Watching “What I eat in a Day Videos” is a favorite pastime of mine. If I’m working out, that’s usually what I’m watching on You Tube. Seeing how people – especially those who have lost weight or on a weight loss journey navigate their day – I get so many ideas!
On my Instagram @jenncooks I asked in my stories if you guys would be interested in me posting more of what I eat in a day and 99% of you said yes!
Having this blog to do that will be much easier since I have more room to write!
Let’s get started with a few things. For those of you who don’t know me or are new to my page. I’m currently following the Weight Watchers program. Weight Watchers has been part of my life for over 20 years.
This year Weight Watchers came up with their Personal Points program – everyone is different depending on the foods you like. For me, I think this has been the best program yet. Once you join, you take an assessment of about 10 questions and it will give you how many points you get AND how may weekly points you get.
I took the assessent several times before I landed on one that works for me.
The biggest thing I’ve changed in the last 6 weeks or so is that I don’t eat breakfast right off the bat. For the longest time – making a giant (point friendly!) breakfast was my jam. My twin sister Biz doesn’t eat right away and I decided to try it too.
Lots of questions poured in on Instagram – am I intermittent fasting? The answer is a resounding NO! No offense to people who DO like to live that lifestyle, but I don’t want any rules. If I wake up hungry – I will eat – if I’m not, I wait until my body says I’m hungry and that’s my first meal.
Typically I’ve been getting hungry around 11 a.m. If that’s my first meal, then I just have a snack mid afternoon, dinner and maybe a snack at night.
The points per day I get is 22 -however I can have up to 32 points a day and still be in the healthy eating zone according to Weight Watchers.
Let’s get into what I ate today!
What I ate Today!
The past few weeks, I’ve been getting up at 6:15 a.m. to walk for 2.5 miles with my husband. Our weather has been unseasonably cool – upper 50’s walking – which is amazing. We are lucky to have 2 paths near our house that we enjoy walking.
First Meal at 9:00 a.m.
Since I was hungry right off the bat this morning, I had a small piece of this amazing zucchini mini loaf my next door neighbor made for me. I counted my small slice as 4 points.
Lunch was around 1:00 p.m. I made “fried” tofu and green beans. I took half a brick of tofu, pressed it for about an hour before I was going to make it, cut it into triangles. The seasoning was salt, pepper, everything but the bagel seasoning and sesame seeds.
On my WW plan, I have tofu free! I cooked it 4 minutes a side in a skillet with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a few spritz of cooking spray. On the side I had a bag of green beans I bought at Aldi. My lunch was only 4 points!
As I mentioned before I normally will have a late afernoon snack around 4:00 p.m. For today’s snack I had a big fruit bowl with banana, apple, a few strawberries, and blackberries. I also added 2 tablespoons of PB2 peanut butter. So good!!
Since I am diabetic – I have to count points for fruit – this bowl is 6 Personal Points. I don’t mind though because fruit is amazing and great for you – and I’ve tested my blood sugar several hours after eating just fruit and it’s been perfect!
Chicken is something I make pretty often. It’s easy and my husband and I don’t eat a lot of red meat. But I have to make it fun sometimes. So homemade chicken nuggets for the win. You could air fry these, or bake them. I chose to bake them and they came out delicious!
Cut 2 large chicken breasts into bite sized chunks. Add to a Ziploc Bag with 1 tablespoon olive oil. In a separate Ziploc bag, add 1 cup panko bread crumbs, 1/2 cup flour, 2 tablespoons corn starch, salt, pepper and I added one tablespoon Chicago Steak and Chop Seasoning – you can buy it at Whole Foods, Mariano’s, Target, Walmart to name a few.
Add the chicken to the Ziploc with the Panko bread crumbs. Close and shake well. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Cook at 400 for 20 minutes. I did use the broiler for the last few minutes. Served with potato chips, carrots and celelry. My dinner came in at 12 Personal Points.
That’s my day! 25 points used – and several points earned for eating vegetables AND drinking water. I hope this helps with some ideas – I’ll definitely be sharing more. Definitely follow me on Instagram @jenncooks – I post recipes there and share in stories every day.
If you have any questions for me – please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.