Weight Watchers Ice Cream

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!!” Who out there doesn’t like ice cream?? I imagine very few actually don’t like ice cream (unless it’s a health reason), yet I guarantee nobody likes the extra fat and calories associated with the delicious desserts. Well, thankfully Weight Watchers has come out with a number of amazing ice cream options with very little fat and calories. I know you hear Weight Watchers and you think healthy, maybe not the most amazing tasting, and you may think “diet”….but let me tell you I am not a strict health nut or dieter by any means and I love these ice cream bars. I have tried 6 different flavors and love them all.

The first ice cream bar I tried was their Giant Latte bar-it has 90 calories, 1g of fat, 3g of protein! Does anyone like a latte in the morning?? This bar is like a delicious latte frozen into a giant bar of heaven! And it’s only 2pts for those of you on Weight Watchers.

The next 2 bars I tried were the Greek Frozen Yogurt bars in Peach Swirl and Blueberry Swirl. Greek yogurt has exploded in the past couple of years as a popular snack, so why not offer people a frozen version of the snack they love? The new Blueberry Swirl and Peach Swirl Greek Frozen Yogurt Bars are made with low fat Greek frozen yogurt and real Blueberry and Peach fruit swirls. They are both 80 calories, 0.5g of fat, and 5g of protein!! They have calcium and live and active cultures associated with yogurt. They are light and fruity and definitely a yogurt lovers’ dream (in ice cream form)!!

The next was a snack sized Red Velvet ice cream sandwich. YUM! It is small (hence snack size) but only has 100 calories and 1.5g of fat. Staying right on trend with the current red velvet craze, the Snack Size Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwich is made with low fat cream cheese frosting flavored ice cream with a red velvet chocolate swirl between red velvet chocolate wafers. The ice cream flavor is very light and the red velvet takes over the flavor-but delicious overall!

The last 2 ice cream bars were the Chocolate Smoothie and the Cookies and Cream bar. The Chocolate Smoothie has 60 calories and 1.5g of fat but tastes like a full flavored chocolate fudge bar-absolutely satisfying! For traditional frozen yogurt fans, the new Chocolate Smoothie Frozen Yogurt Bars are made with low fat frozen yogurt and real chocolate to satisfy cravings. The Cookies and Cream was a fan favorite of my children for obvious reasons….what child doesn’t like cookies and cream ice cream?? It has 120 calories and 5g of fat, however this treat offers three levels of cookies & cream goodness in one bar. It’s made with low fat cookies & cream ice cream with a chocolate cookie fudge swirl dipped in a rich chocolaty cookie crunch coating. Ok, just typing that made my mouth water…that bar is a chocolate lovers’ dream if I do say so myself!!

All of these bars were a delight to eat (my kids couldn’t stop asking for them!) and were 2 pts on the Weight Watchers point system except the Cookies and Cream bars and the Red Velvet bars which were 3 pts. I highly recommend these delicious desserts as a healthy alternative to the high fat, high caloric ice cream bars we often see in stores!!

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Low-Carb Meals

In the world of weight-loss and health-oriented diets, low-carb dieting continues to be highly popular. Today’s low-carb diets rely on cutting down on starchy and high calorie carbohydrates and replacing them with protein, low-carb vegetables and fruit, and healthy fats. However, many low-carb diet cookbooks read as if they were written by scientists, not foodies.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Low-Carb Meals is a cookbook focused on the art and love of delicious recipes with a low-carb twist. This book includes:

• Over 350 low-carb recipes
• Vegetarian and vegan selections
• Nutritional information for each recipe (which is my favorite!!!!)
• Dessert recipes plus an entire chapter on low-carb chocolate treats
• Options for fantastic salads, bread and pasta recipes, grains, potatoes, rice, desserts, and fruit

With everything from quick or leisurely breakfasts to late-night snacks, The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Low-Carb Meals, Second Edition offer hundreds of delicious recipes for both the dieter and the health-conscious cook that appeal to the family and are easy to make.  It just makes cooking for yourself and your family so much easier.  I love anything that actually tells me the nutritional content so I don’t have to try and guess it, so this cookbook scores high just for that!  It also has a great range of recipes that are actually good!  That and whole chapter of one pot cooking makes it a must get cookbook!

The History of the Chocolate Chip Cookie: A Wide Perspective–Oh, My!

This is a guest post.

Once upon a time in Whitman, Mass, Ruth Graves Wakefield accidentally ruined virtually every dieter’s dream in America. You see, Ruth invented the chocolate chip cookie, and thousands of gained pounds later, her invention still epitomizes temptation and addicting delights.

Ruth was a dietician who often gave lectures about food. When her husband and she bought a roadside inn, the Toll House Inn, in 1930, it came as no historical surprise that her restaurant became famous for its fantastic food and generous proportions. She not only served an extra helping of the entree for people to take home but also an extra dose—serving, that is—of her desserts. Her famous cookie was a continual favorite.

Ruth often ran out of baker’s chocolate, and when none was immediately available, she substituted chips of semi-sweet chocolate.

When Nestlé purchased the recipe in exchange for a lifetime supply of their semi-sweet morsels, Nestlé stated that Ruth used the chocolate in her dough, hoping it would liquify and mix. Obviously, they didn’t, and the extraordinary cookie was born.

However, employees of the Toll House Inn state another version: Ruth Wakefield was an accomplished chef and baker. She knew chocolate’s properties well enough that she expected the chocolate to not liquify but only melt from the heat, keeping its taste separate from the dough’s.

Shall we pause for a curse on the flavor of the dough? That’s sufficient; let us continue.

Two employees stated that the dough was originally for sugar cookies. The vibrations from the large electric mixer dislodged the chocolate stored on a shelf above, and the mixer ground the fallen chocolate into bits. Ruth wanted to discard the entire batch of tainted dough, but alas, an employee allegedly convinced her to try baking it instead.

Ruth’s cursed cookie gained in popularity faster than she could bake them. They were devoured by her patrons at the restaurant and at home. Her customers shipped them overseas to our brave soldiers in care packages. Those soldiers shared their bounty, and soon Ruth was inundated with letters of request from all over the country and the world.

Her basic recipe of sugar, flour, butter or margarine and chocolate chips is still printed on every package of Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate morsels, and virtually every maker of semi-sweet chocolate in the world advertises their own twist on the infamous creation. Bakeries offer their own versions with raisins, nuts, coated chocolate bits, and different kinds of chocolate.

Try as many of us might to abstain from delving in head-first into a batch of freshly baked delights, their temptation is oft too strong. From the dough to the chip to the baked confection, chocolate chip cookies are still a world-wide favorite and probably will continue to be one for generations.

Ruth Graves Wakefield lived from 1903 to 1977, and her Toll House cookie—the original chocolate chip cookie—continues to pay tribute to her baking ability and courage to take a risk.

Join the legions who pay tribute to her creation: Raise a tall glass of ice-cold milk and dunk a Toll House chocolate chip cookie in honor of the Toll House Inn, Ruth Wakefield, and her dessert cookie. After all, as the saying goes, ‘If you can’t beat them, join them!’

Don’t worry. You can bake another batch for family and friends. We won’t tell. We’ll probably join you!

JC Ryan is a freelance writer for MyCollegesandCareers.com.  My Colleges and Careers helps people determine if an online education is right for them and helps them search for online degrees that can help them reach their goals.