Food Find: Chocolate Cool Whip

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I was walking through Wal-Mart (looking for Doggie Ice Cream; witch I didn’t find…) and I happened to see Chocolate Cool Whip! I love light cool whip for a little taste if I am craving ice cream or to put on top of my strawberries or jello so I jumped at the idea of chocolate flavoured so into the cart it went! I do eat my cool whip straight out of the freezer (I don’t keep in fridge like the package says) so it seems more like ice cream.

After rushing home and trying it out I can report that is is delicious. It tastes similar to chocolate malt or a Wendy’s Chocolate Frosty though not as good, witch is a good thing for me. It is only 35 calories at 3 tbsp and gives you a nice chocolate ice cream type taste, though I can’t see that I would be able to sit down and eat the entire tub (it’s not THAT good!). However if I did decide to eat the entire tub it would only be 563 calories – that certainly wouldn’t ruin a day!

However, in comparison 1/2 cup of regular chocolate ice cream is around 120 calories and 1/2 cup of chocolate cool whip is 93 – in my opinion if you really want the chocolate ice cream go for it, it’s only an extra 17 calories – my problem is that I can not eat only half a cup of ice cream – I can not control myself when it comes to ice cream. Chocolate cool whip on the other hand… I doubt I could eat much more then a 1/3 of a cup.

Chocolate Cool Whip does seem to be a ‘seasonal flavour’ so I can only assume it won’t be around long, go get it (and stock up!) while you can. I can’t see it being something I would eat all the time but it makes a nice treat once and a while, even just a mouthful or too to fill that craving for chocolate, ice cream or the both mixed together. I imagine on top of some fruit maybe even with a graham cracker or two it would be even more fantastic.

In short, Chocolate Cool Whip gets 3.5/5 stars because it satisfies my chocolate ice cream craving (without me having to eat the whole tub) it loses 1.5 stars because it is not always available (and hard to find) and it only saves you about 17 cals (per half a cup) in comparison to the real deal.

Food Tip: Mayonnaise

For me mayonnaise is a food (or condiment) that I don’t want to waste calories on. I look at is as something to mix with my tuna or to put on a toast with tomato or egg, etc.

1 tbsp of mayonnaise has 90 calories! WOW! And to think, you probably use more then 1 to make tuna sandwich, you could easily add 200 calories to your sandwitch with mayonnaise alone!

1 tbsp of light mayonnaise has 45 calories – not too bad.

But if your like me, and you don’t care or even notice the different between mayonnaise and miracle whip then look at this:

1 tbsp of regular miracle whip has 40 calories! 40! But wait… it gets even better…

1 tbsp of LIGHT MIRACLE WHIP HAS 15 CALORIES, amazing – you can from 90 to 15 calories, saving your self 75 (and really more if you use it like I do in my tuna!)

I know when I first discovered the light miracle whip I was ecstatic! I don’t even use it that often, couple times a month maybe; as I don’t really like it that much, but for those few times I do use it – it is nice to be able to use it and not worry about all the extra calories I am adding. Even if you are hard core about your mayo (as I know some people really like one better then the other) give the light miracle whip a try, and save yourself the 30-90 calories :)

Another idea I like, is to use a light ranch or caesar dressing in place of the miracle whip, it is slightly more at 20 cals a tbsp but adds a nice extra flavour.

Getting Serious… again

Since last Christmas I have struggled to lose weight – losing and gaining the same few pounds over and over. Partly – maybe even mostly, because I have lost motivation – not ALL motivation, just about half of it. I might do great for a week or two lose a pound or two and then have a few bad days and gain them back. I hope by starting this blog I will motivate myself to lose my last 30 pounds and then of course keep them off! I also hope I can motivate others and share some new food ideas or whatever else I decide to blog about.

I spent last week in Toronto and seem to have brought back about 10 pounds with me! I really hope that some of it is water weight – this Monday I weighed in at 170.2 and I am going to use that as my weigh in; before I left it was 160-161.  That also puts me at 44.8 pounds lost and not 50 *sniff cry sniff* – all well, no point worrying about it now – whats done is done! All I can do is get back on track. For right now I am just going to get back into counting my calories, in the next week or so I am going to get back in the habit of exercising again as well. For about a month before I left I tried counting points (weight watchers) and I lost a bit doing that, but for me calorie counting just makes more sense and seems a tad easier – after all, everything has calorie information on the package.

I am not doing anything different now then I was a year and a half ago when I started, I will still be counting calories and exercising but I just need to get serious again – step this up again. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see 150 by Christmas, but I will just take it one day at a time.