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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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Chocolate Coconut Yogurt Bowls

Chocolate Coconut Yogurt Bowls

Although this isn’t much of a recipe, I have been eating it so often for breakfast lately I thought I would share it. The idea is simple – plain or vanilla yogurt, some unsweetened cocoa powder, shredded coconut, and some fresh fruit. The cocoa powder satisfies any chocolate craving I have but leaves out all the excess sugar and fat you typically get with chocolate flavored puddings or even yogurts. The coconut adds great flavor and the fruit adds fiber and freshness. Easy and delicious.

Chocolate Coconut Yogurt Bowls
Servings: 1
Serving Size: whole recipe
Nutritional Info: 277 calories, 9.2g of fat, 26g of carbohydrates, 6.7g of fiber, 25g of protein, 17.1 g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 (6 in recipe calculator) * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: My New Favorite Snacks

Friday Five: My New Favorite Snacks

Lately I have been doing a lot of work outside of the house and on the road and this has required lots of snacks. While I always reach for fresh fruit, hummus and veggies, and yogurt – lately I have discovered some new snacks that I am happily adding to my repertoire. Here are some of my new favorites! What are your favorite snacks?

1. Coconut Chips, 120-160 calories, 3-4 PointsPlus®

You can pretty much say I am obsessed with these little chips. I first discovered them last year in Hawaii and was beyond excited when I started seeing them popping up everywhere. Trader Joe’s even has their own version. Depending on the brand and flavor they contain between 120-160 calories per serving and 3-4 PointsPlus®. They are salty, sweet, and crunchy. Delicious.

2. Ocean’s Halo Korean BBQ Seaweed Chips, 110 calories, 2 PointsPlus®

I have always been a fan of the seaweed crisps but when I came across these Korean BBQ chips, I was sold. They are under 100 calories and only 2 PointsPlus® per bag and will satisfy any savory craving you have. They also make a chili lime and Texas BBQ flavor as well.

3. Kind Bars with 5g less sugar, 190-250 calories, 4-6 PointsPlus®

I usually stay away from any kind of protein or meal replacement bars but when I do have one it’s almost always a KIND bar lately. I love their “under 5 grams of sugar” bars and usually try to choose one of those. With only natural ingredients, they pack a protein and nutritional punch.

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Quick and Easy Hoisin Salmon

Quick and Easy Hoisin Salmon

This is one of my absolute favorite quick and easy dinner recipes. Not only is it packed with flavor, it’s a dish that anyone can make (no more fear of cooking fish at home, this is easy!) and one that I have found even kids and picky eaters love. You can adjust the spice level to meet the needs of anyone your cooking for and it pairs great with any veggies. All in all, it comes together in under 15 minutes, which is always a win in my book.

To bring you this recipe today, I paired up with Alaska Seafood and used delicious Alaskan sockeye salmon in the recipe. Did you know that Alaska has five species of salmon, several varieties of whitefish, and numerous shellfish species? I usually only think of salmon and crab when I hear Alaskan Seafood, so this was exciting to learn. I also found out that since seafoods from Alaska come from naturally cold water this leads to seafood and fish with lean flesh, a firm texture, and great flavor. They are also full of high quality protein, heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, naturally low in sodium and saturated fat, as well as packed with vitamins, minerals, and oils that are essential to good health. So next time you are shopping, look for the Alaska label when you are choosing seafod.

Quick and Easy Hoisin Salmon
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 4 oz.
Nutritional Info: 246 calories, 6g of fat, 6g of carbohydrates, 3.3g of fiber, 32g of protein, 0 g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop

Although normally I reach for a pounded chicken breast for this dish, last week I was looking for a way to use up some leftover pork chops and decided a crust of Parmesan, Panko breadcrumbs, and herbs was the perfect solution. The dish is relatively simple to make and can be baked in the oven or lightly fried in a skillet with a hint of olive oil. For low carb dieters, you could substitute in some almond flour for the Panko or just use all Parmesan cheese instead. Paired with a simple green salad and some lemon wedges, it makes a delicious meal.

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chop
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 chop
Nutritional Info: 277 calories, 8g of fat, 5.8g of carbohydrates, .6g of fiber, 40g of protein, 0 g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Healthier Burger Recipes

Friday Five:  Healthier Burger Recipes

Yesterday’s Salmon Jalapeno Jack Burger got me thinking about healthier burgers and also nontraditional burger combinations. While I will almost never turn down a good cheeseburger, sometimes it’s fun to mix things up. Here are some of my favorite healthier and alternative burgers. What are your favorites?

1. Black Olive and Feta Turkey Burgers, 4 PointsPlus®, 184 calories
2. Black Bean Eggplant Burgers, 4 PointsPlus®, 164 calories
3. Asian Turkey Burgers, 6 PointsPlus®, 215 calories
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Salmon Jalapeno Jack Burgers

Salmon Jalapeno Jack Burgers

Although I am always on board for a classic burger, it’s fun to mix it up sometimes and create unexpected combinations with alternative proteins. In today’s mix-up, we are throwing a party with salmon, jalapenos, and pepper jack cheese. I know, fish and cheese, it’s a no-no, but it somehow works in this burger. If you don’t like things really spicy (this burger is!), then take out the jalapenos and use a bell pepper instead. Serve it up wrapped in lettuce for a lower carb meal or packed nicely into a bun with some simple slaw. Anyway you serve, it’s delicious.

Salmon Jalapeno Jack Burgers
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 burger
Nutritional Info: 246 calories, 12g of fat, 8g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 28g of protein, 7.6 g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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