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Baked Bourbon Apples

Baked Bourbon Apples

You should make this dessert immediately. Forget what you’ve heard that when you diet you must stay away from booze and desserts and make this. There’s butter, apples, oats, and bourbon and it doesn’t require fat pants. In fact it is pretty guilt free coming in under 200 calories. It’s a dessert to pull out when you have friends over or want to impress someone special. I mean it has bourbon baked right in. Topped with some vanilla ice cream and it’s pretty dreamy. It is also completely appropriate to serve for weekend brunch and you can be sure your guests will leave happy. Don’t like bourbon? You can just use more apple cider or substitute in another alcohol. Dark rum would be delicious.

Baked Bourbon Apples
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 apple
Nutritional Info: 160.3 calories, 3.2g of fat, 27.5g of carbohydrates, 1.4g of fiber, .7g of protein * 6 P+ (4 P+ if you don’t count the apple)
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 (4 if you don’t count fruit) * (more…)

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

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Sunday Slow Cooker: Carnitas

Sunday Slow Cooker: Carnitas

I have tried to make carnitas multiple times in the crockpot and although they usually turn out pretty tasty, I always miss the crunchy bits that you find when you order carnitas out. However after doing some research on carnitas, I stumbled across an amazing trick. All it takes to add that crunchy texture is a quick trip to the oven before serving. Baked or broiled at a high temperature for just a few short minutes will create lots of texture and crispy bits that make these carnitas taste like the real thing.

Slow Cooker Carnitas
Servings: 8
Serving Size: about 3/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 224.9 calories, 7.7g of fat, 1.3g of carbohydrates, .1g of fiber, 25.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: Preparing for a Healthy Start

Friday Five:  Preparing for a Healthy Start

One of the things I always find myself doing in January is setting myself up for success. This includes thinking about what worked and didn’t work the past year in all aspects of my life, including with food and exercise, and then setting goals for the next year. It also always includes stocking my fridge with healthy food, creating meal plans, having lots of low calorie snacks around, and setting myself up with some incentives to keep motivation high when it’s all too easy to just cover up in a cozy, loose sweater. Here are the things I will be stocking up on to stay on track, as well as one incentive that I will be rewarding myself with if I hit my February 1st weight and exercise goal.

1. PB2

If you have been reading this blog for awhile you know I am a huge fan of PB2, the lower calorie peanut butter and chocolate spreads. They come in powder form and you mix it with water to create a genuinely delicious peanut butter substitute. I eat it all the time with apples, celery, bananas, oatmeal, and also use it quite often as a substitute when baking. The best part is that using PB2 saves you 4 points plus for 2 tablespoons of peanut butter coming in at just 1 points plus and 45 calories per 2 tbsp. This is compared to 190 calories and 5 points plus for peanut butter.   The skinny cookie pie recipe is one of my favorites recipes to use it in.

2. Escali Mixing Bowl and Electric Scale

Having a good kitchen scale can make losing weight much easier because you can quickly and easily measure portion sizes without doing difficult conversions. In case you have ever spent hours trying to figure out how many chips you can eat in a 1 oz. serving, I’m talking to you. I’ve been there. It’s agonizing. I have a normal scale and just ordered this scale/bowl combo. It weighs everything right in the bowl. For me it is perfect for baking, especially when I come across recipes that use grams. I also love it for snacks because I can measure them and then eat them right out of the bowl. And it’s dishwasher safe.

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Firecracker Shrimp

Firecracker Shrimp

I am still struggling a bit to make a full transition back to normal eating after the holidays. I am not quite sure what happens during the three weeks before the new year, but I tend to throw out all semblance of normal eating and just pick all day long. This starts by picking at whatever I am cooking at home and then continues to appetizers and desserts at holiday get-togethers and then reemerges with leftovers for breakfast almost every morning.

So to stay on track and continue to ease back into my routine, I have had appetizers on the brain. And one that I am loving these days are these simple baked firecracker shrimp. They bake up in minutes and have tons of sweet and spicy flavor. Don’t like shrimp? Just substitute in bite size pieces of chicken. They make a perfect snack, appetizer, or quick protein for a meal served with veggies and rice.

Firecracker Shrimp
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutritional Info: 176.4 calories, 2.2g of fat, 15.8g of carbohydrates, .1g of fiber, 23.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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

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Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup

I am always on the look out for great soup recipes, especially in these cold winter months. I find they are the perfect thing to have in the freezer when I want a snack or quick warm meal. Normally at the beginning of the month I like to pick a few soups to make and will freeze them in individual portions so I can grab them at a moment’s notice. This month I made a big batch of 1 point veggie soup and this delicious creamy mushroom soup. You will never believe it is only 3 points a serving.

Mushroom Soup
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 126.2 calories, 4.3g of fat, 15.9g of carbohydrates, .8g of fiber, 8.8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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

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Skinny Cheeseburger Dip

Skinny Cheeseburger Dip

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2013. That just seems crazy. Today’s recipe is what I like to think of as a transitional recipe. Given most of us have likely indulged the last few weeks, it’s time to get back into a healthy eating routine. However it can be hard to do that when you vow to eat only lettuce for days. So this recipe can help you begin to make the transition. It tastes naughty and indulgent but is surprisingly light. Bake up some tortilla chips in the oven and enjoy this dip while easing back into better routines. Also after hearing requests from many of you, the special meal plan pricing is extended through today. That means you can have access to weekly meal plans for less than $2.10 a month. Just purchase sometime before midnight EST today.

Skinny Cheeseburger Dip
Servings: 10 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 105.9 calories, 5.9g of fat, .9g of carbohydrates, .1g of fiber, 11.6g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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

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