About Seattlejo

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  • Biography: 30-something Year old Bi Poly Babe. Landed in Seattle after a brief stop in Arizona. Originally from Chicago. A student of life, working full time, going to school part time, and managing my household. In my free time I read, write, stamp, make candles, knit.

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Starbucks does Salad? The Mercato situation

Posted by Seattlejo on August 2, 2017 in Deb, Seattle, Weight Watchers |

Starbucks now serving… Salad

I stopped at my local Starbucks to pick up a quick cold brew and a little something to nibble, I’d not had lunch and figured a sous vide egg thing would be great to tide me over. Instead, I was surprised to see signs for new salads.

I was wooed by the idea of a Green Goddess Avocado salad, though I had no clue what the points were going to be.

What’s this Mercato thing?

Evidently, in April, Starbucks launched Mercato, a line of sandwiches, salads and snack boxes in Chicago. With a receptive audience, they rolled it out nation wide, with some items (Cubanos and Farmers Protein Boxes) hitting sooner then others.

The salads rolled out today in Seattle.

Craving a fresh salad, the Avocado Green Goddess sounded AMAZING, so of course they were out of it. My second choice offered to me was a hard boiled egg salad.

Thinking I was getting an egg salad sort of deal, I happily agreed. As I drove through the barista was so happy to have me take the salad off his hands, he gave me a brochure and a lunch bag. (Weird, and huge compared to the size of the salad.)

A Hard Boiled Side salad with grains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How was it?

The hard boiled eggs were just tossed on top of a bed of kinda limp spinach with a bed of grains on top. The tomatoes were not fresh but were instead roasted (great choice to keep them fresher longer actually)  It was lightly dressed, and the grains were well cooked.  The eggs themselves had a firmness to the white you see if an egg has been peeled, then held for a few hours before serving. The “grains” were brown rice.  The eggs bumped up the calorie count and when I ran the numbers according to WW it was 11 SP.  If you counted the eggs on their own, counted the vegetables as free, you get 4 SP , you have to figure a few points at least for the vinaigrette (and any other added oil). So 11 is the official count, but you might be able to fudge it and call it 9.

A second choice?

I found the Avocado Green Goddess salad at a different Starbucks, and while I wasn’t looking for lunch I got a closer look at the salad itself.   The larger salads are very big, the greens looked fresh, and the grains looked well cooked. The avocado was distinct pieces of avocado, instead of being guacamole.

What did I like about it?

The ingredients list is amazingly clean. You can see it here on the Starbucks Site.
Basically, it’s eggs, spinach, tomatoes, brown rice, some seasoning, and vinaigrette. Not bad at all.  It’s all food that can be easily recognized.
It’s convenient, a stop at Starbucks for a mid-afternoon break could be improved with some vegetables.

What don’t I like about it?

The points counts are a little high, for most everything. You can find the nutritional information here:Count it for yourself and see what you come up with.  Spot checking, the Green Goddess Salad is 21 SP. The Cauliflower Tabouli is 5 SP,  and that’s mostly just vegetables with a little dressing. (a tbls of olive oil is about 5 SP, so maybe that’s the count. )

So many grains. While I’m not eating 100% paleo, it’d be nice to have some of these salads without the grains. A scoop of brown rice, quinoa or orzo may be a nice way to bulk it up.

Bottom line?
Good in a pinch, but check the points before you take a bite.

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Top 5 Kitchen Tools

Posted by Seattlejo on May 29, 2017 in Deb |

My Top 5 Kitchen Tools. I love cooking. I like firing up a frying pan and coming out with a healthy tasty dinner for my fiancee and myself. (Fiancee… that’s a new thing, very exciting) There are a number of  kitchen tools I use that make it easier, that I’d love to share with you. […]

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Week 4 Menus : Whole Foods WW

Posted by Seattlejo on April 15, 2017 in Deb |

This Week’s Menus Challenge Menu -Week 4 Challenge Menu Week 4 Challenge Recipes Week 4 (Did you miss the previous weeks? We have those too!) Challenge Menu – Week 3 Challenge Recipes – Week 3 Challenge Recipes – Week 1 Challenge Menu – Week 1 Challenge Recipes – Week 2 Challenge Menu – Week 2 […]

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Whole Foods Weight Watchers Challenge

Posted by Seattlejo on April 8, 2017 in Deb |

Whole Foods Weight Watchers 30 Day Challenge This Weeks Menu’s have been posted, including a fabulous Buffalo Chicken Dip. Give it a try! Challenge Menu – Week 3 Challenge Recipes – Week 3 (Did you miss the previous weeks? We have those too!) Challenge Recipes – Week 1 Challenge Menu – Week 1 Challenge Recipes […]

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Whole Food Weight Watchers Challenge

Posted by Seattlejo on April 1, 2017 in Deb |

Whole Foods Weight Watchers Challenge   I’m currently hosting a Facebook group for women  on Weight Watchers. We are focused on the Weight Watchers lifestyle choices while eating whole foods. We eat lean meats, fresh vegetables, whole grains, full fat dairy. This means no support for support fat free/sugar free processed foods.  Your food needs […]

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52 Weeks of Cooking: Spiralized Italian Salad

Posted by Seattlejo on February 19, 2017 in 52 Weeks of Cooking |

Spirlalized Italian Salad This week’s Italian theme inspired me to give a Spiralized Italian Salad a try, from the cookbook Inspiralized. I’ve had a spiralizer forever. In fact, I now have 2 different models. The first being a plastic paderno option, the second being a metal one that hooks onto my kitchen aid. The problem […]

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New Orleans Trip 1

Posted by Seattlejo on February 19, 2017 in Adventure, Cruise Port, New Orleans, Travel |

Let’s go back to New Orleans (Food, Culture and Nightlife) I think I’m ready to go back to New Orleans.  A few years ago, Mike and I cruised out of the New Orleans port. We tacked on 3-4 days on the front of the trip so we could explore the city as a whole.  I […]

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Weight Watchers: Build Breakfast 7 SP or less

Posted by Seattlejo on February 18, 2017 in Deb |

Build Breakfast for 7 SP or less I’m a huge fan of variety at breakfast. I simply can’t eat the same thing over and over. Every morning i like to build breakfast, coming up with something new that strikes my fancy. Fresh choices, often seasonal, keep me on plan. I look forward to creating fun […]

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PreFab Food: Weight Watchers Meal Delivery Review.

Posted by Seattlejo on January 28, 2017 in Deb, prefab, Weight Watchers |

PreFab Food: Weight Watchers Meal Delivery Review. In my previous post, I explained about the Weight Watchers new meal delivery service. Details included cost, how to sign up and meal examples. It’s great to know the details, but if it tastes like cardboard or another over salted, under flavored freezer meal, why bother? What I […]

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PreFab Food: Weight Watchers Meal Delivery Details

Posted by Seattlejo on January 28, 2017 in Deb, prefab, Weight Watchers |

What happens when you are on Weight Watchers and you are a food blogger? You try all kinds of interesting foods. That means you build meal plans, take lots of pictures and check the points on everything. You sample Weight Watchers foods, packaged snacks and frozen meals.  When you make something awesome, you run the […]

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