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About Kristen

I'm Kristen and I couldn't be happier you are here. You will find a variety of healthy and delicious recipes that will not only taste great, but help you fit in your favorite jeans.

I have always been in love with food, at times perhaps a little too much, wishing and sometimes willing myself to be one of those people who can eat whatever they want and still stay thin. I finally learned, the hard way, that just wasn't in my genetic makeup. So instead, I decided to learn to make delicious, good, real food that tasted great but didn't tip the scale in the wrong direction.

My current home is

Santa Monica, CA

Favorite healthy meal

Sesame Chicken

In the morning you can most often find me eating

Greek yogurt with fresh fruit, chia seeds, flax seeds, and a drizzle of honey

Favorite healthy snack

Cut up veggies with Buffalo Wing Hummus

To satisfy my sweet tooth, I reach for

Fruit with a drizzle of chocolate sauce or 3 ingredient Banana ice cream

My healthy living philosophy

Everything in moderation. After losing weight using the Weight Watchers diet, I now prescribe to everything in moderation. Being healthy is all about balance and finding a diet you can stick with in the long term.

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Weight Loss Wednesday: Carrie Lost 55 Pounds!

Weight Loss Wednesday:  Carrie Lost 55 Pounds!

Name: Carrie Carroll
Height: 5’8″
Starting Weight: 200 lb
Current Weight: 145 lb
Pounds Lost: 55 lb

How long did it take you to lose the weight? After graduating high school (2003) I starting working out at Curves and lost about 25 lb in about 6 months. I was fine with this for a while, but then really wanted to lose more. In 2006, in college, I started working out more, and counting my daily calorie intake and lost another 15-20lb. Finally, in 2010 I joined Weight Watchers after my weight fluctuating 5-10 lb. To be honest, I wasn’t FULLY focused on weight loss. But 2014 was my year. I lost another 10 lb to bring me to a grand total of 55 lb lost since high school!

Lightbulb Moment: I had been overweight and uncomfortable with my appearance for most of my life. Clothes not fitting was just the norm. But, after graduating high school, my aunt asked very casually if I wanted to join Curves and start working out with her and my mom. I said yes, that sounds fun- UNTIL I learned they weigh you and take your measurements. I didn’t want that to happen. But I swallowed my pride and did it. Working out was very new to me, but the atmosphere was so fun and supportive. I would wake up at 5am and be proud to be one of the first ones at Curves! It became a healthy addiction! I loved working out and seeing results- losing weight was SO new to me. I’m a nurse, and I want to portray a positive, healthy image for my patients!

How did you do it? First step was Curves. Working out was fun there, and I felt comfortable. Creating a routine of exercising (almost every day) was and is essential. I still wasn’t eating the way I should. Weight Watchers has been an absolute blessing and necessity. It taught me how to eat, basically. Fruits and vegetables are now cornerstones of my diet. Counting points/calories is essential for me- I can’t just “wing it.” Weight Watchers meetings, counting points, and regular exercise is the only way that works for me! Weight Watchers is so flexible.

What was the biggest challenge you faced? How did you overcome it? Alcohol. Going out with my friends and husband and drinking too much. I would ruin very healthy days with too many calories spent on drinking! To be honest- I had to stop drinking. Alcoholism runs in my family. I tried for years to moderate my drinking but truth be told, it was too much. I’ve been sober since mid-January this year… and trust me, that is something I never thought I would say. I’m happier than I’ve ever been- happy and proud of myself. The negative talk I used to tell myself has decreased so much, it’s unbelievable. I know most people don’t need or want to give up alcohol. But I needed to!!

What was the single thing that helped you most along the way, especially when things got tough? Looking at before and after pictures- of myself and of others. Telling myself even though I don’t eat perfectly, I’m much better and stronger and happier than I used to be.

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Spinach Protein Pancakes

Spinach Protein Pancakes

Lately I have been a bit obsessed with morning pancakes. Mostly it’s these Banana Pancakes, Pumpkin Pancakes, or Overnight Oat Pancakes; but this weekend I added a new healthy pancake to the rotation and they are made of spinach! Eeek! Before you go running for the hills, consider giving these simple pancakes a try. Much like a smoothie quickly hides the taste of spinach, the same happens here. The spinach flavor takes a backseat and you just get a nice, slightly sweet pancake. Want to cover it up even more? Add a banana and you won’t be able to taste the spinach at all. I like mine topped with a touch of apple butter and a drizzle of honey. Filling and delicious.

Spinach Protein Pancakes
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 8-10 small pancakes
Nutritional Info: 151 calories, 2.5g of fat, 17.2g carbohydrates, 3.8g dietary fiber, 16g of protein, 1.2g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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Friday Five: Healthier Halloween Recipes

Friday Five:  Healthier Halloween Recipes

With Halloween around the corner and what is sure to be a deluge of candy and sweet treats, I always like to have a few delicious and healthier recipes up my sleeve. So today’s Friday Five is focused on just that! Here are some spooky treats I am thinking about making this Halloween. What’s on your menu?

1. DIY Banana Mummies, 72 calories, 2-3 PointsPlus®
2. Frozen Boo Nana Pops, 98 calories, 3 PointsPlus®
3. Strawberry Ghosts, 104 calories, 3 PointsPlus® (or use vanilla Greek yogurt or sugar free vanilla pudding instead and freeze for a healthier treat!)
4. Candied Apples, 237 calories, 5 PointsPlus®
5. Mummy Muffin Pizzas, 270 calories, 6-7 PointsPlus®

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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Spinach and Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Spinach and Strawberry Protein Smoothie

First of all, let’s agree to ignore the color of the smoothie in this photo. Sometimes green smoothies are just not pretty. But the taste? I’m into it. It isn’t overly sweet and tastes a bit earthy from the spinach, almond butter, and hemp protein powder. I love this smoothie first thing in the morning to get my body going or after a workout to refuel.

Spinach and Strawberry Protein Smoothie
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Nutritional Info: 229 calories, 10.2g of fat, 20.6g carbohydrates, 7.7g dietary fiber, 16g of protein, 9.7g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 (5 in recipe calculator counting fruits and vegetables) * (more…)

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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Weight Loss Wednesday: Kattia Lost 21 Pounds!

Weight Loss Wednesday:  Kattia Lost 21 Pounds!

Name: Kattia Pabon
Height: 5’7″
Starting weight: 167 lbs.
Current weight: 146 lbs.
Pounds lost: 21 lbs.

How long did it take to lose the weight? It has taken me around 6 months to lose the weight. I finally took it seriously in April 2014.

Lightbulb moment: I turned 40 in March 2014. I really felt the need to reinvent myself. Being a stay at home mom, it’s so easy to let yourself go. I wanted to look and feel good. I got tired of being the girl with the ‘pretty face’….

How did you do it? Weight Watchers. I’ve tried it so many times before! But this time was different. I really liked the WW app, the online tools and most of all this time, I allowed myself to accept the support of my weekly meetings and my Instagram ww friends/community! I really feel like I’m accountable when I’m part of this group of people! Also, what a difference does tracking my food makes! I track the good, the bad and the ugly too! I do a lot of Zumba and also got a fitbit, which keeps me aware of my daily exercise.

Biggest challenge: Weekends! Wine! Dinners! I would have a great week and then would destroy it during the weekend! It got to the point where I felt I wasn’t being fair with myself! I decided to allow myself just one day or night a week to be ‘bad’. It worked! As I lost the weight I started making smarter choices even on those ‘bad days’…

What was the single thing that helped me most? I think tracking my food and ‘managing’ my points allowance during the day kept me aware of the amount of food I consume, when and why. The convenience of being able to do it from my phone made everything so much easier this time!

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Cheesy “Fried” Mozzarella Bites & SkinnyTaste Giveaway

Cheesy “Fried” Mozzarella Bites & SkinnyTaste Giveaway

Today’s post is a special one for me. When I first started Weight Watchers and my own weight loss journey, Gina’s fabulous (and incredibly popular!) blog SkinnyTaste was where I found almost all of my favorite recipes. Not only were her recipes delicious and easy to follow, they were packed with flavor. Moreover, her dishes never felt like diet food. I could confidently cook them for family and friends without anyone pausing to wonder if it was healthy. All anyone was thinking about was how amazing it tasted.

Fast forward a few years and it was in Gina’s blog where I found inspiration to start my own. Seeing her amazing ability to inspire and help others along their weight loss, healthy eating, and cooking journeys, I decided to start sharing my own kitchen adventures here at Slender Kitchen. She was and continues to be one of my favorite bloggers and a constant source of inspiration!

So today I couldn’t be more excited to get a chance to share (and giveaway!) Gina’s incredible cookbook, The SkinnyTaste Cookbook, with you all. It is packed full of amazing recipes and tips for creating a healthy kitchen and truly delivers on its catch phrase, “light on calories, big on flavor.” Today’s recipes for Cheesy “Fried” Mozzarella Bites is just one of many great recipes in the book. I highly, highly recommend checking it out. I made this recipe for game day and let’s just say they didn’t last more than about 10 minutes on the table. Delicious.

Skinny Taste Cookbook

Cheesy “Fried” Mozzarella Bites
Servings: 12
Serving Size: 4 bites
Nutritional Info: 107 calories, 5g of fat, 5g carbohydrates, 0g dietary fiber, 8g of protein, 0g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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