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Zen Society Skincare Giveaway

Zen Society Skincare Giveaway

Hey there!

Happy Thursday afternoon. It’s so close to Friday of a 3 day weekend, I can almost taste it and what better way to kick off the holiday weekend then with a giveaway. This is the first ever non-food related giveaway on the Slender Kitchen and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share this amazing find with all of you.

Recently I had the great pleasure of virtually meeting Kaitlyn from Zen Society Skincare, who founded a natural line of skincare products that are vegan, gluten free, extremely pure, and have no preservatives. With a background as an herbalist, Kaitlyn wanted to create a different kind of skincare line that was truly natural, safe for even the most sensitive skin, and that worked with your body to stimulate your own natural defenses and promote healthy skin. She kindly sent me some products to try out and I immediately fell in love with the Hydrating Rosewater Mist. Spray it on after taking a shower, after a workout, or to absorb oil throughout the day if you get shiny like me. But be ready, people may actually smell your face – it has happened to me twice since I started using it. It smells that good. And my skin feels great.

And now for the giveaway! Kaitlyn is going to give away Hydrating Rosewater Mists to 3 lucky readers. She is also offering free lip balm with the first 30 orders and you can browse all of her amazing products here.

To enter, simply visit Zen Society and leave a comment about the product that looks most exciting to you. For a bonus entry, subscribe to the Slender Kitchen emails or let me know you are already subscribed in a second comment. The winner will be announced on Tuesday!

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Baked Flautas

Baked Flautas

This week has been a little nuts. No matter what I do I feel like I just can’t catch up with work, email, phone calls, everything. And cooking this week has pretty much disappeared. Let’s just say I have been eating a lot of frozen leftovers, veggie sandwiches, eggs, and these yummy little baked flautas, or maybe they are taquitos. I am not really sure. Either way consider this a blueprint, rather than a recipe for a quick easy meal. They taste good with almost anything stuffed inside.

What do you eat when you have no time to cook?

Baked Flautas
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 2 flautas
Nutritional Info: depends on tortillas and filling, around 200 calories
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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Kale Waldorf Salad

Kale Waldorf Salad

Now before you immediately stop reading this post because of the words kale salad, indulge me in a few sentences to convince you to give it a try. I used to be like you and shy (or run at times) away from the bitter, sometimes tough leafy green that everyone seems to be touting these days; but have to say that these days were friends.

So what’s the secret? Two things. First, it’s really important to cut the stems out of your kale, they are very bitter. The easiest way to do that, fold the kale in half around the stem and slice it right out. Second, when you eat raw kale it needs a quick massage with some kind of acid. I like to use lemon juice. Simply toss all of your kale into a big bowl and squeeze on some lemon juice. Start with about 1/2 lemon. Toss it around and then gently massage the leaves with the lemon juice for 1-2 minutes until the kale gets a bit darker in color and shrinks down to about half the size. Doing this both softens the kale and it also brightens up the flavor and reduces some of the bitterness.

Now maybe you and kale can be friends too. Here is one of my favorite Kale salad recipes, a twist on a traditional Waldorf salad that is adapted from a recipe from Whole foods. Also the dressing for this salad is delicious on it’s own. I usually make extra.

Kale Waldorf Salad
Servings: 4
Serving Size: about 1 cup
Nutritional Info: 140 calories, 7g of fat, 20g of carbohydrates, 3g of fiber, 3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Skinny Muffins

Friday Five:  Skinny Muffins

Do you ever get jealous? I do. I wish I didn’t, it’s not a very pretty quality. But I just can’t help feeling a teensy, weensy bit jealous (or maybe more than that) when I see somebody wonderfully slim eating a delicious muffin or croissant or pastry with their morning coffee. I would eat pastry everyday with my coffee if I could. And muffins – I have a particular weakness for them, especially when they are warm and toasty. But the calories and points in muffins? Now those are scary. For example a Manhattan Bagel corn muffin has 19 points – yes, Nineteen, it’s crazy. That’s more than a Big Mac. Luckily there are lots of healthy muffins you can make at home. Here are some of my favorites. What are yours?

1. Lemon Cranberry Muffins, 5 P+
This is one of my go-to muffin recipes because I love the hint of lemon and cornmeal and the recipe works great with just about any berry or fruit. I have used blueberries, blackberries raspberries, and even peaches instead of the cranberries and they are a hit every time.

2. Vitalicious VitaMuffin Mix, Deep Chocolate, 3 P+
If you want a chocolate muffin, in my opinion this is the way to go. They are only 100 calories each and fulfill any chocolate craving. I like to buy the muffin mix instead of prepackaged muffins because then I can adapt the recipe by throwing in some cut up fruit, nuts, bananas or something a swirl of PB2.

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Seven Layer Greek Dip

Seven Layer Greek Dip

I have been eating feta dip on just about everything this past week – spread on sandwiches and wraps, melted over a delicious Greek turkey burger, scooped up with lots of veggies, and finally in this delicious seven layer Greek dip, dreamed up by the same creator of the feta dip, How Sweet Eats. (On a side note, I am completely obsessed with her blog at the moment. Talk about inspiration.) This delicious dip combines lots of traditional Greek flavors all in one dish, but is packed with veggies, yogurt, and good for you hummus that keeps it surprisingly healthy and light at only 3 points plus for 1/2 cup.

Seven Layer Greek Dip
Servings: 12
Serving Size: about 1/2 of a cup
Nutritional Info: 138 calories, 8.5g of fat, 9.9g of carbohydrates, 2.7g of fiber, 6.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 3 * (more…)

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Slow Cooker Beef Machaca

Slow Cooker Beef Machaca

Last night I dreamed about being a cowboy, about long nights on the trail and campfires and ….smores. So maybe it was more like camping than cowboying, but I was riding a horse and dressed in the best of cowboy attire. Where did this cowboy dream come from ? I think the blame lies with this Machaca which I ate much too much of last night. You see, Machaca traditionally was a dish made by cowboys and ranchers involving dehydrated beef, some chilis, and eaten with whatever was handy. Sometimes it was rolled into flour tortillas, many times it was scrambled up with eggs, and sometimes it was fried into crispy little taquitos. This version skips the dehydrated beef but uses all the traditional flavors and can be eaten a thousand different ways. Make extra. You can always freeze it if you don’t finish it.

Slow Cooker Beef Machaca
Servings: 4 oz servings
Serving Size: 12 recipe
Nutritional Info: 157.1 calories, 4.4g of fat, 3g of carbohydrates, .8g of fiber, 24.9g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 5 * (more…)

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