It never ceases to amaze me just how high the points values of some seemingly harmless food and drink items are. Here are some real offenders I recently learned about, two of them the hard way. In case you’re like me and you need it drilled into your head, “Write it before you bite it!” In other words, look up the points or calorie value before you eat something, regardless of how harmless it seems. Here I’ve done the legwork for you. You’re welcome!
Chocolate milk. You’d likely be amazed by how many points are in your average chocolate milk: typically 6 PointsPlus® per cup. This is the case with the oh-so-delicious Pure Country brand available at Kane’s Donuts and Bagel World, both in the Boston area. And be careful—there are two servings in what appears to be a single serving jug. Oh yes, I made this 12-point mistake this weekend. Not a great way to kick off my new week unfortunately!
PB mini Snickers clock in at 1.5 PointsPlus® each. That’s right, if you only have one, you’ll need to track 2 points for that half a bite. Not a good deal!
Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad. I read that this is a low calorie option; however, it’s not a low points option. Without dressing, it’s 15 PointsPlus. By the time you’ve added the dressing, you’ve exceeded the points value of a Jr. Cheeseburger and Value Fries with ketchup. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather just have the latter option.
Ruby Tuesday’s Petite Parmesan Shrimp Pasta. Again, I had read that this one’s low cal. Unfortunately, it’s still 17 PointsPlus®, likely because your body will essentially see all those carbs as sugar. This is just another reminder that menu items that restaurants deem “healthy” can still do some serious damage to your health and/or weight loss goals. A delicious parmesan option that’s lower points than this can be found at Longhorn. If you have half their Parmesan Crusted Chicken lunch, including half the rice pilaf, you’ll use 12 PointsPlus®. And this is a “normal” menu item, not a light one so it tastes quite decadent. And don’t worry, half the lunch portion is remarkably satisfying. It comes with a side salad, so add 1 PointsPlus if you have 2 tablespoons vinaigrette with it.
Lay’s kettle cooked potato chips. Now, 4 PointsPlus® per serving sounds about right for chips; however, these chips are TINY and there are only 18 per serving. For me, that’s simply a handful. (I’m 5’4”.) If you’re at a party standing next to the chip bowl, you’re liable to breeze right through a whole day’s points in no time.