How are you guys doing on your diets? I know a lot of you have written me to say you’ve felt inspired in the last few weeks to start something up yourselves. How is it going? Let us know in the comments below. I am definitely learning that as much as I didn’t want to talk about it, I find the days I don’t are the days I feel least motivated and most craving a cheat. That said, I have been REAAAAAAALLY hungry these last two days. I have no idea why. Nothing has changed (although I have been exercising a little more frequently). In the quest to stick something in my mouth besides carrots, I remembered an old Weight Watchers trick from back in the day and decided to give it a try. Click here for Weight Watchers Zero Points Garden Vegetable Soup, or you can try my own version that I have just made:
BAUB’S ZERO POINTS GARDEN VEGETABLE SOUP
2 small cans tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
3 chicken bouillon cubes (low sodium)
small bag fresh carrots
4 brussel sprouts (I didn’t have cabbage on hand)
2 tbls minced garlic
generous on the cajun spices (these are pre-done spices and add flavor, not necessarily heat)
generous sprinkling of kosher salt
1 tbl Herbes de Provence
1 bag frozen Tuscany Vegetable medley
1/2 red onion
I sauteed the onion and garlic in one small splash of olive oil. Then added the tomato sauce, paste, bouillon cubes and about 8 cups of water (after all the broth is what really makes me feel sated) and the seasonings. Once that was going, I added the carrots (chopped or the baby) and chopped the brussel sprouts (for those in fear, you can’t taste them, but they do help to make the overall flavor- think anchovies in a Cesar salad- you don’t know they are in there, but you miss them when they aren’t). I let that all simmer about 45 minutes, then added the frozen vegetables and gave it another half an hour on low.
Since vegetables are an “all-you-can-eat” food on Jenny Craig, I’m excited to be trying something different besides steamed or raw. My mouth and stomach are very happy right now, as is my mind knowing I am eating something good for me!
What no-cheating tricks have you found to get you through your hunger pains and satisfied to your next meal??