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

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Weight Loss Wednesday: Nichole Lost 41 Pounds!

Weight Loss Wednesday:  Nichole Lost 41 Pounds!

Name: Nichole Wickens
Height: 5′ 5″
Starting Weight: 186 lbs.
Current Weight: 145 lbs.
Pounds Lost: 41 lbs.
How long did it take you to lose the weight: 5 months

Lightbulb Moment: I quit smoking in November of 2013. I was already over weight and extremely unhealthy thanks to smoking. I used food as a way to overcome my cigarette addiction. Around my 26th birthday in February 2014 I noticed that there were stretch marks on my stomach from weight gain. I stepped on a scale and was shocked. I had put on around 25 pounds in 3 months.

How did you do it? About a month later, in March of 2014, I joined Weight Watchers. I was hesitant at first because I had misconceptions that it was for older women, or women with bigger weight problems than mine. I was relieved to see that I was accepted and encouraged in the meetings. The app was a huge life saver and I considered ‘dieting’ as a big math problem. I like math so this made sense to me. (more…)

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Indian Spiced Cabbage with Dates

Indian Spiced Cabbage with Dates

Spicy, earthy, and with just a hint of sweetness, this Indian inspired side dish will definitely be making an appearance in my kitchen often. There are quite a few things I love about this recipe. First it comes together in under 10 minutes if you start with pre-shredded cabbage or cole slaw mix. Win! Second it is full of unusual and interesting flavors from the mustard seeds, curry, garlic, ginger, and dates. This makes it a great complement to a simple baked or grilled protein since the side dish packs in the flavor. Win, win! Finally it tastes great hot, at room temperature, or chilled, which makes it great for leftovers. In fact, it will taste better the next day and is delicious as a cold salad, sandwich filling, or added to a broth for a quick Indian inspired soup. It’s also low calorie and can be low carb without the dates so it works for lots of diets. Win, win, win!

Indian Spiced Cabbage with Dates
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe (about 2/3 cup)
Nutritional Info: 91 calories, 3.9g of fat, 14.4g carbohydrates, 3.1g dietary fiber, 1.7g of protein, 9.4g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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

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Sesame Chicken with Broccoli

Sesame Chicken with Broccoli

A few years back I shared a simple recipe for Sesame Chicken and it has been an absolute blog and meal plan favorite ever since. More than just a blog favorite, it’s a household favorite and something I personally prepare at least 1-2 times a month. Usually when I am making it at home, I add whatever veggies I have own hand – broccoli, green beans, asparagus, snap peas, snow peas, cabbage, red peppers, or a mix. Since lately some questions have been rolling in about the best way to add veggies, I thought it was worth it to share this veggie packed version of sesame chicken. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Sesame Chicken with Broccoli
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe (about 1/3 lb. chicken and 3/4 cup broccoli)
Nutritional Info: 238 calories, 7.2g of fat, 9.7g carbohydrates, 2.4g dietary fiber, 33.1g of protein, 3.8g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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