Weight Watchers (also known as WW through out this article) is a weight loss program that treats on a point system for its recipes and foods, rather than enforcing a specific caloric restriction or other dietary restrictions, to help its followers achieve weight loss. When you follow the Weight Watchers program, you are allowed to eat a certain number of “points” each day. Although some have criticized the program for relying on its own point number system rather than the actual calories, many people have found that it is easier to control how much food they eat when it is presented with an easier point number system like the WW points. I recently tried some Weight Watchers recipes with points to see how they compared to more typical healthy or diet food recipes.
The first recipe that I tried was the Raspberry Mustard Glazed Ham. This recipe has five points per serving, and the recipe makes eight servings. Making this recipe was very easy, and did not require a lot of heavy ingredients or intensive cooking, which made it a perfect easy dinner. The raspberry and mustard glaze was light, refreshing, and surprisingly sweet with a tangy mustard flavor that added to the richness of the cooked ham. I was surprised at how big the servings were, because I had assumed Weight Watchers might require very small servings in order to keep its point system low.
The second WW recipes with points I tried was Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade, a Mexican inspired tomato and herb dish. The Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade was only one point per serving! The recipe made a total of twelve servings for use on crackers, potatoes, or my choice of food. I decided to buy some store bought crackers to top with my Sun Tried Tomato Tapenade. The recipe, like the Raspberry Mustard Glazed Ham recipe, was very simple to make and consist of fresh, light ingredients. Like the ham recipe, I was surprised at how much I could eat per serving and have it still only count as one point! Although you would have to be careful and make sure to add the points of any food you eat with this Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade, it's a light, low point treat that I would gladly make for parties or family gatherings or even just as a treat for myself!
Many Weight Watchers Recipes with Points are similar to the two recipes that I have tried so far. Glancing at a recipe book for the Weight Watchers program reveals many different types of food, from traditional American recipes to Chinese inspired dishes. There are entrees of varying sizes, appetizers, party foods, desserts, and even healthy, low point snacks. Each recipe has its own point value, and from what I can tell, a very reasonable serving size. Although the Weight Watchers recipes often use healthier and lower fat ingredients, they are much tastier and larger portioned than most other diet program recipes, which are readily available on inexpensive ingredients and complicated recipe steps.