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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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Friday Five: The Gift of Cookbooks

Friday Five: The Gift of Cookbooks

This week I thought I would share some last minute cookbooks (one of my favorite gifts) for the favorite cooks in your lives. These suggestions include some diet friendly books as well as some just plain beautiful and delicious ones. What are your favorite cookbooks from this year?

1. Seriously Delish from Jessica Merchant blogger, the extraordinaire from How Sweet Eats. Her recipes truly are seriously delish.

2. The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone from Deborah Madison recently came out with an updated version that is the perfect gift for any vegetarian or someone hoping to enjoy more meatless meals. I also love Plenty More for vegetarians and vegetable lovers.

3. Mastering My Mistakes In The Kitchen from Dana Cowin of Food and Wine is full of delicious recipes and great tips for becoming a better home cook.

4. Cooking Light’s Global Kitchen is full of easy to make recipes from around the globe. So far I haven’t tried a recipe I didn’t enjoy.

5. Sheet Pan Suppers from Molly Gilbert is a genius cookbook with over 100 recipes that can be made on a sheet pan – pretty amazing.

Some others I love Skinnytaste, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, Martha Stewart One Pot Meals, and almost any Weight Watchers Cookbooks, especially the 50th Anniversary Edition.

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Low Carb and Paleo Pumpkin “Oats”

Low Carb and Paleo Pumpkin “Oats”

I have a friend who recently switched to a Paleo diet and so far the one thing she misses most is her morning bowl of oatmeal. It’s was her go-to breakfast and since eggs don’t top her list of favorite foods, breakfast has been challenging to say the least. So I set out to help her find a replacement for her morning oats. We tried a bunch of different versions and this one surfaced as our favorite. Made with flaxseed meal, chia seeds, shredded coconut, and pumpkin – it’s packed with fiber and pretty delicious. The texture is definitely not the same as normal oats – it’s more like a thick porridge, but I really like the flavor. You can use the pumpkin that’s suggested or substitute in mashed bananas, applesauce, or yogurt if you aren’t a pumpkin fan.

Low Carb and Paleo Pumpkin “Oats”
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 289 calories, 18.6g of fat, 24.7g of carbohydrates, 18g of fiber, 10.7g of protein, 0g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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

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Simple Rosemary Chicken

Simple Rosemary Chicken

Lately I have been making really simple recipes and meals. Perhaps it’s a reaction to the holidays and abundance of rich dishes and sweets, but more likely it’s a lack of energy after long work days and holiday to-do-lists taking over any available brain space. Keeping that in mind, today’s recipe is a simple rosemary and garlic chicken breast that can be grilled or seared in a pan and finished in the oven.

Simple Rosemary Chicken
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 6 oz.
Nutritional Info: 223 calories, 9g of fat, .8g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 33g of protein, 0g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Pepperoncini Chicken

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Pepperoncini Chicken

This pepperoncini beef (aka Drip Beef) recipe I shared last February continues to be one of my favorite slow cooker recipes ever. I make it all the time and love it for game day sandwiches or barbecues. Recently I was craving it but didn’t have the energy to run to the store to buy beef. Luckily, I had some chicken in the freezer and decided to try out a version with chicken breast and it came out delicious. Tender, juicy chicken paired with the slightly spicy flavor to the peppers. It’s great packed in a sandwich, served over rice, or on a bed of greens.

Slow Cooker Pepperoncini Chicken
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 6 oz.
Nutritional Info: 208 calories, 2.2g of fat, 1.3g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 34.4g of protein, 0g 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 Holiday Gift Guide

Friday Five:  Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for a gift for someone who lives a healthy living lifestyle? Here are some of my favorite gifts for the healthy people in your life. What are your favorite healthy holiday gifts?

1. Spiralizer: Help your favorite foodie make delicious spiralized vegetables at home to make delicious salads, side dishes, and lower calorie “pasta.”
2. Fitbit: One of my favorite ways to track fitness and sleep. Comes in great colors and now there are even lots of fun ways to accessorize it!
3. Portion Plate: This is the perfect gift for any who is dieting or struggles with portion size. The plate fits right on top of your plates and helps you serve the perfect portion size every time.
4. Soda Stream: Drinking enough water can be challenging for many and having a soda stream to make your own sparking at home is a great way to make drinking water more fun.
5. Ice Tea Maker: Many people find that when they switch to a healthier diet they miss the sugary or high calorie drinks they used to enjoy. Having homemade iced tea is a great replacement and one they are sure to appreciate.
6. SkinnyTaste Cookbook: One of my favorite cookbooks this year packed with delicious recipes and meal ideas.
7. Slow Cooker: This is my favorite kitchen appliance and makes healthy cooking a breeze. Everyone should own one in my opinion since it makes dinner a breeze.
8. Fruit Infuser: Here’s another way to make drinking water more fun! Add fruits, herbs, and vegetables like cucumbers to give our water flavor.
9. CSA Box: A CSA box is basically a box from a local farm that is delivered weekly and chockful of fresh seasonsal fruits and vegetables. It’s perfect for someone who loves trying new foods!
10. Health or Fitness Magazine: I love receiving magazine subscriptions as gifts because I get to enjoy them all year along. Consider giving your favorite healthy friend the a magazine subscription they can enjoy all year.

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Shredded Kale and Plum Salad

Shredded Kale and Plum Salad

It can be pretty easy to forget all about salads this time of year. It’s cold outside, produce isn’t as readily available, and the crunch of a salad isn’t always what we are craving. During these months, I like to reach for heartier greens like kale for my salads and add in seasonal ingredients. This simple kale salad makes a delicious side dish, base for a meal, or addition to a holiday table. For special occasions I splurge for the pine nuts in the recipe, but since they can be expensive feel free to use almonds, walnuts, pecans, or pumpkin seeds instead.

Shredded Kale and Plum Salad
Servings: 6
Serving Size: about 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 118 calories, 6.8g of fat, 13.5g of carbohydrates, 1.8g of fiber, 2.9g of protein, 4.7g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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

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