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One of the things that I don't tend to buy very often is canned beans or spaghetti and the likes. However me and my boyfriend are not liking this cold weather we are having at the moment and my flat is freezing which means neither of us want to be in there cooking up storms for the time being. Add to that he's been working late and so really when he comes over all he wants to do for a while is slump. He's not a fussy eater and he'll eat virtually anything, me I'm weight conscious (and I have an eating disorder) so I do try to buy healthy stuff in. So the other day in a local discount store when I came across these Weightwatchers baked beans at only 50p a can so I decided to get a couple of cans of them with the thinking that one can would do us to share on toast one evening and the other would go with other things as part of a main meal. I feel very comfortable having Weightwatchers foods around me cos a very long time ago I did the plan and had them alot in my diet! The Packaging: My cans were 415g in size and around them there is a purple label and on that we are shown the baked beans and clearly told what they are and who they are by plus there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and we are clearly told that the whole can is 4 points (if following the Weightwatchers diet) then on the back of the can other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice being given plus heating instructions and a full nutritional guide is stated plus contact details for Heinz (the manufacturer of the product) are clearly given. Nice enough and informative packaging this is. The Beans: What you get is a packed full can of baked beans, in fact you get 50% of the whole contents of haricot beans which look slightly shiny and quite large and well formed and then you get a thinnish tomato sauce which is orange in colour. That sauce is made up of 27% tomatoes which are made into the sauce so visually you don't get lumps of tomato in it, its just a very smooth and slightly shiny looking sauce. This does contain sweeteners opposed to sugar and to heat them up you can bung them in the microwave for a couple of minutes or pop them in a saucepan and heat them gently. The first time I heated a can of these up I heated them in the microwave, second time on the hob and either way they are cooked is fine, there really is no difference. When cooked you simply get tasty beans. Not too hard, not one bit mushy and one of my pet hates with baked beans is that you get the bean skin swimming around in sauce, not with these thankfully! They are filling, the sauce is tomatoey in flavour and sweet without being overly so and you get plenty of it without too much and it slopping about everywhere! We did end up eating ours on toast and we did end up with them as part of a main meal and we both really liked them. With only 147kcal and just a trace of saturated fat they aren't going to make you fat either and we shall certainly be buying these again in the future because they are healthy, filling and very quick to heat up indeed! Available from all good supermarkets. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
The beans are no different to other beans in terms on 'cooking them'. Simply add the contents to a saucepan and heat gently. One good thing about beans (including these ones) is that they are quick and easy to prepare. I love them on toast (Weight Watcher's toast of course) or with a jacket potato and Weight Watcher's cheddar cheese. The beans are tasty with a good texture and aren't at all mushy. The tomato sauce is nice and strong - not too strong, but strong enough to be full flavoured and tasty. It's not too sweet either which is good. The sauce is slightly thinner than usual bean sauce but this is no problem. I was expecting them to be really tasteless and bland like a lot of the other Weight Watchers products I have tried so far. A portion of these (I have the small tin - so this equals one portion) is four points which I did think was a bit high, but then I guess it's down to the sugar content. A small tin of these will provide you with 148 calories although they are less than 1% in fat. So if you are on a low fat diet, then they are not too bad. I was really pleased with these baked beans. They certainly make being on a diet a bit more bearable as they are really tasty. Thanks for reading! September 2013 Xd-o-n-z-x
Baked Beans have been much loved by many families for a lot of years. Let's face it they go with almost any meal. Egg. bacon and beans for breakfast. Hamburger, chips and beans for dinner. And beans on toast for tea. The beans put into most baked bean tins are haricot, which belong to the pulses family of dried peas, split peas, lentils and butter beans. Eating pulses are a good healthy option and some help with reducing high cholesterol. Mind you in some cases certain foods of this kind are notorious for producing gas (wind of an unpleasant kind ) so be warned! Sorry that might have been too much information. Heinz Baked Beans, apart from being a versatile food, are suitable for vegetarians and gluten free diets I find the Heinz Weight Watchers Baked Beans particularly pleasing because they are reduced in sugar content, a very important consideration in our family. They are not the cheapest on supermarket selves and vary from 60p to 64p for a large size tin. However Heinz have put a higher content of beans (50% in a 415g tin) than some other food producers. The tomato sauce contains 25% less sugar than Heinz standard baked beans, and in my research, many other food producers of reduced sugar beans. If you are following a Weight Watchers Diet these baked beans are 2 points value136 calories and less than 1% fat per serving. You may find them difficult to buy, so I suggest you ask for supermarkets to stock them as I did.
Im a women who likes her baked beans...and I also like to watch my weight and the amount of fat & calories im putting in to my body. I always ate Heinz baked beans as a child and loved them but when I saw the Weightwatchers baked beans the low calorie info lured me in! I thought I would give them a shot..and I havent looked back. They have a mere 136 calories per serving and are containg 25% less sugar than the standard Heinz Beans. It means I can enjoy my beans..but for less, which always pleases me. So what so they taste like? Well Ive served up these beans with breaky to my boyfriends in the past and do you know what? They have never noticed any different to normal Heinz and certainly never complained about the taste. I believe these to be a great substitute for those of us who are diet consious. I also think most people could benefit from chosing lower sugar options, such as for kids etc. I rate these beans highly. 5/5
As I slowly begin to use more and more weight watcher products (because of my household) most of the time I don't even realise that its weight watchers. every now and again I like a good beans on toast and rather than go out and buy a Heinz baked beans I just use what's in our cupboard and it so happens to be weight watchers. Whenever I travel abroad be it Europe or America, baked beans doesn't seem to be that popular outside of the UK, don't get me wrong they have it they just aren't as keen as we are. This can is a very identifiable weight watchers product with its purple colour on the front and weight watchers logo to the left of the "baked Beans "title. There's a fork scooping up some very delicious looking baked beans, with everything on the can practically in purple the weight watchers logo in blue and white how can you miss it. And of course there is a little nutrition part on the front of the can which is: 2 points value 138 Calories less than 1 percent fat Nutritional information
Per serving (207g)
Available Carbohydrate 23.3
Of Which Sugars 7.1
Of which Saturates Trace
Suitable for Vegetarians
Free From Artificial Colours
Free From Artificial Flavours
Free From Artificial Preservatives
You pull the ring on the top of the can towards you to open it, the orange beans are covered in a tomato sauce that is slightly thinner than in a normal non diet beans, as you start to eat them they are as they look on the tin (which is very rare with food products) the beans are soft and juicy but not mushy and the tomato sauce is rich but not sickly. but if you look back to the nutrition information it has quite a high sugar content which is actually proving to be not much in the way of a diet but it is slightly less than the normal Beans. On actual taste I found that these beans are not that different at all from the normal kind because like I said earlier most of the time I cant tell. Even though people say you pay a little bit more for weight watchers products and as I do find that as being true sometimes we are talking maybe 20-30p (on some products). this can is 80p from tescos so I don't find that expensive and you can get a smaller can at 200g for 44p so its really not as bad as people think. Sometimes diet doesn't mean expensive.
The UK has a fascination with Baked Beans that most other countries don't seem to understand - we eat tonnes of the stuff, more than anyone else in Europe. Available to us Brits since 1886, the little haricots are high in fibre and contain a variety of vitamins. It's not all good news though... however healthy they may appear, a regular can of beans contains a fair amount of sugar, meaning our little orange friends aren't an especially diet-friendly snack. Step forth 'Weight Watchers Baked Beans', a low sugar variety made by Heinz that contains only sixty-six calories per one hundred grams - but how do they taste? Price & Availability - - - - - - - - - - - - The smallest 200g can is available for around 46p from most supermarkets, which is a bit more expensive than the regular variety - but then you always pay more for diet products. Ingredients - - - - - - - - Beans (50%), Tomatoes (26%), Water, Sugar, Modified Cornflour, Salt, Spirit Vinegar, Sweetener - Acesulfame Potassium, Spice Extracts, and Herb Extracts. Preparation & Flavour - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Like regular Heinz Beans, you can gently heat these bad boys in a saucepan, or pop them in the microwave for a minute-and-a-half, stirring after a minute. The flavour is pretty much identical to regular beans - so much so that I wouldn't be able to tell them apart in a blindfold taste-test - this is confirmed by the ingredient list (shown above) which confirms that the product's make-up is almost identical, except for sweetener in the place of the sugar. Final Word - - - - - - - All in all, Heinz have come up with a decent product, as the overall taste is very pleasant, and the beans are nice and firm without any trace of mushiness. Would I buy them again? well, considering the fact that I'm not on a diet - no... but they are without doubt a tasty food, and I would certainly give them a big thumbs-up. Nutritional Info Per 100g - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Calories: 66 Fat: 0.2g Saturated Fat: Trace Sugar: 3.4g Salt: 0.8g
Weight Watchers Baked Beans from Heinz. Even when I am not dieting I tend to still buy these baked beans from the Weight Watchers range. The tin is packaged in the usual Weight Watchers plum colour with the Weight Watchers logo printed in bold lettering so you really can't miss them. The tin shows all the nutritional values, cooking instructions, storage information, dietary information and the ingredients so whatever you need to know is basically on the tin. A tin containing 415g gives you a calorific value of 272 per tin, which in turn gives you 136 calories per serving assuming you have only 1 serving which is half the tin, and in Weight Watchers dieters terms a points value of 2 points. This is actually really good, if on 2 slices of weight watchers wholemeal bread, it can provide quite a hearty meal for any dieter, while still keeping their points values low. The tin has the ring-pull top too which seems to be typical of all the Weight Watchers tinned products these days, saving the need for a can opener. These beans are actually my favourite anyway as the taste of them is just as good as any of the Heinz typical bean flavour, nice strong tomato taste that unlike most Heinz beans isn't too sweet. The beans are a decent size and they are not hard as with some very cheap varieties. The only thing that shows that they are not the traditional bean from Heinz is that the sauce is slightly thinner than the original, but that really is nit-picking. These are just so easy and quick to cook too, just pop into a saucepan and gently heat through, stirring all the time, and avoiding boiling as this will impair the flavour. Or alternatively just pop into a microwavable dish and cover (to avoid the splatter when they pop) and heat through on full power for an 850w microwave for just one and a half minutes and then stir and serve. These beans are on general sale in almost all supermarkets. A tin of 415g size costs around 60p depending on where you shop. There is a 200g version too though to be honest the cost of those is only a few pence less, so it makes good sense to buy the larger tin and store half in the fridge. I would deffinatley buy these beans every time and would highly recommend them too and not just for those who are dieting, these are tasty enough to suit most peoples palates, they are a really nice tasty bean, and better for you than the traditional.
We usually have Heinz beans but last week my mum brought a few tins of Weight Watchers baked beans because they was on special offer in the shop by me, I've never had this brand before but they're made by Heinz anyway so thought I'd try them last night on toast. The beans look the same as the ones in the Heinz tin, the sauce is a bit thinner and not as rich looking but I usually get rid of most of the sauce off them anyway so that doesn't bother me that much. They don't smell so strong of tomato and actually have got quite a faint taste, as the beans warm through they start looking a bit pale and I wasn't sure if I was going to like them much or not. They're not bad though, the beans aren't hard like I thought they was going to be and have got the same tender texture as Heinz beans. I was right about the sauce not being as rich but it's still proper nice, the sauce is a bit salty tasting I think but not too much and that only comes through as an aftertaste more than anything. The sauce is quite thin but that's because there's less sugar in these beans so the sauce hasn't thickened up that much. It's got a stronger flavour than I thought it would have though and the tomato taste comes through nice as I'm eating the beans. A 207g serving of these beans has got 136 calories, and looking at it that's not actually a brill calorie saving because the same sized serving of normal Heinz beans has only got an extra 15 calories! lol These are good though so at least it's a calorie saving but without sacrificing the taste. A 415g tin costs 58p in Sainsburys so that's a bit cheaper than Heinz beans, I recommend you give them a try because you might like them and save a few pennies at the same time. Recommended!!!
** Ingredients ** Beans (50%), Tomatoes (26%), Water, Sugar, Modified Cornflour, Salt, Spirit Vinegar, Sweetener - Acesulfame Potassium, Spice Extracts, Herb Extract ** Nutritional information** Per serving (207g) Calories: 136 Protein 9.7 Available Carbohydrate 23.3 Of Which Sugars 7.1 Fat 0.4 Of which Saturates Trace Fibre 7.7 Sodium 0.7 Suitable for Vegetarians Free From Artificial Colours Free From Artificial Flavours Free From Artificial Preservatives For people on the weight watchers diet: a serving is 2 points ** Cost ** I pay 60p from Asda but prices vary. ** Packaging ** The beans come in a normal bean tin with a ring pull top. The packaging is Purple in colour and has a picture of the beans on the front. ** My opinion ** I love weight watchers products. Yes you pay a little more for them but they are always very tasty and you know exactly what you are eating. Even when i am not dieting i always purchase these beans because i actually find them to be more tasty then any other product. Other beans i have tried before always leave a horrible after taste in my mouth, but these beans don't do this. The sauce is really tomatoey and thick. The beans are soft and delicious. The calorie count is not much different then a normal brand of sugar and salt free beans, and they are more expensive but i think its worth it because they do taste a lot better.
Yes these Baked Beans are lower in calories and saturated fat but that doesn't mean that the flavour is going to be scrimped on. These beans are made by everyones beans "favourite", Heinz. The tin itself is purple with the Weight Watchers and Heinz logo on it with a lovely picture of the actual beans on front also. The tin comes in both 200g and 400g tins, which works out a WW points value of 2 and 4 respectively. You open the tin and looking from the top you honestly wouldnt be able to tell the difference between this and the full fat Heinz version. After heating the beans in a microwave or a pan the only real difference is the sauce appears to be a tad thinner. Not much at all. Now the taste. The sauce is very tomatoey - good old Heinz. The beans are nice and juicy. The sauce soaks into them well. I can honestly say, I prefer these to the Heinz ones. There is not much difference and some people would probably say they are one and the same type of beans. But the sauce is ever so slightly runnier and I prefer that. Especially for beans on toast.
Today I will be reviewing the 200g tin of weight watcher's beans rather than the bigger tin as pictured on dooyoos description. If you don't know it already weight watchers are actually made by Heinz which to me is a good starting point considering Heinz make good food. The beans themselves come in a small purple tin with a picture of a fork with beans on the front. The tin is basic but tells you all of the information needed. A 200g tin contains only 131 calories and less than 1% fat which means the beans have a points value of 2 if you are following a points weight watchers plan you will know that is good. To be honest I'm not really a fan of beans I have tried many of kinds and I always find them to be rather rich. They are not a food that I particularly go for but when I started weight watcher's I decided to give these ones a try. Although the tin looks small you do actually get a lot of beans inside, they are soft and the tomato sauce is lovely and mild making them rather enjoyable to eat. They are filling too. In my opinion they are better tasting than Branston or any of the supermarkets brands. I paid around 61 pence for a tin this size from the co-op but you can get these cheaper from supermarkets such Asda or Tescos.