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Title:   Weight Watchers Smart Ones Santa Fe Style Rice and Beans

Nutrition facts

Serving Size 1 package
Amount per serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 70
Hide Daily Values % Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
  Saturated Fat 3g 15%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
  Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 660mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 51g 17%
  Dietary Fiber 4g
  Sugars 6g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A 20%     Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 20%     Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Smart Ones beans and rice

last edit by slc2006, 10/23/2007 4:34:40 PM

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I'd love to see what the ingredients are in this processed food crap meal. You like rice and beans? Can of Goya Black, beans, some rice, garlic. bam- carbs, protein. You'll save money, and can drink the difference! I highly recommend absolut vodka nips... probably better for you too, than your processed crap.
uesgal, 7/28/2006 2:38:43 PM

FYI, ingredients for this Smart Ones meal, taken from Amazon, are as follows: "Cooked Enriched White Rice (Water, Enriched Rice [White Rice, Ferric Orthophosphate, Niacin, Folic Acid]), Zucchini, Water, Red Beans, Light Sour Cream (Cultured Pasteurized Milk, Cream, Modified Corn Starch, Kosher Gelatin, Disodium Phosphate, Guar Gum) "

Sure, it's fun to be facetious, but it strikes me that some of us might have a portion control problem, or a need to eat something quickly and with zero effort after a long day, for which Smart Ones, Lean Cuisine and all the other low calorie prepared meals-for-one, may provide a solution? Albeit a temporary or transitional or occasional solution, but a solution nonetheless.

If you're on a low sodium diet then this kind of ready-meal is generally a big no-no (but even then it completely depends what you'd realistically end up eating instead, in that situation).

For those of us who don't have an issue with salt, but do have an issue with our weight and overeating, I think the one huge benefit of prepared low-calorie meals vs home cooking is the automatic, no discipline required, no thinking required, portion control. This can definitely help in the initial stages of trying to lose weight where discipline is poor and confidence is low. Once you're in the habit of eating less, then you can successfully move on to controlling your own portions. This won't be the case for everyone, but given the success of programmes like WeightWatchers and Jenny Craig, I suspect the external enforcement of portion control helps many.

To illustrate: if I open a can of beans, that's 300+ calories right there. I make some rice, well, cooking 1/4 of a cup of rice at a time is pretty depressing, so I'll make 1/2 a cup (320 calories). Now, of course, I can just eat half of all this, but the temptation of the presence of the other half may be too much, especially since this kind of food is a comfort food for me...voila I end up with 600+ calories. Yes, these days, I can happily cook my own rice and control the portion, and store the rest away for tomorrow. But 12 months ago when I was starting out, having probably gained half of my extra 44 lbs from eating far too much rice, cooking my own rice was not the way to go.

Finally, for all the jibes about "processed crap", a can of Goya beans has also been "processed". I believe the Goya cannery generally adds calcium disodium EDTA to hold the colour? And a ton of salt as a preservative? Eden Foods doesn't. Goya (pouncing on a marketing opportunity), now offer a Low Salt version (but EDTA's still there)? Well, Whole Food's, TJ's, Eden and a bunch of other brands offer a NO Salt version.
powerfrau, 7/28/2006 6:46:30 PM

ooh, a touch defensive are we? I seem to have touched on a nerve. Alas my portion control has more to do with the portion of a bottle- so I relate.
uesgal, 7/28/2006 6:55:45 PM

Actually, I was the person who listed this. Normally I prefer to make everything rom scratch, BUT since I have been in a has been a bit harder. That said, deep breath...relax...I think lots of food some people eat are yucky too. Please be nice.
fatass, 7/30/2006 4:08:52 PM

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