Posts Tagged ‘ 1 Point ’

A Decent Snack: Dried Apple Slices

So, I occasionally find myself in need of something to munch on. This is usually on my off diet days, and without thinking I often reach for things like candy or junk food in addition to the bad stuff I eat with meals. Well, I have recently tried to balance myself out, and to do that, I grabbed a treat that I love to eat all the time, and is good for me as well.

During the week, I’m always eating apples. As a morning snack, I munch a fresh apple. With my lunch, there’s usually a thing of unsweetened applesauce (it really is better without the sugar). Sometimes, I even fall back on my grilled apple recipe for dessert.

Well, this time around, I caught myself buying a Ritter Sport bar, and instead bought a healthy alternative while in Walmart: a bag of dried apples. Now, these things aren’t the dehydrated apples that you may find in other places. These are more akin to a dried apricot, being kind of moist, but at the same time not your standard apple. I guess in a snack world, I’d say that they were more like a fruit snack in texture.

What’s important to me is that they serve several purposes. First of all, they are sweet. I mean, they’re apples after all. Second, they are filling. These are dried, and expand when they hit your stomach. Third, they satisfy that craving I get for gummies sometimes. Oh, and fourth, they are only 1 point a serving with three servings in a bag. The bad news is that the bag will run you around two dollars, but you could do worse as I can easily get three separate servings out of this.

So, if you’re looking for a fat free snack that’s better then your average chewy gummy, give these dried apples a try. You’ll be eating them like candy.


Healthy Treat: Grilled Apple Slices

So, I am always on the lookout for healthy foods and recipes that don’t taste like they are healthy. It’s because I love me the sweets, and have one heck of a sweet tooth.

Well, lets take that knowledge, and combine it with Summer, the season of grilling…everything. Recently I talked about grilled zucchini and summer squash, and how easy and delicious it was. Well it got me thinking about what else I could potentially grill up. Somehow, I settled on apples. I had heard of baking an apple in a microwave from my roommate Jess back in college, so I figured that this would be on along the same lines of taste and consistency.

Ok, to the point: what I actually did. As you can see from the pictures that I thankfully managed to remember to snap, I sliced the apples into rings, but left the core in. After being told that it wasn’t bad by a former boss, I became one of those people who will much an ENTIRE apple. Combine that with the softening properties of grilling on high heat, and the center of the apple is no longer a problem.

Now for what you can’t see here. In addition to just grilling the apples, I used some of my lovely 0 calorie cooking spray, and a pack of Splenda to help caramelize the apples a bit. So, what are we left with? Rings of apple that taste somewhere between applesauce and candy, but have a much more satisfying heft. Oh yeah, did I mention that with a small granny smith like this, it’s only 1 point? Oh yeah, it’s awesome….Ok, why are you still here, you should be making this RIGHT NOW!

A Cool Raspberry Treat

If you haven’t guessed yet, I love dessert. It is one of the best parts of a meal, and one of my biggest weaknesses when trying to be healthy. With that in mind, I am constantly working to come up with new and interesting desserts that satisfy my cravings as well as fit into a weight watcher’s diet.

When it comes to a dessert, I like to try to stay in the two point range. This way, you are still using enough of your points on the nutritious main meal, but at the same time having enough wiggle room to have a tasty treat. Most weight watcher’s products for desserts are about two points as well.
Last night, I decided to stray away from my fast becoming standby of a weight watcher’s ice cream bar. They’re good, but get old after a while. Back to the main point. In my fridge, I had some cups of Jello brand Vanilla Sugar Free Pudding. These little cups are just as tasty as normal pudding, and only one point apiece. In my freezer, I had a bag of frozen raspberries. I thought I was in trouble with these. I mean, I LOVE raspberries, but something so sweet and delicious has to be bad for you right? WRONG!!! Apparently raspberries are very high in fiber, allowing for a whole cup of the things as one point. You could probably even squeeze out a cup and a third and still be at a point.
Well, the next step was to combine these to treats into a yummy raspberry pudding/parfait. It was great, satisfying, and two points. Give it a try as a new and interesting dessert.

Hostess 100 Calorie Packs

So, as part of this blog, I mentioned that I wanted to point out particularly good foods to eat when on Weight Watchers, or at least ones that have helped me.

One of my biggest issues when dieting in portion control. I can cook healthy, and buy good food, but limiting myself to just that right portion or point value has always been a problem. The recent outbreak of 100 calorie packs from several snack distributors has helped a lot with this. Someone on weight watchers can generally count on these being a perfect 2 point snack in just the right portion.

Hostess has actually done better, bringing on treats that satisfy the darkest cravings (chocolate, carrot cake…you know what I’m talking about) for only one point! That’s right, some (not all) of their 100 calorie packs are only one point, making them the perfect addition to any lunchbox.

The flavors that can be had for one point are the chocolate cupcakes, carrot cakes, cinnamon coffee cakes, banana muffin, and strawberry cupcakes. I have only tried the first three, and they are all fantastic. These little treats are perfectly split into three moist bite-sized replicas of their original snacks, and contain just as much flavor. For an extra treat in the summer, try refrigerating the snacks. In my opinion, this makes them more moist, and more flavorful.

Now for the drawbacks. Keep in mind that yes, these are one point per package, but when you start having multiple, the points can stack. For instance, two packs are actually three points. This is usually how it is with any food on weight watchers. The other drawback is that they are so delicious. The temptation to have more than one is very high.

That said, enjoy this tasty treat, and good luck in the dieting battle!