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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 1 1.13 oz Spiru-Tein Whey Protein Powder mix (Chocolate flavor is used for this recipe)
- 1 cup Skim Milk
- In a blender (I used a single serve blender) add milk and packet mix.
- 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)
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
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!
- 2 cups strawberries
- 1 cup mango
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 cup pineapple, diced
- 1 banana
- 3 dates
- 1 1/2 cups coconut water
- 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)
Diet type: Vegan
Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Gluten free, Raw
Number of servings (yield): 6
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
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
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.
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.
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 :).
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…
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…
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.
When the folks at RE contacted me about trying their all natural vitality drinks, I immediately assumed it was a typical, high caffeine and/or sugar drink that would give me a boost of energy and then cause me to crash an hour or two later. But once I received the products and started reading through the information, I realized I was completely wrong and couldn’t have been happier about it! RE drinks are made entirely from real fruit juices and purees, so all the natural nutrients and antioxidants in the drinks provide an increase in energy, in addition to providing wonderful health benefits. There are no synthetic chemicals or stimulants. I had an opportunity to try both of the RE products, the RE Vitalize and the RE Vive. I decided to try the RE Vive first, and put it straight to the hardest test imaginable – 3:00pm. That’s when my energy is at it’s lowest, and when both of my kids are most demanding. I was sure there was no way just natural fruit juices would get me through the late afternoon the way I usually rely on coffee to do so. But RE Vive triumphed!! I was seriously amazed at how good I felt and how much energy I had, without having to deal with the caffeine jitters. I felt energized, not hyper. And it was wonderful. Not to mention, the juice tasted fantastic! The next day, I tried a 2oz shot of the RE Vitalize, and experienced the same success. Both were equally delicious, and just 1 Weight Watchers Point per serving. Since then, I’ve been hooked, and drinking RE on a daily basis. I feel great and LOVE mixing it into smoothies and iced tea. I’ve even mixed into cocktails and made some 2 Point Strawberry Sangria with it! Keep reading to get the recipe…