Category Archives: WW: 0

Spaghetti Squash

IMG_1608Craving some saucey pasta, but don’t have the caloric budget for a full blown pasta dish? Then please welcome this glorious spaghetti squash into your life. Takes little to no effort to cook (your oven does the cooking), and is very versatile in your everyday meals. You can bake it, steam it, boil it, karate chop, and kung-fu it any way you like — just cook it.

Usually there are stickers on squashes to tell you how to prepare them, but this one did not. Chef Google told me to slice it in half vertically, clean out the seeds, and bake it face down in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes at an oven of 375 degrees. I followed the directions, but since my squash was pretty large, it needed an extra 10 minutes or so. It came out beautifully. Once the squash is fully cooked, use a fork and start scraping it. Golden strands will fall out and there you have it — spaghetti squash noodles. Collect it in a bowl and use it anyway you like. They store and reheat very well.

A popular way to use it is of course in place of pasta noodles. Half a cup of pasta sauce (50 calories), one cup of spaghetti squash (42 calories) and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese (10 calories) and you have your 100 calories snack here. Make it more filling by adding some form of protein in it. Other ideas to incorporate spaghetti squash are: baked casseroles, mix with some veggies and make it into a wrap, toss some in soups and on top of salads, be the “mac” in your mac and cheese, the sky is the limit with such a versatile squash. Last night, I microwave a cup and added a spoonful of salsa and it was just as delicious.

If there was a marketing label, it would look like this:

Low Carb, Low-fat, Low-calories, Cholesterol-Free, Low-Sodium

Good source of fiber, Vitamin A, Calcium, and Potassium

Only 42 calories per serving

The squash itself is not a very sweet type and does not have a strong distinctive taste of it’s own so it is perfect as a base to any of your dishes. Takes up the personality of your dish really well. Over-cooked, they can be a little soft, but when done perfectly, it has a little crunch to it.

A one cup serving (5.5 ounce) is only 42 calories, 0 WW, 0.5 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 28 milligram of sodium, 10.1 grams of carbohydrates, 2.2 grams of dietary fiber, 3.9 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein, 32.6 milligram of calcium and 181.4 milligram of potassium.

I’ve been rocking some major spaghetti squash meals lately because I found them very inexpensive at my Fresh & Easy. Butternut squashes, spaghetti squashes, and acorn squashes (any size) were all up for grabs for only $1.98. Naturally, I picked the biggest and heaviest one which clocked in at a nice 5.4 lbs. A steal for under $2.00.

Retails: $1.98 each @ Fresh & Easy
My Cost: $1.98
Calories: about 42 per cooked cup (154g)
WW: 0

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Filed under Fresh & Easy, squash, WW: 0

Beaver Brand Hot Dijon Mustard w/ White Wine

BeaverMustard One of my many favorite condiment is mustard. I always skip the mayo in my sandwiches and tell the peeps to add extra mustard. Mustard is a low calorie condiment that added a huge impact of flavors. My current obsession is the Beaver Brand line. Check out their entire line here. They have so many varieties to choose from that my head was spinning. Mustard is a MUST for my wraps and sandwiches. This particular Hot Dijon Mustard with white wine is VERY delicious. It goes so well with chicken. Sometimes I just stir-fry some lean chicken breast using this mustard as a marinade. The squeezable bottle has a big spout so it is very user friendly and you can easily control how much you want from the bottle.  The “hot” flavor and the mustard balances each other really well. The white wine adds another layer of flavor to the mustard. On your first bite, you get the initial sensation of the heat, but it milds down afterward and then you get the subtle taste of the wine flavor.  The texture is smooth, nothing grainy in here. You can spread it all over your sandwich easily with a butter knife. One serving of 1 teaspoon is 10 calories, 0 WW, no fat, no cholesterol, 90 milligram of sodium, 1 gram of carbohydrates, no fiber, no sugar, and no protein. What a bummer that a measly teaspoon has 90 milligram of sodium. I always use way more than 1 teaspoon each time so the sodium really adds up. I also noticed that some varieties of the Beaver Brand condiments have HFCS in them. Luckily, this one does not. Ingredients: water, mustard seed, vinegars (white wine, white distilled and balsamic), white wine, sugar, salt, garlic, spices, soybean oil, artificial and natural flavors, xanthan gum, citric acid and tartaric acid, tumeric. What brand of mustard do you use?

Retails: $3.49 pr 12.5 oz @ Local Health Foods Store
My Cost: $3.49
Calories: 10 per tsp (5g)
WW: 0


Filed under Condiment, Mustard, WW: 0

Trader Joe’s Spicy Black Bean Dip

Picture 42Trader Joe’s Fat Free Spicy Black Bean Dip has become sort of a staple in my house. I used it for my “crack wraps” and it becomes so delicious. The dip is thick and smooth with a medium spicy level. The color is that of mushed black beans since the jar contains no preservatives, no artificial ingredients, and no oils added. One serving is 2 tablespoon (28 grams) and only 30 calories, 0 WW, fat-free, cholesterol-free, 160 milligram of sodium, 6 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, no sugar, and 2 grams of protein. Not too shabby in the protein department considering this is only a dip. Simple ingredients list: black beans, water, tomato paste, onions, distilled vinegar (from corn), honey, salt, jalapenos, spices, and garlic. I can really taste the vinegar and jalapeno flavor in here which I love. Besides “crack wrap”, I like to use this to dip veggies too. Makes eating veggies all the more exciting and flavorful. Sort of like a low calories hummus in my opinion. Black beans instead of garbanzo beans and minus any fats like tahini. Shelf stable so I buy a few jars at a time. Of course, you have to refrigerate after opening. Very delicious and reasonably priced at only $1.69. You got to love Trader Joes.

Retails: $1.69  per 12 oz jar @ Trader Joes
My Cost: $1.69
Calories: 30 per 2 tbsp (28g)
WW: 0

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Filed under Beans, Dip, Trader Joe's, WW: 0

Tejava Premium Iced Tea Unsweetened

IMG_0504Tejava premium iced tea unsweetened iced tea. The flavor is strong and bold, yet very refreshing.  The caffeine in here can easily replace your morning cup of joe because this tea is strong.  Imagine the taste of 10 tea bags boiled in 8 fluid ounce of water. Naturally, with tea this strong, there is a bit, for the lack of a better term, tartness on the end. Every sip is like the tea at the bottom of the your tea cup with the tea bag left in. Tejava is a microbrewed tea that truly taste like it was freshly brewed. Good stuff. I highly recommend this for people who like iced black tea. Just chill and enjoy, sometimes I add a slice of lemon just to change the flavor up a bit. Sweet tea lovers can add sweetener of your choice. You really can’t beat the price Trader Joe’s offers these for. Only $1.19 per 1 liter and this comes in a fancy glass bottle too. Ingredients: pure java tea brewed from water and select java tea leaves. Just water and tea is my kind of iced tea. No additives of any kind. Truly a different class of ready-to-drink tea on the market.

From the bottle: Tejava is the world’s only 100% microbrewed and ready-to-drink black tea made entirely from select handpicked tea leaves from the remote island of Java. Although tea (camellia sinensis) is grown around the world, only by using these special Java tea leaves and our unique microbrewing methods can we create the peerless full-bodied character of Tejava.

We add no “tea flavors”, sugar, preservatives or anything artificial to Tejava. What you get, bottle after bottle, of consistently rich, great-tasting ice tea. Simply pure and refreshing tea. Served chilled. Cheers!

Retails: $1.19 for 1 liter @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $1.19
Calories: 0
WW: 0

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Filed under Drinks, Tea, Trader Joe's, WW: 0

Greens+ Superfood Original

IMG_0411Out of the blue I get this pamphlet with a small packet of Green+ Superfood powder along with a whole mess of product information and offer to sign up for their Green+ Heath Club. I was a little wary since I have never heard of this company before.  Naturally, I just cast this aside in my spam mail box to be shredded and recycled later. I’ve been reading the Actor’s Diet and Lynn has been taking this Green+ Superfood in the morning and has some nice words to say about the product. I did not realize it was the same as my sample packet until I dug it up from my spam box. I’m a “word of mouth” kind of girl so I decided to give it a try. The packet contains 1 tsp of finely grounded up green powder with specks of white and orange in it. I mixed it up with 4 ounce of cold water and it dissolved. Does not clump if you give it a good stir. The color turned VERY green; more so than Amazing Grass. The Green+ Superfood powder does not have as strong a “grassy” taste as Amazing Grass does. The “grassy” taste is more subtle and that is probably because the main ingredient in here is not wheat grass. Not particularly tasty, but it might be better in a Green Monster. I felt good after taking it, but I think it might be a placebo effect since it was so green! One thing I noticed was that my digestion for that day seemed to be better, but as far as energy, acuity, and overall wellness, I think I need to take more than 1 sample packet to determine those. This company’s line of products reminds me of Amazing Grass except Amazing Grass has cute packaging and Green+ looks more like your standard supplement packaging. Other products they offer include: Green+ Wild Berry Burst, Green+ Orange Greensicle, Green+ Energy/Protein/Whey Krisp Bars, Whey Protein Green+, Omega Chia Seeds, Fiber Green+ etc.

Citing from the pamphlet, here is what Green+ contains: Soy Lecithin, Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica, High Pectin Apple Fiber, Barley Grass Powder, Wheat Grass Powder, Japanese Chlorella, Hydroponic Soy Sprouts, Brown Rice Bran, Sprouted Barely Malt, Alfalfa Grass Powder, 6 Dairy-Free Probiotic Cultures, Royal Jelly, Acerola Berry Juice Powder, Natural Vitamin E, Licorice Root Powder & Extract, Red Beet Juice Powder, Dunaliella Salina, Nova Scotia Dulse, Milk Thistle Seed, Echinacea Root, Siberian Eleuthero, Astragalus Root, Ginkgo Biloba, Japanese Green tea, Full Spectrum Grape Extract, and Swedish Bilberry (all in various amounts). Check out their story here. They started up in 1989. Wow, it took me 20 years to find out about you.

Retails: $39.95 per 9.4 oz @ Greens+ Online
My Cost: Free (mini sample)
Calories: 35
WW: 0

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Filed under Drinks, WW: 0

La Croix Grapefruit Sparkling Water

IMG_0334La Croix offers seven refreshing sparkling water flavors for your sodium- free and zero calories enjoyment: pure sparkling water, berry, cran-raspberry, lemon, lime, orange and grapefruit. When I say zero calories, I do not mean artificially sweetened zero calorie drinks, I REALLY mean zero calories. La Croix is your basic flavored sparkling water that comes in more flavors than just your standard lemon and lime. Simple ingredients of water, carbon and natural flavor (nothing artificial). No sugar is exactly what I want in my water. I’ve never seen grapefruit flavor sparkling water in any other brands so I gave this particular flavor a whirl.  The water is clear and you can see bubbles inside from the carbon. Looks an awful lot like sprite. The grapefruit flavor is not overwhelming. You are essentially drinking flavored carbon water.  This flavor is the most unique I’ve had in my sparkling water days. Unsweetened flavored water maybe the stepping stone to  those who are addicted to soda or diet soda to kick the habit. Sparkling water offers the same carbonation, minus all the sugar and artificial ingredients, with a hint of flavor that is the ultimate refreshment on a hot summer day.  The fact that the cans resemble soda cans should help with the mental aspect of things too. Unsuspecting people usually think I am drinking a “no name brand” soda instead of being all healthy and drinking water all the time when I have a can of La Croix in my hand. The can is 12 fl ounce which is easy to finish before it loses its carbonation. The fizziness of the water lasts a pretty decent amount of time after you open it. Nutritional information is zero across the board in case you were wondering. In some places, Costco offers a variety pack of 24 for around $6.99 which is the best price I’ve seen for these. That must be a regional thing because my Costco only carries Perrier, S. Pellegrino, and Crystal Geyser sparkling waters.

Retails: $3.39 per 8 pk @ Target
My Cost: $3.00 (on sale)
Calories: 0
WW: 0


Filed under Drinks, Water, WW: 0

Fiber One Key Lime Pie & Strawberry Yogurt

Diet 009Looks like Yoplait’s Fiber One 50 calories yogurts has been making it’s rounds on the blogging world. The newly launched Fiber One slashes 30 calories from the previous 80 calories version.  Flavors include: Key Lime Pie, Peach, Strawberry, and Vanilla.

Strawberry:  Creamy texture with small pieces of real strawberries. The color is redish/pinkish color. Smells like sweeten strawberries. Has good strawberry flavor, but it is apparent in the taste that it is sweeten with an artificial sweetener, in this case, aspartame.

Key Lime Pie: Creamy texture, but unlike the strawberry flavor, it does not have any fruit pieces. The pastel green color reminds me of Easter. Smells and taste like limeanade.

Just like the infamous Shirataki Noodles, these Fiber One yogurts are Hungry Girl approved and has the HG logo printed on the package. In general, the Fiber One yogurts has good flavor. Only 50 calories, 5 grams of fiber and zero grams of fat. Really hits all the high points of what people strive for on a diet plan. Personally, I tend to stay away from products that have aspartame or splenda as a sweetener because I get headaches afterward. “Nay” or “yay”, check out the ingredients list and decide for yourself. Here is a $1 off coupon.

Ingredients List (Key Lime):
Nonfat Yogurt (cultured pasteurized grade A nonfat milk), A nonfat milk, modified corn starch, kosher gelatin, vitamin A acetate, Vitamin D3), Water, Chicory Rood Extract (inulin), Modified Corn Starch, Lime Juice concentrate, Aspartame*, Potassium Sorbate Added to Maintain Freshness, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Citric Acid, Yellow #5, Blue #1. * Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine

Nutritional Information (Key Lime):
One container (113 grams)  is 50 calories, o WW, zero grams of fat, <5 milligram of cholesterol, 55 milligram of sodium, 150 milligram of potassium, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 5 gram of fiber, 4 grams of sugar and 3 grams of protein.

Retails: $2.18 for 4 pk @ Super Walmart
My Cost: Free
Calories: 50 per 113 gram cup
WW: 0


Filed under WW: 0, Yogurt