Pure Protein Shake Cookies n Crème

While grocery shopping I picked up a bottle of the Pure Protein Shake Cookies n Crème. I had seen the Cookies n Crème flavor in stores for a while and had wanted to try it. I’ve tried both the chocolate and vanilla and I have to say I am pretty impressed with this line of protein drinks.
The Cookies n Crème flavor is not quite what I expected. When I think of cookies n crème I think of vanilla base with oreo cookie bits running through it. This particular protein drink is chocolate based with a hint of vanilla and cookies in the background.  It’s definitely far more chocolate than any other flavoring – but regardless of that, it is good. But if you’re looking for classic cookies n crème flavoring you will not find it with this product.  I enjoy these drinks because they’re loaded with protein (23g), are convenient and they are not chalky or have a weird aftertaste to them. They’re delicious, filling and come in a few flavors to offer some variety.
If you are a powder protein fan, they do sell powdered protein in stores. I’ve seen it sold in my local grocery store – Market Basket, Hannaford and Wal-Mart.  Calorie wise a 12 ounce bottle is 120 calories of 3 points plus values.
What is your favorite protein drink/mix?

Trader Joe’s Uncured Pastrami

I have been trying more deli meats from Trader Joe’s because they are not preserved and do not contain any nitrates or nitrites. So, I picked up a package of the Trader Joe’s Uncured Pastrami to fry up for two different meals.
I enjoy pastrami sandwiches, but I do not purchase full-fat pastrami because it’s not worth the calories. With that I typically purchase Thin & Trim Pastrami which I enjoy but I have to admit, it’s not entirely reminiscent of old fashioned pastrami.  I find that this Trader Joe’s pastrami is straight up delicious. It reminds me of full-fat pastrami but a bit leaner and meatier. It has great flavor and can give your taste buds an occasional kick due to the black pepper rub – but it’s nothing overwhelming.
I sliced up some onion and dropped it into a non-stick pan and let them cook after lightly seasoning them with pepper and salt. I then measured out 4 ounces of pastrami and added each slice to the pan, letting it fry up on each side. When done I removed it from the flame and added it to pita bread, drizzled with mustard and topped with lettuce and tomato.  And I have to say … it was perfect. A filling and delicious sandwich which tasted a lot “guiltier” than it was.
A 2 ounce serving is 80 calories or 2 points plus values and a 4 ounce serving is 4 points plus values.
What is your go to deli meat?

Weight Watchers Sweet Hazelnut Latte smoothie

A couple weeks ago Weight Watchers launched a new smoothie product to sell within Weight Watchers locations. When I spotted the Weight Watchers Sweet Hazelnut Latte, I wanted to give it a try especially after my leader mentioned mixing it with her coffee in the morning.
I quite enjoy the Weight Watchers smoothies. I’ve bought a number of flavors over the years and have found some that I really love.  They’re a great, quick source of protein – 7grams per pack. What I like about them the most is they’re portable. I can either make a blended drink at home or I can stuff a pouch in my purse, pour the contents into a bottle of water, shake and I’m ready to go.  I’ve had smoothies both ways, but I ideally enjoy them the most when they’re blended with a bit of ice and if the flavor is suitable – some fruit.
The Sweet Hazelnut Latte is smooth, creamy, and sweet with a satisfying taste of hazelnut. Quite enjoyable, especially if you enjoy hazelnut flavored drinks (coffees) or even desserts. I mixed my packet with water and some coffee, added in 5 ice cubes and blended it up.  It was perfect and since smoothies are not something I guzzle down, it took a little while to drink which fully satisfied me.
I feel this would be a very versatile addition to a coffee lover’s life. You could add some to your coffee in the morning instead of using milk or creamer.  Since it does change the color of the drink to a light muddy brown color, it’s passable. I don’t put much milk or creamer in my coffee – just enough to slightly change the shade and this will do the trick. I plan on experimenting with it to see how I enjoy it and how much I can stretch it (by adding coffee to it, etc.).  Overall this is definitely a 2 thumbs up purchase for me!
Have you tried the new Sweet Hazelnut Latte smoothie?

Pure Protein Shake Frosty Chocolate

Recently, you may have seen me post about the Vanilla Cream Pure Protein Shake.
Well, while at the supermarket I was meandering through the aisles in the health food section and noticed they carried 4-pack screw top bottles of Pure Protein Shake so I picked up the Frosty Chocolate to try.  There was also a Cookies & Cream flavor, which I undoubtedly want to try next.  Although I have since spotted the brand at Walmart (as well a keg of pure protein powder).
There are days and instances where I just need to boost my protein intake.  I admit I don’t like to drink my points, but for a whole can which can give me 23 grams of protein for only 3 points plus values – I’ll take it.  Most protein powders/shakes/drinks are in the 5+ points value range particularly when they get into the higher levels of protein such as this (23g).  Occasionally on days where I’m not really hungry for good for breakfast, I’ll have a shake and it tides me over for a few hours until lunch time.
The Frosty Chocolate isn’t bad, but I think the vanilla is better.  This doesn’t have a solid aftertaste, but it does kind of remind me of a chalky chocolate – but it’s nothing disgusting.  I’ve drank two cans of these already and they just do the job.
Have you tried any of the Pure Protein Shakes?

Pure Protein Vanilla Shake

Recently I’ve been in the market for protein shakes/drinks/supplements. I had surgery and nurse after nurse had been telling me to increase my protein intake because it would help my healing process smooth along a lot quicker.  Typically when I am uncomfortable, the last thing I want to do is think about what there is in the house to eat – let alone what I want to ask someone to make for me, or even muster up the courage to make it myself.  I’d tried a few other premade protein drinks in the past and haven’t been too keen on them (chalky, aftertaste, or just plain nasty) but when I spotted these Pure Protein Shakes at Trader Joe’s I decided to give the vanilla a shot before I bought anymore just to have on hand.
I admit, I don’t like to drink my points, I’d rather eat them.  But there are times where I just need protein because my body feels like its starving and I’m launched into what I refer to as “hungry horror mode.”  Having something that’s packed with protein certainly helps and this protein shake has 21 grams of protein in it – a lot more than the Boost version I had picked up at Target a whiles back.
After having it in the refrigerator for a few days, I took out the can, shook it up a bit and took a swig.  Surprisingly, it was good.  It’s a thinner beverage, but not too thin … not too thick, kind of middle of the road in thickness. It’s definitely vanilla cream – but it’s a smooth and creamy taste.  They remind me of a Weight Watchers protein powder drink, but just with double the amount of protein. There is a bit of an aftertaste, but nothing drastic or overwhelming and it goes away rather quickly.  I did find it was sustaining and I felt satisfied after drinking it and wasn’t hungry for a few hours after drinking it.
There is a chocolate variety available which is slightly higher in points.  The vanilla cream is only 2 points plus per can, which is amazing for a protein drink.  All that I’ve found have been 5-6 points plus values each, for premade drinks.  Next time I pop into Trader Joe’s I am definitely picking a few more of these up.  They’re a perfect hold over snack/beverage between meals.
Have you tried any of the Pure Protein Shakes?

Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt – Strawberry

I purchased a box of Yasso Strawberry Frozen Greek Yogurt at the grocery store.  I had been on the search for frozen greek yogurt ice cream pops since I saw them advertised in the Weight Watchers weekly (it was there brand though). I flipped the box over, figured out the points plus values and set the box in my carriage.  I wasn’t sure how they’d turn out because I know I’m very finicky with my regular Greek yogurts.
Each pop has 70 calories, 6 grams of protein and only 2 points plus values!  Flavor wise, it’s a very smooth strawberry flavor.  It’s not very sweet, but it’s not very tart – it’s got a great balance right in the middle.  The bar itself is smooth and creamy and I undoubtedly felt satisfied after eating it.  It was a perfect treat to have when we had an unexpected heat wave come through.  They do come in a variety of flavors, but the strawberry is the only flavor I’ve tried. 
I do want to point out there are coupons available on the Yasso website if you sign up for their fan rewards program.
Have you tried any of the Yasso frozen greek yogurt pops?

Special K – Protein Cereal

I was looking to boost up my protein intake and after looking a few things up online I stumbled upon an article about Special K’s brand of cereal that is very high in protein.  I looked up the product and put it on my shopping list.  I had a hard time finding it at the store at first and then spotted it on the very bottom shelf and it was the last box left.  I calculated the points plus values (3 for a ¾ cup serving) and into the cart it went.
The greatest part of this cereal is the fact that it offers 10 grams of protein in a single ¾ cup serving.  I try to have protein with every meal and I find this cereal completely satisfies me and keeps me full.  Typically cereals satisfy my hunger for a couple hours and then I’m immediately starving.  Adding some fruit to the cereal definitely bulks it up and makes it a very satisfying and filling breakfast.
The flavor of the cereal reminds me of a cross between Corn Flakes and Frosted Flakes. They’re not sweet but there is a hint of sweetness to it (if that makes sense).  They’re crunchy but it’s softer than Frosted Flakes would be because this cereal is made from wheat.  I would suggest waiting to put your milk on it right before you begin to eat it because your cereal will sog out on you quickly (within 10 minutes at least).
I do quite enjoy this cereal and will definitely pick up another box once I finish this one.
What is your favorite high protein/fiber cereal?

Egg Salad Sandwich

Growing up I was never a fan of eggs.  Within the past year, I’ve fallen in love with egg salad sandwiches.  Not quite sure why, but I remember my first bite was about a year ago. My mother had made my niece an egg salad sandwich (they were having lunch together) and my niece offered me a bite.  Since she was only 2 ½ at the time, I took one, being fully aware I may dislike it immensely.  To my surprise I quite liked it.  I ended up making myself an egg salad sandwich that week and I’ve been hooked ever since.  The secret, at least for my egg salad is I eat it warm – but if you like it cold you can eat it that way as well.
I’ve played with my egg salad recipe and I’ve pretty much got it down to a science.  Each time I make it, I make it the same way – the only difference is I change up my bread. I either eat it on light whole wheat, light Italian bread, a wheat flax tortilla or sometimes a bagel thin (depending on how many points I want to throw toward a bread of my choice).
2 Eggs
1 to 1 ½ tablespoons Hellmann’s Light Mayonnaise
Pepper, to taste
Salt, to taste & to season the water
½ tablespoon baking soda
Place your eggs in a pan suitable for boiling eggs – then fill with cold water until the eggs are completely submerged.  Add in your salt and your baking soda.  (The baking soda will significantly help in peeling your eggs!)
Bring pan to boil over medium-high heat.  Cook the eggs until they are done – typically 10-15 minutes (the time varies depending on the amount of eggs in the pan).
Remove the pan from the stove, drain water and rinse with cold water. This will stop the eggs from cooking. Allow the eggs to cool for a few minutes – or cool completely.  I prefer to peel them under cool water while they are hot because I like my egg salad sandwiches warm.
Place your eggs into a bowl.  Leave one egg hole – meanwhile remove the yolk from the second egg and discard.
Mash your eggs to your desired consistency, season with salt and pepper and add in your mayonnaise.  Mix to combine.
This particular recipe makes a 3 points plus egg salad.
What’s pictured is a 6 points plus egg salad sandwich (3 points plus for the everything bagel thin).  This is a delicious and quick meal.  I find whenever I make an egg salad sandwich for myself I am SO incredibly stuffed I feel as though I’ve eaten an entire steak dinner. Now that’s why I love protein!

Breakfast: Special K Protein Cereal w/ Very Cherry Berry Blend, Banana and Almond Milk

I made this for my breakfast the other day because I’ve been needing to incorporate some more protein into my diet since I had a surgical procedure and my appetite has been hit or miss.  I did a little researching online and found out Special K sells a protein cereal which offers 10 grams of protein in a ¾ cup serving of cereal.
Now the cereal flavor itself – it reminds me of normal Special K but with a slight sweetness linked into the cereal. Not a very sweet, sweet, but very subtle. It’s a quite tasty cereal.  Since I was hungry in the morning I doubled up the serving and ate it with a small handful of Trader Joe’s Very Cherry Berry Blend, a sliced banana and 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk.
The whole bowl was 7 points plus – but if you were to have a single serving of cereal (3/4c) it s 3 points plus.  It’s definitely a great cereal to have on hand for those mornings (or even nights) where you’re hungry, looking for something lower in points and something that is pretty packed with protein.
Have you tried you tried the Special K Protein cereal?

Weight Watchers Mint Cookies & Cream Smoothie

I spotted this new Weight Watchers brand Mint Cookies & Cream Smoothie at my Weight Watchers meeting this week.  I gasped, grabbed a box and walked up to pay for it.  A few weeks back I took a sip of my boyfriends Shamrock Shake from McDonald’s and was in heaven (for a millisecond).  I’m not a huge lover of mint ice cream, but I do enjoy a subtle mint frozen treat here and there (Skinny Cow Mint Sandwiches, Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, etc.).
Typically when I make a Weight Watchers smoothie I add ice cubes and frozen fruit (along with a banana) to the mixture.  With mint, your options are kind of limited, so I decided to just throw this in a blender with some water and a handful of ice cubes.  I blended it up, poured it into a cup and upon first sip was pleasantly surprised!  It was DELICIOUS and totally curbs any Shamrock Shake dreams.  Of course since I made it with water and ice cubes it was very thin – but I’m going to begin experimenting with this, adding in some (frozen) greek yogurt, maybe some fat free ice cream, etc.,  Anything to help make it a little thicker … perhaps even a cup of unsweetened almond milk.  But nonetheless it’s totally delicious and a great snack.  I find it’s extremely filling so it’s a nice filler.
Have you tried any of the Weight Watchers smoothies?