1) First up -- Justin's Nut Butters, pictured here, the 90 cal squeeze pack of Maple Almond Butter. DELICIOUS! 2 WW points if you are counting. Nice combo of sweet with a touch of salty -- and oh-so-much-easier than trying to measure out 2 TBSP of nut butter, put it in a small container, etc.
2) So, you know those Girl Scout Cookies that used be called Samoas but then somebody decided that was totally politically incorrect and they were renamed something stupid like "Carmel De-Lites"?
Yeah. THOSE ones.
There's nothing "lite" about them, so I'm not sure why they chose to make that abbreviation. Anyway -- there are 4 WW points in two of those measely cookies, which I know for absolute certain, because as I was driving from my house to Manfriends a couple of months ago, I saw a girl and her dad at the corner of an intersection, waving a sign for Girl Scout Cookies, an before I knew it, I'd swerved into that parking lot and bought three boxes.
(This wasn't a good idea, FYI)
WELL -- these bars taste EXACTLY like those cookies. And they are only 3 pts per bar, and pack 9 grams of fiber. So I'm a big fan of Kellogg's Fiber Plus bars in Coconut Carmel Fudge.
3) Next up -- Brownberry Healthfull Bread. I'm a big fan of the 10-grain variety. It only has 80 calories per slice, which is higher than the low fat breads, lower than the high fat breads, and it doesn't taste like cardboard. Score! Four grams of fiber per slice so, uh, if you eat a sandwich with one of those Fiber bars... do your co-workers a favor, and pop a GasX. 2 WW points per slice. Salads are great, but sometimes a girl needs a sandwich.
4) And what goes best with a sandwich? CHIPS! We're lucky in the weight loss word that tasty low fat potato chips exist -- I actually LIKE baked Lays and Ruffles, I might even PREFER them over oily greasy "real" potato chips. But there isn't a ton of flavor variety, which is why I was super stoked to stumble upon the Archer Farms (Target) version... which come in fun flavors like sea salt and vinegar, and balsamic vinegar and herbs. 3 WW pts per oz. Delicious. Look into it. And I'm not too proud to admit that yes, at 33 years old, I often put potato chips IN my sandwich. Deal.
5) You know how I go through that egg aversion from time to time? Right now I seem to be in the midst of a hummus aversion. Which is weird, because hummus has been practically a daily part of my food plan for as long as I can remember (well, okay, since about age 25). Anyway, during Monday night's shop, I decided to try something different -- I stumbled upon Otria Greek Yogurt veggie dip... cucumber dill feta. SWOON. 2 TBSP is 2 WW points, and it is so delicious that I am gobbling up all sorts of raw vegetables. This is one of those things, however, that I can only portion out and eat, for fear that I will lick the container clean. Good stuff. It is made by T. Marzetti's, and I found it in the produce section near the fancy dressings and bagged salads.
6) This one is TOTALLY fun. I don't know about you guys, but sometimes vitamins upset my tummy if I don't take them with a meal. Somebody suggested that I buy the adult-style gummy vitamins, so I picked up these Vitafusion gummies.
Fun. They taste just like gummy candy. I actually enjoy taking them, and no bad side effects.
And I've saved the best for last... this is the item I was waiting to get in the mail so that I could end my "favorite things" post on a super fun note.
7) A week or so ago, I posted with pride about avoiding the wine at my parents house... on Twitter I made a comment about how measuring wine was a pain in the butt, which led to somebody asking if wine glasses wtih measurements existed... I was SAD to discover that they did, because -- hey, awesome business idea -- but thrilled because it is such an awesome idea. So I'm excited to tell you all about Wine Trax, a company that sells not only wine glasses with very subtle measurement lines, but snack bowls as well:
I had trouble getting a good shot of these, so definitely click on the website so you can see how cute they are. The lines on the glasses represent 4, 6, or 8 oz pours, and the bowls frosted lines represent 1/3, 2/3, and 1 whole cup. SO CUTE. So subtle.
Of course, the trick is to make sure you keep track of how many servings you've had. :-)
Hopefully you've enjoyed my curated collection of healthy, fun foods and gadgets -- and FYI, I purchased all these products myself, for no other reason than I wanted to, and wasn't paid or compensated in any other way for this post.
Hope you all have a great weekend -- Manfriend and I have a fun one planned, and I took today off of work. Unfortunately I'm battling a wee bit of a head cold, so it won't be quite as fun as I had hoped... but fun nonetheless!
Off and running,