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Would you drink a wine made for your diet?
Would you drink a "diet" wine?
Nothing's more of a buzzkill than realizing your beloved glass of merlot is adding on the pounds — and points — on the Weight Watchers program. Fortunately for dieters in the U.K. and Australia, the Australian winemaker McWilliams is launching a Weight Watchers-branded line of wines.
Yes, you read that right — The Drinks Business reports the four new wines come with a lower alcohol range and fewer calories, making them a better choice for your diet. The varietals? Harmony Sparkling Brut NV, Harmon.K. publication Harper's that joining up with Weight Watcher's was a "no-brainer." "This is a real departure for wine and it gives us the potential to get in to the mainstream grocery basket. The power of linking up with the Weight Watchers name, which is the 14th biggest grocery brand in the U.K., is pretty exciting and a real no-brainer," he said to Harper's. He noted to The Drinks Business that consumers want the wine experience, including the taste, without the additional calories.
It might sound strange, but Weight Watchers' wine is nothing new. McWilliams already works with a Weight Watchers endorsed wine in Australia. The U.K. branch of Weight Watchers sells its own wine that's only one point per glass, in Fruity White, Refreshing Rosé, Zinfandel, Purely Pink, or Smooth Red varieties. (We're pretty sure those aren't real styles of wine.) The Weight Watchers' point system, which was revised in 2010, states that one glass of red wine is four points. So what will you have — the high-calorie wine, or the diet version?
Finally, a Weight Watchers-Approved Wine
Weight Watchers teamed up with the Truett Hurst Winery to launch Cense Sauvignon blanc, which boasts only 85 calories and three SmartPoints per glass.
Finally, a wine that works in tandem with your diet goals. Weight Watchers has teamed up with the Truett Hurst Winery based in Northern California to bring us Cense, a low-calorie Sauvignon blanc. The wine is only 85 calories per glass, or three of Weight Watchers&apos SmartPoints. Cense&aposs grapes are grown in Marlborough, New Zealand, a region known for its Sauvignon blanc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay.
One of the most fundamental guiding principles behind Cense is avoiding shoving the whole diet-friendly, low calorie thing in your face. As Ryan Nathan, Weight Watchers&apos vice president of consumer products, told Wine Spectator, "We&aposre being very sensitive to the consumer groups, both the broader people that are living life fully while trying to lose weight, and then the people that are more anchored in the Weight Watchers customer base. You&aposre not going to see &apos30 percent less calories!&apos plastered on the front of the bottle."
So how will customers know that this is a lower-calorie, Weight Watchers-backed wine? Look for a little label on the back that you can remove if you want to.
It&aposs worth noting that this is more of a wine for people who want to enjoy the flavor of Sauvignon blanc in a diet-friendly way than people who want to get tipsy in a diet-friendly way. While Cense boasts that it has all the flavor of a Sauvignon blanc despite its reduced calorie count, the wine is only 9.6 percent alcohol by volume, compared to most bottles&apos
13 percent ABV alcohol content. And that&aposs intentional—the process of making this wine involves filtering out some of the alcohol in service of flavor.
Good news, dieting rosé lovers: Truett Hurst&aposs CEO Phil Hurst told Wine Spectator that, now that they have a process for making these wines, they&aposre going to try out more varieties. Plus, he said, "Rosé is at the top of our list." Something to look forward to for this summer?
Weight Watchers Green Plan Ultimate Guide
This guide will walk you through everything you need to know for successful weight loss with MyWW Green plan.
Sara &ndash before and after 100+ pound weight loss with Weight Watchers.
As someone who is maintaining a 100 pound weight loss, I&rsquove used the Green plan to maintain my goal weight and WW Lifetime status. These strategies will help you lose weight and keep it off while following Green.
Are you wondering if Green is the best plan for you, or if you would have better weight loss with Blue or Purple? Read more about how to choose the best WW plan for you here.
What is the Green plan on Weight Watchers?
The Weight Watchers Green Plan launched in November of 2019 and is most similar to the former Weight Watchers Beyond the Scale plan.
With WW Green, there are fewer zero point foods compared to Blue and Purple and the list of no-count foods includes mostly fruits and vegetables.
However, the daily points allowance for the Green plan is higher than the other two plans, starting at 30 SmartPoints per day and going up from there.
This plan also includes weekly flex points and fitpoints.
Applesauce is a zero point food on the WW Green plan.
What foods are free on WW Green Plan?
Here is a short list zero point foods for the WW Green plan just to give you an idea of what&rsquos included. The Green program includes 100 zero point foods.
- Applesauce, unsweetened
- Apricots, fresh
- Brussels sprouts
- Butter/Bibb lettuce
- Butternut squash
- Canned pimientos
- Cauliflower rice
- Water chestnuts
- Wax beans
How many points do you get on WW Green?
Every person on WW Green receives a minimum of 30 points per day, but your points may be more depending on your weight, height, sex, and age. You also receive weekly flex points to spend however you like.
This WW Vegetable soup is zero points on Weight Watchers Green plan.
Many people consider the Green plan the most strict of the 3 plans because more foods have a points value. For example, eggs are zero points on both Blue and Purple, but eggs are 2 points each on Green.
If you need the most structure and accountability, this is the program for you. Green is also a good option for you if you struggle with overeating zero point foods.
The GREEN plan does allow for a list of 100 zero point foods (think vegetables and fruits) but foods such as chicken and Greek yogurt will have points and need to be counted.
The Green plan also requires the most tracking due to more foods having points.
This cookbook includes zero and low point recipes for all 3 WW plans.
If you choose the Green plan, remember that you can still enjoy zero point recipes like this WW Zero Point Vegetable soup.
Be sure to check out our Zero Point Cookbook for more zero and low point recipes.
We tried the new Weight Watchers ɽiet' wine and were surprised by how much we liked it
Move over, SkinnyGirl, there's a new low-calorie alcohol in town. Weight Watchers just announced the launch of a low-calorie wine line, in collaboration with Truett-Hurst Winery. A glass of the wine line's very first bottle — Cense Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand — will only cost you 85 calories (and only three Weight Watchers points!) as opposed to the typical 120 to 140 calories found in a glass of white wine.
Is it worth buying?
INSIDER had the opportunity to grab a sneak taste test of this new lower-calorie wine that's out now on the Weight Watchers website. This is part of our ongoing taste test series. In the past, we've tried everything from red wine to cheap beer.
Our verdict? The wine was surprisingly drinkable. We were expecting a cheap, boxed wine flavor or the strong aftertaste that some other diet liquors tend to have, but instead got a nice and fruity flavor profile.
Our taste testers called the wine "fruity and juicy, but not too sweet" with distinct "tropical fruit and pear overtones." We thought that the wine was surprisingly tart and tasted almost "like a sour candy" with a "zingy aftertaste." Of course, this Sauvignon Blanc was nowhere near the quality you might get at a fancy restaurant, but you would never know it was a "diet" alcoholic beverage.
"I've definitely had worse," one taster reacted. "When wine is bad you can immediately tell, and you can't have more than one sip. I'd drink this."
Where can I get a bottle?
Currently, you can only buy the Weight Watchers Cense Sauvignon Blanc on Cense's website for $15 a bottle (with a 20% discount and free shipping if you order in bulk). But we hope to see these bottles in liquor stores soon!
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As always, if you want to view the full recipe for any of these weight watchers desserts, please click on the link below each image. Hope you enjoy!
1. Weight Watchers Orange Fluff
If you’ve never eaten this, you really have to give it a try.
I don’t think of it as a diet dessert at all. It is light, refreshing and it satisfies any sweet tooth.
2. 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies
It’s really amazing how easy these 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownies are to make up! All you need to do is just mix up the two ingredients and bam great brownies!
3. Weight Watchers Sunshine Cake
This sunshine cake will brighten anyone’s day and it is so easy to make! All you need are 5 simple ingredients.
4. Do Nothing Tornado Cake
5. Peanut butter balls – 2 SmartPoints
These candies are like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and are fun for kids to make because you don’t have to cook them.
6. 2 Point Weight Watchers Brownie Cupcakes
This recipe is low sugar but high on taste. Even if you aren’t on Weight Watchers…this is a great treat to make!
7. Hot Fudge Pudding Cake
This yummy Hot Fudge Pudding Cake comes with only 6 Weight watchers smart points!
A must try if you’re in the mood for something warm and chocolaty.
8. Weight Watchers Cinnamon Sugar Pizza
Here is a quick and easy homemade cinnamon sugar Weight Watchers recipe – quick and easy to make recipe when you want a savory & sweet treat. It comes to 5 points per serving.
9. 2 Ingredient Brownies
Don’t be scared of these 2 Ingredient Brownies. Seriously they are sooo moist you will be shocked after they come out of the oven!
10. Weight Watchers Outrageous Oreo Lasagna
Whats outrageous about this Oreo lasagna is just how amazing it tastes for just 6 smartpoints.
11. Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge Recipe – 5 Points
An easy to make, homemade marshmallow fudge recipe that is creamy, rich, and decadent.
12. Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Whip Frozen Treats
This yummy treat comes out to only 1 point per treat!
13. Weight Watchers Pumpkin Spice Cake Mix Muffins
Simple & Delicious with only 2 Ingredients, these spice cake mini muffins are a hit every time I make them.
14. Weight Watchers One Point Mug Cake
Looking for a quick and easy dessert you can quickly make in the microwave? Then give this mug cake a try for only 1 point!
15. Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe – 3 Points
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these guilt-free chocolate chip cookies that will melt in your mouth. Light and delicious, they are the perfect end to any meal.
16. Weight Watchers Frozen Grasshopper Pie
This frozen grasshopper pie would be the perfect dessert to serve on a warm day when the birds are out chirping or for St Patrick’s Day. But of course it doesn’t have to be a Holiday in order to serve this frozen treat!
17. Lemon Low point Weight Watchers Dessert
This 2 ingredient, 2 point, no bake Lemon Weight Watchers Dessert is one of my favourites when I’m trying to behave. It is so easy to make, and always a crowd pleaser
18. No Bake Graham Cracker Cheesecake – 3 SmartPoints
Only 3 Smart Points No Bake Graham Cracker Cheesecake. Ummm yum, yes please!
19. Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes – 3 Smart Points
If you love pumpkin pie, you’ll definitely love these delicious pumpkin pie cupcakes for only 3 points!
20. Butterfinger Cake
Simple, easy and sweet! This cake is very easy to prepare and the chocolate and caramel combination is to die for!
21. Ultimate Blueberry Muffins
One of these muffins is only 6 Weight Watcher points and it was very filling for breakfast. They have a cinnamon sugar topping on the top and lots of fresh blueberries in the middle.
22. The Best Banana Bread
Yummy, the best banana Bread Ever, and come with only 6 weight watchers smart points. as Oprah said now you can eat bread and lose weight at the same time!
23. Weight Watcher’s Berry Crisp
24. Weight Watcher Dole Whip
This yummy pineapple whip is only 3 points!
25. Weight Watchers Pineapple Angel Food Cake
This easy 2-Ingredient Weight Watchers Pineapple Angel Food Cake stirs together in minutes. All you need is a box of angel food cake mix and can of crushed pineapple to create a moist and delicious low calorie cake everyone will love.
26. Weight Watchers Blueberry Dessert
With a few Weight Watchers ingredients you can make this amazing frozen blueberry dessert with only 3 ingredients.
27. Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Cream
Indulge in a childhood favorite without overdoing it. Only 5 SmartPonts.
28. Skinny Apple Cake
This yummy apple cake is only 7 points per serving, and oh so worth it!
29. Weight Watchers Lemon Bars (3 pts.)
With this recipe, I can have all that yummy lemon taste and only use 3 points while doing it!
A recipe the whole family can enjoy without feeling guilty!
30. Weight Watcher’s Single Serve Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Mug Cake
An easy recipe for a gingerbread cake that’s ready in just 10 minutes! Full of cozy flavors & lots of chocolate—but with only 135 calories, it comes with none of the guilt.
Effective after December 2015, points are based on calories, sugar, saturated fat, and protein. Fruits and most vegetables are still zero-point foods. The nutrients from fruits and vegetables are only factored in if they are mixed with other food. In 2018, a new point system was implemented. This system still uses the same calculation system, but includes over 200 new zero points foods, mostly lean proteins, such as eggs, most seafoods, tofu, skinless chicken breast, and many more. The new system also allows the rollover of 4 unused points per day into a person's weekly points allotment. As a result of these changes, a person's daily points allotment has slightly decreased. However, the changes should still allow a person more flexibility than the previous system, due to the numerous new zero points foods.
5. Cheesy Cajun Beef and Potato Bake
One of the wonderful things about following a Weight Watchers diet is that you can eat anything as long as it's within your SmartPoints budget no food is off-limits.
Opting for Weight Watchers recipes with lean ground beef will not only keep those SmartPoints low, but you will have room to include other tasty ingredients in your favorite dishes! That means you can enjoy this delicious cheesy beef and potato bake with just the right amount of spicy kick without breaking any rules!
This recipe has an 8-serving yield and is absolutely perfect for big families, meal prepping, or if you're purely just a casserole fan!
Per serving: 9 Freestyle SmartPoints (9 Green, 9 Blue, 7 Purple)
Weight Watchers Tricks: Eating Plan
Our nutrition team worked with a panel of super-successful Weight Watchers’ members to create this quick-results plan. (The menus average about 27 “points” or 1,500 calories a day.) Very-low-calorie extras (herbs, spices, vinegar) are unlimited. Water and other zero-cal beverages are also unlimited, but do consider opting for 3-6 cups of green tea daily. Add a 500-calorie weekend splurge. As always, get a doctor’s OK before trying any new plan.
How Did We Get Started?
Talk and Plan
- Establish goals
- Start a basic document/spreadsheet
> Record goals
> Record BMI
- Discuss weight loss methods
Start a discussion on what each of you would like to achieve and document this. You may want to drop down to a specific weight, target fat percentage or fit into certain size clothing. Throw around some ideal but realistic dates based on the idea that healthy weight loss is no more than 2 pounds (0.9kg) per week.
- Document your starting weight and we strongly recommend you measure your body fat percentage. We think this is the best measure of performance as your overall weight is determined by muscle and fat weight amongst other things. We are concerned with fat lost above all things, losing muscle is not the ideal way to lose weight.
- Motivate and get excited
It sounds silly to suggest you get motivated and excited and I&rsquom certainly not suggesting that you fake it. But just remember, you are going to be working as a team to achieve your goals to be healthier, better looking and happier people, it&rsquos not hard to be motivated and excited by this prospect.
What We Did
To show you how easy it is to prepare a home-made, healthy 'fakeaway', we're sharing a selection of inspiring yet simple recipes today in the final instalment of our exclusive WW series to help you shed up to a stone and get fitter in time to enjoy the freedom of summer after lockdown.
Why not try our sweet chilli fish and chips recipe — a delicious alternative to the chip shop original, and with a SmartPoints value of 10 on Green, 8 on Blue and 3 on Purple, it's more waistline-friendly, too (see MyMail.co.uk).
Or perhaps you'd prefer our aromatic prawn Thai curry (2 SmartPoints on Green 1 on Blue and Purple) or the spicy Japanese chicken yakitori (15 SmartPoints on Green, 9 on Blue and Purple)?
'But if your heart is set on a specific takeaway, that's fine, too, so long as you've budgeted for it and track your SmartPoints.
'MyWW+ has been specifically designed to be flexible so that you can treat yourself using your Weeklies and your Rollover SmartPoints. And you can always boost your Budget by earning more FitPoints,' says Julia.
'Don't forget the app is also there to help you make the healthiest choices it has SmartPoint values for meals from most restaurant chains in the UK as well as for generic dishes such as a standard margherita pizza or a chicken tikka masala.'
Whatever you decide, put on some music and line up a movie to watch afterwards, and enjoy your evening!
In the final instalment of the exclusive WW series, the focus is on delicious ways to prove how easy it is to prepare a healthy 'fakeaway' meal, including a prawn Thai curry (pictured)
Prep: 10 minutes l Cook: 30 minutes
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp Thai yellow curry paste
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 450g butternut squash, cut into
- 2cm pieces
- 400g green beans, trimmed
- 350g raw king prawns, peeled with tails left on
- 400g cauliflower florets
- Handful coriander, leaves picked and chopped
Heat the oil in a non-stick wok or frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the curry paste and stir for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
Stir in the tomatoes and 250 ml water, then add the butternut squash and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until the butternut squash is tender.
If the curry sauce gets too thick, you may need to add a splash of water.
Add the beans and prawns to the wok, then cover and simmer for 3 minutes or until the beans are just tender and the prawns are cooked through.
Meanwhile, blitz the cauliflower in a food processor until it’s roughly the texture of rice.
Transfer to a large microwave-safe bowl, cover and microwave on high for 5 minutes, or until tender.
Divide the cauliflower rice between bowls, top with the curry and serve garnished with the coriander.
myWW+: 2 SmartPoints value (green), 1 SmartPoints value (blue and purple)
SWEET AND SOUR CAULIFLOWER WITH RICE
The selection of inspiring yet simple recipes to help you get fitter in time to enjoy the freedom of summer after lockdown include sweet and sour cauliflower with rice (pictured)
Prep: 10 minutes l Cook: 25 minutes
- 1 large cauliflower, broken into florets
- 1 small onion, cut into wedges
- 1 red and 1 green pepper, both deseeded and cut into 3 cm strips
- 2 garlic cloves, thickly sliced
- ½ tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp cornflour
- 60g reduced-sugar tomato ketchup
- ½ x 435g tin pineapple chunks in juice, drained and juice reserved
- 3 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 x 250g pouches microwave basmati rice
- 2 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced, to serve
Preheat the oven to 200c/ fan 180c/gas mark 6.
Put the cauliflower, onion, peppers, and garlic on a large baking tray, drizzle over the oil and toss to coat. Roast for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the soy sauce and cornflour in a small bowl.
Put the mixture in a non-stick wok or frying pan set over a medium heat, then whisk in the ketchup, pineapple juice, vinegar and 350 ml water.
Simmer the mixture for 4- 5 minutes until thickened, then add the roasted vegetables and the pineapple.
Cook, stirring, for 1 minute until everything is coated in the sauce.
Prepare the rice according to pack instructions, then divide between bowls.
Top with the sweet and sour cauliflower. Garnish with the spring onions.
myWW+: 8 SmartPoints value (green, blue and purple)
Sales of takeaway meals have soared during lockdown, but why not make a chicken yakitori (pictured) instead of indulging in takeaway when in need of a treat
Prep: 10 minutes + marinating l Cook: 15 minutes
- 165g skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
- 2 spring onions, trimmed and cut into 4 cm lengths
- 1 tsp sesame seeds, to serve
FOR THE YAKITORI MARINADE
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- ½ tsp caster sugar
- ½ tsp grated garlic
- ¼ tsp grated ginger
FOR THE JAPANESE-STYLE RICE
- ½ x 250g pouch microwave basmati rice
- Calorie-controlled cooking spray
- 50g carrot, cut into thin matchsticks
- 50g sugar snap peas, halved lengthways
- 50g frozen shelled edamame beans
- 1 sheet nori, cut in half and finely sliced (optional)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
Put all the marinade ingredients into a small pan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes, until reduced.
Pour into a small bowl, add the chicken and toss to coat. Set aside to marinate for 10 minutes.
Preheat the grill to medium-high and line a small baking tray with kitchen foil. Thread the chicken and spring onions onto skewers and put onto the tray.
Cook under the grill for 5 minutes, turning once, then remove and brush with any of the remaining marinade. Put back under the grill and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Meanwhile, microwave the rice to pack instructions and set aside.
Mist a non-stick frying pan with cooking spray and cook the carrot, sugar snaps and edamame beans for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the nori, if using, and rice and stir-fry for 1 minute. Beat the egg with the soy sauce and rice wine vinegar and then pour into the rice.
Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes, until the egg is cooked.
Serve with the chicken skewers garnished with the sesame seeds.
myWW+: 15 SmartPoints value (green), 9 SmartPoints value (blue and purple)
HEALTHY TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR TAKEAWAY FAVOURITES
If you're making your own home fakeaways, there are some tricks to ensure they not only taste delicious, but are healthy, too.
Thai food can be surprisingly high in calories.
TIPS For the curry: Choose lean cuts of meat or fresh seafood (0 or low SmartPoints on all plans). Add crisp veg such as sugar snap peas and broccoli, plus herbs and spices including ginger and basil.
Choose reduced-fat coconut milk and replace some of it with stock: the sauce will still be rich.
For the rice: Swap white rice for cauliflower rice. Whiz the cauliflower in a food processor and then cook in a wok with a little water or oil. Add a little onion and turmeric for flavour.
TIP: Save SmartPoints by opting for brown rice.
Italian takeaway staples such as pizza and pasta are often laden with cheese and oil, but you can still create your own amazing, healthy version.
TIPS For the pasta: Substitute pasta for courgette 'spaghetti' made using a spiraliser. A tomato passata can be turned into a showstopper by adding basil, olives, aubergine and peppers.
For the pizza: Use a wholemeal flatbread for the base. Load up on mushrooms, spinach and peppers, and choose lean meat or fish.
Fresh herbs or chilli add a powerful flavour hit. Sprinkle a mix of cheeses on top — such as mozzarella with parmesan — for a strong flavour using less cheese.
Takeaway versions of fish and chips can be heavy on calories.
TIPS For the chips: For a healthier version, slice potato or sweet potato into chips and coat with calorie-controlled spray oil. Sprinkle with ground rock salt and rosemary. Bake until tender.
Alternatively, peel and de-seed a butternut squash, cut into chips, season, and bake for 35 minutes at 200 c/fan 180c/gas mark 6.
For the fish: Buy fresh white fish. It'll taste great grilled with a dash of oil and seasoning. If you want a batter-style dish, dip the fish in whisked egg and coat in polenta sprinkled with parmesan. It's super tasty and provides a great crunch, with far fewer calories.