I usually prefer a lemon juice or vinegar based salad dressing, but somedays, I just need something good and creamy, and this new Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing from Bolthouse Farms is perfect! It’s so creamy, fresh and flavorful, and yet still very low in Weight Watchers Points – each 2 tbsp serving is just 1 Points Plus! And my favorite part is that the ingredients list is all natural, so the taste is pure and delicious. They have tons of other flavors too, most of which I’ve tried, and they are all fantastic. But the Cilantro Avocado and Mango Chipotle are their newest (I haven’t tried the Mango Chipotle yet, but it’s on my grocery list!). If you are looking for a delicious way to smother your greens in creamy, heavenly goodness, then pick up a bottle asap!
Soup is one of go to recipes whenever I’m really hungry. I eat a bowl before I eat my lunch or dinner, and then that helps to fill me up, so I don’t overdo it on the main course. And egg drop soup is a delicious and light option. However, a traditional egg drop soup recipe is quite mild. So sometimes, I really want to kick up the flavor notch and I whip up this spicy version instead. It is so fast and easy to make, and is really quite delicious. And at just 1 Points + for a 1 1/2 cup serving, this Spicy Egg Drop Soup is a fantastic Weight Watchers Recipe. Enjoy!
I have long since been a fan of Applegate’s line of meat and cheese products, but when I saw their new uncured light pepperoni at my local Whole Foods, I literally jumped for joy (so much that the lady nearby looking at yogurts had to come over and ask me what I was so excited about). Applegate’s new Mini Uncured Turkey Pepperoni is a delicious, lighter pepperoni that is not only low in Weight Watchers Points Plus, it’s all natural and nitrate free!! I love cooking with turkey pepperoni, but I won’t feed any meats with nitrates to my kids. But now, I can create some delicious new Weight Watchers recipes using this light pepperoni and not have to worry about that. Yay!! And each 1 oz serving (about 16 slices) is just 1 Weight Watchers Point! Keep reading to learn more…
Applegate Uncured Turkey Pepperoni
Additionally, Applegate also offers Mini Uncured Pork Pepperoni that is equally delicious and just 1 Point for a 1 oz serving. I tried them both and they are absolutely delicious! Smoky, spicy, and full of that Italian pepperoni flavor that we all love. Look for them at health food stores like Whole Foods. Or check out the store locator to see which store nearest to you offers them.
Serving size is 1 oz (about 16 slices)
Each serving = 1 Points +
PER SERVING: 40-50 calories; 2 – 3.5g fat; 0g carbohydrates; 3 – 5g protein; 0g fiber
This Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad is one of my go to Weight Watchers side dish recipes whenever I have an abundance of cherry or sugar plum tomatoes on hand. I often buy a lot of those little tomatoes under the assumption that I’ll eat them all up by enjoying them as a healthy snack, but instead, I usually end up ignoring them. Therefore, I am always left with extra tomatoes. But I like to use them in this super quick and easy salad recipe, and they make a perfect side dish for a variety of meals. I just throw it all together in the afternoon, and then it’s marinated, flavorful and all ready for dinner that evening. Which is AWESOME, because that’s one less thing I have to get done before dinner. And it’s just 1 Points + per serving, which is fantastic if you are watching those Weight Watchers Points. If you want to bulk this salad up more, try adding some red onions and serve over a bed of fresh iceberg lettuce. Or for an extra point or two, toss is some fresh mozzarella cheese – delish!
One of my favorite low calorie side dishes to order when eating out at a Japanese Restaurant is miso soup. It’s a great way to fill up before a meal so I don’t overeat. And when I’m eating at a Japanese restaurant, it’s usually sushi that I’m ordering, and I can sure get myself into trouble overeating that…yum! But I digress…miso soup is a wonderful and delicious way to bulk up my meal without adding more than 1-2 Points. I’ve come to love it so much, that I decided to make my own amped up version at home. Full of vegetables and the wonderful flavors of ginger and garlic, each serving of my Weight Watchers Ginger Miso Soup Recipe is just 1 Points +. I like to pair this with a salad or sandwich for a very satisfying lunch or dinner.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to have some family from Israel staying with us for a few weeks over the holidays, and I got to spend a lot of time watching them work magic in the kitchen. My mother-in-law can cook with eggplants like nobody’s business, and I was determined to master her delicious baba ganoush recipe. In case you’ve never heard of baba ganoush, it’s a middle eastern eggplant dip that is one of the most amazing foods I’ve ever had. The base is roasted eggplants, which add a wonderfully smoky flavor, and then it’s blended with tahini paste, mayonnaise, lemon juice and garlic. Traditionally, it’s loaded with mayonnaise and tahini paste which can make it not so Weight Watchers friendly. However, a few tweaks to my mother-in-law’s version, and I created a flipping’ fantastic low calorie baba ganoush for just 1 Points + for a 1/4 cup serving! Use it as a dip for veggies or pita chips, spread it on a sandwich or wrap, or just eat it straight up with a spoon. And it even gets a better flavor sitting in the fridge for a few days. Any way you choose to eat it, I hope you fall in love with this light baba ganoush recipe as much as I have.
Ever feel a little sad when it comes to all those delicious fall apple ciders because it’s just too many Weight Watchers Points Plus? I sure do. And so sometimes I will treat myself and spend those beloved Points. Other times, I rely on a delicious low apple juice from Tropicana called Trop 50 Farmstand Apple. Trop50 drinks have been around for a while, but I think that many people may be unaware, so I felt it deserved a shout out in one of my Fabulous Food Find Friday posts. If you have a hankering for some apple juice, Trop50 is a great, diet friendly alternative at just 1 Points + per serving. If you aren’t familiar with Trop50, you’ll be excited to learn that they have 4 other fantastic flavors along with 3 different varieties of low calorie orange juice! Keep reading to learn more…
Roni Noone’s weight loss journey has inspired many via her blogging. She is the author of Just Roni (formerly Roni’s Weigh), a great blog highlighting her weight loss journey and her life, as well as the popular recipe blog GreenLiteBites.
Roni began Weight Watchers following the birth of her first son and after years of yo-yo dieting. Her first experience blogging began with her page “Weight Watchen.” She then authored a recipe blog, GreenLiteBites, which continues to be very popular. She then went on to organize the blog community, “Blog to Lose,” and the yearly conference “Fitbloggin.”
Weight Watchen evolved into her blog about her weight loss saga-Roni’s Weigh. Recently, she changed the name to “Just Roni” to better represent the broad scope of the blog.
Also, check out her delicious recipe for Zucchini and Spaghetti Squash Lasagna, worth only 1 Points+, after the interview.
Today’s Fabulous Food Find features a snack that I originally bought for my 2 year old, but then started to enjoy myself. It’s Mamma Chia Squeeze Vitality Snack, which is a 3.5oz, 70-calorie pouch of pureed fruit, infiltrated with healthy chia seeds. The lightweight, on-the-go squeeze pouch is not only a wonderful and nutritious snack for children, it’s a perfect treat for busy grownups who want to enjoy a delicious snack that is just 1 Weight Watchers Point. And if you aren’t familiar with all the fantastic benefits of chia seeds, take a minute to check out these 10 Reasons to Add Chia Seeds to Your Diet. These Chia Squeezes are really quite tasty and though they do not require refrigeration, are extra good when cold or almost frozen. Each pouch boasts 1200 mg of Omega-3 (wow!), 4g of fiber and 2g protein. Plus, Chia Squeeze is organic, non-GMO certified, vegan and gluten free. Need another reason to try them? Shipping from their online store is FREE for ALL ORDERS right now! You can find them at many health food markets and mainstream grocery stores too. Keep reading to learn more….
You guys…Girl Scout Cookies…in a coffee creamer. Can you really go wrong with that!?? I don’t always use flavored creamers in my coffee, though there are a few that I enjoy on occasion. However, I am OBSESSED with Girl Scout Cookies…Thin Mint and Caramel and Coconut in particular, so when I saw these Coffee-mate Girl Scouts Cookie Liquid Creamers hit store shelves, I practically flew home to brew a cup of coffee and give these a try. And while it’s no perfect substitute for actual Girl Scout cookies, these tasty little liquid creamers were certainly delicious and definitely offered a low calorie way to help satisfy my sweet tooth. They come in two flavors -Thin Mint and Caramel & Coconut, and both are equally delicious. These would be perfect for an after dinner cup of coffee instead of a high calorie dessert, as they are each just 1 Points + per serving.
This is a super easy yet delightfully fresh and flavorful Cucumber Fennel salad that goes great with salmon, white fish, tuna…any fish really. I’ve also served it with chicken and pork before too. The creamy and tangy cucumber dressing is so incredibly simple and it adds such a nice balance to the delicate flavors of the cucumber and anise-like fennel without being overwhelming. And at just 1 Points + for a nice 1 cup serving, you really can’t go wrong with this Weight Watchers salad recipe. It’s also a nutrition powerhouse – the fennel has a lot of fiber, Vitamins A & C, potassium and calcium. And then you get a nice a dose of protein from the Greek yogurt dressing, and an extra boost of Vitamins A, C & K from the cucumber. All for a whopping 50 calories a serving! This cold and crisp Cucumber Fennel Salad Recipe is a must try this summer.
Flavored mayonnaise pretty much rocks my world, and I am always game to trying new flavors! If you haven’t heard about it yet, Kraft has launched a line of reduced fat mayo flavors that were created to offer the amazing tastes of sandwich shop dressings, but with less fat and calories. The whole line of Sandwich Shop Mayo currently has six different, mouth-watering flavors. But beware, the Hot & Spicy and the Twist of Lime flavors are NOT reduced fat and are 3 Points + per serving. However, the reduced fat flavors that are just 1 Points + per serving are Horseradish-Dijon, Chipotle, Garlic & Herb and Steakhouse. I have tried them all and they are fantastic. Though, I’m not a fan of the reduced fat plain mayo they offer. I prefer Vegenaise. But the flavors in the Sandwich Shop versions are much better tasting than the plain. Perfect for Weight Watchers summer grilling recipes, these delicious, low Points + flavored mayos are absolutely worth checking out.