Tasty Tuesdays

Tasty Tuesday

One of the many things I’ve learned about myself since losing 75 pounds and continuing a lifetime of managing my weight, is that I actually ENJOY the challenge of making healthy eating TASTY & SIMPLE. If a recipe or food idea isn’t efficient and quick to organize then I’m probably not interested! I love sharing my finds and when I did, folks would always asking me if I had it written down somewhere. A-HA! The birth of Tasty Tuesdays! As you will see quickly, most are not recipes but rather clever tips and tricks for healthy food ideas. They have really helped many busy people keep from getting bored while still eating healthy and in control. Hope you find enjoy them as much as we do!
*HINT: If you are looking for something in particular, just type a word about it in the search box and it will pull up all of the posts with that word in them! Nice, huh??

Roasted Orange Blossom Honey Goat Cheese Flat Bread with Pumpkin Seeds

The year 2020 will forever be remembered for many, many things for all of us. One of the lighter hearted memories, yet extremely impactful for my family, will be that […]

Terra’s Tasty Tuesday Jalapeño Poppers~ 2 for 1 SmartPoint

I consider myself a connoisseur of jalapeño poppers!! They are most definitely in my top 5 all-time favorite foods! After years of collecting research (aka ordering them at nearly every […]

Happy Hour, Happy Tracker!!!!!

Understanding the importance of balancing our healthy behaviors and routines with what brings us pleasure in life is imperative to weight loss success. It doesn’t matter how much weight we […]

Terra’s Roasted Potatoes, Peppers & Sausage

Just 4 Smartpoints on the MyWW Purple Plan and 6 Smartpoints on MyWW Blue & Green Plans!! So easy and FILLING! I tried so many recipes throughout our shelter in […]

Egg Cooking Day At Our House!

I don’t know about you, but I burnt myself out on hard boiled eggs a long time ago. I used to love them but now I’m kind of “MEH” at […]

Terra’s Zero SmartPoint Hummus

I’m on the MyWW Purple Plan. All three plans are proven to work equally well and none are better or faster for weight loss than another. I chose purple because […]

Best 2 SmartPoint Tea Latte In The House

I’m not a coffee drinker, but I love tea lattes and I love(d) to frequent Starbucks. Alas, those days are over, for now, as we shelter in place. After many […]

Terra’s Super Low SmartPoint Twice Baked Potatoes ~Tasty Tuesday

Last Saturday night, Darin and I decided to make a nice dinner and eat in the dining room. We typically don’t use the dining room when it’s just us, but […]

McDonald’s Cherry Pie Remake~Only 3 SmartPoints~Tasty Tuesday

I can barely contain my excitement!! This is one of my new favorite go-to after dinner treats!! Hope you enjoy it as well. Sheltering in place for the past 3+ […]

Tasty Tuesday~ Ruthie’s Zero Smartpoint Muffins!

Hello there! This is an amazing recipe came from Ruth, a lifetime WW member, in Madera, California. She’s on the WW Purple plan and came up with this recipe to […]

Warm Fruit Crisp – One Of My All-Time Tasty Tuesday Favs!!!

Back by popular demand!!!! Not only is this a super healthy and very low Smart Point warm fruit crisp that tastes delicious, it will also give your home a heavenly […]

So Easy Caprese with FIG Balsamic

  I originally posted my So Easy Caprese salad idea in 2011 and I laughed when I recently ran across the post because I am still eating it now, in […]

A Secret Weapon For Awesome Low Point, Healthy Cooking!

Last year about this time with great hesitancy, I purchased an air fryer. I don’t like to spend a ton of time in the kitchen and I also don’t like […]

1 SmartPoint Pumpkin Pie In A Jar

It’s almost Thanksgiving and I’d be remiss if I didn’t share this favorite fall dessert!! Darin & I have been having it a couple times a week and it’s phenomenal!! […]

Tasty Tuesday~ 2 SmartPoints for Hummus AND Pita!!

Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pitas. ONE SmartPoint each! Trader Joe’s Eggplant Hummus. FIVE Tablespoons for ONE SmartPoint! When I first got to Fresno, I had all intentions […]

0 SmartPoints Banana Ice Cream – Throw Back Tasty Tuesday Recipe

All The Ingredients You Need For 0 SmartPoints Banana Ice Cream! An oldie but a goodie!  This recipe is so simple yet so delicious and it’s perfect for these hot […]

Tasty Tuesday Lentil Soup

As we push through the last few weeks of cold weather, I thought I’d share one more very low SmartPoint, hearty soup to get us through!! This comes from the […]

Manwich – Tasty Tuesday

I’m super excited to share my latest food find!! It’s low in Smartpoints and high in comfort food satisfaction!! Just the combo I’ve been craving on these cold, winter nights!! […]

Enlighten Ice cream Bars – A Tasty Tuesday Treat

I’m usually not a fan of frozen ice cream bars, but this one shared by my dear friend, Anne, turns out to be a incredibly delicious!! I’ve been looking for […]

BLT Salad = 3 SmartPoints – Terra’s Tasty Tuesday 

BLT Salad = 3 SmartPoints This is a food idea I’ve shared before at this time of year and now the SmartPoints for it are actually lower than they were […]

QuestBar – Terra’s Tasty Tuesday

Ohhhhh…..This is a great find!  I like protein bars but so often they are loaded with sugar and extremely high in SmartPoints, so that makes most of them a big […]

ZERO Smart Points Dessert!

At our Weight Watchers meeting in Schaumburg last week, a member shared her baked apple recipe with us and it was SO delicious I thought I’d pass it along to […]

Tamales, Guac & Refried Beans! OH YUM! Tasty Tuesday

Here’s what I LOVE about Trader Joe’s…..I can run in quickly and grab a complete meal that’s healthy, filling, delicious AND keeps me within my daily Smart Points target. All […]

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE FLUFF -Tasty Tuesday-This One’s A Keeper!

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE FLUFF Because plain yogurt just isn’t “dessert enough” by it’s self! Oh do I love this one!!  It’s really been helping me stay on track, so I had […]

Tasty Tuesday~Zucchini Noodle Jack Pot!

Zucchini “noodles” are getting RAVE reviews and since they are ZERO SmartPoints, I’ve been wanting to try them for a while now.  I even ordered my “Veggetti Pro” from Amazon, […]

PB & J.2 Terra’s Tasty Tuesday!

It’s back to school season and boy, can we feel it!  Don’t even think about going to the Geneva Commons (the local outdoor mall in my area) or Target without […]

Tasty Tuesday Fried Rice

OK—Be honest, doesn’t this look just like fried rice you’d order from a Chinese restaurant???   Well, it’s not!  Miracle of all miracles, first, it’s almost 100% veggies (=super low […]

Tasty Tuesday & Link To Terra On TV This Week

Hello! Terra Ayres on WCIU You and Me Morning Show Talking About Healthy Summer Food Ideas! Click Here to Watch!   Terra Ayres on WCIU You and Me Morning Show […]

Smartfood – Tasty Tuesday

Hi Everyone!! Quick note before I share this week’s good idea….I know many are having trouble posting comments.  Here’s the simple fix:  If it says “timed out” when you try […]

Sweet Tasty Tuesday

In the eternal quest for the perfect after dinner sweet treat that isn’t loaded with sugar, I’ve recently found this yogurt that surprisingly fits the bill!!  I know….it’s yogurt….but the […]

Chicken Sausage – Super Simple Tasty Tuesday!!

Just TWO SmartPoints each!  Need I say more??  Well, I’ve never been one of few words and it gets even better, so you know I can’t end the post here!! […]

Veggie Straws & Dill Dip – Terra’s Tasty Tuesday :-))

I may have posted this before, but it’s one of my all time favorite junk food “hacks” so it’s worth a second mention!!  I actually had this snack for dinner […]

Chock-Full-of-Goodness Bar Cookies – Terra on TV & the Recipe!

http://www.wciu.com/videos/youandme/check-out-the-new-plan-from-weight-watchers Yesterday,  I was on WCIU, The U, morning show You & Me.  I meant to write a post to share the info with you before I went on, instead of […]

Terra’s Tasty Tuesday Taco Salad On The Go!!

Hey Everyone! Hope you’re surviving the polar vortex it feels like we have been living in for the past few days. Brrrrrrrrr, is an understatement! Today’s Tasty Tuesday is SOOOO […]

So What’s For Din Din?? Baked Tilapia & Veggies with Red Potatoes

It’s Tasty Tuesday!!!! The key to living a healthy lifestyle consistently is to ENJOY the foods you’re eating and the activities that you’re doing to stay active.  If we are […]

Healthy Tailgating Tips

Below is the link to the WCIU “The U” Heathy Tailgating Tips segment that aired, live yesterday on “You & Me In the Morning”. Thanks for all your well wishes!! […]

Roasted Sweet Sriracha Brussel Sprouts

  The Patten House in downtown Geneva is one of my favorite restaurants and one of my favorite appetizers are their Siriracha Brussel sprouts. They are sweet with a little […]

Warm, Cheesy Mashed…

…………..BUTTTERNUT SQUASH!!! I know it sounds like a stretch, but stay with me here!!! Last Monday I had the opportunity to go on the Trader Joe’s tour hosted by Weight […]

Raw Veggies – Tasty Tuesday with Terra….

……on Wednesday! I promise to shake up the tasty Tuesdays after this one so that every week it’s not just simple vegetables, but since committing to losing weight, I want […]

Cucumbers – Tasty Tuesday with Terra

OK…..so if I am going to stay at 26 PointPlus values per day, it is imperative that I load up on veggies. If I don’t, my chances of going over […]

Choose Your Hard

I’ve posted this quote before and I will probably post it again because it’s a message that really resonates with me. Maybe it does with you too? About 10 minutes […]

Tasty Tuesday BLT Salad for Only 4 PointPlus values!!

First, let me start by saying that I know you’re reading this on WEDNESDAY, not Tuesday, but for the record, I’m writing it on Tuesday night. I just didn’t get […]

Tasty Tuesday

Dear Terra- I don’t know how many points this is but it’s so small the extras can’t add much. This is one of those mini dessert glasses. I crushed some […]

See You Today At 830am or 930am!

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.” -Walter Elliott It’s so much easier to achieve goals and successful change when we break it […]

Coming Home

I’m writing quickly this morning because I don’t have much time. I’ve waited weeks for today to arrive and now that it’s here, I feel as happy as if it […]

We Don’t Have To Earn Self Love

    Goals and goal setting are great ways to help us clarify what we want and how to achieve it. Goals help to point our behaviors in the direction […]

Tasty Tuesday

Last week had a “cottage cheese” theme to it!! I had 2 people, on different days, share really unique (to me at least me) ways of using cottage cheese. I’ve […]

Let’s Make It A Cozy Tasty Tuesday!!!

Snow on it’s way??? Cole text me a photo of his campus up at UW-La Crosse this morning with 3 inches of snow already!! Ahhhhh!!!! Not sure if it will […]

Tasty Tuesday Takes a Field Trip…..

The Little Traveler on downtown Geneva’s historic Third Street I am so excited to share the new Weight Watchers friendly fall menu for the Atruim Cafe, located in the Little […]

Tasty Tuesday-Chicken Amore

Terra, This is a Hungry Girl recipe and OMG, it is sooooo good! And great on the PointsPlus values!!! I used regular mushrooms. You could pretty much stuff the chicken […]

Try the Pumpkin Pie Smoothie!

I’ve gotten rave reviews from many readers about the pumpkin pie smoothie I posted from Idajean Waters on Tuesday!! Give it a try!! Thanks for the below email, CJ!! Congrats […]

Tasty Tuesday-Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Hey Everyone!! Hope your week has started off to be a fabulous one. I’ve received so many good Tasty Tuesday food ideas from many of you and I want to […]

Go With The Flow

There isn’t a “right” way and a “wrong” way. Sometimes things are thrown at us in life that we don’t expect. The key is to not be so set in […]

Tasty Tuesday

It’s soup season!!!! This recipe comes from a friend in my one of my Friday morning Weight Watchers meetings. Thanks, Janet!!! Black Bean Soup (This was a Weight Watcher’s recipe) […]

Tasty Tuesday

Back by popular demand…. One Points Plus Chili!!! This is an oldie but a goodie and several people at my Weight Watchers meeting last week said I should repost this…so […]

Tasty Tuesday

A big thanks to Christine for emailing this recipe to me so that I can share it with you!!!! The email from Christine is below. Enjoy:-)) Hi Terra, I came […]

Moving Forward

Change is only overwhelming if you allow it to be. If you’re looking for a different result than what you’ve been getting in any aspect of your life, you’ll need […]

Tasty Tuesday

Labor Day is behind us, kids are back in school, and we are into our fall routine. It’s ALMOST time for the hot soups, stews, apple crisp and comfort food […]

Tasty Tuesday Cheezy Eggs With Bacon-4 Points Plus Values

Greetings! I know, today is Thursday, not Tuesday. I’m a couple day behind since we had Monday off for Labor Day. I thought you’d understand! This probably isn’t considered a […]

Back To Basics-Tasty Tuesday

I posted this on my Facebook page last night because it’s how I’ve felt for the last two weeks getting Cole, my oldest son, off to college for the first […]

Hello Old Friend….My Dear Crockpot

It’s not quite fall yet, but with school starting earlier than normal this year for most school districts around here, many of us are preparing to get back to more […]

Super Chocolate Tasty Tuesday

Located on Third Street in charming downtown Geneva is The All Chocolate Kitchen, pictured below. I know many of you that receive my blog are not living the Geneva area, […]

What’s Truly Important Today?

http://youtu.be/uaWA2GbcnJU When I watched this video, which of course at first I told myself I didn’t have time to do, it made me really stop and think about my priorities. […]

Tasty Tuesday~Dining Out Edition

Terra, I like to meet one of my old high school girlfriends (who is also a WW Lifer) at Olive Garden. We can have long chats and not spend many […]

Tasty Tuesday-Fast Food Edition

Last week I asked for some of your go to food choices when dining out. Thanks to those of you that emailed me. Your ideas are much appreciated and I’m […]

Tasty Tuesday

Good morning!! Just passing along a little sweet treat that I’ve really been enjoying lately and thought you might too. It’s especially great on hot afternoons when you need a […]

Tasty Tuesday Zucchini Spaghetti

Let me first say…..ZERO POINTS!! This recipe/food idea came from Gretchen, a Lifetime member who is successfully keeping off the roughly 50lbs she lost years ago. She’s a phenomenal cook […]

Good Morning:-)

“If you think you aren’t the leader of your life, you’re wrong. Except that, since you actually are the leader of your life, you’ll make yourself right. When you dictate […]

Sweet Tasty Tuesday

Good morning, everyone! This Tasty Tuesday food idea has been around for many years, but many of us have forgotten about it or never heard of it at all. A […]

Tasty Tuesday Miso Ginger Soup with Cilantro Chicken Wontons

Good morning!! This food combo idea comes from Luanne and we’ve discussed it a couple of times in our Friday Weight Watchers meetings. It’s simple, delicious and filling. I’d say […]

Tasty Tuesday-Power Foods

I’m really trying to eat “clean” these days. Yes, it helps with weight management, but my motivation is even more about feeling my best. I don’t know if it comes […]

Tasty Tuesday

Good morning, everyone!!! This Tasty Tuesday comes to us from Lynne in Geneva. Thanks for sharing, Lynne!!! Hi Terra…. Here’s something we came up with for the warmer days coming […]

Stick-to-it-ness

When we are working to make a change in our life or to accomplish a goal, often times it is just when we think we can’t take it anymore that […]

Tasty Tuesday

Hi Terra….. I am going to Kenya this summer, so we are working on learning about Kenyan food. We made Moroccan Carrots, Kenyan Vegetable Curry, a Tomato and Onion Salad […]

Oh Happy Day…It’s Your Choice

Tasty Spring Tuesday

It might still feel a bit like winter after yesterday’s crazy and hopefully last snow fall, but this dish screams SPRING!!! Light and fresh but also full of flavor. Love […]

Say NO to Fear

No matter what situation we are dealing with……losing weight, keeping weight off, running a marathon, raising our children, whatever your challenge might be today….when we stop fearing all the reasons […]

Tasty Tuesday on Thursday!!

Hello my dear friends… I’ve missed you guys!! Darin and I took the boys to Puerto Rico for spring break to celebrate Cole’s 18th birthday. Wow, what a trip! I […]

Less IS More

How do you feel when you OVER indulge? How does it make you feel physically? How about your energy level? Does more food/drink make you feel better about yourself or […]

Tasty Tuesday- SO EASY!

Good Morning Friends!!! This recipe sounds quick and super easy. The perfect Tasty Tuesday combo!! If you have ideas to share, please email them to me!!! I’m running low and […]

You’re Stronger Than You Think

It’s important to remember that everyone has challenges. There are people out there with challenges far greater than ours and others who’s challenges don’t seem as big, but regardless…we all […]

Tasty Tuesday- Meatless

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!!! The below recipe was shared by Linda in my Thursday 10a Weight Watchers meeting in Geneva last week. It is not only simple and meatless, it is […]

Keep It In Perspective

Tasty Tuesday!!

Good morning everyone!!! Wow…great temps yesterday, huh???? Yesterday it was almost 50* and it looks like the same for today!!! Add in longer day light hours thanks to the time […]

Tasty Tuesday Fruit Tree

Hi Terra Thought I would share pictures of Bob making fruit tree. He peeled a pineapple and used a pear on top to give it the shape of a tree. […]

Tasty Tomato Soup Tuesday!

Hi Terra, I found this recipe online last night and it looks good. Using the nutrition info provided, I calculated the Points Plus and added them in (parentheses) type next […]

Do What It Takes To Be Happy

Tasty Tuesday-Lentil Salad

Hi Terra, I found the recipe for Trader Joe’s Lentil Salad. I added chopped apple and used half a bottle of the dressing. LENTIL SALAD 1 Pkge TJ’s Steamed Lentils […]

What In The World Are You Waiting For??

What I write about on this blog and discuss in the meetings I lead is NOT a diet!! It’s really not!! I’m talking about a lifestyle. This (TODAY) is YOUR […]

TASTY TUESDAY~Deep Dish Pizza Casserole

Hi Everyone! Thank you so much for the recipes some of you have been emailing me recently. I REALLY, REALLY appreciate them. Some weeks it can be difficult for me […]

Tasty Tuesday

Spicy Red Lentil Dip Makes 2 ½ cups total: 10- ¼ c servings = 2pp each ½ c = 3pp each 1 cup dry red lentils 1 bay leaf Fine […]

A Really Tasty Tuesday!

It’s freezing out there!!! Today calls for the crockpot. Comfort food. There is nothing better than walking into the house at the end of the day and smelling a delicious […]

Warm and Toasty Tasty Tuesday

Good Morning!! My Weather Channel app says there is a good chance of snow today, so I’m sharing a comfort food recipe guaranteed to fill you up with warm goodness […]

Tasty Tuesday-Sugar free!!

You’re Free To Be Happy Today

Good Morning, Everyone!!! I’ve just returned from sunny Florida where I spent the last week with my son, Chase and his TriCity Football team as they competed in the United […]

Tasty Tuesday-Chocolate Raspberries!

Dear Terra… Here’s the snack/treat combo picture I promised to send you. I stuffed the fresh raspberries with dark chocolate chips, but like we discussed, white chocolate chips would be […]

“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” — Cherokee Indian Proverb

You’re on the right track if you enjoyed your Thanksgiving, you don’t feel an ounce of guilt about it and your back to your “new normal” healthy routines. Health isn’t […]

“It’s not what’s on the table that really matters…it’s what’s in the chairs.”

Hey All! Thanksgiving is just 2 days away! My most favorite and cherished holiday of all!! A whole day set aside in the middle of the week to give thanks […]

Tasty Tuesday

Good Morning Everyone! This recipe comes to us from a very successful Lifetime member who attends my 10a meeting in Schaumburg on Tuesdays. She’s been at her goal weight for […]

Tasty Tuesday Taco Bake

This recipe is delicious!! Thanks for sending it to us, Sue! I’ll see all my Schaumburg Weight Watchers at 10am and noon today. Stay warm!! All is well, Terra Hi […]

Tasty Tuesday-Butterfinger Dessert

Good Morning! Thanks so much to those of you who are emailing me your favorite recipes! It’s great to be able to share them with everyone through this website/blog. If […]

Tasty Tuesday-Deep Dish Sloppy Joe Casserole

This recipe came directly from the website www.emilybites.com. If you’ve never checked it out, I highly recommend you do so!!! Emily is my kind of girl and her website ROCKS!!!!!! […]

How Cute Is This???

Eating healthy doesn’t need to be scary! It is hard to resist the fall sweets that are out this time of year. But with a little creativity we can all […]

Let Your SuperGirl Within SHINE!

“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it fearlessly.” ― Steve Maraboli

Tasty Tuesday Creamy Crockpot Potato Soup

Hi Terra, I saw this recipe on Facebook and made it yesterday. My husband and I were the only ones home for dinner and we both thought it was delicious. […]

Tasty Tuesday & Other Timely Tidbits

Hey Terra, I came across this recipe which I have not put into the recipe builder but it is 59 calories. I know you mention this all the time but […]

Tasty Tuesday – One Points Plus Chili

Good morning! This recipe is tried and true!! It’s been around for ever and I every time I share it, I get excellent feedback. Give it it a try…it’s guaranteed […]

Life Is More Than Just The 5 Senses….

Believe In Yourself

“Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible!’” ~ Audrey Hepburn

Make Today A Fabulous Day!!

Mini Cheesecake Ice cream Sandwiches…Raspberry OR Peanut butter!!

Dear Terra- Here are my new favorite dessert recipes that I talked about last week. They are from the Weight Watchers website and they are only 3 Point Plus Values […]

Happy Friday!!!

This journey is about you….

…and it’s about feeling comfortable and healthy in you’re own skin. When it feels tough, remind yourself that eating right and moving more isn’t a punishment. It’s the opposite…it’s an […]

Tasty Tuesday

Labor Day is behind us, kids are back in school, and football season is in full swing (I couldn’t resist showing off the above picture of my son, Cole Carlson […]

The Foods You Eat Don’t Make YOU Good Or Bad

“My philosophy on eating right is to allow rather than deprive, because deprivation leads to bingeing. Learn how to have half a piece of cake because you really want it. […]

It’s YOUR Choice….

Tasty Tuesday-Black Bean & Corn Soup

Hi Terra, Here is the Black Bean & Corn Soup Recipe. I did put it thru Recipe Builder to get the PP value. Have a great weekend. See you next […]

Happy Friday!

Fake it until you make it…

YOU CAN DO THIS! Remind yourself of this as often as possible and surround yourself with people who will remind you. Even if you’re scared, resist the urge to let […]

Tasty Tuesday Cucumber Subs!

Terra, Saw a couple posts with tasty, healthy recipes with cucumbers from my facebook friends and thought you might like to share for a tasty Tuesday idea. A couple great […]

A Personal Note & A Terrific Tasty Tuesday Recipe!

Hello to all my dear friends out there!!!!! I apologize for being MIA as far as blog writing has been concerned these last few weeks. As many of you who […]

Tasty Tuesday- PESTO!

Hey Everyone…. Can you believe how quickly the summer is flying by!! Thursday is AUGUST 1st!!!! AHHHHH….fall, football and school starting back to session are all just around the corner. […]

Tasty Tuesday-Cool, Creamy Cone!

Many of you know this already, but it’s such an awesome, all around value, it’s worth a reminder…. The McD’s soft serve cones are only 5 PointsPlus Values and muy […]

Tasty Tuesday-Strawberry Rhubarb Compote

Terra: Here’s a recipe I found on SkinnyTaste.com and prepared this week. I have a giant rhubarb plant in my yard, and was looking for something to cook with it […]

Tasty Tuesday~BAKED CHEESE BALLS 2 PointsPlus values per serving!

It’s another VERY Tasty Tuesday if you like appetizer type foods, like I do!!! A HUGE shout out to Judie from one of my Naperville meetings for sharing this food […]

Tasty Tuesday Courtesy of Bonnie!

Hi Terra- As we discussed last week, I found this an easier option than the salad in a jar since you can shake and eat right from the container. Here’s […]

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment….

…….When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” -author unknown If there is something […]

2nd Try….

Only part of yesterday’s post uploaded, so I’m re-posting it in it’s entirety. See below….. “No one is perfect…that’s why pencil’s have erasers” -author unknown “Striving for excellence motivates you; […]

No one is perfect… that’s why pencils have erasers. ~Author Unknown

“Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.” ~Harriet Braiker We can be our own harshest critic and it is unnecessary. Expecting perfection is counter productive to ANY […]

Tasty Tuesday-Grape Candy

I recently had lunch with a couple of the girls I work with at Weight Watchers and they were raving about these simple sweet treats. Partly because they are so […]

Some Days You Just Have To Be Tough!

“A strong woman is one who feels deeply and loves fiercely. Her tears flow just as abundantly as her laughter. A strong woman is both soft and powerful. She is […]

Tasty Tuesday ~ Kellee’s Confetti Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

It’s Tuesday again and as usual, it’s going to be a tasty one!!! This week I have a fabulously fresh and light summer salad for you to try, straight from […]

Supporting Each To Gain Healthier Habits

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle Weight loss and weight maintenance are management processes. Getting to your weight goal […]

Hello Brand New Day!!!

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows […]

Scrumptious Sunday

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!! As promised, I’m trying to make up for a couple of missed Tasty Tuesdays! I really wanted to get this one out to you before the […]

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

I don’t usually put links to videos on my site because often when people send them to me, I don’t open them either!! But…. I am really, really hoping this […]

Tasty Tuesday–“If you like piña coladas…..”

It’s back! After a long winter away and by popular demand, the Weight Watchers 2 PointsPlus Coconut smoothie mix is back on our shelves! It makes the yummiest 2 PointsPlus […]

Tasty Tuesday Eggstasy!

Good morning, Everyone!! I am always looking for easy ways to eat more protein grab and go style. I like carbs as much as the next guy…….but I stand my […]

Live, Really LIVE Your Life!!

This inspires me! A friend who loves searching for quotes as much as I do, sent this to me earlier in the week and I love it. I want to […]

April Showers Bring May Flowers…

I wrote the post below yesterday morning, which was Thursday. The way WordPress has my blog set up, I have to finish writing each post by 7am or it does […]

Tasty Tuesday In A Jar!

Hi Terra, I just saw this on Facebook and it looks really interesting, I also watched the video showing how to vacuum seal the “Salad in a Jar.” I haven’t […]

Make the Most Of Today

“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new […]

Choose Your Hard

Ouch! This quotes smarts as you read it, but as you let it sink in, and you’ll know IT’S TRUE. There is always another choice, a different path. Use your […]

You Are Beautiful

“The scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give […]

Tasty Tuesday…3-2-1 Mug Cake

Terra, I am in your Wednesday 11:30am meeting and I know some members were talking about the 3-2-1 mug cake and thought it was only 1 PointPlus value. Well, I […]

Change the Channel

Recently, I was sharing with a dear friend, some personal stuff about myself that I’ve been a little down about. Rather than agree, commiserate or sympathize with me, like in […]

Desperation Isn’t All Bad

“Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything, or creating anything. Period. If you ain’t desperate at some point, you ain’t interesting.” -Jim Carrey Being desperate isn’t a good feeling […]

Field Trip!! Everyone To The Little Traveler Cafe in Historic Downtown Geneva!!

Hi Terra, My Husband, Mike, has been so impressed with all that he’s learned about Weight Watchers, that he has had the chef put together and onto the menu some […]

Tasty Tuesday

Ok Folks…. If you know me at all, you know that I consider myself a “volume eater”. I’ve always eaten fairly healthy, but my challenge has always been eating too […]

Comfortable With Who You Are Right Now

“The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.” ― Mark Twain If what I’ve dedicated myself to do at Weight Watchers was simply about teaching people a way […]

Tasty Tuesday-Chocolate or Peanut Butter Frozen Bananas

Don’t these look so delicious? And they look professionally made! It’s no wonder, because the recipe came from Lisa Vargas, who is an amazing chef! If you recall, she’s the […]

Watch You’re Thoughts

Just Focus On Today…..

“If I did not simply live from one moment to another, it would be impossible for me to be patient, but I only look at the present, I forget the […]

Tasty Tuesday

A BIG THANKS TO MARTA FOR SHARING HER FIND! SORRY THIS TASTY TUESDAY IS A DAY LATE……MY BOYS HAD A SNOW DAY AND SO DID I!!! Hi Terra, I discovered […]

Life Isn’t Fair and Neither Is Weight Loss!

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” ― Wayne W. Dyer If we constantly use the scale to determine our success as a […]

Maxwell’s Italian Wedding Soup

Terra, Here is the recipe I promised. I made this for Maxwell (see photo above) because he loved the canned version and I knew I could feed him better tasting […]

Tasty Tuesday-Christine Style

Hi Terra I mentioned a couple of snacks I found with fruits or vegetables in the meeting today. Here are the details… Laughing cow light creamy Swiss 1 wedge is […]

Tasty Tuesday 1 PointsPlus Ranch Dip!

Each month in 2013 at Weight Watchers, we are focusing on adding a new, healthy routine to our everyday lives. Our healthy routine for January was ADDING A FRUIT AND/OR […]

Schedule

“Think about your highest purpose in 2013. Set up your calendar to serve that end, and everything will run better.” —Martha Beck, Daily Coach Tips Although it can be a […]

Tasty Tuesday-Beef-Cabbage Soup

This recipe is from Marsha and Karen, Weight Watchers members who attend my 10am meeting in Schaumburg on Tuesdays. Combined, these two friends have lost over 70 pounds!!! Incredible, huh??? […]

New Week

Success is not a race, be patient. Success leads to success. Success is always a work in progress. Success doesn’t come to you–you go to it. Success is a journey, […]

Say NO to the Blues

“Johnny Winter is one of the best blues players in the world. He’s very underrated.” -Ritchie Blackmore The weather makes this a hard time of year to stay motivated to […]

What’s Your BIGGER yes?

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that […]

Tasty Tuesday-Congrats, Lyndee!

As I sit here and write, my thermometer says it’s -3* outside!!!!! Now THAT is cold!!! This time of year, when it’s difficult to keep our activity level as high […]

Tasty Tuesday

Spicy Cocoa Roasted Almonds A big THANK YOU to Mary Ellen for this yummy recipe! Hi Terra, I wanted to share a new treat that I made this holiday season. […]

How’s It Going??

“We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.” – Dolly Parton This week, we will be half way through the month of January. How’s it going for […]

Did Anyone Else Have A Rough Weekend?

“So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we just don’t sit there. If we screw it up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve […]

Tasty Tuesday

With the cold weather and the long nights, I crave “comfort foods”. These Cheesy Green Beans are one of my recent favorites!!! It works best with frozen green beans and […]

Imagine

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” -Albert Einstein. Imagination is a powerful part of making our dreams a reality. It’s critical that you can see, […]

Tasty Tuesday in Florida!

Hi All! It’s Tuesday and I’m down in sunny, warm Tampa, Florida watching Chase play for his travel football league’s national championship. I have fabulous substitute leaders lined up to […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra

I’m a couple days behind on my Tasty Tuesday food idea, but better late than never, as they say!!! I got these sugar free apple cider packets at Jewel and […]

Each Baby Step Is More Powerful Than The One Before It

“All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra~Melted Chocolate Carmel In An Apple

This is a long-time Weight Watchers favorite fall snack or dessert idea. If you have done WW in the past, you might recognize it, but it’s so yummy and seasonally […]

Fear Erased

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot […]

FEEL AND ACT AS IF YOU ARE ALREADY AT YOUR GOAL WEIGHT!

  Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” ~Gloria Steinem After you have determined a realistic weight […]

Wake Up. Be Grateful. Make 80% of Your Choices Healthy Ones. Repeat Daily.

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do—not that the nature of the thing has changed, but that our power to do it is increased.” -Herbert […]

Happy

“There is no way to happiness. Happiness IS the way.” ~Buddha In anticipation of weightloss, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking “I will be happy when….” I […]

A Challenge For Today…

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to blame. The gift is yours […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra

On tonight’s menu for dinner at our house: BBQ chicken on the grill, loaded baked potatoes and grilled asparagus. The key to making my loaded baked potato “PointsPlus worthy” is […]

Love Yourself

“Whatever you are doing, love yourself for doing it. Whatever you are feeling, love yourself for feeling it.” – Thaddeus Golas I can say with certainty, if I met any […]

OK–Tell Me This Doesn’t Sound Delicious!!!

Terra’s Tasty Tuesday

Sometimes finding the right snack to satisfy you is more about identifying your craving for texture and taste than it is about needing a particular food. So for example, if […]

Relax

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.”. – Chinese Proverb Don’t let the process of getting to a healthy weight become an added stress […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra

BREAKFAST COOKIES ~ 2 PointPlus values each Hi Everyone! Officially, it’s still Tuesday as I write this post at 8pm, but you won’t be reading it until Wednesday morning if […]

Trader Joe’s Tour Spaces Available

Brigid and Jules both have space available on their upcoming Trader Joe’s tour. If your interested and can make the time, I would HIGHLY recommend attending!!! It’s not only a […]

Anything…Just Do Something Outside!

Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ― William Cullen Bryant There are no excuses this weekend! It’s not too hot and it’s not too cold. Walk, run, ride your bike, skip, […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra

Hey, it’s Tuesday and I’m here to offer you yet another tasty treat to try!! I took a break last Tuesday because I was out in San Diego visiting my […]

Experience

“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” ― Oprah Winfrey Although sometimes it’s hard to admit, the journey to a healthy weight can be a […]

DO IT ANYWAY

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra~ Warm Berry Crisp

Hi Everyone! Happy Tuesday. I LOVE this dessert because it’s SO yummy, but also because it’s made with nearly all Power Foods! Clean foods make us feel energized!! It’s super […]

FALL!

“Always keep in mind that any time you fall at little short of realizing a goal, you are still taking a step closer towards achieving it. Just don’t fall short […]

“Everyday brings with it a chance to make NEW choices”

What new choices would you like to make today? Is there anything you would like to do differently today than you did yesterday? If so, what? Let’s not let the […]

Tasty Tuesday~Drive Thru!

Seriously, who’s got time to cook this week as we get these kids ready for school???? NOT ME! So one of my favorite on-the-go, PointsPlus worthy snacks is the McDonald’s […]

Watermelon Gazpacho

Hey Terra, Here is the Watermelon Gazpacho recipe. Julie Lambert Watermelon Gazpacho 1 large tomato pureed 1/2 serrano chile 2 c. cubed fresh watermelon 1 tsp. red wine vinegar 1/4 […]

PB&J!! Tasty Tuesday With Terra – On The Go Style!

PB&J…that’s it??? YEP!!! Somedays it really has to be THAT simple! With fall sports in full swing and everyone scrambling to get the last of the summertime activities in before […]

Free 3 PointsPlus Yogen Fruz to Keep Us Cool Today!

“Then followed that beautiful season… Summer…. Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”– […]

Pizza Wrap~Tasty Tuesday with Terra

Don’t forget tonight’s (Tuesday) event! I’m hoping you can join me at the Geneva WW Store at 7pm for an open discussion on tips and tricks to overcome late night […]

Rootbeer Float ~ Tasty Tuesday with Terra

Root Beer Float Smoothie Hey Everyone! They say today there’s a good chance that today is going to be the hottest day of the summer! It’s supposed to reach temps […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra~Week 6

REMINDER: TONIGHT IS THE SPECIAL GET-TO-GETHER AT THE GENEVA WEIGHT WATCHERS STORE TO ‘DISH’ ABOUT OUR FAVORITE LOCAL RESTAURANT FOOD THAT HELP US TO STAY WITHIN OUR DAILY POINTSPLUS ALLOWANCE. […]

Join Me to Discuss Eating Out In the Fox Valley!

The “Eating Out in the Fox Valley” workshop will be an open forum for us to share ideas about our local menu favorites and how we fit them into our […]

MOCK-A-RITA – Tasty Tuesday with Terra~Week 6

HELLO All! With tomorrow being the 4th of July and the weather looking hot and steamy, it seems like the perfect time to revisit one of my favorite recipes…The Mock-A-Rita! […]

BUDDY UP!

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ~C.S. Lewis If I had to name all […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra~Week 5

OK, I am typically NOT a fan of brussel sprouts. My Mom loves them and growing up, the smell of her steaming them made me GAG, so eating them was […]

Crunchy Champagne Pear Salad-Tasty Tuesdays with Terra

Happy Tuesday, AGAIN! Today’s salad is AMAZING when it comes to taste AND ease of preparation. OH YEAH…my two favorite qualities in a dish! I hope you like it as […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra~Week 3

Hello Reader! Today’s Tasty Tuesday idea comes from a WW member who is just getting ready to celebrate losing 5% of her body weight! Yay! Achieving the 5% weight loss […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra~Week 2

Asian Broccoli Salad with Mandarin Oranges Asian Broccoli Salad with Mandarin Oranges Yields 8 1/2 cup servings @ 2PointsPlus each 2 12 ounce bags of broccoli slaw 2 small cans […]

Tasty Tuesday with Terra~Week 1

  Hi! Welcome to my first TASTY TUESDAY’S with TERRA blog post! Obviously, I am Terra and today is Tuesday! Pretty clever, huh?? My goal for Tasty Tuesdays with Terra […]

Quick Easy Breakfast Idea

Hi Terra, Hope your week is going great. I am attaching a receipe for egg muffins. You can make them on the weekend and just pop them in the microwave […]

Roasted Squash~So SIMPLE~You Must Try It!

Almost every grocery store is carrying already cut and cubed squash because of the season and it’s natural abundance. This works out REALLY WELL for us, as WW members because […]

Creamy Garlic Dressing and More!

Hi Terra, I’m the second receptionist at your new Monday Weight Watchers meeting at the Naperville Center. I told you about the recipe for salad dressings and I thought you […]

Use These Points Plus Values To Easily Plan Ahead!

A couple of day ago, I posted a letter from the local family who owns the restaurant called Fresh D’Lite in the Geneva Commons. If you missed it, just scroll […]

We Love You, Fresh D’Lite!

“I get by with a little help from my friends, Oh, I’m gonna try with a little help from my friends” -The Beatles Below is an email that was recently […]

France’s Cole Slaw

Reprinted from an article that I was recently given……”This is France’s cole slaw. Apparently while lucky French cooks are picking up their bakery-made puff pastry to whip up a gorgeous, […]

FAV FOODS tab on www.TerraAyres.com

I have re-posted the list of some favorite foods found at Trader Joe’s under the tab “FAV FOODS” on the home page of this blog so that you can access […]

Whoopie!

    Hey Terra,   I do have a recipe to share. It might be one that everyone else already knows, but I just came across it last week. I […]

Chocolate Banana Soft Serve

  Below is an email I received with a YUMMY, easy-to-make treat that I thought you might enjoy too. If you go to the recipe tab on my blog home […]

Sweet Tart Lemon Sno Cone

  This will be the perfect yummy treat to whip up on Memorial Day! It’s supposed to be nice and warm on Sunday and Monday, making it the PERFECT TIME […]

Baked Brown Rice~For Breakfast or Anytime!

Ok–So below is a PERFECT example of why sharing of information is SO helpful. I would have never in a million years thought to bake brown rice, nor would I […]

Eggstra Special Recipe

      This week we at the meetings we have been talking about what works best for each of us when it comes to breakfast. Some of us are […]

Strawberry Shortcake

        OK- I love both the doll Strawberry Shortcake as well as the dessert! Always have! Who doesn’t is my question???? My dream life would be to […]

Banana Icecream

This recipe is so simple yet so delicious that you will be amazed! A big THANK YOU to Marge for sharing with the meeting last Thursday. I couldn’t wait to […]

Calling All FOOD IDEAS TO SHARE

Basket Full of Low Points Plus Ideas This week in the meeting, we will be talking about making over our own kitchens-“Weight Watchers Style”. Sooooooo, I thought it seemed like […]

Shout Outs About Winter Squash

The following are helpful emails I have gotten since posting the entry about 0 Points Plus Squash Fries. I have found them VERY helpful as well as amusing! I love […]

0 PP Baked Squash Fries

Flipping through the channels not long ago, on a Saturday afternoon, Darin and I stumbled on Hungry Girl, Lisa Lillien’s new show on the Food Network. She’s always got such […]