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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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Charred Corn, Scallion, and Tomato Salad

Charred Corn, Scallion, and Tomato Salad

Summer is oh so sadly coming to a close but that doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to summer tomatoes and corn just yet. Let’s eek out a few more recipes and savor all that delicious summer flavor. This summer inspired salad or veggie side dish makes a perfect pairing for the Honey Lime Chicken I shared on Tuesday but is also great on its own or paired with steak, chicken, pork, shrimp, or tofu. It would also be delicious punched up with some queso fresco, goat cheese, or feta and works great as a wrap or quesadilla filling if you have leftovers.

Honey Lime Corn, Scallion, and Tomato Salad
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1/4 salad
Nutritional Info: 95 calories, 2.9g of fat, 17.6g carbohydrates, 2.9g dietary fiber, 2.8g of protein, 3.8g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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

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Weight Loss Wednesday: Victoria Lost 131 Pounds!

Weight Loss Wednesday:  Victoria Lost 131 Pounds!

Name: Victoria Coronado
Height: 5’6’’
Starting Weight: 290
Current Weight: 159
Pounds Lost: 131

How long did it take you to lose the weight? Approximately 1.5 years, maintaining the loss for 10+ years!

Lightbulb Moment: I always knew I needed to lose the weight, and I tried over and over again since the time I was about 12 years old. But the weight just kept piling its way on and it got harder and harder to lose. One of the big “light bulb” moments was in high school when I went to Six Flag’s with a group of friends. I was with my best friend who was thin her whole life and gorgeous. We were getting on a roller coaster and as we went to put the bar down to lock us into the ride, it wouldn’t close. My legs were too big and it wouldn’t lock. I was MORTIFIED!!! I actually had to get off the ride, and being the good friend she is, she got off with me. I tried to play it off like it was no big deal, but I was SO embarrassed and ashamed. I continued to try and lose weight, but because I had SO much to lose I just became discouraged. I was depressed, and the weight continued to pile on. The weight got out of control all the way through college until I hit 290 lbs. That was another light bulb moment for me. I was in a size 24/26 jeans that were TIGHT on me and I was almost 300 lbs!! I just knew I HAD to do something, and I had to do it quick before I hit 300 lbs. The way I chose to lose the weight may not be the way that everyone chooses to do it, and it might not be the “right” choice for everyone, but it was the right thing for me, and I knew I had to do it.

How did you do it? Everyone has their own story of how they got to where they are, and no matter what the story is, we all end up in one common place together…struggling with our weight. I can tell you even after losing 130 pounds and keeping it off for 10 years now, it’s STILL a struggle. I have to work at it every day so that I don’t gain it back!

A little about myself: I am 33 years old, living in California, and I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I was always the chubby girl in school and slowly over the years the pounds kept coming on. In high school I was 250lbs+ and I’m 5’6”. I never had a boyfriend and just had a small group of close friends. I tried EVERY diet and program known to man. I joined and quit Weight Watchers more times than I could remember. As I went through college the weight kept coming on and eventually at 23 years old I hit my all time high of 290 pounds and a size 24/26. I was miserable. I was getting ready to go into nursing school and I didn’t know how I’d do the job carrying all that weight around. I was pre-diabetic too. How could I work as a nurse telling patients what they needed to do to get healthy when I was as far from healthy as I could be?! I needed to do something.

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Honey Lime Chicken

Honey Lime Chicken

There is a major heat wave passing through Los Angeles right now. It’s hot, hot, hot. So as much as I feel ready for fall foods – pumpkins, chili, hearty soups – it’s just too hot. All I want to eat is fresh, light salads and easy grill or no cook options. This simple chicken dish is packed with flavor from the lime, cilantro, honey, and red pepper flakes. Seriously, it’s some of the best chicken around. The yogurt and lime juice make the chicken incredibly tender and then there is the sauce. You’ll want to swim in it. Really. I could eat it in anything.

Curious about the salad? It’s coming tomorrow.

Honey Lime Chicken
Servings: 4
Serving Size: around 6 oz. chicken
Nutritional Info: 223 calories, 7.8g of fat, 3.1g carbohydrates, 0g dietary fiber, 34.1g of protein, 2.5g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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

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Overnight Oat Pancakes

Overnight Oat Pancakes

Love overnight oats? Can’t get enough pancakes? Well today is your lucky day! The simplicity of overnight oats and the comfort of your favorite pancakes come together for a quick, healthy, and tasty breakfast.

Today I am sharing this terrific recipe from my friend Lisa, who just came out with her first book – Snack Girl to the Rescue!. Snack Girl to the Rescue features a real life guide to weight loss, getting healthy, and best of all 100 recipes for easy, delicious food that is all under 400 calories. It’s a truly amazing book filled with great tips, delicious and easy recipes, and real advice on topics like emotional eating, food marketing, everyday temptations, everyday cooking, building a healthy body image, and more.

Check out her delicious recipe below and then head over to check out her amazing book!

Snack Girl to the Resuce

Overnight Oat Pancakes
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1-2 pancakes (depending on size)
Nutritional Info: 208 calories, 2.6g of fat, 30g carbohydrates, 2g dietary fiber, 6.6g of protein, 1g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: Healthy Football Foods!

Friday Five:  Healthy Football Foods!

Football season is upon us and with it comes football food! Every year I like to pull together a bunch of delicious recipes that make a delicious football spread without destroying your diet. Here are some of my favorites – what are yours?

Dips & Spreads

1. Skinny Queso, 75 calories, 1 PointsPlus®
2. Spinach and Artichoke Dip, 115 calories, 3 PointsPlus®
3. Skinny Cheeseburger Dip, 105 calories, 3 PointsPlus®
4. Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip, 107 calories, 3 PointsPlus®
5. Skinny Taco Dip, 60 calories, 2 PointsPlus®
6. Guilt Free Chunky Onion Dip, 80 calories, 2 PointsPlus®

Appetizers & Snacks

7. Lasagna Cupcakes, 112 calories, 3 PointsPlus®
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Turkey Sausage, Spinach, and Egg White Wrap

Turkey Sausage, Spinach, and Egg White Wrap

I am always on the lookout for new breakfast ideas, particularly those that I can make in a matter of minutes and shove in my mouth as I run out the door. It’s not pretty, but its all too often the reality. Lately this has been one of my favorites using a simple mix of spinach, lean turkey sausage, and egg whites all wrapped up in a low carb wrap with a touch of my favorite chipotle salsa. Make it your own by adding your favorite veggies or cheese.

Turkey Sausage, Spinach, and Egg White Wrap
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1 wrap
Nutritional Info: 262 calories, 9.6g of fat, 18.9g carbohydrates, 11g dietary fiber, 33.9g of protein, 1g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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

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