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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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Ultimate Weight Watchers Pinterest Board!

Ultimate Weight Watchers Pinterest Board!

I couldn’t be more excited about today’s post. Seriously, ya’ll – this post is exciting.

So let’s talk real life. We all love Pinterest. I mean you can find inspiration for virtually anything. Interior design, check. Beautiful and tasty recipes, check. Travel ideas, check. Fall fashion, check. But in all that inspiration, literally hours of your life (or just mine) disappear. And I mean hours. What starts as an innocent bedtime search for inspiration for a new recipe turns into 6 hours down the Pinterest wormhole.

So today I have teamed up with some of my favorite healthy and Weight Watchers® friendly bloggers to bring you what we hope will become the Ultimate Pinterest board for Weight Watchers friendly and healthy recipes. The recipes all include PointsPlus® (and calorie information when available) and come from some seriously amazing bloggers.

Here’s who you will find on the board along with recipes from Slender Kitchen.

Ready to follow! Just head over to Pinterest and click Follow! There are already around over 500 recipes posted with new recipes being pinned daily.

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

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Weight Loss Wednesday: Jackie Lost 79 Pounds!

Weight Loss Wednesday:  Jackie Lost 79 Pounds!

Name: Jackie
Height: 5’0″
Starting Weight: 211.8 lbs
Current Weight: 132.8 lbs
Pounds Lost: 79

How long did it take you to lose the weight? I joined Weight Watchers on December 2, 2010 and I’m 4.8 pounds from goal. However, from May 2011-September 2013, I was living overseas in Japan. In those 2.5 years, I only lost 30lbs. It was a slow process. I was doing WW online. The commissaries on the bases didn’t have as large of a selection as stores here do. But I also wanted to enjoy the Japanese food and the experience of living overseas. Now that I’m back in the States and going to meetings again, it’s coming off quicker.

Lightbulb Moment: I don’t remember having a specific moment that said it’s time to get serious. My husband had just gotten back from Afghanistan and was 13% body fat (hello!), we wanted to have kids someday and I want to be able to have a healthy pregnancy. And I saw a commercial for Weight Watchers’ new Points Plus plan. I went on to their website and read that they were now incorporating carbohydrates and protein rather than calories. I thought hey, this sounds a little bit healthier than what they were doing; maybe I should check it out. So I did. I don’t ever remember being really unhappy or insecure with my weight. I know I wanted to lose weight and I knew that I would when I was 100% ready.

How did you do it? Two words- Weight Watchers. I track points. I don’t do Simply Filling, but I do try to incorporate as many power foods as possible. But I know myself and I need the structure (and portion control) that comes with tracking points. I owe Weight Watchers my life. They gave me a second chance at it.

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CocoaVia Strawberry Chocolate Smoothie and a Giveaway

CocoaVia Strawberry Chocolate Smoothie and a Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CocoaVia®. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love almost anything chocolate and it doesn’t take much for me to find an excuse to add chocolate to my diet. However I am usually trying to limit my chocolate intake since I know most chocolate is packed with sugar and fat. To make myself feel better, I usually like to tell myself about all the healthful benefits of chocolate, specifically dark chocolate which is often touted as a healthful product.

However recently I have learned that many of the benefits are actually contained in the cocoa flavanols. Essentially, although chocolate is good, cocoa flavanols are good for you. The truth is, the benefits of cocoa/chocolate come from cocoa flavanols, not percentage of cacao or the darkness of the chocolate. Cocoa flavanols are powerful phytonutrients, or plant-based nutrients, that are naturally found in cocoa beans. Cocoa flavanols are shown to support cardiovascular or heart health, cognitive health, skin health, blood flow, and exercise performance. Great! Now I can eat my chocolate and feel good about it. The problem? Many times these cocoa flavanols aren’t present in chocolate products because they either contain artificial chocolate flavors or are damaged by heat during the productions process.

Lucky for us, CocoaVia(R) has a delicious and healthy line of supplements that contain cocoa flavanols. It comes in either a pill or powder form that can be added to smoothies, yogurt, coffee, and more. At only 30 calories for the powder packets (my favorite!) and 4 delicious flavors, it is a great addition to a healthy diet.

Ready to try CocoaVia for yourself? Check out these recipes and enter a giveaway below to win a 2 month supply for yourself!

CocoaVia Strawberry Chocolate Smoothie
Servings: 2
Serving Size: 1.25 cups
Nutritional Info: 155 calories, 3g of fat, 14.6g carbohydrates, 1.9g dietary fiber, 9.6g of protein, 3.5g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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

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Chopped Mediterranean Zucchini Salad

Chopped Mediterranean Zucchini Salad

Lately I have been on quite a salad kick. There have been breakfast salads with poached eggs, lots of lunch salads packed with leftover grilled veggies and quinoa, dinner salads stuffed with BBQ chicken and corn and peaches, and lots of new and yummy salad side dishes like today’s chopped zucchini salad. It’s an easy combination – matchstick zucchini and squash, crunchy red peppers, carrots, red onion, Kalamata olives, pepperoncinis, and a simple garlicky dressing to round things out. It’s a great salad to bring to a picnic or gathering since it holds up well without wilting.

Chopped Mediterranean Zucchini Salad
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1.25 cups
Nutritional Info: 47 calories, 2g of fat, 6.8g carbohydrates, 2.2g dietary fiber, 1.6g of protein, 3.5g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 1 * (more…)

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

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Light Italian Dressing

Light Italian Dressing

This recipe has been a long time coming. Almost once a week I get an email from someone in look of a homemade, natural low calorie Italian dressing. I have tried countless recipes but nothing really worked until this one. The base is actually made from a tomato and roasted red pepper. From there you add all the typical Italian dressing components and the end result is a delicious Italian inspired dressing. I recommend making it a day in advance so the flavors have time to blend and really come through. Play with the level of spices to suit your preferences and make sure to use a nice, ripe tomato so it’s packed with flavor.

Light Italian Dressing
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 2 tbsp.
Nutritional Info: 38 calories, 3.6g of fat, 1.6g carbohydrates, 0g dietary fiber, .3g of protein, 1g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 1 * (more…)

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

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Cauliflower Fritters

Cauliflower Fritters

Cheese, cauliflower, fritter. Say no more. These crispy, crunchy cauliflower cakes are perfect as a vegetarian entree, veggie burger, or as a side dish. They are also great for low carb dieters with the addition on flaxseed meal in place of the flour. I recommend adding some fresh herbs or spices to the fritters to match whatever you are preparing. Consider including some fresh thyme and basil, curry powder and ground ginger, smoked paprika and oregano, or Italian seasoning and a squirt of tomato paste. They also make a delicious breakfast with a fried or poached egg.

Cauliflower Fritters
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 2 fritters
Nutritional Info: 161 calories, 7.7g of fat, 14.4g carbohydrates, 3.4g dietary fiber, 10g of protein, 3.5g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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

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