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Chocolate Almond Cookies – Gluten Free

Chocolate Almond Cookies – Gluten Free

It has been forever since I shared a desert recipe. To be honest, although I love sweets when I am out to dinner, I rarely have dessert at home. If I do it is usually something boring like fruit and yogurt or 1 piece of frozen chocolate. However every once in awhile I come across a recipe that screams out to try. This was one of those recipes. With a base of almond meal, dark chocolate, and coconut – I knew I would instantly love this cookie. It’s hearty, just sweet enough, and I am in love with the nutty almond flavor paired with coconut. Delish.

Chocolate Almond Cookies
Servings: 20
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Nutritional Info: 77 calories, 6.6g of fat, 5.6g carbohydrates, 1.1g dietary fiber, 1.8g of protein, 3.9g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 1 * (more…)

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

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Black Olive and Feta Turkey Burgers

Black Olive and Feta Turkey Burgers

This turkey burger is seriously delicious. It turned out better than I ever expected. It is moist, packed with flavor, and comes in at under 200 calories. I think the magic happens when you add the feta and black olives, which keep the turkey from drying out like it traditionally does in a turkey burger. Served up with this simple yogurt feta sauce and it is one delicious and easy dinner. You can add cucumber to the yogurt sauce to make a feta tzatziki or leave it out all together. Layer in a toasted bun, wrap it up in lettuce, or serve it with a big salad.

Black Olive and Feta Turkey Burgers
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 burger with 2 tbsp. sauce
Nutritional Info: 184 calories, 3.7g of fat, 3.7g carbohydrates, .9g dietary fiber, 31.9g of protein, 1.5g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Rustic Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Rustic Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Tomato soup is the ultimate comfort food for many. And lucky for anyone trying to eat healthy, it’s low calorie and full of nutrients without having to sacrifice on flavor. This simple slow cooker tomato soup can be made with fresh or canned tomatoes and is paired with roasted red peppers and basil to deepen the flavor. Depending on your tomato soup style, you can add half and half to make a creamy tomato soup or consider using this trick to add a grilled cheese topping before serving.

Slow Cooker Rustic Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 111 calories, 1.4g of fat, 19.7g carbohydrates, 4.8g dietary fiber, 6.6g of protein, 11.2g 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: New Healthy Food Finds

Friday Five:  New Healthy Food Finds

My guess is that anyone who is on Weight Watchers® or dieting can relate to what I am about to share. There is this thing that happens to me when I find a new food that works for my diet and tastes good. It makes me want to scream from the roof tops, text everyone I know who is dieting, plaster my social media accounts, and jump for joy in the grocery store. The amount of joy I get from finding a new food is pretty embarrassing but seriously, it happens. It makes my whole day and I can’t stop talking about it for hours. So today I am excited to share some of my new favorite finds and am hoping that you will share yours as well! I want to hear about them! Shout them out loud!

1. Egg White Chips, 130 calories, 3 PointsPlus® – I think I may be a bit late to the game on the egg white chip bandwagon, but I am seriously into these chips. They are high in protein, with about 7 grams per serving, and I am pretty into the flavor. They aren’t quite as low carb as I was hoping but they are a great option that will keep you full longer than a typical chip.

2. Dang Coconut Chips, 150 calories, 4 PointsPlus® – I first discovered these delectable chips on a trip to Hawaii and was bummed when I couldn’t find them in California. Until last week when I saw them pop up in my local Whole Foods. Crunchy, salty, sweet, and coconutty – these are seriously delicious snacks.

3. Dreyer’s/Edy’s Limited Edition Slow Churned Pumpkin Patch Ice Cream, 90 calories, 3 PointsPlus® – What would a fall post be without sharing some new pumpkin flavored products? This year more than ever, it seems like everyone is making a pumpkin flavored treat. So far this is one of my favorites and at just 90 calories per half cup, it has virtually no guilt.

4. Quest Protein Chips, 120 calories, 3 PointsPlus&reg – With 21 grams of protein, these chips pack a bunch and come to you by the same people who make Quest Bars. While they do not taste like a traditional chip, they are pretty good in my opinion and will keep you full much longer than their potato counterparts.

5. LesserEvil Super 4 Snacks, 46 pieces (1 oz.), 110 calories, 3 PointsPlus® – These chip alternative are made from white beans, lentils, quinoa, and chia seeds and come in Kale & Roasted Garlic, Roasted Red Pepper, and Cheesy Nacho flavors.

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Kale and Blueberry Protein Smoothie

Kale and Blueberry Protein Smoothie

Lately I have been trying to incorporate more protein and healthy fat in my diet, especially at breakfast. Not only do I find that it provides me with a much needed energy boost, it also keeps me full much longer than a low fat or low protein meal. Although one of the easiest ways to do this is with eggs, lately I have been reaching for smoothies instead. I add hemp protein powder to my smoothies for added protein. Personally I like hemp protein because it is low calorie, plant based, and is really in high fiber compared to other protein powders. With that said, any protein powder would work or you could leave it out completely. The almond butter adds healthy fats (any nut butter would work) and the blueberries pack in antioxidants and are lower in carbohydrates compared to other fruits. All in all it’s a great smoothie for breakfast or post workout.

Kale and Blueberry Protein Smoothie
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 2 cups
Nutritional Info: 285 calories, 8.8g of fat, 42.2g carbohydrates, 14.4g dietary fiber, 22.8g of protein, 18.3g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 (6 in recipe calculator counting fruits and vegetables) * (more…)

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

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Weight Loss Wednesday: Luisa Lost 110 Pounds!

Weight Loss Wednesday:  Luisa Lost 110 Pounds!

Name: Luisa Castella
Height: 5 feet 5 inches / 165cm
Starting Weight: 21 stone 7 lbs. / 306 lbs.
Current Weight: 14 stone 3 lbs. / 196 lbs.
Pounds Lost: 110 lbs.

How long did it take you to lose the weight? 2 years

Lightbulb Moment: I am a people watcher! I was sat quietly watching the world go by and I realized I hadn’t seen many/any old overweight people. It was at that moment I decided to change my lifestyle. I don’t want to die young.

How did you do it? I started by introducing exercise in the form of walking. I felt I was too big to join a gym or attend classes. After about 5 weeks I joined Weight Watchers at my heaviest I have ever been. I was ashamed! I didn’t tell my boyfriend my starting weight until after quite a few weeks! I followed the plan and gradually built up my walking!

I assessed my diet and made some changes in line with the plan. Replacing cream with Greek yogurt has been a life saver!! I am not at goal yet, but I am on my way and get a little closer every week.

What was the biggest challenge you faced? How did you overcome it?

For me, it has been remaining motivated especially when I have a bad day or week like we all do. I am human and I’ve emotionally eaten for years so sometimes I slipped into old habits and I am still known to do so from time to time! My Weight Watchers leader has been wonderful! She is always at the end of the phone, text message or Facebook if I need her and she sends regular motivational texts throughout the week. Instagram has also been a massive motivator for me, reading people’s stories and seeing their progress pictures. I have made a good bunch of friends on there.

What was the single thing that helped you most along the way, especially when things got tough? My support network! My boyfriend, my WW leader and my Instagram family!! Seriously if I needed to complain or just a moan they were all awesome. Ready with the tissues and occasionally tell me to sort myself out and get back on the wagon!

How has your life changed since losing the weight? I have teeny tiny wrinkles around my eyes – from smiling! I am so happy it’s unbelievable! I have a stupid amount of energy and I am the most confident I have ever been.

Exercise routine: I walk 20 miles standard a week – I wear my pedometer daily so that even includes trips to the loo – moving is moving after all! I run/jog twice a week. I use couch to 5k and I did my first 5k fun run August this year for McMillan Cancer Nurses and raised £190.

Favorite on the go breakfast: I have breakfast every day but if I have to have it on the go I always pop a banana in my bag. But my all time favorite is overnight oats! I have been know to eat them on the train to work or even at the bus stop thanks to plastic tubs!

Favorite snack: WW bars and bananas

Favorite dinner: spaghetti Bolognese with Parmesan cheese

Favorite sweet treat: ice cream

Advice for someone just starting: Track everything! And be realistic – don’t set your goals too high, set mini goals and reward yourself when you achieve them, only not with food – you are not a dog!

Anything else that you would like to share: Never give up! You will have bad days and even a bad week! You may even have an unexplained gain (I know I have!) don’t jump off the wagon and think that’s it! Stay on it, put your seat belt on if need be. It will be a bumpy ride and an amazing emotional roller coaster xx

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