Crisp, crunchy, incredibly flavorful chips that pack in a whole serving of vegetables per ounce, YES!!!! I originally came across Snikiddy Eat Your Vegetables Chips at a Babies R Us store and decided to give them a try. Man, were they good!!! Totally not what I was expecting. My kids gobbled these up too, so they are a great snack for everyone to enjoy. Of course, eating actual vegetables, at 0 Points Plus is always the better, healthier option. But if you are gonna snack on some chips, you might as well get the most benefits from it that you can, right? Keep reading to learn more…
Ok, StarKist Tuna Creations may have been around for a while now, but in the instance that any of you may be unaware, I feel that it’s necessary to let you all know about them. Perfect for packing a quick lunch on a busy weekday, these portion controlled, individual packets of flavored tuna are nothing short of fantastic. They come in 5 different flavors (Lemon Pepper, Hickory Smoked, Ranch, Herb & Garlic, Sweet & Spicy), but my personal favorite is the Ranch…sooooooo good! Toss it with some fresh greens for an easy and delicious tuna salad, spread it on some whole wheat toast or crackers, or just eat it straight out of the pouch. StarKist Tuna Creations have been a life saver for me on the days I have a hectic schedule and don’t always have the time to prepare a healthy lunch.
Snackers can delight in these fantastic Quinoa Chips from Simply 7. High in protein and wonderfully flavored, Simply 7 has recently launched a line of delicious, crunchy chips that are made from the ancient super grain, quinoa. Simply 7 has a line of other chips too (Lentil Chips, Hummus Chips and Pomegranate Chips) which are all very good, but their new Quinoa Chips have really stolen my heart. They come in 4 fabulous flavors – Sea Salt, Barbecue, Sour Cream & Onion, and Cheddar- YUM! And each 20 chip serving is just 3-4 Points Plus. These all natural, gluten-free, Non-GMO crisp and airy chips are absolutely delightful and a perfect Weight Watchers snack food.
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 love those deliciously dangerous Cinnabon rolls at the mall, then you will flip for today’s Fabulous Food Find – New York Style Sweet Swirls Cinnabon Baked Snack Crisps! They taste like someone took a giant Cinnabon roll, smooshed it down and baked it into the most amazing cracker you’d ever had. Each 7-piece serving is just 4 Points Plus, making it a great sweet tooth-busting snack. They recently caught my eye while I was shopping at a local Ralph’s, and I decided to give them a try for the sake of research. And because I LOOOOOOOOOVE Cinnabon rolls. Though, I haven’t had one in more years than I can recall due to their deadly nutritional stats. They were way more tasty than I had anticipated, and I will absolutely be buying these again.
To end our last Fabulous Food Finds of 2013 with a bang, I’m sharing a recent find that literally had me squealing with delight – Corazonas Mini Oatmeal Squares. At just 2 Points Plus each, they are a very satisfying, very tasty, and incredibly nutritious little snack. They are made with quality ingredients and do not taste AT ALL like they are low calorie. As much as I love the Weight Watchers Program, I really don’t like most of their packaged products, as they tend to taste very artificial. So when I discovered Corazonas Mini Oatmeal Squares, I was thrilled to find something that tasted amazing, and was also quite healthy. Keep reading to learn more…
Oh, french fries….I truly can never have enough. I adore all varieties and am always eager to experiment with new versions. I whipped up these Baked Cornmeal Crusted Sweet Potato Fries one day when I had not planned my meals for the day and needed a tasty, year healthy side dish to serve my kids’ with their hot dogs for dinner one night (don’t judge….they were organic, nitrate free ones at least). I had some extra cornmeal sitting in my pantry and decided it might be fun to coat the fries with that instead of panko, which I had originally planned. A few extra seasonings, and these turned out delicious! If I was feeling a bit more energetic that day, I would’ve come up with some tasty, yogurt based dip for them, but alas, I did not. So ketchup did the trick, and the fries were a hit. And they came out to just 3 Points + per serving!
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.
French fries are AMAZING. We all love them. And if you love them as much as I do, then that’s probably one of the factors that ended up leading you to this blog of Weight Watchers Recipes – because you ate too many of them! But fear not, fellow french fry lovers…today’s Baked Fries with Garlic Cheese Sauce Recipe will have you drooling with excitement at the mere thought of a hearty serving of fries smothered in a creamy cheese sauce. That’s right, these fries are incredibly delicious, and still a Weight Watchers friendly dish at just 5 Points + per serving. The fries are baked, not fried, but tossing then in egg whites first helps get that crunch on the outside, which is key. And the creamy garlic cheese sauce is excellent! This low calorie comfort recipe had me feeling like I was eating my favorite cheese fries at a local amusement park. They were THAT good. Feel free to spice up your fries with some old bay seasoning or chipotle chili powder for some added flavor. But this Baked Fries with Garlic Cheese Sauce Recipe is an absolute must make. Enjoy!