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Tasty Tuesday~ 2 SmartPoints for Hummus AND Pita!!

Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pitas. ONE SmartPoint each!

Trader Joe’s Eggplant Hummus. FIVE Tablespoons for ONE SmartPoint!

When I first got to Fresno, I had all intentions of learning to cook from scratch. I never felt like I’ve had the time or the patience in the past and now I do. Alas….I’ve learned two things from this experiment:

1.) I, in fact, do not have the patience.

2.) I don’t want to spend a lot of time doing it!

I’m a food concoctor, which is a variation of a cook, but I am not cut out for cooking most things from scratch. I love finding ways to lower the SmartPoints on foods we enjoy while keeping them just as tasty and simple. I’m not good with portion control, so for me staying within my daily target means I need to make lighter choices. It works out well because I thoroughly enjoy this game!

In today’s Tasty Tuesday I’m highlighting one of my most recent and favorite ONE SMARTPOINT go-to foods……Joseph’s Flax and Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pita Bread and Trader Joe’s Eggplant hummus. Now that Darin and I get to eat dinner together most nights and we have no kids in the house, we like to have an appetizer/snack and occasionally a cocktail before dinner. Then we eat our meal a little later. Fun, right? I sure think so, but as you can imagine, the SmartPoints used for this routine can get crazy out of hand pretty easily. And to be honest…did! Hence the strong recommitment to customizing my WW program to fit this stage of our lives.

Pita bread, veggies and hummus has always been one of our favorites. Our typical hummus was 2 SmartPoints per 2T, but who eats 2 tablespoons? When being honest, our hummus was adding up to more like 5-7 SmartPoints. The whole wheat pitas we were eating, albeit delicious, were 7 SmartPoints each. Ouch…that one hurt when I looked it up! My pre dinner snack was adding up to about 11 SmartPoints!!

I know, I know, eat it with veggies instead. We do!! But let’s face it, getting to have a little bread with hummus in addition to the carrots goes a long way in the satisfaction department! So with 2 small switches, my pre dinner snack is now TWO Smart Points and still very substantial, not to mention tasty! It’s working well for me and I hope you like it too!!

Joseph’s Flax, Oat Bran & Whole Wheat Pitas. ONE SmartPoint each!

I use kitchen scissors✂️(one of my most used and favorite utensils) to cut these pitas into 8 triangles to make the perfect low point carrier for hummus or yogurt dip. If I’m really being creative, I throw one SmartPoints worth of the triangles into my air fryer, spritz very lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt to make pita chips. I’m sure a toaster oven would also work.

As you can see from the photo above, I’m still using Walmart’s FREE grocery pick up out here, just like I did in Illinois! Love the convenience, the prices and most of all, never having to go into Walmart! This is where I find Joseph’s pitas but I think they are everywhere.

Trader Joe’s Eggplant Hummus. FIVE Tablespoons for ONE SmartPoint!

This hummus is creamy and very flavorful. The eggplant flavor is very, very mild and if you didn’t know it was in there, you may not even be able to taste it. Totally worth it for the lower SmartPoints value, in my opinion. The entire container is one cup and totals 7 SmartPoints. I’m not saying you’ve ever eaten anywhere near a cup of hummus🤫, but if you did, a cup of store store bought hummus is 18 SmartPoints😳

Let me know what you think!!

All is well❤️

Terra🌺

Email: terraayres@icloud.com

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  • Monica Keane
    October 30, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Just put these two on my shopping list. I love snacks and this will be great to have. Thanks.

  • Kathy Lazzara
    October 29, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Terra, I go to the Schamburg WW , it’s great to hear from you, hope everything is going well with you ,yes I love Hummus ,never tried the egg plant and I will definitely try the pita I usually do the carrots,
    Thank you
    KathyL.

  • Terra
    October 29, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Walmart. I’m still doing the free Walmart grocery pick up service

  • Dianne Gatz
    October 29, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Where did you buy the Pita?

  • Terra
    October 29, 2019 at 8:02 am

    So glad you’re trying it! I’ve been making a 0 Smart Points hummus too, but it’s more work than running into TJ’s! I’ll post it in coming weeks!

  • Terra
    October 29, 2019 at 8:01 am

    They add up way too fast! Haha! Lmk what you think!

  • Teresa Keenan
    October 29, 2019 at 7:35 am

    This is SO GREAT!! We eat so much hummus! Methinks we aren’t tracking our points correctly. Ouch.
    Off to Trader Joe’s this afternoon!! Thanks Terra

  • Kathy Bend
    October 29, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Thank you Terra for sharing this. Love learning about new food items that I would have never considered, I will definitely try the TJ hummus. Best to you in your new adventures!

  • Terra
    October 29, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Lmk what you think Debbi! The Guiltless Guacamole is right next to it and I’m loving it too. About 1/2 the Smart Points of traditional guacamole!

  • Debbi Wilson
    October 29, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Thank you. I’m going to Trader Joe’s today. Hummus is also my weakness

  • Terra
    October 29, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Thanks!!! The email alert to the post finally went out in the correct format!! Yahooo!!!

  • Vickie
    October 29, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Thanks Terra- what a great idea!!