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. So I was a bit nervous about trying this one out, but I’m so glad I did!
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.
I already went back and bought two more. This should make calorie-counting a bit easier on my taste buds.
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.
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!