Here we go with the third week of the Weight Watchers #stepintosummer challenge, and after two weeks of following the plan (with a couple of days not being very strict) i’ve lost another pound – that’s six pounds altogether.
I’m happy to have lost anything at all this last week as I had an indulgent weekend with a trip to Belgium to see Justin Timberlake in concert with my friend as well as Arlo’s birthday when I got back. But I found that a few days of sticking rigidly to the plan quickly got me back on track.
I know a lot of people swear by a 80:20 approach to dieting. Be good 80% of the time and let yourself have a day or two where things are a little more relaxed.
Challenge Three: Eat breakfast every day
The focus this week is on breakfast. The meal most likely to be neglected when you’re in a rush, and more often that not you can end up eating the same boring old thing every day out of habit. I’m totally guilty of this and often just have tea and toast during the week.
I could never go without breakfast though, so the challenge for me is not eating it but making more of an effort to eat an interesting one.
Since starting the challenge i’ve been having an extra helping of fruit with my brekky. I’m really enjoying breaking into a couple of satsumas with my marmite toast – it really freshens things up.
The recipe we’ve been sent by Weight Watchers to try out is really summery and full of zingy uplifting flavours with thick and creamy Greek yogurt. It’s takes a little preparation, but if it’s just you eating them, you’ve then got four portions to pop in the fridge for the week ahead. Perfect for a busy morning but it could easily work as a dessert too.
Tropical Fruit Fool – recipe by Weight Watchers
2 Pro Points per serving
2 medium ripe mangoes
3 ripe passion fruits, halved
500g tub 0% Greek yogurt
1 lime, juice and zest
1. Peel the mangoes and slice the cheeks off. Cut one cheek into small dice and set aside. Put the remaining mango flesh into a liquidiser, and blend to a puree. Transfer to a bowl and stir through the seeds from 2 of the passion fruit. Add lime juice to taste.
2. Put the yogurt into another bowl and beat gently to soften. Gently fold through the passion fruit and mango mixture plus about half of the diced mango, leaving it rippled.
3. Divide the mixture between 4 glasses and top with the remaining diced mango. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
4. To serve, scoop the seeds from the remaining passion fruit and drizzle over the top of the fools then sprinkle over a little lime zest. Serve immediately.
I was impressed with how beautiful it looked and I adore the perfume of passion fruit, so it immediately invites you to dunk your spoon in!
I’ve got a lot of mangoes left over, so I’m thinking of chopping them all up and freezing them so I can make a low fat mango sorbet and maybe frozen mango yogurt too.
Other breakfast ideas…
I adore crumpets, they feel like such a treat but are only 2 Pro Points. I love them with a smidgen of olive spread and lashings of marmite served with a bit of fruit on the side. Or you could spread them with low fat cream cheese and top with fresh raspberries and blueberries.
I’ve created another recipe using them for a more hearty breakfast, when you really fancy something satisfying that’s going to set you up for a busy day.
Eggy crumpet stack with bacon and tomato
4 Pro Points per serving
1 egg, beaten
2 lean bacon medalians
Beef tomato, sliced
Fresh basil, to serve
1. Beat the eggs in a bowl with a dash or two of Worcester sauce. Dip each crumpet in the mixture to fully coat.
2. Heat a frying pan sprayed with Frylight and fry the eggy crumpets on both sides until golden.
3. Meanwhile grill the bacon and tomatoes and stack on top of each crumpet and serve scattered with torn basil leaves
I had it for a restorative Sunday breakfast as i’m still feeling pretty manky with this horrid coldy flu thing that seems to be sweeping the nation. The eggy crumpet is hugely comforting, and the cooked juicy tomato and tasty bacon on top gives all the flavours of a full English without piling on the calories.
I’d love to hear about your ideas for healthy breakfasts. How do you keep things tasty when you’re watching your weight?
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