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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…)

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

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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…)

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

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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…)

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

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Friday Five: Supermarket Snack Finds

Friday Five:  Supermarket Snack Finds

As much I as I would to make hand make most of my snacks at home, the reality is I just don’t usually have time to whip up a batch of homemade cheese crackers, the know how to even attempt to make something like a black bean crisp, or the desire (let’s be real) to take this on every week. So today let’s share our favorite snacks from the supermarket – no special ordering, no kitchen time – just plain old, packaged, yumminess.

1. Cape Cod Naturally Simple Popcorn, around 140 calories per serving, 3-4 PointsPlus®

Being from Massachusetts, I have a soft spot for anything from this company. Since I actively try to stay away from their chips since I want to eat the whole bag, I was excited to see their new healthier popcorn. In flavors like Kettle Korn, Sea Salt, and White Cheddar; it makes a perfect snack on the go with serving sizes up to 4 cups.

2. Lean Cuisine Stuffed Soft Pretzels, 4 pretzel bites for 210 calories, 5 PointsPlus®

Lately I have been staying away from microwave meals, but these stuffed pretzels caught my eye a few weeks back. They make a great snack or meal and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed them. If you have the time, cook them in the oven or crisp them up for a minute in the toaster oven after nuking for even better flavor.

3. Popchips Veggie Chips, 120 calories, 3 PointsPlus®

I love that so many companies are beginning to hide veggies in their products and Popchips is the latest to jump on board. The new Popchips with veggies have all the great flavor of traditional Popchips with some added veggies.

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Oatmeal Smoothies

Oatmeal Smoothies

I love me a good smoothie and lately I have been loving the addition of oats for some fiber and staying power. I make this smoothie all different ways, usually based on what fruits I have in the house. I like to blend oats, almond milk, and yogurt to make sure I get a good dose of protein as well.

So use this recipe as a jumping point to make your own delicious oatmeal smoothie creations. Some of my favorite combinations include adding 1 frozen banana, a scoop of PB2 or peanut butter, and a scoop of unsweetened coca powder for some chocolate banana peanut butter action. I also love adding 1/2 frozen banana, 1/2 cup berries, 1 cup spinach, and some flax or chia seeds.

Oatmeal Smoothies
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1 smoothie
Nutritional Information: 243 calories, 1.8g of fat, 44.8g of carbohydrates, 7.1g of fiber, 16.7g of protein, 21.7g of sugar
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 (6 is you count the fruit) * (more…)

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

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