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Struggling on 23 SPs(13 Posts)
Need some ideas please - am on day 4 of restarting, and today went 7 points over my daily of 23 - getting thoroughly fed up of eggs and bananas!
Thoughts and ideas welcomed!
I'm trying not to use my extra points, and stick to my dailies, but it's seriously hard!
Try to think of it as using free foods as the basis of all your meals and using SP to add to that. If you get hold of one if the cook books, or even an old pro points cook book and re calculate the points, it will give you loads if ideas. For example, (And I don't know if you're a neat eater or not) you could make a mixed bean chilli or a chilli using turkey mince, both of which would be free. You can then decide whether to use SP on brown rice to go with it, depending in how hungry you are and whether you want to 'spend' the points....
I will.post more when I have more time, but I am under my 23 most days (I like to add to my weeklies for wine at the weekend ) but that is my treat, so will be back with advice and suggestions
You could use eggs and bananas to make banana pancakes. Substitute beef mince for turkey mince as that is 0 points. Make 'chips' out of butternut squash, soups with beans or chickpeas added are really filling plus adding a small amount of chorizo to soups like this gives huge flavour for very few points. Convenience food wise, fish fingers are quite low in points or it's very easy to make your own. I like WW because I like cooking and I love trying the recipes and learning how to substitute things and tweak my own recipes. This evening I'm making Bobotie, a mince dish from the Flavours cook book and making a bean chilli to have in the week. I'll have banana pancakes for brunch and tuna salad for lunch. With 2 points for milk for coffees and 2 points for salad dressing that will put me at just 12 points, so plenty left over for any snacks this evening or wine. By the way, hoola hoops puft are lovely and just 2 SP. More often than not, I carry over 4 SP every day and add it to my weeklies. I'll post anything else that comes to mind
as BlueSheep said it's relatively easy to stay under the 23 points if you cook the receipes.
I tend to batch cook at weekend's or if the weather is lovely we BBQ - usually I skip the bread & go for Heck chicken sausages which are only 1 point for 2 sausages, make up a nice salad, chicken skewers (0 point) & my favourite is a nice big piece of salmon or any fish wrapped up in some swiss chard leaves then wrapped in foil & chucked on the BBQ (0 points)
Can you post an example of your day? I've done WW's over 27 years on and off and it changes all the time so it is a bit of a minefield. However, this time I am finding it OK on the blue plan. Some days even struggling to eat them all, or have wine. I am using a lot of zero points and am not hungry at all.
which colour plan are you on? I get 30 on green which i think is the minimum but i am hungry nearly all the time (I drink 3 litres of water a day and about 10 portions of fruit & veg). I swear I'm going to look like a chicken breast if i do another month of this!
I eat my breakfast as late as I can (which with working from home isnt too hard). I eat quite a lot of pulses which are filling but no points. And have Ryvita or rice cakes instead of bread. I have to admit though, I am eating a lot of bananas and eggs too...
Just started today on Purple, although I'm a bit of a WW old hand so it's not new to me.
Had a Kvarg coconut yoghurt with apple and strawberries for brekkie (2)
Salmon fillet, new potatoes, peas for lunch (0)
Whole-wheat pasta, tuna, sweetcorn in mayo for tea (1)
Then I had a piece of tiffin for pudding (9)
So still 4 points left which I'll keep for my day off.
Agree with PP, plan your meals around free foods, try out different types of carb e.g. farro, bulgur wheat, quinoa, use plenty of flavourings, drink lots. I also tend to plan 5 days where the protein is chicken / fish / seafood / veggie and then push the boat out with red meat on one on-plan day and maybe also on my day off (but that's usually pizza or curry!!)
I'm on blue and the points are a bit different to purple - i was excited when I saw pasta, tuna and sweetcorn is only 1 point (it's more on blue which is very sad, as I do love it!!).
I'm struggling to be inspired for easy, quick lunches that don't comprise just of salad and an egg....if anyone has any ideas i'd love to hear them
Red lentil and butternut squash Dahl is a nice filling lunch.
Fry a large diced onion in 1.5 tbs oil until soft. Add 2 finely chopped garlic cloves and fry another couple of minutes. Add an inch cubed butternut squash, 2 tbs ground coriander, 2tbs turmeric, 2 tbs medium hot curry powder, 1/2 tbs chilli sauce..combine and cook for a minute.
Cover with stock. Simmer 10 mins. Add 10oz red lentils. Simmer 20 m or so more topping up with stock/water as needed to just cover until lentils and squash are soft
Mash a bit to break up the squash
Makes 8 or so lunches
Only count the oil 1.5tbs=7SP so 1 per portion
Use Frylight if you want it to be free (I can't stand the stuff)
with eg ww crackers/paprika crisps/mini pitta/2 rice cakes (2 SP)