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Snack Girl to the Rescue! by Lisa Cain – Book Review

Snack Girl to the Rescue!

If you are a follower of this blog, it’s most likely because, at one point or another, you’ve struggled with losing weight and eating healthy. You’ve probably tried a lot of gimmick diets. And you probably feel like your life has been a back and forth of losing/gaining weight. I know EXACTLY how this feels, and this is why I started writing LaaLoosh. Losing weight and/or eating healthy isn’t an easy feat, and it’s a tremendous help to be able to find support. Fortunately, there’s a lot of it out there, and fellow foodie/food blogger, Lisa Cain of Snack Girl, is a great resource for people looking for a real-life approach to losing weight and eating healthy. In case you missed our interview with her last week, we had a chance to chat with Lisa about the success of her blog and the release of her first book “Snack Girl to the Rescue!”. Lisa was kind enough to send me a copy of her book, and I’m eager to share my thoughts with all of you!

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Smoked Salmon and Lentil Salad – 7 Points +

Smoked Salmon and Lentil Salad

When I’m craving a salad that’s not only delicious and bursting with flavors, but also hearty, very satisfying, and extremely nutritious, I turn to this Smoked Salmon and Lentil Salad. I usually always keep a few hardboiled eggs in the fridge, and with minimal prep, this salad can be put together quickly and easily. Loaded with protein, fiber and Omega-3’s, this salad is great for a heart healthy lunch idea! You can use leftover cooked salmon with this too, if you prefer, but I love to treat myself to some smoked salmon on occasion. And it works especially well with the tahini sauce in this dish. I also like to thin out the tahini sauce with some water and/or lemon juice, as the Trader Joe’s one I use is really thick. At just 7 Points + for the whole, huge salad, this Weight Watchers Recipe is sure to become a favorite of yours, too.

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Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe – 8 Points +

Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings

With the heat wave finally starting to come to an end here in Southern California, I’m really getting into the swing of fall cooking! One of my family’s favorite dishes is this Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings Recipe. It is SO ridiculously delicious and SO filling and satisfying. You can feel free to experiment and add other veggies if you’d like. Sometimes, I make it without the potatoes, and that shaves an extra Point off. But those moist, thick, fluffy dumplings are just heavenly, and are the true star of this popular comfort food recipe. Perfect for a chilly day, this tasty Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings is sure to become a family favorite of yours too! Enjoy.

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Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa – 8 Points +

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa

While it may officially be fall, we’ve been having a heat wave here in Southern California, so I’ve been doing my best to take advantage of last minute summer grilling! One of my easiest, healthiest, and most delicious Weight Watchers grilling recipes is this Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa. The creaminess of the avocado and the moist, buttery avocado are a perfect contrast to the tangy lime and spicy jalapeño. The flavors are bold and delicious, yet this healthy meal is only 8 Points + per serving. Pair it with steamed brown rice or quinoa and roasted vegetables for a complete meal.

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Low Carb Cauliflower Tabbouleh Recipe – 4 Points +

Low Carb Cauliflower Tabbouleh

If you’ve ever had tabbouleh salad before, you know how delicious it is. But the fact that it’s traditionally made with bulgar (a grain), the Points Plus can really rack up quickly due to the high amount of carbohydrates. By simply replacing the bulgar with grated cauliflower instead, you get a dish that tastes ridiculously similar to traditional tabbouleh, but for just 4 Points + per serving. Its light and refreshing flavor makes this side salad a wonderful accompaniment to your favorite meal. And it’s slam packed with vegetables, so you get a nice healthy dose of those, too. Now, some people may argue the Points Plus value on this Weight Watchers recipe, due to the fact that except for the olive oil, everything else is 0 Points Plus when eaten alone. However, my Weight Watchers leader said that when you combine all the vegetables together in a recipe like this, it changes the structure and can therefore raise the Points Plus value. So, what I did here was calculate all the nutritional information for each ingredient, and added it all together. Then entered it into my Weight Watchers Points Plus Calculator, and came up with 4 Points + per serving. If you are counting just the olive oil, it’s 2 Points + per serving. Either way, it’s a great bargain and absolutely delicious side salad recipe. This is a MUST try, folks!

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Quaker Pumpkin Spice Instant Oatmeal – 4 Points +

Quaker Instant Oatmeal in Pumpkin Spice

It’s officially fall, and the pumpkin flavored food craze is in full effect. You can now find just about anything and EVERYTHING in a pumpkin flavor. If you love pumpkin, I imagine you’re having a field day with all the options out there right now. And one that I think is a great feature for Fabulous Food Finds Friday is Quaker Oatmeal’s Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Instant Oatmeal. As if Quaker didn’t make enough tasty choices in their collection of instant oatmeals already, their Pumpkin Spice flavor is a wonderful addition, and is already a smashing success (it’s even being sold on eBay!). Each little convenient packet is just 4 Points Plus, making it a wonderful choice for an easy, healthy, and delicious Weight Watchers breakfast. So if you want to feel like you’re eating pumpkin pie for breakfast, I highly suggest you get out there and snag some of these before they’re gone! Though, if you have the time to cook homemade oatmeal, my Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Recipe is to DIE for, and I highly recommend trying it!!

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Blackberry and Sage Infused Water – 0 Points +

Blackberry and Sage Infused Water

Today’s post for Blackberry and Sage Infused Water isn’t so much a recipe, as it is more of a tip. Infusing water with any of your favorite fruits, veggies, or herbs is a fantastic way to get a boost of light flavor and antioxidants added to your water, without any extra Points Plus or anything artificial. There are tons and tons of water infusion ideas that you can find, and I highly suggest experimenting to create your own favorite. Making standard water a bit more exciting can be really helpful way to get in all those daily water servings. My kids think it’s SO exciting to look at the “pretty waters” I make, and so then they are excited to drink it too, which I love! There are a lot of different version I use, but this Blackberry and Sage infusion is one of my favorites. And it’s perfect for fall! I love to serve this with Thanksgiving dinner.

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Beef Orzo Recipe with Feta – 8 Points +

Beef Orzo Recipe with Feta

This incredibly satisfying and hearty Weight Watchers dinner recipe, is perfect to warm you up on a chilly fall evening. The tender and juicy ground beef is wonderfully seasoned, uniquely including a hint of cinnamon, and is served with whole wheat orzo and a delicious tomato sauce. Adding the feta crumbles on top also gives this dish a deliciously distinctive flair, adding a bit of salty savory-ness to the slightly sweet flavor of the sauce and beef. It cooks quickly and easily, and goes great when paired with a light salad and/or fresh roasted vegetables. 8 Points + is a great bargain for this ground beef recipe, considering how filling it is! Enjoy.

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Baked Cod with Olive and Tomato Tapenade – 4 Points +

Baked Cod with Olive and Tomato Tapenade

Lately my kids have been all about eating cod. And if my kids are on a roll with eating healthy fish, then I’m going to ride that train for as long as I can! So today’s Weight Watchers fish recipe is a Baked Cod with Olive and Tomato Tapenade that is truly incredible. The briny olives combined with the warm, acidic tomatoes makes for a delicious, yet light topping for the mild cod fish. Plus, the fish cooks so quickly, so this dinner can be put together with minimal time, which makes my life much easier during hectic weeknights. If you want to make your own olive tapenade, you can. But I like to keep things easy and just buy it pre made. Trader Joe’s has a good one – it’s in the refrigerated section. But many stores also offer a lot of jarred options too, which can be found where the cans of olives are. At a mere 4 Points + per serving, this Weight Watchers Recipe has become one of my favorites!

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Pork Chop Suey Recipe – 7 Points +

Pork Chop Suey Recipe

This quick and easy pork story-fry recipe is not only a breeze to prepare, it’s incredibly delicious! The pork is simmered in a simple, yet flavorful ginger soy broth and is sautéed with bell peppers, onions, and bean sprouts. Feel free to add some other vegetables, as you desire…I just wanted to keep it simple and didn’t feel like doing a lot of chopping. But the Pork Chop Suey works great with water chestnuts, broccoli, carrots, green onions, snap peas and zucchini. You can serve this over noodles, or Miracle Noodles, if you want to bulk it up more too. At just 7 Points +, this delicious Weight Watchers Pork Recipe is always a family favorite around here. Enjoy!

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PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter with Chocolate – 1 Points +

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter with Chocolate

Peanut Butter and chocolate lovers are going to LOVE today’s Fabulous Food Find. It’s PB2’s new version of powdered peanut butter with premium chocolate for just 1 Points +! Now, I know the idea of peanut butter in powdered form may have you raising an eyebrow…I did too…until I tasted it. 2 tablespoons of the powdered mix, combined with water to create a delicious, creamy and decadent chocolate peanut butter blend. Spread it on toast, fruits, veggies…the possibilities are endless. You can use Chocolate PB2 with just about any other form of liquid, like shakes and smoothies, and you can use it in baking or cooking too. It’s incredibly versatile! And at just 1 Points Plus per serving, Chocolate PB2 is a dream come true.

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Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe – 6 Points +

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I LOVE MY CROCKPOT. With two young kids, I am busy…constantly. And cooking a healthy Weight Watchers Recipe in my crockpot, can make getting dinner together an absolute breeze. This Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe is one of the kids’ favorites, and it’s just 6 Points + per serving (without the toppings). I just throw in all of the ingredients in the morning, then come dinner time, it’s ready to go! That long, slow simmering process gives the fiberrific soup such fantastic flavor, which I love. Of course, no chicken tortilla soup would be complete without some toppings, so feel free to add on whatever you like – just make sure you calculate the extra Point or two that it may add. Here are some great topping suggestions: avocado slices, reduced fat shredded Montery Jack cheese, sour cream, jalapeño slices, diced red onion, crumbled tortilla chips, chopped cilantro and lime wedges. Yum!

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