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Peanut Butter Pretzel Rice Crispies Bars

Peanut Butter Pretzel Rice Crispies Bars

I was obsessed with rice crispies treats as a kid. I loved making them, covering the kitchen with melted marshmallows (sorry Mom!) and mostly loved eating them. My mind may have been blown the first time I ever had one with peanut butter. Crispy, sweet, and salty – a perfect combination. This recipe is inspired by those childhood memories and adapted from a recipe I saw on Chocolate Covered Katie. I switched out the peanut butter for PB2 and subbed some honey for agave since it isn’t my favorite ingredient. You could easily add some chocolate chips to this recipe and it would be delicious, or serve them with some vanilla ice cream. Yum.

Peanut Butter Rice Crispies Bars
Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1 bar
Nutritional Info: 93.2 calories, 1g of fat, 19.5g carbohydrates, 1.1g dietary fiber, 2.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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

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Get Your Greens Salad

Get Your Greens Salad

I had a couple of indulgent days. A weekend away with a best friend, free from counting points and watching what I ate. Also full of lots of sunshine, a little too much wine, and more amazing conversations than I can count. Nothing is better than catching up with an old friend who has moved far away for the weekend. However, coming back I am definitely feeling like I need to cleanse for a few days. Not a full on cleanse, just lots of greens and the occasional cookie in all likelihood. In my opinion, days or weekends like this are actually a healthy part of any diet as long as they don’t happen too often. We all need them to not feel like we are missing out and sometimes they actually help me stay on track in the long run because it helps me realize how much food really does affect my energy levels. This salad is perfect on it’s own – have a few servings for a few meal, or great as a side dish, appetizer, or tossed with some chicken or shrimp.

Get Your Greens Salad
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 1/4 cup
Nutritional Info: 104 calories, 4.7g of fat, 14.2g carbohydrates, 6g dietary fiber, 9.4g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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

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Friday Five: Cinco de Mayo

Friday Five:  Cinco de Mayo

Happy Almost Cinco de Mayo!! To celebrate Cinco de Mayo I am heading down to San Diego for the weekend. I am taking the train. Trains are kind of amazing. Completely nostalgic conjuring daydreams of times before us. Not to mention that you can take your own picnic, complete with wine, yummy cheese and crackers. I wish you could do that on airplanes. It may make it a more enjoyable experience. Not to mention the free internet, it’s pretty great. I am definitely content.

For today’s Friday Five I wanted to share some of my favorite Mexican recipes and some skinny cocktail inspirations. You can also check out my Cinco de Mayo Pinterest board for more inspiration.

What are your favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes?

1. Skinny Guacamole and Baked Chips, 1 P+, 77 calories per 1/4 cup
In my opinion, it is almost impossible to have a Cinco de Mayo feat without Guacamole. This recipe is lightened up so you can really indulge and you can quickly make your own baked chips for a healthy snack all weekend. Want to jazz the recipe up? Add 1/4 cups of dried cranberries. It does something magical you would never expect.

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Strawberry Graham Cracker Crisp

Strawberry Graham Cracker Crisp

Strawberry season came early this year which couldn’t make me happier. I absolutely love fresh strawberries and have been eating them with almost everything lately. Not only do they taste great, but they have a great number of health benefits including being packed with antioxidants and helping to regulate blood sugar. In fact, according to a recent study, eating strawberries at the same time as table sugar can help reduce the blood sugar spike from the table sugar. Maybe our grandmothers were on to something when they always served strawberries with sugar. This is a twist on a traditional strawberry crisp or crumble but replaces the traditional oats and flour with graham crackers and pecans. The addition of a little dark chocolate makes everything better, especially with strawberries.

Strawberry Graham Cracker Crisp
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 ramekin
Nutritional Info: 154.7 calories, 7.7g of fat, 22.1g carbohydrates, 3.4g dietary fiber, 1.5g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 * (more…)

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Skinny Samosas with Mint Cilantro Sauce

Skinny Samosas with Mint Cilantro Sauce

Last week I shared a recipe with y’all for vegetable korma, which I served with these simple Skinny Samosas. To lighten up the recipe significantly, the samosas are baked instead of fried and stuffed with cauliflower instead of potatoes. There are a million samosa recipes out there and this recipe can be easily tweaked to include your favorite flavors. I wanted something quick and easy so I went with a simple pea and carrot samosa and just used curry powder and garam masala to create the Indian flavors. Also, if you are eating low carb, the pureed cauliflower with carrots, peas, and the spices is delicious all on it’s own. The calorie count on these is really low since it is just veggies and the wonton wrappers which are only 23 calories a piece.

Skinny Samosas with Mint Cilantro Sauce
Servings: 24 samosas, 12 servings
Serving Size: 2 samosas with sauce
Nutritional Info: 67 calories, .3g of fat, 11.7g carbohydrates, 1.1g dietary fiber, 2.3g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 2 * (more…)

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Friday Five: Weight Watchers and Healthy Fast Food Choices

Friday Five:  Weight Watchers and Healthy Fast Food Choices

This week I got an amazing and hilarious email from a reader asking about fast food options that didn’t include “salad or plain grilled chicken sandwiches” that could keep her on her plan , full all afternoon, and “not giving everyone in the restaurant eating french fries evil eyes.” The email couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I am planning for a quick road trip that will inevitably involve multiple fast food stops. Here are my current favorite weight watchers fast food choices, mostly inspired from Eat This, Not That, a book I constantly find myself using to make healthy choices at restaurants. It has such good ideas for meals and shocking statistics, like the fact that Carl’s Jr. low carb, guacamole burger (sounds healthy right?) has over 800 calories and clocks in at 22 points. Want some more ideas – check out this post.

What are your favorite fast food choices?

1. Panda Express Black Pepper Chicken and Mixed Veggies, 235 calories, 6 P+
Panda Express is actually one of my favorite fast food restaurants to go to because there are so many weight watchers friendly items. Look for something that isn’t fried and is chicken or beef based, and most of it is pretty low calorie. Swap the rice for steamed veggies and most meals come in around 6-8 points plus. Unfortunately this means orange chicken is out.

2. McDonald’s Grilled Honey Mustard Snack Wrap and Side Salad, 320 calories, 7 P+
The McDonald’s grilled honey mustard snack wrap is a great option and paired with a side salad it comes in at 7 points, just make sure to order the grilled version. You can also get it without cheese and knock off another 2 points bringing it down to just 5. Another favorite at the golden arches is the Egg Mcmuffin, which is surprisingly low calorie with only 300 calories and 7 points. I just never seem to make it before 10:30.

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