I'm going to show you a picture of 2 items. Then we're going to talk about why one is for sharing and the other one is not.
|Lindt 70% Cocoa Bar and Snickers Almond|
550 calories Gasp!That's it. I'm done. I'm supposed to consume a portion of this bar (40 grams of it) and be satisfied? How about, no. If you're a weight watcher, then you would consume those 40 grams of 70% cocoa and you would write down 5 points in your tracker. That's a lot of points for a very little return in my opinion. If I ate the whole thing, I'd have to journal in 12.5 points for that sucker! No way Jose!
42.5 grams of fat Eeek!
27.5 grams of sugar Oh no!
6 grams of fiber What the...
So then, I pulled out of my desk drawer a Snickers Almond bar. The serving size is the whole bar and that in itself is satisfying. You see, I suffer from what's called "Bottom of the Bag Syndrome" which means I like to finish a bag or a container of something. I try to portion things out in bags or containers so that I avoid this problem. I put snacks on a plate or in a bowl to avoid eating a whole back of potato chips or an entire container of chocolate chip cookies.
So then I start reading the nutritional information for the Snickers Almond Bar.
230 caloriesI can eat this whole entire thing for just about the same consequences as eating just one little portion of that other bar. The bar I thought was healthy? Pshhh...Snickers Almond wins. That's just wrong. It goes against everything you read in magazines and hear from tv doctors. That's right folks, I can eat an entire Snickers Almond bar for 5 Weight Watchers points, or an entire Lindt 70% cocoa bar for 12.5 Weight Watchers points.
11 grams of fat
26 grams of sugar
2 grams of fiber
Well, needless to say: My advice for you this week is to share a Lindt 70% cocoa bar with a friend (or an enemy!) and try to avoid eating the entire thing. I think I'm going to walk over and hand the bar to my boss and write the whole thing off as a learning experience.