I’ve had my share of Weight Watchers banana bread recipes, but this version is my favorite. The bread comes out so moist and delicious, and the applesauce and vanilla extract help to give it just the right amount of sweetness without having to use a lot of sugar. If you prefer to use a regular, all-purpose flour with this instead of whole wheat, you absolutely can. Or you can use a mixture of the two flours. But I like the added nutrition of the whole wheat. I also added a few tablespoons of organic raw flaxseed because I was serving this to my kids, but that does add an extra Point or two. So, I posted the recipe without the inclusion of the flaxseed. This low fat banana bread is wonderful with your morning coffee or tea, or for an after dinner sweet treat. And at just 4 Points + for each thick slice, you’ll be thrilled at how filling and satisfying it is. Enjoy!
Today’s Fabulous Food Find is yet another gem from the fabulous Trader Joe’s. Their Pomegranate Blueberry Sherbet is one of the absolute BEST frozen sorbets/sherbets I’ve ever had. It is so silky and smooth, and the sweet and tart flavor combination is perfection. It’s lighter and more refreshing than fat-laden ice cream, but it’s also a lot creamier than most other brands of sherbet I’ve tried, and believe me, I’ve tried a TON. It tastes real, not artificial, and is so amazingly good that I find myself making more and more quick trips to Trader Joe’s just to buy more. Each 1/2 cup serving is 4 Points Plus, but if you are having a bad day and eat the whole pint in one sitting, well that ends up being 14 Points Plus, which really isn’t that bad, considering. C’mon…you know you’ve had those kinda days… :)
The next time you are in the mood to treat yourself to a gourmet sandwich that won’t break the bank (or your belt!), give this Bacon, Brie, and Pear Sandwich Recipe a try. The mild, creamy brie is perfectly accented with the salty bacon and sweet, juicy pears. It is truly an explosion of flavors that is divine. If you don’t like brie, and mild flavor cheese will work just fine. You can make this sandwich ahead of time, and then just heat up at the office. I also like to top it with some arugula whenever I have it on hand. Serve this with a light salad like my Cucumber Tomato Salad and or a 0 Points + soup for a complete meal. Enjoy!
With the holidays closer than we think, I’m already in the midst of planning my holiday menus. And this Pan-Fried Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries, Walnuts and Blue Cheese Recipe will absolutely be making an appearance on my table this year. It’s such a delicious way to get in those veggie servings, and you get the bonus of the healthy fat and nutrients from the nuts. The sweet dried cranberries, touch of maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar help to take some of the bitterness out of the brussel sprouts too. If you prefer, you could even slice the brussel sprouts thinly, instead of just halving them….this may make it more palatable to the brussel sprout naysayers. So if you haven’t been a fan of brussel sprouts in the past, this may the right recipe to reel you in. But truly, this dish was wonderful, and my husband and I really enjoyed it. Each serving is just 4 Points +, making these Pan-Fried Brussel Sprouts an excellent Weight Watchers Holiday Recipe idea. Enjoy!
Ok, folks, as you may know (IF you are an avid reader of LaaLoosh), I ADORE hot sauce. I am always on the lookout for the new, tasty versions to try, and over the many years and many bottles I’ve sampled, I’ve only found a handful that have really stolen my heart (and taste buds). And today’s featured Fabulous Food Find, the new Bah BAH Hot Sauce, is one of them. The makers of this new hot sauce got in touch with me and asked if I’d be willing to try their product and give them some feedback. Of course, I was willing and eager! When I read that the makers had Persian roots, I knew Bah BAH (which means Mmmm mmm, btw) was gonna be good, but I honestly had no idea that it was going to be as incredible as it was. And I cannot say enough good things about it…it’s fantastic. I’d had it for a week, and the whole bottle was finished….I could NOT stop eating it! I was literally looking for food, ANY food, that I could use as a vehicle to consume more of this deliciousness. Keep reading to learn more about Bah BAH Hot sauce…
This basic Oriental Cabbage and Cranberry Salad Recipe tastes so amazing, it’s hard to believe that each serving is just 2 Points + and that it’s so incredibly easy to make. It’s one of my go to salad recipes for when I need a quick prep side dish that doesn’t require a lot of chopping. I buy the cabbage already shredded in a package, so I just dice up some green onions, make the dressing, and let it sit in the fridge until dinner time. My kids love the flavors and don’t realize that they are eating a vegetable. Sometimes I’ll add toasted almonds or edamame for an added nutrition boost, but keep in mind that will increase the Points + value. Truly delicious, my Oriental Cabbage and Cranberry Salad is a favorite around our house. Not only for it’s low Points value, but because it tastes fantastic.
This year for Rosh Hashanah, I decided to experiment with a new Weight Watchers Chicken Recipe utilizing some delicious, fresh fall figs, honey, and saffron. It was really quite simple to prepare and the chicken turned out so moist and juicy. The figs and honey (very traditional Rosh Hashanah ingredients) gave it a lovely sweet contrast, while sill keeping the the Points Plus value pretty low and not over powering the chicken. I served this over whole wheat Israeli cous cous (for extra Points), along with roasted broccoli and cucumber salad for a complete meal. Each chicken fillet ended up being just 6 Points +, which included the sauce and some of the figs. I was making this dish for my whole family, so I also added some chicken thighs and drumsticks, which were a huge hit. This could definitely become my new Weight Watchers Rosh Hashanah Recipe tradition!
Today’s Fabulous Food Find features a snack that I originally bought for my 2 year old, but then started to enjoy myself. It’s Mamma Chia Squeeze Vitality Snack, which is a 3.5oz, 70-calorie pouch of pureed fruit, infiltrated with healthy chia seeds. The lightweight, on-the-go squeeze pouch is not only a wonderful and nutritious snack for children, it’s a perfect treat for busy grownups who want to enjoy a delicious snack that is just 1 Weight Watchers Point. And if you aren’t familiar with all the fantastic benefits of chia seeds, take a minute to check out these 10 Reasons to Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet. These Chia Squeezes are really quite tasty and though they do not require refrigeration, are extra good when cold or almost frozen. Each pouch boasts 1200 mg of Omega-3 (wow!), 4g of fiber and 2g protein. Plus, Chia Squeeze is organic, non-GMO certified, vegan and gluten free. Need another reason to try them? Shipping from their online store is FREE for ALL ORDERS right now! You can find them at many health food markets and mainstream grocery stores too. 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…
Both of my kids are great sleepers, which is awesome at night, but means we are often struggling to get out the door on time in the morning to schlep my son to preschool. So sitting them (and myself!) down for a healthy breakfast is practically impossible. I needed some new ideas for something that the kids and I could eat in the car, that was filling, and that was delicious and overall nutritious. And I hit the jackpot with these Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins. They are so incredibly easy to make, and they come out moist, flavorful and perfect for an on the go breakfast or snack. I make a big batch and then freeze them so I’ll always have some on hand for a hectic morning. If you aren’t concerned about an increase in Points, add in some raisins, nuts or dried cranberries for extra deliciousness. Also, I chose NOT to use cinnamon in these as I often tire of cinnamon in almost every muffin recipe. I wanted something more “vanilla”, so I didn’t use it. But if you are a cinnamon person, feel free to add some in. My husband loves them as a healthy snack with his coffee in the afternoon, and I LOVE having a 3 Points + muffin that tastes incredible and helps satisfy me. Tired of your office tempting you with those carb-heavy bagels? Make a few dozen of these Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins and treat everyone to a healthier option! These were so good and have definitely become a staple around here.
Another fantastic product from Kashi – their new granola bars with Chia! The chia adds a nice healthy dose of ALA omega-3, which is great for your cardiovascular health. And the two amazing flavors that are available (Berry Lemonade and Chocolate Almond & Sea Salt) are absolutely delicious. The lemony tang of the Berry Lemonade was a nice change of pace from most overly sweet granola bars. It’s made with Kashi’s Seven Whole Grains and a “touch of wildflower honey”, and the flavors are perfectly balanced. Each Berry Lemonade bar is just 3 Points Plus and each Chocolate Almond & Sea Salt bar is 4 Points Plus, so these are definitely some very Weight Watchers friendly granola bars. The Chocolate Almond & Sea Salt was also a delicious flavored granola bar, whose slight saltiness was a perfect contrast to the sweet chocolate. So whether you grab one of these Kashi Granola bars with Chia for breakfast, or as a healthy Weight Watchers snack, they are definitely a tasty treat!