Food Find – Garden Style

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So all my veggies are coming in something fierce right now.  In a week or two I should be posting my recipe for an awesome marinara type sauce that it out of this world!

All the fresh picked right from my yard get me in salad mode.  It’s so delicious and good for you, and it has the added benefit that I know what was and was not used on the veggies.

No pesticides in my garden, thank you very much.

Salads are mostly full of foods that have 0 Smartpoints, so they are a no-brainer, right?

Wrong.

Salad dressings and topping can kill you.

7 croutons can come out to 4 Smartpoints if you aren’t careful.

Now there are times that I splurge on my salad toppings and dressings.  That’s the beautiful thing about Weight Watchers.  It’s all about balance.

Will I have croutons and nuts and full fat dressing every day?  No.  Will I have it once in awhile?  Definitely!

So when I am in point savings mode here are some of the things I like to use on my salad.

cil

Trader Joe’s Cilantro Salad Dressing is Ahhhmazing.  I almost like this better than full fat dressings!  It has such a delicious flavor that you will find yourself using it in your regular cooking or on a sandwich too!

bolt

Bolthouse Farms has a line of reduced fat dressing.  I don’t care for their vinaigrette dressings, but these two yogurt based dressings are decent.  I won’t say it has magical properties that will make you forget about a good full fat blue cheese or ranch dressing, but it is pretty good and good for you.  They also make a great marinade.

cheese

Trader Joe’s Oven-Baked Cheese Bites:  Alright these are pointy for sure.  These are 6 Smartpoints for 30 gm.  I use half a serving in my salad for 3, and even though it seems like a lot for 15 grams of food they act as cheese and croutons, so it’s worth it to me.

BUYER BEWARE:  These things are addictive.  Like super addictive and I can polish off a bag in no time.  I had to make a rule that I only use them in salads at my house because I cannot control myself with them!

cab

Shredded Cabbage and Carrot Sticks:  I love to add just a bit of shredded cabbage and carrot sticks to all my salads.  They give you more texture and make your salads more interesting.

chia

Chia Seeds:  We’ve all heard about the benefits of this little seed, and they also add a great texture element to your salad.

So what are some of your Salad hacks?  Favorite toppings?  Sound off in the comments!

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