How to Survive the Love of Chocolate While Dieting

Weight Watchers Chocolate Survival Guide

I love chocolate. I adore chocolate. Chocolate and I are BFF’s forever! I’ve have always felt this way about chocolate, and when I first started the Weight Watchers program, one of my first concerns was how I would be able to continue my love affair with this sweet sensation. But if many of you are Weight Watchers members too, then you know that this is why their program is successful – because they teach you how to eat the things you love and still lose weight.

In fact, I found this really helpful survival guide from Weight Watchers that teaches you how to have your chocolate cake and eat it too! Check it out…

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Crock Pot Low Calorie Apples ‘N Port Recipe – 4 Point Value

Cranberry Sauce Apples N Port Dessert

I was looking for something fancy (yet cheap and easy) to serve at a dinner party that my fiancé and I recently hosted and this low calorie crock pot recipe I found for apples ‘n port really fit the bill! This slow cooker recipe is so amazingly delicious over ice cream or shortbread. I served it with Devonshire cream over scones. It looked and tasted amazing and my friends were tres impressed with my gourmet cooking skills. Little do they know how easy it was!

But because I am dieting, I ate the apples ‘n port desert over some low fat vanilla yogurt, so that I could stay within my Weight Watchers Points range for the day. Yay!

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Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt – Is It Worth All The Hype?

Pinkberry New York

Surely you’ve heard about Pinkberry. Everyone is talking about it. It’s known as the “real” frozen yogurt, and it’s all the rage in Hollywood. With US franchises only in New York and California, Pinkberry is definitely setting the trend for frozen yogurt. You gotta give props to the Pinkberry marketing team though…. Load all your franchises in the two most celebrity infested states, get it into celebrity hands, get a picture of that and voila – you’re business explodes. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about…I found this photo of Kirsten Dunst getting’ her Pinkberry on in LA. I’m sure the Pinkberry marketing execs were just loving this.

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Slow Cooker Apple Pie Bread Pudding Recipe – 3 Point Value

Weight Watchers Apple Pie Bread Pudding

Yeah, this recipe tastes as good as it sounds! It’s the perfect mix of apple pie and bread pudding that’s great served hot or cold. This Apple Pie Bread Pudding Recipe is low fat, low calorie and an amazing dessert for anyone who is following the Weight Watchers plan. Made in your crock pot, this recipe is so easy and so delicious, it’ll please your whole family and impress your guests.

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Crock Pot Homemade Apple Butter Recipe – 1 Point Value

If you love southern cooking like I do, you’ll love my homemade apple butter recipe, complete with step-by step instructions. I worked really hard to make this tasty sauce with fewer calories so that I could stay within my Weight Watchers Daily Points range. And it turned out amazing! This is definitely a must try.

And for those of you who’ve never had it before, here’s a little background info… Apple butter is a highly concentrated form of apple sauce, produced by long, slow cooking of apples with cider or water to a point where the sugar in the apples caramelizes, turning the apple butter a deep brown. The concentration of sugar gives apple butter a much longer shelf life as a preserve than applesauce. Apple butter was a popular way of using apples in colonial America, and well into the 19th century. The term “butter” refers to the thick, soft consistency, and apple butter’s use as a spread for breads. Typically seasoned with cinnamon, cloves, lemon juice and other spices, apple butter may be spread on buttered toast, used as a side dish, an ingredient in baked goods, or as a condiment.

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Pot Roast Recipe Low Calorie – 7 Point Value

Beef Pot Roast Dish Photo

Pot Roast Recipe

Who doesn’t love a good All American pot roast? This classic meal takes me back to being a kid in snowy Pennsylvania, when I would come inside from being out playing in the snow and the fragrance of Mom’s pot roast would send my olfactory sensors into overdrive. So, I’m sharing my recipe (the Weight Watchers version) with you in the hopes that you’ll savor it the same way I have. This method of cooking an inexpensive cut of meat makes it so tender that this recipe will always be one of my favorite meals. And the best part is that it’s assembled very quickly, in 15 minutes or less, and then requires no more attention until it is done! Woo hoo!

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Slow Cooker Alpine Chicken Casserole Recipe – 5 Point Value

Alpine Chicken Dish Photo

Alpine Chicken is Chicken slow cooked with ham or Canadian bacon, cheese, noodles, and seasonings. It’s a rich, hearty, southern dish that can typically be pretty fattening. But I came across this fantastic recipe that manages to still deliver all “YUM factor”, but with a lot less calories and fat! This dish is a must-do!
Enjoy!

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Crockpot Albondigas Recipe the Mexican Meatballs Soup – 3 Point Value

Albondigas Mexican Soup Photo

Albóndigas, which means meatballs in Spanish, are found in Sopa de Albondigas, a popular food dish that originated in Mexico. In this recipe, the meatballs are made with rice in them and the broth is usually chicken based. The following vegetables are commonly used in this dish: onion, carrots, potatoes, squashes, chayote and seasonings such as cilantro, mint, salt and garlic.

When mixing the rice and meat together, I’d recommend adding raw eggs so that when the meatballs are dropped into the boiling pot they will stiffen a bit and won’t break apart on you! Though, if you add the eggs, just remember to count in those extra Weight Watchers Points!

If you want to bulk up this dish for the non-dieters, you can follow the tradition of the Mexican Northwest, by accompanying the dish with warm rolled tortillas topped with mayonnaise and salsa. Yum!

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