Food Find – Carba-Nada Egg Fettuccine Noodles

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I’m a pasta freak.  I could probably be considered an honorary Italian I love it so much.  Oprah says we can have bread!  We can have pasta!  Yes, yes you can but you shall pay, and pay dearly in Smartpoints.

Usually I will just take the hit and eat the real deal when it comes to lower point versions of things.  I have a low tolerance for a lot of the things people doing Weight Watchers find as a low point version of something that is a favorite.

Take the Weight Watcher Skinny Pasta – it is zero points!  It also tastes like it was made from rubber bands and puppy tears.  I mean it is seriously NASTY.  I’m pretty sure tree bark is zero points also, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to go out and eat it.

So when I saw people raving about this Carba-Nada pasta I was very reluctant to try it.  It was there in the back of my mind after seeing someone raving about it on Connect, the Weight Watcher social media site.

I checked a few of the grocery stores in my area and I couldn’t find it.  The online store locator said it was at a few of my local grocery stores but they didn’t have it.

Then I saw it on Amazon.  I took a leap of faith and ordered some.  I mean, at half the points of regular pasta if it was decent this could be a game changer.  I mean it is 3 points for 1 1/2 cups!  Most other brands will cost you 6-7 points for that amount!

Game changer it is.  I didn’t even do anything fancy with it.  It was delivered yesterday and I made a half put together 2% cheese sauce with the fettuccine noodles and it was delicious!  I mean they are like noodles!  For real!

If you can’t find Carba-Nada in your neck of the woods here’s where I ordered it:

Al Dente Carba-Nada Egg Fettuccine, 10-Ounce Bags (Pack of 6)

I’m already planning a super delicious meal with it for Thursday, so stay tuned for the recipe Friday!

I am an Amazon Associate so that does link to my account.  It doesn’t cost you more but I will get a small referral fee.  This site costs me money so I figured why not?  If this bothers you for some reason here is a link that has nothing to do with me 🙂

Smart Swap – Rice Rollers

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So I’m not a big fan of processed food.  Back in the day when Weight Watchers first started the “CORE” program it really changed the way I view food and how I eat.  Even after I fell of the wagon and was dragged for miles and miles I still ate a mostly whole food, cooked from scratch diet.

That being said, sometimes you just have to do a smart swap – swapping out a high point item for a more point friendly option.

Breakfast is a big deal for me.  I may have grown up in the Chicagoland area, but my family is from the south and skipping breakfast was not an option.  Ever.  Growing up that way I have to eat in the morning.

During my work days I always have the same thing.  1 cup of Kirkland Greek Yogurt (from Costco) mixed with one cup of blueberries, a dash of vanilla, and a drop of stevia extract.  That is 3 points, which is really good for that amount of food.  I’m a texture person though.  I have to have something besides mush, so I’d add 1/4 cup granola, which gave my breakfast a 4 point boost.

Now I have no problems having a 10 point breakfast on my days off, but during the week…when I don’t have time to cook and am going just for nourishment… Nope!

So I found these rice rollers while at Costco, and they save me 2 points.  Each rice roller is just 2 points.  I break it up into smaller chunks and add it to my yogurt.  I get the texture and it is really more filling.

Never mind that they kind of remind me of that Sugar Snap cereal from when I was a kid.  Oh yeah, they are delicious, something I never thought I’d say about a rice cake kind of deal!

You can find these at Costco sometimes.  It has been hit or miss for me so I started ordering from this link to Bamboo Lane Crunchy Rice Rollers: 3.5oz 8 Packs of 8 Rollers“>Amazon.  They have become to important in my daily routine to run out!

I’m hoping to have at least one Smart Swap a week, so be sure to check back!