so I have the energy and brain power to take care of everyone else. So we set up a game plan so I wouldn’t miss breakfast again. This has always been my hardest meal of the day. I don’t like eating too early in the morning. But we set up a plan to make it work.
And I mean really, how many plans let you enjoy bacon and eggs in the morning and still be on plan?
Why yes, that is what I often eat for breakfast. And it is GOOD!
You all know I’m such a foodie! And because of the food choices, is why I think Weight Watchers is so effective and versatile to help anyone! You use real food. Real food that you actually like! Food that you adore! Food you cook. You learn how to cook for yourself in a better way. You learn proper portions. And at the same time you don’t feel deprived because yes, you can have that piece of chocolate or that bacon that you miss.
So do you have to give up all your food vices with Weight Watchers? No. You all know my obsession with Dr Pepper. Have I given it up? Oh goodness no! I love the stuff. But I have learned a little thing called “moderation”. I know what a concept right? Instead of 3 20 oz bottles a day to fuel me because I binge on fast food when I’m running late or don’t eat at all because I’m working through lunch. No. Now I’m taking time out to ensure I get proper meals. And I enjoy a nice 12 oz can maybe 2-4 days a week.
My other vice, Popcorn! Now you wouldn’t think this a bad one right? Unless like before you can sit and eat 4 quarts of it on your own. How embarrassing to admit that! But it’s true. It’s my vice. Dr Pepper and Popcorn. Throw in chocolate and I’m one happy woman. But I’ve learned to portion better. If I want to enjoy that Dr Pepper with the popcorn then I have to cut back on the amount of popcorn I eat. So now I measure it out.
I can still enjoy the foods I love but with a moderate portion.
Apple Fritters Pancake Recipe
And speaking of food! I promised you an Apple Fritter recipe! This is one that I cook for my entire family. If you are cooking it for just you, or just 2; go ahead and cut it in half.
I made this apple fritter recipe over Christmas break. My kids loved it so much they ask for it all the time now. So I am going through apples like they are candy. But I don’t mind. It is quite delicious and rather filling too!
Basically you mix up the batter by combing the dry ingredients. Then adding in the wet.
Then mix. It will be the consistency of crepe batter. Very runny.
Then shred up the apples. You can peal them or leave the skins on. Your choice. But definitely remove the core.
You can shred by hand or with a grater. Basically you want small thin bits of apples to go in the batter.
Then gently fold the apples into the batter.
Next heat up a griddle and very lightly spray with coconut oil. And I mean lightly. It doesn’t need much, just a light spritzing.
Spoon the batter onto the griddle in 16 even portions. Well, obviously you can’t get 16 portions on the griddle at once, so try to keep the portions all the same do the best you can to get 16 apple fritters pancakes.
Now you will notice the batter starts to run. That’s normal. So space the fritters apart. And you will need to help spread the apple shreds once you dish out the batter onto the griddle, or else all the apples will be clustered in the center.
Cook for a few minutes until the underside is golden and the top is not a runny liquid any longer. Then flip.
Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the other side is golden.
Then remove and top with a very light dusting of powdered sugar.
You can also top with other fruit if you would like, as those are 0 point foods and you can add as many of those on top as you want without changing the points plus value.
My kids eat these apple fritters pancakes like they are candy. And they are now one of the most requested meals we have in our house.
See, you don’t have to give up great tasting food to get healthier with Weight Watchers. Being such a foodie, I am loving the amazing flavors I can create and enjoy and still remain within my Weight Watchers Points Plus allotment for the day. And yes I am losing weight eating all these goodies!
Plus the personal coaching offers me a perspective from someone who has been in my shoes and can help keep me accountable and find away around the pitfalls I often stumble on when I try to get healthier.
- 1 cup white flour
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 4 large eggs
- ½ cup fat free milk
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoon powdered sugar
- 3-4 medium or large Fuji apples
- Combine flour, sugar and salt in a bowl
- add in eggs, milk and vanilla
- mix until very smooth and runny consistency
- skin, pit and shred up the apples
- fold in the apples into the batter
- very lightly spray a cooking griddle with coconut oil
- spoon batter onto griddle in 16 even portions and cook like pancakes
- Flip and cook another few minutes to ensure center is cooked through and apples are softened.
- Top with a light dusting of powdered sugar
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