Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed your holidays! If you REALLY enjoyed your holidays, a new year is a great time for a fresh start!
Let’s start off this year with a new recipe! My new go-to food is spaghetti squash. For those of you who have never had it, spaghetti squash is magical! All you have to do is cut it in half lengthwise, rub a little bit of olive oil on it, turn it face down on a cookie sheet, and put it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Something miraculous happens in that oven. When it comes out, use a fork to pull it apart, and it mimics the texture of pasta! Amazing! A zero point food that is delicious and can become anything you want it to be. You can put your favorite marinara sauce on it (1-2 points, depending on the sauce and whether you add cheese), or you can add a little butter and Parmesan cheese (5 points). Today, I decided to try something new, and being the healthy food nerd I am, the results were really exciting! Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you…MEXICAN SPAGHETTI SQUASH!
Approximately 1 cup cooked spaghetti squash (You really don’t have to measure it if you are on Weight Watchers. Most veggies are zero points.)
1 oz shredded cheese
1/4 cup black beans
Salsa to taste (Another magical zero point food, unless there is something creamy, cheesy, or starchy in it.)
A couple of dollops of fat free Greek yogurt (For Fage brand yogurt, which is the kind I use, anything under 1/4 cup is ZERO points!)
1 tbsp. Bolthouse Farms Salsa Ranch Dressing
Put the cheese, black beans, and salsa on the spaghetti squash and microwave it for about 1 minute. Add the yogurt and dressing. That’s it! Yummy deliciousness will follow! You’re welcome.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know if you experiment and try your own combinations! The possibilities are endless!
NOTE (2-17-14): I have recently discovered that the size of the spaghetti squash you are cooking affects the necessary cooking time. You may need to leave it in the oven anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size. If you take it out, and it is not tender yet, just flip it over and put it back in!
Some of you may have noticed some issues with the most recent version of the Weight Watchers app. I did some quick Googling and discovered a solution. If you are having trouble with your Weight Watchers iPhone app, just uninstall and re-install it. Problem solved!
I just wanted to pass this along to you! Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy yourself, but do the best you can!
NOTE: I do not work for Weight Watchers, nor am I affiliated with them in any way other than being a member, just like you!
We had some leftover taco meat, and were trying to figure out what to do with it. Another flatbread pizza recipe was born! This one does have more points, because it has beans, ground beef, and full fat cheese. The version you see here was 9 points per serving, but you can adapt it to lower the points value.
1/4 c Kirkland Signature Mexican Blend shredded cheese
Your favorite fat free salsa, to taste
Cook beef in your choice of taco seasoning, according to the directions. Spread 3 wedges of Laughing Cow cheese on the flatbread. Spread refried beans over the Laughing Cow cheese. Then, spread on salsa. Top with ground beef, shredded cheese, and onions. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Enjoy!
As I said, you can make all kinds of adaptations to lower the points. The possibilities are endless! Replace the beef with chicken, or remove the chicken and make a veggie pizza. Replace the cheese with a variety that is lower in fat, or remove the cheese. Let me know what kinds of pizza you make!
I posted a photo of my dinner last night, and got a request for the recipe. Here goes! It’s really easy and so delicious! This is 8 Weight Watchers points for the amount I ate, so that is the size I will post here. If you want to lower the points, you can always make adaptations.
BBQ Ranch Chicken Baked Potato
6 oz. baked potato
3 oz. Rosie Organic Chicken Breast Strips
2 tbsp. Bullseye Kansas City BBQ sauce (or your favorite sauce)
2 tbsp. homemade ranch with Greek yogurt (find the recipe here: http://healthybeautifulblessed.com/pizza-for-dinner/)
1 tsp. olive oil or cooking spray
Bake a potato in the oven or microwave. Saute onions in a tiny amount of olive oil or cooking spray. Mix BBQ sauce with the chicken, and heat it. Spread chicken and sauce over the potato. Drizzle with ranch dressing. Top with grilled onions. Enjoy!
Baked potatoes are very healthy, if you choose the right toppings! This is a great way to create variety in your diet. Experiment and have fun! Let me know what baked potato toppings you try!
My mom and I created a new flatbread pizza recipe. I hope you like it!
Veggie Flatbread Pizza
Serves 2. 4 Weight Watchers Points per serving
1 Light Original Flatout Flatbread
3 Creamy Swiss Light Laughing Cow wedges
1/4 c Newman’s Own Mushroom Marinara (or your favorite cream-free marinara)
Veggies of your choice (We used mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers)
1/2 c Kraft 2% Mozzarella Shredded Cheese
Papa Murphy’s Herb & Cheese blend (or other garlic/cheese seasoning)
1 tsp. (or less) Olive Oil (or cooking spray)
Lightly saute the vegetables, just so that they will be cooked through when you bake the pizza. Spread three wedges of Laughing Cow cheese over the entire flatbread. Spread sauce over the entire flatbread. Add the vegetables, then the cheese. Lightly sprinkle with the herb and cheese blend (I said LIGHTLY. Using too much of anything with cheese in it will add another point. If you don’t want to add something with cheese, you can just use garlic or herbs). Bake at 375 for 10 minutes on the oven rack for a crunchy crust. Enjoy!
Let me know if you try your own pizza and what toppings you used!
Happy Monday, everyone! I am just checking in again to update you on my weigh-in! I have now lost 81 pounds total! I should be on track to lose 100 pounds in a year. I had a brief setback, but I am moving onward and upward again. Please feel free to share your weight loss goals and progress in the comments or on my Facebook page!
So the other day, I was at a fan event at Disneyland. I had less than an hour to get lunch and get back. I hurried to a bakery that had sandwiches and salads to try and find something low in Weight Watchers points. I got a Chicken Caesar salad because it had a decent sized chicken breast on it, thinking I would get different dressing for it. I asked for Balsamic vinegarette, since that was the best they had. I figured I could just dip my fork in it, using only half of it. I removed the croutons and cheese, then ate the chicken breast plain. I tried the dressing and it tasted like it was pure oil. This would not work, and it didn’t even taste good. My lunch break was ticking away, so I began looking around trying to think of something else to put on my salad. There was a bottle of mustard on the table. “That would be kind of weird,” I thought. I looked at the time. It was my only option, because I had no time to go to another restaurant just for dressing. “Well, I put mustard on a sandwich or a burger, and those have lettuce. Why not?” I squirted some mustard on the side and dipped a piece of lettuce in it. Not bad! I squirted mustard all over my salad and ate most of it. It was a healthy lunch, full of protein and veggies…and only three points! This is one example of making it work with limited food options. Try it! It’s not as weird as you think.
Hello everyone! I hope you are having a great week! I just got back from a trip, and I am working on a blog post about sticking to your health and fitness plan while traveling. For now, I wanted to share a dessert idea. I don’t know about you, but I tend to have a sweet tooth. Sometimes it can get pretty overwhelming when it hits, and in the past, I didn’t know how to make the right choices. A lot of people will tell you that fruit will satisfy it, but I think you and I know that isn’t always the case! Here is a quick and easy dessert that is very low in points, and satisfies my sweet tooth!
1/4 cup Fat Free Sugar Free Jello pudding, prepared with 2% milk
1 tbsp. Lite (or fat free) Cool Whip
1 reduced fat graham cracker (meaning 1 sheet with the 4 little squares)
3 Weight Watchers Points, as prepared here
I hope you enjoy this dessert! Please let me know if you have any other dessert ideas!
Happy Thursday everyone! I have a few informational odds and ends to share, and a question at the end, so I wanted to post a quick update for you!
Anyone who is a member of Weight Watchers (particularly online members using the app) may have noticed some changes in the food lists. The good news is, they have added thousands of new foods and updated restaurant nutritional information. The bad news is, some foods have disappeared from the list. According to a recent post on their site, they are hard at work to get everything completed and ready to go! Below is a link to the post for your reference. I do not work for Weight Watchers, but thought this would be useful information for fellow online members who cannot live without their app! Happy tracking!