Honey Nut Fruit Skewers – 6 Points +

Honey Nut Fruit Skewers

These fruit skewers are a perfect way to add some fun to your typical fruit dish. The chunks of melon are easy to put on the skewers and look elegant. When you add the honey and chopped nuts, it’s a perfect way to put an elegant twist in your meal. This is sure to be a hit at every BBQ and picnic this summer. Melons are a favorite, and the nuts add a delicious crunch, with the honey adding just enough sticky sweet to keep the nuts in place. The lemons are used to garnish and to keep the fruit looking fresh and bright.
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Gluten Free Pancakes with Strawberry Rhubarb – 9 Points +

Gluten Free Pancakes with Strawberry Rhubarb

 

I love gardens. It’s so wonderful to be able to grow and garden and go out to get fresh produce when you want to make something. Rhubarb is growing really well this time of year, and what goes together better than strawberries and rhubarb? Thankfully, fresh strawberries are also ripe this time of year, so it’s perfect. I made my rhubarb sauce fresh, but I make a huge batch and then can it, so I can have it all year on pancakes, ice cream and steel cut oats. However, it’s wonderful fresh and stores well in the fridge.

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Cranberry & Coconut Breakfast Risotto – 9 Points +

I’m someone who loves rice and risotto is a wonderful way to prepare rice. The creamy rice is delicious as a side dish with sauteed mushrooms, onions and garlic. But it’s also wonderfully tasty when you use soy and coconut milk, add some fruit, cinnamon and vanilla to make it for breakfast. This creamy and flavorful breakfast is simple and easy. You can put it in the crock-pot over night, or just make it up ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. It’s sure to be a meal that everyone will love.

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Green Smoothie – 5 Points +

Healthy green smoothie with spinach in a jar mug on wood

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.

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Fresh Strawberry Muffins – 5 Points +

Fresh Strawberry Muffins 

This delicious recipe is one that my mother-in-law has shared with me. It’s one of my favorite muffin recipes, I love the flavor of the fresh strawberries in the muffins. These are delicious for breakfast with scrambled eggs, or for a snack in the afternoon, or even as dessert. They’re simple and easy to make, but turn out light and fluffy each time. I make mine gluten free, substituting 2 cups of gluten free flour, but these work well as wheat muffins too – just use regular flour. Give these a try this weekend, they’ll be a sure hit with the whole family.

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Almond Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies – 4 Points +

Almond & Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

These delicious cookies are gluten and dairy free, but don’t think they’re going to end up tough, grainy and just downright strange. They are fluffy and tender. Almond butter adds a nutty flavor, but without being too overpowering. These cookies are perfect with the chocolate chips, but if you’re not a fan of chocolate, use chopped pecans or walnuts (the points are the same). You can use any gluten free flour blend for the 1 cup of flour. If you can’t have the xanthan gum, use 3 tablespoons of psyllium husk instead. If you don’t need to make gluten free cookies, just use 3 1/4 cups regular wheat flour (the points don’t change for this substitution). A word of warning – the cookies are best fresh out of the oven and can be a little bit addictive.

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Chicken Waldorf Salad – 5 points +

Chicken Waldorf Salad WrapOne of my (and my husband’s) favorite Sunday dinners is roast chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. My husband loves it because it’s tradition and he loves potatoes and gravy. I love it because it’s delicious, but also because I end up with lots of leftover chicken to use in other delicious things throughout the week. One of those delicious things, and one that I’ve been enjoying for lunch the last couple of weeks, is this Chicken Waldorf Salad. It’s perfect by itself, but you can also have it wrapped in a large lettuce leaf or a whole grain tortilla or pita pocket. This recipes makes lots of it, which means it’s perfect to keep in the fridge for a quick lunch during the week. Any type of leftover chicken will work — roast, grilled, baked, white meat or dark meat. If you have any leftover chicken, try this delicious, simple and easy salad.

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Whole Grain Crepes with Fruit – 6 Points +

Crepes with Fruit

There is very little that I love more than a Saturday brunch with my husband. I always try to do something fun and especially delicious on Saturday mornings. Usually, the morning is a little slower and more relaxed, so I have time to make things like crepes. I’ll admit, I love crepes, they’re similar to pancakes, but the fluffy and light flavor is different. They also open up a whole world of possibilities when it comes to filling them. My favorite filling is fresh fruit, or yogurt topped with a homemade fruit sauce. You can also fill them with scrambled eggs, meat, cheese or just about anything else you can imagine. And a word to the wise — your first crepe will probably be a mess. Mine first one always is, no matter how much I make them. After the first one, they’ll turn out perfect and delicious.

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Tropical Strawberry Smoothie Recipe – 2 Points +

Tropical Strawberry Smoothie

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!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1 cup mango
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 cup pineapple, diced
  • 1 banana
  • 3 dates
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water

Instructions

  1. 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)

Cooking time:

Diet type: Vegan

Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Gluten free, Raw

Number of servings (yield): 6

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Calories: 89

Fat: 0g

Protein: 1g

Entire recipe makes 6 servings
Serving size is 1 cup
Each serving = 2 Points +

PER SERVING: 89 calories; 0g fat; 24g carbohydrates; 1g protein; 3g fiber

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake – 5 Points +

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

Many of us turn town dessert especially if it’s chocolate cake as we automatically start counting calories. This recipe for chocolate buttermilk cake is amazing and it’s low-fat. It’s chocolate cake without the guilt. I’ve served this at many parties and have only heard positive feedback as well as people asking for the recipe. The powdered sugar on top is just enough sweetness and the side of fruit is the perfect garnish for the serving.

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Winter Chicken Salad – 6 Points +

Winter Chicken Salad

Nothing like taking advantage of the beautiful seasonal fruits this time of year, and combining them in a fresh and colorful salad that will leave your tastebuds begging for more! This Winter Chicken Salad Recipe is not only colorful and lovely, but is absolutely delicious. It’s topped with a sweet and tangy dressing, and is finished off with a nutty crunch from the toasted pine nuts……SO GOOD! I used walnut oil for the dressing, but you can use olive oil if you prefer. I just like the mild added flavor of walnut, and the health benefits that the walnut oil boasts is pretty amazing too. Makes a great Weight Watchers lunch recipe. You can also leave off the chicken, and serve this as a side salad with a fish or chicken dish for dinner. So many tasty possibilities!

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Blackberry and Sage Infused Water – 0 Points +

Blackberry and Sage Infused Water

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.

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