Weight Watchers Candy

I made this recipe and shared it with my boyfriend. He thinks it taste like a Whatchamacallit candy bar. I liked it enough I made it again less than a week later to share with my sister. I love that the recipe is small enough that you don’t end up with a bunch of leftover and over eat  this treat.

Weight Watchers CandyWeight Watchers Candy from Pinterest
1 Hershey candy bar
1/4 c. reduced fat peanut butter
1 c. Fiber One cereal

Melt chocolate and peanut butter. Stir in cereal. Refrigerate until solid.

Notes:

  • I used Honey Clusters Fiber One cereal.
  • The recipe said it made eight pieces of candy at 1 WW point each. I made four pieces instead – making them 2 WW point each.
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Skinny Cini-minis

100_1202Last week, I joking said I would marry the pastry chef at Seasons 52 because their mini-indulgences are so big in taste and light in calories. I’ve set a weight loss goal that is going to take some serious changes in my eating habitats. I gave up caffeine and my candy bowl of M&Ms. I’m watching my sodium intake and increasing my potassium consumption. Less processed foods and more fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains. I’m also working out six days a week again. Since February, I’ve lost 19 pounds but I still have a way to go to reach my ultimate goal.

Today, I’m sharing a Weight Watchers cinnamon roll recipe that might help you when you want a “mini-indulgence” to keep going. It’s very easy with just four ingredients and also tasty. Just make sure you don’t eat too many because each little cinnamon roll is 1 WW point.

Skinny Cinnamon Rolls from Pinterest
8 oz. can of reduced fat crescent rolls
4 tsp. of cinnamon
½ c. powder sugar
2 tsp. skim milk

Roll out crescent rolls into four squares – pressing together seams. Sprinkle each with cinnamon. Roll up length wise and cut into five pieces (20 total per container). Place on a baking sheet and cook at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Whisk together powder sugar and milk. Spoon over warm rolls and serve.

Fried Rice Tuesday

One of the things I love most about working at my hotel is Fried Rice Tuesdays. Once a month, the kitchen will cook up the fried rice they serve our restaurant Nikko for associates to eat. If you haven’t been to Nikko Japanese Steakhouse, you have to go. Not only is the experience entertaining but the fried rice is phenomenal. It’s the best fried rice I have ever eaten. No excuse, buy a Groupon or call the hotel today to book your reservations.

Since I am off work today, I thought I would give a recipe I pinned on my “Skinny Mini” Pinterest board a try. One of the reasons I liked it because it doesn’t taste really salty. Plus, this recipe rings in at 10 Weight Watchers points instead of 34 Weight Watchers points you would have to count for eating out at a traditional Chinese restaurant. The recipe is also pretty quick and easy to make.

Skinny Chicken Fried Rice by Rachel Schultz (via the Skinny Mom Blog pin on Pinterest)
Skinny Chicken Fried Rice4 c. prepared rice
1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast grilled
2 c. frozen carrots and peas
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 eggs
3 T. sesame oil
1/4 c. lite soy sauce

While rice is cooking and chicken is grilling, start sautéing veggies in oil. When onion appears cooked, add to scrambled eggs to the pan. Once eggs are cooked, add chicken, rice, and soy sauce to the pan. Cook for a few minutes and serve. This recipe makes six servings.

Nutritional Facts: 385 calories, 11 g. fat, 53 carbs, 3 g. fiber, 17 g. protein, and 1 g. sugar.

Notes:

  • I used Minute Rice. You could probably make it a little healthier by using a whole grain rice.
  • I hate peas. I just bought frozen carrots and cooked one cup of them. I could only find julienne style carrots so I had to cut them up with my spatula.
  • I though sesame oil was too expensive so I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I think it worked just fine. I used only 2 T. though.
  • I love to use Ready to Use Chopped Garlic. It comes in a jar and can be found by the fresh fruit and veggies in your grocery store.
  • I used one frozen chicken breast – probably about 1/4 lb. I thought the recipe still tasted fine with less chicken.
  • I used 3 T. (1/8 c. and 1/16 c.) of lite soy sauce. Soy sauce is loaded with sodium. Even using the lite version you are dumping 530 mg of sodium per tablespoon into your recipe. Cutting out just one tablespoon is hardly noticeable to the pallet but much better for your body.
  • I used regular eggs but you could use egg substitute to make this a little healthier.

Weight Watchers Breakfast Quiche

This recipe came as a recommendation from my friend Theresa. It’s a Weight Watchers breakfast recipe. I’ve made a lot of egg recipe over the years and many times, they start to taste the same. This one is a little different mixing evaporated milk, egg substitute, Swiss cheese, and turkey bacon. But nutmeg is the secret ingredient that gives this recipe its flavor.

If you are trying to watch what you eat, Phyllo Dough is one of the best crusts you can use. I like to buy Wonton Wrappers since they work pretty much the same. In case you aren’t sure where they are located in the grocery store (I didn’t know and had to ask when I first started using it), they are by the fresh fruit and veggies in the refrigerated case.

Breakfast QuicheWeight Watchers Breakfast Quiche
2 sheets of phyllo dough
3 eggs
1/4 c. egg substitute
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 T. flour
1/2 oz. Swiss Cheese (3 T. )
3 oz. turkey bacon, cooked (about 1/3 c.)
1 c. evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9 inch pie plate with nonstick spray. Line dish with dough. Spray with cooking spray. Whisk together all ingredients except cheese and bacon. Sprinkle with cheese and bacon on dough. Pour egg mixture over. Bake on baking sheet for 30-35 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Cut into eight wedges. Each piece is 3 Weight Watchers Points.

Notes:

  • I used Wonton Wrappers instead of phyllo dough. I layered it in the bottom of the pie dish. Just be sure to cover as much as possible it you don’t want a crunchy crust.
  • I also tried to make it in a muffin. Crust is definitely crispier. But you get to eat two pieces for 3 WW Points and it only takes 12 minutes to cook. A messy muffin tin is also a minus to doing this.
  • I used fat free cheddar and low sodium bacon when baking one time. I tasted just fine.

Panko Salmon

I was having dinner with my friend Kelly over Christmas break. I was telling her how I was going to be cooking a bunch of meals for my grandparents while I was home. The goal is to make it like Social Supper for them – prep, freeze, thaw, and cook. I also told Kelly that I needed some healthier dishes that were not chicken or turkey based as my Grandpa won’t eat those meats. She had this great Weight Watcher recipe suggestion. I’ve eaten something similar with chicken so it sounded perfect. Give it a try to help you achieve those New Year’s resolutions.

HoneyMustard_SalmonPanko Salmon by Kelly Howard
4 salmon filets
1/2 c. Panko bread crumbs
3 T. honey mustard
1 T. honey
a touch of paprika and thyme (optional)

Mix mustard and honey together. Brush on thawed salmon. Roll in bread crumbs. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

Note: I served it with a half serving of Weight Watchers Smart Ones – Mac and Cheese.

Salsibury Steak

One of my favorite school meals was salsibury steak and mashed potatoes. I ran across this recipe a few years ago in my Simple and Delicious Magazine. Lots of favor and very moist so I hope you enjoy it. The author says she got it at a Weight Watcher meeting but I don’t know how many points it is.

Salisbury Steak with Gravy by Danelle Weiher
1/2 c. fat-free milk
14 fat-free saltine crackers, crushed
2 T. dried minced onion
2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1 pound lean ground beef
1 jar fat-free beef gravy
2 T. ketchup
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

In a large bowl, combine milk, crackers, onion and parsley. Crumble beef over and mix well. Shape into patties. Place in a greased glass baking dish. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Pour over patties and bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.

Baked French Toast

I don’t remember where I found this recipe but it is a Weight Watcher’s recipe for french toast. I served with fresh fruit since they are zero points in Weight Watchers. I hope you like it.

Baked French Toast
2 eggs
1/2 c. skim milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
4 slices of whole wheat bread, thick
1 tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat over to 425 degree and spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Lightly beat eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Soak bread in eggs mixture and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with butter and bake until golden brown, approximately 8-10 minutes.

Each piece is worth 3 points.

Drink Your Calories

I’m not sure where I got this recipe but it is another one of my Weight Watcher’s recipes. I tired this recipe for the first time the other night because I was trying to use up some milk. It’s only 2 Weight Watcher’s points so I figured I wasn’t really adding extra calories to my milk. I’ll be honest, it doesn’t really taste like a delicious Goodrich malt or a Starbuck’s Caramel Frapp but it is OK.

Chocolate Shake

1 c. skim milk
2 tsp. Jello brand Sugar Free Instant Pudding (Must use this brand our your points increase to 3)
1 tsp. vanilla
8-10 ice cubes (the more you use, the thicker it gets)

Blend on high. Makes one serving.

2 Weight Watchers Points

Note:

  • Buy a good blender or use smaller ice cubes. This took me awhile to blend to the right consistency.
  • I used flavored soy milk and I think it turned out fine.
  • You can also add whatever flavor you want of Jello to change this shake.

Don’t Give Up

Let’s be honest, we all know we need to work out. But sometimes we make excuses for why we don’t go to the gym. I’m busy. I’m tired. The list goes on and on. After five years of practicing yoga twice a week religiously, I found out last May my yoga teacher would no longer be teaching my class. The saddest part about the whole thing was that she had to stop teaching the class because she couldn’t afford the vehicle expenses to continuing driving 30 minutes each way to teach our class. I loved that yoga class – the teacher, my fellow yoginis, and the way I felt participating in the class. The place where I practiced decided to cancel the course instead of searching for a new teacher. That was really hard for me because our class was called “Yoga Just for You.” It was designed for larger women because ANYONE can practice yoga. It took me a long time to figure out what to do with my free time on Tuesday and Thursday nights. But it took me even longer to accept my class was over and I would need to search for a new yoga teacher if I wanted to continue.

In December, I used a Groupon to check out a studio in Overland Park. I couldn’t find a teacher whose style really fit me and got frustrated by all the skinny people who could move their bodies in ways in simple could not. I gave up and walked away once again.

Last week, I found the motivation I needed to return to the gym. I was angry and frustrated with things in my life. I, not a super religious person, prayed for guidance before I went to bed. When I awoke early that morning, I knew where I needed to go – the gym. At 5:45AM, I put on my workout clothes, grabbed my iPod, and heading to the Y. I felt great! I even managed to do it again the following morning.

The saddest part is I have had a membership at the Y for five and half years. And I’ll be honest, I come and go from working out on a regular basis. I have no accountability for going. I don’t even get super mad about paying the month membership fee when I miss for months at a time. The Y is a nonprofit that makes a healthy lifestyle accessible to all by offering a sliding fee scale. My membership fees were helping offset the expenses of others.

So what is my motivation to keep at this time? Who will make me be accountable this time? It’s going to have to be me. I have to make myself and feeling good a priority. I may never be skinny but I can exercise for my health – mental and physical. I also have someone else who is going to keep on me – a Y employee. There is an older gentlemen at my Y that works most mornings. I don’t know his name but he has been working at this location since I started working out at it three years ago. He recognized me Friday morning. He said, “I haven’t seen you in awhile.” I told him that’s because I hadn’t been in awhile. On my way out, he said to me, “I’ll be here Monday morning. I hope to you see you then, Amber.” It worked. He knew my name and he made sure I know he was going to be looking for me. I’m going back Monday morning.

My recipe today is for all my friends battling to be healthier. I hope this dessert helps you stick with your weight loss goals. I got this recipe from an old co-worker at SAFEHOME who was participating in Weight Watchers.

Orange Fluff

1 box of Orange Sugar Free Jello
1 c. of hot water
1 box of White Chocolate Sugar Free Pudding
1 small can of mandarin oranges, drained (look for one without or light syrup)
1 tub of Sugar Free Cool Whip

Mix Jello and hot water to dissolve. Cool. Add Pudding and whisk. It will start to thicken. Add oranges. Fold in whipped topping. Refrigerate until firm. The best part is that the entire recipe is only 2 Weight Watchers points.

Don’t like orange? Switch it to your favorite fruit and matching Jello flavor. I’ve tried this with strawberries and it was delicious.

Resolution #28

It’s January which means lots of people are still working on their New Year’s resolutions. I’m sure lots of you are working out and watching what you eat. For that reason, I decided to make today recipe be one of my Weight Watchers recipes. (See, I can make healthier versions of foods.)

This recipe came from an old co-worker who was participating in Weight Watchers at work. Through her, I learned that pumpkin is a vegetable. And in the Weight Watchers world, that means zero points. The amazing thing about cooking with pumpkin is that you can’t taste it in the dish. Unfortunately, the price of canned pumpkin has gone up significantly because more people are using it in their baking. So don’t be afraid to buy the store brand. I hope you enjoy.

Chocolate Muffins

1 box of chocolate cake mix

1 can of canned pumpkin

1 package of fat free whipped topping

Grease one muffin tin. Mix together first two ingredients and spoon into muffin pan. Spray non-stick cooking spray on finger tips and smooth edges of muffins. Bake 375 degrees for about 18 minutes. Cool and serve with whipped topping. Each muffins = 2 WW points.

Recipe Modifications:

  • You can use any cake mix to make this recipe. Please note though if you use a light colored mix, such as lemon, you muffins will be a light orange color.
  • This recipe is also good served with mixed berries.
  • Note – pumpkin is very moist and can get moldy rather quickly. Refrigerate if you don’t eat them all in 3-4 days. Then zap in the microwave for a few seconds to take the chill off before serving.