Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie – 4 Smart Points

I’m trying to increase my protein intake, and for me, one of the easiest ways to do that is to add a protein shake to my day. I’ve got a couple of favorite store bought ones, but I wanted to try and get the same flavors and textures at home. One of the downsides of protein shakes is that if you don’t do it right, you end up with a grainy texture – which I dislike. I also tend to have to adjust the ingredients slightly, and then again, so I end up with enough smoothie for the next week. I had a bunch of strawberries to use up, and added a ripe banana as well so that I could have the extra vitamins before my walk. The oatmeal adds some fiber to help me stay full longer, as well as being heart healthy. Almond milk is always an alternative in smoothies, and works great, but I went with skim since it’s high in protein and calcium, but lower in fat. A little vanilla helps to bring all the flavors together. The result was a perfect smoothie. I used it for a snack both before and after my walk. Since I had some congestion recently, I was using some Emergen-C to get extra vitamins to try and prevent getting any more illnesses (that seem to be going around). I added my packet of Emergen-C to the second half of my smoothie and gave it a good shake. It added a little bit of fizz to the smoothie, which really seems to lighten the smoothie. The end result of that I liked it so well, I thought I’d add a little sparkling water or club soda into the second half of my smoothie, just to freshen it up. That’s easy to do, and if you make sure your sparkling water or club soda has no flavorings that add points, you don’t alter the points of your original smoothie. However, when adding the carbonation – be careful not to stir or shake too vigorously or you’ll end up with a little more cleaning than you wanted!
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Mint Lemonade Slushy – 0 Smart Points

Mint Lemonade Slushy

With the first whiff of Spring this year, I was already beginning to crave cool summer drinks and treats. One of my favorites is this Mint Lemonade Slushy recipe. I fist had one of these drinks on a trip to Israel, where it’s referred to as “limonana”. Under the hot desert sun, I don’t think I’ve ever had a more refreshingly delicious drink! The original recipe uses sugar as a sweetener, but to cut out those calories and Points, I just replaced the sugar with organic stevia. Honestly, I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners of any kind, and I try to avoid them when I can. But there are some times where I just HAVE to have one of these Mint Lemonade Slushies, and I don’t want to blow a ton of my precious Smart Points to have one. So I use the Stevia, and this recipe ends up costing me 0 Points. Yay! When I make it for my kids, I sweeten it with honey instead of the Stevia, and they LOVE it. It’s not hard to see why….it is SO FLIPPING’ GOOD. It’s truly there perfect poolside drink. And if you want add some extra excitement and turn this into an adult beverage, feel free to blend it with some vodka or gin…just be sure to factor in those points. Enjoy!

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Dairy Free Hot Chocolate – 5 Points +

Dairy Free Hot Chocolate

I absolutely love chocolate, but I can’t drink that much milk – it makes me sick. So, I made this fabulous dark chocolate hot cocoa with almond milk. It’s rich and delicious, and my favorite hot cocoa. It’s made from things I always have on hand, so it’s easy to throw together for a cup of hot cocoa when I need a pick-me-up on a cold fall day. I love the nutty flavor of the almond milk, and I like to top mine with a dollop of whipped coconut milk or coconut ice cream. The dry mix you can have ready to go and then just add it to almond milk to heat and serve. One cup of almond milk needs about 4 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa and sugar mix. You can also just whisk the cocoa mixture into the cold almond milk, or remove some of the hot almond milk and mix the cocoa mixture into that. It works best if you start with a little bit of almond milk to make sure you’ve got all the lumps out before you add it in (just like cornstarch or flour in gravy). The next cool fall day that you’re craving some hot chocolate – give this simple and delicious dark chocolate hot cocoa a try.
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Green Smoothie – 5 Points +

Healthy green smoothie with spinach in a jar mug on wood

Smoothies make great breakfasts and snacks. They are quick and easy to make, perfect to take on the run. You can make a batch of smoothies ahead of time, and just pour out a glass for a quick breakfast or delicious snack. I used half spinach and half kale, a long with a pear and mango. I love the tropical flavor of the mango and the pear adds a delicious sweetness. The yogurt helps to create a smooth texture. Smoothies store well in the refrigerator, make some extra for a quick and easy snack the next day.

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Healthy Chocolate Energy Shake – 2 Points Plus

Healthy Chocolate Energy Shake

Sometimes mid-morning instead of a snack, I make this easy healthy chocolate energy shake. One afternoon while at a vitamin and herbal shop, I picked up a couple of single packets of energy shake mixes. In the past, many of the shake mixes I bought weren’t very tasty and had a “grainy” taste to them. I was pleasantly surprised when I made this at home. I picked up a couple of packets of Spiru-Tein High Energy Protein and tried several flavors. The chocolate is amazing. You don’t necessarily need a blender, but I used one to make sure all the lumps were gone. This shake is filling and definitely held me over until lunch.

Healthy Chocolate Energy Shake – 2 Points +

This is a quick and easy mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. This healthy chocolate energy shake is delicious is low-fat and low-calorie.

Ingredients

  • 1 1.13 oz Spiru-Tein Whey Protein Powder mix (Chocolate flavor is used for this recipe)
  • 1 cup Skim Milk

Instructions

  1. In a blender (I used a single serve blender) add milk and packet mix.
  2. Blend until well mixed.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: None

Diet type: Vegetarian

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate, High protein

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Calories: 180

Fat: 1

Protein: 14

Entire recipe makes: 1 serving
Serving size is about: 1 cup
Each serving = 2 Points +

PER SERVING: 180 calories; 1g fat; 9 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein; 1g fiber

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Tropical Strawberry Smoothie Recipe – 2 Points +

Tropical Strawberry Smoothie

Get a healthy dose of the tropics with this light and easy Tropical Strawberry Smoothie Recipe! I absolutely love this flavor combination, and each serving boasts a tremendous dose of vitamin C and potassium. With no added sugar, and all natural ingredients this smoothie makes a great idea for a healthy breakfast or snack on the go. My kids love this smoothie just as much as I do! I usually prefer to use mostly frozen fruits in this, just because it’s easy, and so I don’t have to add ice to make it cold. Fresh works great too, so no worries if that’s what you’ve got on hand. Each serving comes out to just 2 Points +, so you can indulge in a fabulous tasting smoothie without feeling any guilt.

Tropical Strawberry Smoothie

Cool and refreshing, this healthy smoothie has all the flavors of the tropics, but with zero guilt. Loaded with vitamin C, it’s a great cold buster too!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 cup pineapple, diced
  • 1 banana
  • 3 dates
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender, and process until smooth. Add additional coconut water, ice, or water to reach desired consistency.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Diet type: Vegan

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Gluten free, Raw

Number of servings (yield): 6

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Calories: 89

Fat: 0g

Protein: 1g

Entire recipe makes 6 servings

Serving size is 1 cup

Each serving = 3 Smart Points/2 Points +

PER SERVING: 89 calories; 0g fat; 0g saturated fat; 24g carbohydrates; 1g sugar; 1g protein; 3g fiber

 

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Arugula and Mushroom Pasta Recipe – 9 Points +

Arugula and Mushroom Pasta

When I want to indulge in a hearty, satisfying pasta dish that doesn’t skimp on portion size, this Arugula and Mushroom Pasta Recipe is one of my favorites. The simple wine sauce is light and delicate, allowing for the wonderful earthy flavors of the mushrooms and peppery arugula to come through. This Weight Watchers pasta recipe also offers a very satisfying serving size, which I love. I often like to top it with a bit of grated parmesan, but if you prefer to keep it vegan, you can skip it. The colorful vegetables will help bring out some fantastic flavors, so you won’t miss the meat. But if you insist on adding some additional protein, this dish works great with shrimp, chicken or scallops.

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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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Dunkin’ Donuts Apple Pie Coffee – 0 Points +

Dunkin' Donuts Apple Pie Coffee

If you’ve got a hankering for apple pie but don’t want to blow a day’s worth of Points Plus on a small little slice, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Apple Pie Coffee is a pretty delicious alternative. The coffee itself is practically calorie free, just be careful about what you add into it. But with a bit of reduced fat cream and sweetener, this is one tasty morning pick me up that will have you feeling a LOT less guilty. I love to have a small cup after dinner because I always crave something sweet. This coffee does the trick. And the bonus is that the caffeine gets me energized enough to write a new Weight Watchers Recipe for you all to read :).

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Almond Breeze Iced Coffees – 3 Points +

Almond Breeze Iced Coffees

Though it may chilly outside, I drink iced coffee year round, and a recent Fabulous Food Find that I want to share today are these delicious Almond Breeze Iced Coffees from Blue Diamond. They come in 4 fantastic flavors: Original, Vanilla, Mocha, and Caramel Macchiato, AND they are just 100 calories per serving. Made with coffee and almond milk, they are the perfect dairy and soy free way to enjoy a low calorie iced coffee beverage that tastes great and has just 3 Points + per serving. Drink them as is, or blend with some ice in your blender for a soy/dairy free Frappuccino! Keep reading to learn more…

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Tropicana Trop50 Farmstand Apple – 1 Points +

Tropicana Trop50 Farmstand Apple

Ever feel a little sad when it comes to all those delicious fall apple ciders because it’s just too many Weight Watchers Points Plus? I sure do. And so sometimes I will treat myself and spend those beloved Points. Other times, I rely on a delicious low apple juice from Tropicana called Trop 50 Farmstand Apple. Trop50 drinks have been around for a while, but I think that many people may be unaware, so I felt it deserved a shout out in one of my Fabulous Food Find Friday posts. If you have a hankering for some apple juice, Trop50 is a great, diet friendly alternative at just 1 Points + per serving. If you aren’t familiar with Trop50, you’ll be excited to learn that they have 4 other fantastic flavors along with 3 different varieties of low calorie orange juice! Keep reading to learn more…

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Watermelon Cucumber Mint Refresher Recipe – 2 Points +

Watermelon Cucumber Mint Refresher

Watermelon Cucumber Mint Refresher

Many of you may not know this, but I am a HUGE fan of Thug Kitchen. I find their recipes delicious, and their offensive language commentary, hilarious. Recently, I came across their Watermelon Cucumber Slushie Recipe, and I thought that would make a perfect Weight Watchers Summer Drink Recipe. I also needed a good, alcohol-free drink recipe for my Labor Day BBQ that both adults and kids would enjoy, and so I got to work giving these a try. They were FANTASTIC!! They were cold, sweet, delightfully flavorful, and just 2 Points + each. I barely even made any tweaks to Thug Kitchen’s original recipe. If you don’t want to use coconut water, plain old water will work just fine too. And if you prefer an adult version of this, white rum is a great replacement for the coconut water. This is a delicious and unique drink recipe that is a perfect summer treat, so while we still have these last few days of summer, get out that blender and whip up one of these Watermelon Cucumber Mint Refreshers – they are divine.

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