With the first whiff of Spring this year, I was already beginning to crave cool summer drinks and treats. One of my favorites is this Mint Lemonade Slushy recipe. I fist had one of these drinks on a trip to Israel, where it’s referred to as “limonana”. Under the hot desert sun, I don’t think I’ve ever had a more refreshingly delicious drink! The original recipe uses sugar as a sweetener, but to cut out those calories and Points, I just replaced the sugar with organic stevia. Honestly, I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners of any kind, and I try to avoid them when I can. But there are some times where I just HAVE to have one of these Mint Lemonade Slushies, and I don’t want to blow a ton of my precious Smart Points to have one. So I use the Stevia, and this recipe ends up costing me 0 Points. Yay! When I make it for my kids, I sweeten it with honey instead of the Stevia, and they LOVE it. It’s not hard to see why….it is SO FLIPPING’ GOOD. It’s truly there perfect poolside drink. And if you want add some extra excitement and turn this into an adult beverage, feel free to blend it with some vodka or gin…just be sure to factor in those points. Enjoy!
Peanuts are central to the Arabic culture. In my last visit to Saudi Arabia, I’ve been introduced to an interesting local Peanut Bars. I forgot the name for these bars, but it was delicious. I’ve talked with one of the local guys and learned how to do these bars- and created my version, which is Arabic Peanut Butter bars. While traveling to the Arabic world, I’ve been introduced to the local casino guys- Daud from at online-casino-arabic.com (an Arabic blog that covers the online gambling scene in the arabic world), explained to me that these bars are one of the local perks at the their casinos – while playing roulette, poker and slots, hosts will cater these interesting peanut gems. Online Roulette (or, as written in arabic روليت اون لاين), can definitely be a fun game, but- if you ever play at these casino, watch your pockets- it can be addictive.
So here’s the Peanut Butter Bars recipes. Give it a try!
When I need something to snack on, I try to reach for fresh, raw vegetables. Mainly because they are incredibly good for me, but also because their high fiber content can fill me up and prevent me from getting down and dirty with a not so Weight Watchers friendly food. So when you eat fresh veggies as much as I do, you are constantly on the lookout for delicious, exciting, and low calorie dips to dunk them in. And this Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip Recipe has become one of my favorites! The roasted bell peppers and eggplant add a lovely smokey flavor, while the garlic and lemon juice tie it all together with a brilliant zing. And each 1/3 cup serving is just 2 Points Plus, so I don’t need to feel guilty about my heavy dipping. This Red Pepper and Eggplant Dip makes a fantastic dunk for not only fresh veggies, but pita wedges, crackers, cheese…just about anything, really. You can also smother roasted vegetables or meats with it too, if you are looking for a way to give those foods an extra kick. You really can’t go wrong with such a light and healthy dip!
If you are new to the shishito pepper craze, don’t be worried that they are spicy. In fact, shishito peppers are actually very sweet and mild. And there are a ton of incredible shishito peppers recipes out there to try. One of the most popular, is an Asian style shishito pepper. The peppers are first cooked until charred, then tossed with some incredible garlic and Asian flavors. It’s SUPER easy and SUPER delicious. To eat them, simply hold the stem, and bite off the whole pepper, seeds and all. Quite honestly, this dish is never one that I never want to share. It’s so good, I could easily eat the whole thing myself. And the best thing is that each serving is just 1 Points +! Give these a try and they are sure to become a fast favorite of yours too.
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 = 3 Smart Points/2 Points +
PER SERVING: 89 calories; 0g fat; 0g saturated fat; 24g carbohydrates; 1g sugar; 1g protein; 3g fiber
Peanut Butter and chocolate lovers are going to LOVE today’s Fabulous Food Find. It’s PB2’s new version of powdered peanut butter with premium chocolate for just 1 Points +! Now, I know the idea of peanut butter in powdered form may have you raising an eyebrow…I did too…until I tasted it. 2 tablespoons of the powdered mix, combined with water to create a delicious, creamy and decadent chocolate peanut butter blend. Spread it on toast, fruits, veggies…the possibilities are endless. You can use Chocolate PB2 with just about any other form of liquid, like shakes and smoothies, and you can use it in baking or cooking too. It’s incredibly versatile! And at just 1 Points Plus per serving, Chocolate PB2 is a dream come true.
If you’ve ever been a fan of Fruit Roll-Ups or other fruit leathers, you are going to be super excited about today’s Fabulous Food Find! Veggie-Go’s Chewy Fruit and Vegetable Snacks are the much healthier and lighter version of store bought fruit leathers, like Fruit Roll-Ups. Now you can enjoy snacking on a tasty treat that is completely void of artificial ingredients, artificial colors, preservatives, and the other garbage that today’s foods are sadly filled with. Veggie-Go’s are organic, Non-GMO, have no added sugar, are Vegan and are 0 Points Plus each! Oh, and they are delicious. Perfect for kids’ lunch boxes or after school snacks too. I love stashing a few of these in my purse for when I need a quick, healthy treat. Keep reading to learn more…
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.
Get a powerful dose of protein with Forte’s High Protein Gelato! I just discovered these at my local Sprouts store and I’m so glad I decided to pick some up. The creamy, delicious and low Points gelato, offers a fantastic 15g of protein per serving. Not only does this fantastic, sweet dessert satisfy your sweet tooth cravings, the high level of protein really helps to make you feel full. Does this mean I can eat gelato for breakfast instead of an egg!?? Just sayin’. Keep reading to learn more about Forte High Protein Gelato…
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!