If you’re anything like me, occassionally you’ve strayed from the “write it before you bite it” method that Weight Watchers urges us to use. Here are some prime examples of why we should listen to them, hard as it may be. As the PointsPlus® values of the foods below have been known to trip a few of us up, I’m posting them in the hopes that you can avoid making the same mistake(s). Egg and cheese wrap from Honey Dew Donuts: 8 PointsPlus®
Candy corn: 5 pieces = 1 PointsPlus®.
Although they seem innocent enough, granola and protein bars in general with 3 exceptions: Kellogg’s FiberPlus® Antioxidants Bar in caramel coconut fudge, Pure Protein bars (5 PointsPlus®), Fiber One® Oats and Strawberry chewy bar (3 PointsPlus®). I’ll let you know if I find any additional exceptions in the future.
Baked beans: 1/2 cup = 5 PointsPlus®). Black beans are just 2 PointsPlus®.
Spinach feta filo triangle (a common appetizer) = 5 PointsPlus® and does nothing for you.
5-cheese ziti lunch at Olive Garden. You might think, “Probably not too much cheese; probably at least a small portion overall,. Well, 21 PointsPlus® is a lot more than I’d have guessed!
Honey mustard sauce at Longhorn = 7 PointsPlus®. At first the chicken finger lunch almost seemed worth it, but if you tack this on, perhaps not so much.
Potbelly’s “skinny” BLT , easy on the mayo, on wheat looks to be 15 PointsPlus®, while it sounds like it’d be way less. I still order it, I just track it accordingly. (As Potbelly doesn’t post all its nutrition facts, we can’t be certain of the points value.)
A black bean burrito at Chipotle = 16 PointsPlus®. Add 3 PointsPlus® if you order it “easy on the sour cream.”
Donuts are surprisingly tricky to estimate points, so look them up before choosing. I was surprised that Honey Dew’s butternut, blueberry, and chocolate glazed donuts are all 3 points more than the Boston cream (which is 8 PointsPlus®).
Typically, any item with coconut, which clocks in at a point per tablespoon and isn’t a very big serving. Anyone from Maine is familiar with needhams, a popular homemade candy with potato and coconut. These tiny squares clock in at 9 PointsPlus®, as do tiny Hello Dolly bars—also known as 7 layer bars.
McDonald’s grilled chicken sandwich without mayo = 9 PointsPlus®. For 9 points, I can think of many more appetizing options.
McDonald’s yogurt parfait = 4 PointsPlus®. Yes, the tiny one that does nothing for you and is loaded with sugar. It’s the same points value as the hot fudge sundae.