Today’s Fabulous Food Find features a snack that I originally bought for my 2 year old, but then started to enjoy myself. It’s Mamma Chia Squeeze Vitality Snack, which is a 3.5oz, 70-calorie pouch of pureed fruit, infiltrated with healthy chia seeds. The lightweight, on-the-go squeeze pouch is not only a wonderful and nutritious snack for children, it’s a perfect treat for busy grownups who want to enjoy a delicious snack that is just 1 Weight Watchers Point. And if you aren’t familiar with all the fantastic benefits of chia seeds, take a minute to check out these 10 Reasons to Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet. These Chia Squeezes are really quite tasty and though they do not require refrigeration, are extra good when cold or almost frozen. Each pouch boasts 1200 mg of Omega-3 (wow!), 4g of fiber and 2g protein. Plus, Chia Squeeze is organic, non-GMO certified, vegan and gluten free. Need another reason to try them? Shipping from their online store is FREE for ALL ORDERS right now! You can find them at many health food markets and mainstream grocery stores too. Keep reading to learn more….
Recently, I had the chance to try some new pasta sauces from Dave’s Gourmet in San Francisco. Since I often rely on pasta as a go to meal for the family when I’m having a lazy day, I am always on the lookout for new and delicious pasta sauces that are not only delicious and low in Weight Watchers Points, but I also that are natural and preservative free. So when I got my package of Dave’s Gourmet Pasta Sauces in the mail, I was beyond excited to try them. And I was NOT disappointed! I tried the Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce (3 Points Plus), the Wild Mushroom Pasta Sauce (2 Points Plus) and the Organic Red Heirloom Pasta Sauce (1 Points +), but he also has a few other amazing flavors as well: Masala Marinara Pasta Sauce (4 Points Plus), Organic Roasted Garlic & Sweet Basil Pasta Sauce (1 Points Plus), and Organic Roasted Garlic & Sweet Basil Pasta Sauce (1 Points Plus). I have to say, I adored all of the ones I tried, and am looking forward to buying some more. They are a little pricey ($8.99 for a 25.5oz jar), but when a product is made with such fresh, natural ingredients, the taste is superior and is well worth the extra cost. My favorite was the Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce, which was the winner of the “Best Pasta Sauce” at the New York Fancy Food Show. I’m not surprised…it was delish. Keep reading to learn more….
Ever since the first time I drank the water straight out of a coconut, I’ve been seriously hooked on coconut water. It’s so light, so mild, and so refreshing. But rarely do I ever feel like busting open a whole coconut to get the water inside. It’s a lot of work, and I’m just too lazy. So I just find it easier, and just as tasty, to buy the prepackaged coconut water from health food store. Though, with so many different brands available now, which one is the best? My personal favorite is Harmless Harvest Raw Coconut Water. It is the closest I have found to drinking straight out of the coconut. It is nothing short of delicious. And each 8 oz bottle is just 1 Points +! It’s the perfect, refreshing drink that is delicious and yet still very low calorie. Read more to learn about Harmless Harvest Raw Coconut Water…
No need for these treat size snack bars to be just for kids! At just 1 Points + each, these tasty Organic Peanut Choco Drizzle Crispy Rice Bars are the perfect low calorie treat for when you have a sweet tooth to satisfy but don’t have many Points left for the day. They’re sweet, crispy brown rice bars, covered in a drizzle of chocolate and peanut butter, and they’re gluten free. It’s great to keep a bag of these on hand when you need a sweet fix – fast! Especially with all that tempting Halloween candy still lying around. The EnviroKidz Organic Peanut Choco Drizzle Crispy Rice Bars are a much healthier, and Weight Watchers friendly alternative.
A while back, I discovered my favorite Weight Watchers friendly yogurt, Wallaby’s Organic Nonfat Yogurt. Well, recently, Wallably has outdone itself with their new Organic Lowfat Greek Yogurts — holy moly, they are FANTASTIC! So incredibly rich and creamy, I was blown away by how delicious they are. They come in a two compartment container, so you can control how much of the fruit you want in your yogurt. My husband and I are still debating whether it’s best to just dump in all the fruit at the start, or to scoop a little bit of the Greek yogurt, then scoop a bit of the fruit onto the same spoon and eat it that way. Regardless, any way you choose to eat it, you will love it. Each container just ranges from 3-5 Points +, and is absolutely worth it, in my opinion. Thick, velvety and decadent this is, hands down, my absolute from yogurt.
Just recently, my BFF, Janice of Sew Girly Alterations introduced me to an amazing new smoothie recipe – Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie. Kimberly Snyder is a top Hollywood Nutritionist, and many of her clients are the celebrities whose bodies we drool over with envy. This green smoothie recipe is part of her Beauty Detox program and it’s something that she has all of her clients drink. The recipe helps you get in a tremendous amount of leafy greens, which we all know has amazing health benefits. You can read all about her and her Official Glowing Green Smoothie Recipe at her site. Eager to find ways to get in more veggies and get all those nutrients, I decided to give it a try, and I have to admit, I’m kind of in love with it. Janice suggested using orange juice to help the flavor, and I think that was absolutely brilliant. I also liked using lime instead of lemon. I truly thought it tasted fantastic, and the best part is that I really did feel satisfied until noon. I’ve started drinking it now on a daily basis and making batches to freeze, and I’m eager to reap the health benefits. Two things that I HIGHLY recommend to make this smoothie tasty and enjoyable is to keep it COLD. Very cold. And blend it as smooth as you can get it – use a good blender or mixer to puree the heck out of it. If you are looking to make a great investment, a Vitamix is the most recommended blender for this, giving the best results. Now, here’s the tricky/debatable bit of info about this smoothie….the Points + value. I’ve gone back and forth with a few leaders, and some folks on the Weight Watchers Community Forum, and most people feel that since this smoothie is made entirely of fresh fruits and veggies, it should be considered 0 Points +. I added up the nutritional stats for my version, and it comes out at 5 Points +. Personally, I have decided to count this as 0 Points +, as long as I only drink 1 serving a day. But armed with both options, feel free to make your own choice and track it appropriately. Regardless of how you plan to count the Weight Watchers Points, I definitely recommend adding this healthy smoothie recipe into your plan. It’s so so good for you, and will help fill you up. So get yourselves to a blender, ASAP! Here is my version of Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie Recipe. Enjoy!
Need a quick, ready made soup for lunch that’s healthy, low calorie and delicious? Check out Amy’s Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque! It’s the best tomato soup I’ve ever had, and it’s just 3 Points Plus per serving. It’s made with just 8 natural, all organic ingredients, and it makes the perfect guilt free side dish to any tasty Weight Watchers Sandwich Recipe.
If you are a fan of frozen yogurt, you’re going to flip for the new Stonyfield Oikos Organic Nonfat Greek Frozen Yogurt. Not only is it super creamy, and much better tasting than most frozen yogurts I’ve tried, the nutritional stats are awesome! Each 1/2 cup has just 3 Points Plus. I also love that it has a lot more protein than most other frozen yogurts, and it’s organic. Not too tart tasting, it’s a perfect healthier alternative to ice cream and comes in 4 fabulous flavors!
Hot Dogs have always been a staple in my diet…they are quick and easy to cook, are mostly inexpensive, and let’s face it….pretty damned delicious. Though, when I was pregnant, I avoided eating them because of all the nitrates in most brands. So when I found these Organic Beef Hot Dogs from Applegate, I was pretty excited to give them a try! Not only are they Organic, uncured, and nitrate-free hotdogs, but they are just 2 Points Plus each. And I have to say, they were delicious!! I feel they were a much better alternative to the Ballpark Turkey Hot Dogs I usually chose. Wanna learn more about today’s Fabulous Food Find? Keep reading!
Truwhip Low Calorie Whipped Topping – 1 Points Plus If you haven’t already, take a look at the ingredient list in a tub of Cool Whip the next time you are at the grocery store — there’s some pretty scary stuff in there, people. But today’s Fabulous Food Find is about to make you super duper happy if you are a whipped topping lover!! Truwhip Whipped Topping is taking the dessert world by storm with it’s fantastic flavor, fabulous nutritional stats and it’s all natural ingredients. Not to mention, each 2 tbsp has just 1 Weight Watchers Points Plus, allowing you to dollop with confidence. Keep reading to learn more about this truly awesome food…
When I need a quick, convenient snack that not only tastes delicious, but is healthy and low in Weight Watchers Points Plus, one of my favorites to turn to is Bare Fruit’s Organic Cinnamon Apple Chips. Adorably dubbed “apple cookies” by my two year old, these tasty little treats are a fantastic alternative to potato chips and other high calorie snacks. If you are feeling ambitious, check out my recipe where you can make your own, but the convenience factor of this 1 Points Plus snack is just too awesome. They are also a great healthy snack for kids to take on the go. Wanna learn more? Keep reading!
It’s no secret that there TONS of great, low calorie yogurts on the market that are low in PointsPlus, and pretty tasty (Fiber One, Yoplait, Dannon…the list goes on). In fact, I have been a frequent user of most brands of these types of yogurts. At least I was. Until I found Wallaby Organic Yogurts. Available for a great price at most health food grocery stores (I get mine at Whole Foods Market or Henry’s/Sprouts for about $.99 each), they have no artificial sweeteners, no preservatives and taste WAY better than all the other brands that use an artificial sweetener to keep their calorie counts low. Each 6oz cup of the Wallaby Nonfat Yogurts have just 3 PointsPlus each. Granted, they may be a Point or two higher than the other brands, but you are getting a MUCH better tasting yogurt that has no artificial crap in it. Well worth it, in my opinion. Want to learn more about these tasty yogurts, keep reading, folks!