Another restaurant favorite lightened up at home. You won’t believe the smart point & calorie savings!
Have you ever gone out to a restaurant and ordered the same thing each time because it was the “healthier” choice? Plus, that healthier choice was so delicious it was easy to pass up on the pancakes and belgian waffle. This my friends, was me every single time I ate at First Watch.
First Watch has a seasonal menu where I first found this item. I went weekly to get as much of it as possible before it left my world forever. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t get enough; it was a favorite among many others and it now resides permanently on their menu. Woohoo!
Since I ate it so often, I needed to find out how many Weight Watcher points this dish had. Luckily, their website had a tool where one could see the nutrition info on a dish and could uncheck and check items they wanted to leave out and/or add. I scrolled down to the A.M. Superfoods Bowl, unchecked the “free” foods (banana, strawberries, and blueberries) and plugged everything else into the recipe builder.
Yep, you read that right. 38! I felt cheated. Defeated. Thinking this whole time I was making smarter choices when in reality I could have done less damage with the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Belgian Waffle or even the Multigrain Pancakes. Don’t get me wrong, I still love this dish, but I can’t wrap my head around a 38sp breakfast that doesn’t involve any bacon, doughnuts or any sort of sweet pastry. It was time I attempted to make it myself.
I lightened it up by using reduced fat coconut milk, took away the multigrain bread, and used grape nuts rather than granola. These were small changes that didn’t change the finished result, but MAJORLY changed the outcome of the nutrition info:
12 smart points. TWELVE. (and 350 calories).
See, it’s definitely worth it to try and recreate your favorite dish at home. I just saved 26 smart points and 720 calories, all while enjoying essentially the same thing. What restaurant dish would you like to lighten up?
Lightened Up A.M. Superfoods Bowl (from First Watch)
Author: My Skinny Sweet Tooth
Yields: 3 servings
Serving Size: 2/3 cup chia pudding + toppings
Smart Points per Serving: 12sp
Macros per Serving: 350 calories
21g Fat, 39g Carbs, 8g Protein
Coconut Chia Pudding:
• 1 can of reduced fat coconut milk (I used Trader Joes Organic RF coconut milk)
• 2 tbsp sugar free maple syrup or agave (or liquid sweetener of choice; I use Joseph’s)
• 5 tbsp chia seeds
• 1/8 tsp sea salt
Toppings for 1 bowl:
• 1/2 banana, sliced
• 1/8 cup blueberries
• 1 strawberry, diced
• 1 tsp fruit preserves (I use Smuckers Fruit & Honey, mixed berry)
• 2 tsp grape nuts
• 1.5 tsp powdered peanut butter + 1 tsp sugar free syrup, mixed (add water if needed for consistency)
• pinch of flaked sea salt (I use Maldon Sea Salt Flakes).
• In a medium size bowl, whisk together the coconut milk and maple syrup/agave.
• Add in the chia seeds and sea salt.
• Mix well and pour into a container with a tight fitting lid.
• Place into the fridge and stir/shake often for the first few hours.
• Allow the chia seed pudding to set/thicken (preferably over night).
• In the morning, scoop 1/3 of the mixture into a bowl and add the toppings.