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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

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Zuchinni crust pizza

Zucchini Crust Pizza

If I had to eat only one vegetable for the rest of my life, I’d have to say zucchini.

Why?

Because it is delicious steamed, baked, fried or raw.
Because it is super easy to grow in your beginner garden.
Because it is a low calorie vegetable with only 17 calories/ 100 g.
And most importantly you can make the BEST low cal pizza ever! (in my opinion)

After making this delicious zuchinni crust pizza, I made it three additional times the same week because yes…it was that good! So if you are looking for a delicious healthy pizza alternative, look no further, because this may be your saving grace!

Ingredients:

For the crust
3 cups shredded zucchini
1/3 cup flour
1 egg
2-3 TBSP grated parmesan
Tomato sauce (or bruschetta if you are feeling adventurous)
For flavour add seasonings such as garlic powder, Italian seasoning and oregano.

Toppings
Anything you like to eat on a normal pizza will do, so the toppings are endless! Some of my favourites include feta, green olives, hot bell peppers, spinach and tomatoes.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While your oven is heating shred your zuchinni in a bowl and soak up as much liquid with a paper towel. Once you have squeezed as much liquid out as possible, combine the rest of the ingredients and seasonings in a bowl. Use a piece of parchment paper to line your baking pan or a low fat cooking spray. After several attempts, the parchment paper works the best in my opinion. Next, spread your zucchini crust mixture in a thin even layer on your pan.

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Place your crust in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. In the meantime you can prepare your toppings. Take your crust out of the oven and evaluate whether most of the liquid has evaporated. If the crust still looks quite moist put it back in for 2-3 more minutes but don’t worry too much as you still have to bake the toppings.  When the crust looks firm enough for your liking, add as many toppings as your heart desires.

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Place back in oven and bake for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Please note that this pizza may require the use of a knife and a fork, yet it does a great job in satisfying your pizza craving when on a low carb diet.

Enjoy!

Total time: Approx. 25 minutes

 

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.