Craving Sweets While on Weight Watchers – Arctic Zero to the Rescue!

I purposely skipped my Monday Weight Watchers weigh in this week. I had a pretty rough weekend with all the Memorial Day BBQ’s and ended up eating ALL the food for three straight days. So, with that being the case I figured I’d just get back on track and weigh in next Monday as planned.

Today, (Tuesday) was pretty uneventful, for the most part, with respect to my food intake. 

Breakfast: Cold Brew Coffee with Half / Half = 4 Points

Lunch: Watermelon, celery, apricot, 1/4 cup of roasted almonds = 4 Points

Snack: Apricot – 0 Points

Dinner: 1 meatball, Cabbage Soup & 1 slice of buttered toast: 8 points

As usual my cravings hit after dinner time. I wanted something sweet. I have been trying to find things that are both Weight Watchers friendly, but also taste friendly! It’s hard! Many of the treats I have attempted to eat are full of artificial flavors and sugars, which always taste weird to me. Today, I browsed the freezer case at Fred Meyers and saw that Arctic Zero had a few enticing flavors. One serving of Arctic Zero (1/2 cup) is only 1 WW Point – but you can eat the entire pint for just 4 points. Unbelievable right?! I may have done a little jig, right there in the freezer isle of Fred Meyer. I think that different flavors may have slightly different point values, but the flavor I chose had the point values listed above.

Arctic Zero Cookie Shake is a healthier ice-cream, but tastes nearly as good as the “real stuff”. I was all set up on the deck, ready to devour my frozen dessert when I saw this:

Choices: To wait or not? It was a hard choice but I ended up going back inside and waiting the recommended time frame to enjoy a creamier treat – well, I waited about 8 minutes anyway.

The verdict: Arctic Zero feels like cheating, but it’s not! Of course, I ate the whole pint. It was delicious and worth every point. While I typically feel guilty about having treats, there is nothing to feel about this. I saved enough point to enjoy it and even if I had only had 1 serving, I would have been satisfied.

  • GMO Free
  • 3 Grams of Protein per serving
  • Lactose, Gluten & Fat Free
  • Low Glycemic

Knowing that I have options to eat sweets and still keep within my WW points, makes me feel like maybe I can do this long term. The older I get the more I want to change my way of eating, for life – not as a crash diet. I think I can do that with Arctic Zero on my side. Arctic Zero is sold at Fred Meyer in The Dalles or at Safeway & Rosauers in Hood River. Check it out!

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What Do Zucchini Noodles Taste Like & How Do I Make Them?

I’m 35 years old and had never stuck any sort of zucchini in my mouth. The idea of it grossed me out. I was positive that zucchini must taste exactly like butternut squash – which was created by Satan himself. It wasn’t until I was wondering through Whole Foods, wasting some time, and noticed a sample booth. I meandered over there and grabbed a sample cup. It was marinara sauce over zucchini noodles. I was feeling adventurous and decided to give it a small taste. To my enormous surprise, the zucchini  noodles tasted EXACTLY like pasta. When you think about it, pasta is sort of a no-taste food. It takes on whatever flavor you add to it, which could be sauce or seasonings. So, the only difference I noticed from regular spaghetti was that the noodles were a bit firmer than pasta.

Many grocery stores are starting to carry pre-made trays of zucchini noodles, AKA Zoodles, but you will be paying for the convenience of having them pre-made for you. Myself, I decided to try making them at home and purchased OXO Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer from Amazon. It was one of the cheaper options, but OXO is known for its long-lasting, high quality products so I purchased it. While this product may not be ideal for making large batches of zoodles, it was perfect for about 3 servings.

Tips:

  • Choose small firm zucchinis to spiralize. The larger zucchinis have more water and therefore your noodles may be mushier than you’d like.
  • If your noodles seem to have a lot of moisture to them, dry them in the oven about 10 minutes on a low heat to dry them out some.
  • The spiralizer will leave you with noodles that are super long! Every 5 or 6 turns, cut the noodle off to keep them in reasonable lengths to work with.

What would posses a person to give up pasta for zucchini noodles? Health! Zucchinis have a considerably less carbs and are a great source of vitamins and dietary fiber. It’s an easy diet substitute that can have noticeable effects on your waistline and weight.

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