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.
QUESTION:
What is your favorite way to have oatmeal?

Apple Cake

Since I made my chocolate cherry cake I decided to experiment with additional flavored cakes.  An apple cake sounded amazing, so I made sure to make it!  I decided to go with a yellow cake mix to match the color of the apples, but I also love the simplistic flavor of a yellow cake mix.

The great thing about this recipe is that not only is it incredibly Weight Watchers friendly, but it’s simple to make, moist, delicious and nobody will know its points plus friendly!  My boyfriend, mother, niece and nephew were in heaven with this cake. Now, if a cake is approved by a child, I feel that it’s perfect!
It’s a completely guilt-free treat.  The cake is even delicious the day after because it is VERY moist and the moisture stays and the cake doesn’t dry out. Delicious!
Serves 12. 4 Points Plus values per serving.
Ingredients:
  • 15.25 oz Betty Crocker Super Moist Yellow Cake Mix
  • No Sugar Added Apple Pie Filling (I used the Walmart brand because the sugar free Comstock isn’t sold at my local grocery store – you can substitute for the regular Apple Pie filling but your points plus values will need to be adjusted)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup water
  • Non-stick Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350 (or whatever temperature is listed on the back of your cake mix box depending on how you decide to bake these – whether in a cake pan (glass/metal), cupcake pan or bundt pan).
In a large bowl combine the cake mix, apple pie filling (I ran a knife through the apples to cut them into smaller pieces), eggs and water in a large bowl. Mix with a spoon until combined.
Spray your pan with non-stick cooking spray and pour the cake batter into the pan. Smooth out the top and bake per the box directions.  The cake is done when a toothpick or knife is inserted and comes out clean.  My cake was completely cooked in 28 minutes – but my oven cooks fast.
Let the cake cool completely and then cut into 12 even pieces.
I topped my slice with 2 tablespoons of fat free cool whip and garnished the plate with fresh strawberries.

Cooking Light (Limited Edition) Cravebox

I currently am subscribed to the Cravebox program.  Cravebox is similar to a Birchbox subscription but in this box the boxes are geared more towards food (and food related items), a healthy living and some beauty.  This particular box is a special/limited edition box – centered around Cooking Light.  I signed up to be included in the box availability drawing and was selected.  The reason I signed up is because I’m a Weight Watchers member and am always looking for something new to test out in the kitchen.  I know in the past Cravebox has provided magazine subscriptions so part of me had a glimmer of hope that that would be the case this time around.  The box arrived and I will say the one item I was most excited about was the Torani syrup.  I’m a huge coffee lover and I purchase my Sugar Free Torani syrups on Amazon.
Here’s what I received in my box:
          Perfect Pinch Salt Free Garlic & Herb Seasoning by McCormick (x2)
          Nectresse 100% natural, no calorie sweetened by Splenda
          Tully’s French Roast Coffee
          Fruit Crisps by Dole – flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Peach and Apple Pear
          Salted Caramel sugar free syrup by Torani
          Coupons, recipe cards, magnet, etc.
I’ve tried the McCormick seasoning in a dish I was cooking and it’s a good flavored stand-up McCormick seasoning.  The peach fruit crisp is mediocre and the salted caramel syrup is ah-ma-zing!  I’ll be trying out the coffee this week at some point and most likely the Nectresse sugar packages as well.
So there you have it, my Cooking Light Cravebox!