Let me start off by saying I am not an expert. I do not claim to be. I’ve been asked to share what I eat and what not since I’ve started this program. So, I’m just sharing my experience so far.
First I’ll start with my absolute favorite part of the whole program: zero point foods.
The first time I was on weight watchers I had to record absolutely everything I ate because it was a mystery to me what would have points (corn?) and how many (a ton for avocado!). With Freestyle there are lists on lists that you can find of zero point foods.
Chicken breast, eggs, any vegetable, fruit, most seafood etc… Knowing zero point foods has helped me work out meals. The trick is then finding ways to keep them zero points by being conscious of how you’re preparing the food (non fat spray in a pan rather than butter, low fat/no fat yogurt or broth etc…).
Here are a few products I use to keep my meals/snacks the lowest points I can.
Flatout flatbreads are 2 points a piece and I bake them in the oven and use them as pizza crust (I’ll talk more about this later).
Most Bolthouse yogurt based dressings are 1 point for 2 tablespoons. My favorite is roasted garlic, but the cucumber ranch and bleu cheese have been life savers on my salads.
I’ve tried a few yogurts but Siggi’s has become my favorite. I use it instead of sour cream. It makes my eggs creamy and is a good base for any chicken salad, egg salad etc…
The tortillas are 1 point a piece and help with my intense taco cravings! Plus taco sauce is zero points! Nom!
The spray is non fat cooking spray. I have not used butter or oil of any kind since I started this program.
Other things I love are: fat free chicken broth, black beans (zero points!), chick peas (zero points!), Oscar Mayer oven roasted turkey breast (1 pt for 2 oz, which is quite a lot if you weigh it!).
Now I can talk about some recipes I’ve made. (If you’re interested in any of them let me know and I can send recipes via email, text or messenger).
Eggs are zero points. I cook my eggs with an 1/8 of a cup of plain fat free yogurt (mix thoroughly with eggs), any veggies i have on hand (this pic has onion, asparagus and mushrooms), and a 1/4 cup fat free mozzarella cheese. I use the non stick spray to (obvs) keep it from sticking! This breakfast is 3 eggs. The whole thing is zero points! And keeps me full throughout the morning until i eat a late lunch around 1 or 2 pm.
I found this chicken salad recipe on the WW app. I changed it a little to use fat free yogurt instead of light sour cream. For 2/3 of a cup it’s 1 point. That point coming from the 3 tablespoons of light mayo I use. It’s packed full of flavor! I put it on lettuce or toast up a Flatout and eat it with that.
This is a salad with baked (or pan seared) tilapia that’s spiced with chili powder, cumin and coriander. I make a killer 0 point black bean and corn pico that’s spicy and delicious on any salad. I add radish for an extra crunch. The dressing on this particular salad is yogurt, lime, and sriracha sauce. But any Bolthouse dressing would be good (they have a salsa ranch flavor for 2 points per 2 tablespoons).
My all time favorite recipe right now is shrimp ceviche. Blanch raw shrimp in boiling water and add it to lime, lemon and orange juice. Toss with veggies (cucumber, red pepper, onion, radish, jalapeño), cilantro, and avocado (adds more points). Let it sit for an hour or so and it is SO GOOOD! Crunchy, bright, flavorful.
For all my recipes I add salt and pepper to taste and also garlic or garlic powder.
Top to bottom: Baked shrimp and veggies (asparagus, brussel sprouts, onion, peppers, grape tomatoes). Pan seared blackened salmon on top of sautéed veggies in a spicy tomato sauce. Flatout pizza with fat free mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and chicken breast (I use Contadina pizza sauce which is 1 pt for a 1/4 cup).
Let me also share a little tip: rotisserie chicken breast. Ya know those delicious smelling rotisserie chickens at Meijer and Costco? GET THEM. The chicken breast (no skin) is zero points. I give the dark meat to my girls and hubby. I use the breast for any recipe I have. I also have a Crockpot express cooker (like an Insta Pot). I pressure cook chicken quickly, steam hard boiled eggs (easy to peal!) and make cauliflower mash super fast!
That’s another thing, I can literally eat a whole baked cauliflower head with spices for dinner. Zero points!
Let me talk about restaurants.
I work in one. A well known one. We have very few things that are even close to being ok to eat on this diet. So, when I’m at work I bring my own food or I make a salad of some sort. If I don’t have Bolthouse dressing on hand I use salsa as my dressing or buffalo sauce. I eat grilled chicken, salmon or shrimp. Sometimes I’ll eat our broccoli with no butter. I have to be picky and particular.
When I go out other places (and this IS the annoying part of being on a diet of any kind) I have to do homework before I get there. The WW app has a whole section on their app to help me in this area! I look up what I can eat and go from there. If it’s a restaurant that’s not on the app, I look at the restaurant’s menu and plan accordingly that way. I recently went to Terra GR and enjoyed an amazing meal for under 10 points (which is splurging for me).
Lastly, let’s talk booze.
I’m no closet drinker. I enjoy my beer and vodka drinks. A few tips here: Coors light is 3 points per can. Bud light is 4. If you’re a craft beer drinker… uhm… good luck! Those kinds of beer are fullll of points. Vodka is 3 pts for 1.5oz. I drink vodka with cherry lime La Croix (zero points) and diet cranberry-pomegranate juice (zero points for 8 oz).
Do I miss eating “normally?” Yes. I want Taco Bell and Pizza (of any kind!!) daily. At work, it literally takes so much restraint on my part (window fries anyone?) People are constantly offering foods to me that I can’t eat. Or eat directly next to me and make sure I know how delicious their ribs are. Taunting me.
But, I’ve lost 22 lbs in 2 months. My clothes are too big. I’m fitting into “maybe I’ll fit into this again one day” clothes. I have more weight to lose, but I feel I’m on the right track.
So, good luck to you all! In whatever helps you be happy!
Also, cause I love myself and refuse to drink black coffee… I will always save points for creamer!