I have been eating Weight Watchers Smart Ones frozen dinners for lunch and dinner everyday since January 3rd or 4th 2013 and have lost a lot of weight. The reason we started eating the Smart Ones is because we saw them at Food Maxx for only $1.88 and one of the packages had a coupon for $3 off 10, so we couldn’t resist considering they are around $5 at Albertson’s.
Diet food to me is a state of mind. If you are eating food that you know isn’t good for you like say fried chicken, then you know you are eating crap and you end up making other bad choices because you don’t really care what you eat. If you are buying a product that you know is a diet product, like Weight Watchers or Lean Cuisine, then you know you are eating healthy so you end up making better choices with other foods you eat. I mean, that is just how I feel, you may not think the same way that I do.
It was that first batch of Weight Watchers Smart Ones that lead me to downloading Noom on my android phone which has helped me to lose more than 66lbs since January. I have wanted to buy the Smart Ones, but I never could afford Albertson’s prices. The decision to start using Noom also lead me to start eating fruits and vegetables, so it was literally a domino effect for me. And like I said in the previous paragraph, it’s a state of mind. I knew I was eating healthier, which lead me to eating more healthy foods and here we are.
So now it is mid June 2013 and I have to start making some choices. The Smart Ones are going up in price. Most of them went up to $1.98 and the rest have shot up even higher in price. There are literally only 3 or 4 flavors that I actually like that are still $1.98, so my choices are now very limited. When you only have 3 or 4 different choices, you become bored with your diet and end up branching out to eating well, crap. So before I get to that point, I need to make a new plan of action.
We went to buy more Smart Ones the other day, but my partner found that right next to the Smart Ones were the Michelina’s Lean Gourmet for only .97 cents. Holy crap! That is cheap! So, rather than buy 20 of the Smart Ones, we only bought 10 and 10 Lean Gourmet.
The Weight Watchers Smart Ones nutrition label shows you exactly how many calories you are eating. I didn’t buy the same flavor in the Lean Gourmet that I also bought in the Smart Ones because I wanted all new flavors, so I couldn’t exactly compare the same meal.
This Smart Ones is the Lasagna Bake with Meat Sauce, which by the way is very good. There are many things you want to look for when you read the nutritional facts when you are buying food. The 3 most important things are calories, fat and sodium. Although the sodium is pretty high in this particular meal, it does show up as green in the Noom app. The fat content is fairly low and it doesn’t have any trans fats. I didn’t take a picture of the ingredients, but the Smart Ones use wheat pasta.
This particular Lean Gourmet is Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli and Chicken. I have had the Smart Ones version plenty of times over the months, and I have to say that this one from Lean Gourmet is way too salty. I don’t know how much sodium is in the Smart Ones version, but this one is really high at 680. It’s only 270 calories and the fat is pretty low, but the salt is (I’m assuming) what makes it yellow in Noom instead of Green. I would assume that the regular Michelina’s meals are probably red.
The chicken in the Lean Gourmet has a different taste than the Smart Ones, they are also smaller than Smart Ones. The Lean Gourmet chicken tastes like the chicken in Chicken Soup, very salty, the Smart Ones chicken tastes like actual chicken and isn’t too salty.
I have been eating the Lean Gourmet for lunch every day and the Smart Ones for dinner. My partner doesn’t want to buy the Smart Ones anymore if these are a dollar cheaper, but I would personally rather have the Smart Ones because they just taste better. The Lean Gourmet ones are an excellent price and around the same calories as the Smart Ones, but they are way too salty. I would rather keep buying Smart Ones and pay that extra dollar even if it means I only have 3 or 4 choices. But honestly, they only went up maybe .10 or .20 cents or more, so it’s not that much more expensive. I have lots of choices, it just raises my grocery bill.
In my personal opinion, the Weight Watchers Smart Ones are the better deal because your sodium is lower and the taste is 10 times better and you are actually getting 1oz more food. Quality wins over quantity.