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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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Weight Loss Wednesday: Alice Lost 50 lbs!

Weight Loss Wednesday:  Alice Lost 50 lbs!

Name: Alice Dargie
Height: 5″5
Starting Weight: 14 st. 11 lbs. (207 lbs.)
Current Weight: 11 st. 3 lbs. (157 lbs.)
Pounds Lost: 50 lbs. so far, 11 more to go!

How long did it take you to lose the weight? I’ve been losing the weight for almost two years. I started in August 2012. It’s been slow but slow and steady wins the race! I’m still going and I have 11 lbs. left to lose.

Lightbulb Moment: I got back from holiday (two weeks camping) and I weighed myself, I decided then that I never wanted to see that number on the scales again… plus spending the whole summer in black leggings instead of shorts, skirts or pretty dresses wasn’t at all fun or comfortable!

How did you do it? I followed the Weight Watchers plan, I’ve done it a few times before so I was confident with it and I knew it worked. It allows me to eat all of the foods I enjoy but within reason! I also have a food diary account on Instagram which is @alicefooddiary and everyone who I follow/follows me are full of support and encouragement.

What was the biggest challenge you faced? How did you overcome it? The biggest challenge I faced was the fact that I had numerous people join Weight Watchers with me and then they gave up after a few weeks. It was quite difficult to keep the motivation going when no-one else around me was dieting. What kept me motivated during those times was the fact that I didn’t want to go back to how I was before. I always think about how far I’ve come and how hard I’ve worked to get where I am.

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Cheesy Bacon Cauliflower Soup

Cheesy Bacon Cauliflower Soup

I love everything about classic loaded baked potato soup – bacon, cheese, green onions, thick and creamy soup – but I don’t love the calories and fat. One cup of loaded baked potato soup with bacon can have over 500 calories and 12 PointsPlus®. For one cup! So for a healthier option I have been making my own cheesy baked potato soup with cauliflower. It’s lower calorie, lower carb, and I absolutely love the earthy flavor the cauliflower adds. Paired with some crispy turkey bacon and green onions it makes the perfect meal to warm up on a cold or rainy day.

Cheesy Bacon Cauliflower Soup
Servings: 5
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Information: 224 calories, 9.5g of fat, 13.9g of carbohydrates, 1.6g of fiber, 22.8g of protein, 9g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Spicy Corn and Kale Soup

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Spicy Corn and Kale Soup

Originally I never intended to share today’s recipe on the blog. I have been on a mission lately to clean out my pantry. The result is almost always some type of soup and although good, none have been special enough to photograph and share. However this soup was different. I was surprised by how much I loved the simple combination of tomatoes, spice, and corn. I added some kale because I had it on hand, but you could add any veggies, beans, or protein to mix things up.

Slow Cooker Spicy Corn and Kale Soup
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Information: 163 calories, 1.8g of fat, 29.9g of carbohydrates, 3.7g of fiber, 7g of protein, 9g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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