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Sweet Chili Coconut Chicken Fingers

Sweet Chili Coconut Chicken Fingers

Coconut crusted sweet chili chicken fingers, I think I’m in love. This recipe really begins and ends with Thai Sweet Chili sauce – have you tried it before? It’s pretty magical stuff and although the nutritional info isn’t the best (it’s got a lot of sugar), you don’t need too much to add terrific flavor. I usually buy the Mae Ploy brand, but Trader Joe’s also makes great one. Alright, back to the recipe. To make these delicious little chicken fingers, we are going to dip our chicken in sweet chili sauce instead of eggs and then bread them in coconut for a sweet and spicy combo. If you want to really play this up, add a bit of Sriracha to the sweet chili sauce to bump up the spice quotient even more. Then we are going to bake them until nice and crispy. Delicious.

Sweet Chili Coconut Chicken Fingers
Servings: 4
Serving Size: about 2 tenders
Nutritional Info: 224 calories, 7.4g of fat, 12.9g of carbohydrates, 1.6g of fiber, 25.6g of protein, 9.9g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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

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Protein Packed Microwave Muffins

Protein Packed Microwave Muffins

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Aloha, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #myAloha and #AlohaMoment http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

December is the hardest month to focus on fitness and health for me. There are so many temptations with holiday parties, food, and the common attitude to just wait until the new year to reset. To counteract that, every December I try to really focus in on my goals for the new year and start to form at least one healthy habit early. That way I have already accomplished something when the new year rolls around and am not starting off trying to change everything at once.

This year my December goal is two fold. First I am focusing on starting my day with at least 20 minutes of activity before I start working. This could be a quick walk, workout video, or full fledged workout – but I have to move for at least 20 minutes every morning. For me this not only increases my overall activity level but really helps my mood and focus throughout the day. The second part of my December goal is focusing in on eating healthy breakfasts that contain a good amount of protein. I stay full longer and am less likely to “go off the rails” when I start my day this way. One way I have been achieving this, especially on busy mornings, is by incorporating a natural protein powder into my breakfast. I can use it in smoothies, yogurt, pancakes, and these delicious microwave muffins I am sharing today.

In terms of protein powders, I like to look for an all natural plant based protein powder like Aloha Premium Protein. I like Aloha Protein for a few reasons. First, it’s made with whole foods naturally rich in nutrients and has 18 grams of plant-based protein. It’s also made with superfood ingredients and doesn’t use any artificial sweeteners. Equally important, I really like how their protein powder tastes. It’s isn’t gritty and doesn’t have that off putting, “protein” tastes that a lot of other powders have.

aloha protein powderProtein Packed Microwave Muffins
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1 muffin
Nutritional Info: 301 calories, 13.8g of fat, 19.7g of carbohydrates, 6.6g of fiber, 26.5g of protein, 7.2g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: High Protein Low Carb Breakfast Ideas

Friday Five:  High Protein Low Carb Breakfast Ideas

Lately it seems that more and more people are moving towards lower carbohydrate diets in some form. For some this means severely limiting carbohydrates and cutting out grains, legumes, breads, and even most fruit. For others it means making a more concerted effort to consume less carbohydrates, eliminate gluten, or just make smarter decisions about what types of carbohydrates they consume. Personally I try to make smarter choices about carbohydrates – choosing whole grains and unprocessed foods and also try to make sure they are more of a “side dish” to my meal as opposed to the main focus.

One meal I am doing this most days of the week is breakfast. I usually try and prepare a high protein, low carb dish and pair it with some fresh fruit. Reaching for something with a lot of protein is the key for staying full all morning. Here are some of my favorite high protein, low carb breakfasts? What are yours?

1. Turkey Sausage, Spinach, and Egg Wrap, 262 calories, 6 PointsPlus®

2. Greek Yogurt and Flax Pancakes with Berries, 235 calories, 5 PointsPlus®

3. Low Carb Almond Joy Pancakes, 266 calories, 7 PointsPlus®

4. Yogurt Chia Seed Pudding, 251 calories, 5 PointsPlus®

5. Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes, 118 calories, 3 PointsPlus®

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

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Almond Crusted Chicken Fingers – Low Carb & Paleo

Almond Crusted Chicken Fingers – Low Carb & Paleo

Chicken tenders are one of those foods I don’t really want to admit how much I love. And I can’t even blame it on childhood memories because I don’t think we ever even ate chicken fingers or nuggets as kids. I guess I would have to blame it on late night college eating and my love for dipping anything and everything.

So normally to lighten up traditional chicken tenders, I would reach for breadcrumbs and bake them instead of the traditional deep frying. Easy peasy. However on a Paleo, low carb diet, or gluten free diet, you need to find a good substitute for the breadcrumbs. My personal favorite? Almond meal. It provides a great crunch and I actually prefer the nutty flavor and texture to breadcrumbs. It also adds some extra protein and is a healthier alternative to breadcrumbs.

Almond Crusted Chicken Fingers
Servings: 4
Serving Size: about 2 tenders
Nutritional Info: 210 calories, 9g of fat, 4g of carbohydrates, 2g of fiber, 30g of protein, 1g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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Bang Bang Chicken

Bang Bang Chicken

This time of year I am always on the look out for recipes that come together quickly and can be the star of a dinner plate, quick lunch, or even game day appetizer. Today’s recipe is a chicken version one of my favorite shrimp recipes – Bangin Good Shrimp, which is from the lovely Gina at Skinnytaste. The sauce is sweet, spicy, and creamy and is good enough to eat on just about anything.

Bang Bang Chicken
Servings: 4
Serving Size: about 6 oz.
Nutritional Info: 264 calories, 10g of fat, 10g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 32g of protein, 6g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 * (more…)

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“Baked” Pear Yogurt

“Baked” Pear Yogurt

This is one of my favorite quick recipes for breakfast or a snack. The pear is “baked” in the microwave until warm, softened, and delicious. Then it is simply served with Greek yogurt and walnuts. The texture of the pear mimics what you would get if you baked it, but without needing an hour in the kitchen.

Baked Pear Yogurt
Servings: 1 serving
Serving Size: whole recipe
Nutritional Info: 282.1 calories, 6.6g of fat, 35.6g of carbohydrates, 4.4g of fiber, 24.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 (5 without counting pear) * (more…)

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