Personally I am a fan of Weightwatchers the program. I believe in the points system, of going to meetings, of cooking my own meals, and measuring out my food and doing all the tricks of the trade for watching my diet. Of course excercise is mandatory if anyone is serious about losing weight. However, I will not ever endorse the weightwatchers frozen meals or any of their snack cakes etc. Not only are they poor quality meats, grains, and foods - they have so many preservatives, so much sodium, and horrifying ingredients whose names cannot be pronounced. You need a degree in Organic Chemistry to understand some of the strange compounds and additives in these foods that make them have taste and no calories. I would rather cook my own meals or stick to something simple if it's just not convenient for me to cook that night. Weight loss is not meant to be easy, it's hard. And weightwatchers frozen foods etc are just a money pit that are based on the marketing the false idea that weightloss is easy and convenient.
The Chicken Santa Fe fills my cravings for Tex-Mex.
The Weight Watchers Chicken Sante Fe has a full flavor taste that does not make you feel you are eating a "diet" meal. The chicken was very tender & juicy. The spices add just enough of a kick to remind you what you are eating but does not burn your mouth. I have been recommending this to all of my friends & even a few strangers I have seen browsing the aisle.
Soggy, mushy mess that has a gross flavor!
I have eaten many frozen entrees because they are fast and convenient, and I can honestly say that Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken Santa Fe is one of the worst tasting frozen dinners that I've had. Needless to say, I will never purchase this one again!
**Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken Sante Fe **is described on the box as: "Taste sun-drenched Southwest spiciness in every bite of white meat chicken with zucchini, tomatoes, onions, black beans and bell peppers."
The reason why this meal is so bad is because of taste, texture and lack of texture. Despite the product's description, this meal is not spicy. It has spices in it, but it is not spicy at all. The taste is weird. It tastes like vinegar and chili powder and it's gross. The vegetables are minced so small, they absorbed all the liquid in this dish and are totally mushy. The only texture in this frozen entree is the chicken (which is just okay) and the black beans. Since I had about 6 black beans in the whole meal, there was barely any texture. Did I mention that this whole mess of ingredients is just soaking in this gross vinegar/chili powder liquid? Since there is no rice, potatoes or any starch - besides the 6 black beans, there is nothing to absorb the liquid except the veggies. Yuck.
The only redeeming quality **Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken Santa Fe **has is its nutrition facts. It has only 140 calories and 2.5 grams of fat. Unless you are on a low-carb diet and like bland food, I would stay far away from this one!
Camp Lejeune, NC
Not great, but an OK low-point snack
I've probably tried about 3/4 of the entire Weight Watchers line during my 7-8 years as a lifetime member. I'm always excited for the lower point frozen meals. They don't have a ton of options that are 2-3 points or less and I love to have these around for those bad days when I can't resist the urge to snack.
This one is just average though. The flavors are pretty good (not spicy, a milder southwestern flavor). The main drawback is that it is quite watery when you pull it out of the microwave. I'm not sure if this is due to the extra veggies that are in there as filler or if the sauce is just watery. I usually drain it. It's also not that satisfying, but I can't even consider this a con as it's only 2 points. Just don't think this will satisfy you as a whole meal. I usually pair it with something else (baked tortilla, low-fat chips, or add more chicken breast) to make it more satisfying.
Weight watcher chicken santa Fe is a good smart ones.
I am beginning to become a regular when it comes to purchasing weight watchers. I have found that a lot of their dishes are truly healthy for you and they are very low in calories and high in fibers. Take for instance the weight watcher smart ones Chicken Santa Fe. This dish didn't really appeal to me at first just by looking at the package. I purchased one just to try it out and see what I was getting. I didn't know if I would like this dish or not. I tried it and I am just speechless. I see that this, weight watcher smart ones Chicken Santa Fe is really good. It has like only 140 calories in it, a really good taste nice spices and it's not a dish that's plain it really has some flavor to it. I know that I will be a regular customer for these smart ones. I am glad that all you have to do is give it a few minutes in the microwave and you will have a nice lunch or snack during the day. They have stolen me with these Weight watcher smart ones. I will try some others.
Weight Watchers Chicken Santa Fe - Kind of Like a Grilled Meal.
Generally I prefer lighter meals at night, so the Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken Santa Fe sounded like a good bet. It's one of the bistro selections in the line and includes chicken, black beans and some veggies (bell peppers, onions, and zucchini). It's just in a light spicy sauce rather than having cheese or gravy or high calorie stuff mixed in.
WW Santa Fe is a small serving. It says it has a full serving of vegetables, and you know that's not a lot. Plus, it's only 140 calories. That tells you right there that you don't get a lot of food. That's OK though. I just wanted a quick dinner that wouldn't sit heavy before bed. It was one of those late nights.
I really liked this meal. It was mostly the seasonings. There's a little spice to this microwave meal. It's not a whole lot - but enough to satisfy my love for zesty foods.
The chicken was tender. The beans made it a little more filling. Actually I couldn't hardly taste the vegetables, and they were cut small.
This meal would taste nice over rice I'm sure. It's kind of that kind of texture with the light sauce. I could see it with rice and a salad for a bigger meal.
They put quite a bit of salt in the Chicken Santa Fe (33% for the day). I'm not even a big salt eater. I don't know why all the processed foods have so much salt. I guess it helps it keep longer or something, but they could cut most of that salt, and I'd not miss it.
There is no way this kind of meal would work for my boys. There's not enough food, and it's just not hearty enough in general. But, it's not designed for teen boys I'm sure. So, they can have one of those big frozen "man" meals, and I can enjoy this Santa Fe without feeling like I had a yucky dinner while they got good ones.
Take salt and a tiny bit of food. Blend. Serve as an entree.
***Quick View:*** I am always looking for easy to make foods that are high in protein because I simply do not get enough protein in my diet. Now that I am back to working out pretty hard, I really need the protein. When I saw that some Smart Ones frozen meals and entrees were higher in protein than any other frozen meals, I picked up a few. I started with **Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken Santa Fe**. I loved the 20 grams of protein. And, um, that's about it. This meal is not filling and could be drank rather than eaten. ***About Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken Santa Fe***The box showed big chunks of grilled chicken, bell peppers, and other what looked like Mexican ingredients. The label looked pretty decent for someone watching her weight:*Serving: 1 meal, 9 oz.Calories: 140Fat: 3%, 2.5gCholesterol: 10%, 30mgSodium: 33%, 800mgProtein: 20gCarbs: 4%, 11gFiber: 15%, 4gWW Points: 2 Points*Low carb, low calorie, low fat. I can definitely handle THAT! The protein, at 20 grams, was what caught my eye. I so needed that protein boost! I didn't really notice that this meal had a whopping 33% of the sodium I should have in a day. More, actually. because I eat about 1300 calories, not the 2000 that these figures are based on. I also wasn't thrilled to see the cholesterol was 30mg. That isn't killer bad but still, I don't need cholesterol in my diet if I can help it.Anyway, at a mere 140 calories and 2.5 grams of fat, I was pretty happy with my find. I like Mexican entrees and looked forward to trying this meal.The first thing I noticed when I removed the meal from the box was that there was about half of the bowl where some sort of liquid sat without any food. I figured the food shifted and was all on one side even though there was no bulge in the plastic overlay. When the meal was done, I literally laughed out loud. It was like a chunky drink!There were a few pieces of chicken, teeeeny pieces of zucchini, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and a couple of black beans scattered around. I really had to search for the beans. The rest was this weird somewhat spicy liquid. I would have poured it out but I was worried I would lose protein by doing so because the amount of chicken (maybe an ounce) and beans (about 10 in total) could never possibly add up to 20 grams of protein. I assume the "sauce" has protein in it.The taste isn't awful. It has a bit of spice and, when you can get a solid forkful of the stuff, it has a good flavor. But there is so little in the meal! I am a super light eater and I was very hungry after eating this meal for lunch. Hungry and disappointed. Yes, I got a jolt of protein but my mouth was coated in salt and I could just feel my belly swelling from the sodium and the water I had drank with the meal. Sodium is a sponge that absorbs liquids and can add water weight like crazy and, sure enough, I actually looked HUGE within a couple of hours. No, it wasn't fat, but really when your gut is big, does it matter? People see a big gut. They don't stop to ask if it's fat or water in there.If you have high blood pressure, do not eat this meal. It's just so sodium packed that I imagine your pressure would go up if you made a habit of eating this or any of the higher protein Smart One meals. For some reason, as the protein rises, so does the salt.I wanted to like this meal because I need the protein but I just can't bring myself to eat it again. Like I said, it wasn't terrible at all as far as taste but it was like soup. Salt soup. I considered eating two meals since that would only be 280 calories and 5 grams of fat but, if I did, I would turn into a bloated, waterlogged sponge. I don't have high blood pressure but if I keep eating this meal, I probably will! It kind of stinks that a meal that has good for you protein also has bad for you sodium and a load of funky chemical ingredients. ***My Viewpoint*****Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chicken Santa Fe **is high in protein, low in calories and fat and not too expensive (a couple of bucks). It seems like it would make the perfect lunch. But with it's soupy, liquidly texture, lack of real food to fill me up, and all that sodium, I'll get my protein from real lean chicken and turkey or even natural peanut butter. There are no shortcuts to good health, unfortunately. I give this meal ***2 stars*** and don't recommend it. If there was actual FOOD in the container and it filled me up even a little, I may consider eating it again but why eat something that leaves me unsatisfied and bloated like Violet on Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory who turned into a blueberry? (A very large, rotund blueberry I must add.) I'll stick with more healthy ways to get my protein in.**