Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Routines: Weight Watchers Friendly Lunches and recipe.

One of my biggest problems when trying to eat healthier is lunch, what to have for lunch?

I am not the most organised of people, it just doesn't come naturally to me. I wish i was one of those people who puts away laundry the second it is out of the tumble dryer, or does the washing up straight after dinner but I am just not, I accept this wholeheartedly.

However, when it comes to lunches I really need to buck my ideas up. Part of the new Weight Watchers programme is all to do with routines, setting up achievable routines which if you do enough will become second nature.

On the Weight Watchers website they offer members a routines tool, which suggests handy things for you to do everyday (you can pick the right ones for you), with the hope of them becoming routine. They give you a checklist tool which you can use to tick off when you do it, the app also gives you friendly reminders which is great for me and my fuzzy brain.

I actually really like this idea, so I have set myself the following routines;

  • Eat breakfast everyday - I am terrible for not doing this, and am always reaching for the biscuits by 10:30am.

  • Always have healthy snack to hand - I have a drawer stuffed with various 2pp biscuits, sweets and fruit to reach for on those hungry days.

  • Put down your fork between bites and sip water - I am always in such a hurry when eating, always the first to finish, and always the first to go for seconds. This allows me time to realise I am full and stops me going for seconds.

  • Another routine I am hoping to adopt is preparing a healthy lunch the night before, I am terrible for sleeping a little too long and having to run out of the house, so having something ready to just shove in my bag is ideal.

    Here are a few things I have made for lunch recently;

    1. Ham and Egg Salad - One of my favourite lunches recently thanks to Ros and her foolproof egg cooking advice! No more chalky yolks for me!

    2. I ate out once in my first week, and opted for a half pizza and salad. A great way to have what you fancy but not use up too many points!

    3. Homemade Butternut Squash Soup, so easy and filling, although I need to solve the issue of carrying homemade soup to work. Any suggestions?

    4. Roast Aubergine and Pomegranate Salad, a bit of an experiment which worked out well, although I do want to look into potential dressings in future.

    5. Weight Watchers ready meal, for those days when I am not very organised!

    6. Tin of Soup and Warburtons Danish bread, an easy lunch for a busy day, but not really filling enough for me if I am honest.

    Here is my ridiculously easy butternut squash soup recipe for you...

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    Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    A low PP lunch time treat.
    • 1 medium Butternut Squash
    • Stock (enough to cover)
    • 2 medium Carrots
    • A pinch Cumin
    • A pinch Dried Chilli Flakes
    • A pinch Smoked Paprika
    • 3 Tablespoons Creme Fraiche
    Peel and chop the butternut squash and carrots into chunksPop in a large pan and cover with stock.Add spices and simmer for around 1 hour.Once the veggies are soft and the stock had reduced, tip into blender (or use a stick blender if you have one) and blend until smooth.Stir creme fraiche through the soup and eat with gusto!
    Total Propoints: 2 Per portion: 0

    Yield: 4-5 big bowls

    Do you have any routines? Or are there any you wish you had?

    Feel free to leave your favourite lunch ideas or blog posts in the comments below!

    N.B - I had my first weigh-in yesterday and lost 1lb in my first week! Very pleased with that. From previous experience I tend to do better with small but steady weight loss, it is much more realistic for me.



    1. That butternut squash soup looks very yummy!

    2. These look great - I often struggle for lunch ideas too, as the way Slimming World works means effectively if you have cereal or bread for breakfast, you can't have bread at lunchtime without counting it as extra syns (you can have it once as a free choice), so I've been trying to come up with some alternatives to sandwiches!
      I've always used a thermos flask to take soup into work - and have a cute Moomin one I bought from Amazon at the moment!

    3. I'm rubbish at working lunches too - I hardly ever am organised enough to bring one and when I do, it's very uninspired. Thanks for the inspiration!

    4. All of these look yummy. I'm not on WW but am always looking for ideas for something simple and healthy for lunchtime. I usually have soup, but wish I was more organised and actually made it at home more often - 9 times out of 10 it's bought. I have seen some brilliant food flasks, perfect for soup, quite cheap in places like Wilko.

    5. Lovely looking lunches :-)

      Personally I'd go with a yoghurt, tahini, lemon dressing for the aubergine salad.

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