I am currently 10 days in to my New Year’s resolution to not only lose weight, which will be the icing on the cake, but to be a healthier person in general. In order to do this, I have committed to enjoying my time at the gym (fun classes, cute gym clothes, and new music), I have vowed to shop the perimeter of the supermarket as much as possible (that’s where all the perishable, non-processed produce is), and I have downloaded an app called my fitness pal to my iPhone to journal my calories and exercise for the day while offering support and encouragement. Never one to for ultra-restrictive diets, however, I know I need to be armed with smart and sweet snack and dessert choices in order to really stick to this new regimen. My downfall with diets has always been physiologically needing something sweet, and when there’s nothing healthy along those lines readily available in my home, I will eat whatever is available. With three small children, those options can be destructive (cupcakes anyone?) Sometimes I really do just need a small taste of chocolate, but will settle for half of an Entenmann’s chocolate covered donut.
I was thrilled when I was approached to try the new line of Weight Watchers ice cream bars; I myself have had great success on the Weight Watchers plan, and know from experience that they really make an effort to make their foods nutritious and as delicious as any “full-fat” version they are replicating. The program tries to keep the fat and calories to a minimum, and enriches their food with heart healthy fiber which is known to fill the belly and be good for the digestive tract. On New Year’s Eve day, I received a cooler packed with dry ice and tiny chocolate treasures. I ripped into the box, and the fun began.
The first ice cream treat I sampled was the Dark Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream Bars, and they were every bit as delicious as they sound. The dark chocolate coating was surprisingly decadent; there was nothing artificial or waxy tasting about it, and was very reminiscent of some of the finer dark chocolate I have had. I chose to eat all of the chocolate coating first, which I have been known to do, but was not disappointed when I got to the raspberry ice cream. It was creamy and sweet, and really refreshing; I have always been more of a vanilla girl, but the low-fat raspberry ice cream was a nice change. The best part of all came when I went to enter what I had eaten in to my calorie counting app – this yummy dessert that took me quite some time to eat, and that I had thoroughly enjoyed, was only 80 calories (2 points) – Score!
The next day, my 6 year old was rummaging through my freezer drawer and stopped cold when he saw the blue and white box with the delicious looking, chocolate covered ice cream bar on front. He proceeded to gaze adoringly at the Dark Chocolate Dulce De Leche Bars. After begging me to have one (it was only 11:00 a.m.), I relented in the name of research. We simultaneously opened our pops, sunk our teeth in, and it was love at first bite. So much ooey, gooey, delicious caramel – what a treat! This bar was unlike any other “diet” ice cream I have had. The dulce de leche ice cream was thoroughly enjoyable and indulgent; there was nothing icy about it at all, which I had become accustomed to with healthier ice cream desserts. The crunchy, chocolate coating was the proverbial cherry on top. At 120 calories and 4.5 grams of fat per bar, this is something I could get used to, and would never feel like I was missing out on something better. And for the record, my 6 year old agrees.
The last treat I sampled was the snack sized chocolate fudge bars. These are simpler than the other two, but no less delicious. These bars are reminiscent of the fudgesicles I had as a child. They are cold, chocolaty, creamy, sweet and simple. Every now and then, simple is what is needed, and at 45 calories a pop, everyone walks away a winner.
I am proud to say that since January 1, I have lost 3 pounds and don’t see any signs of slowing down. Thanks to good old-fashioned diet and exercise, and because of the delicious, low calorie Weight Watchers treats I have been using to treat myself, I know you’ll literally be seeing less of me in 2012.
Disclosure: Jessica, a member of the LIParentSource.com Parent Panel, was provided complimentary samples to facilitate her writing her review and all opinions expressed in this post are her own.