You know those days where you spent so much time working on the main course, that you completely forgot to prepare a side dish? Well, that happens to me a LOT. More often than I’d like to admit. Sometimes I’m too busy, sometimes I too lazy, and sometimes I’m just ill-prepared. But on those days, quick and easy Weight Watchers salad recipes like this Cilantro Lime Cucumber Salad, save me. I almost always have these ingredients on hand, and I can throw this together in just a few minutes. I highly recommend using a mandolin slicer in order to get nice, evenly thin cucumber slices. But it can absolutely be done with a knife too – it’s just not as easy. The flavors are fresh and amazing, and each serving is just 2 Points +. I usually prefer to go a bit heavy on the red pepper flakes as I really like that heat, but this time I made it for my kids, so I didn’t use as much. This salad also makes a perfect, low calorie side for summer BBQ’s, so definitely add it to your “must make this summer list”. Enjoy!
Sometimes mid-morning instead of a snack, I make this easy healthy chocolate energy shake. One afternoon while at a vitamin and herbal shop, I picked up a couple of single packets of energy shake mixes. In the past, many of the shake mixes I bought weren’t very tasty and had a “grainy” taste to them. I was pleasantly surprised when I made this at home. I picked up a couple of packets of Spiru-Tein High Energy Protein and tried several flavors. The chocolate is amazing. You don’t necessarily need a blender, but I used one to make sure all the lumps were gone. This shake is filling and definitely held me over until lunch.
This is a quick and easy mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. This healthy chocolate energy shake is delicious is low-fat and low-calorie.
- 1 1.13 oz Spiru-Tein Whey Protein Powder mix (Chocolate flavor is used for this recipe)
- 1 cup Skim Milk
- In a blender (I used a single serve blender) add milk and packet mix.
- Blend until well mixed.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: None
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate, High protein
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
Entire recipe makes: 1 serving
Serving size is about: 1 cup
Each serving = 2 Points +
PER SERVING: 180 calories; 1g fat; 9 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein; 1g fiber
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!
- 2 cups strawberries
- 1 cup mango
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 cup pineapple, diced
- 1 banana
- 3 dates
- 1 1/2 cups coconut water
- 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)
Diet type: Vegan
Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, Gluten free, Raw
Number of servings (yield): 6
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
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
I love finding easy side dish recipes especially when I don’t have a great deal of time to prepare dinner. This is a quick and easy broccoli and garlic side dish. It’s topped with a lemon juice and goes perfect with chicken, fish, beef, or some vegetarian meals. It’s light and low in points. You don’t want to cook the garlic too much as it already has a strong flavor. I cook it just enough where there is a hint of light brown. If you don’t have a steam basket, you certainly can use frozen steamed broccoli in a bag instead.
I am always looking for something quick and easy for breakfast. I made these delicious and healthy egg white, spinach and turkey muffins for brunch as well as breakfast. The turkey is the muffin holder and they are filled with feta cheese and spinach which gives it a nice Mediterranean flavor. The points are low which allows me not to feel guilty about having two of them at once. There are many different variations of this recipe too. A friend of mine prepared these for her children one day and they loved them (including the spinach).
This ridiculously easy Lemon Parmesan Arugula Salad is not only a delicious Weight Watchers Salad that clocks in at just 2 Points + per serving, but is incredibly versatile and pairs so well with just about any main course. I often refer to this as a “base salad” because you can enjoy it as is, or add a variety of other amazing ingredients to it. For protein, try adding chicken, salmon, steak, lentils or garbanzo beans. And for extra veggies you can toss in some cherry tomatoes, red onions, sliced bell peppers, peas or roasted zucchini slices. This is truly a great Weight Watchers Recipe to have in your bag of tricks. Enjoy!
Salads don’t always have to be cold! This delicious Warm Mushroom and Asparagus Salad Recipe is a breeze to make, with minimal ingredients and cook time, plus it tastes fantastic. Most people either love or hate mushrooms, so to make this Weight Watchers side dish recipe, you’ve gotta be a mushroom lover, as the lovely, earthy taste of the mushrooms is beautifully featured. The crisp asparagus is the perfect complement to the tender mushrooms, and the simple vinaigrette brings everything together without being too over-bearing. At just 2 Points +, this easy vegetable side dish offers a delicious way to get in those veggie servings, and works great with just about any main course.
There’s nothing I love more than a dish that’s quick and easy to throw together, yet is tremendously flavorful. This Spicy Bok Choy Recipe is a perfect example. Inspired by a recipe I found at PopSugar, I put together this delicious bok choy side dish recipe in minutes. I’ve always felt that baby bok choy is one of those often overlooked vegetables, so I love finding an opportunity to incorporate it into my diet. It has a much more mild flavor as opposed to other leafy greens like chard and kale, and is still full of nutrients. In this Weight Watchers recipe, the bok choy head is simply halved and then seared in a wonderful peanut, soy, and sriracha based sauce. And each serving is just 2 Points +!
Whether you eat Vegan or not, these tasty little frozen dessert bars from So Delicious are an absolutely delicious Weight Watchers treat! Made with coconut milk, they are dairy-free, certified vegan, certified Kosher, certified organic, certified gluten-free and Non-GMO! WOW!! That’s a lot of awesomeness packed into a sweet little frozen dessert! And not only are they creamy and delicious, but they are also just 80 calories per bar and only 2 Points Plus each. This is one dessert you can really feel good about.
We are all familiar with the deliciousness of tater tots. But the high amount of carbs and fat in a traditionally fried tater tot can make those tiny little tots rack up some serious Weight Watchers Points pretty quickly. So by using zucchini instead of potatoes and making a few healthier alterations, my zucchini tots are the perfect alternative. Delicious, nutritious and a very kid friendly dish (because they are super cute). You can serve it as a side dish to your favorite sandwich or wrap, or prepare it as an after school snack that both you and the kids can enjoy. Double the recipe so you can freeze some extra to have on hand for when you want a healthy snack in a pinch. They also make a great Weight Watchers appetizer recipe!
Today, I want to share one of my staple side salad recipes. This delicious and ridiculously simple Greek salad recipe is made very frequently in my house because it’s so flavorful, everyone loves it, and it goes with a huge variety of main courses. I love the wonderful combination of flavors and textures in this Weight Watchers Greek Salad – sweet, crunchy cucumbers, brine-y olives and the bold, lemony dressing, all topped off with creamy and salty feta crumbles. SO good! And the best part is that each serving is just 2 Points +. It’s a great low calorie salad recipe to add to your collection of staple Weight Watchers recipes that can be relied upon time and time again.
A while back, I came across this Mountain Bread in the refrigerated section at my local Whole Foods store. They looked pretty big, and the nutritional stats indicated that they were only 2 Points + per sheet. So I bought a pack, took them home, and put them to the test, and they were truly fantastic! They are thin and light, but when wrapped around your favorite light wrap fixins’, they are a perfect way to make a big, hearty wrap that is still low in Weight Watchers Points. I’ve eaten them with cold wraps, but prefer to use them with a heated wrap, like this Roasted Red Pepper Wrap. Mountain Bread has only 3 ingredients—flour, water, salt…that’s it! No yeast, no dairy, no cholesterol, no stabilizers, no added sugar, no oil, no artificial ingredients. All varieites have wheat–except Spelt. I used the Natural Mountain Bread Variety, but there are lots of others to choose from (Click HERE to see all the varieties they offer). They also have a long shelf life – 60 days at room temperaure. Freeze for up to 12 months with easy defrost and STILL GET THE 60 DAYS! Sooooo good! Keep reading to learn more…