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Cranberry Orange Couscous

Cranberry Orange Couscous

I have been really digging couscous lately. Between the fluffy texture, easy and quick preparation, and it’s ability to pair well with so many dishes, it s quickly moving up the line as one of my favorite sides. It pairs especially nice with fruit in my opinion and I love the combination of cranberries, oranges, and a touch of ginger in this recipe. It can be eaten hot or cold and will keep for a few days in the fridge. I like to wrap the leftovers up in lettuce leaves and add some leftover chicken or shrimp.

Cranberry Orange Couscous
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 2/3-3/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 145 calories, .2g of fat, 30.7g of carbohydrates, 2.7g of fiber, 4.4g of protein, 7 g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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

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Make Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits

Make Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits

Let’s talk breakfast this morning. First off, I would love to hear from you. What are your go-to breakfasts? Things that you make over and over and never seem to tire of. I always like growing my own personal collection of easy and healthy breakfasts because I find it sets the tone for my eating the whole day. Start the day off with something good means I am more likely to stay on track all day. Start the day off with something not so good equals a day of bad choices. This is a habit I am trying to break (but it’s so hard for some reason), but for now I am trying to stick to good morning decisions. One of those lately has been this simple overnight fruit and yogurt parfait. It’s kind of like overnight oats but with more yogurt and less oats. Then it just has some of your favorite fruit and some chia and flax seeds for fiber. You can make a few at a time and store them in the fridge all week. This also works great with flavored yogurt if you like something sweeter.

Make Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Parfaits
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1 parfait
Nutritional Info: 292 calories, 4g of fat, 39g of carbohydrates, 8g of fiber, 25g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 * (more…)

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

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Sausage, Spinach, and Polenta Bowl

Sausage, Spinach, and Polenta Bowl

Polenta, sausage, tomatoes, spinach, garlic. Need I say more. This meal is warm, comforting, and sure to please. It’s also surprisingly simple to make and comes together in under 30 minutes. If you aren’t a big fan of polenta or want a lower carb option, you could substitute in mashed cauliflower, spaghetti squash, or zucchini noodles. I also highly recommend adding Parmesan cheese, goat cheese, or mozzarella if you have some calories to spare. It truly takes it to the next level.

Sausage, Spinach, and Polenta Bowl
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 3/4 cup polenta, 1 sausage, and 3/4 cup vegetables
Nutritional Info: 319 calories, 6g of fat, 42g of carbohydrates, 4g of fiber, 20g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 9 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five with Flatout Flatbread – Building Healthy Lunches

Friday Five with Flatout Flatbread – Building Healthy Lunches

Today I have teamed up with Flatout Flatbread to bring you some seriously delicious healthy lunch inspiration. Since I couldn’t live without their 90 calorie, fiber packed, low carb, 2 PointsPlus ® (can you tell I’m a fan!) Light Original wraps, I jumped at the chance to work with Flatout and bring you some yummy on-the-go and healthy lunches to help you stay on track and reach your goals. Moreover, I hope this post inspires you to start creating some of your own delicious recipes using these low calorie flatbreads. They are perfect for wraps, pizzas, quesadillas, burritos, and so much more.

Let’s start with some healthy lunch ideas using FlatOut Flatbreads and then stay tuned for some exciting news about trying these delicious wraps.

1. Buffalo Chicken Wraps – A buffalo chicken wrap or pizza is one of my favorite things to make for lunch when I am craving something something indulgent. Luckily with this 150 calorie buffalo chicken and a Flatout wrap for 90 calories, you can make a delicious lunch for under 300 calories even if you add blue cheese or ranch. Just make the chicken on the weekend and then to make a wrap, add lettuce, carrots, celery, and some light blue cheese or ranch dressing. For a pizza, toast the Flatout and then add a thin layer of buffalo sauce, the chicken, some vegetables, and some cheese. Bake or toast for 3-5 minutes and then drizzle some light dressing on top. Delicious.

2. Cranberry Tuna Salad or Crunchy Tuna Salads – Another way I love using Flatouts is for tuna wraps and tuna melts. Usually I make either this cranberry tuna salad or this crunchy cabbage tuna salad (both are great with chicken or chickpeas as well if you aren’t a tuna fan) and wrap it up with lots of fresh veggies for an easy lunch under 250 calories. You can also add some cheese and make a tuna melt.

3. Flatbread Pizzas – When I am home and need a quick and healthy pizza fix, I love using Flatouts to make all types of flatbread pizzas. My two favorite options are this simple Margherita pizza with a balsamic glaze or this herb roasted zucchini pizza. The margherita pizza comes together in under 10 minutes and will satisfy any pizza craving. It also only has 262 calories for the whole thing. The options are endless for these simple flatbread pizzas and they can even be made in an office toaster oven if you have one.

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Turkey BLT Ranch Wrap

Turkey BLT Ranch Wrap

Looking for a quick and delicious lunch? This turkey ranch BLT wrap is where it’s at. Between the bacon, turkey, and ranch dressing I would be happy eating this everyday for lunch. I also highly recommend adding some avocado. Yum. What are your favorite quick sandwiches on the go?

Turkey BLT Ranch Wrap
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1 wrap
Nutritional Info: 274 calories, 12g of fat, 25g of carbohydrates, 10g of fiber, 24g of protein, 5.4g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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Weight Loss Wednesday: Mattie Lost 118 Pounds!

Weight Loss Wednesday: Mattie Lost 118 Pounds!

Name: Mattie
Height: 5′ 10″
Starting Weight: 331
Current Weight: 213
Pounds Lost: 118

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

Lightbulb Moment: When I had to wear shorts in November because none of my jeans fit anymore.

How did you do it? I started on Weight Watchers. I am currently not on WW as a paid subscriber, but I still follow it and use what I learned. At the beginning, I used WW online because I was too afraid to go to the meetings. At first I simply tried to change my eating habits… I had a horrible tendency of snacking and snacking so cutting back on that was the hardest. For the first 6 months or so I did not have a gym membership so I would walk around the park or do a similar activity. When I got my gym membership I really started to change. I walked on the treadmill at an incline (high incline with a 3.0-3.5 mph speed ). It started to become a habit. I became so accustomed to my eating and exercise routine that it became easy. Pushing through on the days I did not want to be there was the most important thing I learned. This changed my lifestyle. I was not focused on when my next meal was, but more focused on enjoying the little things instead!

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