Strawberry Cake Roll – 7 Smart Points

Strawberry Cake Roll

Around the holidays last year I made a couple of Swiss cake rolls. I really enjoyed making the cake rolls. It turns out they’re not as difficult as I thought they were. The trick is to roll them while the cake is still warm, then they can be unrolled, filled and rerolled fairly easily. I used parchment paper to roll my cake and it worked perfectly. With some leftover fresh strawberries, I decided to try a strawberry cake roll – and it was fabulous. I started with my favorite frosting recipe – cool whip and low fat cream cheese. While I prefer to use real whipped cream, I can get almost the same flavor with cool whip, but without the fat! Then I added fresh chopped strawberries for my filling. I went the easy route and used a plain box mix for the cake. You can use any flavor you like – white, yellow, funfetti, chocolate – whatever you prefer or whatever you have on hand. The box mix makes this easy to make and really light and fluffy. It was fun, delicious and looks beautiful and elegant. Since my husband doesn’t like chocolate – it’s even better! It’s now one of my favorite non-chocolate desserts! [Read more…]

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Strawberry Blender Muffins – 5 Smart Points

Strawberry Muffins

Fresh strawberry muffins are one of my favorites. About a year ago, my mother-in-law gave me a recipe for fresh strawberry muffins that I fell in love with. They were so tender, delicious and moist. The fresh strawberries made them really tasty. My only problem with them was the fact that they were a little involved to make. The way to get them to turn out perfectly involved sifting dry ingredients, creaming butter and sugar, and so on. I’m someone who likes to toss baking recipes together all in one bowl, mix and be done. So I went on the search for a simple and delicious replacement for my favorite strawberry muffins. I found these blender muffins that were just perfect. Originally, they had bananas in the recipe, so I tried it without first and just added the strawberries. They’re OK that way, but the bananas add the extra moistness that they really needed to be tasty. Everything, except the fresh strawberries, gets tossed in the blender (or food processor), pureed and then fold in the strawberries. They’re ready to go in just a few minutes, and bake in a few more minutes. Fresh out of the oven they are just amazing. I’m really enjoying my new strawberry muffin recipe, especially since if I use gluten free oats, they’re gluten free, and have no need for me to adjust flours. They’re easy, tender, moist and really delicious. They’re perfect for breakfast or snack – whether they’re fresh and warm or leftover.

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Strawberry Banana Oat Smoothie – 9 Smart Points

Strawberry Banana Oat Smoothie

One of the best things about June, in my opinion, is that there is so much produce that comes into season. It’s perfect for all sorts of delicious, seasonal and healthy food. Smoothies are something that I really enjoy. They’re a quick and easy breakfast or snack. Since I’m usually the only one to eat the smoothie, I’ll make up the whole recipe, then leave the other half of the smoothie in the fridge for a snack later on in the day, or breakfast for the next day. One thing I noticed with this wonderful strawberry banana smoothie is that it’s important to make sure you let the blender blend for quite a while. In fact, it’s not a bad idea to start with the oats, pulse them into a flour and then add the rest of the ingredients. The first time I tried it, I just tossed everything in together (like I always do for smoothies). But between the oats and the frozen strawberries, it wasn’t as delicious and creamy as I was expecting. The next time, I blended the oats first then added everything else and it worked much better. Give this one a try – with sweet and juicy strawberries, protein packed yogurt and heart healthy oats, you can’t go wrong. [Read more…]

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Strawberry Shortcake – 8 Smart Points

Strawberry Shortcakes

Everyone needs to have dessert on a regular basis. Or at the very least, everyone needs a treat on a regular basis. In my experience, if you don’t splurge and indulge your craving, you’ll end up out of control one day. I like to have a variety of dessert recipes on hand so when I see the ingredients, or get the craving, I can put something together and have a treat. For me, the trick is to make sure there are individual servings of the dessert, so I don’t go overboard with the piece of cake or brownie that I cut. Strawberry shortcake is perfect for that. When I bake with wheat flour, I really like to use a very light whole wheat flour. It looks, tastes and feels like regular all-purpose flour, but it packs a lot more nutrients into each serving. These shortcakes came out perfect – tender and light. When you top them with whipped topping and sweet strawberries, you can’t go wrong. Since the strawberries are zero points, that’s where I splurge and add a few more to satisfy my sweet tooth. If you don’t like fat free whip topping, go with a creamy fat free Greek yogurt, and flavor it with a little vanilla. Whichever topping you use, these are definitely a family favorite! [Read more…]

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Arugula Chicken Salad – 6 Smart Points

Arugula Chicken Salad

I’m always looking for new and delicious dressing recipes. I love to have salads, and one of the ways I like to keep my salads fresh and interesting is by changing up my dressings. I typically make my own dressing, since I can alter it however I want, and make enough for just a couple of salads. I wanted to try a tangy mustard dressing, and this one fits the bill. I like the tangy Dijon mustard and cider vinegar that is rounded out with the delicious shallots. I tried it with arugula, chicken breast and strawberries. It’s a delicious combination that is light and refreshing. The strawberries add enough sweet to complement the dressing perfectly, the arugula is light and fresh and the chicken adds the savory protein to help get you through to the next meal. It’s a simple and delicious salad that’s great for a quick lunch during the week. [Read more…]

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Berry & Arugula Salad – 3 Points +

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.

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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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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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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 = 3 Smart Points/2 Points +

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

 

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Kale, Strawberry and Avocado Salad Recipe – 5 Points +

Kale, Strawberry and Avocado Salad

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.

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Homemade Strawberry Popsicle Recipe – 1 Points +

Homemade Strawberry Popsicles

A 1 Points + popsicle that is not made with any artificial sweeteners? That’s right folks….use this tasty recipe to make your own low calorie strawberry popsicles and save yourself some $$ and some calories! This recipe is super easy and the end result is a delicious frozen treat that is mostly real fruit. Not only are they just 1 Points +, but they are much healthier for you than all the pre-made ones at the grocery store which are loaded with a bunch of artificial colors and flavors. So if you want a healthy frozen popsicle recipe for this summer, give this one a try and treat the whole family to a delicious frozen Weight Watchers friendly dessert!

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Homemade Strawberry Bruschetta Recipe – 5 Points +

Strawberry Bruschetta

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This American take on a popular Italian Recipe is another deliciously decadent idea for a Mother’s Day Breakfast or Brunch. Strawberry Bruschetta is such a versatile dish — it can be used as a side dish with breakfast or brunch, an appetizer or even as a quick, low calorie dessert recipe. Just by making a few small changes to the traditional strawberry bruschetta that Giada DeLaurentis makes, I was able to get the Points + Value to just 5 Points + per serving. It’s such an easy and effortless dish to make if you’ve got a serious sweet tooth and need a fast, low calorie alternative to a high calorie dessert. I also love the idea of using this as a finger food recipe to serve at parties and get togethers! The warm berries release so much flavor, and the sweet syrup is such a delicious contrast to the cream cheese. If you are looking to add another tasty dish to your list of Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes this year, this one will not disappoint.

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