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Coffee Cheesecake Popsicles

Coffee Cheesecake Popsicles

Remember last week when we made raspberry cheesecake popsicles? Well I was secretly holding out on you and also made some coffee cheesecake popsicles. I knew I wanted to try this recipe out with coffee as soon as I decided to add condensed milk to the equation. Something about coffee and condensed milk is incredibly delicious and the cheesecake flavor works surprisingly well with it. I was cautiously optimistic, but it worked. These could also be made without the cream cheese, just use more milk for a more traditional coffee flavor.

Coffee Cheesecake Popsicles
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1 pop
Nutritional Info: 132 calories, 5.3g of fat, 14.2g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 7.1g of protein, Sugars: 13.9g
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *

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Acai Bowl

Acai Bowl

Lately my favorite weekend breakfast has been a refreshing Acai Energy Bowl from my neighborhood coffee shop. This is even with the embarrassment of always saying a-kai instead ah-sah-eee no matter how many times I say it in my head first. Ugh.

So let’s talk about this bowl. The acai is cool and refreshing, almost like a sorbet. Then its topped with bananas, shredded coconut, and a touch of granola or high fiber cereal. Delish and perfect for hot mornings. On to the acai berry. Packed with antixodants, fiber, amino acids, and essential fatty acids – acai is a popular superfood made from a palm tree found in Brazil. To me it tastes like a really rich blueberry or raspberry. Normally it is sold as a powder (great to add in smoothies or yogurt) or in frozen smoothie packets and can be found in most natural food stores or bought online.

Acai Energy Bowl
Servings: 1
Serving Size: 1 bowl
Nutritional Info: 276 calories, 6g of fat, 39g of carbohydrates, 6g of fiber, 18.1g of protein, 22.1g of sugars
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 (4 if you don’t count the banana) *
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Zucchini and Tomato Soup with Sausage

Zucchini and Tomato Soup with Sausage

Weather in LA has taken a turn for the worst on the coast for the past few days – cool days and chilly nights, it feels a bit like a summer in San Francisco. So although soup isn’t usually the first thing I reach for in the summer, with this flurry of chilly nights lately it made the perfect light dinner to finish off the day. This simple 20 minute soup is packed with diced tomatoes, zucchini, and a touch of Italian sausage. Like things spicy? Trade in the Italian sausage for spicy sausage and add in 1/2-1 tsp. of red pepper flakes.

Zucchini and Tomato Soup with Sausage
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1.25 cups
Nutritional Info: 154 calories, 3.8g of fat, 7.2g of carbohydrates, 1g of fiber, 29g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Rotisserie Turkey Breast

Sunday Slow Cooker: Rotisserie Turkey Breast

Store bought rotisserie chicken is one of those magic ingredients that can help you bring a meal together in under ten minutes. It is a constant in my fridge and I use it for all types of quick meals and even can be seen eating it cold right out of the fridge over the kitchen sink on occasion. However lately I have wanted to mix things up and starting making my own rotisserie turkey breast in the crockpot for a substitute for chicken. You can use it all the same ways but makes a nice substitute when you feel like you just can’t eat another chicken breast.

Rotisserie Turkey Breast
Servings: 10
Serving Size: 4 oz. turkey
Nutritional Info: 189 calories, 5.7g of fat, 2g of carbohydrates, 0g of fiber, 21g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *

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Friday Five: Healthy Frittatas

Friday Five:  Healthy Frittatas

One of my favorite summer simple breakfast and lunch meals is a simple frittata. Using a combination of eggs, egg whites, fresh herbs, cheese, and whatever fresh summer veggies you have on hand is a great way to make a healthy and delicious meal. Normally I try to use a ratio of 1 whole egg and 3 egg whites for every 4 eggs called for in a typical recipe. This means that in a typical frittata I will use 2 whole eggs and 6 egg whites. Additionally if you find yourself with runny frittatas, try cooking the vegetables first. Vegetables that release a lot of water, like zucchini or mushrooms, can be the culprit for soggy frittata. Here are five of my favorite frittata recipes, what are yours?

1. Asparagus, Tomato, and Feta Frittata, 4 PointsPlus®, 131 calories

2. Mushroom and Bacon Frittata 141 calories, 4 PointsPlus®,

3. Corn, Jalapeno, and Bacon Frittata, 2 PointsPlus®, 63 calories

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Blackened Zucchini Wrapped Fish

Blackened Zucchini Wrapped Fish

Hopefully you didn’t think that I was going to leave you hanging with the blackening spice recipe from yesterday….let’s talk about some fun ways to use it. Today’s recipe is one of those great, simple recipes that looks fancy but actually is quite simple. Season the fish with the blackening spices, wrap it up in the zucchini, and cook it in a pan for 7-8 minutes. That’s it. This would work with almost any type of fish or quick cooking protein (think pounded thin chicken or pork) and works with any spices you like.

Blackened Zucchini Wrapped Fish
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 1 piece
Nutritional Info: 198 calories, 3.4g of fat, 1.9g of carbohydrates, .4g of fiber, 39.5g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *

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