Recently, this gourmet yogurt parfait has been one of my staple breakfast meals. It takes just minutes to make and it is SO good and filling! The creamy and tangy yogurt are complemented by the sweet, crunchy granola and the sweet, chewy dried fruit. I often use plain yogurt in this Weight Watchers breakfast recipe too, because I really like the contrast of flavors. But if you prefer your yogurt to be a bit more sweet, you can stick with the vanilla flavored. This is really a versatile parfait…you can use whatever type of granola and fruit you’d like. My personal favorite is Nature’s Path Coconut Chia Granola. And for dried fruit, I used dried apricots and goji berries, but again, just about any kind of dried fruit will work well. Just avoid any that have added sugars. When I have extra Points to spend, I’ll even toss in some sliced almonds or sunflower seeds. If I eat this yogurt parfait for breakfast, I’m totally full and satisfied until lunch – it’s a pretty big serving! A very well spent 8 Points Plus. Enjoy!
With the temperatures around 101-108 degrees here the past few days, all I want to do is eat foods that are cold and refreshing. Lucky for me, I had a few of Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Pops in my freezer, and they are my latest addiction. Seriously…I may need an intervention because I CANNOT STOP EATING THEM. Chloes’s Fruit Co. has a flagship store in Manhattan, NY where they offer fourteen varieties of soft serve fruit that they rotate on a seasonal basis, and now eight of which are offered in popsicle form! I’m a huge lover of popsicles, and have recommended quite a few different frozen goodies on my blog, but the things that make Chloe’s really stand out to me are the company’s incredible commitment to creating clean eating desserts that are as wholesome as you can get, and the perfectly natural taste of these popsicles. They literally have 3 ingredients: fruit, water, a touch or organic cane sugar. That’s it. Pure, simple, and absolutely delicious. Not only that, but they are free of gluten, dairy, fat and the eight other major allergens. And each one is just 2 Weight Watchers Points! Keep reading to learn more…
Admittedly, I’m one of those people who always complain about not having time for breakfast. I can manage to get my kids fed, but feeding myself is a challenge. So when I came across this Emerald Breakfast On the Go Nut! and Granola Mix at my local Walmart, I was pretty excited to give it a try! Each 5 Points Plus pouch contains a mix of nuts, dried fruit and oatmeal clusters. I grab a pack of these with a piece of fruit and my coffee, and I’m in the car in no time. They also make great snacks too! And it gets better…they come in a huge selection of delicious flavors…Apples and Cinnamon, Berry Nut Blend, S’Mores Nut Blend, Maple and Brown Sugar, Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Nut Blend, Breakfast Nut Blend, and two Coffee House Blends: Caramel Macchiato and Vanilla Latte. WHOAH.
Spring is in full swing, and I’m already getting excited for delicious, seasonal treats! One of my favorites are these All-Natural Goodpop Frozen Pops. They are unbelievably delicious, and are a great treat that I can enjoy without feeling guilty. Also, because they are made with only wholesome, natural, real ingredients, they are a great snack to share with my kids who are OBSESSED with popsicles. All-Natural Goodpop Frozen Pops range from 1-3 Points + each, depending on the flavor. And they come in seven staple flavors: The non-dairy are Watermelon Agave, Strawberry, Strawberry Lemonade, Hibiscus Mint, and the Dairy based ones are Chocolate, Banana Cinnamon, and Coldbrew Coffee…and they are all fantastic!! Additionally, they offer some seasonal flavors like: Pineapple Basil, Mango Chile, Coconut, Pina Colada, and many more! WOW!!!! Seriously, I’m in love with these. Keep reading to learn more….
Spring is just around the corner, and I’m eager to welcome in the warm sunshine! And one of my favorite ways to celebrate spring is with fresh, bright salads. This Kale, Strawberry and Avocado Salad is just the ticket. It is an excellent dish for when you want to pack a TON of nutrition into one serving, as it’s loaded with heart healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, and important dietary fiber. This sweet and salty salad would be a perfect Weight Watchers Easter Brunch Recipe, if you are scouting out some good ideas. I also love to toss in couple of tablespoons of feta cheese when I want to add in another flavor dimension. At just 5 Points + per serving, this healthy and delicious salad is a must try! Enjoy.
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!