According to Weight Watchers Fruit is Free Unless You Blend It

I weighed in at Weight Watchers on Thursday after being gone for our honeymoon, celebrating the 4th of July and my birthday, and I’m happy to say that my weight stayed the same. After several days of lobster and other delicious food, coconut drinks and Prosecco I know that it’s time to get back on track.

We celebrated my birthday with a few friends on Friday night as well, and I ate two child size slices of pizza.

The celebrations haven’t stopped since we got married. Actually, they started before that when our close friends were married, and we’ve been celebrating ever since (about 7 weeks.) I’m definitely not complaining, but all of this fun is exhausting! I’m thankful to be back home and getting settled into married life.

Now that all of the major life events are over (for now) it’s time to get back into a healthy groove. Michael and I both know how important it is to make healthy choices, and we’re striving to do it together. We’re at the point in which we don’t have anything interesting unhealthy to snack on, so we look to things like fruit and high-protein snacks when we want something.

I’m also starting to cook at home more because he’s here to eat dinner with me now. Our schedules don’t always coincide, but he’s great about eating leftovers. He enjoys it, so he has no problem eating salsa chicken for a few days in a row.

I’m really thankful for the Weight Watchers app because it helps me stay on track, but it’s proving to be important to visit their full site on the web as well.

I’m obsessed with making smoothies right now because they’re filling and delicious. My favorites are Cherry Banana and Butter Pecan. When I make the butter pecan smoothie I share it with Michael because this smoothie is not a snack. It’s a meal replacement.

I rarely finish half of it, but it’s so delicious that I keep making it anyway. (Thanks for knowing what’s up, Gail!)

My cherry banana one is simple too – a cup of cherries, a banana and a vanilla premier protein shake. When I add that into the WW app it comes up as 2 sp.

Let’s get real. Fruit counts in my book…at least I think it should.

There’s no way that such a delicious and fruit-packed smoothie is only worth 2 sp, and Weight Watchers agreed when I created a recipe and checked off the box that says “this is a drink.”

The idea that fruit is free in any capacity has always been hard for me to swallow. When Weight Watchers exchanged their old Momentum program for PointsPlus it made no sense. It still doesn’t make sense with SmartPoints, so I’m okay adding the points in for the smoothies.

When Michael and I share the butter pecan smoothie we use a whole ounce of roasted, salted pecans, and the smoothie costs us 7 sp each. It’s totally worth it, and it makes a lot more sense to me than not counting the banana.

The cherry banana smoothie jumps from 2 sp to 11 sp. That’s a big difference, folks! And if you’re drinking a smoothie everyday, those points add up quickly to 63 extra sp points per week! I don’t need to explain why that’s not cool, right?

I currently get 46 smart points per day, so splitting a smoothie with my husband is fine. They take a while to drink, and thanks to my Yeti cup they stay cold for quite a while.

It’s fun to try new recipes, and I’ve made up a couple that are pretty darn delicious lately. I wish I didn’t suck at taking food pictures because I’m pretty proud of my turkey burgers, sweet potato fries and sticky chicken thighs and veggies and quinoa blend. Yum!

Are you a Weight Watchers member? If so, what are your favorite recipe websites? And do you count fruit when you blend it?

 

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    Cathy Crawford
    July 11, 2017 at 7:29 am

    I had the same wake up call on points for smoothies! I’ve been tweaking the ingredients to lower the points. You have a nice solution sharing yours with your husband. Skinnytaste.com has great recipes and she lists point values. Congratulations and much happiness to you and your hubby!

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    Kim R Smarsh
    July 11, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    My surgeon said only two half servings of fruit per week–1/2 cup berries, 1/2 apple, 1 orange, 1/2 grapefruit. My only choices. And that was six months after surgery. I’ve been sticking to that. The nutritionist said, fruit is sugar, sugar is candy, fruit is candy.
    My sincere congratulations to you and Michael!

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    Kay Lynn Akers (@Kaylynnakers)
    July 13, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Hi Kenlie, I’m back on WW and really like the current plan and especially the new focus on mind being part of the equation. I like skinnytaste.com and drizzlemeskinny.com.

    I’ve also been ordering meals from WW Fresh every other week because cooking is not my thing anymore!

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    Maryfran Clingan
    July 13, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I remember when weight watchers made fruit free….I saw people in my meeting gain weight those first weeks…because seriously…if you eat 5 bananas a day (hey they are free right) you are eating 500 calories!

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