Today, I'm starting the Core plan. There are things I like about the plan, and things I don't so much like about it. I like that it focuses on less sugar, lean meats, and whole grains. And I like that I don't have to count. In the past, what I didn't like wer the snack restrictions. I fully understood the reason behind it, but on the other hand, if I'm going to be eating meal more than four hours after a snack I'm going to want something more satisfying than a piece of fruit and a glass of milk.
And I'm reasonable about my snack choices. Sometimes, I like to snack on plain yogurt mid-morning. I realize it's easy to abuse some snacks.. like yogurt.. so I portion them out. It's no more calories than an apple and milk, has no more sugar or fat really.. and honestly weight loss is calories in and calories out. And while rereading my plan materials, I noticed there was no mention of the infamous snack rule. I feel so much better about the plan now.
A few nights ago I made a Core-friendly dinner of Penne with Broccoli from Everday Food. I used whole wheat penne instead traditional penne. If you can find ff ricotta cheese it's Core, otherwise, count points for the ricotta. I used part-skim here. And for those who count, the NI is below.
Nutritional Info: 362 calories, 12 grams of fat, 9 grams fiber