Hello to all my happy blog followers. I had to post about this new product I bought the other day and instantly fell in love with.
DANONE has created a new low calorie, zero fat, delicious stirred Greek Yogurt. The one thing I love most about this yogurt is that one serving contains 50 calories and 8g of protein. That’s a lot of protein in a tiny little cup. As everyone knows, I love DANONE’s Silhouette yogurts and I use them in my Basic Smoothie Recipe and my Amanda’s Special Breakfast Parfait recipes. This new yogurt by DANONE is just as amazing and can be used in the recipes just mentioned above as a great protein boost after your daily workout. Also, because it is stirred Greek yogurt, the texture is thick, much more thicker than the regular Silhouette varieties.
If I can encourage you to go out there and try something new, I would highly suggest this yogurt. If you do, please leave a comment letting me know if you liked it as well. I am just happy to share my new favorite treat and I am NOT being paid by DANONE to promote this.
Spinach and Cheese Frittata is one of those dishes you can enjoy at any meal of the day. I had this for dinner with a side of Turkey Bacon and fresh fruit and it was delicious. This dish makes 4 servings and one serving is 3 weight watcher points.
Hint:The Turkey Bacon is Low fat and two pieces is worth 1 weight watcher point. You can purchase this at superstore; it’s one of their blue menu items.
4 Large Eggs
2 Large Egg Whites
1 cup chopped Green Spinach
1/4 cup of Mushrooms
2 tbls chopped Green Onions
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese
Small amount of Cooking Spray for pan
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a large bowl beat together all 6 eggs and add all ingredients except for the Mozzarella.
Coat a large non stick skillet or pan with cooking spray or oil and heat over medium heat.
Pour Egg mixture into the heated pan.
Cook uncovered for about 5 mins.
Cover with a lid and cook for another 5-10 mins until the top of the egg mixture is cooked.
Once the Egg mixture is cooked sprinkle cheese over top and cover for another 3-5 mins until the Mozzarella is just melted.
Last week my hubby and I went on a great vacation to sin city Las Vegas for a whole week. I am always worried when I go on vacation especially for an entire week because I know there will be many temptations that may throw me of track. If your like me you will want to experience it all and here’s how you can without gaining a ton of weight. For breakfast I would have a something light like a fruit dish and my hubby would order an omelette with egg whites then we would share each others dishes. This way I would be getting some of my protein in to help jump start my day but not over indulge with all the added calories and carbs that most breakfast plates have. This is a great way to stay on track and start the day with a well rounded breakfast without consuming a ton of calories. It’s always best to share your meals when you can and always drink water with your meals. It’s Sin City you can go to the corner store and get cheap wine, coolers, beers and slushies after dinner, don’t pay those crazy restaurant prices for booze.
Note: The fitness rooms in the Vegas hotels are pricy, even if you are a guest. So to burn off any additional calories I suggest walking the strip at least once or twice a day. Make sure you have comfy running shoes. In the evenings go dancing, there are tons of places to dance in vegas, just get there early so you don’t have to pay cover. Ladies and gents I gained 2 pounds on this trip. Yes I indulged in treats and yes I drank those fantastic slushies and mojito’s pretty much every night. So go ahead and enjoy Sin City, I sure did and remember if you share your treat, drinks, and meals with your partner your only taking in half of those calories.
This weekend my hubby and I were camping in Jasper. I just love the mountains, something about that fresh, crisp mountain air just makes me smile. One of my favorite treats to make while camping is Bannock. Bannock is a flat bread or biscuit made with flour and is super yummy when served with butter, honey or jam. This is an easy and fun recipe to make while out camping with the family. It’s really fun if you use a stick to cook the Bannock. I could not find a good stick to use so I just fried it in a pan with a little bit of butter. You could also use a roasting stick to cook the Bannock, just make sure it’s kneaded tightly to the rod before cooking it. Points value if I had to guess would be about the same as a slice of bread 2-3 points for once piece. Add extra points for the toping you decide to use. Since I cooked mine in butter I didn’t add any extra toppings.
2 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 Tbsp oil, butter or lard
1/3 cup warm water, add more if needed
Add all dry ingredients in a bowl.
Mix until crumbly.
Slowly add water and mix until dough feels soft.
Keep working the dough till it holds together.
Either make a small ball and flatten to fry in a pan with butter or take a small handful and wrap around the end of a green stick and knead it so it stays together on the stick.
Cook over fire for about 10 – 12 minutes, rotating to cook evenly.
This is my absolute favorite meal to eat. Egg in a Cup!!! I actually run around the house singing egg in a cup bup bup bup egg in a cup. that is how excited I get when I make this simple dish. This is another dish I modified from the Hungry Girl Cookbooks. I am not a big fan of oil, butter, low fat butter flavour spray so when i am able to avoid this ingredient I do. This entire recipe is 2 weight watcher points (old) so feel free to add a side like a nice bowl of fruit or what ever your heart desires.
3 egg whites
1 strip of low fat turkey bacon cut into pieces (the type I use is 30 calories and 1g of fat for one piece)
1 low fat laughing cow wedge cut into a few pieces
1 chopped green onion stem or any other veggie you might like such as onions mushrooms or peppers.
Put 3 egg whites in a microwave safe mug it has to have some depth to it as the egg whites will grow and can spill over the cup. The christmas mug in the picture above is my dedicated egg in a cup mug it’s the perfect shape and size.
Place mug in a microwave and cook 20 seconds at a time until the egg whites are cooked. Stirring occasionally.
Add the chopped green onion, laughing cow cheese bits, turkey bacon and stir until nicely combined.
Place in microwave for another 15 seconds to set, remove and enjoy.
Note: It’s a good idea to soak the mug in some hot water once your done so the egg is easier to wash off the mug.
The plate used in the picture below is the same picture used in the first picture above. It’s quite a lot food for a low point value.
Every once in a while I like to switch up my morning routine and instead of my usual breakfast I make myself a smoothie. There’s a basic recipe I follow and depending on my mood I can easily switch up the flavors from tropical to blueberry to mango to whatever fruit you happen to be in the mood for. As you can see in the image above I was in a tropical mood. This creates about 2 cups of smoothie goodness and the entire serving is 3 weight watcher points (old points as always).
Good high-powered blender. I use our Blendtec Blender, it’s amazing and blends everything into a smooth creamy texture. A Vitamix blender is just as good.
Smoothie cup and straw
1.5 ounces of a frozen banana chopped into smaller pieces
1 navel orange peeled
1 containter of Danon Sillhoutte yogurt (I use this brand because it’s 35 calories per serving and no fat)
1 cup of any frozen fruit you wish (blueberries, Mango, tropical fruit mix, strawberries, etc)
1/4 cup of Almond Milk (optional only if you need to add extra liquid to make the smoothie more runny. I like my smoothies thick so I rarely need to add this.)
Split the orange down the middle and place one half in a lemon squeezer and squeeze the juices into the blender. Do the same with the other half. Once the orange is squeesed of all is juices add the rest of the orange to the blender.
Add the yogurt.
Add the chopped frozen banana bits.
Add the cup of frozen fruit.
Add Almond Milk if your smoothie is to think for your liking (again this is optional).
Ok so sometimes I see a picture of a dish and it inspires me to create a healthier version of it. Here is a simple dish and if followed correctly will provide you with 3 WW points of happiness. The image above is my Egg Muffin Omelet. Here’s what you will need:
A greased muffin pan (I greased the pans with low fat becel margarine the one in the blue packaging)
A Rolling Pin
An oven set to 375 degrees
2 Egg Whites (for my Hubby I made his with one whole egg)
1 Green Onion
1 slice of low fat turkey bacon (I get the blue menu package from superstore)
1 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge (the low fat one. It’s in a light blue packaging)
1 slice of weight watchers bread (I used the one that is 1 point for 2 slices according to the old points system)
A dash of Pepper (My husband got a dash of chili flakes to spice his up)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. While the oven is warming grab your slices of bread and roll them out with a rolling pin just to flatten. Creatively place these is a well greased muffin pan so it forms a cute little cup. Don’t worry it will not be perfect and you will have a fold or two. Grab a small bowl and add your egg whites, green onion, turkey bacon sliced into little pieces, pepper and any other spices you wish to add. Stir. Grab your laughing cow cheese and cut into small pieces. Add to you egg mixture. One last stir of the egg mixture and pour into your bread cups and place in the over for about 20 – 25 mins. Once cooked pull from oven and carefully removed from muffin tins. Place on a plate, serve and enjoy.
NOTES: This was my first time baking these and they exploded as you can tell from the pictures. You could easily use two slices of bread and fill them half way up so the egg does not spill over as ours did. If you add that extra bread slice just make sure you count the points. The bread I use would only add an extra half point so no big deal. Below is a picture of my Hubby’s Egg Muffin Omelet (5 WW points) Full Egg and different cheese.
This is a quick easy dish that is only 4WW points and takes 20 mins to prepare. I often make this on a day where I will be doing weights because it’s jam packed with protien. It’s a great dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner and is a great way to use up left over couscous from the night before. In a non stick pan, heat up one cup of cooked couscous. No oils needed. Push couscous to one side of the pan, add a little bit of butter to melt and add 3 egg whites. Once the egg whites are 90% cooked through, scramble the egg with the couscous. Add a half a cup of defrosted frozen veggie mix just to heat. Makes about 2 cups of yummy goodness. Serve and enjoy.
Everyday at 9 am Monday – Friday I eat breakfast. It’s a ritual and if I miss it boy can I get cranky, just ask my co-workers. My favourite thing to eat is fruit and yogurt shown above. This simple recipe is so easy and only 3 WW points:
1 cup of grapes
1 cup of pineapple (sometimes I switch the pineapple for a small gala apple for a change)
1 silhouette yogurt 0+
mix fruit and yogurt then top with a quarter to half a cup of fibre one cereal
I hope you enjoy this breakfast as much as I do. ENJOY