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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Power Foods....Are you familiar with them?

Did you know that.......

.......a light multi grain English Muffin counts as a Weight Watchers power food?
Yip, It do. has.....
5 grams of protein and........
8 grams of fiber, and.......

It is 3 PPV.

Just a reminder. WW power foods are fruits and veggies, nonfat dairy, lean proteins and whole grains. These foods help you to feel fuller longer.

"Power foods are determined by both their ability to be filling (provide eating satisfaction, which keeps you fuller longer) and their impact on health (how their sugar, sodium, saturated fat, total fat, and/or fiber content stack up against that of similar foods)." Weight Watchers

If you fill your daily menu with Power Foods, you are certain to have success!

Protein is key for me in feeling fuller longer. I have been asked why I always eat egg whites.

One Egg has 6 grams of Protein and is 2 WW PPV.

Four Egg Whites have 16 grams of Protein and is only 1 WW PPV.

So.......because I eat eggs often, and I would like to keep my cholesterol at a healthy number, I choose egg whites most often.

I do, on occasion, enjoy a whole egg, and I do love the taste of the yolk.

Here is breakfast......

4 scrambled egg whites
1 slice Kraft 2% Reduced Fat Sharp Cheddar Cheese (torn into pieces)

Cover for just a sec.........

The best creamy and cheesy eggs ever!
And only 2 PPV!

I ate late.....around 9:30, and I knew I wouldn't be able to eat again until about 3:00, so I loaded up!

Toasted English Muffin with Pumpkin Butter (4 PPV)
Eggs and Cheese (2 PPV)
Pineapple and Banana (0 PPV)

Tons of food for 6 PPV!

I am working at the Food Truck, Beauty of the Bistro, on Wednesdays, and The Boom Boom Tacos are one of my favorites!

I brought them home today for lunch, then I disected them to see just how many PPV I thought they might be?

They are pulled pork, with slaw, salsa and a buttermilk yummy goodness on top. I may be over guessing a bit, but I am calling each taco 8 PPV.

I decided to not eat the tortillas, and dumped the best part into a bowl!
10 PPV

No regrets!

I don't know what happened for dinner, but I wasn't hungry. It was weird.

I shared some Green Giant veggies with Mike.

Then I thought I would try some Pineapple and cottage cheese........never had it together......won't have it again. I didn't hate it, I think I just prefer my cottage cheese with tomatoes and cucumber mixed in, rather than fruit.


I made the Pumpkin Poppers again. This time I tried really hard to take them from 3 PPV to 2 PPV.

I got them to 1 PPV!

This is the original recipe with my modifications in parentheses.

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/3 cup vegetable oil. (I used 1/3 C lite applesauce)
1/2 cup brown sugar (I used 1/4 C Splenda Brown Sugar)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup milk

For Coating
1 stick unsalted butter, melted (I used 2 Tablespoons)
2/3 cup sugar (I used 1/4 Cup of sugar)
2 tbsp. cinnamon (I reduced this to taste since I used less sugar)

Preheat oven to 350 F and spray mini muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and spices in a bowl and whisk until combine.

In another bowl, mix oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin, and milk. Pour in flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fill mini muffin tins until almost full and bake 10-12 minutes.

(I do not follow the instructions below. I barely dipped the top in melted butter, then lightly dip it in the cinnamon/sugar.)

Melt butter in small bowl. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a separate small bowl. After popper cool for a few minutes, dip them in the butter and roll them in the sugar mixture. Enjoy. :)

1 Pumpkin Popper = 1 PPV!

Combine Dry Ingredients....

Combine wet ingredients.....

Mix together!

The original recipe....I think.....calls for 24 mini muffins, but I stretched it into 30 mini muffins.

Let them cool and dip away........but just a tiny dip!

Aren't they cute?

I actually melted 3 Tablespoons of butter, but poured out what was left over into a Tablespoon, and there was extra!

I think they taste great!

Perfect Fall Treat!

I had to freeze some so I don't eat them all............

Refresh...I can eat 26 points a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise.
I have an allowance of 49 points that I can dip into if I chose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.

The food I ate today and it's PPV.

Breakfast = 6
Lunch = 10
Snack....(poppers) = 4
Dinner = 4

Total = 24

Activity Points Earned Today = 0
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 26
How many glasses of water I drank today = 12

"love the life you live, live the life you love"


  1. I could not agree with you more! I am all about power foods (and simply filling) I just feel better when I am eating lean protein!! I do feel full longer! I think back to the days where, for breakfast, I would have 3 pieces of texas toast made into cheese toast with lots of butter and 1 piece of texas toast made into cinnamon toast, again with lots of butter!! I would eat all that and be "hungry" a short while later!! Crazy!

  2. Now all I can think about is TOAST! I do love it! :) Toast with Pumpkin Butter, Cinnamon Sugar Toast, Peanut Butter and Banana Toast, French Toast............