Admittedly, I had not been on the USDA website before today, so I do not know how helpful it was in the past. However, I can tell you that I think the new “Choose My Plate” site is fantastic. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here is the address:
I love the new graphic, I think it will be easy to remember and great for teaching kids. The website itself has a wealth of information, both simple and complex. I am consistently amazed by the number of people who have no idea what healthy food looks like and this will be a great resource for them. Just a few of the new offerings are:
- A food encyclopedia;
- Interactive menu planners;
- Interactive food and activity trackers;
- Personalized diet and exercise analysis;
- FAQ about food groups, nutritional values, serving sizes and activity;
- Specific audience information (kids, pregnant/breastfeeding, adults);
- Weight loss information; and
- Links to other helpful websites
Additionally, I am posting a PDF of a few recipes they are suggesting. I haven’t tried any of them yet, but several look good to me. Please share your reviews if you try any of them.
As a busy weight watchers girl, I am always looking for places that I can grab a quick bite to eat without going point crazy. Qdoba has been a lifesaver for me. When I started the points system, the only place that I knew I could count on for a low-point meal on the run was Subway. Their sandwiches are quick and easy; and you can find a Subway almost anywhere. The problem for me is that I LOVE spices and while Subway is convenient, it is not spicy (hot or otherwise). As I was looking for other options, I came across Qdoba’s website. They have a great nutritional calculator, which is perfect for the weight watchers crowd. As it turns out, my naked steak or chicken taco salads (I have mine with pico de gallo, corn and bean salsa and habanero salsa – without cheese, sour cream, guacamole or dressing) are fewer points than any of the sandwiches I was having. *Cue the halo lights and singing angels* If you have the salad with grilled veggies instead of meat, the point value is even lower. They have several items on their menu that can be modified to be weight watcher friendly, I suggest playing with the calculator to see what works for you:
If you have any suggestions for healthy, on-the-go options, please feel free to share.