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!
The perfect, ice cold dessert recipe for a hot summer’s day, these Creamy Coconut Pineapple Popsicles are just as nutritious as they are delicious. Made with just a few simple ingredients, each popsicle is just 1 Points +. These are so ridiculously easy to make, and my toddler loves them too, so I can feel good about having a healthy dessert on hand that will be a hit with my picky toddler and easy on my Weight Watchers Points. When making these, I used the Ikea Pop Ice Holder, which allowed me to make 12 popsicles, at about 3oz each. But you can use just about any popsicle mold that you like. These Creamy Coconut Popsicles are a must make this summer if you are a Weight Watcher who needs a sweet cold treat!
On a recent trip to New York City, I indulged myself on a variety of fabulous, though fattening foods. I do this occasionally so that I can find amazing gourmet dishes and then make them over into healthier versions that are lower in Points +, so they’ll be more Weight Watchers friendly. At one restaurant, I had a banana crème brulee for dessert. Now, I’m not really a huge banana lover, but something about this dish really made me start craving bananas something fierce. I decided that some simple banana chips might be a good solution to the craving. But typical banana chips are fried and pretty caloric, thus high in Weight Watchers Points. So, I decided to try baking them, and I was very pleased at how YUMMY they were – and they were so much better than the fried banana chips! Granted, the texture was more chewy than crunchy, but slow baking the banana chips allowed them to caramelize which made them taste like they were glazed with caramel. SO good. Though I like to eat them straight up as a snack, they’d also make a great topping for oatmeal, ice cream or on toast with peanut butter. They do take some time to bake, so if you like them I’d suggest making a big batch and freezing some so that you’ll have some on hand in a jiffy if your sweet tooth strikes.
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!
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If you are a fan of big, fluffy, fruit filled muffins, you came to the right place today! This easy Banana and Blueberry Muffin Recipe delivers a most delicious, low calorie muffin that’s full of good for you ingredients and low in Points +. The average muffin at Starbucks clocks in around 9-12 PointsPlus each…..so why not make a healthier version yourself and save PointsPlus and $$$? By just making a few changes in a traditional blueberry and banana muffin recipe, it’s not hard to create a muffin that is a lot lower in fat and calories and that doesn’t sacrifice taste. They are perfect for breakfast, brunch side dish recipes, or to have with your morning coffee. Make a few batches of these and freeze them so that you always have a guilt free snack on hand!
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After indulging in this cake at a recent party at a friend of mine’s house, I asked for the original recipe, which was from Eating Well, and made a few alterations to make it a bit more Weight Watchers friendly. Plus, I wanted to make it easier….their original banana cream layer cake recipe calls for making your own bavarian cream filling, but I just wasn’t a fan of the flavor of the cream or the hassle of preparing it. But by using Nonfat Cool Whip mixed with fat free vanilla pudding instead, I got a better flavor, it was much easier, and it lowered the fat and calorie count – a LOT. If you aren’t a fan of Cool Whip, you can use Fat Free Reddi Whip too (which I LOVE), but it does get runny kind of fast, so prepare for that. Though it tastes fantastic. So if you want a great summer dessert recipe that will help you stay on track with your Weight Watchers goals, this Banana Cream Cake is a must try. With only 6 Points + per slice, you can have your cake and eat it too!
If you are a weight watcher with a serious sweet tooth, this easy dessert recipe for Baked Bananas Foster will make you beyond happy. Unlike many of the prepackaged diet desserts and low calorie ice creams, this tasty dish is made with all the good stuff! So there’s no “artificial” taste to it which I LOVE! And because it’s so sweet and decadent, one serving is very satisfying. Though this is not an official one of Weight Watchers Dessert Recipes, this deliciously rich Baked Bananas Foster Recipe is sure to be a hit with the whole family – dieters and non-dieters alike. Enjoy.