“Wait—it’s how many SmartPoints?!”
One of our members’ favorite tools is the Recipe Builder because it lets you create and store your favorite recipes for quick tracking, and it’s super easy to use. But every now and then, when you create a recipe (let’s say, Grandma’s chicken parm) that turns out to be so brain-exploding-ly high in SmartPoints, you might find yourself a bit shell-shocked.
But first: What’s the Recipe Builder and where do you find it?
How to reduce the SmartPoints in your favorite recipes
1. Dial up the ZeroPoint foods
2. Use a little less
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3. Lighten up an ingredient
To reduce the number of SmartPoints per serving without overhauling a recipe, try replacing one high-SmartPoints value ingredient with a lower version. For instance, try part-skim mozzarella cheese instead of whole-milk varieties. Tweak tradition with clever ingredient change-ups you'll love justa s much as the originals. Bonus: These are all gluten-free ways to get in more fruits and veggies!
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4. Reduce the serving size
5. Eat lighter earlier in the day
If you want Grandma’s chicken the way you remember it—in all its cheesy glory—that’s totally fair and totally doable. Start by figuring out how many SmartPoints you’ll need. Once you know that, you can work backward to figure out where you can shave off some SmartPoints from other meals throughout the day. (Remember, you can roll over up to four unused SmartPoints per day into your weekly Budget! That’s what those weeklies are there for!)