Easy Avocado Tuna Salad Sandwich for One
Oh man, this was yummy! So, Jeremiah is gone for the week and, as per usual, I was struggling with an easy meal idea that is just one serving. This sandwich definitely fit the bill perfectly! It took literally about 5 minutes to put together, was really healthy, and very filling. But most importantly, it tasted awesome!
- one 5 ounce can of tuna packed in water (I used the no salt Trader Joe’s version)
- 1/2 avocado (I weighed mine and it came to 2.5 ounces)
- juice of one lime
- pinch of salt
That. Is. It!
Throw them in a bowl and mix it all up! The avocado makes it nice and creamy so there is no need for mayo. And the lime juice adds a nice tangy bite. I started with juice from half the lime but decided I wanted more zest!
You could eat this plain, add it to a salad, or make a sandwich out of it. I served mine on two pieces of Trader Joe’s Sprouted Whole Wheat bread and it was great. I wished I had some cucumbers or lettuce to add a bit of crunch to the sandwich, but it was still tasty. And of course, you can double the recipe really easily if you are feeding more than one!
PointsPlus wise it was great. The whole sandwich, bread included, came to 8 PointsPlus. Without the bread it would have been 6 PointsPlus. I served it with 1/4 cup of hummus and a handful of veggies. A delicious, healthy and filling meal for just 12 PointsPlus!
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I’m so sorry for the quiet over the past week. Life has been pretty lifey lately but I’m still plugging away. I’m tracking and cooking a bit more….and even moving more. I actually got more Activity Points this past week than I did the week before that!
First, let’s chat about the weigh in. I maintained. Which really annoyed me. Four weeks in a row of maintaining. A lovely lady at my WW meeting was at the scale next to me and pointed out that at least I didn’t gain. She had a fair point, but I don’t want to just maintain. I
want need to be losing. I’m nowhere near a healthy weight and I need to get healthy.
My leader offered to take a look at my food journal next week and I’m going to take her up on that. I’m going to print it out next Tuesday and come in to the meeting early. Maybe a fresh set of eyes will help.
I am also going to focus this week on activity. We are in the middle of finals week at my school so the next two weeks we will be on break. I still have to work but it is much quieter and my hours are a bit different. So I’m going to get at least three runs in in the mornings before work. As well as Zumba and Boxing Circuits. I really want to succeed at Couch 2 5K and I won’t do that by running once a week. So I’m hoping that I can take the next two weeks to get a routine going that I can continue once the quarter starts back up again.
Speaking of work….that is what has been keeping me so busy lately. My boss is retiring tomorrow. She has been here for 23.5 years! I’m really sad to see her leave but excited for her retirement plans. The really exciting bit is that I’m getting promoted! I will be the Head Librarian as of Friday! Holy smokes! It is a lot more responsibility and but I’m excited for the challenge.
Also, look for a yummy recipe later on today! I had a super easy and delish dinner last night that I’m excited to share with you!
Well, I maintained. I mean, I was actually up 0.2 pounds, but I consider that a maintain. My total is now 57.4 again.
And do you know what this means? I NEED TO WORKOUT. The past two weeks I have had maintains and the past two weeks have been devoid of workouts. I’ve been eating pretty well, so obviously this is the reason. So, Friday I am going to do Zumba in the morning. I’m hoping I can do Zumba again on Saturday before my sister’s bridal shower. And I will do something on Monday or Tuesday. MUST. My WW leader gave me two bravo stickers preemptively so I at least have to earn those two stickers. Also, my ActiveLink has been severely below 100%.
I NEED TO GET MOTIVATED! I still have 8.6 pounds to go to reach my goal of losing 15 pounds before the end of August. I HAVE to do it.
This has been a post…..not really coherent, so I apologize.
Our scale decided to stop working a couple days ago. This is a problem for me. Usually I only weigh myself for the couple days leading up to weigh in day to give me an idea of what is coming. This week I have had none of that. The last time I weighed myself was four days ago and I was on point. Since then I have gone to two parties, had an over night and still tracked it all. I’m feeling super uneasy about tomorrow. I have zero idea what the scale will show which I really don’t like.
Then again, maybe I have become too dependent on it. Maybe I need this break to not focus so much on the numbers. I know I’m making progress which is something.
But gosh I hate the unknown.
Pardon my silence this weekend.
I headed out of town on Friday evening. I had a wake, dinner with my family and visiting with my best friend who had been in South Africa for a year.
Saturday I headed to central Illinois for two birthday parties! Yesterday my friend’s son celebrated turning two and today my other friend’s daughter is celebrating turning three. They live on a beautiful farm and it is so quiet and peaceful here. Love escaping from the city every once in a while!
I don’t know, does it count if the flashback is not of me? Oh well, I’m going with it! I posted this on my Facebook page this week and thought I would share it with you all as well!
Recently my sister discovered my doppelganger! She spotted this old photograph of my grandmother when she was a young girl still living in Greece. The photo was of the nine women in her family, ranging from her sisters to her great grandmother (who lived to be 114 btw!!). Anyway, my sister noticed that I looked very much like my grandmother. So my mom wanted me to take a similar photo to compare. And that is what we have here! I think our eyes, eyebrows and mouth are very similar. Our noses are different, and interestingly, my brother has her nose! My brother also got her long neck.
I have really enjoyed the comments this photo has received on Facebook! Some people have said we look like twins, some have said it was just really cool. One person actually thought the picture was of a young me taken at one of those vintage photo places!
My whole life people have told me that I remind them of my grandmother which I took as a huge compliment. But I never saw it. It wasn’t until I started losing weight and my face changed so much that I finally understood what they were talking about. I’m curious to see what other family members features appear as I lose more weight!
Breakfast Sandwich/Small Omelette
A few months back I placed an Amazon order and picked up a couple fun kitchen gadgets. It started with THIS microwave egg boiler, which I adore. It makes hard boiling eggs a breeze and I haven’t screwed them up yet! I also threw in THIS fun dealy, because why not?
And finally, I ordered THIS Personal Microwave Breakfast Maker. It was totally an impulse buy but I’m really glad I got it! I hadn’t been craving breakfast sandwiches lately and I love making my own omelettes. But this morning I decided to pull it out and give it a try.
I am really happy with how it turned out! It was super easy to use and clean and the eggs were cooked really well. It was a little bit too big for the bread, but it worked out fine. It very easily could have just been an omelette with a side of toast, but whatevs.
So, here is what I added to my 6 PointsPlus breakfast sandwich:
- 1 organic cage free egg and 1 egg white
- 1 Applegate turkey breakfast sausage link, cooked and cut up
- 1 ounce Trader Joe’s skim milk shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup baby spinach, torn up.
- dash of salt and pepper
- 2 slices Trader Joe’s Sprouted Wheat bread
I added all of the ingredients to the bowl of the device (hooray for no extra bowls!) and used a fork to break up the yolk and mix everything together. Then I closed the lid and microwaved it for about 1.5 minutes. While it was cooking I popped the bread in the toaster. By the time the eggs were done cooking and slightly cooled, the bread was toasted and I was able to flip the eggs onto the bread!
Overall I was pleasantly surprised at how well this handy device worked. I was not expecting such light and fluffy eggs from the microwave! I also loved that the whole meal came together in about 5 minutes. Bonus for those days that I’m running late and hustling in the morning!
I decided to really try and focus on trying new things for breakfast this week since it was the theme of WW this week! I’m brainstorming something yummy for tomorrow’s breakfast!
Are you trying any new breakfast options this week?
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Thai Chicken Skewers with AMAZING Peanut Sauce!
Last night I had Chris and Laurie over for dinner, and boy was it awesome. Emily from Emily Bites posted THIS recipe a couple weeks ago and I knew immediately I had to make it. I LOVE ordering chicken satay at Thai restaurants and this seemed very similar. Go check out this recipe ASAP…..you can thank me later!
Anyway, the recipe was super easy. I mixed up the marinade and cut up the chicken the night before. It was super flavorful by the time we grilled it up the following evening. The recipe Emily created called for four skewers of just chicken. I liked the idea of adding some veggies in as well, because I adore grilled veggies. So I split it up into 8 kabobs but the amount of chicken was total to the one kabob the recipe calls for. Does that make sense? I feel like I’m talking in circles.
ANYWAY! I put zucchini and broccoli on the skewers. Let me save you some time right now and DON’T USE BROCCOLI! IT got incredibly burned up and completely crisped. It tasted terrible! The zucchini, on the other hand, was delish. I like it when it gets some darkness because it gets a bit crispy.
The peanut sauce was seriously amazing. I wanted to drink it. But don’t worry, I didn’t. So, the recipe called for one tablespoon per serving. I knew right away that that was not going to be enough. So I doubled it. Then, after I had put all the ingredients away, I realized it probably STILL wasn’t enough. So I doubled it again. Yes, I made a quadruple recipe, and I’m really glad I did. I calculated that I ate about 3 PointsPlus worth of the sauce. I also love finding new ways to use PB2.
For the side dishes I went simple. I had stopped at Trader Joe’s right before so I was able to grab some easy, but healthy, options.
First, I bought their ready to eat green beans. They come washed and cleaned in a plastic bag. You just cut the corner and microwave for 4-6 minutes. Guys, I will be buying this all the time. They were perfectly cooked and super yummy. I’m hooked. I just lightly salted them and they were perfect.
I also wanted to serve brown rice but didn’t want to wait for the 45 minutes it takes to cook in the rice cooker. So I saw they sold packets of fully cooked rice (see packaging HERE) and figured I would give it a try. Wowza, this was awesome. All I had to do was cut the top off the package and microwave for 60 seconds. It was surprisingly great! It was the perfect size for the three of us to have about 1/2-3/4 cup each. And it tasted great! I added some of my peanut sauce into the rice which I always do at Thai restaurants. Yum-o.
Let’s break down the PointsPlus. The chicken came in at 5 PointsPlus plus 3 PointsPlus for the sauce. I had a half a cup of rice for 3 PointsPlus and the green beans were zero. This whole amazing meal was only 11 PointsPlus! I definitely plan on making this again soon. So yummy!
Well, after last week’s two pound lost I wasn’t expecting much this week. And true to form I weighed in .2 pounds less. I was hoping for a bit more than that but I’m just happy I didn’t gain. I also didn’t workout at all last week….hopefully I can change that this week! My total lost is 57.6.
Also, this week’s WW meeting was all about the importance of breakfast. I don’t know if you noticed this about me, but I LOVE breakfast food. L. O. V. E. It was great to hear what the other people in my meeting were having for breakfast and I got some great ideas that I am going to try! If you are interested, check out my breakfast posts HERE!
My current favorite breakfasts include:
Dinner from last night…..
Was nothing special. But it was easy to put together, healthy, and delicious. And when Jeremiah is on a business trip, those three are my key factors for dinner.
So let’s break it down:
- Two Trader Joe’s chile lime chicken burgers topped with leftover pico de gallo and one ounce (total) of skim milk mozzarella cheese.
- Baked sweet potato topped with 1T of reduced fat butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.
- Spinach salad with balsamic vinegar and 2 ounces shaved parmesan cheese.
- Tall glass of soda water!
I cooked the burgers on a skillet because grilling was too much work. After they were fully cooked I topped them with the pico and cheese, covered them, and let the cheese melt.
The meal came in at a total of 16 PointsPlus. The chicken burgers are 3 PointsPlus each or two for 7 PointsPlus. I weighed my sweet potato before cooking at in came in at 215 grams or 4 PointsPlus.
Again, this was quick, easy, and healthy. Plus it tasted great and filled me up….so double bonus!
Chocolate Cravings - My Go-To Choices
Oh man, I’m craving chocolate. This isn’t my first rodeo and I have learned ways to satisfy the craving without going bonkers. So I thought I would share my favorite pre-portioned snacks that only 3 PointsPlus each!
Chocolate Coconut Water - I’m obsessed with this stuff. I very rarely drink my points (aside from smoothies) but this is a major exception for me. I occasionally drink plain coconut water but for one more PointsPlus (this whole bottle comes in at 3 PointsPlus) I would rather have the chocolate! It is super hydrating and helps quench the chocolate craving all at the same time. Perfect.
Cocoa Roast Almonds - I’m a big fan of these almonds. So much, in fact, that I HAVE to buy them portioned out or I would eat the whole container. I have talked about them before on my Top 10 Snack Items and they are helping me today with my chocolate cravings. I love that the fill me up, give me energy and are super chocolatey!
Dove Dark Chocolate Promises - These have been my favorite go-to chocolate item since I started Weight Watchers. Again, with my portion control issues, these are perfect for me. They are 1 PointsPlus each and I usually have three. I like to make each one last three or four bites and the richness of the dark chocolate really leaves me satisfied.
What are your favorite chocolatey snacks that don’t break the Weight Watchers bank?
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Healthy French Toast
I was totally craving French Toast this morning but didn’t want a super high PointsPlus breakfast. So I found a way to make a single serving of a delicious low point adaptation! Of course you could always double the recipe for two, or quadruple it for four, but Jeremiah didn’t want any so I just made enough for me without much leftover.
- Two slices of bread (I used Trader Joe’s Sprouted Wheat that is 1 PointsPlus per slice)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- optional: sweetener (I added a Splenda packet but it would have been fine without it.)
Heat a large pan over medium-low heat. While the pan is heating up, whisk the egg, milk, cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl and then pour it into a pie pan. Place the slices of bread in the pie pan and let soak before flipping and coating the other side. Add to hot pan and cook. (I used a nonstick skillet but if you don’t, I would spray lightly with cooking spray or olive oil to prevent sticking.) Let the bread cook until it releases easily from the pan and flip to cook the other side. I found that cooking it slower on a lower heat shows better results than a higher heat. While the french toast was cooking I was able to clean up the kitchen and make myself some coffee.
I didn’t have any syrup on hand so I topped the french toast with two teaspoons of honey and another sprinkling of cinnamon. It was delicious and not too heavy! I also had a banana and a small bowl of blueberries. Talk about a perfect way to start the morning!
PointsPlus wise this was a fantastic meal. Without any toppings it comes to 4 PointsPlus! The honey added an additional 1 PointsPlus and the fruit was 0 so the whole meal came to 5 PointsPlus! Not bad, I say! Of course if you use different bread, milk, or toppings the PointsPlus values will change.
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A quick Vine of how the DAVIDsTEA steeper works! I love that it takes next to no time to make iced tea. YUM!