Amy’s 3 Cheese Penne Marinara

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Counting calories can sometimes seem unfulfilling; however, I discovered a little gem at Wal-Mart the other day that’s helping me transition back into eating less calories.  Amy’s 3 Cheese Penne Marinara.  Previously, I’d tried a few Amy’s products from the health food store, and had been exceedingly disappointed.  By disappointed, I mean I threw 4/5ths of that crap in the trash.  None Smilie  So I was a bit nervous about trying this one out, but I’m so glad I did!

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The noodles are yummy and thick, the cheese is nommable, and the sauce (made with organic tomatoes) actually tastes like real pasta sauce!  I’m very picky about spaghetti-type sauces, so I was shocked that I liked this so much.  There’s also a nice helping of food here, considering the low calorie count of 270.  I was very pleased!  And it got bonus points for not having yucky chunks of tomato.  Skype Old giggle

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I already went back and bought two more.  This should make calorie-counting a bit easier on my taste buds.  Jump6

200 Calorie Fruit Smoothie

I’m back to counting calories!  This melted the weight off me before, but I was at a very active job at the time.  I’ll be putting entries about calorie counting and other weight-loss issues into this Health Stuffs category.  Apple

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200 Calorie Fruit Smoothie

Great Value – Fat Free Milk – 1/4 cup – 20 calories
Minute Maid – Premium (Pulp Free) Orange Juice – 4 oz. – 50 calories
Healthy Choice – Greek Frozen Yogurt – Strawberry – 1 container – 100 calories
Dole – Frozen Mixed Fruit – 1/2 cup – 30 calories

I shaved a few calories off the milk and the orange juice by going a bit under the line.  If I had done the exact measurements, it would add 8 calories.

This was my first attempt using frozen yogurt in a smoothie.  I’ve done a lot of smoothies using fruit juice but they’re usually too thick or too thin.  I definitely like the consistency of this smoothie…I made it an hour ago and it’s still thick and creamy.

I think next time I’ll leave out the milk entirely, because it’s a little too milky for my taste.  I’ll replace it with more orange juice, since this smoothie came out pretty strong berry, and I prefer more citrus.  However, I’m thrilled with the consistency!  w00t!  Jump6