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Spinach Protein Pancakes

Spinach Protein Pancakes

Lately I have been a bit obsessed with morning pancakes. Mostly it’s these Banana Pancakes, Pumpkin Pancakes, or Overnight Oat Pancakes; but this weekend I added a new healthy pancake to the rotation and they are made of spinach! Eeek! Before you go running for the hills, consider giving these simple pancakes a try. Much like a smoothie quickly hides the taste of spinach, the same happens here. The spinach flavor takes a backseat and you just get a nice, slightly sweet pancake. Want to cover it up even more? Add a banana and you won’t be able to taste the spinach at all. I like mine topped with a touch of apple butter and a drizzle of honey. Filling and delicious.

Spinach Protein Pancakes
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 8-10 small pancakes
Nutritional Info: 151 calories, 2.5g of fat, 17.2g carbohydrates, 3.8g dietary fiber, 16g of protein, 1.2g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: Healthier Halloween Recipes

Friday Five:  Healthier Halloween Recipes

With Halloween around the corner and what is sure to be a deluge of candy and sweet treats, I always like to have a few delicious and healthier recipes up my sleeve. So today’s Friday Five is focused on just that! Here are some spooky treats I am thinking about making this Halloween. What’s on your menu?

1. DIY Banana Mummies, 72 calories, 2-3 PointsPlus®
2. Frozen Boo Nana Pops, 98 calories, 3 PointsPlus®
3. Strawberry Ghosts, 104 calories, 3 PointsPlus® (or use vanilla Greek yogurt or sugar free vanilla pudding instead and freeze for a healthier treat!)
4. Candied Apples, 237 calories, 5 PointsPlus®
5. Mummy Muffin Pizzas, 270 calories, 6-7 PointsPlus®

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

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Spinach and Strawberry Protein Smoothie

Spinach and Strawberry Protein Smoothie

First of all, let’s agree to ignore the color of the smoothie in this photo. Sometimes green smoothies are just not pretty. But the taste? I’m into it. It isn’t overly sweet and tastes a bit earthy from the spinach, almond butter, and hemp protein powder. I love this smoothie first thing in the morning to get my body going or after a workout to refuel.

Spinach and Strawberry Protein Smoothie
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
Nutritional Info: 229 calories, 10.2g of fat, 20.6g carbohydrates, 7.7g dietary fiber, 16g of protein, 9.7g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 (5 in recipe calculator counting fruits and vegetables) * (more…)

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

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Weight Loss Wednesday: Kattia Lost 21 Pounds!

Weight Loss Wednesday:  Kattia Lost 21 Pounds!

Name: Kattia Pabon
Height: 5’7″
Starting weight: 167 lbs.
Current weight: 146 lbs.
Pounds lost: 21 lbs.

How long did it take to lose the weight? It has taken me around 6 months to lose the weight. I finally took it seriously in April 2014.

Lightbulb moment: I turned 40 in March 2014. I really felt the need to reinvent myself. Being a stay at home mom, it’s so easy to let yourself go. I wanted to look and feel good. I got tired of being the girl with the ‘pretty face’….

How did you do it? Weight Watchers. I’ve tried it so many times before! But this time was different. I really liked the WW app, the online tools and most of all this time, I allowed myself to accept the support of my weekly meetings and my Instagram ww friends/community! I really feel like I’m accountable when I’m part of this group of people! Also, what a difference does tracking my food makes! I track the good, the bad and the ugly too! I do a lot of Zumba and also got a fitbit, which keeps me aware of my daily exercise.

Biggest challenge: Weekends! Wine! Dinners! I would have a great week and then would destroy it during the weekend! It got to the point where I felt I wasn’t being fair with myself! I decided to allow myself just one day or night a week to be ‘bad’. It worked! As I lost the weight I started making smarter choices even on those ‘bad days’…

What was the single thing that helped me most? I think tracking my food and ‘managing’ my points allowance during the day kept me aware of the amount of food I consume, when and why. The convenience of being able to do it from my phone made everything so much easier this time!

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Cheesy “Fried” Mozzarella Bites & SkinnyTaste Giveaway

Cheesy “Fried” Mozzarella Bites & SkinnyTaste Giveaway

Today’s post is a special one for me. When I first started Weight Watchers and my own weight loss journey, Gina’s fabulous (and incredibly popular!) blog SkinnyTaste was where I found almost all of my favorite recipes. Not only were her recipes delicious and easy to follow, they were packed with flavor. Moreover, her dishes never felt like diet food. I could confidently cook them for family and friends without anyone pausing to wonder if it was healthy. All anyone was thinking about was how amazing it tasted.

Fast forward a few years and it was in Gina’s blog where I found inspiration to start my own. Seeing her amazing ability to inspire and help others along their weight loss, healthy eating, and cooking journeys, I decided to start sharing my own kitchen adventures here at Slender Kitchen. She was and continues to be one of my favorite bloggers and a constant source of inspiration!

So today I couldn’t be more excited to get a chance to share (and giveaway!) Gina’s incredible cookbook, The SkinnyTaste Cookbook, with you all. It is packed full of amazing recipes and tips for creating a healthy kitchen and truly delivers on its catch phrase, “light on calories, big on flavor.” Today’s recipes for Cheesy “Fried” Mozzarella Bites is just one of many great recipes in the book. I highly, highly recommend checking it out. I made this recipe for game day and let’s just say they didn’t last more than about 10 minutes on the table. Delicious.

Skinny Taste Cookbook

Cheesy “Fried” Mozzarella Bites
Servings: 12
Serving Size: 4 bites
Nutritional Info: 107 calories, 5g of fat, 5g carbohydrates, 0g dietary fiber, 8g of protein, 0g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: Weight Watchers 3-2-1 Cakes

Friday Five:  Weight Watchers 3-2-1 Cakes

Have y’all heard of 3-2-1 cakes aka Magic Cakes aka Microwave Mug Cakes? I am pretty sure I am really late to the game on this one but lately they have been filling my Instagram feed. So let’s start with what a 3-2-1 cake is. Essentially a 3-2-1 cake is an individual serving of microwave cake. It was originally made by combining one package of angel food cake mix with another packaged cake mix of your choice. Then you just add water and microwave. That’s it!

It get its name because you use 3 tablespoons of cake mix, 2 tablespoons of water, and then microwave it for 1 minute in a mug or bowl sprayed with cooking spray. Since the base recipe is so simple, the combinations for this microwave mug cake are endless. You can add or top it with so many different things – chocolate, peanut butter, nuts, whipped cream, fruit, pumpkin, pudding, cocoa powder, you get the gist. And perhaps best of all it comes in at just 80 calories and 2-3 PointsPlus® for the basic mix. Sounds pretty great and simple. Granted, it’s not the healthiest dessert option out there but great when you are really craving cake and want to save on calories or being tempted with leftovers for days.

So today I bring you the 3-2-1 cake and some of the delicious ways you can doctor it up! Are you a fan of this cake? How do you make it your own? Please share in the comments.

1. Basic 3-2-1 Cake: Combine 1 package of angel food cake mix with 1 package of regular cake mix (any flavor will do – chocolate, vanilla, spice, lemon, etc.). Store in an airtight container. When ready to serve add to a microwave safe dish sprayed with cooking spray. Stir in 2 tablespoons of water and microwave for 1 minute. Done.

2. Molton Chocolate/Candy 3-2-1 Cake: Follow the same instructions above but mix the cake mix in a separate container. Add half the batter to the mug and place a chocolate or candy in the center – a Hershey kiss, mini candy bar, or chocolate chips would work great. Pour remaining batter on top and microwave. For double chocolate, use a chocolate cake mix with the angel food cake mix for the batter.

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