Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Weight Watchers & Trader Joe's!

Trader Joes and Weight WatchersNow that I've had my third baby, I'm in the middle of my third round of Weight Watchers. I always pick up the basics like I haven't even stopped, but there's a wonderful addition to my diet this time around - - we got our very own Trader Joe's!

Of course, when TJ's first opened, I went a little wild on the overabundance of "healthy junk food" they have available. I mean.....cookie butter? Jo-Jo's? How does anyone not go at least a little crazy for all the yum they have to offer? But when I started Weight Watchers again, I knew I couldn't keep indulging in those things. I had a feeling they'd offer some WW things, and with a little research and the scanner on my WW tracking app, I found some yummy options to share with you!

> > For starters - carbs. They are the most delicious enemy, are they not? They can take a perfectly healthy sandwich or other meal and skyrocket the points out of control. That makes me pretty choosy about my bread products. I was happy to see that their English Muffins are 3pts (no more than what you'd find in other stores), but I was thrilled to find tortillas that are only 1 point! This makes tacos and wraps SUPER low in points, and one of my favorite things to do with low-carb tortillas is turn them into chips. All you have to do is cut them into strips or triangles with a pizza cutter, paint them with a tiny bit of olive oil and salt, and pop them in the oven for a few minutes until they're crispy. Then you have some super low-point chips to use with some of the dips I'm about to show you!

> > Of course, you can also find low-point chips at TJ's! I found these blue corn tortilla chips that are 3 points for 18 chips. Usually a serving size of dip is 2 Tablespoons, and I find that 10 chips is the perfect amount to eat that much. So I only end up spending about 1.5 points on the chips, anyway. Plus, they are super yummy - for being baked, they're great! Even my kids liked them.

> > One of my FAVORITE finds was the reduced guilt Guacamole. They reduce the fat by using Greek Yogurt, which also adds a really yummy tang to it. It's full of chunky diced tomatoes and pieces of avocado - it is DELICIOUS! The only recommendation I have is to use it at a party or some occasion that will use it all up in one day - or a day that you can have a double serving. It's only 1 point per 2 tablespoons, so you can easily have double! If you try to save it, it'll turn brown on you - which of course, is to be expected with avocado. But it's more about the yogurt in it - I personally don't like saving yogurt that's already been opened. That said, this is the yummiest of my TJ's WW finds!

> > Of course, there's hummus! Their garlic hummus is really yummy, and only 1 point for 2 Tablespoons! You can dip some 0 point veggies in it, have it with chips (even the homemade tortilla chip idea I mentioned up there!), or use it as a spread on a wrap. It's yummy anyway you use it, and adds lots of flavor!

> > Matt and I got the Chicken Barley & Vegetable soup (picture above) on a whim to have for lunch the last time we went to TJ's. There are two servings in the container, and the whole container is 4 points. We split it, so I only had 2 points-worth, but I could have easily eaten the whole thing and not gone over a reasonable amount of points for the day. They had some other soup options, too - I didn't check to see their points values, but I bet they aren't half bad!

Have you found anything yummy and Weight Watchers friendly you could share with me?

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