A Review of Weight Watchers Pre-packaged Food- Part 1

14 May

I have now officially been on Weight Watchers for 9 weeks.  I have lost a total of 14.2 pounds and honestly, my only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner.  Is it easy? Hell no. But it’s pretty damn simple.  I’m not hungry, I’m not craving, and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on that much.  Sure, I miss pigging out on super indulgent foods that I love, however, I have come to terms with the fact that pigging out really isn’t that much more satisfying that tasting it…  And if it’s really good, eating half of it. 

A lot of Weight Watchers is about trading.  Finding good substitutes for foods that “cost” fewer points.  There are some things that I think are worth trading out and some things that I would rather take the hit on the points.  First, there are the simple things, like trading out white carbs for brown (they keep you fuller longer and believe me… there IS brown rice that tastes GOOD), eating higher fiber yogurts, and eating some pre-packaged foods.  Now I know there is a lot of controversy about packaged foods.  And yes, some of these have ingredients that I can hardly pronounce. But in the end, I think the substitutions are mostly worthwhile, and they aren’t every day foods. (“Cookies are a sometimes food!”)

First, we’ll start with the worst. Hungry Girl has introduced me to some GREAT food substitutions.  Unfortunately, tofu noodles aren’t one of my favorite choices. 

Points for this is nearly zero.  So you want to eat them like you would pasta.

The problem is, these want so badly to be like pasta, but they’re just not!  It starts getting bad early on… I read before opening the bag the instructions to “reduce the authentic aroma.”  Yikes! They don’t lie… these kind of smell like fish.  YUCK.  I gave them a chance, however, and after par boiling the smell was hardly noticeable.

The problem is, the texture just isn’t right.  It reminds me of calamari.  And calamari is just fine, but it’s not pasta.

Sad.  Fail. 

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Next up we have two frozen meals from Healthy Choice.  The first is a new (I think) version called “Cafe Steamers” that steams pasta, meat, and veggies in a basket over the sauce that you later mix in.

It was quite delicious! Excellent flavor and veggies tasted super fresh.  Of course, the portion like all frozen diet meals was small, but I didn’t feel hungry afterwards.

The second Healthy Choice selection was an entree that included dessert.  This, again, had great flavor and it was a decent sized portion.  The berry crisp was decent (though I prefer their apple better).  The biggest problem I had was really about slight deception….

Look at the picture… now look at the veggies… See that? See the measily half a cauliflower piece and ONE carrot lying helplessly at the bottom of that photo? Not exactly the veggie mix I was expecting.  I guess broccoli is cheaper!

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Next up we’ll go into dessert.  These are by far some of the best trades!  I have lost 14 pounds and I have eaten dessert almost every single night.  How can you beat that?!

Weight Watchers brand makes these “Giant Vanilla Fudge Sundae Cones.”  The ice cream is a little bland, however, there is a secret portion of fudge in the very bottom of the cone that is DELICIOUS.  It feels so indulgent and it’s just two points!

Next up are the new Skinny Cow Single Serving Cups.  They are just the perfect portion and the one I tried had SO much flavor! WOW! And again… just 2 points!  I will be stocking up on these.  DELICIOUS!

Next up are the Smart Ones sundaes. (OO! Coupon on the site!) I have tried both the brownie and the cookie dough.  (Mint Chocolate Chip is in the freezer… I’ll let you know).  I thought the brownie was decent, but the cookie dough is SOOO good.  It’s a little chalky perhaps, but it has all the right flavors.  I like that they have a cookie crumble on the bottom and some great solid chocolate chips.  Mmm Mmm Mmm.

Last up in the “dessert” category is my new addiction.  Again, Hungry Girl turned me onto VitaTops.  They are vitamin, fiber filled chocolatey treats for 100 calories and low fat… that translates to ONE POINT!!  WOW! They are delicious and they come in many flavors.  Beyond chocolate, I’ve tried the Apple & Berries and it is SO good… great for breakfast!  My favorite so far is the Deep Chocolate.  You can get them from Fresh Direct, however, they ain’t cheap.  I ordered a sampler pack from the Vitalicious Website that included the brownies and the tops.   

I definitely prefer the tops.  (They are in the frozen section in your grocery.  They can be microwaved, but I actually prefer them frozen since the chocolate chips stay nice and crunchy).

Hungry Girl runs a lot of promos, so when I ordered again (YES! I love these things!) I got 24 tops for $29.99 and free shipping. WOO!  (Right now she is running another promotion where you get 5% off with code HUNGRYGIRL2010.) 

They are so filling and delicious! I can’t say enough good things about these…

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…Until we get to Better’n Peanut Butter.  OH BOY!

This.

Is.

The.

Best.

I am obsessed.  Normal peanut butter is 4 points per tablespoons. Reduced fat is 2 points per tablespoon.  Better’n? 1 Point per tablespoon!  That means I can have four times as much. Right?  

I thought it would be tough to match the taste of peanut butter but I have found I actually PREFER this.  Well named product.

It’s not quite as thick as regular peanut butter (more the consistency of thick hot fudge I’d say) but it’s not oily or wet like organic peanut butters.  It’s just absolutely delicious.

As if you couldn’t make it better… spread some Better’n on a VitaTop!

WOAH NILLY!

We have a winner!

5 Responses to “A Review of Weight Watchers Pre-packaged Food- Part 1”

  1. Lauren January 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    I applaud you on your weight loss.
    However, your points values on the vita-tops are incorrect.
    Triple Chocolate Chunk, for example has 1.5 g fat, 26 g carbos, 9 g fiber and 4 g protein.
    That comes out to 3 PointsPlus.

    • NYC Nom Nom January 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

      You are absolutely correct. This was written before PointsPlus and does not take into account the changes they made when they converted to the Plus program.

  2. A.Miscavage August 24, 2013 at 7:48 am #

    I bought a Smart Ones, Lemon Herb Chicken Piccata, when i opened the package to eat it ( after heating it) there wasn’t any chicken in it, just vegetables and rice. I showed it to someone who was sitting with me at the time. I was a little disapointed. I do like weight watchers products as a rule. Just thought you should know. thanks A.Miscavage

  3. Brenda White August 2, 2016 at 7:55 am #

    We just tried our first weight watchers frozen pasta meals. the 1st one, Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli & Chicken, the 2nd one, Three Cheese Ziti Marinara, were both a huge disappointment. No flavor, No taste! Both were very bland & tastless. The expiration date was over a year away. If we had eaten them, they might have been filling. I will probably never get my husband to try them again.

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