You will have seen before that I have followed the Weight Watchers plan a few times. The first time I lost nearly 6 stone following the old points system and dropped from a size 18 to a size 8. As my life changed I put some back on and had success with Slimming World and Weight Watchers again. I have a firm belief that you need to do what suits you for your weight loss and if that means you are motivated by following a plan and going to a meeting to be weighed then so be it. I like elements of both plans and this always confuses me when I want to drop a few lbs (*ahem* stone) so I was excited when invited to the launch of a new plan with Weight Watchers.
And I can announce, and have been bottling it up for 2 weeks, that the new 2014 ambassador is winner of Masterchef 2012 Shelina Permalloo! Shelina has teamed up with Weight Watchers and created some easy recipes we can make to ease the pain of dieting. As an avid Masterchef viewer I had watched Shelina do any number of things to mangos and add a sprinkle of Mauritian spice to her dishes… now I got to meet the lady herself and cook with her! I was in foodie heaven…
That’s Charlie and I in the middle!
We made turkey patties with a blackened sweetcorn salsa followed by grilled pineapple with mango and lime; I told you see liked mangoes! Both recipes were super easy and really tasty thanks to the herbs, spices and seasoning that was added. I would never have thought to add allspice, chilli and lime to pineapple. It really brought out the flavour of the fruit and gave it a wonderful depth I usually miss when eating fruit. This would certainly encourage me to eat more of it meaning less rubbish! Both recipes are part of the Simple Start plan which is the new addition to the Weight Watcher family.
Simple Start is designed to help you start your diet in the simplest way. Using the ‘filling and healthy’ ethos of the main plan there is no measuring and no counting. Simply eat what you want from the list of foods until you are satisfied. You also have a list of extra treats and you can have 2 of these per day. Weight Watchers recommend you follow this plan for two weeks to kick start your weight loss but it really is a plan that you can follow long term. There’s lot of food to choose from including lean meats, eggs, fish, rice, fruit and vegetables. You can also use herbs and spices whilst enjoying no added sugar drinks, tea and coffee. Extra treats include a small glass of wine, a portion of reduced fat houmous or a portion of gravy to name just a few. What could be easier? I think Weight Watchers have found a new way of using the unlimited food ethos adopted by Slimming World in a more inclusive and adaptable way. I’ll be giving Simple Start a go in the New Year, who’s with me?
Thanks to Weight Watchers for providing the photographs and inviting us to the event.