Sometimes you just GOTTA have something sweet. But before you go and dive headfirst into that calorie laden dessert that will ruin all the good eating you did all day, consider having one of today’s Fabulous Food Finds – Special K Moments Indulgent Snack Bites. I found these recently at my local Target, and was pretty excited to give them a try. They come in two flavors – Caramel Pretzel Bliss and Dreamy Coconut. They were both fantastic! And at 2 Points Plus each, they are just the right size to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard. BONUS: They freeze really well! After discovering how tasty they were, I went back to Target and grabbed a few more boxes to stash in my freezer. I always get a sweets craving in the evening, so these Special K Moments have been a lifesaver.
I’ve had my share of Weight Watchers banana bread recipes, but this version is my favorite. The bread comes out so moist and delicious, and the applesauce and vanilla extract help to give it just the right amount of sweetness without having to use a lot of sugar. If you prefer to use a regular, all-purpose flour with this instead of whole wheat, you absolutely can. Or you can use a mixture of the two flours. But I like the added nutrition of the whole wheat. I also added a few tablespoons of organic raw flaxseed because I was serving this to my kids, but that does add an extra Point or two. So, I posted the recipe without the inclusion of the flaxseed. This low fat banana bread is wonderful with your morning coffee or tea, or for an after dinner sweet treat. And at just 4 Points + for each thick slice, you’ll be thrilled at how filling and satisfying it is. Enjoy!
I have always adored peanut butter, but when I came across Justin’s fabulous looking line of Nut Butters at my local Whole Foods, I was dying to give it a try and compare it to my beloved peanut butter. The majority of their nut butters are almond based, as opposed to peanut. Almonds are one of, if not THE healthiest nut you can eat, and I love finding ways to incorporate more nuts in my diet. Plus, Justin’s Nut Butters offer a selection of six amazing flavors: Classic Almond, Honey Almond, Maple Almond, Chocolate Almond, Vanilla Almond and Chocolate Hazelnut, in addition to also offering a Classic Peanut Butter and Honey Peanut Butter. So I grabbed myself a jar of the Vanilla Almond Butter, and a few packets of other flavors to sample (yes, they also come in portion controlled packets, people!) I decided to try my new almond butter in a very basic way…spread onto some apple slices. OH EM GEE. It was absolutely divine! The flavor of the almond comes through perfectly, with just the slightest hint of vanilla. And I loved how fresh this product tasted…like it was literally made from scratch in my kitchen. I was thrilled with how absolutely delicious this stuff was! MOVE OVER PEANUT BUTTER. Keep in mind though, this is a nut butter, so in order to incorporate it into my Weight Watchers plan, I can’t go overboard with it. It is a healthy fat though, so a serving size of 2 tbsp for 5 Points + is ideal. Keep reading to learn more about Justin’s Nut Butters…PLUS get my Weight Watchers Recipe for Light Chocolate Fudge Brownies with a Vanilla Almond Butter swirl!
Portion controlled chocolate covered pretzels…YES!!! This is exactly what I need! No matter how many times I say I’m going to buy a bag of chocolate covered pretzels and then divide them up into individual portions, I never do it, and I always end up eating way more chocolate covered pretzels than I should. But thanks to Special K, I can now buy them in convenient, 100 calorie portions that are perfect for when I need a little something to satisfy my sweet/salty tooth all in one delicious bite. I have always adored chocolate covered pretzels, but they are a major trigger food for me, so having them ready to go in prepackaged form for just 3 Points Plus each, makes one thing about dieting a lot easier.
Today’s Fabulous Food Find is yet another gem from the fabulous Trader Joe’s. Their Pomegranate Blueberry Sherbet is one of the absolute BEST frozen sorbets/sherbets I’ve ever had. It is so silky and smooth, and the sweet and tart flavor combination is perfection. It’s lighter and more refreshing than fat-laden ice cream, but it’s also a lot creamier than most other brands of sherbet I’ve tried, and believe me, I’ve tried a TON. It tastes real, not artificial, and is so amazingly good that I find myself making more and more quick trips to Trader Joe’s just to buy more. Each 1/2 cup serving is 4 Points Plus, but if you are having a bad day and eat the whole pint in one sitting, well that ends up being 14 Points Plus, which really isn’t that bad, considering. C’mon…you know you’ve had those kinda days… :)
If you’ve got a hankering for apple pie but don’t want to blow a day’s worth of Points Plus on a small little slice, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Apple Pie Coffee is a pretty delicious alternative. The coffee itself is practically calorie free, just be careful about what you add into it. But with a bit of reduced fat cream and sweetener, this is one tasty morning pick me up that will have you feeling a LOT less guilty. I love to have a small cup after dinner because I always crave something sweet. This coffee does the trick. And the bonus is that the caffeine gets me energized enough to write a new Weight Watchers Recipe for you all to read :).
As far as low calorie prepared frozen desserts go, Skinny Cow takes the cake, in my opinion. I have tried just about every single one of their frozen sweet treats, and I have yet to be disappointed. And their new Cookies ‘n Dough Candy Bars Made with Low Fat Ice Cream are no exception – they are delicious! Just the perfect size that leaves me feeling satisfied and my craving feeling conquered. It’s the perfectly portion controlled goodie for when you need a sweet fix, STAT. With just the right amount of chocolate, caramel, ice cream and cookie dough chunks, I don’t feel deprived and I don’t feel guilty! At just 4 Points Plus per bar, Skinny Cow Cookies ‘n Dough Ice Cream Bars are a fantastic way to treat yourself.
Just spotted these new, low calorie ice cream bars at Sprouts, and they are sooooooo good, I couldn’t wait to share! Enlightened, The Good For You Ice Cream, has launched a line of ice cream bars that are just 70 calories each and only 3g of sugar, with NO artificial sweeteners, and are only 2 Points + per bar. They also don’t have any synthetic dyes or flavors, which is great. But most importantly, they taste fantastic, and make a great sweet tooth satisfy-er for when I need ice cream, but don’t have many Weight Watchers Points Plus left to spend. Sure, there are lots of other frozen treats out there in stores that are low in Points, but I love Enlightened because they have really kept their product natural. And they are loaded with fiber and protein, so they really help keep you satisfied.
Here it is folks, the first official day of summer! And what better way to kick off the season than with the announcement from Baskin-Robbins that they have some AMAZING new low Points Plus ice cream flavors!!! They are a part of their BRight Choices menu selections and are premium churned, light, no sugar added ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet selections. Each serving will be 2-3 Points Plusceach, which is fantastic news for Weight Watchers ice cream lovers. So now you can go out for ice cream and have some incredible options to choose from. These flavors will be available at participating Baskin-Robbins shops across the U.S. at select times during the summer months. Wanna know what the flavors are? Of COURSE you do! Don’t worry…I’ll tell you. Keep reading!
I was at Walmart earlier this week, when I came across these tasty looking Weight Watchers Snack Size Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches that were just 3 Points + each. I LOOOOOOOOVE me some red velvet, so I snatched up a box and tore into them as soon as I got into my car. They were very rich and tasted much more cake like than I anticipated, which is a good thing. While it’s certainly no big slice of red velvet cake from my favorite bakery, it’s definitely a great, low calorie alternative to help take the edge off of my red velvet craving, while still keeping me on track to reach my Weight Watchers goals. With temperatures heating up, they are the perfect summer treat! Even my picky, food snob husband, who despises diet brand ice creams, like these. So far, I’ve only seen them at Walmart, but hopefully they’ll start popping up in other grocery stores soon.
Ever since I got a Kitchen Aid Ice Cream Maker attachment for my mixer, I have been salivating over delicious ice cream recipes that I want to try. But none of them are Weight Watchers friendly, so they always end up on the back burner. But when I was trying to decide what to do with some extra pumpkin puree I had in the fridge, I decided to take a stab at making some Pumpkin Pie Frozen Yogurt. This low calorie dessert literally took me minutes to make. And then my ice cream maker did the rest. It was so flavorful and creamy…and my kids loved it! Each 1/2 cup serving is just 2 Points +, and it’s a really healthier alternative to most frozen yogurts that you’d buy pre-made. After you eat all those Thanksgiving dinner calories, you can enjoy a guilt free dessert :). This year, I think I’m going to make this to put on top of my Apple Pie, instead of using the traditional vanilla ice cream. Yum! It’s like combining the best of the two most popular Thanksgiving desserts into one. Enjoy!