“ Brand:Weight Watchers / Type: Pizza „
I've recently been trying to shed a few pounds and so far I've been rather successful. There was a point during this lifestyle change at which I would prefer to cook fresh meals every evening, but the truth of the matter is that I have other commitments that mean sometimes you do just need a convenience food, but one that you can rely on for tasting good and not making you put on weight!
While doing my ASDA shopping online I thought I would try out a few Weight Watcher's products, even though I don't participate in that programme, I just know they have a good reputation for selling low calorie meals. At 410 calories for the whole thing, rather than 410 calories for a slice or two of a regular pizza, I knew I had to give this a go, particularly as pizza is my favourite food. When the box arrived I knew exactly how much of each nutritional value I was putting into my body and it was all very clearly marked, so whether you are on WW or just looking after your figure by counting calories, this will work for you.
My first impressions of the pizza out of the box were that it was rather thin, small and lacked toppings. The lack of toppings I realised was actually fine, because it was saving me calories, although recently I have been adding extra veggies to it, and a bit of chilli, just to spice it up. It's very easy to cook and you just whack it in the oven. As there isn't so much cheese on it, it's hard to tell when it's cooked and I found it was easy to put it in for too long because there is a tendency to wait for the cheese to kind of bubble, but as there isn't much of it, this didn't happen.
The taste of the pizza was actually delicious, even without the things I added. I'm not going to lie, it's not Michelin star standard, but for a healthy ready meal this is pretty high up there. It's a tad dry, but then I think that's a very reasonable price to pay to enjoy a bit of a pizza while you're on a diet. I have ordered this pizza time and time again, and although it can be a tad expensive at £2.20 in my local supermarket, there are frequently deals where two can be bought for £3. I highly recommend it to all slimmers out there, and you can even add a few extra bits for the sceptical other halves out there who you don't want to cook something separate for!
Weight Watchers is an international company that offers various dieting products and services to assist weight loss and maintenance. While I haven't personal followed the exact weight watchers diet plan I do use there products when I am trying to lose weight. As a lifelong yo-yo dieter I struggle with my weight. I find weight watcher produces can help me stick to a calorie controlled diet.
I was delighted when I found out weight watchers made pizza, whats more that they did veggie toppings. Now your going to be disappointed if your expecting an huge armerican thick base laiden with cheese, its more like a thin itailian pizza with a tasty topping with a little bit of cheese. I would use this instead of a takeway on a weekend when dieting. Its no good been good all week then blowing all your hard work eating greezy rubbish at the weekend. I think this pizza if fab, it crispy crunchy base fits nicely with the flavourful mushroom topping. If your feeling greedy you can eat the whole pizza with out feeling too guilty but if your been saintly you could always have half the pizza with a tasty salad. While true pizza lovers might be disappointed dieters are likely to be impressed at been able to stick to their diet and have pizza.
Being on a diet means you can't eat pizza right? Well....
Weightwatchers have got a range of pizzas and as a Friday night treat (at least I hoped it would be) I thought I'd give one a go.
The pizza is available with the other chilled pizzas in Asda, according to the weightwatchers website they may also be available in Sainsburys and Morrisons, for around £2.50 and is very clearly branded. It can be cooked from chilled but is also suitable for freezing and can becooked from frozen.
When you open the packaging, including the obligatory and annoying vacuum packed plastic, you are greeted with a dinner plate sized (9 or 10 inch?) pizza on a thin base, it has plenty of garlic mushrooms on top but, as is probably to be expected, a fairly thin covering of low fat cheese (on a weightwatchers diet you can't even eat lots of low fat cheese). Conventional cooking method - about 10 mins in the oven.
On tasting it I was pleased to find a light crispy base, not too much tomato sauce (as I have a slightly bad reaction to this on occasion) and the cheese was strong enough to taste. However the predominant taste is the big juicy garlic mushrooms. There is enough pizza to make a very satisfying meal. With the only downside being that the garlic does linger for quite a while (not something to eat before a hot date!)
The nutrition bit - this whole pizza will use up a mere 6 of your weightwatchers points allowance, containing only 410 calories and 0.7g of saturated fat. And looking at the ingredients there doesn't look to be too many nasties in there - the only obvious ones to me being a colouring and a flour treatment agent.
So does this mean that pizza is back on the menu for me whilst dieting? The answer's yes. This was a vey tasty pizza and definitely didn't leave me feeling deprived (or hungry). The only down side being the lingering garlic after taste. The pictured serving suggestion on the box is a fairly uninspiring pizza on its own, but I reckon this would be very nice with a green salad which would may also help combat the garlic.
I'm definitely going to try more weightwatchers pizzas.