Pirate’s Booty


One serving of this awesome snack is 1 ounce. 1 ounce is 4 points (for me, that is too many for a snack on WW so I eat 0.5 ounces, which ends up being a few puffs less than a cup.)

0.5 ounces (a few puffs less than a cup) is worth Weight Watcher Points Plus Value: 2.

I could eat the whole bag but to control myself I put a paper towel on my food scale, weight 0.5 ounces, and only eat what is on the paper towel. A yummy, all natural, 2 point snack!

*Put a few baggies filled with these in your car.

**If you overfill your cup (which I tend to do when I am feeling like a piglet) you are moving towards the 3 point mark so don’t overfill your cups! oink oink!

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Banana Yogurt “Milkshake”

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of Organic Skim Milk
  • 1 (4oz) container of Organic Stonyfield Activia Yogurt (peach, blueberry, strawberry, or vanilla)
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla extract
  • 2 Organic Ice Cubes (get my organic humor?)
  • 1 whole,  peeled (duh!) Banana

Directions:

Put everything in your blender and blend! I like the puree setting!

**by the way, for those who don’t know, you don’t have to buy organic bananas because you don’t eat the peel, save your money to spend on your organic ice…

This is so delicious for Weight Watchers Points Plus Value: 3!!!

You could even pour this into a to-go coffee cup and bring it with you wherever you are going in the morning. This is a yummy dessert too!!

Bananas are a good source of Vitamin C, Fiber, and Potassium. The milk is obviously a good source of calcium and protein and of course the yogurt has active cultures to keep your gut clean and happy!

Philly Soft Pretzel

Great Snack!

Philly Pretzel Factory sells mini pretzels that are 145 calories each!!! They are about as big as half of a normal sized pretzel!

They only sell the mini’s in sets of 5 so you could get all 5 and have 1 (and share the rest with your family) or just get one normal sized pretzel and only eat half. I love them with yellow mustard!!

(Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 4) So delicious and satisfying!! This was a great weight watchers snack idea that I needed to share!

Click the picture for locations!

My Puppy Nephew, Preston

If this isn’t the cutest puppy you have ever seen than you must have seen some DAMN cute puppies! Look at that face!! This is Preston, my sister’s puppy!

He is my little buddy! We go for a walk around town almost every day!

Preston is a “shorkie”, 3/4 Yorkie, 1/4 Shih tzu.

Sometimes he is too curious to walk; he is always stopping to sniff around!

He always gives kisses, he loves socks, and he is so snugly when he gets sleepy!

My lovely sister, Morgan (pictured below), takes such good care of him and I love being an auntie! More photos and stories to come in the future…

Pasta Fagioli

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 organic onion
  • 2 cloves of organic garlic
  • 2 organic carrots chopped
  • 1 can of organic cannellini beans
  • 1 can of organic tomato sauce (i like muir glen)
  • 1 tbsp of italian seasoning (i use cento; i need to mix my own organic blend but haven’t done that yet)
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans of chicken broth (I use my homemade organic chicken broth; will post about that another time)
  • 2 cups of water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1.5 cups of organic pasta (I used Trottole when I made the batch in this picture)
  •  Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Directions:

Puree onion, beans, garlic, and 1 cup of water in the blender until smooth. Add mixture to a large pot followed by the tomato sauce, carrots, the rest of the water, broth, and seasonings. Bring the soup to a boil and then add your pasta. Cook the soup on high heat until the pasta is done (see on the package how long the pasta takes to give you an idea); stir often. Sprinkle a little Parmesan on top before you serve.

Weight Watchers Points Plus 2012: 3 points for 1 cup! Including a little sprinkle of Parmesan!

I eat this at lunch with my Bulgar Salad and it is a perfect weight watchers lunch! It is filling and so healthy!! The hidden beans are so high in fiber, magnesium and iron! The tomato sauce provides antioxidants and is a great source of vitamin C. The carrots have beta-carotene which can help boost your immune system!! Enjoy!!

* You could puree only half the beans and keep the others whole if you want more bulk (i haven’t tried to do this because I like this soup the way it is but experimenting is fun too!!

I modified this recipe (originally posted by SkinnyTaste)

Oscar Wilde Quote

One of my favorite quotes:

“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” ~Oscar Wilde

Not every moment, scent, or feeling is a happy one but if your not happy overall, you need to change something! With freedom and all the beautiful things in the world, how can you not take control of your own life to make sure you’re happy?

To deal with my own “unhappiness’,” I try to remind myself that no specific situation lasts forever and try to take advantages of the positive aspects of every situation. I have learned that there are always new challenges to face so if I am miserable throughout each challenge, one after the other, I will be consistently miserable for the rest of my life.

I went to the zoo the other day with my husband and this zebra really stood out! So beautiful! Made our day that much happier!

Hello!

Hello, my name is Lauren. I am 22 years old, a registered nurse and a housewife. I have a few close girlfriends, one sister, amazing parents and grandparents, and the best husband in the world!

We try to live organic, “green”, spiritual, and sin-free lives. I work at a hospital two days a week and when I am off I spend my time cooking, crafting, blog surfing, reading, walking, and spending time with friends and family.

I hope to share some recipes, crafts, and even some daily thoughts and ideas!

Thanks for reading!