I also like to keep a couple boiled eggs on hand in the fridge as well. Only 2 points on their own. Or they are also great sliced on a piece of toast (3 points total) for a low point breakfast or a good snack.
Another great idea is to buy those already cooked whole chickens from the grocery store. When I get them home I "disassemble" them while they're still warm (they come apart easier when they're warm) I toss out the skin, and remove all the meat from the bones. I keep the chicken meat in a container in the fridge for snacking or sandwiches or whatever. This is also an easy-way-out dinner.
I would normally make that while the baby is having her first nap of the day. But if by chance, we're not into napping that day - or I'm too busy to "cook" something. I have a standby - in the freezer. President's Choice Steel Cut Oats with Blueberries. I get it at Superstore (freezer section). This oatmeal is ready and prepared -frozen in a bowl and it just pops in the microwave for 3 minutes or so and then you have a delicious, nutritious bowl of steaming hot goodness. (If I'm needing a little extra sweetness, I sprinkle some Brown Sugar Twin on top - 0 points.) If you throw in a glass of Tropicana Orange juice, the whole breakfast is only 5 points (3 for cereal, 2 for juice). AND you get in a serving of fruits/veggies.
Lunch can sometimes be a tough one for me. I find that making a good sandwich usually costs too many points, and a lot of the time I'm not really all that into sandwiches anyways. I kinda like warm lunches. One of my long time favorite things to make (if I have time) is a piece of Highliners Wild Salmon with Dill Sauce (also comes in roasted garlic sauce and teriyaki sauce) and a side of steamed broccoli and cauliflower with 1oz of grated light cheddar melted on top. 5 points for the whole meal. The dilled salmon is only 3 points per fillet. They come frozen and you bake them. If I had a few extra points to spare, I might throw in a half cup of rice for an extra 2 points. Here's a picture of my actual lunch today:
And the box they come in:
If I'm short on time (and even if I'm not) - I have found the Weight Watchers Santa Fe Style Rice and Beans (Smart Ones frozen entree) to be so delicious and comforting and just ohhhh soooo good. It's cheesy and tasty and... gah! My mouth is watering thinking about it. Sometimes I'll steam up some broccoli and cauliflower or green beans and throw it on the side to get in some veggies. The Santa Fe Style Rice and Beans entree is 6 points. So worth it. The picture on the box does not do it justice.
I'm a big fan of the BBQ. We eat a lot of grilled chicken and grilled lean pork in this house. A standard dinner here usually consists of grilled chicken/pork, baked potatoes topped with fat free sour cream and chopped green onions (No Name brand makes the BEST fat-free sour cream. I would know, I've tried them all). I always serve some sort of veggie on the side, usually green beans (because they're my fave), or broccoli/cauliflower. Sometimes carrots grilled on the BBQ in a foil pack with just a little bit of cooking spray, a sprinkle of salt, and a sprinkle of Brown Sugar Twin.
Sometimes I also cook baby potatoes in a foil pack on the BBQ, with sliced onions and whole garlic cloves in the pack with a little cooking spray and a sprinkle of seasoning salt. They come out so delicious!Quite often I also fry up some sliced mushrooms in a frying pan with a little cooking spray and some seasoning salt. 0 points and they make your dinner go farther - not to mention that they are delicious.
Sorry, no dinner pictures (I guess I'm too hungry and busy at dinner to take photos)
Snacks get me through the day. If I didn't snack, I wouldn't make it. I have a few low point snacks during every day. Mostly pre-packaged stuff cuz it's easy to grab. Here's a few that I love...
Also good with a hot cup of tea - or coffee - are Fibre 1 "Oats & Chocolate" bars. Oh my god, good. They are chocolately and just the right amount of chewy. 5 grams of fibre per bar - yet they do not taste "fibre-ey". So good in fact, that I buy them by the case at Costco yet they mysteriously disappear from the pantry at an alarming rate... You know, the same way bacon does?? Again, only 2 points each:
I recently discovered Weight Watchers Chocolate Chip cookies. I was totally leery to buy them because sometimes Weight Watchers products are kind of... meh. (Like their snack cakes - don't waste your time/money/points) But I went out on a limb and bought a box of these cookies (Safeway, bakery section). SO. GLAD. I. DID! They are a perfect little treat/dessert! And get this, they are only 1 point! They contain 4 grams of fibre per cookie and they're a decent size. (On a related note I see that Steve has discovered my stash of them. I must find a new hiding place)
My other 1 point pleasure? Microwave popcorn. Since everyone is getting on the 100 calorie snack package bandwagon - popcorn now comes in 1 point snack bags. My favorite is good old Orville Redenbacher's Smart Pop. (Remember, only the 100 calorie bags are 1 point each). Sometimes I will also sprinkle vinegar on my popcorn for some extra taste - but beware, that isn't for everyone.
That's all I have for now. All this food talk has made me hungry and the baby is now awake from her nap.
Perhaps there's another WW post in the future.