Even though I am not starting my get-in-shape plan until next week, I decided to start making some preparations today. For starters, I did a little research at Weight Watchers online yesterday (thanks to my friend Jenn's suggestion) and they DO have an option for nursing mom's! Woohoo! It basically works the same, but I just get some added points to make up for the extra calories I need. They also have TONS of great recipes and tips (this is a big improvement from 3 years ago when I did WW the first time). So, after seeing all the great things the site has to offer AND after finding a coupon for free registration...I decided to join again. I am actually pretty excited about it too because it will help me track what I am eating. And just for fun, I decided to enter in what I ate yesterday and lets just say I went WAAAAYYYYY over my points allowance. That is really scary too since I didn't think I ate that bad. Just goes to show ya how important it is to watch what you eat!
I am very tempted to start my plan today, especially after seeing my points total, but we have a dinner to go to on Friday night and we are celebrating two birthdays on Sunday. Oh, did I mention its also Super Bowl Sunday? Between a fancy meal, cocktails, birthday cake and chips & dip...I think it is best to wait and start fresh on Monday :-)
And to kick off our healthy eating, I am making one of my favorite healthy comfort food recipes...Macaroni and Cheese with Cauliflower.
I got this recipe from Real Simple magazine and it is delicious and SUPER easy. Even Eric likes it...as long as I pair it with some meat for him :-) Here is the recipe:
Serves 6Hands-On Time: 15mTotal Time: 45m
- 12 ounces multigrain elbow macaroni
- 1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
- 4 slices multigrain bread, torn
- 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar (6 ounces)
- 1 1/2 cups reduced-fat sour cream
- 1/2 cup 1 percent milk
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard