Happy Biggest Loser Day all! Thanks for sharing all your reasons with me on why you attend the Weight Watcher Meetings and Days you do on my last post. I think it’s awesome hearing how cool all your meetings are…I wish we could all just rotate and go visit each others. How fun would that be?!
Power up Pre-Workout snack ~ 2 Slices Trader Joe’s Peppered Turkey Bacon (2 points+) and a banana.
I actually debated working out my entire train ride because I actually hurt my back this weekend. I have NEVER had a back injury before so I really feel for those of you who struggle with it all the time ~ it’s awful.
I thought I’d start off with walking and go from there. Walking was slow, running wasn’t going to happen after 3 steps. After 10 minutes I decided to give the bike a try but that was a DEFINITE NO. The elliptical was actually the BEST option because it didn’t bother my back or so I thought. It’s be aching all day so maybe I still need to rest
Post workout snack ~ I had the last of our watermelon and a lite string cheese (1 points+)
My mouth still wanted something else and I remembered I had these Pepperidge Farms Baked Cracker Chips in my desk. I actually forgot they were in my desk (good, bad? LOL).
I didn’t check the stats before I left the store because if I knew they were 4 points+ a serving I probably would’ve put them back. My cracker points+ limit is usually 2-3 points+ max since they never really “fill” me up.
I had had a serving for 2 points+ and decided I couldn’t keep them in my desk. They are totally salty, crunchy addictive ~ pretty much like Sun Chips.
Lunch was more Chicken & Bean Soup Deliciousness! (8 points+) I LOVE that this soup is super hearty and keeps you full for about 5 hours.
I didn’t “actually” need an afternoon snack but as we were randomly discussing our days, I snacked on a few of the tortilla chips that The Husband had out. (4 points+ for 12).
Dinner tonight was absolutely FANTASTIC and I can honestly say I probably would’ve never tried this recipe if it wasn’t for my Craving Ellie in my Belly Cooking Club. Leslie of Lethally Delicious picked Ellie’s Wheat Berry Salad.
I am not sure why I’ve NEVER made a Wheat Berry Salad before ~ I like Wheat Berries and have used them to top oatmeal or act as croutons in salad. I LOVE their chew factor. Making them into a crunchy, chewy, nutty pasta salad is a new thing for me but definitely something that I will be repeating again and again!
Click HERE to get Ellie Krieger’s Wheat Berry Salad Recipe. Trust me, you want to make it!
Wheat Berries are basically the ENTIRE kernel of wheat minus the hull. I bought my Wheat Berries out of the Bulk Bins ~ they are super cheap ~ Around $1.39/lb.
To cook them, you boil them in LOTS of water (think your soup pan filled) for about an hour until they are tender. You will want to watch the water and add more as needed.
I boiled my wheat berries up on Sunday so all I’d have to do during my busy workdays is toss everything together to make this fantastic salad.
I think there are two things that take this salad to the next level in flavor. One is the Dry Roasted Walnuts!
The other is the dried fruit. I didn’t have Dried Cherries so I used this Triple Fruit Treat I picked up awhile back at Trader Joe’s.
4 Points+ per 1/3 cup.
I also think next time in addition to the celery, green onion an parsley, that chopped apples or pears would be give a delicious sweet crunch.
This recipe really is just that simple ~ put everything in a bowl and toss!
I was actually SHOCKED when I saw The Husband scoop big bites of this salad when I wasn’t looking (this coming from the person who never even used to like Wheat Bread, Whole Wheat Pasta or Brown Rice!) I LOVE that I have influenced his taste buds so much he couldn’t wait to dig into the WHEAT BERRY SALAD….SO PROUD!
I served 3/4 cup over Organic Mixed Greens with Carrots and Cherry Tomatoes for 10 points+. I think next time I’d squeeze some lemon juice on my greens before topping them as well since it isn’t really “saucy” like.
It’s chewy, nutty, sweet, tangy from the Meyer Lemon Juice and just plain delicious.
I cannot wait to have it for lunch tomorrow as I bet all the flavors just melt together. Great pick Leslie ~ we both LOVED it!
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* Looking for holiday sides ~ Check out these 1 points+ Green Beans with Bacon!
Have you ever used Wheat Berries? If so, how do you eat them? Straight up, as a salad, in soups or ???
I NEED ideas as I still have more to use up
Go PURPLE Girls!!! Night all!