Yeah, like that one!
I find that as I continue to diet, I am looking for ways to maximize quantity of food while minimizing calories/points. It's hard enough in this weight loss journey to fit in exercise, but when the food reward looks more like this...
...I begin to feel a little too deprived! Yeah, yeah...the scale looks a little better and I have more energy, but I'm still HUNGRY!
OK, so onto the "trick" I discovered! Tonight I made my Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce, substituting Splenda for sugar and eliminating olive oil in the recipe. I knew I was going to want more than 1 Cup of spaghetti, so I went searching through my pantry for some lo-cal veggie I could mix in with the sauce to make it seem like more. Then, I saw it:
Eureka! What if I mixed a whole can of French Style Green Beans in with my 1 Cup of spaghetti? That would make almost 3 Cups on my plate! (I'm a piggie, I know!) I drained the beans well to get as much salt off of them as possible before mixing them with my spaghetti portion.
I can tell you now, having just finished my dinner, that it was way too much and I couldn't possibly finish it. I will put in only half of the can next time! The taste wasn't too bad either, especially if you like canned beans, which I really do!
The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
Weight Watchers "Fake" Spaghetti (1 Cup Spaghetti + 1 Cup French Style Green Beans + Modified Homemade Sauce)
Points: Spaghetti (5 Points), Beans (0 Points), Sauce (2 Points)
Total Weight Watchers Points: 7 Points! Not to shabby for a big pile of food!