WW on an Aldi Budget – Top 10 Finds

Now that Freestyle is here, the first thing I noticed was this is going to get pricey.  This is likely to be the first of many posts on this topic as I’m a woman on a B-U-D-G-E-T.

I headed for our local Aldi and tried to find Freestyle (and WW in general) items that I could incorporate.  The prices below are here in my area, but prices will vary depending on where you are in the country.  Here are Aldi’s top 10 Weight Watchers finds:

Top Aldi Finds for Weight Watchers

  • Beans of all kinds!  Priced at $.55 per can (or $.89 if you want to go organic) you can use these to make a 0-point chili or top on a salad.
  • Fit & Active Chicken Noodle Soup.  $1.29 per can, this is a delicious lunch go-to in my house.  Just 1 point for this filling meal.
  • Turkey Pepperoni.  $2.19 and you get 17 slices for 2 points.  Can you say “HELLO PIZZA!”
  • Tuna.  $.64 per can and totally free in points.  I use mine with a little light mayo and put it on top of crackers when I need a little protein throughout the day.  It’s also fabulous with a little lemon and pepper on top of a salad or on nachos.
  • Happy Farms Spreadable Cheese Wedges. $1.29 for 6 wedges (which is phenomenal given that in other grocery stores they’re at least double that price.)  These nummies are 1 point for one wedge (or 3 points for 2 wedges).
  • Sliced turkey. $2.99 for the container.  It has about 12-15 slices and has 0 points!
  • Eggs. $.59 for 12.  This really needs no explanation!
  • Fat Free Plain Yogurt (and Greek Yogurt).  $1.89-$3.49 for 32 ounces.
  • Seafood for days!  Salmon, shrimp, ahi tuna, tilapia, crab.  Priced way better than your mainstream grocery store and packaged individually to make meal planning a breeze.
  • Frozen peas and corn. $.89 per bag.  Stay away from the canned stuff.  Frozen veggies are better for you and taste much fresher.

What’s your favorite Aldi find?

 

Now that Freestyle is here, the first thing I noticed was this is going to get pricey.  This is likely to be the first of many posts on this topic as I'm a woman on a B-U-D-G-E-T. I headed for our local Aldi and tried to find Freestyle (and WW in general) items that I … Continue reading WW on an Aldi Budget – Top 10 Finds

GIVEAWAY!

 

WW Best Of Giveaway!

We started this journey as 3 sisters just trying to support each other through Weight Watchers and we’re excited to now be sharing this journey with so many more!  We’ve been blown away by your encouraging posts and kind words here, on Facebook, private messages, and Connect.  We’ve decided to host a GIVEAWAY of 2 WW Best of booklets.  Each booklet contains 20-30 recipes.  One winner will receive the Best of Fall Fare booklet and one winner will get the Best of Apps & Snacks.  Please enter by clicking the link below and SHARE everywhere so we can continue this journey with even more new friends! (Also, stay tuned for ANOTHER giveaway starting next week.)

WW Best Of Giveaway!

Giveaway Time!

  WW Best Of Giveaway! We started this journey as 3 sisters just trying to support each other through Weight Watchers and we're excited to now be sharing this journey with so many more!  We've been blown away by your encouraging posts and kind words here, on Facebook, private messages, and Connect.  We've decided to … Continue reading GIVEAWAY!

The Kroger Spa Line Review

My face has been thinning out and I’ve found myself starting to care a bit more about taking care of my skins and its appearance.  (Shockingly, I’ve also started wearing makeup and doing my hair!)  It’s amazing what a little weight loss can do to a person’s self-esteem.

I decided to give the Kroger Spa Line a try since 1, I saw I might be able to get some free samples (which I did through Kroger’s MyMagazine, though all these opinions are my own entirely) and 2, I shop at Kroger all the time so I figured if I liked the products, they would be easy to obtain.

Brighten

The product I was MOST interested in was BRIGHTEN which is supposed to brighten up your dark circles under the eyes.  I tried this product having no clue what to think.  I was a little confused about how to apply the masks under my eyes since there weren’t super detailed instructions, but I finally got them on.  Once they were applied, my face started to tingle and burn (this also happened with the HYDRATE product that’s designed to just moisturize so you can imagine my fear).  Never one to give up, I stuck with it.  Once the 20 minutes passed, I took it off and pat the moisture into my skin.  There was slight redness, but it went away within a couple hours.

What I liked about these products:

  • I could do them anywhere.  I just needed to apply them, continue with housework for 20 minutes, and return to peel them off and pat my skin.
  • The masks are super smooth and feel refreshing for the most part (once the tingle goes away.)
  • The price.  These are all really reasonably priced, for example, the eye masks are 2 for $2.50.

What I didn’t like about these products:

  • The tingle.  It made me wonder if I was going to end up with a big red face (I didn’t).  Once I removed the product, the tingle/burn went away.
  • There weren’t instructions for best process… like which one should I use first and how often.

I would definitely recommend these.  They are low cost and pretty simple to use.  If you try them out, let me know in the comments below!

 

 

My face has been thinning out and I've found myself starting to care a bit more about taking care of my skins and its appearance.  (Shockingly, I've also started wearing makeup and doing my hair!)  It's amazing what a little weight loss can do to a person's self-esteem. I decided to give the Kroger Spa … Continue reading The Kroger Spa Line Review

Velveeta: Surprisingly Weight Watchers Friendly

I know, you are shocked to read the headline just as I was shocked to rediscover Velveeta. Before we move on, I will not try to tell you that Velveeta is healthy. I make no such assertions. However, it is, brace yourself, only 1 SmartPoint per slice. ONE. Regular cheese is at least a couple points or more per slice depending on the type that you get. In fact, if you are on WW, you probably discovered how quickly cheese can sabotage your daily point goal. This is unfortunate, of course, because cheese is yummy. Enter Velveeta.

Velveeta is not pure cheese, it melts kind of funny, and it may not satisfy your craving for brie or gouda. But, it can be a tasty addition to your diet if you sometimes need a little help to finish off your veggies. Adding Velveeta to broccoli makes broccoli much tastier and the whole dish is still very low in points. I’ve used it on homemade pizza (it isn’t quite the same as real cheese, but I get over that since the points are low.) I add Velveeta to a chicken sandwich or put it on a homemade taco or tostada. And, don’t forget the dish where Velveeta shines: queso. Add some picante sauce to Velveeta for a yummy, thick queso.

Sometimes, on the journey to a healthy bod, it is nice to find treats that are still ok to eat in moderation – and I submit to you that adding a little Velveeta to a healthy diet can make eating some dishes more enjoyable.

Happy Eating!

 

I know, you are shocked to read the headline just as I was shocked to rediscover Velveeta. Before we move on, I will not try to tell you that Velveeta is healthy. I make no such assertions. However, it is, brace yourself, only 1 SmartPoint per slice. ONE. Regular cheese is at least a couple … Continue reading Velveeta: Surprisingly Weight Watchers Friendly

Love My Quinoa BBQ Chips

So, I’m a snack person. For movies, chatting on the phone, or just sitting around petting my cat, sometimes I’m in the mood to munch on snacks. Obviously, this can add needless points to my day. So, I’ve searched far and wide for snacks that are tasty and still low points. I think the most obvious choice is light popcorn. I do love my popcorn. But, I also miss chips. I used to eat BBQ chips all the time. I can still have them on WWs (because you can have everything on WWs), but I can’t have very many before the points add up. So, I was thrilled to discover yummy quinoa BBQ chips. Yep, you read that right. Quinoa. Its a grain (don’t feel bad for not knowing). The BBQ flavor is scrumptious (they do have other flavors, but of the ones I’ve tried, BBQ is the best).

The entire bag (yes, the entire bag) is 12 SmartPoints. Now, I’m not suggesting you eat the entire bag in one sitting (yes, I have done this). But, I am saying that if you feel like having the whole bag, it won’t completely destroy your points.

They can also be used in other ways, as the low-point crunch on your salad or base to a taco salad. Or, they can be eaten alone, no dip required because they are already packed with flavor.

Bottom line, I highly recommend them. They are made by Simple 7.

Enjoy!

So, I'm a snack person. For movies, chatting on the phone, or just sitting around petting my cat, sometimes I'm in the mood to munch on snacks. Obviously, this can add needless points to my day. So, I've searched far and wide for snacks that are tasty and still low points. I think the most … Continue reading Love My Quinoa BBQ Chips

My Favorite Healthy Kitchen Gadgets

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I began loving the Vitamix when I was doing cleanses more often.  When I joined Weight Watchers, I thought my use of it would die down, but it hasn’t!  Since it’s been summer time here in Texas, I use the Vitamix to make snow out of ice.  Then I pour sugar free jello or Crystal Light over the top for a 0 point summer snow cone!

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Water bottle!  It’s no secret that the key to good weight loss is a GREAT water bottle.  I love Camelbak products.  They’re easy to clean and have a little loop to make it easy to pick up and carry with me while I’m on the go.

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I never wanted to be the kind of person that weighed things on a kitchen scale.  It just seemed like a lot of energy.  However, I’ve found that when I’m eating things like whole chicken or ribs that I feel more confident and I’m more accurate when I weigh the meat.  I mean, you don’t eat the bone, right?  Why include it in your weight?  I take the bone out, stick it on my scale, and accurately put it in my app.  Easy peasy lemon sequeezy, am I right?

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Top 5 Smart Points Purchases at Trader Joe’s

I’ve come across a million articles that give a huge long list of Trader Joe’s Weight Watcher’s finds.  For someone just dipping her toe in the Trader Joe’s world, it can get a bit overwhelming!  I’ve tried numerous Trader Joe’s items throughout my time on Weight Watchers and today I bring you the BEST of the best, the better than all the rest, the tip of the top buys you must find at your local Trader Joe’s.

Number 5:
HotDogsUncured Chicken Hot Dogs (2 Smart Points per dog)  As most people know, finding a good hot dog can be challenging.  I’ve tried others that ring in at 1 or 2 points each, but they were dry, small, and not very tasty.  These fit the bill as the PERFECT hot dogs to toss on the grill during BBQ season.

Number 4:
20170812_103943Pastrami Style Smoked Atlantic Salmon (3 Smart Points per 2 ounces)  This salmon is perfect smoky and salty while still being lower on points.  Use this on top of salads, in a quesadilla, in homemade sushi, or even by itself!

Number 3:
20170812_104606 BBQ Rub Seasoning (0 Smart Points!!)  Perfect for chicken or lean ribs on the grill, this seasoning is 0 points!!

 

Number 2:PancakesSilver Dollar Pancakes (7 Smart Points for 11 pancakes)  I’m always missing pancakes and carbs.  I love these little guys!  You can have a whole stack for 7 points, or you can just have a few to complement your meal.

 

 

 

 

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Number 1:
Chicken Cilantro Mini Wontons!! (1 Smart Point for 4 wontons)  Y’all, these are my FAVORITE!  Run out of points for the day?  Have 4 whole wontons for just 1 point.  You can be versatile in your flavors here, have it with soy sauce or have it with a smidge our sour cream and salsa.

I've come across a million articles that give a huge long list of Trader Joe's Weight Watcher's finds.  For someone just dipping her toe in the Trader Joe's world, it can get a bit overwhelming!  I've tried numerous Trader Joe's items throughout my time on Weight Watchers and today I bring you the BEST of … Continue reading Top 5 Smart Points Purchases at Trader Joe’s