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tortellini soup

Quick Tortellini Soup

Generally, when I come home from the work or the gym I am hungry and I want something FAST!

This easy weight watchers soup sure does the trick and is perfect for leftovers throughout the week.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg of prepared cheese tortellini
  • 1 can of diced or crushed tomatoes (low sodium is recommended for the weight conscious)
  • 1 pkg chicken or vegetable broth, fat free, low sodium
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2-3 cups spinach
  • 1-2tbsp garlic
  • oregano seasoning
  • Italian seasoning

Directions:

Brown garlic in a large saucepan coated with cooking spray on medium-high heat for approximately 1 minute, then add chopped onion until softened for another minute.

Add broth and tortellini; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes as pasta cooks.

Add spinach, tomatoes and seasonings to taste and simmer for another 5 minutes.

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Yields 1 cup per 4 points plus serving

The Green Smoothie Bandwagon

Tonight I decided I would give the trendy green smoothie a try, and there is no greater test than before a swim practice workout.

On Mondays and Wednesdays I have swim practice from 7:30-9 pm. Of course this is the most awkward timing since I am generally pretty hungry after work but can’t eat too much because I am about to get in the pool for an hour and half. So after hearing good things from my fitness and health fanatic friends, I figured tonight was the night to find something that could sustain me during my fitness routine, whilst aiding in my weight loss goals.
The verdict: It surprisingly tasted delicious! And I had enough energy to swim without feeling sick.

How I made my smoothie,

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup purple Kale (I figured purple would reduce the grosse factor since I was still unsure about drinking liquid vegetables)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 package Weight Watchers French Vanilla smoothie mix (this has a vanilla flavour in addition to protein, which I needed to fuel me through the workout. You can add any protein powder you have but be mindful of the calorie count)
  • ½ of an apple, diced
  • 5 pieces of frozen mango chunks

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Equipment:

  • I used the small magic bullet, which has individual sized serving cups (perfect for keeping your portion in control because fruit does have a lot of sugar, you can sometimes get carried away)

Instructions:

  • First blend kale, spinach, milk and protein powder together so that the spinach and kale is broken up. (I wanted to reduce the chance of having random chunks of Kale so I blended for approx. 1 minute)
  • Then add the apple and blend the mixture
  • Finally add a couple of frozen mango pieces to add more fruity flavour (an added bonuses is that it makes it nice and cold)
  • Drink away!

Points Plus Value: 4 (skim milk & Weight Watchers Smoothie) all fruit and vegetables are 0.

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Tip: Make another smoothie in a magic bullet travel mug with the cap cover (or any bottle container) so that you have breakfast or pre workout snack prepared for the next day.