It’s my last two days at work and I’ve finished all of the projects I was involved in. I wait for work to do, but work does not come. Therefore, I’ve decided to use my time to make a post about my fave new healthy/diet desserts and snacks. Mostly those featuring chocolate. I may be on a diet, but I can’t sacrifice dessert. HERE GOES..
No Pudge Fudge Brownies.
I just made these for the first time last night, and they were fabulous. You can make an entire tray, or just a single-serve brownie. 2 tbsp of mix, 1 tbsp of non-fat vanilla yogurt, microwave on high for one minute. I made it in a ramekin so it looked cute and all. SO DELICIOUS. Tastes just like having a real brownie, except it’s fat-free. 3 WW points. Stop & Shop carries it (The NP website just says Super Stop & Shop, and I haven’t tried any regular stores). It also comes in Cappuccino, Raspberry, and Mint.
I got a new blender, a Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender. It’s pink and I love it. Though I couldn’t find a picture of the pink one.
Anyway, it’s great because you can make the smoothie in it, detach the top, and you’ve got a cup to drink it out of. Complete with sippy opening on top. I’d been using an older blender and to be honest, the smoothies were coming out like crap- all powdery, no matter how long I blended or how high the settings. This is a total non-issue with this blender, maybe because it’s so small and everything gets blended in because.. it has nowhere else to go.
I’ve been using the Weight Watchers Smoothie mixes. I mostly use the Creamy Chocolate mix and have never tried the French Vanilla. They just came out with a Creme Brulee mix last week, and I’ve made one of those so far too. Tastes amazing.
I believe the mix is only $7.50 a box for 7 packets, and you can buy it at WW stores/meeting locations. 2 points for a package, and I mix it with water (which is what the directions say, and it saves you points by not using milk- though some prefer milk because of the texture it creates. I find that the water turns out just fine, still creamy). I also add 6 ice cubes (1 at a time) to make it colder and thicker. Some of my favorite combos so far:
I’ve also toyed with the idea of adding in fat-free vanilla yogurt, oreos, frozen raspberries (not all together!), etc. You really can’t mess it up. Not to mention, they’re all super-filling.
Fiber One 90 Calorie Fudge Brownies.
Before I found NP Fudge Brownies, I found these. They’re still good if you’re on the go or packing a snack for later- or if you just don’t feel like actually making anything. The chocolate taste reminds me of the Snackwells snacks I had when I was younger, but it’s still good. I break it into three so it takes longer to eat. 2 points for a brownie. FiberOne has coupons on their website as well. They also come in Peanut Butter.
I’ve also made a Warm Brownie Sundae from it: heat brownie in microwave for 10-15 seconds. Take a thawed Weight Watchers snack size fudge ice cream bar (or any low-cal fudgesicle) and spoon off of the stick onto the brownie. Add 2 tbsp Lite Cool Whip. Ta da. 4 pts. Like those fatty ones that they have at nearly every chain restaurant, but.. all yours, and not so bad for ya.
This wasn’t so much my idea, but my boyfriend got me a box of Edible Arrangements chocolate-covered apples (thnx SC!) and they were sooo good. You only have to count the chocolate, so it’s just 2 points. I found it did a pretty damn good job of satisfying a chocolate craving. The trick is to keep it to 1 at a time, because once you go over that, the points increase (2 are 5 pts).
Pretty much any Weight Watchers or Skinny Cow ice cream.
I like the Snack Size Fudge Bars because they’re only 1 points, but the Dark Chocolate Raspberry are equally as amazing for 2 points. If you want to go all buckwild, the Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry pops are great, as are Skinny Cow’s Chocolate Truffle pops and Cookies & Cream Truffle pops, all for 3 pts each. I’ve been wanting to try the White Mint Truffle pops, too.
Kellogg’s Fiber Plus Caramel Coconut Fudge Bars.
Tastes like Samoa Girl Scout cookies. Larger than WW snack bars, 3 points. WUNDERFUL.
VitaMuffin Deep Chocolate 100 Calorie muffins.
You freeze ‘em. Microwave for 10 seconds, remove wrapper, microwave for another 10. Top with Cool Whip and sliced strawberries. 2 points a muffin. SO GOOD. They’re a bit small, and the wrapper sometimes takes off good chunks of the muffins, but I just scrape it off the wrapper with a spoon (I’m getting my points-worth).
Jell-O Sugar Free, Low Calorie Gelatin snacks.
You can buy the cups like this, or the mix if you want to make multiple servings. I’ve had both, you can just split up the Jell-O from mix into little cup-size containers. It’s probably cheaper that way, but I prefer convenience, so.. I have the cups. THEY ARE ZERO POINTS. Which means if you have only 1 point left and want a filling dessert, you can have a cup of this with a few tbsps of Cool Whip and you’ve got yourself a parfait. It doesn’t taste any different, either, as far as I’m concerned.
I don’t have a picture to illustrate this, but it’s basically DELICIOUS. My mom had made it before and then we had it as my birthday cake last week. Google search for recipes or search WW, they’re all over. Make it with a white or angel food cake, top with Cool Whip and strawberries or peaches. Around 5 points a slice (13x9 pan sliced into 12). You’re basically just substituting eggs/oil/water for applesauce (I prefer Mott’s natural).
I think I’ve covered all of my fave dessert-y snacks (though I’m sure I’ll uncover more gems in the future). This post is longer than I’d planned so I might make a separate one for snacks, maebs not. I’ll finish with a list of suggested snacks that I haven’t tried yet-
Pizception of the Day: The “Meta-Pizza” — a pizza pie made from pizza-flavored snack foods.
Ingredients include: Pizza Supreme Doritos, Pizzalicious Pringles, Pepperidge Farm Flavor Blasted Xplosive Pizza Goldfish crackers, Pepperoni Pizza Combos and, playing the role of “sauce,” pizza-flavored hummus.