I never knew that dates (the fruit) could be so complicated! After my post yesterday, there was quite the discussion about whether they were fresh or dried, or if they contained Weight Watchers PointsPlus or not. It was interesting, and prompted me to learn a little more about dates.
The reason I counted them as 0 PP is because according to Weight Watchers, fresh dates are 0 PP; and dried dates are 4 PP (for only 2 dates!). The dates that I bought were labeled as "fresh", but apparently there are different types of fresh dates: soft, semi-soft, or dry. And get this--the "dry fresh" dates are NOT the same as "dried" dates. If that's not confusing, well, I don't know what is! But after typing in "medjool dates" on the Weight Watchers app, low and behold, they are listed as 4 PP for 2 dates. So I guess the medjool dates are a different category from "fresh dates" and aren't included with the 0 PP fruits.
I ate a lot of dates when I was doing really well with my weight loss/maintenance in 2012-2013, and I always counted them as 0 PP. But, that said, I only ate 1-2 per day at most (that I can remember, anyway). If I had been eating several of them each day, there may have been a problem. But for now, I think I'll just count them as 0 PP, as long as I only have 1-2 per day. If I had to count them as 2 PP each, there is no way I'd choose them over something that's pure junk. I like dates, but they aren't worth 2 PP each!
That said, here is my food log from yesterday:
Today was a rest day. I ended up going to Target to get a couple of Christmas presents, and while I was there, I bought an electric kettle. I've wanted one of these for about 10 years, but just never got around to buying one. I make tea so much now that it was worth it to buy one.
I'm not sure if there is any advantage to having that over my stovetop kettle, but I tried it today when I made some tea, and I really like it. Noah likes to make tea for me, and the electric kettle seems safer (and it certainly pours better).
I finally got around to cooking our turkey today. Jerry's employer gives all of the employees a frozen turkey for Thanksgiving; the only problem is, we only get it two days before Thanksgiving, so it's never thawed in time. I've had this turkey in the fridge since last Tuesday, and it was still partially frozen this morning. I was tired of it taking up half the fridge, so I ran it under warm water for a few minutes thaw it out.
I've only cooked a turkey a few times in my life (we usually give it to my parents), so I don't really know much about cooking them (the first time I made one, I left the bag of innards inside! hahaha). I roasted it for four and a half hours. And then at the last minute, I realized I should probably make a couple of side dishes (I'm so used to making one-pot meals that I rarely make sides). I quickly made some mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, and corn. Then I realized I had no gravy, so I made homemade gravy for the first time in my life. It all happened so fast, and then it looked like a tornado went through my kitchen. But the food was good! The kids were very impressed with my gravy ;)
I spent more time cleaning up my kitchen mess than I had making it, and now I'm really looking forward to sitting down with a glass of wine (and Breaking Bad) tonight!