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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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Overnight Peanut Butter & Honey Chia Oats

Overnight Peanut Butter & Honey Chia Oats

Overnight oats are one of my go-to breakfasts and lately on mornings where I have a long run planned or a harder workout, I am loving this combination of oats, chia seeds, peanut butter, almond milk, and fruit. It is a little higher in calories/points than many overnight oats recipes I have used in the past, but it really provides the energy boost I need during a harder workout. Moreover, I have found I am not starving immediately after, which is a common problem when I have eggs or a lighter breakfast. You can use PB2 or regular nut butter in the recipe depending on your preferences, but PB2 is definitely a way to keep the calories lower. If you opt for regular nut butter, I would reduced it to just one tablespoon. This adds around 45 calories.

What are your favorite breakfasts on longer or harder exercise days?

Overnight Peanut Butter & Honey Chia Oats
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1.25 cups
Nutritional Information: 348.6 calories, 10g of fat, 11.1g of carbohydrates, 13g of fiber, 16g of protein, 9.8g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 8 * (more…)

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

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Cheesy Chicken and Cauliflower Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Cheesy Chicken and Cauliflower Stuffed Poblano Peppers

I feel like stuffed peppers are making a bit of a comeback. I am starting to see all sorts of delicious stuffed pepper recipes on blogs and in food magazines – these dreamy low carb Cowboy Chili Stuffed Peppers, these mouth-watering Mushroom, Bison, and Farro Stuffed Peppers, and these vegetarian Quinoa and Feta Stuffed Peppers are all on my list to try.

So this past weekend I decided to throw my hat in the ring and make a spicy variety using poblano peppers as the base. To speed things up, I started by quickly roasting in the peppers using the broiler and then making the filling in a skillet. Then instead of baking them for the traditional 30-45 minutes, I finished them off in the broiler as well. These are a great make ahead dish and get better after a couple of days. Make up a big batch to have for a quick meal mid week or to throw in the freezer.Cheesy Chicken and Cauliflower Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 pepper
Nutritional Information: 241 calories, 8.5g of fat, 16.3g of carbohydrates, 4.5g of fiber, 26.5g of protein, 8.3g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes

Friday Five:  Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes

If you have spent any time on Slender Kitchen you probably quickly realized that the slow cooker is one of my absolute favorite kitchen appliances. Not only do I use mine at least twice a week, I also make sure to share at least one slow cooker recipe a week with Slow Cooker Sundays, and include a low carb, vegetarian, and regular slow cooker meal every Sunday in the meal plans. However looking back at many of the slow cooker recipes, I realized there aren’t too many vegetarian recipes so I want to highlight some of my favorites this week. What are your favorite vegetarian slow cooker recipes?

1. Curry Red Lentil and Carrot Stew, 251 calories, 6 PointsPlus®
This is one of my all time favorite crockpot stews. It is full of flavor and will literally keep you full for hours due to all the lentils. It also keeps great, freezes well, and is really affordable. If you like lentils and curry, you must try it.

2. Saag Paneer, 192 calories, 5 PointsPlus®
I love Saag Paneer but am always worried about how many secret calories it has. Even though it feels like a healthy dish to order, it is usually packed with oil and full fat coconut milk which can quickly add up. In this easy at home version we cut back on calories and have the option for traditional paneer cheese or tofu.

3. Roasted Corn Chowder, 167 calories, 5 PointsPlus®
Corn chowder has always been one of my favorite soups and this roasted version is a perfect way to mix things up. The roasted corn adds a nice rich flavor and the hint of spice makes it a nice alternative to traditional chowder.

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Creamy Avocado Salsa Verde

Creamy Avocado Salsa Verde

As the weather finally begins to warm up, I have salsa on the brain. For me salsa not only makes the perfect snack but also is one of my favorite things to pair with simple grilled meats like chicken, pork, beef, and fish. It’s a quick and low calorie way to elevate any grilled (or baked) dish and with a food processor can come together in under five minutes. This particular creamy avocado salsa verde is a great combination of a classic guacamole with a classic green salsa verde that can be as spicy as you like.

Curious about the chips? For a lower carb option, I sliced a low carb Flat Out wrap into strips, seasoned them with salt and pepper, squeezed on some lime juice, and then baked them directly on the oven rack at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. Crispy, crunchy, and yummy.

Creamy Avocado Salsa Verde
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Nutritional Information: 65 calories, 5.2g of fat, 4.8g of carbohydrates, 2.4g of fiber, .9g of protein, 0g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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

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Weight Loss Wednesday: Teri Lost 176 lbs!

Weight Loss Wednesday: Teri Lost 176 lbs!

Name: Teri Stone
Height: 5′ 4.5″
Starting weight: 344 lbs
Current weight: 167.2 lbs
Pounds lost: 176.8 lbs.

How long did it take you to lose the weight? I began my journey in September of 2012, so it has been about a year and a half.

Lightbulb moment: I was house sitting for my sister, a week alone at the lake house. I had a lot of time for reflecting on my life. I was unemployed at the time and knew that I needed to find focus or I was in danger of becoming depressed. I had stopped smoking two months prior and decided that continuing on a path to health made sense. I told myself I would lose 150 pounds by my 35th birthday (I was about to turn 31 at the time.) I never imagined I would hit that goal in only a year!

How did you do it? Weight Watchers and exercise! I try to never criticize anyone’s choices but I am very proud to have lost the weight without surgery, shots, pills, starvation, or short cuts. Just healthy living.

I cannot speak highly enough of the Walk Away the Pounds videos by Leslie Sansone. They are a great way to ease into exercise but are deceptively effective! I began using her workouts my first week on Weight Watchers and stuck with them for 6 months before moving on to my current love, running. I am now running half- marathons!! I also do strength training several days a week. Don’t be afraid of weights, ladies!! And for anyone with a Wii, the NFL Training Camp game is fantastic! I really try to incorporate variety into my workouts to avoid burnout while keeping my body guessing.

I love to stress that I have never stepped foot in a gym. I am not anti-gym at all, but when I started this journey I was on unemployment and could not afford a gym membership. I committed to working out at home & outdoors. I decided to not join a gym after finding employment to show others that they could lose weight without it. Gyms can be intimidating for some, not to mention pricey. That can end up being an excuse for not getting fit. I am here to say: NO EXCUSES!!

What was the biggest challenge you faced? How did you overcome it? My biggest challenge right now is dealing with others who feel the need to comment on my weight loss in a negative way. I pride myself on living a very healthy lifestyle and having a goal of a healthy weight, not being “skinny”. I am far from too thin but I get frequent comments like, “How much are you gonna lose?” Or “Don’t get too skinny!” I have to remind myself that I am healthy and have healthy goals, and that this journey is mine. I don’t need to justify my lifestyle to anyone else.

What was the single thing that helped you most along the way, especially when things got tough? I began keeping a weight loss journal my first week of Weight Watchers. I write in it on my weekly weigh in days, and I note any workout progress/achievements. I will go back and read older entries when I am feeling frustrated, which gives me perspective on how far I have come and how much I have truly accomplished.

How has your life changed since losing the weight? I am so much more confident and outgoing! Rather than hiding at home, I look for reasons to go out. I am also more efficient at work, and I never feel overly stressed because the exercise keeps stress at bay. Also, I can’t overstate how great it feels to know I can shop at any store and find clothes that fit!

Exercise routine: Weather permitting I run 13 miles on Saturdays and 6-10 miles on Sundays. I try to work in a shorter ( 1 hour) runs mid-week as well. On the other days I do strength training ( On Demand on cable has great free personal training workouts!). I also do tabatta interval training once or twice a week. Fridays are my rest days and I take that seriously. I don’t do so much as a sit-up.

Favorite quick lunch: hummus with carrots & celery, and a turkey flatbread sandwich with spinach, tomatoes, onions, and mustard.

Favorite grab and go snack: Apples. I love apples :)

Favorite dinner: grilled chicken with stir fried onions, tri color peppers, banana peppers, diced tomatoes, and hot sauce.

Advice for someone just starting: Don’t try to do everything at once! You will get overwhelmed. Find one exercise you love and stick with it. You have plenty of time to add variety. And don’t use the d-word: diet. That implies a temporary thing, but you are making permanent lifestyle changes.

Anything else you would like to share: If I was able to get up and exercise at 344 pounds, it is possible for anyone. You will be amazed at the things your body can accomplish if you only let it!

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Four New Ways to Eat Tofu for Breakfast

Four New Ways to Eat Tofu for Breakfast

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

Tofu is normally pretty synonymous with dinner, however as many vegans know it can make a delicious and healthy alternative to eggs in breakfast dishes. Not only can tofu stand on its own as an egg substitute in scrambles, it also works in quiches, smoothies, and even pancakes. With 12 grams of protein per 3 oz. serving, it makes a great alternative to eggs for a protein filled morning. It’s also low in calories and PointsPlus®, which make it something to explore in my book.

The Basics: Tofu Scrambles

The most common way to use tofu for breakfast is in a scramble in place of eggs. Start by sautéing some of your favorite veggies in a bit of oil. Then crumble in one package of Nasoya tofu and cook for 4-6 minutes until warmed through and beginning to brown. Finally add some flavor with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and your favorite seasoning. Chili powder, paprika, oregano, and steak seasoning all work great. From there you can add nutritional yeast or cheese to round our your meal.

Stepping it Up: Tofu Smoothies

Tofu makes a great smoothie ingredient and can be added in to virtually any smoothie recipe. Just add 3-6 ounces of Nasoya silken tofu to your smoothie to add protein without adding lots of calories. You can also freeze the tofu in advance to create protein packed “tofu cubes” that can be added instead of ice. Get started by blending 6 ounces tofu with 1 banana, 1 tbsp. cocoa powder, 1 tbsp. peanut butter, 1 cup milk, and some ice cubes for a protein packed Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie.

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