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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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Slow Cooker Sunday: Kalua Pork with Cabbage

Slow Cooker Sunday:  Kalua Pork with Cabbage

Kalua pork is a traditional dish from Hawaii that upon first taste you would believe must be full of special ingredients due to its intense, smoky flavor. However it’s surprisingly simple when it comes to ingredients. Normally it is a pork shoulder (or a whole pig) seasoned with Hawaiian sea salt, wrapped in ti leaves, and then cooked underground until fall apart tender and delicious. So so good but since most of us don’t have the space or time for 16 hours underground, not so easy to make at home. So for the at home version, it’s best to use the slow cooker instead.

For this at home slow cooker version, we will use liquid smoke to mimic the smoky taste from the underground cooking, season a lean pork tenderloin with salt to reduce the calories and fat, and cook it low and slow until it’s fall apart tender. It’s incredibly easy, low carb and low calorie, and can be used in so many ways.Slow Cooker Kalua Pork with Cabbage
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1/2 cup or so
Nutritional Information: 167 calories, 5g of fat, 4.1g of carbohydrates, .7g of fiber, 22.9g of protein, .7g 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: Five Simple Ways to Get Moving

Friday Five:  Five Simple Ways to Get Moving

The weather is finally starting to warm up, which means that it’s time to come out from behind our bulky sweaters and winter wardrobes. However lucky for us, bathing suit season is still some weeks away so now is the perfect time to step up your game and add more exercise to your routine. Here are five great ways to start exercising with ideas for people just starting out or folks looking to kick things up a notch. Whether you start by walking more, getting in 10,000 steps a day, or adding strength training to your routine – little changes now can add up to a big change by summer. My personal plan – right now I am doing the 30 Day Shred and using the Couch to 10K program 3 days a week. I am only 10 days in and can already see a difference. What are your fitness goals and favorite routines?

1. 10,000 Day Step Challenge

I am a huge fan of the 10,000/day step challenge for this simple reason – it encourages moving more and everything counts! Additionally, “the American Heart Association uses the 10,000 steps metric as a guideline to follow for improving health and decreasing risk of heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in America. 10,000 steps a day is a rough equivalent to the Surgeon General’s recommendation to accumulate 30 minutes of activity most days of the week. It should be enough to reduce your risk for disease and help you lead a longer, healthier life. The benefits are many: lower BMI, reduced waist size, increased energy, and less risk for Type II diabetes and heart disease. In fact, a recent study of the 10,000 steps a day method reported conclusive health benefits. 10,000 steps daily is approximately 5 miles. Unless you have a very active lifestyle or profession, you probably don’t reach 10,000 steps on a given day without putting some effort into your activity. This could be a lifestyle change such as walking to work, or the addition of an exercise routine to your day.” So grab a pedometer or fitness monitor and get moving!

2. Couch to 5K

I am a huge fan of the Couch to 5K programs and have personally used them multiple times to start running again. The program progresses from walking to running and only asks you to commit to 3 days a week. The increases in time and intensity are 100% manageable in my opinion and I truly believe it can help virtually anyone run a 5K. Perfect now that the weather is starting to warm up.

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Roasted Honey Mustard Brussel’s Sprouts

Roasted Honey Mustard Brussel’s Sprouts

I will take a big bowl of crispy, almost burnt, nicely caramelized Brussel’s sprouts any night of the week. They are a favorite side dish, snack, or salad topper and I make them almost once a week. My usual go to is simple salt and pepper, but lately I have been mixing things up with this simple honey mustard added just after roasting. The sweet and salty combo is perfect in my opinion.

In a rush? These can also be made in a pan if you want to speed things up. Heat the olive oil over medium high heat in a heavy pan or skillet. Place the sprouts cut side down in a single layer and cover. Cook for 5-8 minutes until sprouts are tender and cut side is almost black. Toss with the honey mustard and you have a simple side dish in 10 minutes.

Roasted Honey Mustard Brussel’s Sprouts
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1/2 cup or so
Nutritional Information: 94 calories, 2.9g of fat, 16.4g of carbohydrates, 4.3g of fiber, 3.9g of protein, 8.2g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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