Annie Chung’s Organic Chicken & Vegetable Potstickers

Chinese potstickers used to be one of my favorite side dishes to order from my local Chinese restaurant. These days I don’t order them any longer because I’m really the only one who likes them, and an order is just too much and possibly a little too tempting to have.
One day while shopping at Whole Foods I decided to pick up a bag of the Annie Chung’s Organic Chicken & Vegetable Potstickers because they were exceptionally low in points plus/calories and they were in a comfortable serving size for me.  After watching The Big Bang Theory re-runs back-to-back my boyfriend and I were both craving Chinese food (incase you don’t watch the show the gang tend to eat Chinese food quite often). So much for television swaying food choices, huh?  My boyfriend ended up ordering Chinese food for himself and I decided to take these potstickers out of the freezer.  I cooked them up in a non-stick pan, fried them for a couple of minutes on each side to get coloring on it, then steamed them. They came out perfectly. I asked my boyfriend to get potsticker sauce for me from the Chinese restaurant so I used tat to drizzle over my potstickers and they were absolutely perfect.
The potstickers contain no preservatives, no MSG, no trans fats and are made from organic chicken, cabbage and onions in a light wrapper. The wrapper isn’t as thick as traditional potstickers, but they’re light, flavorful and delicious.
A serving is 7 pieces which is 220 calories or 5 points plus values.

Tate’s Bake Shop Cookies White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut

While at Whole Foods I was looking for cookie thins but since coming up empty handed I ended up spotting the Tate’s Bake Shop Cookies White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut and decided to pick up a bag.
The cookies themselves are thinner yet they’re crispy on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. They have the classic taste of white chocolate macadamia nut cookies although as with most cookies there are more white chocolate chips than macadamia nuts.  They are delicious, on the buttery and sweet side yet they are satisfying.  The cookies come packaged in two containers which house 7 cookies.  There is less temptation with these because you can portion out however many cookies you wish in a serving into bags and the other package can remain sealed until you want to open it.
A serving size is one cookie, which is 80 calories and 2 points plus values. If you wanted to have two cookies, it would be 160 calories and 5 points plus values.  From what I hear these cookies are also sold at Bed Bath and Beyond as well as online.
Have you tried any of the Tate’s Bake Shop Cookies?

Vega Energizing Smoothie – Vanilla Almondilla

I had been searching for the Vega Energizing Smoothies for months. I have seen the full size pouches for sale at stores and online, but I wanted to try out a single serving packet before I made the plunge into a pricey multi-serving pack. Finally, my search came to an end on a trip to Whole Foods where I stumbled upon single serve packets for sale.  I picked up a few different flavors but the first one I wanted to try was the Vanilla Almondilla because vanilla is a universal flavor and can truly be mixed with any fruit or flavor combination.
I don’t particularly like drinking my calories/points plus for the day, but I do like smoothies every now and again. Protein mix based smoothies or yogurt smoothies it’s nice to mix up the routine once in a while.
The packet stated to mix the smoothie mix with 1 cup of water, so I opted to mix it up in a cup before adding it to my blender. After mixing … the smoothie mix was rather, green. Green coloring in food, particularly if it’s not broccoli or a mint flavored beverage or food it is a little alarming to me.  So I took a small sip off my spoon and gagged. Now I realize these are natural plant based product … but I wasn’t expecting it to taste like grass. It had no real vanilla flavor. It tasted like I went into a field, picked some grass, pulverized it into a powder, mixed it with water and took a sip.  I was so turned off I couldn’t even put it into the blender because I felt I’d essentially just be ruining my daily banana (or wasting it).  So I dumped my drink down the drain and called it a day with the Vega mix.  Looks like I may end up needing to return the remaining packets I bought because I’d rather try something else that I may like than to be disappointed again.  Now this wasn’t my forte, but others may enjoy it – so to each their own.
If you’re wondering a pack has 92 calories in it, which is 2 points plus values.
Have you tried any good smoothie mix as of late?

Mamma Chia Chia Squeeze Vitality Snack – Strawberry Banana

When I roamed into Whole Foods I had a few items in mind that I wanted to try – one of those items was the Mamma Chia Chia Squeeze pouches.  I opted to go with the Strawberry Banana flavor because it’s typically a flavor combination I enjoy.
I admit I’ve been hesitant to try out chia seeds because I’m a texture person and I’ve heard they can be odd in texture depending on how you use them (in drinks, in food, etc.).  I figured since I’m a little more adventurous with new items in products I’m typically familiar with, I’d give these a go.  I’ve seen chia seed drinks, but was almost “scared” of the possible consistency… but I figured applesauce? Why not?
It does taste like strawberry banana apple sauce, but there are little chunky chia seeds all throughout it.  The texture is different … it’s a little “chunky” at first and was definitely something I had to get used to. It wasn’t overwhelming and I kept telling myself its chia seeds as I was drinking it down.  The benefits (chia, fruit, omega-3, fiber, protein, etc) were worth the try. I did enjoy it – it was a nice, different snack to have on the go.
A pouch is 70 calories and is only 1 points plus value.
Have you ever ventured into the chia seed realm?

Dinner: Big Ole Salad w/ Perdue Chicken Breast & Fire Roasted Corn

Sometimes I forget how much I enjoy salad.  A plain salad is fine for me as long as there’s a yummy dressing or feta cheese for it.  But I find I enjoy salad a lot more than I add additional “toppings” to it. This dinner really went hand-in-hand with this weeks Weight Watchers topic – salads!  Salads don’t have to be boring, salads can really house anything you want to put on them – vegetables, fruits, proteins, dressings.  You name it; it can probably go on a salad in some way shape or form (and it’ll be delicious).
We had some of the Purdue Perfect Portions Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts in Italian season defrosting.  I really enjoy that chicken because I don’t have to measure out 3 ounces – each cutlet is perfectly portioned so I can grab a chicken breast, put it on my salad and I don’t have to think about it or weigh it out.  Anyway, initially I was making a salad to have on the side, alongside some fire roasted corn and potato – but then said “why not just make a big ole salad.” So that’s exactly what I did.
My salad consisted of the basic romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and cucumber.  I paired it with 1/3 cup fire roasted corn (1 points plus values, or a full serving 2/3 cups is 3 points plus) and topped it with the grilled Perdue chicken breast (3 points plus values) which I sliced up.  I then topped it with some honey mustard dressing. The whole salad was only 5 points plus values, incredibly filling and above all delicious.  The fire roasted corn gave the salad a bold interesting kick, which really brought everything together and made it unique.
Certainly delicious and anything BUT boring!
What do you do to jazz up your salads?

Whole Foods Chicken Tikka Masala

I purchased this reheat and go Chicken Tikka Masala from Whole Foods.  I love Indian food, but I don’t have it very often. Since my boyfriend isn’t a huge fan for spicy Indian dishes, I tend to gravitate towards frozen or microwavable Indian dishes so I can enjoy them.  Needless to say when I saw this at Whole Foods – without the rice, I had to pick it up.
I heated it up in the microwave and separated it into two containers.  The first day I ate it out of a bowl with some pita bread.  I was literally starving and was boarding on “hangry” and I found it was satisfying and filling.  It is s spicy dish; spicy enough to make my nose start to run, but it wasn’t overwhelmingly hot.    The next day I ate the remainder for lunch over some salad and I found the greens and carrots really helped bring the heat intensity down and it was delicious.  Definitely a nice “go to” meal for me to pick up if I were ever in a bind (at work with a Whole Foods local) and needed something flavorful but lower in points for lunch.
The container houses 2 servings, a serving being 8 ounces (containing the sauce, not just the chicken).  Weighing it out I found there was roughly about 3 ounces of chicken (coated in sauce) in my meal and I added in about 2 ounces of extra sauce.  According to the nutrition information label an 8 ounce serving translated to 4 points plus values.
Have you tried any of Whole Foods packaged microwavable meals?

Arctic Zero – Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

There has been a lot of buzz around the Arctic Zero brand of frozen novelties.  There are a lot of people who love the brand, hate the brand, or have certain flavors they just plain don’t like or really enjoy.  There are also others who don’t believe the nutritional information listed on the container.  I admit I was a little hesitant to find a store to purchase because however could ½ cup of ice cream be only 37 calories (1/2 cup = 1 points plus value)?! I’ll be honest, part of me thought if it was true, it would taste like dirt.
After seeing it for weeks upon weeks all over my Instagram feed I decided to find a store that sold the brand.  I googled and found a Whole Foods location near my work that sold them – so I decided to make a Whole Foods grocery run at lunch one day.  I found them in the freezer section, alongside the other ice creams.  This particular store only had 4 flavors available, so I picked up the Chocolate Peanut Butter and the Maple Vanilla (which I have not tried yet).  The pints have been sitting in the freezer, because I was not feeling adventurous enough.  Well, I happened to be feeling adventurous this week and I have to say I LOVE this flavor!

It’s too bad it took me so long to try it, but the Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor is quite delicious.  I mean, you CAN tell you’re not eating regular ice cream. It’s lighter ice cream, there’s a little bit of iciness to it (but if you let it sit for a moment, it goes away).  It’s creamy, it’s delicious and it’s packed with flavor.  It’s more chocolatey than peanut butter – but there is a mild hint of peanut butter in the background.  The ice cream itself is definitely best to eat with something on it.  I found it was totally delicious with sliced banana and strawberries on it. It brought the flavors together and made a relatively guilt free dessert seem like a guilty one.
I did eat 1 cup servings at a time which came out to be 2 points plus.  I had another sundae later in the week and I just really enjoy this flavor.  It is a little pricy – these were just under $5 at Whole Foods, but worth it for a once in a while treat.
Have you tried any Arctic Zero products? If so, what’s your favorite flavor?

Spotted & Haul: Arctic Zero Ice Cream

As a Weight Watchers member and fellow Instagrammer I have heard a lot about a guilt-free ice cream on the market.  I know,  I know, at first I was all “don’t believe the hype” because I’ve learned in the past, many companies hype their products up and down the road get slapped with lawsuits for providing false information on their nutrition information. Now, I’m not saying Arctic Zero is doing this, but I’m just addressing why I at first raised a brow to it.
For 150 calories per PINT (yes, the whole thing) it is only 150 calories = 3 Weight Watchers Points Plus.  Now for many of us, a pint of ice cream looks as though it’s a serving, particularly when you have a spoon in it and you are watching mindless television.  Typically if that pint of ice cream is Ben and Jerry’s you’ve got a whole other problem on your hands (and behind!?).  So, while shopping at Whole Foods a few weeks ago I spotted a few of the Arctic Zero ice cream pints on the shelf and decided to give 2 of them a try.  They didn’t have all the flavors available (I really wanted the cookies and cream) but I picked out 2 out of the 4 available that I could see myself enjoying and/or adding to a smoothie.
I picked up the Chocolate Peanut Butter and the Vanilla Maple flavors.  They have mixed reviews from all who’ve tried (some enjoy, some don’t).  But I’ll decide once I do give these a shot.
Have you tried any of the Arctic Zero products?