WW Clubs and Groups - What are your favorite new foods you've found since starting WW?




AmyMCGS
08-10-2005, 09:48 AM
I've been happily surprised that I can still eat some of my "bad" foods, with slight modifications, and still be OP. I thought it would be interesting if we all shared our discoveries.

One of my new favorites is the Laughing Cow light cheese wedges. That stuff is awesome for a cheese lover like myself. I put it on crackers for a snack, or an english muffin for breakfast.

Those same Low-Fat Hi-Fiber English Muffins are also on my list. (They are Thomas' Light Multi-Grain.) I used to eat an egg or a plain white bagel every morning, and I've switched to the english muffins instead. I really don't miss my bagels the way I thought I would.

I can combine those two with an egg and still have one of my favorite "sinful" breakfasts, only this new version isn't bad at all. I used to make egg sandwiches with two pieces of wheat toast, mayo, lots of cheese, and two eggs.... I don't even want to know what the points on that would be! Now, I use the english muffin, one wedge of laughing cow, and one egg, for a total of 6 points... and it tastes just as good. :)

I've been a Mountain Dew addict for years. I've replaced most of it (still have one a day most days) with Diet Tropicana Orange Soda for 0 points. It's really good and satisfies my soda craving without blowing my plan for the day.

And last but not least, I really enjoy the Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches. I'm not a big sweets person, but, these are delicious.

Next.... :)


MaggieShines
08-10-2005, 09:57 AM
I'm really hooked on the apple caramel dippers from WaWa. They're 4 points, but they're high fiber plus a fruit serving. Funny thing is, before WW, when i was just on a "diet," I neer would have eaten them because of the caramel (so not a "diet" food). Same with a WaWa spinach salad. It's 7 points and has cheese, hard-boiled egg and bacon. I would never have found a way to fit that into a "diet," but WW lets me fit it into my plan.

I'm happy to find that I can do without soda, even diet, altogether. Water has become my favorite drink.

Another thing that has gotten better since I gave up dieting and turned to WW is breakfast. On a diet, i would eat maybe a slice of toast and a piece of fruit. Now I have two eggs scrambled with peppers on two slices of WW bread for 6 points. It holds me over til lunch like no diet breakfast ever did.

izzywas
08-10-2005, 11:02 AM
Hmmm, you want me to talk about food? Geez, Ok, I guess I can do that! LOL

Here are some of my favorite things these days...

Village Hearth Light sliced Bread, comes in wheat and italian it's only 1 points for TWO slices. I eat it almost every morning toasted with PB. A little goes a long way because it melts on the hot toast.
I also make a sandwhich with it along with FF bolagna( one slice) and ff mayo. That's a ONE point sandwhich!

I also like the light english muffins. Good with PB too. I make my "mock McMuffin" with one whole muffin toasted, one egg(fried in pam) small slice of swiss cheese(off of a block) and a piece of canadian bacon. Bam! 6 points and Yummy!

Laughing cow cheese wedges and I have gotton to be close buddies. I love it with reduced fat wheat thins(4 point snack) Lori likes it on celery. Byron likes to just eat it plain if he could!
I also have made a chicken recipe with a flattened chicken breast, one piece of ham lunch meat and cheese wedge, roll it up, secure with toothpicks, dredge in shake n bake and bake. Tastes sinful, 6 points!

Light OJ, only 1 point

100 calorie snack packs, Chips Ahoy are my fave.

FF no sugar added ice cream.

Natural raw(unsalted) whole almonds. Good for in the car.

Baked Ranch doritos-super yum! Only 2 points a serving!

Whole wheat tortillas, good for breakfast burritos, tacos, roll ups etc.

SF jello with ff cool whip, ZERO points! Good for when you're out of points!

Honey Bunches of Oats cereal- LOVE it!

FF Eggo waffles 1point each (also good with PB!)

Frozen grapes

chicken, chicken, chicken. Always boneless and skinless.

I cook with alot of garlic, onions and mushrooms.

OK, I better stop for now. I could write about food all day!

I'm going to go eat my snack now!


Kitty53
08-10-2005, 11:04 AM
Oooh, I really enjoy the Skinny Cow ice cream sammiches!!! So worth the points!! :moo:

Another thing I have discovered is Eggplant. Who knew it was so good with Mozzarella & Parmesan cheese & Marinara sauce???? A WW version of course. :lol: I had never tasted eggplant b4, but Monday I bought one & used a recipe I found on WW Online. Yum.

AmyMCGS
08-10-2005, 11:41 AM
I also like the light english muffins. Good with PB too. I make my "mock McMuffin" with one whole muffin toasted, one egg(fried in pam) small slice of swiss cheese(off of a block) and a piece of canadian bacon. Bam! 6 points and Yummy!!

Just FYI-- if you want it to be more like a real McMuffin, do your egg in a coffee cup in the microwave. Spray the coffee cup with cooking spray, put the egg in, add about a little less than a tablespoon of water, stir it well with a fork (to kind of scramble it), and zap it for 45 seconds or so. You'll wind up with the egg "patty" like McD's serves. I make these all the time. :)

I like low fat PB on my english muffins for breakfast, too.

Bev in WI
08-10-2005, 12:18 PM
Just like everyone else - Laughing Cow Cheese wedges and SF Jello & Lite Cool Whip. Never tried either one until WW.

Also like Dannon Light 'n Fit Vanilla Yogurt. I eat it for dessert/snack or breakfast. I discovered Kashi Crunch cereal and like 1/2 c yogurt (1pt), 1/2 c Kashi Crunch (1pt) and 1/2 c strawberries or blueberries (1/2 pt but I count 1) mixed together.

Brummel & Brown spread instead of butter. I Can't Believe It's Not Butter is okay, but B&B tastes better to me.

My mainstays are tuna and chicken breasts. Eat them at least 5 out of 7 days.

Right now - all the fresh fruits and vegetables. I always liked them and ate them regularly, but they are so good this time of year and I enjoy them everyday. Plan to hit the Farmer's Mkt again on Saturday.

The Hillshire Farms deli meats (in the Glad containers) are all good and only 1 pt for 5 slices. I use them in sandwiches, omelets, and salads. Tried the Beef last time and it made a great sandwich with some Sara Lee Garden Pepper mustard.

I actually try something new every time I grocery shop - have tried mangoes (and didn't care for them), zucchini (okay but I could live without it), and balsamic vinegar (great stuff!).

~Bev~

iowasteph2
08-10-2005, 05:03 PM
What's a mango like? I've never had one of those either.

Yup, Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches are amazing!!! There's also some WW toffee ice cream bars that are great too, and only 2 points.

luflic
08-10-2005, 06:04 PM
Has anyone tried Aunt Millies fiber wheat hamburger buns or hot dog buns they are only one point and so cool to be able to eat a burger or turkey sausage emmmmm

Bev in WI
08-10-2005, 06:57 PM
Steph - a mango is kind of "peachy" tasting - but mine wasn't as sweet as a peach. And they're kind of "fibery". They're only 2 pts per cup but that's only because it takes you 5 points worth of effort to get the da**ed thing off the pit! If I want to make a mess in the kitchen I can do a fresh pineapple or watermelon! Also have seen recipes where you cook them with meat but doesn't sound like something I'd especially like so never tried it. I did try kiwi and I do like them -- and am going to try papaya and passion fruit next.

MaggieShines
08-10-2005, 07:30 PM
For a really decadent treat, take a super ripe mango with you to the beach, peel the skin and just gnaw the flesh off the pit with your teeth. It is juicy and sticky and oh so much fun. Then just go wash off in the ocean. And if you like fruit with your badminton, feeding mango to the opposing player can be soooooo erotic. Er, um, I mean, um, athletic? There's just something about the juices flowing down his chin.... oh, um, never mind. I need to go turn up my air conditioner. ;)

iowasteph2
08-10-2005, 08:38 PM
LOL!! Maggie, you crack me up!! I'll try mangos sometime. I'm with you, Bev, if something is difficult to eat, it usually isn't worth it to me. I haven't tried passion fruit or papaya either. Let me know if you try either! Yumm..I love kiwi. I think it might be my favorite fruit! It's amazing good for you too!

Another food that I've been eating a lot lately is cut up Granny Smith apples with cinnamin sprinkled on each piece.

Lizzyg
08-10-2005, 08:46 PM
Speaking of Mangos, I almost forgot about mine in the fridge, I'll have to check it out to see if its still good. It has a different flavor, I tried it for the first time about a month ago. Its not bad, but there are other fruits that I like better.

I've started eating more fruit for the most part. Peaches, nectarines, strawberries, apples... all good :)

Most of the stuff I ate before is ok on WW, with a few exceptions ;) (can you say pizza??) But I also like the Aunt Millie's buns that are only one point! yum! :)

I also like spaghetti. Its only 3 pts for a cup, and a cup of noodles is pretty big :)

I also like the light hot dogs. Only 2.5 pts per dog... not bad! :)

Ground turkey - a whole lot less points than ground beef, and I think it tastes better. Craig doesn't like it so much, but eats it cause he knows its helping me out.

Baked chips - any kind :)

I love chicken breasts, and I still eat a lot of those (Gotta love when Meijers has a sale, and you get 2 4 lb bags of boneless skinless chicken breasts, individually frozen for the price of one :)) since I don't like steak anyway.

I'm a kind of picky eater anyway, so lol thankfully most of the stuff I like is ok for WW, I just now have to watch my portions.

~Liz

iowasteph2
08-10-2005, 09:34 PM
Lizzy, I'm glad you reminded me about ground turkey. I'm scared to try that too!! Do you think it's a lot different tasting than ground beef? I like turkey, but I don't know grinding it up.

Sorry to ask so many questions!!

Kitty53
08-10-2005, 09:37 PM
Steph,

I've tried ground turkey and I don't really care for it too much. I think Krogers & Meijer's carry ground chicken, which I like much better than turkey. I've actually used ground chicken in hamburger helper mix and thought it was real good.

iowasteph2
08-10-2005, 09:44 PM
Thanks, Kitty. Both seem kind-of yucky to me, but I don't know why I feel that way. I like turkey and chicken both, so I should probably just grow up and give them both a try! LOL!

MistySeptember
08-11-2005, 06:28 AM
Ladies-All this stuff sounds so good. I am going to have to look for Laughing Cow cheese. I might have to get it in the city when I go next time, or maybe I just haven't seen it in the bigger grocery nearby. I know our little grocery doesn't have it, half the time they don't even have mozerella!

I had a mango once. Wasn't bad. It was a huge pain to get off the pit though. But my kids DEVOURED it. Maggie, I don't think I will ever eat another one though without thinking of badmiton!!!!

When I was in highschool and quit eating red meat (mostly b/c I hate stuff like sloppy joes and my mom made them all the time, well I pretty much didn't like any of my mom's cooking LOL) my mom started using ground turkey instead. I would have at that point gone to eating just dairy and eggs but my parents wouldn't let me. I didn't so much dislike the ground turkey. Nothing will make sloppy joes taste better LOL.

I find with stuff like that if you don't try to "trick" yourself into thinking it's beef and you take the food on it's own merit it's much better. I liek vegetarin sausage. No it doesn't taste exactly like pork sausage, but really as it's own entity it's not too bad. I'd probably eat ground turkey now except 1)DH wouldn't allow it in the house LOL 2) We get free ground beef from the farm. B/c our beef comes from old dairy cows it's incredibley lean. Much of thier body fat goes into milk. It's so lean that you can't drain fat off it, in order to keep it from sticking to the pan I often have to add a bit of water. I am sure that turkey is leaner, but I don't think I can buy beef that lean in the store.

I haven't really found any great WW friendly foods that are new to me. Most of teh time I cook the same stuff I did before WW I just eat a smaller portion. Or if it's not worth the points to me I eat a frozen meal. But you guys have offered some great ideas!!!! I'm gonna see if I can find some of this stuff!

AmyMCGS
08-12-2005, 09:02 AM
Has anyone tried Aunt Millies fiber wheat hamburger buns or hot dog buns they are only one point and so cool to be able to eat a burger or turkey sausage emmmmm
Yes-- and I was happy to find that I actually like the taste BETTER than the regular "white bread" version!

AmyMCGS
08-12-2005, 09:04 AM
Ladies-All this stuff sounds so good. I am going to have to look for Laughing Cow cheese. I might have to get it in the city when I go next time, or maybe I just haven't seen it in the bigger grocery nearby. !

Misty~ It may be away from the regular cheese blocks/shreds, next to the "spreads"-- cheese dips and such. That's where it was in my store- I had to look for it, too.

MaggieShines
08-12-2005, 09:42 AM
Oh, I just discovered Healthy Choice lunchmeats. For the ham I have at home (forget which kind it is), it's ony 1 point for 7 slices. I put it on WW bread (1 point for 2 slices) with mustard and red peppers. I could pile it with onions and lettuce and tomatoes and make it HUGE for just 2 points. Even with mayo or cheese it's still only 3 points. Amazing!

Lizzyg
08-12-2005, 01:01 PM
I like the ground turkey, I don't think it tastes that much different than ground beef... but then I'm not a big beef lover... I prefer chicken/poultry.

And I agree, I think the 1 pt buns taste better than the white bread version :)

~Liz