May 2010 Archives

Find WW points this summer

There are a lot of Food Facts label databases.

One that has weight watchers points calculated is: The WW points are at the bottom of the record. The database also has a detailed list of ingredients (identifying ones deemed controversial).The site creates a health score with the positive and negative aspects of the food. It also list similar items so you can compare.

A similar site is  No WW points but you could figure them with the label.  This site has a Nutritional Target Map, Caloric Ratio Pyramid, and a Nutrient balance graph It also has information on the glycemic load and inflammation factor and a fullness factor.  It contains very detailed information on the nutritional content of the food.  Sounds boring but the graphs make reading easy and they are colorful.


Peggy's Fruit Salad

Recipe #6 from the Spring 2010 Weight Watchers at Work Potluck! 

Peggy's Fruit Salad
by Peggy Chaput

1 can apple or peach pie  (I used the sugar-free Apple Pie filling from Walmart)
½ can chunk pineapple drained  (I used the can in their own juices)
1 bag or box of frozen strawberries (if you use the box, drain most of the juice)
3 bananas
Mix together and refrigerate overnight
Add cool whip before serving

The whole recipe is 11-12 points.

Taco Soup - 3 pts

Recipe #5 from our Spring 2010 Weight Watchers at Work Potluck.

Taco Soup
1 1/2 cups = 3 points
See modifications from Richard Genereux

tacosoup.jpg1 can pinto beans
1 can red beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can corn or hominy
2 cans Rotel tomatoes or 1 can Rotel & 1 can diced tomatoes
1 package taco seasoning
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
    (Richard did not use this)
1 lb of lean ground chuck
   (Richard used lean ground beef and venison)

In a large soup pot over medium high heat, crumble ground beef and cook until brown, about 5-7 minutes.

Drain any excess grease, by placing meat in the colander to drain.

Return drained meat to large pot.

Next, add cans of tomatoes, corn, pinto beans, kidney beans, ranch dressing mix, and taco seasoning mix.

Stir mixture well and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes for flavors to blend.

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Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad

Here is recipe number #4 from the Spring 2010 UMC Weight Watcher's at Work Potluck.

Vanilla Pudding Fruit Salad
From Trish Erdmann

1 lg can of mandarin oranges with juice (natural)
1 lg can pineapple chunks with juice (natural)
1 lg package of sugar free vanilla pudding

Other Ingredients:
12 oz fat free cool whip
1 large fat free vanilla yogurt

Stir pudding into mixture until thick. Add 12 oz of fat free cool whip and one large fat-free vanilla yogurt. Add additional fresh fruit (apples, pears, strawberries, grapes and bananas) before serving.

Servings: Unknown
Points Value: Unknown

Chocolate Better than Sex Cake - 3 points

Here's recipe #3 from the Spring 2010 Weight Watcher's at Work Potluck...thanks Sharon!

229313.jpgChocolate Better than Sex Cake
24 servings
3 points per serving

1 box Devil's Food cake Mix
10 oz Diet Cola
1 egg white
6 oz fat free caramel ice cream topping
7 oz RF or FF condensed milk
1 cup Heath Bar bits (found by the chocolate chips)
1 container of fat free cool whip

Mix cake mix, egg white and diet soda. Bake as directed in a greased 9x13 pan. During the last few minutes of baking, put caramel and condensed milk in a sauce pan and stir on medium low until smooth.  Take cake out of oven, and poke holes all over the top. Pour caramel mixture over warm cake, filling in the holes. Sprinkle Heath bits over the top, reserving some for the top. Cool completely. Cover with container of FF cool whip and sprinkle with remaining Heath bits. Put in fridge until ready to serve.

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Spinach, Strawberry and Red Pepper Salad with Lime Dressing

Recipe #2 from the UMC Weight Watchers at Work Spring 2010 Potluck...

This is a "crowd pleaser" according to Gary Willhite (thanks for your submission)!

10 oz organic baby spinach
2 cups sliced strawberries
1/2 cup chopped red peppers
1/2 cup fat-free croutons

2 limes freshly squeezed juice
2 Tbsp sugar
2 large cloves of garlic pressed
Fresh ground pepper to taste
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

Serves 6-8
Points Value: Unknown

Pasta with Meat Sauce - 7 pts

We will be posting a bunch of new recipes from our spring 2010 potluck...and here's the first in the series.

From Weight Watchers Book 1, Food Plan Basics
Slight modifications by Sue Dwyer

7 points per serving

tomatomeatsauce_n_lg.jpg4 tsp olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
12 oz 93% lean ground beef or turkey
14.5 oz can Italian-style chopped tomatoes
2-3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp dried basil
Italian seasoning (to taste)
½ tsp pepper
3 cups cooked whole wheat spaghetti

In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté garlic, onion, and mushrooms in oil until lightly browned. Add beef/turkey, cook until browned (approx. 5 minutes). Add tomatoes, basil, Italian seasoning, and pepper. Simmer 10 minutes. Serve over pasta.

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Original recipe found here:

Eat This, Not That: Summer Edition

from Bill...

Find out which indulgences are beach-body friendly and which you should avoid altogether.
By the Editors of Men's Health

Member's Favorite Foods

Some of Kristie's Favorites

Wheat Bagel Thins (I found them at Sam's)
Serving size 1 whole bagel
Cal 110
Fat 1
Fiber 5

Points value 1

Skinny Cow ice cream bars
Cal 140
Fat 1.5
Fiber 3

Points value 2

Fiber One Yogurt
0 points

Terri's Favorite Thing to Grill

Chicken Sausage w/Sundried Tomato Provolone Cheese Flatout Wraps
  • Grill Member's Mark Gourmet Sundried Tomato with Provolone Cheese, Chicken Sausage - 3 pts/ea (found at Sam's)
  • Whole Grain Flatout Bread (found at Walmart) - 1 pt/each (she uses half for .5 pt)
Points Value 3.5 - 4pts

Our 13 week total is 484.5 pounds!!! 

That's awesome!  We have 4 weeks left - let's shoot for a goal of 600 lbs by June 1 (that's roughly another 30 lbs per week as a group)!

Don't Forget! Weight Watchers Potluck
Don't forget the Weight Watcher's potluck on Tuesday, May 25th.  Be thinking of something "healthy" to share (and don't forget copies of your recipes - if you use one!).

Do you know of others that are interested in joining?
Also encourage others that are thinking of joining to do so this summer or next fall!  Weight Watchers will take the total cost of the program and divide it into 3 payments (summer - 12 weeks - $144 total - three checks written for $48 ...or... fall - 17 weeks - $186 - three checks written for $62 each.) Or you can use your $186 from this past spring reimbursement and apply it towards your summer or fall registration...or new clothes!  Note: The reimbursement from the U is not available for the summer session, but will be for next fall and spring sessions (to be eligible for reimbursement, you must be a U faculty, staff member, or significant other of a faculty/staff member that is enrolled in the U health insurance plan and attend 14 of the 17 sessions.

Fall 2010 registration will be announced later this your email for details!  If anyone has questions about registration on the Crookston campus - please have them email or call me - or 218-281-8379. 

Green Mill & Applebee's Points Values

Kristie Jacobsen loves to eat out, and when she goes, she tries to go one of two places (since she's already done the math on favorite meals) - Applebee's or Green Mill.  Here are some of her favorite dishes and links to the restaurant's nutritional information.

Green Mill

Green Mill.jpgThai Chicken Salad
Cal 345
Fat 10
Fiber 6

Points Value 7

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad
Cal 365
Fat 7
Fiber 14

Points Value 7

Low-Calorie Chicken Pizza (serving size: whole pizza)
Cal 520
Fat 12
Fiber 9

Points value 11

See the rest of the Green Mill's menu (only some items have nutritional info) >>>

(includes sides) as per their website

Asiago Peppercorn Steak
Cal 390
Fat 6
Fiber 5

Point Value 8

Spicy Shrimp Diavolo
Cal 500
Fat 3.5
Fiber 12

Point Value 9

Grilled Dijon Chicken & Portobello
Cal 450
Fat 6
Fiber 6

Point Value 9

Grilled Shrimp & Island Rice
Cal 380
Fat 1
Fiber 6

Point Value 7

Asian Crunch Salad
Cal 490
Fat 1
Fiber 7

Point value 9

See the rest of the Applebee's menu >>>
See Applebee's Nutritional Information (PDF) >>>

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