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Crunchy Cabbage Tuna Salad

Crunchy Cabbage Tuna Salad

Every once in awhile things line up just right. Sometimes its big life things and sometimes its little things like this lunch. I was sitting at my desk last week trying to finish some email and distracting myself with thoughts of lunch. My stomach was growling and I knew I had nothing in the house. I was already envisioning some weird, mish-mash creation that undoubtedly involved the canned beans that are always in my pantry. And then I saw this recipe for crunchy cabbage tuna salad and mentally cheered since I had everything on hand. I lightened up the tuna salad with nonfat yogurt and light sour cream, which I prefer to mayonnaise. And the cabbage is a brilliant idea for adding volume and crunch. It’s perfect, especially with the addition of a thinly sliced jalapeno and green apple if you are feeling frisky.

Crunchy Cabbage Tuna Salad
Servings: 2
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 114 calories, 2.7g of fat, 6.5g carbohydrates, 2.1g dietary fiber, 17.8g of protein, 3.5g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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

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Baked PB2 and Banana Oatmeal

Baked PB2 and Banana Oatmeal

I can tell fall is really kicking in when the requests for more oatmeal recipes start to roll in. Mornings are cooler and reaching for something warm and comforting can be just the thing to jump start the day.

While the combinations for baked oatmeal are endless, lately I have been craving this classic combination of peanut butter and banana. To lower the calories I usually reach for PB2 (a lower calorie powdered peanut butter) but any nut butter will do. The banana adds tons of sweetness without the need for extra sugar and of course, chocolate is a great addition to this classic combo.

Baked PB2 and Banana Oatmeal
Servings: 2
Serving Size: 1/2 recipe (1 ramekin)
Nutritional Info: 265 calories, 5.1g of fat, 47.1g carbohydrates, 8.3g dietary fiber, 11.3g of protein, 8.4g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 (5 if you don’t count the banana) * (more…)

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

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Summer Squash Noodles

Summer Squash Noodles

Vegetable noodles are having quite the moment in the blog world these days, and for good reason. Not only are they low calorie, low carb, and packed with nutrients – they are delicious. Since I have an an abundance of summer squash these days, this has been my new favorite veggie noodle. In terms of preparation, my favorite way to eat them is with skinny alfredo, this simple Romesco sauce made with tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and almonds or a lighter version of pesto made with peas. Throw in some chicken, sausage, or shrimp and you have a delicious main course.

Summer Squash Noodles
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 24 calories, .3g of fat, 4.9g carbohydrates, 1.3g dietary fiber, 1.3g of protein, 0g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 0 * (more…)

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Charred Corn, Scallion, and Tomato Salad

Charred Corn, Scallion, and Tomato Salad

Summer is oh so sadly coming to a close but that doesn’t mean we have to say goodbye to summer tomatoes and corn just yet. Let’s eek out a few more recipes and savor all that delicious summer flavor. This summer inspired salad or veggie side dish makes a perfect pairing for the Honey Lime Chicken I shared on Tuesday but is also great on its own or paired with steak, chicken, pork, shrimp, or tofu. It would also be delicious punched up with some queso fresco, goat cheese, or feta and works great as a wrap or quesadilla filling if you have leftovers.

Charred Corn, Scallion, and Tomato Salad
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1/4 salad
Nutritional Info: 95 calories, 2.9g of fat, 17.6g carbohydrates, 2.9g dietary fiber, 2.8g of protein, 3.8g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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Weight Loss Wednesday: Victoria Lost 131 Pounds!

Weight Loss Wednesday:  Victoria Lost 131 Pounds!

Name: Victoria Coronado
Height: 5’6’’
Starting Weight: 290
Current Weight: 159
Pounds Lost: 131

How long did it take you to lose the weight? Approximately 1.5 years, maintaining the loss for 10+ years!

Lightbulb Moment: I always knew I needed to lose the weight, and I tried over and over again since the time I was about 12 years old. But the weight just kept piling its way on and it got harder and harder to lose. One of the big “light bulb” moments was in high school when I went to Six Flag’s with a group of friends. I was with my best friend who was thin her whole life and gorgeous. We were getting on a roller coaster and as we went to put the bar down to lock us into the ride, it wouldn’t close. My legs were too big and it wouldn’t lock. I was MORTIFIED!!! I actually had to get off the ride, and being the good friend she is, she got off with me. I tried to play it off like it was no big deal, but I was SO embarrassed and ashamed. I continued to try and lose weight, but because I had SO much to lose I just became discouraged. I was depressed, and the weight continued to pile on. The weight got out of control all the way through college until I hit 290 lbs. That was another light bulb moment for me. I was in a size 24/26 jeans that were TIGHT on me and I was almost 300 lbs!! I just knew I HAD to do something, and I had to do it quick before I hit 300 lbs. The way I chose to lose the weight may not be the way that everyone chooses to do it, and it might not be the “right” choice for everyone, but it was the right thing for me, and I knew I had to do it.

How did you do it? Everyone has their own story of how they got to where they are, and no matter what the story is, we all end up in one common place together…struggling with our weight. I can tell you even after losing 130 pounds and keeping it off for 10 years now, it’s STILL a struggle. I have to work at it every day so that I don’t gain it back!

A little about myself: I am 33 years old, living in California, and I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I was always the chubby girl in school and slowly over the years the pounds kept coming on. In high school I was 250lbs+ and I’m 5’6”. I never had a boyfriend and just had a small group of close friends. I tried EVERY diet and program known to man. I joined and quit Weight Watchers more times than I could remember. As I went through college the weight kept coming on and eventually at 23 years old I hit my all time high of 290 pounds and a size 24/26. I was miserable. I was getting ready to go into nursing school and I didn’t know how I’d do the job carrying all that weight around. I was pre-diabetic too. How could I work as a nurse telling patients what they needed to do to get healthy when I was as far from healthy as I could be?! I needed to do something.

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Honey Lime Chicken

Honey Lime Chicken

There is a major heat wave passing through Los Angeles right now. It’s hot, hot, hot. So as much as I feel ready for fall foods – pumpkins, chili, hearty soups – it’s just too hot. All I want to eat is fresh, light salads and easy grill or no cook options. This simple chicken dish is packed with flavor from the lime, cilantro, honey, and red pepper flakes. Seriously, it’s some of the best chicken around. The yogurt and lime juice make the chicken incredibly tender and then there is the sauce. You’ll want to swim in it. Really. I could eat it in anything.

Curious about the salad? It’s coming tomorrow.

Honey Lime Chicken
Servings: 4
Serving Size: around 6 oz. chicken
Nutritional Info: 223 calories, 7.8g of fat, 3.1g carbohydrates, 0g dietary fiber, 34.1g of protein, 2.5g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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