Friday Fun-day!

In between homework and chores, Mommy and Luchi have been having tons of fun in the kitchen! Luchi had some homemade sweet potato mash and Mommy had a fruity salad and roasted chick peas for lunch! Girls gotta eat! This amazing new popcorn I found has been in a bowl by my computer screen for some of the morning as well! What an awesome snack! Eat whole foods and feel amazing!

I just piled anything fresh I had into a bowl to create this masterpiece. Apples, raspberries, tomatoes, avocado, peppers, feta, and spring mix topped with raspberry walnut dressing.

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These are just organic garbanzo beans from a can, rinsed, dried, tossed in 1 tbsp of olive oil, baked for 25 mins at 400 degrees and then sprinkled with spices of your choice! (I used 1/2 tsp of each, salt, coriander, paprika, and garlic powder) They are crunchy and delicious! 4 points plus for 1/2 cup.

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Look at those little teeth!! I love this baby!!

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We are going to finish our Valentine’s this evening…stay tuned for that post!

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Healthier Hot Chocolate, from scratch

downloadIngredients:

  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1.5 tbsp of really good cocoa powder (i like this one)
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of whipped cream or 1/3 cup of mini marshmallows on top (optional, each option are 2 pts+)

Directions:

Put milk and almond milk on the stove and heat until almost boiling. Mix in agave and powder ingredients with a whisk. Pour into a pretty mug and top with whipped cream or marshmallows.

Make your own whipped cream or marshmallows for the most whole product!

Farmer’s markets, specialty stores, and other fun places will sell gourmet cocoa powders or vanilla extracts! These special touches make for an even more fun experience and product! Enjoy!

This is a healthier version of a homemade hot chocolate but it is still a “treat”. The agave will help prevent that sugar crash and the almond milk packs a nice protein punch! And of course, use a really good dark chocolate with antioxidants!

This recipe makes 1 cups of hot chocolate. Weight watchers Points Plus 2012: 6 points

Banana “Ice Cream” & Granola Mug

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Ingredients:

You are going to need a Yonanas machine (I know some people use blenders or food processors to make these whips but the Yonanas machine is specifically made to make them).

When you have 3 or 4 bananas that are overripe at the end of the week, DO NOT throw them away! Cut them in half and freeze them for this recipe, smoothies, or anything else!

To make the “ice cream”, you simply place your favorite coffee mug under the machine’s spout, put your frozen banana in the top and and use the plunger to push the banana through the machine! They will come out with a very similar consistency to ice cream. You can also visit the Yonanas site to see how it works with photos and videos!

I like mine a few ways: with mini chocolate chips, with sliced almonds and a drizzle of good caramel sauce, or with granola!

This recipe makes one mugful of “ice cream”. With the 1/3 cup of Banana Sunbelt Granola: Weight watchers Points Plus 2012: 3 points

I consider this a special weekend treat because you have to have the bananas ready to go, need to wash the machine after you are done (which can take a little extra time than your normal breakfast clean up), and because even though it is only technically 3 points, there are 2 bananas in this which are high in sugar (even though its the best kind of sugar, in its most natural form).

*The machine is dishwasher safe, so you better believe mine is going in there!

Overall this is super healthy and incredibly delicious!! Let me know what you think of it!

Feta Bruschetta

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup of feta cheese
  • 2 tbs of good seasons italian dressing
  • 8 basil leaves, cut into very thin strips
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 slices of wheat bread (from the bakery)

Directions:

Place 4 slices of wheat bread in toaster. While the bread is toasting, combine first five ingredients. Pile the mixture on top of the toasted bread and enjoy!

Weight watchers Points Plus 2012: 4 points for 1 bruschetta topped slice of toast

This balanced snack is packed with whole grains, protein from the feta, and lycopene from the tomatoes! The basil makes these taste so fresh and delicious!!

Veggie Straws with Black Bean Hummus!

This snack is so amazing! These Veggie Straws dipped in Bobbi’s Black Bean Hummus are nutritious and so yummy!

I usually count out 12 straws and dip them in 1 TBS of hummus for Weight Watchers Points Plus Value: 2.

Sometimes, I use 2 TBS with 12 veggie straws and enough baby carrots to finish the 2 TBS of hummus for Weight Watchers Points Plus Value: 3!

This hummus is a Philadelphia Area treat but any hummus that you like for 1 point per TBS would be just as good!

ENJOY!

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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!

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!

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