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Weight Watchers Fresh Meals PointsPlus Program Product Review!

That title was a mouth full! I was contacted a couple weeks ago about receiving some coupons to try the new Weight Watchers Fresh Meals that fit into the new PointsPlus program. Unfortunately these products are not sold in my area yet. Instead of coupons they sent me a cooler containing an assortment of meals and side dishes to try! Yipee! I did receive the products for free but I am not being paid for doing this review! As always you get my truthful opinion, free products or not!

This new line of Weight Watchers Fresh Meals are fresh not frozen and can be found in the deli ready-to-go section of the grocery store. If you are a Weight Watchers member the PointsPlus are listed right on the front of the package. If you follow any other plan, full nutritional information is found on the side or back of the package.

This seems like a nice assortment of single serving entrees for 5 or 6 PointsPlus each. Cost is $2.99.

These side salads would be perfect with picnic season approaching. Note that these salads are two servings each.

Cost $1.99 – $2.99

I have tried a few things.

The roast turkey with a cranberry dressing topped with a seasoned turkey gravy was my lunch.  I like it! The dressing was tasty with the addition of the cranberries. The turkey meat didn’t taste too processed and the gravy was a nice touch. As with most purchased meals like this you need to add a salad or some fresh vegetables to round it out and make a complete meal. I don’t buy a lot of prepared meals but I would buy this if it was available in my area. With a salad it filled me up for lunch. Does it taste like a home cooked meal? No, of course not but for $2.99 to have a ready made portion controlled meal that you can heat and eat it does the job. On Weight Watchers it is 6 PointsPlus. For you calorie counters it is 250 calories, 22g protein and 1 g fiber, 680 mg sodium, 7g fat.

First I must admit that I am not a huge fan of potato salad. I only make a version with vinegar rather than a mayo based type. I did try this one and for potato salad it is pretty good, it has egg whites, onion and celery. I thought it was kind of sweet actually.  I wouldn’t buy it because I’m not drawn to potato salad but I think people who like this kind of salad will be pleased with it. The container is two servings and 3 PointsPlus per serving, 130 cal, 4g fat, 19g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g pro, 310 mg sodium. Deli salads are $1.99 – $2.99.

 

The chicken salad made a perfect sandwich filling on whole wheat bread. I really liked this one! It is made with white meat, cranberries, celery and onion with a light mayonnaise. Stuff it in a pita, roll it in a wrap, top a green salad with it or serve it on whole wheat crackers. I would buy this one for sure.

Edited 3/12/11 Thanks to the sharp eye of blog reader Judi who noticed that the chicken salad was labeled with the old WW points system I have edited this post to reflect the new WWPP! Thanks Judi! I am clearly off my game this week!

Again this container contains two servings for 4 PointsPlus each, 140 cal, 6g fat, 290 mg sod, 10g carbs, 1g fiber,14g pro. Deli salads are $1.99 – $2.99. Still a good lunch choice!

 

Already prepared chicken salad made for an easy, tasty lunch!

These new Weight Watchers fresh meals offer 13 different entrees and 6 fresh deli salads in addition to the ones shown here there is a rainbow pasta, seafood salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw and garden vegetables.

They are currently available up and down the East Coast in Publix, Stop & Shop, Shaws, Market Basket, Acme, Giant, Big Y, Price Chopper, Daune Reade, Shoprite, Foodtown, Gristedes, Food Emporium, King Kullen, Key Food and on line at Peapod.

I am impressed with the ones I have tried so far. Economical, easy, portion controlled, lots of variety and the PointsPlus are already figured for you. It would be nice to have these available for those times when life is crazy busy and there isn’t time to cook. Hopefully they will work their way to the West Coast as well.

NUTMEG NOTES

Yesterday I kept busy with disinfecting my house from flu and cold bugs! Hubby Tom is still down and out. I made us a big pot of beef barley soup yesterday which was perfect for a rainy day.

This morning we are glued to the TV watching coverage of the Tusnami in Japan and the local coverage of the Tusnami warning for the West coast including our beloved San Francisco! We are 90 miles Northeast of San Francisco so it does not affect us directly but as you can imagine it is big news here!

No big plans here for the weekend. Hopefully hubby Tom will feel better and we can get caught up on chores around here. Since we have been sick we haven’t been eating salads and fruit. Now I have so much fresh produce that I need to do something with. Some of it might get frozen and turned into smoothies at a later date.

Enjoy your weekend!

Tami

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Would you buy any of these Weight Watchers Fresh Meals?

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  1. Amy Ramos says:

    I did not
    Personally, I am not a fan of these go-to meals as I think “I can make them myself” but I am definitely interested in the salads as I am not a fan of potato salad so this would be great to bring to picnics and bbq’s in the summer.
    Does WW say when they plan to have these in the stores?

    BTW-where are you located? I am in Santa Clara, CA

  2. Karen says:

    I haven’t seen them but I haven’t been looking. I try to limit my intake of processed foods. I do buy quite a few still, like black bean burgers and chicken burgers and the occasional frozen entree. Sodium seems so much higher in those and I need to be watching mine.

  3. Helen says:

    I’ve been seeing them in my local grocery store for a month or so… they way they are marketed around here is quite clever. They are right near the meals to go section – where the rotisserie chickens, etc. usually are. I’m sure the brand recognition alone will help sales.

    But, like you, I tend to think “I can make that myself” and so I don’t buy a lot of items like that.

    Hope your house is germ free real soon. Have a great weekend.

    1. Tami says:

      Thanks Helen! Now we just need to get hubby Tom better and I can disinfect the house one more time!

      I hope you have some sunshine to enjoy this weekend.

  4. fittingbackin says:

    ooooh thanks for bringing these to my attention – they look wonderful! I like that you can find them in the deli – a typical ‘no no’ for me as the deli seems to be all fatty stuff. The chicken salad looks excellent!

  5. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    I haven’t seen them, so thank you for the review. I don’t see these making their way into my kitchen, but I’ll definitely keep them in mind for when I’m traveling and I’m somewhere without any culinary delights. 🙂

    1. Tami says:

      Great option for travel Cammy, that is what I thought of too!

      Enjoy your weekend and the sunshine!

  6. renee@mykitchenadventures says:

    Nice review Tami! I am not a fan of prepared meals either and WW has a bad reputation of putting a bunch of chemical ingredients in their prepared foods…but from what I understand, these products are different in that respect. Good to know they taste good too! Not available in my area yet either…but hoping they will be soon.

    1. Tami says:

      You are so right about WW products having a bad reputation in the past!

  7. Dawn Hutchins says:

    Good review Tami! It is so fun to get free stuff. At this point I’m not up for too many frozen processed meals other than ones where I can read a very simple ingredient list and I typically require them to be organic and vegetarian now. After watching Food Inc and reading more about the commercial food industry I have changed my buying habits up a bit as I used to live on this stuff!

    1. Tami says:

      I have changed and upgraded what we eat as well in recent years!

      Thanks for your comments Dawn, I love reading what’s on everyones minds these days!

      It makes having a blog so much more fun.

      Enjoy your weekend.

  8. Weight Watcher Wannabe says:

    YUM…. I can’t wait to try them… Everything looks great….
    Hope you feel 100% soon…

  9. Carol says:

    Tami…Hope you’re feeling better.
    Thanks for the product review! Sad to say but Canada, or at least my part of British Columbia carries many WW products. So far we have only the bread. The frozen entrees are still the old packaging and no fresh things at all.
    I think the only dessert available is a frozen chocolate cake.
    I don’t eat a lot of the WW products but it’s nice to have something to have on hand when there is only me to feed.
    Quiet weekend here but I might be going to see mom as she is not feeling very well..we think her blood count is low again.

    1. Tami says:

      Carol I hope your mom feels better soon. Like you I prefer to cook my own food and since we are pretty good cooks it is usually very tasty!
      Even so it is nice to have something on hand for a quick heat and eat meal now and then.

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      1. Carol says:

        I meant to say that my part of Canada does not carry many WW products and only the bread is in the new packaging. I think Eastern Canada gets a nicer selection.

        Mom was feeling no worse today so she was just going to relax.I’m taking her to the doctor on Monday.

  10. Judi says:

    Hi, Tami! I really love your blog and have tried many of your recipes…all very good!
    Thank you for the review of the WW products. I have not seen these in the store. Not sure if I would try them, but I do love chicken salad! Oh, speaking of chicken salad…it looks like the old packaging with the the old points, so I don’t think PointsPlus is reflected on the label. So maybe it’s 4 PointsPlus??
    Thank you again!

    1. Tami says:

      That just goes to show you how off my game I am this week! I hadn’t noticed the chicken salad had the old points on it! Thank you so much for catching that Judi!

      I am so glad you have tried some recipes and liked them. I love, love, love getting feed back! It makes the hours I spend on this blog all worth it.

      Just curious, how did you find my blog?

      1. Judi says:

        I just hope that I didn’t offend you…
        I found your blog through your postings on the Weight Watchers message board. I really identify with your food philosophy and reading your story is such an inspiration. I haven’t reached my goal yet…9 pounds to go. So far with Weight Watchers I have lost 63 pounds. This last bit is the hardest, so I’m trying to stay away from processed foods (which is hard!)and focus more on eating healthy than on just losing weight. Reading your blog has really helped me, thank you!

        1. Tami says:

          Judi congratulations on your amazing weight loss! Those last pounds are the hardest to drop! Stay the course and you will get to goal!

          Oh, I was not offended in the least. My college kids often find mistakes on the blog and point them out to me. Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees!

          Thank you for the kind comments. This is exactly why I have the blog … to share what works for me and hopefully help others along the way.

          You made my day!

  11. Roz says:

    Hi Tami, great review. We don’t have these weight watchers products here in Canada, and truth be told, don’t know if I’d buy them because I’m a “make my own” kind of girl. BUT…curiosity would likely get the best of me and I’d give ’em a go at some point. Have a wonderful weekend, hope you’re feeling 100% again soon.

  12. Marisa @ Loser for Life says:

    I haven’t seen those products in my area yet! Very interesting that WW is going the “fresh meals” route. I also prefer to make my own, however, not everyone has the time and these look like they may be a better option than some of the frozen meals out there (or fast food!).

    Thanks for the review, Tami!

  13. Ellen@fatgirlwearingthin says:

    I can’t wait for these to come to Indiana. I already have my sights on the chicken and potato salad. I never buy them in the deli because I can only imagine how many calories a serving is, but these stats are actually impressive. Thanks for pointing these out, Tami.

  14. Sharon says:

    I know I go against the grain with this, but I do eat a lot of frozen dinners because I don’t enjoy cooking as a rule, eat alone much of the time and really appreciate the automatic portion control they provide. I also happen to think many of them are quite good. I haven’t seen these yet, but will be watching. IMHO, there are a lot worse things I could be eating!!!

    I hiked yesterday and today. For the first time this year, I was down to a tank top. Earlier, I was hiking in snow! Mr. B gets home from France later this evening – I can’t wait!!

  15. Jane says:

    Had the turkey one for lunch today (on your recommendation) and found it to be much better than I thought. I would buy it again. It’s fast and easy.

    1. Tami says:

      I am glad you liked it Jane. Sometimes fast and easy is just what we need!

  16. Deborah Moore says:

    I would like to order these entree’s wish you had more variety

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