I'll try to recap the Weekly magazines for everyone who doesn't get them. I don't attend the meetings every week, but I'll try to post the ones that I do get. Plan on the go
: Apple season is coming!
Cube and put into salads.
Simmered in squash soup and then pureed with an immersion blender for a creamy sweet touch.
Sliced superthin, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, bake at 325 for 30-45 mins, apple chips!!!
The main feature this month is "Shop with a Pro
". It's about shopping wisely at the supermarket. Shop the Perimeter
. The outside aisles are where you'll find fresh, whole Filling Foods--produce, dairy, meat, and fish. Harvest Fresh Picks
. Stock up on fruit for snacks: apples, berries, bananas, and pears. For meals, greens like spinach and arugula are chock full of vitamins. Try different lettuces and adding fiber-rich foods with low Points values...peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, shredded carrots. Go Lean
. Buy skinless white meat which has a lot of protein bang for your Points value buck. When choosing red meat, look for words like round, chuck, sirloin, tenderloin, and strip steak, which are at least 80% lean. Get Dairy that Delivers
. Buy fat-free milk, low-fat cheese and cream cheese, choose reduced-fat spread instead of full-fat butter. They also suggest using low-fat Greek-style yogurt, which has about 20 grams of protein per 8-ounce cup, compared to regular yogurt's 13 grams. Zero in on the Frozen Food Aisle
. Choose plain frozen veggies, WW frozen meals, WW frozen treats. I like to buy the Green Giant frozen veggies that come in a box, they're the "Healthy Vision" ones that have zucchini, squash, and carrots. I think they're like 1 point or something like that and they have a little buttery sauce with herbs in it, very good for a side of veggies at lunchtime. Check the Box
. Read the nutrition labels, check for fat and sodium levels. Look for high fiber foods since they tend to be more filling. Whole grains, baby! Apple and Carrot salad
1 pts value per serving
2 large apples, 1 red and 1 green, cored, thinly sliced, cut into matchsticks
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, or less to taste
3 cups matchstick carrots (many stores sell them precut)
1/4 cup chopped chives
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste
2 oz Feta cheese, French-variety suggested, crumbled
Place apples in a large bowl and toss w/ lemon juice. Add carrots, chives, oil, sugar, salt, pepper, and cheese; toss to mix thoroughly. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.
If you want more tang, use blue cheese instead of French Feta (could affect the Points values).
^That salad sounds so delicious that I think I'll make it tomorrow. Closing thoughts:
One reader suggests writing the Points values on the box as you put away the groceries. I did this for a while and it really did help, A LOT! I didn't have to look up the points since it was right on the box and it was easier to keep track.