Bolthouse Farms Holiday Nog

Egg nog! One of those beverages that I love … but I find the calories/points associated with it not even worth it … so I don’t have it. When Thanksgiving/Christmas roll around I start eyeing the egg nog selections hoping someone will invent a delicious egg nog that’s calorie/points plus friendly. Last year I tried the Silk version and it’s tasty but it’s as thin as water. Egg nog is delicious because of its flavor, but also due to that recognizable thick and creamy texture.
While at Wal-Mart I noticed they carried Bolthouse Farms Holiday Nog, so I checkd the nutrition facts label and stuck the bottle in my cart.  I’ve only tried Bolthouse Farms salad dressings, so I wasn’t entirely sure how the nog would be.  After cracking open the bottle as a late night treat, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was thicker in consistency. Very egg nog-like which was appreciated well before I even took a sip.  After I did take a drink I was sold … this is hands down the best lighter alternative to egg nog that I have had. It’s thicker, it’s creamy, it’s nutmeggy, it’s vanillay … and it’s just a party in a glass.  I’m truthfully quite floored as to how good this is so once I finish the bottle I purchased, I will gladly purchase another.
A 4 ounce serving (1/2 cup) is 80 calories or 2 points plus values.
Have you ever tried a Bolthouse Farms limited edition beverage?

Joseph’s Falafel Veggie Patties

I’ve mentioned this numerous times but I am a big fan of Mediterranean/Lebanese foods. They’ve always been foods that I ate growing up because I live in an area where there are a few Lebanese bakeries and restaurants, plus my uncle is Lebanese and will make dishes and share with the whole family. I’ve seen these Joseph’s Falafel Veggie Patties at the grocery store a few times, but always waited to purchase because I already had a plan as to what I was eating that week.  Well, this week I knew I had hummus I wanted to have so I decided to give these a try.
If you’re not familiar with falafel it’s a vegetarian dish made of chick peas or fava beans which are blended and incorporated with spices, and typically deep fried.
The Joseph’s falafel is absolutely delicious and in a way reminds me of vegetarian kibbe. It’s very flavorful, filling and a perfect addition to salad alongside some hummus and even pita bread. It’s been my lunch of choice for the past few days. Outside of homemade falafel this is one of the best premade falafels I have had.
A 2 patty serving is 120 calories or 3 points plus values.
Have you ever had falafel?

Reser’s Main St. Bistro – Zesty Au Gratin Potatoes

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I had gone to the market to pick a few things up that we needed at home. While passing the section where the prepared potato dishes are, I spotted this Reser’s Main St. Bistro – Zesty Au Gratin Potatoes and it immediately caught my eye. I haven’t had au gratin potatoes in FOREVER and these were just what the doctor ordered. So I picked up the container.
Since we were having mini meatloaves for dinner, I opted to heat this up for myself (my boyfriend doesn’t like cheese) and it was heavenly! Granted, I could have made a boxed au gratin potatoes for less calories and points plus values, but these were worth it. Since they’re prepared all that was left for me to do was heat them up – either in the microwave or in the oven. I opted for the microwave since it was the fastest method and dinner was going to be served shortly.  Even after being microwaved, they came out perfectly. The sides of the au gratin were nice and crispy as they had just come out of the oven. They were creamy, potatoey and they had great flavor from the bacon and a nice mild zest from the jalapenos. All around perfect and delicious!
A 2/3 cup serving is 180 calories or 5 points plus values.
Have you tried any of the au gratin potatoes from Reser’s Main St. Bistro?

Sugar Free Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal

My local grocery store sells a lot of name brand products which are similar to brand name items.  I had spotted this Sugar Free Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal and decided to pick it up because it was sweetened with splenda and the nutritional stats weren’t bad at all.  Calculating out the points plus values, it was actually less then the “Weight Control” oatmeal by Quaker Oats.
I admit I’m not the biggest fan of oatmeal but occasionally it’s something I enjoy, usually when I feel a little chilly.  I know the packets of oatmeal are filled with unnecessary sugars but in my pre-Weight Watchers days it’s what I gravitated towards because it was flavorful and sweet.
One packet of oatmeal was 3 points plus values, or two packets was 5 points plus values.  On this morning I was quite hungry, so I made two packets of oatmeal and topped it with a sliced banana. It was a very, very filling meal.  If you’re not used to a splenda flavor, you’d be able to tell but I use sugar substitutes so it doesn’t bother me.
I like these because they’re convenient.  I can throw a packet into a bag and bring them with me wherever I go and heat one up as long as there’s hot water available.  Quick, easy and simple … sometimes the recipe for the best choices.
What is your favorite way to have oatmeal?