One of my favorite breakfasts is whole grain granola with yogurt and fruit. It’s something that I never get tired of, and granola is easy to take with me. It’s a great snack and perfect for a healthy breakfast when I’m traveling if I’m not sure whether or not the breakfast is something I can eat – you can almost always get yogurt. I like to add fresh fruit to it, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, peaches – whatever I happen to have on hand. In less than 5 minutes I’ve got a delicious breakfast that’s full of protein fiber and healthy fats. One of my favorite granolas is a gluten free one from Van’s foods. I love it because it’s soft and chewy, but it’s also expensive. This granola recipe is just as good, cheaper to make and something I can whip up in no time! I keep a very close eye on mine so that I don’t overcook it. It’s fine when it’s crunchy, but my preference is the soft and chewy granola, so I don’t cook mine for very long. If you prefer a little crunchier granola, just cook it a little longer. This is perfect for breakfast or a snack, it’s filled with essential fats and has 3 grams of fiber per serving!
What’s better on a lazy weekend that brunch with some pancakes? These blueberry pancakes hit the spot. They’re simple and delicious with whole wheat flour and blueberries. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries in these pancakes – whichever you have on hand. I used frozen blueberries, so I poured each pancake onto the griddle and then dropped the blueberries into the batter. Making these pancakes with whole grain flour adds nutrients, including fiber to these pancakes. If you’re not so sure about using whole wheat flour, the trick is to make sure it’s finely ground. If the flour is finely ground, it won’t be grainy. Some whole wheat flours are also lighter than others, so if you have a picky eater, use a lighter whole wheat flour – they’ll never know! Give these delicious pancakes a try, they’ll be a family favorite after the first breakfast. They’re perfect with a little butter, syrup or just some plain yogurt on top.
Cheesecake is a classic in our house. It’s one of my husband’s favorite desserts. In fact, we had cheesecake at our wedding. It’s not something that I make all that often, however, because the two of us have to eat the whole thing. While I don’t mind eating the whole thing, it’s not good for either of us. The answer is these delicious mini cheesecakes. I use foil muffin cups and don’t even bother with a muffin pan. Then, we keep a couple out for dessert and freeze the rest. Simple defrost them in the fridge (or pop them in the microwave for a few seconds) and add your favorite topping. While these ones have blueberry topping, you can have plain cheesecake, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, caramel apple…the list is endless. If you don’t want to make all of that topping, just make the cheesecakes and then top with a dollop of your favorite jam before you eat it. These are really easy to make and really delicious. The individual portion sizes makes it easy to get enough to satisfy without going overboard.
This salad isn’t just beautiful – it’s delicious too. I just had to try this Strawberry Poppyseed Vinaigrette, and the combination of arugula and berries seemed like the perfect place. I’m so glad I did, it was wonderful. The vinaigrette is incredibly easy to make – just stick everything in the blender. I ended up with plenty leftover. If you’re looking to make this a main dish for lunch or dinner, just add a half a chicken breast for protein. You can also mix arugula and spinach instead of just arugula. Give this salad a try, you won’t be disappointed.
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… :)
These Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries are such a great, healthy snack recipe idea that is perfect for a hot summer day. And it’s also a great way to use up any leftover blueberries before they go bad! At just 1 Points + per serving, they make a great alternative to ice cream. The yogurt adds some sweetness to the slightly tart blueberries and the creaminess gives it a dessert like feel. These also make a great healthy snack for kids! Dipping all of the blueberries individually can be a bit tedious…I haven’t yet perfected a way to do it faster without them looking messy. But they are truly a delicious and healthy treat that is well worth the effort. Feel free to experiment and use different yogurt flavors if you like….there are lots of great flavor options available. Since blueberries are 0 Points, I only counted the yogurt, which is how I came up with 1 Points +. However, if you calculate the nutritional stats of the ingredients and then enter it into your Weight Watchers Points Calculator, it comes out as 3 Points +. So, armed with that info, count it however you see fit. But definitely give these Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries a try while blueberries are abundant in the summer months.
These Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins are a healthier and lighter version of a basic, traditional Blueberry Muffin Recipe. Still moist and delicious, but just 4 Points + per serving. I like to make a big batch and freeze some so I’ll have a quick and healthy Weight Watchers breakfast on hand whenever I’m feeling too tired (or lazy) to cook. They are also great to give to my toddler for a tasty and healthy breakfast on the go. I’ve seen a lot of variations of these blueberry muffins with nuts or icing added, but in order to keep in Weight Watchers friendly, I stuck to the basics. Plus, I often enjoy a simple muffin without too many ingredients. Occasionally, I’ll add a tablespoon of flaxseed Powder for some added health benefits. This is really a deliciously healthy and easy muffin recipe to add to your collection, and it’ll satisfy your blueberry muffin craving without using up too many of your Weight Watchers Points. P.S. They go great with a bit of Brummel & Brown Yogurt Spread! Yum!
This quick and easy Blueberry Mint Lemonade Recipe is the perfect 0 Points drink to help you feel refreshed without downing a lot of calories. The flavors in this lemonade taste best after they’ve had a chance to sit and blend a bit, so I like to make it in the morning and then pop it in the fridge til lunch. You can sweeten the lemonade if you’d like…I usually use Stevia or Splenda to keep it at 0 Points, or you can drink it as is, as the mint helps to balance out the tartness of the lemon a bit. If you choose to sweeten it with sugar, just remember to calculate the Weight Watchers Points. This is a great drink to indulge in on a hot summer day, or right after a workout or spa visit. And it’s the perfect healthy drink recipe to impress guests at your next BBQ, picnic, or outdoor party!
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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!
Dreaming of delicious, healthy, low calorie blueberry pancakes for Mother’s Day Breakfast this Sunday? Well try this Blueberry Ricotta Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe and indulge in a decadent meal while still staying within your daily Points Plus allowance. Each 2 pancake serving has just 4 Points +, and they are soooooo yummy! Drizzle a tsp or two of a low calorie sugar free syrup over them, and the Points + Value won’t be affected. Full of heart healthy fiber, but low in fat, these delicious blueberry ricotta pancakes make the perfect Mother’s Day Brunch Recipe, without sacrificing taste. They are moist and fluffy and really quite satisfying. Now go print out this recipe, and slip it on your husband’s desk so he can surprise you with it on Sunday morning!
Looking for a great, low Points Plus Dessert Recipe? Try this delicious Blueberry Tart, and you’ll swear you’re not dieting. Full of flavor and healthy fats, this dessert actually packs a pretty powerful punch when it comes to nutrients. If you’re going to eat dessert, why not eat one that’s actually pretty good for you and chock full of vitamins and antioxidants? With just 4 Points + per slice, you can enjoy a super yummy dessert that’s made with REAL ingredients…not artificial sweeteners. It’s creamy, sweet, tart and absolutely decadent. Serve it as a treat for the family after dinner, or take it to a potluck and impress all your friends and family with your incredibly delicious and HEALTHY dessert!!
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As we enter the Bermuda Triangle of Dieting (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas), it can be pretty easy to toss our Weight Watchers plan to the side and indulge in all the holiday yumminess that bombards us on a daily basis. BUT, by trading out traditional holiday recipes for healthier, lower calorie Weight Watchers Holiday Recipes, you can still enjoy all the taste of the season without blowing your weight loss goals. This delicious Blueberry and Cranberry Pumpkin Bars Recipe is a fabulous low calorie dessert idea that delivers all the flavors of fall, but with just a 3 Point Total per bar. The cranberries and blueberries add a delicious zing to the moist and delicious pumpkin bar. They make a great healthy recipe idea to use for a potluck, family dinner, or just to bring in to work as a sweet snack.