From fighting off the urge to munch during an afternoon slump to staring into the refrigerator for a sweet, late-night treat, many women struggle to overcome daily cravings that can destroy their healthy eating plans. That’s why Heinz is introducing new Weight Watchers Smart Ones Fruit Inspirations, the first line of frozen nutritional meals to feature real fruit combined with juicy lean protein and crispy vegetables, which satisfy hunger and curb sweet cravings at the same time.
The meals stay true to the taste and flavors women love while helping them squeeze more fruit into their diets. In fact, 91 percent of women say they do not consume the recommended four daily servings (or two cups) of fruit,(1) which means they are missing out on key nutrients including vitamins A and C. Each entree contains pieces of 100 percent fruit such as mandarin orange, pineapple, mango or cranberry.
Celebrity Chef Adds Inspiration to Meals
Weight Watchers Smart Ones Fruit Inspirations were developed with the help of celebrity chef Devin Alexander, author of "The Biggest Loser Cookbook" and host of Discovery Health’s "Healthy Decadence," to ensure each entree captures the taste and flavors many women love.
"I’ve dedicated my career to helping people eat healthier without sacrificing flavor," Alexander said. "As someone who is constantly sampling restaurant dishes, I am delighted that these meals deliver the same decadent flavors – conveniently, at home or on the go, at any time and without all the fat and calories."
Decadent Flavors, Smart Solutions
The meals are available in four varieties – all with fewer than 350 calories and 8 grams of fat or less per serving:
— Orange Sesame Chicken – Breaded chicken tenderloins and mandarin oranges in a zesty sesame orange sauce with rice
— Pineapple Beef Teriyaki – Tender strips of beef, diced pineapple and a vegetable medley in a sweet teriyaki sauce with rice
— Honey Mango Barbeque Chicken – White meat chicken with diced mangos in a honey barbeque sauce with spinach and Asiago cheese orzo pasta
— Cranberry Turkey Medallions – Roasted turkey medallions in a lightly spiced cranberry sauce paired with roasted potato wedges, sliced carrots and green beans
The entrees are available in grocery stores nationwide in the frozen food section for a suggested retail price of approximately $3.
"Consumers are looking for convenient ways to add fruit to their daily meals and Weight Watchers Smart Ones provide a nutritious, delicious solution for making healthy eating choices throughout the day," said John Bennett, associate director, Weight Watchers Smart Ones. "We are committed to satisfying consumers’ food cravings 24/7 by offering a variety of healthier options that deliver the taste and intense flavors they love."
Additional Fruit Tips to Fight Sweet Cravings
A recent national survey of U.S. women found two-thirds (63 percent) of women experience food cravings at least once a day and seven out of 10 women say these temptations keep them from sticking to a healthy eating plan.(1) In fact, 79 percent of women crave sweets more than anything.(1) Taste guru Devin Alexander suggests the following healthy eating tips to satisfy sweet cravings:
— Rise and Dine – For a sweet citrus breakfast, cut a grapefruit in half, sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes until warmed through.
— Dress up your Greens – Add dried cherries, sliced strawberries or pears to baby spinach salad tossed in light balsamic dressing and sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese for a main meal or a delicious side.
— Swap the Sauce – Instead of using heavy cream sauces, seek out fresh fruit salsas or chutneys to add full flavor without
— Frozen Delight – Drizzle frozen grapes or bananas with a touch of chocolate syrup for a sweet treat. It’s naturally fat-free.