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…
You guys…Girl Scout Cookies…in a coffee creamer. Can you really go wrong with that!?? I don’t always use flavored creamers in my coffee, though there are a few that I enjoy on occasion. However, I am OBSESSED with Girl Scout Cookies…Thin Mint and Caramel and Coconut in particular, so when I saw these Coffee-mate Girl Scouts Cookie Liquid Creamers hit store shelves, I practically flew home to brew a cup of coffee and give these a try. And while it’s no perfect substitute for actual Girl Scout cookies, these tasty little liquid creamers were certainly delicious and definitely offered a low calorie way to help satisfy my sweet tooth. They come in two flavors -Thin Mint and Caramel & Coconut, and both are equally delicious. These would be perfect for an after dinner cup of coffee instead of a high calorie dessert, as they are each just 1 Points + per serving.
As temperatures heat up, it’s time to cool down with some delicious and light summer cocktails! When I first found about these low calorie non-alcoholic mixes, I was pretty excited to give them a try, but a bit skeptical that they would taste good. So I picked up a bottle of each flavor of the Sinless Cocktail Mixers at my local grocery store and decided to give them a try. Apparently, they have been out for a while, but I never knew about them until recently. I tasted each of them straight up, then I made cocktails with them. They were fantastic! Made with Stevia instead of artificial sweeteners or sugar, each 3oz serving has just 5 calories, 0 fat and 2 carbohydrates, making them 0 Points +. However, don’t forget to count the Points of your alcohol when mixing them! They come in 4 amazing flavors: Margarita Mix, Mojito Mix, Sour Mix and Strawberry Margarita Mix. Keep reading to find out more!
Wow, that’s a mouthful of a product name, but I’d be happy to say it a million times over for how amazing it is! I am ALL about my morning (and occasional afternoon coffee), and I’m sure many of you are too. But I hate spending the 2 Points Plus on the cream that I put in it (I’d rather chew those Points!). So when I recently came across this So Delicious Dairy Free Barista Style Original Coconut Milk Creamer at my local grocery store, I was skeptical, but decided to give it a try. It’s nutritional stats put it at 0 Points per serving, so I figured that was worth a shot. I was amazed at how good it was! Creamy with a hint of coconut sweetness, it’s a perfect dairy-free alternative to traditional creamers. Keep reading to get more details!
I know we’ve all seen the Starbucks bottled Frappuccinos and the canned Refreshers and Espresso drinks at stores, but did you know that Starbucks has now brought bottled iced coffees to our local grocery stores too? Maybe it’s just me, but I was totally excited when I made this discovery. The Espresso drinks and Frappuccinos were always a bit heavy to me, and I’d MUCH rather have a lighter iced coffee. So now I can stock up on bottles of the Starbucks Low Calorie Iced Coffee at home, and save myself the hassle of stopping at Starbucks in the morning! And it’s just 1 Points + per bottle! So now I have a convenient and Weight Watchers friendy way of getting my java fix.
I hope you all are sitting down for this one….a Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate Recipe that’s just 3 Points + for a nice big mug full?!?!? That’s right. And oh my word is it good. I got the idea for this while in line at Starbucks, drooling over their delicious fall drink menu. As soon as I got home, I put my daughter in her highchair, and went to work whipping up this absolutely wonderful, low calorie hot chocolate recipe. My Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate was so rich, creamy and decadent, and yet just a handful of Weight Watchers Points. The creamer and the vanilla sweeten the drink a lot, so there was no need to add in any additional sweetener. Also, if you want to go even LOWER on the Points with this, just substitute the milk for Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, and it will be just 2 Points +! I tried it both ways and preferred it with the milk, but it was quite good with the Almond Breeze too. This is a perfect hot drink for a cold day…and it’s a great idea to have in place of a dessert! Seriously people, it’s that good. Make it….NOW!
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.
A reader recently wrote in and asked if I could make an attempt at a copycat Orange Julius Recipe that was Weight Watchers friendly. Well, when I was younger, I used to get an Orange Julius almost every time I went to the mall, and her email got me feeling all nostalgic. Do Orange Julius locations even still exist? I have no idea. But their signature, original Orange Julius was so amazingly delicious…it tastes like a melted orange creamsicle – YUM. Though it’s been years since I’ve had one, I will never forget the deliciousness of an Orange Julius. So with some fresh oranges on hand, I decided to take a stab at creating a low calorie Orange Julius Recipe that tastes just as good as the real thing, but lower in Weight Watchers Points. I was thrilled at how yummy it turned out! Whether you’ve ever had an Orange Julius or not, this smoothie recipe makes an ideal summer drink recipe that will have everyone’s taste buds going crazy.