Working at Murray’s is a foodie’s dream come true. Every day I am surrounded by downy white triple cremes from France, sharp and crystallized cheddars, eggy tommes that taste like buttered mushrooms, smoky paper-thin slices of Speck, and let’s not forget all the pairing items. However, having access to these delicacies can, shall we say… add up on the old waistline. So this Murray’s lady finds herself at Weight Watchers.
This is not my first attempt with Weight Watchers. But when I was younger, their program was different. It was full of Sweet N Fake™, “Fat Free Everything” and “Actually I CAN Believe It’s Not Butter Have You Ever Tasted Butter?™”. I am pleased to report that now their recipes are full of whole ingredients, good fats, good carbs and basically less crap. Even my fellow-foodie husband has been enjoying cooking on this plan. It seems that my love of real food and Weight Watcher’s love of cleverly balancing nutrition have finally met smack dab in the middle of America’s uncharted waters of reasonable moderation.
For those of you who don’t know, Weight Watchers has developed a system for accessing the nutrition of food and helping modify your bad food behaviors. You get a certain amount of “points” based on your weight, age and gender. Each food you eat has a point value. If you stay within your daily points you lose weight and somewhere Jennifer Hudson smiles and sings something uplifting while pointing at you.
What attracts me specifically to Weight Watchers as opposed to other plans is that they don’t eliminate any one thing. No foods are off limits, and I think that’s important if you want your weight loss to last. There is little I hate more in this world than fad diets. They’re often unhealthy, totally unrealistic to maintain and make your awesome cool friends into insufferably difficult people to feed at dinner. “Oh I’m sorry I was unaware that you are only eating tree bark, wheat germ and raw meat this week….um……let’s just put this roasted chicken I made in the fridge then…”
One big challenge to everyone on Weight Watchers is that cheese counts for quite a few points! The system (understandably) averages “cheese” nutrition facts to assign points, but not all cheeses are 100% sinful. If you can get your hands on the nutrition facts, you can calculate the points yourself, and might be pleasantly surprised (oh yes, read on). One of my personal challenges is forcing myself to eat breakfast every day. This is a 6 point breakfast that I highly recommend over some sugary yogurt drink or partially hydrogenated granola bar. Goes without saying that it makes a killer snack as well.
La Tur– you heard me! Yes this cheese that tastes like the least diet-y, ice cream-like-naughtiness from Northern Italy you have ever tried. Its name translates to “The Three” because it is made with sheep, goat and cow milk. This cheese is so rich tasting that when customers ask for something super decadent this is the first cheese that comes to my mind. It’s not designed to be a low-fat cheese, it’s just made this way! This 6 point snack includes 2 ounces of La Tur on 10 delicate Potato Crackerthins topped off with 8 chopped dried sour cherries.
La Tur– 2 Ounces (about ¼ of a wheel) = 4 points
10 Potato Crackerthins = 1 point
8 Chopped Dried Bing Cherries= 1 point
By: Summer Babiarz