Along with millions and millions of others, one of my new years resolutions is to lose weight. Of course. So, how do I plan on doing that? With weight watchers, the Prairie Athletic Club and Hungry Girl. I attend a weight watchers meeting every week which I find extremely helpful and supportive. I am addicted to food and it’s nice to see that I’m not alone out there. The girls’ and I currently have a membership to the Prairie Athletic Club. It has a FABULOUS day care program to leave the girls at while I work out – Cedi always has stories of the fun things she did while she was there. I try to do the inclined treadmill and Kick Boxing. The trick is to have three healthy enough people to go there :) We’ve started to get back into a routine this past week so hopefully everyone stays healthy enough to continue that for awhile. And lastly – Hungry Girl. I have the Hungry Girl Cookbooks: Hungry Girl 200 under 200 and Hungry Girl Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World I am currently in the process of trying out different recipes to see what I like and will make again. I do have a problem actually ‘following’ a recipe so I’ll be sure to share my little tweaks with you all. Here’s one I made this morning (it’s from Hungry Girl 200 under 200): Creamy Hot Apple Breakfast with Pecan Crunch
POINTS® Value: 3
Course: light meals
1 small apple(s), peeled and chunked (any sweet, not tat, variety) 1 bar(s) Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bar Pecan Crunch Granola Bar (recipe called for Maple Brown Sugar) 2 tsps SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener 1 1/2 tsp. sugar-free fat-free cheesecake instant pudding mix (recipe calls for Vanilla) 1 1/2 tsp clear gel (recipe called for cornstarch but I don’t have that…just clear gel) 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/3 cup(s) water, cold Instructions In a micro-wave safe bowl, place pudding mix, sweetener, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Add water and stir until blended.
Add apple chunks to the bowl and toss them in the liquid mixture. Cover bowl and microwave for 2 1/2 min. Allow the mixture to thicken and cool for a few minutes before removing from the microwave.
Meanwhile, place the granola bar in a sealable plastic bag. Place on flat surface, ad use a rolling pin or a can to crush the bar through the bag until you have small crumbly pieces (super easy!).
Once bowl containing apple mixture is cool enough to handle, stir in granola pieces. Devour immediately! I actually really enjoyed this meal. It was a bit like oatmeal but creamier – which was actually okay with me since it was so good it tasted like a yummy, hot dessert. I will definitely be making this again. The one thing I didn’t like was all the prep time involved…sort of a pain. Maybe I’ll take some time and pre-mix the dry ingredients so I don’t have to spend so much time finding each thing and measuring it out. That would probably be a must if I wanted to enjoy this during apple season.