Blue Bunny Fat Free Brownie Sundae Ice Cream


I spotted this Blue Bunny Fat Free No Sugar Added Brownie Sundae Ice Cream at Walmart and due to the nutrition facts; I decided to pick it up.  I enjoy ice cream every once in a while, and since this was such a change of pace as far as ice cream flavors are concerned, so we had to pick it up.
Brownies and ice cream are two staple items which just go together perfectly.  The ice cream is made up of fat-free no sugar added vanilla ice cream which is blended with fudge ribbons and chunks of brownies.  It’s sweet, chocolaty and just a yummy dessert. I found the ice cream to be relatively creamy and it blends perfectly with some fresh sliced strawberries on top of it.  The ice cream has no added sugar, but it is sweetened with Splenda.  That may be a turning point for some, but I don’t mind Splenda sweetened foods.
A serving size is ½ cup serving for only 80 calories or 2 points plus values!  Quite a steal for ice cream, since the lowest I have found for scoopable ice cream (outside of strawberry fat free frozen yogurt) has been 3 points or higher.
QUESTION:
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Spotted: Panera Dressing at Target


A few weeks ago I went shopping at Target and while in the refrigerator section (near the fruits and veggies) I found bottled Panera salad dressing.  I at first did a double take because my initial reaction was “Panera bottles dressings?!”  I don’t eat at Panera often, but from what I do know; Panera is not shy on the fat and calories associated with many of their dishes.  Scanning the dressing options I saw two fat free options: Poppy Seed and Raspberry Vinaigrette.
I calculated the points and found the Fat Free Poppy Seed (as well as the Raspberry Vinaigrette) were both 1 points plus for a 2 tablespoon serving.  I figured I would use the Poppy Seed a lot more on salads than I would the Raspberry, so the Poppy Seed went into my cart (I’ve actually since purchased another bottle because it’s THAT good).  My mother introduced me to Poppy Seed dressing years ago but that dressing is 5 points plus for 2 tablespoons and TOTALLY not worth it.
This particular dressing is “looser” in consistency (think like a slightly runnier creamy Italian).  Its sweet and a distinct poppy seed dressing taste.  Definitely a great addition to any salad or grilled chicken salad!

Lunch: Pigs in a Blanket – a Healthier Alternative


This is what I had for lunch today … pigs in a blanket, but a healthier alternative to the decadent dish.  I had seen quite a few posts on Instagram showcasing these and after picking up some crescent rolls at the market I let my boyfriend know I was going to make these for lunch and he was intrigued because he said he hadn’t had them since he was a kid.  I used regular hot dogs for my boyfriends and used the Hebrew National 97% Fat Free Beef Franks for myself and paired them alongside reduced fat crescent rolls.
I opened the crescent rolls (trying not to jump as it popped) and wrapped each hot dog up into the center of the roll and placed onto a Pam spritzed baking sheet.  I then put them into a 350 degree oven and baked for 12 minutes until nice and golden.  My oven cooks very quickly so I have to avoid baking anything per directions or they just burn up completely.
I did have a small side salad with my pigs in a blanket just to have a bit more filling lunch.  And of course who can have pigs in a blanket without mustard and ketchup? Certainly not this girl!
For two crescent rolls it added up to 5 Points Plus values and for 2 hot dogs it was 2 PointsPlus values.  So a great, 7 Points Plus lunch!
QUESTION:
Do you like pigs in a blanket?

Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Brownies

I picked up a box of this Reduced Guilt Brownie Mix at Trader Joe’s on my last trip through the store.  I’m a complete brownie fanatic but I don’t necessarily like the calorie content that comes with a brownie.  I know, you can make a brownie as healthy as possible by substituting ingredients (apple sauce, banana, water, etc.) but sometimes you just want a good ole brownie.

These Reduced Guilt brownies intrigued me because all you had to do was add in 2/3 cup of fat free vanilla Greek yogurt (or plain with a splash of vanilla).  Considering I am a Weight Watchers member, I quickly converted the nutrition label into points and it was 3-points for 1/12th of the box.  Not bad, considering most brownies would cost 5 points or more.  I then calculated it with the Geek yogurt and it was still at 3-points, so I had to get it!

I whipped these up as the box stated — and I admit I added in 1/2 cup liquid egg substitute (eggbeaters) because I could just not get my brownie mix to go smooth.  I baked them per the box directions and they turned out great!  Keep in mind since these are a fat free brownie, they do have a cake-like texture to them.  They are most certainly chocolatey and moist, but they’re not ooey gooey fudge brownies. Overall two thumbs up — definitely a rebuy!