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Honey Lime Strawberries

Honey Lime Strawberries

Sometimes you need something a little exciting to spice up your yogurt (or frozen yogurt or pancakes or angel food cake) and these strawberries are perfect for that. The recipe is incredible simple – just boil some honey and lime juice and let the strawberries hang out and do their thing – and they transform into a perfect sweet and tart treat. Pretty soon you will be putting them on just about everything. This recipe is inspired by one from Food and Wine, where they place them on lemon sorbet and add some whipped cream. Yum.

Honey Lime Strawberries
Servings: 6
Serving Size: about 3/4 cup
Nutritional Information: 69.6 calories, .5g of fat, 17.5g of carbohydrates, 2.9g of fiber, .8g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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Grapes and Greens Salad with Skinny Balsamic

Grapes and Greens Salad with Skinny Balsamic

I find myself flip flopping between salad and ice cream a lot in the summer. Sometimes I want ice cream for lunch, and this generally leads to salad for dinner or vice versa. The beach is too close and there are too many bikinis nearby for me to forget to balance all the yummy summer ice cream with some greens. And in my opinion, sometimes there is nothing better than a yummy, crispy salad on a hot day. This simple salad combines greens, grapes, and pecans with a low calorie balsamic made with tomato juice. You could easily add goat cheese and some chicken to this salad and it would be divine.

Grapes and Greens Salad
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1/4 salad
Nutritional Information: 103.4 calories, 5.6g of fat, 11.9g of carbohydrates, 3.4g of fiber, 3.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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Crustless Corn and Bacon Pie

Crustless Corn and Bacon Pie

Something special happens when corn, cheese, and bacon come together – especially when it happens and is still only 3 points plus. It’s a happy world when I can eat these three things and still not be scared to put on a bathing suit. This recipe is inspired by a classic Southern Corn and Bacon Pie, but to save calories I eliminated the crust and use skim milk instead of half and half. It still tastes rich and decadent with the bacon and the cheese and no one will ever believe it’s healthy. Serve up with a little salad and it makes a perfect meal. If you decide to add a crust, I would recommend one with cornmeal – that would be delicious. Like a little spice? Replace the red pepper with a poblano.

Crustless Corn and Bacon Pie
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1/8 pie
Nutritional Information: 113.8 calories, 5.5g of fat, 8.7g of carbohydrates, 1.2g of fiber, 8.7g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Summer Essentials

Friday Five:  Summer Essentials

Since Wednesday’s post covered some yummy summer food, I thought today I would share some of my favorite summer essentials. I specifically love #4 which makes any outdoor event more fun.

1. Popsicle Molds: There is nothing better than a popsicle to beat summer heat and the best kind are always homemade. They taste so much better than what you can buy in the store and the variations are endless. Now the first step to making great popsicles at home is to get some popsicle molds or you can use dixie cups and popsicle sticks. Then jump aboard and try some of these amazing recipes: Peach and Bourban popsicles for adults and only 79 calories each, Lemonade Cucumber Spa Pops for under 50 calories, and these yummy Raspberry Chocolate Frozen Yogurt Pops for 87 calories. If you don’t want to wait on the freezer, you can also make them on the counter with this Zoku Counter Popsicle Maker. Personally I haven’t tried it out, but I have a friend who swears by it.

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Fourth Of July Recipe Round Up

Fourth Of July Recipe Round Up

Hello!

Happy 4th of July! If you are like me, and are headed to a party or cookout this afternoon and still haven’t decided what to bring, here’s a little round-up of fun recipes that I am currently considering before running to the grocery store. My goal is to have something together by noon so that I can enjoy the day.

These Coconut Baked Shrimp look incredible and would definitely be a fun addition to any holiday spread.

Or why not some Sriracha Chicken to throw on the grill? Or maybe a delicious cowboy turkey burger or a salmon dill burger….

Thinking about making an appetizer or side dish, consider buffalo wing hummus, Taco Cupcakes, or this yummy watermelon, feta app.

In the mood to bring dessert – you can’t beat this low calorie key lime pie, Red, White, and Blue cheesecake bars, or perhaps a fun array of homemade popsicles

Or maybe you want to bring a fun cocktail or drink – try these delicious raspberry berry cocktail, Sangria Blanca with stone fruit, or this delicious Rosemary Lime cocktail.

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Four Berry Lemon Cake

Four Berry Lemon Cake

For me, summertime has truly started (yah!) I am really loving it. Nothing is better than trips to the beach, picnics in the park with new wonderful new friends, and even sometimes the occasional sunburn. Somehow I can never remember to put sunscreen on before I go running. I also love the abundance of delicious produce and that was the inspiration for this summertime cake. It starts with a basic lemon cake recipe and that gets jazzed up by four cups of berries, yes four. I used strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and cherries. Now technically I don’t think that cherries count as berries, but let’s go with it anyway. Three Berry and a Cherry Lemon Cake is too much of a mouthful for a title. Then it is all topped with scrumptious lemon glaze. A perfect cake for summer.

Four Berry Lemon Cake
Servings: 12
Serving Size: 1 slice
Nutritional Information: 267 calories, 7g of fat, 47.3g of carbohydrates, 1.8g of fiber, 5.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 7 * (more…)

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