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.
Just recently, my BFF, Janice of Sew Girly Alterations introduced me to an amazing new smoothie recipe – Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie. Kimberly Snyder is a top Hollywood Nutritionist, and many of her clients are the celebrities whose bodies we drool over with envy. This green smoothie recipe is part of her Beauty Detox program and it’s something that she has all of her clients drink. The recipe helps you get in a tremendous amount of leafy greens, which we all know has amazing health benefits. You can read all about her and her Official Glowing Green Smoothie Recipe at her site. Eager to find ways to get in more veggies and get all those nutrients, I decided to give it a try, and I have to admit, I’m kind of in love with it. Janice suggested using orange juice to help the flavor, and I think that was absolutely brilliant. I also liked using lime instead of lemon. I truly thought it tasted fantastic, and the best part is that I really did feel satisfied until noon. I’ve started drinking it now on a daily basis and making batches to freeze, and I’m eager to reap the health benefits. Two things that I HIGHLY recommend to make this smoothie tasty and enjoyable is to keep it COLD. Very cold. And blend it as smooth as you can get it – use a good blender or mixer to puree the heck out of it. If you are looking to make a great investment, a Vitamix is the most recommended blender for this, giving the best results. Now, here’s the tricky/debatable bit of info about this smoothie….the Points + value. I’ve gone back and forth with a few leaders, and some folks on the Weight Watchers Community Forum, and most people feel that since this smoothie is made entirely of fresh fruits and veggies, it should be considered 0 Points +. I added up the nutritional stats for my version, and it comes out at 5 Points +. Personally, I have decided to count this as 0 Points +, as long as I only drink 1 serving a day. But armed with both options, feel free to make your own choice and track it appropriately. Regardless of how you plan to count the Weight Watchers Points, I definitely recommend adding this healthy smoothie recipe into your plan. It’s so so good for you, and will help fill you up. So get yourselves to a blender, ASAP! Here is my version of Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie Recipe. Enjoy!
After hearing about The Sleep Doctor’s Sleep Slim Smoothie on the Dr. Oz Show, I decided to give this smoothie recipe a try. With a toddler an a 6 month old, I get pretty worn down, and I so I was definitely game for trying just about anything that would help me get more out of the few hours of sleep I can get. And if this Sleep Slim Smoothie would help me burn some extra calories while sleeping, well then YAY! So I whipped up a batch for my husband and I. He wasn’t a fan, but I thought it was pretty good. A little tart, but overall, the taste was pretty good. The man behind this Sleep Slim Smoothie Recipe, Dr Michael Breus, PhD, The Sleep Doctor, claims that cherries are one of the richest known sources of melatonin, the sleep hormone that recent studies have shown can also help reverse the effects of aging, while bananas contain loads of magnesium, a calming mineral. And that soy milk is high in tryptophan, the sleep-inducing amino acid. Sounds good to me.
But OK, I know what you are thinking…6 Points for a smoothie? Yes, I know it’s a lot of Points to sacrifice on a a drink, BUT, I have to admit that after just one of these smoothies, I really did feel like I slept better and had more energy later. I didn’t even need my 3:00pm cup of coffee, which says A LOT. As for whether or not I burned more calories while I slept, I don’t know, but if you enjoy this smoothie recipe and have the Points to spare, it’s worth a shot. I’ll continue to fit this Sleep Slim Smoothie into my meal plan on an occasional basis and see if I continue to at least notice enhanced sleeping!
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In about as much time as it takes to stand in line at Starbucks and order one of their Grande Light Frappuccinos, you can make one yourself at home and save about $4.00. Just try this Frozen Blended Cappuccino Recipe and enjoy the creamy, coffee flavored goodness that you know and love. Each DIY Frappuccino has just 2 Points + and tastes fantastic. I found that the French Vanilla flavored creamer was sweet enough for me, but feel free to add in a Splenda or two if you want it really sweet. Quick and easy to make, it’s a fantastic low calorie frozen blended coffee drink recipe for any Weight Watcher. And best of all – no fancy espresso machine or name misspelling barista required. Enjoy!
This Weight Watchers Smoothie Recipe is one of my favorites! Icy cold and loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, this fruit slush is the perfect summer pick-me-up. Whoever knew a drink could taste this good!? It’s fresh and delicious, and is a perfect non-alcoholic drink recipe to use at your end of summer party! The mint taste adds such a nice touch, and gives this fabulous summer smoothie recipe a touch of class. Each super-filling serving has just 3 Weight Watchers Points, and is a yummy treat that the whole family can enjoy!