Monday, February 17, 2020

Cherry Baked Oatmeal and a WW Update

Good morning! I just wanted to give you a quick update and share a great recipe.

Update first: I’m now down -77 pounds on my WW (formerly Weight Watchers) journey! I started as an online-only member, but three weeks ago I switched to attending workshops and I found a great one here in Topeka—at 7 a.m. on Saturdays! Now, as those of you who have followed my blog for the past 10 years know, I’m not a morning person, which goes to show you just how much I like this meeting. I also met a fellow WWer that I knew on the app’s social media site, Connect. She’s the one that recommended the workshop, and boy was she right! So, I roll out of bed while it’s still dark, throw on my clothes, grab a coffee, and head out the door before I’m fully away and can talk myself out of going! 

Now for the recipe: A lot of people on Connect were raving about baked oatmeal. Now, I’m not only a non-morning person, but I’m usually a non-breakfast person as well. My first meal of the day is typically a cheese stick and a banana, with lots of coffee!

However, I’ve had baked oatmeal in the past when I made this apple version, so I thought I’d give it a try again. After some internet research, I picked this one from the Budget Bytes blog. Beth, the creator, called it Apple Cheery Baked Oatmeal, I’m assuming because of all the applesauce in it. However, since I really didn’t get an apple taste from the dish, I focused on the cherry, which is my favorite fruit.  

This dish was so good! Not too sweet and just the right amount of cherry flavor. I had it for breakfast two days in a row, with a squirt of fat-free whipped cream. 

If you make this according to the recipe, it comes to 1 WW point per serving on the purple plan. I made this one with dried cherries (since I had them), which made it 3 points per serving. Of course, those points would change depending on which myWW color plan you follow. You can plug it into your recipe builder to find out!

For those of you who would like to check out what WW has to offer, here’s a link. If you sign up, we both get one month free!

If you have any questions about my journey, WW, or this recipe, please leave them in the comments below. I’d be happy to answer them!

Here's a before and after photo. The one of the left was taken at the end of February 2019. The right photo is from this past Friday, Valentine's Day 2020. I still have 53 pounds to go before I make my goal weight, but I already feel 100-percent better about myself and life!