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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Can't Wait Until Spring Edition! March 2015

There is definitely a lot of winter left. I stopped weighing myself because I don't believe the number reflects obvious progress--my clothes fit better, and I feel better--that is what matters.

I still take Saturday as an off-day and can have whatever I want, but I do make it to the gym every day which I think makes the big difference because then everything that I eat I know in the back of my mind I am double-checking myself: "Will this fuel my body or make me feel gross?"

I plan to make some (gf) breaded eggplant stacks this month whenever I get enough free-time.

about 6 hours ago
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Yes, that is one of the things that I REALLY miss, and I wish they made a gluten-free version.

Feb 26, 2015
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The Winter Doldrums Edition! February 2015 [OLD]

All the best with your knee replacement! Feel better!

Feb 24, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

One more addition--
NAY--Trader Joe's Caramel sauce (probably had a fake-sounding French name)--originally I was going to put this on the brownies. However, I tasted some on the back of a spoon. Nasty: too sweet.

(Querencia, I love that stanza. Thanks!)

Feb 21, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

YAY-in general for easy-labeled GF products. I am still new to it (the babka Dec. 31st was my last (Deliberate) gluten item ever... it's probably good that I can never have it again: MEGA RICH). Other stores are not so user-friendly.

YAY-Pound plus bars. I know these are well-known, but they are very easy to use in my favorite flourless chocolate cookies.

MEH-GF Brownie Mix. I am not sure it beats Krusteaz which is a dollar cheaper, but at least TJ's has chocolate chips (unlike KA which dropped theirs, but has awesome flavor). It was my first time buying it, but I think it used to be in a bag.. seems pretty useless to put it now in both a bag and box.. Why both? ANY WAY, my bookgroup had no idea it was GF.

YAY-flowers. They are pretty affordable, and I have gotten in the habit of buying a small bouquet for the apartment. Sometimes the small gifts (to ourselves) go a long way to add life to the negative temperatures of winter.. and feet upon feet of snow.

Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2015 - June 2015

Thanks for the update! Good thing my carb-craving for Mac is gone.

Feb 17, 2015
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Discontinued at Trader Joe's: January 2015 - June 2015

Gluten Free Rice Mac in the freezer section? ... Now that I have to be GF, I haven't seen it for the last two months, but I used to pass it all the time... I guess it is a sign to stick to whole foods--and no indulgent freezer meals.

Feb 14, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - February 2015 [old]

Littleflower, I AGREE--.. months ago when I had their caramels, I thought they were way too sweet and didn't even taste like caramel. My best-friend's family had made me caramels from scratch, and it made me realize that TJoe's didn't taste dark enough, or molasses-enough (even though I thought I hated molasses)... gross.

Feb 09, 2015
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Best Bagged Tea Brands?

Traditional Medicinals is also my favorite. I use a lot of the digestion-related teas and try to have 1-2 cups with dinner.

Feb 09, 2015
GraceW in General Topics

Grain-free desserts

Peanut butter cookies.
1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg
Mix together. Bake for 8 minutes-ish.

Also, these are my absolute favorite GF chocolate cookies (just make sure all of your ingredients are gluten-free and not contaminated).
CHOCOLATE CRINKLE COOKIES.
http://www.yammiesglutenfreedom.com/2...

Feb 06, 2015
GraceW in Special Diets

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

If you need to use up anymore, I would recommend this recipe for pate de fruit...
http://userealbutter.com/2015/01/28/b...

Feb 05, 2015
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Weight Watchers Foodies -- The Winter Doldrums Edition! February 2015 [OLD]

I have been really enjoying workouts everyday. I had to switch to a gluten free diet due to health issues. However, this means that I plan out weekend indulgences and focus on high protein meals and limited or no carbs, from Sunday through the weekdays--except Friday dinner through Saturday dinner, where I pick out a few gluten free new products to review.

I think it really helps to have Friday dinner through Saturday dinner for basically whatever (gf) snacks that I want because then I eat clean during the week (+Sunday).

Feb 01, 2015
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Hi, my name is _______ and I'm addicted to ________ .(food only please!)

Yes, I definitely went through multiple cans of those same peanuts (especially mixed with their cocoa flavor too) when they first came out. I am glad I think I burned out though and after having them too many days in a row, I never purchased them again. Delish.

Jan 29, 2015
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition [Old]

Yes, I quit the baking thread a long time ago, and it has really helped.--Good work on turning things around despite the storm-craze.

Jan 26, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Thanks for the details. I definitely would not want food-oriented cards--especially because my family told me before Thanksgiving: "It's not always about the food"... so apparently they aren't into food.

Currently they have some very beautiful nature-oriented blank cards at my TJoe's.

Jan 25, 2015
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'Check ingredients' for Gluten

Thank you so much for your reply. I found your information very helpful because I don't mind reading every label.. I just didn't know what other words to look for besides 'wheat,' barley', etc.

Thanks!

Jan 25, 2015
GraceW in Special Diets

'Check ingredients' for Gluten

I thought only obvious processed foods with wheat and other grains would be gluten-containing foods. However, I have recently been told to check the ingredients on other seemingly GF things--flavored coffee, tea, sauces, marinades, deli meat, soy sauce, etc.--because they can have gluten-containing ingredients. What exactly am I looking for? Any notice of other names/ingredients would be helpful.

I am just confused about these additional, hidden sources of gluten.

Jan 25, 2015
GraceW in Special Diets

Gluten-free crackers for cheese course?

I have to agree with Pamela... I love Crunchmaster crackers, and if you have a Sam's membership, they also have them there.

Jan 24, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

BOXED HOLIDAY CARDS?!--We didn't even have those at our TJoe's. Maybe they were testing them out at select stores.

The french macarons are obviously better FAR BETTER than the meringues, but if you like really sweet things, almost like a hardened marshmallow then you might like the meringues. I have also crushed them up and had them with strawberries.

Jan 24, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

YAY-The greeting-cards just get better each month. I always buy at least one default BIRTHDAY card to keep in my office desk.. but this month a lot of the 'Thank you' and Valentines cards were very pretty.

YAY-Cara oranges. Taste like candy--almost too sweet.

YAY-Vanilla meringue cookies. I dip them in coffee and then sprinkle unsweetened cocoa on them. (Plus they are gluten free.)

YAY-All smoked salmon at TJ.

YAY-Truffle marcona almonds. Worth $7, I think

NAY-A lot of items were missing at my store... including the French brown butter popcorn which I promised to a friend and gluten free mac & cheese.

Jan 24, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Trader Joe's did that to me.. years ago I had an uncooked hunk in the 'Just Chicken' package .. and it was all so nasty that now I am back to no-chicken, only fish.

Jan 19, 2015
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The definitive gluten free "BEST OF" list! Please add your favorite retail GF stuff.

Glutino Yogurt Covered pretzels.. very expensive but worth it. If you need a sweet indulgence, these have a great crunch and delightful yogurt taste,

Jan 17, 2015
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition [Old]

In case this is relevant to anyone--I think bone broth (despite the horrid taste and bad smell if you warm it up) is really helping. I feel full and satisfied, especially in the morning when medication makes food not appetizing. I have also noticed my nails and skin have improved.

Whole Foods is the only place that has it, for about $5--although I am sure you can make your own. It has 9 grams of protein in 1 cup.

Jan 16, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

NAY-Medium tail-off shrimp.... medium? These should be called 'Micro-shrimp tail-off shrimp.' They taste fine, but I suppose next time I will be buying the large shrimp.

Jan 11, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

AHhhhh! I already need more popcorn chips.. the bag only lasted one day!

Jan 11, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

YAY-I think? for the Himalayan Salt with Truffles--I am not sure what to do with it. But I did something pretty sinful. I put it on the kettle popped popcorn-chips... it made them even better. But I couldn't recall if people hated this product or not...

YAY-frozen strawberries are always a dollar cheaper than any other store.

YAY-Shrimp stirfry, plus more shrimp, plus lots of frozen vegetables... this is pretty much the majority of my dinners

YAY again-Kettle-popped popcorn chip things.. I am not tempted by any sweets, candies, etc., as long as I promise myself a bag of these for $1.99

Jan 10, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

Maybe a year ago I had the almond danish ring, and it was extremely dry and gross. I did not think it was worth the calories or money.

Jan 09, 2015
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition [Old]

Thanks, I am trying to incorporate bone broth into my daily diet. We shall see.

Jan 08, 2015
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Weight Watchers Foodies - The Date is January, the Time is Now! January 2015 Edition [Old]

I found out I have a digestive disorder so I am just trying to 'eat simply'--focus on eating protein when I can. I did try to eat normal foods during the holidays.. but it is always painful. Otherwise, yay: liquids and protein in small servings through out the day.

Despite this limited diet, I doubt I have lost any weight because I haven't been exercising much--due to pain or lack of energy. I am taking a protein-supplement too, so maybe that will kick in one of these days.

Stay healthy and strong.

Jan 06, 2015
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - January 2015 [Old]

YAY--Chocolate Babka. This is so much better than that chocolate ganache ring. I brought it to our Christmas Day brunch.. the entire thing was gone in 2-3 minutes.

Jan 02, 2015
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