Sunday, September 15, 2019

Wendy's Great Eight...Back to School Edition #WendyGreatEight #tryit #wwpoints #tbacktoschool

Can you believe that Summer is winding down and it's time for back-to-school already? It seems like the calendar flies by faster and faster every year! In honor of the new school year, this month's Wendy's Great Eight is focusing on my top picks for the best quick and healthy breakfasts...lunchbox additions that take school lunch to the next level...and some fun afternoon snack ideas. There's even a little something to help sleep-deprived parents stay caffeinated in the morning during this hectic time of, let's get started!!

(1) Kellogg's® Raisin Bran Crunch® Vanilla Almond. This cereal is a great way to start the morning! I grew up eating original Raisin Bran...but this fun new flavor takes original Raisin Bran to new heights of deliciousness! It contains wheat bran flakes, tons of plump raisins, crunchy honey-oat granola clusters, and thinly sliced almonds. It's a quick option on busy mornings -- ready to eat in minutes. We also love to sprinkle a bit on top of yogurt or a bowl of oatmeal for added fiber and crunch. I love that's it sweet...without being overly sweet. As a bonus, there's 5 grams of fiber in each 1-cup serving, which helps keep the hungries at bay until lunch! Click this link to find Raisin Bran Crunch® Vanilla Almond at a location near you.

WW Freestyle Smart Points: 7 SP per 1 cup

(2) So Delicious Almondmilk With Cashew Beverage. To go with your morning cereal, you'll need something to pour over it once you get it in the bowl. Our favorite recent discovery is So Delicious organic, dairy-free Almondmilk With Cashew Beverage. It's organic and unsweetened...and it provides a perfect blend of nutty flavor from almonds and the creaminess of cashews The taste and texture are great! Whether you're lactose intolerant, vegetarian...or just looking for a morning beverage alternative? You really can't go wrong with this So Delicious dairy-free nutmilk. We use this versatile nutmilk in our oatmeal and smoothies too. The capper? Each 1-cup serving has just 35 calories! To find So Delicios dairy-free products near you, visit the Where to Buy feature at their website.

WW Freestyle Smart Points: 1 SP per 1 cup

(3) Off The Grid High Protein Frozen Toaster Waffles. Frozen waffles are a classic quick-cook option for breakfast...but Kellogg's® Off The Grid waffles offer a little something extra. These great-tasting waffles cook up golden and crispy in the toaster in minutes...and each filling two-waffle serving packs a whopping 12 grams of healthy essential complete protein! They're made with 100% whole grains and cage-free eggs...and they're certified Non-GMO Project certified too. Off The Grid waffles come in three delicious flavors: Vanilla Buttermilk, Cinnamon Brown Sugar (my personal favorite), and Wild Blueberry. To find Off The Grid high-protein toaster waffles near you, be sure to check out their handy online Store Locator.

WW Freestyle Smart Points
  • Wild Blueberry: 6 SP per two waffles
  • Vanilla Buttermilk & Cinnamon Brown Sugar: 7 SP per two waffles 

(4) Peckish Egg Protein Pack. Protein is an essential nutrient...and Peckish egg protein packs make it easy to ensure you eat enough protein. Each ready-to-eat package provides 11-14 grams of protein! Each pack includes two perfectly boiled organic, free-range eggs and flavorful crunchy dippers. The combination of soft boiled eggs and crunchy, bold toppings makes a perfect addition to lunches -- just make sure they're packed to stay cool until lunchtime! Peckish comes in great flavors like Eggs & "Everything," Eggs & "Fried Rice," Eggs & "Maple Waffles," Eggs & "Rancheros," and Eggs and "Salt & Pepitas." Peckish is also a nutritious, filling afternoon snack.

WW Freestyle Smart Points:  The boiled eggs have zero SP, but the crunch dippers would have 1-2 SP

(5) Sabra Hummus Singles. Whether you're including as a lunchbox component...or serving with dippers for an afternoon snack...Sabra's convenient single-portion hummus is a great option! Each 2-ounce cup of Sabra's super creamy, lightly tangy hummus has just 150 calories and provides 4 grams of protein. I love to pair one of these hummus singles with crunchy crackers for dipping...but baby carrots and celery are great healthy dippers options! Sabra Singles come in both Original and Roasted Red Pepper flavors. If including this hummus single in a packed lunch, keep in mind it needs to stay chilled. Sabra's handy online Where to Buy feature makes it super simple to locate all of their products at a store near you. I also love their Breakfast Avocado Toast packs for a quick breakfast or snack!

WW Freestyle Smart Points: 5 SP per single cup

(6) Bobo's Nut Butter Stuff'd Oat Bars. Imagine a soft and chewy, lightly sweetened oatmeal bar...then imagine biting into the bar to discover it's stuffed with a delicious nut butter! Thankfully, Bobo's has made this dream a reality! It's delicious Stuff'd Oat Bars provides both fiber and protein in each yummy bite! This versatile bar can be enjoyed for a portable on-the-go breakfast on busy mornings, a sweet ending to a packed lunch...and even for a healthy afternoon snack with enough staying power to keep you satisfied until dinner. There are four flavors in the line of Stuff'd Oat Bars: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Almond Butter (the flavor I tried), and Coconut Almond Butter. Each large bar has just over 300 calories and 6-7 grams of protein. For smaller appetites, Bobo's also offers tasty Apple Pie Stuff'd Oat Bites. Bobo's online Store Locator will help you find these items at a store near you.

WW Freestyle Smart Points 
  • Coconut Almond Butter: 14 SP
  • Chocolate Almond Butter, Peanut Butter & Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip: 13 SP
  • Apple Pie Stuff'd Oat Bites: 7 SP

(7) Crunchies Chocolate Dipped Freeze-Dried Fruit. Crunchies freeze-dried fruits have been a favorite product of mine for the past few months -- they make a great addition to cereal, oatmeal, and homemade snack mix. Imagine my happiness when I tried their new line of all natural freeze-dried fruit dipped in premium chocolate! Individual pieces of freeze-dried mango or banana -- my personal favorite!! -- are coated in milk chocolate...while strawberry and blueberry are coated in dark chocolate. The combination of smooth chocolate and crunchy fruit is fun and delicious. Each serving averages 140 calories -- it's perfect for when you want "a little something sweet" without breaking your calorie bank The Find Us option at the Crunchies website will help you locate their products near you.

WW Freestyle Smart Points 
  • Dark Chocolate Strawberry: 8 SP for 10 pieces
  • Dark Chocolate Blueberry: 7 SP for 15 pieces
  • Milk Chocolate Mango: 7 SP for 4 pieces
  • Milk Chocolate Banana: 7 SP for 6 pieces

(8) Community Coffee New Orleans-Inspired Flavor Single-Serve Cups. This pick is for all the parents out there who need a little bit of caffeinated love to adjust to the back-to-school routine! I'm always on the lookout for new flavored coffees to try. Louisiana-based Community Coffee's line of flavored coffees inspired by the signature tastes of New Orleans are in frequent rotation at my house! Community Coffee is based in Louisiana and has been in business for a century! Flavors include Pecan Praline, Mardi Gras King Cake, and Sugar Dusted Beignet. We love this trio of flavors, but we're especially partial to the King Cake's cinnamon-vanilla flavor. Community Coffee's line of flavored single-serve cups can be located near you using their online Store Locator. Products can be purchased from their Online Store too!

WW Freestyle SmartPoints: The coffee is 0 SP, but be sure to calculate points for any creamer or sweeteners added!

Disclosure: The companies featured in this article provided me with sample products to try. I only recommend products to my readers and social media followers that I have personally tried myself and liked. All opinions shared are solely my own.

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