Deceptively Delicious Veggie Dip — Just in time for the Super Bowl

Don’t want to sit the bench at this weekend’s Super Bowl party?  With this delicious (and easy!) Ranch veggie dip, you won’t need to.

Deceptively Delicious Veggie Dip

Ingredients

16 ounce tub of light sour cream
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dips mix (Note: must be the Dips packet, see picture)

Mix the two together and VOILA!… amazingly delicious veggie dip.

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Pair the dip with a heaping plate of your favorite veggies.  My favorites are:

  • Mini-sweet peppers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh french green beans
  • Baby carrots
  • Salted cucumber slices
  • Radishes
  • Sliced mini-portabella mushrooms
  • Celery sticks

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Two tablespoons (30g) of Deceptively Delicious Veggie Dip is only 1 PointPlus for Weight Watchers followers.  A whole 1/4 cup (4 TBS or 60g) is only 2P+!  Along with a plate of fresh veggies, that’s a Super Bowl bargain, as far as I’m concerned!

Two quick tidbits – First, I tried substituting Greek yogurt for light sour cream and I didn’t care for the resulting texture, despite usually loving Greek yogurt.   Secondly, in a pinch, I once bought a store brand light sour cream.  Though store brands are often good quality, I could taste the difference.  It would be my recommendation to purchase a name brand light sour cream.  Personally, my favorite is Daisy Light Sour Cream.

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And That’s a Wrap!

Bread used to play a reoccurring role in my diet before I realized that it wasn’t worth the space in my food plan.  For quite a while, I simply cut bread out of the equation.  (One notable exception: Culver’s hamburger buns.)

Several months back, I discovered tortilla wraps.  Specifically, I found Ole’s Xtreme Wellness! High Fiber Low Carb tortilla wraps.  They are large, chewy, soft and have only 90 calories.  For Weight Watchers followers, they are only 1 PointPlus!

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They contain 5g of protein (which helps you feel full and stay full) and have a whopping 9g dietary fiber, as well as 15% of the daily recommended value of calcium and 40% of the daily recommended value of iron.

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These tortillas are quite versatile.  Over the coming weeks, I’ll post some of my favorite uses.  One of them I’ve already written about:  Light Alternative for Family Pizza Night.

If you’re not able to find this brand locally, ask your grocer to order them in (mine did!).  They can also be ordered by the case from Amazon.  They keep well in the refrigerator for several weeks and I’d love to hear if they can be frozen.

One word of caution.  Not all tortillas are created equally.  You must read the nutrition label, as tortillas and wraps can range in calories from 80 to 300.  (Yikes!)

By switching out bread and bringing in tortillas, I’ve been able to save calories and carbs without losing satisfaction.  Every now and then though, bread hits the spot.  And when that’s the case, I go for it – in moderation!

To the New Girl in Exercise Class this Morning

YOU GO, GIRL!

Starting or trying a new type of exercise can be intimidating. Before going to the running store for the first time to be fitted for running shoes, I had a great deal of anxiety. It took me several days to get up the courage to walk in. When I began yoga, I “needed” a friend to come with me to help alleviate some of the feelings of inadequacy.

Little did I know, however, that the rest of the community of runners and the room of full of yogis weren’t there to judge my performance and I wasn’t there to make them feel superior. All of them were quietly cheering me on and willing me to succeed, and to join their seemingly exclusive club.

It turns out that seemingly exclusive club isn’t that exclusive after all. It only takes is a desire to join and commitment to try your best. So when you receive a smile or kind gesture from someone in a class or a passerby on the route, that’s our way of saying, “We’re glad you’re here. Keep up the good work.” And even if you don’t catch a smile or gesture, know that we’re ALL cheering you on the inside!

As for the lady who was in yoga class this morning, I don’t even know her name, but I asked if we could take a picture for my blog. Hopefully that didn’t scare her off. The exercise community is always looking for new members and showing up is often the hardest part!

Related reading: The next step can be sticking with an exercise until it’s to the point that you start to like it, as written about in “Do You Really Like Running?”

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Easy Portobello Tailgate Burger

With the NFL playoffs beginning this weekend, burgers are on many people’s menus, including mine.  While at the grocery last week, the portobello mushroom caps caught my attention, so I decided to give portobello burgers a try.  It was easy, quick, good and light!  (They’re so good that I’ve made them three times in the last week.)

Simply pre-heat your oven to 410 °F.  Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly cover with non-stick spray.  Wipe the mushroom cap with a damp paper towel (or rinse and allow to completely air dry).  Trim the stem so that the cap lays flat on the baking sheet.  I basted mine with Soyaki from Trader Joe’s (1 TBS for 1P+) to add some flavor, but you could also use olive oil (1 TSP for 1P+), salt and pepper.

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Bake for approximately 12 minutes.  Dress like a hamburger.  I chose a sandwich thin instead of a bun (3P+), then added Dijon mustard, lettuce, tomatoes and green onions (all 0P+).

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Add a side of fruit, and that’s a complete meal for only 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus!

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With such a light meal, that should leave a little room for other tailgate snacks, including my favorite: popcorn.

Go Team!