About two months ago, Catherine Bowen Brophy, a consultant at Greencore/Weight Watchers, contacted me, asking if I wanted to review a new line of Weight Watchers fresh meals and delicatessen salads. My first thought was…
‘Umm..has she seen my blog?’
My blog is probably the last place one would look for weight loss or healthy eating. I think I have maybe one ‘healthy/low-fat’ post, and any others that may or could be good for you, are purely accidental or coincidental. This had to be some kind of mistake, right?
I like Weight Watchers. As I’ve said before, I will not review or talk about any product on my blog that I don’t like or believe in. I’ve turned many products down, but this one I couldn’t. Truth be told, I think Weight Watchers is one of the few, if not only, diet plans that’s sensible, convenient, doesn’t deprive you, and is most likely to keep weight off once you lose it. I have friends who have succeeded on it, and back in HS, even though we didn’t need to lose weight at the time, a friend and I used to buy some of the Weight Watchers desserts (along with Rotel tomatoes and Velveeta for that Rotel Dip. Speaking of, is there really a Velveeta chocolate fudge out there?) for munchies, simply because they tasted really good. Of course we’d eat like 4 desserts each, but again, they were munchies food after a party or a night out – not a diet.
If you’ve ever seen Sex and the City, there’s an episode where Miranda is ready to purchase a stack of diet books in a desperate attempt to take off her baby weight. The cashier flips through the books as she rings them up, and these are not exact quotes,, but it went something like this..”This one I lost 40 lbs on, then gained back 60″ – “This one made me sick, and I didn’t lose weight” and so on and so forth. She then tells Miranda to go with Weight Watchers, the only one that ever worked because, as I mentioned above, they don’t deprive you of the foods you like to eat. I know, I know..Weight Watchers probably paid for that little scene, but one part definitely isn’t BS; the food IS good and it does fill you up.
Photos in collage courtesy of Weight Watchers. Top Row – BBQ Chicken with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Turkey and Stuffing. Bottom Row – Three Cheese Macaroni and Meat Loaf with Garlic Mashed Potatoes
After devouring a half pan of the baklava I made in June, and endless candy testing/tasting throughout the month of July, I wasn’t feeling too hot. Bloated, lethargic, and well, jiggly. I had already been through many ‘blog’ over–noshings in late 2010 (remember the pots of cassoulet?), so I wasn’t helping my cause by eating more than a bit of my super rich dishes and desserts again.
I received a huge ice packed box filled with 7 fresh meals and three delicatessen salads. I decided then and there that if I was going to review this properly, I was going to do it right. Never having been on any weight loss plan my entire life (I dieted in many unhealthy ways, which I won’t get into now, when I needed to lose weight), I was now officially on one. I gave myself the month of August to see what would happen by sticking to a Weight Watchers meal plan. I even purchased more of these meals and salads when I ran out of the ones sent to me free of charge, because, again, I wanted to do it right.
This is what it looks like in natural light and when it’s not melting – photo courtesy of Weight Watchers.
Every day I’d have fresh fruit or a little cereal for breakfast, along with my usual spirulina carrot apple ginger juice, then a bit of one of the salads they sent, for lunch (I received the chicken salad with dried cranberries, the potato – egg white salad, and the macaroni salad, but there’s more, which you can see HERE), and one of the fresh meals for dinner. The fresh meals are not as small as you would think, and they’re delicious; they taste fattening. I especially loved the meat loaf with garlic mashed potatoes, the three cheese macaroni, and the BBQ chicken. The delicatessen salads tasted just like the stuff you get from a deli! The only criticism I have is, the egg whites in the potato salad were a tad rubbery and need to be cut smaller. LOVE, LOVE, LOVED the chicken salad!
Verdict. I try not use a scale, as I prefer to go by how my clothes fit and how I feel. However, I did this time. I dropped 6 lbs barely doing anything other than sticking to these meals. Whether you need to lose a little, or a lot of weight, I highly recommend you give these fresh meals and delicatessen salads a shot.
Having said all that, here’s the best part..they’re cheap! Fresh Meals are only $2.99 each, and delicatessen salads are $1.99-$2.99! You can find them in the refrigerated areas of the delicatessen or meat sections at most supermarkets. Once again, you can see the various selections of Fresh Meals and Delicatessen salads, HERE.
Now, of course I’m not done. Weight Watchers did not send me any desserts, so you’re probably wondering what the photos of the fattening looking chocolate thing with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and candy pieces is. It’s a Weight Watchers recipe! There’s no way I’m going to review anything without making something, and this was one of the desserts I chose to satisfy my sweet cravings. It tastes like a rich, chocolate – minty pudding pop or fudgesicle..and again..it tastes fattening!
Speaking of pudding pops, I miss pudding pops! Do any of you? At a restaurant in Delaware, a few years back, they had strawberry cheesecake pudding pops that were okay, but it wasn’t those chocolate and vanilla swirled pudding pops of yore. If anyone is listening, please bring them back!!
So, this frozen minty (or almond) chocolate dessert looks pretty good doesn’t it? It takes 5 minutes to put together, and after two hours of freezing, you can eat the whole dessert without guilt! I’m going to post the recipe, verbatim, with a few italicized tips of my own, from weightwatchers.com.
How quicketh it melteth..
The Weight Watchers Fresh Meals are currently available in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West regions, at nearly all major grocery stores as well as online at Peapod.com. Soon Fresh Meals will be available in stores in North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, as well.
By the way, this blog will remain a 99% rich, fattening blog, as it’s always been; I just wanted to make that perfectly, crystal clear.
PointsPlus® Value: 3
- 1 oz chocolate wafer(s), about 5 cookies
- ¼ teaspoon mint extract (I used peppermint extract)
- 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
- 7 oz fat-free whipped topping, about 1 whole aerosol can
- ¼ cup(s) fat-free skim milk
- 3 piece(s) Weight Watchers by Whitman's Mint patties, frozen, chopped
- 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
- 6 tablespoons whipped topping, light or fat-free, vanilla or chocolate
- Line six muffin holes with foil muffin liners. (I used paper liners)
- In a blender, combine wafers, extract, cocoa, fat-free whipped topping and milk; blend until completely combined. Divide mixture among prepared muffin liners; freeze for at least 2 hours. (Fill each cup half way. Anymore and you won't get 6 desserts, and your points will go up on each one.)
- Just before serving, top each with ⅙ of mint patties, 1 teaspoon chocolate syrup and 1 tablespoon whipped topping. Yields 1 dessert per serving.