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Friday Five: Some New Favorites

Friday Five:  Some New Favorites

Every once and awhile I like to share some new Weight Watchers and diet friendly food finds that I am enjoying as part of the Friday Five. There are so many products on the market it can be hard to know what’s worth trying and what to stay away form. However the way this works best is when readers participate so we can all help each other. Please share your favorite new food finds in the comments!

1. Better N Peanut Butter Chocolate Spread, 2 tbsp servings, P+, 100 calories

If you follow the blog regularly you know I am an avid lover of PB2, the powdered peanut butter spread. I love their regular and peanut butter chocolate flavors and use them all the time. However there is a new kid on the block with this delicious Chocolate spread. It comes in two flavors – Chocolate Cinnamon and Chocolate Coconut. Yum. I love the Chocolate Cinnamon with sliced apples and the Chocolate Coconut is incredible with oatmeal – think Almond Joy.

2. Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Whipped Chocolate and Whipped Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cheese Spread, 2 tbsp servings, 2 P+, 60 calories

I am usually not a big fan of flavored sweet cream cheese flavors (jalapeno or veggie is more my style) but these are both pretty delicious. Yesterday I made a grilled sandwich with the chocolate cream cheese, bananas, and some light bread and it was delicious. The perfect sweet snack and all under 5 points.

3. Gardein Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n, 4 P+, 150 calories

Gardein is one of my favorite brands when it comes to vegetarian meat replacements. Although it isn’t something I eat often, their products usually taste pretty delicious. Their new Mandarin Chicken has been popping up on all sorts of blogs so I finally decided to check it out and was amazed at how yummy it was. It would make a perfect light lunch or dinner with some steamed veggies and brown rice.

4. Breakfast Banana Split, 5 P+

I heard about this breakfast idea from a reader on Facebook yesterday and tried it immediately. Yum. Just toss together a banana, some light yogurt of choice, strawberries, blueberries, and a glob of lite Cool Whip. Then drizzle with chocolate syrup and if you have it a cherry. All for five points plus. My mind is already turning with all the possibilities here.

5. Fiber One 80 Calories Chocolate Cereal, 80 calories, 2 P+

Although this won’t be a new product for everyone – I love the new Fiber One chocolate cereal, although I don’t typically eat it for breakfast. I like to mix it into things – like yogurt, ice cream, and homemade trail mix for a chocolate kick. I also imagine it would make a killer chocolate rice crispy treat.

What are you newest finds? Please share!

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

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On-the-Go Lettuce Wraps

On-the-Go Lettuce Wraps

Let’s have some real talk about lunch for a minute. Once I brought a full bag of pita chips and half eaten container of deli meat to work for “lunch.” Then I hid at my desk and ate the whole bag of pita chips in shame. It wasn’t pretty and similar versions of this same story happened more often that I would like to admit.

I mean lunch can just be hard. Even with the best intentions sometimes morning just gets the best of us. My solution – leftovers, brown rice, and lettuce wraps. At least once a week you can find me crunching down on lettuce wraps at lunch using whatever leftovers I have on hand. Just cook up some brown rice on Sunday, cut up some crunchy veggies, and then during the week grab whatever leftover protein you have around and your good to go. Healthy, quick, delicious, and free of cubicle shame. A win-win.

On-the-Go Lettuce Wraps
Servings: 1 servings
Serving Size: 3-4 lettuce wraps
Nutritional Info: varies
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: varies * (more…)

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Roasted Broccoli with Pepperoni Breadcrumbs

Roasted Broccoli with Pepperoni Breadcrumbs

So let’s pretend you have someone in your life who doesn’t really like to eat their vegetables. They could be over thirty, under three, or it just may be you – let’s not split hairs because people afraid of the green (or orange or red etc. etc. ) stuff are everywhere. I personally know two people who refuse to eat any orange vegetable, like absolutely no orange vegetables. It’s just weird – who knew a simple carrot or sweet potato could be so offensive? Well, this recipe is made for those veggie hating people. It changes things – broccoli that’s roasted and coated with crispy, crunchy Panko breadcrumbs mixed with pieces of pepperoni. Delicious with just enough meat and crunch to change someone’s mind for at least one meal.

Roasted Broccoli with Pepperoni Breadcrumbs
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutritional Info: 111.1 calories, 4g of fat, 13.3g of carbohydrates, 4.8g of fiber, 8.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 *

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Italian Beef

Sunday Slow Cooker:  Italian Beef

Lately I have been on the hunt for a delicious Italian Beef sandwich recipe. You know the kind – with onions and peppers and some delicious hot giardiniera all dipped in au jus. And I am happy to report that after lots of hunting I finally came across one I immediately fell in love with. The recipe below is just for the beef but for maximum enjoyment load it on a bun and get ready to dip. Make it anyway you like – with roasted peppers, onions, cheese, hot giardiniera – or serve it over rice, pasta, or in any type of sandwich. It’s guaranteed to please.

Crockpot Italian Beef
Servings: 8 servings
Serving Size: about 1/2 cup
Nutritional Info: 198.7 calories, 8.4g of fat, 1.8g of carbohydrates, .2g of fiber, 24.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 *

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Friday Five: Asian Inspired Entrees

Friday Five:  Asian Inspired Entrees

Lately I have been emailed lots of requests for Asian recipes. Apparently I am not the only one with serious takeout cravings at the moment. I honestly would have been happy sitting on the couch every night last week catching up on the DVR and eating Asian take-out from the carton. Not the prettiest picture but about all I wanted to do. You know the kind of week I mean, when you have a ton of work to do but your brain keeps telling you to creep over to the couch, put away your computer, and cross your fingers you wake up and everything magically got done. If only that happened in real life. Anyway…here are some of my favorite recipes to make your own Asian takeout at home.

1. Sesame Chicken, 5 P+, 180 calories

I think about making this about once a week. That’s how much I love it. Honestly. If you are a fan of sesame chicken from your favorite Chinese restaurant, try this at home version. It saves you over 400 calories a serving and tastes incredible. I make it all the time.

2. Slow Cooker Butter Chicken, 6 P+, 240 calories

It’s hard for me to order anything other than butter chicken when I go out for Indian food. I know there are healthier choices, but there is nothing I love as much. Sweet and spicy, scooped up in hot Naan bread – nothing beats it. The only problem – it is loaded with butter and cream and has about a million calories. Instead try this slow cooker version at home and save your waist line.

3. Healthy Fried Rice, 3 P+, 128 calories

After trying about a thousand healthier fried rice recipes I finally found one I liked. It works great as a side to any Asian inspired meal and is a great way to use up leftover rice or even scrambled eggs. I like mine with lots of soy sauce and a splash of Duck sauce when I can find it.

4. Coconut Curry Shrimp, 4 P+, 160 calories

When you are in the mood for a Thai curry, reach for this lighter version instead. Typical curries are full of high calorie coconut milk which makes them full of fat and calories. This lightened up version relies on lower fat coconut milk, lots of veggies, and shrimp to cut the calories by more than half.

5. Skinny Crab Rangoon, 1 P+, 51 calories and Egg Rolls, 2 P+, 85 calories

Sometimes all you want is the crunchy, salty appetizers that are typical with most Chinese takeout. This lightened up versions of Crab Rangoon and Egg rolls will help you to get the same flavor at home without all the fat. Serve them as an appetizer or full meal and all your crispy, crunchy cravings will be satiated.

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Chicken Coconut Curry Soup

Chicken Coconut Curry Soup

One of my favorite things (hint, hint) is when readers reach out and ask for a healthier version of one of their favorite recipes, which is exactly what happened last week. A reader wanted a lightened up version of her favorite red curry from the local Thai restaurant, a craving I fully understand. I could bath in the red curry from my favorite Thai restaurant. Well…that may hurt, but you get the idea. This version comes together in under 15 minutes and is perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Adjust the spices to suit your tastes, throw in whatever veggies you have on hand, and serve as a soup or over noodles or rice.

Chicken Coconut Curry Soup
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups
Nutritional Information: 180.6 calories, 5g of fat, 6.3g of carbohydrates, 1.7g of fiber, 26.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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