Here it is folks, the first official day of summer! And what better way to kick off the season than with the announcement from Baskin-Robbins that they have some AMAZING new low Points Plus ice cream flavors!!! They are a part of their BRight Choices menu selections and are premium churned, light, no sugar added ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet selections. Each serving will be 2-3 Points Plusceach, which is fantastic news for Weight Watchers ice cream lovers. So now you can go out for ice cream and have some incredible options to choose from. These flavors will be available at participating Baskin-Robbins shops across the U.S. at select times during the summer months. Wanna know what the flavors are? Of COURSE you do! Don’t worry…I’ll tell you. Keep reading!
I was at Walmart earlier this week, when I came across these tasty looking Weight Watchers Snack Size Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches that were just 3 Points + each. I LOOOOOOOOVE me some red velvet, so I snatched up a box and tore into them as soon as I got into my car. They were very rich and tasted much more cake like than I anticipated, which is a good thing. While it’s certainly no big slice of red velvet cake from my favorite bakery, it’s definitely a great, low calorie alternative to help take the edge off of my red velvet craving, while still keeping me on track to reach my Weight Watchers goals. With temperatures heating up, they are the perfect summer treat! Even my picky, food snob husband, who despises diet brand ice creams, like these. So far, I’ve only seen them at Walmart, but hopefully they’ll start popping up in other grocery stores soon.
Ever since I got a Kitchen Aid Ice Cream Maker attachment for my mixer, I have been salivating over delicious ice cream recipes that I want to try. But none of them are Weight Watchers friendly, so they always end up on the back burner. But when I was trying to decide what to do with some extra pumpkin puree I had in the fridge, I decided to take a stab at making some Pumpkin Pie Frozen Yogurt. This low calorie dessert literally took me minutes to make. And then my ice cream maker did the rest. It was so flavorful and creamy…and my kids loved it! Each 1/2 cup serving is just 2 Points +, and it’s a really healthier alternative to most frozen yogurts that you’d buy pre-made. After you eat all those Thanksgiving dinner calories, you can enjoy a guilt free dessert :). This year, I think I’m going to make this to put on top of my Apple Pie, instead of using the traditional vanilla ice cream. Yum! It’s like combining the best of the two most popular Thanksgiving desserts into one. Enjoy!
Mini Apple Pies that are just 2 Points + each!??!!? YES!! I was so excited to share this recipe today because I was thrilled with how the end result of these low calorie apple pies turned out. By using filo dough instead of pie crust, I was able to cut out a lot of the extra fat and calories. I also used a healthier butter spread (Brummel & Brown) to still deliver the buttery flavor but with less Weight Watchers Points. This Mini Apple Pie Recipe is perfect for when you want to enjoy a great dessert, but not go overboard on your Points. They’d make a perfect Weight Watchers Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe, but would also be great for a potluck, for your Super Bowl party, or just any old day of the week. You can even eat 2 of them for just 4 Points +! These Mini Apple Pies are a MUST make…they are easy, delicious, and such a fabulous bargain. Enjoy!
Well, here we are in September after Labor Day, and that means Fall is just around the corner. And so will begin the season of endless fantastical Fall recipes that will have you packing on some serious pounds if you aren’t careful. But I’ve got some amazing Fall Weight Watchers Recipes that are SO good and yet still low in Points +. I was in the kitchen this past weekend, getting my pumpkin on with a few new low calorie pumpkin recipes that I’ll be featuring this fall. Even though it’s still summer, and still pretty hot, I thought I’d share a fall recipe — this amazing healthy, low Points Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe. It’s made with ice, so it’s still a great way to beat the heat these last few weeks of summer while still enjoying some traditional fall flavors. This Pumpkin Smoothie is loaded with good for you ingredients, it’s rich, creamy, and filling, and has just 3 Points + per serving. I really wish I had some fat free whipped cream on hand when I made this, because that definitely would’ve made it even more spectacular (and pretty!), but I didn’t, so you won’t see it pictured up above, but I highly recommend adding it on. The whole smoothie recipe makes 2 servings, so it’s a very nicely sized smoothie. If you love pumpkin recipes, then this low calorie Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is a must try.
Popsicle Sour Patch Kids
For a limited time, the Popsicle brand has released an amazingly delicious new popsicle! These lime, raspberry and orange frozen pops feature the flavors of Sour Patch Kids candy, and even though they contain no artificial sweeteners, they are just 1 Weight Watchers Points Plus each. Each Sour Patch Kids popsicle has a layer of sour on the outside and then sweet on the inside — just like the candy. I LOVE all things sweet and sour, so as soon as I spotted these in the grocery store, I scooped them, ran home and devoured one…it was SO good. This summer, I’ll definitely be keeping a few boxes in my freezer, as these Sour Patch Kids Popsicles are my saving grace. They satisfy my craving for sweet and sour and are a LOT less Points than a package of Sweet and Sour Kids. What a wonderfully cool Weight Watchers snack for a hot summer’s day!
These decadent Mini Cheesecakes are the perfect sweet treat when you need to satisfy that dessert craving. And at just 2 Points + and less than 100 calories each, they will make any Weight Watchers dessert recipe lover a happy camper. I found a traditional mini cheesecakes recipe online, similar to what my mom used to use, and then just subbed out half of the cream cheese for fat free Greek yogurt (seriously, is there any place I can’t use this stuff?!?!?), and used a light cream cheese for the rest. I also used less sugar and added in some vanilla to help keep it sweet. Also, by using Reduced Fat Vanilla Wafers instead of the regular ones, you get a fantastic mini cheesecake for a LOT less fat calories and Weight Watchers Points. I topped mine with fresh blueberries and strawberries since I was making them for a Fourth of July party and I wanted a Red, White and Blue Dessert, but you can really use any fresh fruit you’d like. I’ve made them with cherries, with mangoes and papaya, and with kiwi. They are divine!! Enjoy.
The perfect, ice cold dessert recipe for a hot summer’s day, these Creamy Coconut Pineapple Popsicles are just as nutritious as they are delicious. Made with just a few simple ingredients, each popsicle is just 1 Points +. These are so ridiculously easy to make, and my toddler loves them too, so I can feel good about having a healthy dessert on hand that will be a hit with my picky toddler and easy on my Weight Watchers Points. When making these, I used the Ikea Pop Ice Holder, which allowed me to make 12 popsicles, at about 3oz each. But you can use just about any popsicle mold that you like. These Creamy Coconut Popsicles are a must make this summer if you are a Weight Watcher who needs a sweet cold treat!
Doughnuts people!! GLAZED DOUGHNUTS!!! Yes, you can eat yummy doughnuts and still lose weight…with this incredible Mini Baked Glazed Doughnuts Recipe, that is. I found the original version of these lighter doughnuts on Oh She Glows. They were boasted as a 100 calorie vegan doughnut recipe. Well, I’m not vegan, but I SURE do love doughnuts, and for 100 calories, I had to check out this recipe. I altered her version a bit and ended up with a fabulous 70 calorie mini baked doughnut that really hits the spot when my sweet tooth hits. Though these doughnuts are baked, and not fried like traditional doughnuts, they are still sweet and moist, and have more of a cupcake like texture. When I baked mine, I used my Mini Donut Maker, which made it super easy. But the original recipe calls for doughnut pans. And if you don’t have doughnut pans, then I suggest making them into little balls with your hands and make baked doughnut holes. Regardless of their shape, these mini baked glazed doughnuts are a real treat at just 2 Points + each, and make an awesome Weight Watchers dessert or sweet snack idea.
A delicious light and moist Lemon Yogurt Cake is the perfect after dinner treat or as a sweet with your morning coffee. This low fat cake recipe not only tastes fantastic, but each serving is just 6 Points +, which isn’t bad for a moist and dense cake that is certain to satisfy your sweet tooth. It has the perfect combination of sweet and sour, and the lemon sugar glaze is oh so yummy. And with the weather starting to to warm up, I’ve been craving something fresh and bright. So I did a makeover on Ina Garten’s Lemon Yogurt Cake, and was thrilled at how amazing the cake tasted after the alterations I did to make it more Weight Watchers friendly. Enjoy!