Food Find – Bread! Yes!

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Ooooh that white stuff.  Carbs.  The reason why I could never stay on point with a low carb diet.

Bread.

I love bread.  Sandwiches, croissants, toast, deli rolls, pitas…I love it all.

Now yes you can have bread following the Weight Watcher’s plan, but you shall pay for it in Smartpoints, oh yes you will.

The beautiful thing is there are a lot of options that are more point friendly, and when you want something like an Italian Beef Sandwich you can just budget your Smartpoints so that you can have that awesome deli roll with it.

Here are some of my favorite Smartpoints friendly options:

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Thomas’ Light Multi-Grain English Muffin = 3 Smartpoints

I love these for breakfast sandwiches.  An egg, some Canadian Bacon and you have a 5 or 6 point breakfast that will stay with you.

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Food Find – Trader Joe’s

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I love Trader Joe’s.  I’d love it a lot more if there were one close to me, but as it is I have about a 50 minute drive to get to the one closest to me.  Armed with my insulated bags I stock up on things I consider essential to my success.

Stuff is going to happen.  Things will not go as planned.  I love to cook and don’t do processed food to much, but when life happens you need to be prepared.  Most of any “convenience” type foods that I eat are in my freezer from Trader Joe’s waiting to save the day.

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I love this stuff.  It is good mixed with cream cheese on a bagel thin, awesome to use to season eggs, chicken, and many, many other things.  It’s 0 Smartpoints to boot!

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Did you all know that I will not post a recipe on My 30 Point Life until I make it 3 times?  I probably could be a bit more prolific in the recipe area if I didn’t follow that rule, but I want to make sure everything is tight in case you all decide to try it.  Food is expensive and ruined food is no good.

Anyway I have one more go-round with a creamy Spicy Chicken Sausage and Potato Soup that is to DIE for before I’m ready to post.  I used this chicken sausage and it is delicious.  It’s 3 Smartpoints a link.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Food Find – Snack Attack!

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There are times when you just gotta have a snack.  I don’t mean an apple, or a banana, or a bunch of celery sticks.

A SNACK.

Crunchy, salty goodness.

I have two favorites that work with well with my Weight Watcher’s Smartpoints.

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Skinny Pop Popcorn – 3 SP a 4.4 oz bag

I know I can make my own, but it usually ends up being about 25 Smartpoints because have you ever made Popcorn with garlic infused oil?  Yeah,  it is amazing and something that I do every once in awhile, but that’s the thing – you can only do things like that once in awhile, not every night.

This gives me my fix for 3 Smartpoints and is really good.

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Cape Cod Chips – 4 Points a serving

I am still mad at Costco for not having my serving size individual bags of these anymore, but the big bag works too.  I bring the bag home and portion it out immediately into zip top sandwich bags.

For me this is an important step because they are seriously good and you would never guess they have 40% less fat.  I’m not a huge chips person, but when I get the craving I try to have these on hand.

Food Find – Werther’s Original

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So it’s no secret that I have a sweet tooth.  More like Teeth, like all of them are sweet.

Those sugar cravings are way less now, almost non-existent.  One of my secrets to staying on track is having these Werther’s Original Caramel Coffee sugar free candies on hand.

You get five of these babies for one Smartpoint!  One!

I try not to make it a habit, but when I’m having a really hard day these help big time.  It takes a long time to eat five of these, so I’ll spread them out through the day and have one whenever I’m really getting a craving for something that is outside my point range that day.

Food Find – mini Babybel Light Cheese

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So I work ungodly hours.  I get up at 3 am and don’t get home from work until after 5 pm.  I’m usually not a snacker per say, but that time between breakfast and lunch gets to me.

I love these Babybel Light Cheeses.  At only 1 Smartpoint they give you a boost of protein to get you through.  I usually pair them with some kind of fruit, usually an apple or cherries and it’s delicious.

Economically the best way I’ve found to buy these is at Costco.  They have big honking bags of them and I put keep part of them at home and take the rest to work.  These are also awesome crumbled and put on things like tacos.  I’m going to have to try these in a sauce too, I bet it’d be delicious!

Food Find – Premier Protein

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So this has been one of my staples since rejoining back in February.  Everyone has their vice, their trigger when they are trying to lose weight, and mine is coffee.

I love coffee.  I mean I seriously love coffee.

The problem is I love all the stuff that comes with it – the flavored creamers, the sugar, the whipped cream.

It is amazing to me that I was probably drinking most of my Smartpoints in creamer before!  Seriously!  It’s a miracle that I did’t have more than 59 pounds to lose.

As a veteran Weight Watcher I knew this.  I tried all kinds of things when I was on the program before to make my coffee tolerable.  I remember buying those Swiss Miss light hot chocolate packets and using those, until I started noticing the big blobs of undisovable junk and it totally freaked me out.

So I knew I needed a way to make this work, and the people in my meeting kept talking about this Premier stuff.  Yeah, yeah chemicals blah blah.  I’ll take a minimal amount of chemicals over 59 pounds of fat thank you.

I actually really do try to stay away from that stuff and with the few exceptions I do.  But this, this I need.

I don’t ever drink them as protein shakes, I just put them in my coffee.  I love the chocolate one.  Vanilla is good too, strawberry is decent, and I found banana to be repulsive.

So if you find yourself needing a decent sub for your coffee, that’s my recommendation.  At only 2 Smartpoints it’s not bad.  I’ve found them the cheapest at Costco, but I’ve heard that Sam’s Club sells them at a good price too.

If you all have any tricks to jazz up your coffee please please leave it in the comments!