How to Calculate Smart Points for Smoothies

How to calculate the Smart Points Value of your Smoothie

One of my favorite things about eating on Weight Watchers is that when I eat fresh fruits and veggies, they don’t count against my daily Smart Points intake.  Yes, there are a few exceptions (I’m looking at you avocados, potatoes, corn, etc.), but in general, that’s the rule..with one HUGE exception: when you blend produce to make smoothies.  I see “How do you track Smart Points for smoothies?” asked all over the place, and since I just learned the easy answer myself, I figured I’d tell you. Read more

Updated Dietary Guidelines for the US | Lets Talk

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The federal dietary guidelines were officially updated the other day, and I’ve decided I want to talk about it just a little bit.  Be warned: If you’re a reader of my blog, you might be into the Weight Watchers/healthy eating lifestyle already, so the likelihood of you finding new information about how we should eat is very low. That being said, read on…

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Weekly Weigh In #1

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Since I am so focused on getting my body back in shape this year (along with several other goals), I’ve decided to try weekly weigh in posts for awhile.  That will make you, my readers, my accountability partners.  I haven’t quite decided how I want to approach these weigh in posts, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway.  My weigh in day is Friday, so when I talk about the week, it will mean from the previous to current Friday..just so we’re all on the same page.

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Food

I’ll admit, the weekend was rough.  Saturday we had a potluck at my church after the evening worship service. While all the food there is tasty, it isn’t always the most nutritious situation to be in.  While I did take the time to enjoy some goodies like home made enchiladas, pasta, and caramels,  I made it a point to only have a taste of the things I wanted. That ended up giving me a full enough plate, and guess what: I was full and didn’t go back for more!  Score: Brianna: 1 Potluck: 0

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My Weight Watchers Friendly Grocery Cart

Everyone has their go-to items at the grocery store.  Being a Weight Watchers lifetime member has been a long journey.  Along the way, I’ve discovered many things that keep finding their way into my grocery cart, and I figured I’d share them with you, as these items are all Weight Watchers friendly, and have led me to weight loss success.

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Top Tech for Weight Loss

 

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We live in a world full of technology that can help us in so many ways.  Technology has become  an integral part of my weight loss journey, offering me the tools to help me make smarter choices, work out harder, track my progress, and reach my goals.  Here are my top 5 pieces of tech that I use for success on my weight loss journey.  Whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds (or more than a few), eat healthier, or up your fitness game, these pieces of technology can help.

1. Food Scale

This item could quite possibly be the most important piece of tech I use when losing or watching my weight.  Have you ever taken the time to measure your serving of breakfast cereal after you dumped what you wanted into your bowl?  If you did, I can almost guarantee you would find that you over served yourself your Cheerios.  Rather than eating the amount on calories or Points Plus you thought you were eating, it could be that you’re eating 2 times that amount or more. That’s not going to help you succeed in weight loss.

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Weight Watchers Friendly Pumpkin Pie

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Back when I actually had Weight Watchers meetings to lead here in Chapel Hill, I had a tiny, but loyal group of attendees to my meeting.  Among them was an older woman who has been a lifetime member of Weight Watchers for a really long time. I admired this woman because she came, without fail, every week, always participated in discussions and had amazing tips and tricks.

One fall day, when I was telling them about my Betty Crocker done better cheat, I decided I’d bring it in as a little treat for them, and this woman decided she’d bring in her crustless pumpkin pie.  Not only did she make the pie, but she made sure I got the recipe.

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Easter Candy Weight Watchers Points Plus Cheat Sheet

 

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We all know that while the real reason for Easter is celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, confectioners all over the place have made the Easter season an amazing time to find awesome candies and chocolates to celebrate the season as well.  I know there are candies and treats that each one of us get excited over, and it’s really easy to have an extra piece (or 5) and have those calories and Points Plus values add up before we know it.  That’s why I’ve compiled a list of some of the major Easter themed treats out there and put the Points Plus values of these springtime goodies right on the list.  With this Easter Candy Weight Watchers Points Plus Cheat Sheet, you can enjoy your treats while knowing exactly what they’ll cost you. Below are some of the more popular treats.  Sorry I couldn’t get every single one, but that would have taken me until Christmas to write up for you.   Please note that for many of these I divided the information up into what a single serving would cost as well as what 2 servings would cost , because we all know that sometimes a single serving just isn’t enough.  🙂

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Food Fail- Smart Ones Chicken Strips & Fries

 

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When I discovered the latest addition to the Smart Ones frozen entree family, I thought it might be too good to be true.  For only 8 PointsPlus I could get 2 yummy looking fried chicken strips AND french fries!!  This is the dream of many dieters everywhere!

Well, you know what they say about things that seem too good to be true?

 

Yeah…

 

I regret that I didn’t take a picture of the actual food, but it wasn’t until after we ate it that my husband and I both decided this meal was a frozen food failure and he suggested I write about it.  When I opened the box, I literally laughed out loud.  For the amount of food in the box, it could have been over half the size of the box that currently held the meal.

The box had one of those silver crisper trays on both sides.  Apparently you’re supposed to make sure all of the food is touching the tray and then set the other one on top of it, press it down so the other side of the food is also touching the crisping tray, then microwave like normal.

Now, I failed to read all of the directions, so I didn’t have the crisper going on the upper side of the food, but to be honest (and Erik agreed) that fixing that little thing would not have made the food any better.

The breakdown: There were 2 chicken fingers in the box that came out dark brown in color and pretty soggy as opposed to a nice crispness.  As a woman who used to love the skin of crispy fried chicken (lets be honest, if I still ordered it (on on rare occasions, I will), I’d still love it) this is a huge let down.  There were also a few fries, maybe enough to fit in the itty bitty bag of McDonalds fries, tossed in the box.  These were pretty typical frozen fries, only I have had frozen fries out of the oven that tasted much better (Wal-mart fries.. Seriously, if you’re a fry person, they’re pretty good.  At least they used to be.).  These seemed to be slightly over spiced in an effort to make them taste better, but all they ended up being was slightly awkwardly seasoned, flimsy fries.

Now, I am fully aware that I might have my expectations set too high on getting a chicken strip and french fries dinner for 8 PointsPlus.  Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised at my level of disappointment.  Heck, maybe I should have even applauded the 8 Points that were sitting in their sad little box, but I can’t help but think that some foods just aren’t meant to be in the “frozen diet food” category.  Smart Ones does A LOT of things really well, and we always have their products in our freezer, but some things are just better left alone.  Don’t put pathetic amounts of french fries and sad looking chicken strips in a box just so you can say you have that to offer.  Stick with what’s good!  Now a Smart Ones Chicken Parmesan..that’s delish!

 

Bottom line: If you really feel the need to have chicken strips and fries, please use some of your weekly Points Plus Values to go and get some that will satisfy your body’s craving.  Your body and soul will thank you for the splurge rather than spending your precious Points on a less than satisfying experience.

 

I’m sorry Smart Ones..I love you guys, but this particular meal is a Food Fail in my book.

 

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Happy 2014!!

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This is just a quick note to wish you all a very Happy New Year!  I’ve been MIA for a few weeks, but I have a good reason: Erik and I get married in 3 days.  3 DAYS!!  We’re currently getting covered in snow in Illinois spending time with my family and getting final things done before the big day.  We have our marriage license ready to go and the to do list is almost complete.  This is such an exciting time.  Unfortunately, all of the running around, celebrating, planning and spending time with family (we were in Florida last week to be with Erik’s family) means that Diva and the Divine had to take a backseat.  Once we’re back from our little one day mini-moon things will start to run smoothly again.

One thing that will be happening is a whole series on New Year’s Resolutions.  I love the new year, as it’s always a chance to start over, set goals and get re-motivated to accomplish things.  I plan on talking about my goals and resolutions as well as some of the books and tools I plan on using to accomplish them.  I have high hopes for 2014.  I’ll be starting the year as a newlywed with a whole new chapter of my life unfolding and ready to be written, and I can’t wait to share my journey with all of you.

 

Until then, I hope all of you had a very happy and blessed holiday season full of love and joy.  Get ready to be excited about all that 2014 has to offer each one of us.

 

Love, the soon to be Mrs. E!  🙂