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WW Food Find: Favorite Protein Bars with 4 SmartPoints or Less

I received a question asking for WW friendly protein bar suggestions. Although there are a few I like, I decided it would be informative and fun to ask my Facebook readers for their favorites.

Here are the five favorites from Weight Watchers members according to my random poll.

About WW Friendly Protein Bars

Protein bars have become a diet staple in the United States. There are hundreds of brands and favors – chocolate, coconut, peanut butter, oatmeal, birthday cake, and more available.

Sorting them out can quickly get overwhelming especially when you take a look at the nutritional labels.

Some protein bar brands are so loaded with calories, fat and sugar, from a nutrition standpoint they’re nothing more than a glorified candy bars in disguise.

However, many protein bars have a good balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat, making them a nice choice for a nutritious on-the-go snack or light healthy meal replacement.

They can be great to grab as part of a healthy breakfast on the go, to stash in your desk or purse, or to take with you when traveling.

If you’re sensitive to artificial sweeteners, you’ll want to read the ingredient lists closely. Many of the popular protein bars on the market today contain sugar alcohols because they add sweetness without increasing the carbohydrate content.

But not everyone tolerates sugar alcohols the same. If you notice gastrointestinal discomfort, such as gas and bloating, after eating your bar, it may be the culprit.

Because of the overwhelming number of protein bars on the market, I asked my Facebook fans to recommend their WW friendly favorites. More than 60 people weighed in with their opinions.

According to them, here are five of the best bars you can try, all with 4 SmartPoints or less. I’ve also included nutritional details and reviews. Enjoy!

5 WW Friendly Protein Bars with 4 SmartPoints or Less

#1 Built Bars – 3 WW SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple)

110 calories, 15g protein, 13g carbs, 4g fat, 6g fiber, 4g sugar and 3 WW SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple)

BuiltBar was far and away the most popular protein bar with my Facebook fans. I’d never heard of them probably because they are only available online. With so many glowing reviews, only 100 calories, 3 WW SmartPoints, and an ingredient that works for me, I decided to give them a try. 

They are unlike any protein bar I’ve tried. The typical protein bar is dense, gritty, and difficult to chew. Not Built Bar. The texture is light and fluffy, and it is covered in perfectly tempered exotic chocolate.

The coconut almond bar tasted like a Mounds candy bar, only better because it kept me satisfied for hours. Their website claims, “There isn’t a more delicious way to get your protein.” I heartily agree.

Here is a Sampling of BuiltBar Reviews:

  • “You guys it tastes like almond joy and I’m OBSESSED! Eating it with my coffee is a treat every day!”
  • “I love the Coconut Almond. Feels like I’m cheating on my diet but I really am not.”
  • “I love many of the built bar flavors, but peanut butter is by far my favorite flavor!”
  • “This is honestly one of the only protein bars I’ll purchase. They are so good (especially the coconut almond) and a good texture!”
  • “I really like the peanut butter protein bar because it’s not overpoweringly sweet. I eat it for breakfast and it keeps me full until lunch”.
  • “I have tried many protein bars over the years and have NEVER found one as good as built bars. They are low calorie, delicious chewy goodness!!! I love, love, love them!!! They are fantastic to eat at work when there is no lunch in sight. I am a nurse and the no lunch thing happens frequently. They are filling and hold me over. Thank you for such a quality product.”

#2 Kirkland Protein Bars – 4 WW SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple)

190 calories, 21g protein, 22g carbs, 7g fat, 15g fiber, 1g sugar, 4 myWW SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple)

Several folks said Kirkland Protein Bars from Costco were their favorite. I plan to pick up a box on my next trip there. 

Here is a Sampling of Kirkland/Costco Protein Bar Reviews:

  • “I love these bars. These are better protein bars then quest bars in comparison. A lot of people complain that these bars are too hard but the trick is to heat them in the microwave for 10 seconds. The taste is divine and they really taste like chocolate chip/brownies. I’m aloud a tablespoon of peanut butter so I slap I bit on the protein bar after heating up. You won’t regret trying it this way!”
  • “I discovered these bars by accident. I like all the flavors except the cookies and cream, which is okay, but not my favorite. I like the taste and texture of these bars, their protein and fiber ratio to calorie content, and their satiation effect. The price is also much more reasonable than Quest bars. I eat 2 of them for breakfast occasionally, and often to supplement one of the other meals. As long as the price does not increase, these will be my go to food supplement.”
  • “Great taste without all that extra added sugar that a lot of protein bars have. Great calorie, protein and fiber count if you are monitoring any of those in your diet. These bars do not contain much sugar so they are not overly sweet tasting.”
  • “Hits the spot when need something quick and easy but also healthy to grab while on the go and since I travel on avg half the month, these are perfect to throw a few in my carry on bag.”

WW Baked Protein Bars – 3 SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple)

90 calories, 7g protein, 7g carbs, 4g fat, 2g fiber, 4g sugar, 3 SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple)

Several people mentioned WW Baked Protein Bars which are available in 3 flavors: Snickerdoodle, Triple Chocolate, and Chocolate Peanut Butter.

They are a perfect way to stock the office break room, or your own pantry, so there’s always a WW protein snack on hand to help power your day.

Here is a Sampling of WW Baked Protein Bar Reviews:

  • “Wonderful! Delicious, satisfying, when you need chocolate, some crunch, and texture. I don’t feel deprived when I have one of these bars.”
  • “Not to sweet but a great snack for a 3:00 pm pick me up.”
  • “Taste good, only 3 points, they fill you yuo between meals.”

Available at WW Studios or online

#4 Quest Bars – 4 WW SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple)

About 200 calories, 20g protein, 22g carbs, 9g fat, 2g sugar and 4 WW SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple)

There were a few votes for Quest Bars which are widely available in a variety of flavors. According to the website, the following are free of sucralose, which is important to me because it gives me a headache:

  • Chocolate Hazelnut
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Cinnamon Roll
  • Coconut Cashew
  • Double Chocolate Chunk
  • Maple Waffle
  • Mocha Chocolate Chip
  • Peanut Butter Brownie Smash
  • Peppermint Bark
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Strawberry Cheesecake

Here is a Sampling of Quest Protein Bar Reviews:

  • “These were great! Quest bars are always good, but I recently tried the s’mores flavor and I was pleasantly surprised. I like quest for their low carb/high protein ingredients, which make for a good pre or post workout. There are chunks of chocolate and graham crackers, so that takes away from the protein bar texture. It’s a toss up between s’mores and chocolate chip cookie dough for my favorite.”
  • “I like Quest bars for their low carbs content and deliciousness. I think they’re good for quick snack anytime of the day and could be used as support for weight control due to the low carb content. Another good thing about Quest bars is their array of flavors to choose from.”
  • “Loving this bar only having 3 to 5 net carbs. Great flavors to choose from. Very happy customer.”
  • “I would definitely recommend the quest power bars. They are high in protein and low in sugar. And they taste really good.”

#5 Protein One Bars – 2 WW SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple)

90 Calories, 10g protein, 11g carbs, 2.5g fat, 4g fiber, 1g sugar, 2 WW SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple)

Protein One Bars were also a WW friendly favorite with my Facebook fans. Available on most grocer’s shelves, they come in an assortment of favors including:

  • Chocolate Chip
  • Chocolate Fudge
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate
  • Mint Chocolate Cookie
  • Strawberries & Cream
  • Salted Caramel Crisp

Here is a Sampling of Protein One Bar Reviews:

  • “Unlike most protein bars, this one tasted palatable. It wasn’t chalky or have that uncooked cookie dough texture. I liked them very much.”
  • “Love these and only 90 calorie. Get my chocolate fix for the day and lots of protein.”
  • “Surprisingly filling for such a small bar. The strawberry flavor is the perfect balance if tangy and sweet. It is the perfect solution to a sweet craving. I have incorporated this bar into my diet twice a day for the past few months. As part of a high protein diet it has helped me to shed 16 pounds without ever feeling like I had to sacrifice taste or indulgence.”
  • “Tasty and low calorie with a good amount of protein.”

Do you have a favorite WW friendly protein bar that’s relatively low in points? Please let us know in the comments below. 

*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.

Martha McKinnonMartha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.

A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.

More about Martha McKinnon

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WW Weekly Recipe RoundUp and Meal Plan (11/16/19) https://simple-nourished-living.com/ww-weekly-recipe-links-meal-plan-11-16-19/ https://simple-nourished-living.com/ww-weekly-recipe-links-meal-plan-11-16-19/#respond Sat, 16 Nov 2019 08:13:22 +0000 https://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=66642 Welcome to my Weight Watchers Friendly Weekly Recipe and Link Roundup Encouragement and inspiration are critical whenever you’re trying to change your habits. This is especially true when the habits involve eating better, losing weight and creating a healthy balanced lifestyle. Sticking with the slow and steady sensible balanced approach to lasting change can seem...

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Welcome to my Weight Watchers Friendly Weekly Recipe and Link Roundup

Encouragement and inspiration are critical whenever you’re trying to change your habits. This is especially true when the habits involve eating better, losing weight and creating a healthy balanced lifestyle.

WW Weekly Recipe & Link Roundup

Sticking with the slow and steady sensible balanced approach to lasting change can seem dull and out of step when everywhere you look people seem to be swinging between overindulgent excess and extreme deprivation based diets.

My mission is to provide you with a constant supply of motivating articles and Easy Healthy WW friendly recipes to encourage your pursuit of a happy, healthy, balanced life.

Here’s what I’ve got for you this week…

WW Weekly Topic: Learn About new myWW Program & Plan Choices

WW launched its myWW Program this week. For the first time you can choose from 3 different plans: Green, Blue, Purple, based on your preferences and lifestyle. So meetings this week are focused on introducing details of the changes. If you are having success with WW Freestyle, the myWW Blue Option is exactly the same. 

New On Simple-Nourished-Living This Week

Skinny WW Friendly Pizza Pasta Pie – a WW friendly dinner idea that is sure to satisfy the entire family. Fresh-cooked spaghetti forms the “crust” for this deep dish “pizza” casserole layered with ricotta cheese, meaty marinara, and melted mozzarella cheese.

Hungry All The Time - Vegetables

This Week Previous Years

Five Most Popular Posts This Week

Meal Planning: On My Menu Next Week

After years of trial and error, I discovered that mapping out a rough outline of meals for the coming week is one of the most important things I can do for an easier, less stressful, more successful week.

Meal Planning makes staying on track with my healthy eating/weight management goals so MUCH EASIER. Once I have a plan I shop and do a meal prep on the weekend saving time and money all week long..

This Week’s Meal Plan Suggestions:

Tired of trying to decide what to cook?

If you are struggling with meal planning here are 3 great meal planning resources to help:

Weekly Weight Loss Devotional

I love devotionals. I’ve been reading them daily for years and recently felt the call to begin sharing a weekly devotional specific to weight loss with you here.

Photo Credit: Alondra Olivas on Unsplash

Reading the same devotional over and over every day for at least a week, until I have it committed to memory is powerful. The positive words soak into every part of my being refreshing me and giving me strength. This week’s topic: Courage & Connection

WW Food Finds This Week

While attending myWW workshop Sunday, I decided to test out a few of their new foods. As a pumpkin spice lover, this WW Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal was a natural choice. I liked the short ingredient list free of artificial sweeteners and 7g of protein for 3 SmartPoints (Green, Blue, Purple). Many of the instant oatmeals I’ve considered in the grocery store have considerably more SmartPoints. 

I like the flavor, didn’t mind the taste of stevia, but thought the portion was a little skimpy. I bulked it up with a microwaved chopped apple to which I added cinnamon and Truvia. This 3 SmartPoints breakfast kept me satisfied until a late lunch. If you don’t have access to a WW Studio near you, you can shop for their products online

Easy Healthy WW Friendly Recipes & Other Links I Bookmarked Week: 

If you are a fan of easy one pot meals with a Mexican flair you’ll want to make this One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice

These Chocolate Coconut Banana Baked Oatmeal Singles  bursting with some of my favorite flavors are a great make ahead breakfast on the go. 

As a big fan of cauliflower and potato this Cauliflower Potato Curry recipe looks like a winner.

When you have no energy to cook from scratch here are some quick & easy 3-ingredient dinner hacks using convenience foods. 

Here’s a great article that explains why radical change doesn’t work and why the path to lasting success is with a slow and steady gradual approach. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.

28-Day Challenge: Weight Loss Smart Start

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You'll lay the groundwork to create a health promoting empowering lifestyle that supports you in being the best version of you without guilt, shame or deprivation.

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"Hi Martha, I bought your Slow Cooker eBook Bundle today... I have been skimming through them and it comes to me just how much work you have put into this and just what a bargain I got!! I want to thank you for all you do and I am excited to begin your 28-Day Smart Start - Day 1 is tomorrow! "
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"Martha - My biggest a-ha moment was when I joined your 28-Day Smart Start Weight Loss Challenge. It helped me look at life and weight loss realistically! " ~ Cathy

"I know you are very busy, but I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your encouraging emails. I am really inspired again to eat healthy and lose some weight. I love your 28-day course and all your recipes, tips and hints. My husband loves everything we have tried so far. A big thank you!! " ~ Sandy M.

More WW Weekly Recipes and Round-Ups

Martha McKinnonMartha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.

A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.

More about Martha McKinnon

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What Foods Have ZeroPoints on the MyWW Purple Plan?

The new MyWW Program has launched here in the U.S. It offers 3 plan options from which to choose: Green, Blue & Purple, each with a different ZeroPoints foods list and SmartPoints Budget.

ZeroPoint foods are foods that have zero WW SmartPoints. They are nutritionally dense foods that form the foundation of a healthy eating pattern. ?They make eating simple and add flexibility to your SmartPoints Budget, because you don’t have to track or measure them.

The plan with the longest list of ZeroPoint foods (Purple) has the lowest SmartPoints Budget, and the plan with the shortest list of ZeroPoint foods (Green) has the highest SmartPoints Budget.

The Purple Plan includes 300+ ZeroPoint foods from which to base your meals and snacks including fruits, vegetables, eggs, skinless chicken breast, skinless turkey breast, fish and seafood, corn, beans, peas, lentils, tofu, nonfat plain yogurt and cottage cheese potatoes, whole wheat pasta and grains.

As a longtime WW the list is reminiscent of those foods that used to be included in the Simply Filling Technique,with some notable exceptions (light breads, whole grain sugar-free ready to eat cereals and most fat-free dairy.)

Purple Plan ZeroPoint Foods List

The Purple Plan is list of ZeroPoint foods includes:

  • Beans & Legumes: fresh, frozen, and canned beans and legumes that are packed without oil or sugar (adzuki, black, black-eyed peas, cannellini, chickpeas, edamame, fat-free refried, fava, great northern, kidney, lentils, lima, navy, pinto pinto, kidney beans, split peas, soy)
  • Chicken & Turkey Breast: ground chicken breast, 98% fat-free ground turkey, ground turkey breast, skinless chicken breast, skinless turkey breast
  • Eggs: whites, whole, yolks and egg substitutes
  • Fish & Shellfish: all fresh, frozen, canned in water or sauce, smoked
  • Fruits: fresh and frozen fruit without added sugar (excludes dried fruits and fruit juices); canned fruit in water or sugar-free syrup and canned fruit in its own natural juice; unsweetened applesauce
  • Nonfat Yogurt and Cottage Cheese & Soy Yogurt: plain nonfat Greek, plain nonfat, up to 1% plain quark, plain soy 
  • Potatoes & Sweet Potatoes: baked, boiled, mashed (plain), microwaved, roasted without oil, and steamed. 
  • Tofu & Tempeh: firm, silken, smoked, soft, tempeh
  • Starchy Vegetables: fresh, frozen or canned corn, green peas, parsnips, split peas, succotash
  • Non-Starchy Vegetables: fresh, frozen, and canned vegetables as long as they aren’t packed with any additional oil, sugars, or fats.
  • Whole-Wheat Pasta & Grains: air popped popcorn w/o oil or sugar, amaranth, ancient grain mix without seeds, barley, black bean pasta, brown rice, brown rice noodles, brown rice cereal, brown rice pasta, buckwheat, buckwheat noodles, bulgur, chickpea pasta, corn pasta, edamame pasta, farro, freekeh, kamut, kasha, lentil pasta, millet, oatmeal, oats, pea pasta, quinoa, quinoa pasta, rye berries, shirataki noodles, sorghum, soybean pasta, spelt, spelt berries, teff, wheat berries, whole-grain pasta, whole-grain sorghum, whole wheat couscous, whole-wheat pasta, wild rice.

Click here to Print Your Complete Purple ZeroPoints List from WW

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More About ZeroPoint Fruits

On the myWW Plan almost all fruits are zero points. The only exceptions to this are avocados and plantains. Because of their calories and sugar content they should be eaten in moderation since they can quickly add up.

Also it is important to know that when you blend fruit in a smoothie, it is no longer counted as zero points.

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WW ZeroPoint Spices, Seasonings and Condiments List

Many seasonings, spices, and low calorie condiments are also Zero SmartPoints. These include:

  • Fresh and dried herbs and spices
  • Fat free salsa
  • Hot sauce
  • Lemon, lime or orange zest
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • Mustard
  • Soy sauce
  • Unsweetened pickles
  • Wine vinegars

myWW ZeroPoint Does Not Equal “Free” Food!

The myWW Program and and its associated ZeroPoint foods are designed to support you in your desire to eat better and lose weight. Remember “zero” is not the same as “free.” While full of nutrition, all of these foods have calories associated with them, so remember to eat responsibly 🙂

For example, it’s acceptable to have a banana, not an bunch of them. An egg or two, not a dozen. Think in terms of reasonable portion sizes and let your rate of weight loss be your guide.

The goal is to eat until no longer hungry, not to stuff yourself until uncomfortable. This may take practice, if you like me, are used to overeating to the point of discomfort.

It’s about learning moderation, balance and you’re own “just right.”

3 Smart Ways to Make ZeroPoints Foods Work for You

#1 Think of them as your foundation.
Start building your meal by using a ZeroPoint food as your primary ingredient. Layer in bulk and flavor with other ZeroPoint foods. Then add foods with SmartPoints as accents to round things out.

This will allow you to build amazing tasty, satisfying meals with low SmartPoints! Like we did here with: WW Chicken Orzo Soup with Lemon (3SP), Easy Taco Cauliflower Rice Skillet (4SP), Skinny Foil Pack Shrimp Boil (4SP) and Skinny Southwest Slow Cooker Chicken Soup (0SP)

#2 Use them as a buffer.
If you blow through your daily SmartPoints allowance before bedtime, use meals and snacks with ZeroPoints to get through the rest of the day.

My go-to choices include hard-boiled eggs, cooked green beans tossed with salsa and plain nonfat Greek yogurt with fruit and baked potatoes with non-fat cottage cheese and salsa.

#3 Use them to create a SmartPoints surplus.
Choose ZeroPoint or low SmartPoints foods for breakfast and lunch, so you have more of your daily SmartPoints available for dinner.

You can save up to four Daily SmartPoints a day which automatically roll over into your weeklies, that are then available should you need them on the weekends or for other special events, kinda like overdraft protection on your checking account.

Pretty cool, right? The more I’ve come to realize that managing my weight is a lot like managing my finances the easier and less emotional it has become for me!

Martha McKinnonMartha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.

A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.

More about Martha McKinnon

You might also like:

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What Foods Have ZeroPoints on the MyWW Green Plan?

The new MyWW Program, has launched here in the U.S. It offers 3 plan options from which to choose: Green, Blue & Purple, each with a different ZeroPoints foods list and SmartPoints budget.

ZeroPoint foods are foods that have zero WW SmartPoints. They are nutritionally dense foods that form the foundation of a healthy eating pattern. They make eating simple and add flexibility to your SmartPoints Budget, because you don’t have to track or measure them.

The plan with the longest list of ZeroPoint foods (Purple) has the lowest SmartPoints Budget, and the plan with the shortest list of ZeroPoint foods (Green) has the highest SmartPoints Budget.

The Green Plan includes 100+ ZeroPoint foods from which to base your meals and snacks including a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.

Green Plan ZeroPoint Foods List

The Green Plan is essentially the same list of ZeroPoint foods as with WW Beyond the Scale Plan. They include:

  • Fruits: fresh and frozen fruit without added sugar (excludes dried fruits and fruit juices); canned fruit in water or sugar-free syrup and canned fruit in its own natural juice; unsweetened applesauce
  • Non-Starchy Vegetables: fresh, frozen, and canned vegetables as long as they aren’t packed with any additional oil, sugars, or fats.

Complete Green Plan ZeroPoint Foods List A-Z

A: Acorn squash / Apples Applesauce, unsweetened / Apricots, fresh / Artichoke hearts, no oil /Artichokes / Arugula / Asparagus

B: Baby corn / Bamboo shoots / Bananas / Basil / Beet greens / Beets / Blackberries / Blueberries / Bok choy / Broccoli / Broccoli rabe / Broccoli slaw / Brussels sprouts / Bibb lettuce / Butter lettuce / Butternut squash

C: Cabbage / Canned pimientos / Cantaloupe / Carrots / Cauliflower / Cauliflower rice / Celery / Cherries / Chives / Cilantro / Clementines / Coleslaw mix / Collard greens / Cranberries, fresh / Cucumber

D: Dragon fruit

E: Eggplant / Endive / Escarole

F: Fennel / Figs, fresh / Frozen mixed berries, unsweetened / Frozen stir-fry vegetables, no sauce / Fruit cocktail, unsweetened / Fruit salad, unsweetened

G: Garlic / Ginger / Grapefruit / Grapes / Green leaf lettuce / Guava

H: Hearts of palm / Honeydew

I: Iceberg lettuce

J:Jicama

K: Kale / Kiwi / Kohlrabi / Kumquats

L: Leeks / Lemons / Limes

M: Mangoes / Meyer lemons / Mint / Mixed greens / Mushrooms / Mustard greens

N: Napa cabbage / Nectarines / Nori (seaweed)

O: Oak leaf lettuce / Okra / Onions / Oregano / Oranges

P: Papayas / Parsley / Pea shoots / Peaches / Pears / Peppers / Persimmons / Pickles, unsweetened / Pico de gallo / Pineapples / Plums / Pomegranates / Pomelo / Pumpkin / Pumpkin puree

R: Radishes / Raspberries / Red leaf lettuce / Romaine lettuce / Rosemary / Rutabaga

S: Salsa, fat-free / Sauerkraut / Scallions / Shallots / Spaghetti squash / Spinach / Star fruit / Strawberries / String beans / Summer squash / Swiss chard

T: Tangerines / Tarragon / Thyme / Tomatillos / Tomato puree, canned / Tomato sauce, canned / Tomatoes / Turnips

W: Water chestnuts / Watermelon / Wax beans

Z: Zucchini

Click here to print your Green ZeroPoints List from WW

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More About ZeroPoint Fruits

On the myWW program, almost all fruits are zero points. The only exceptions to this are avocados and plantains. Because of their calories and sugar content, they should be eaten in moderation since they can quickly add up.

Also, it is important to know that when you blend fruit in a smoothie, it is no longer counted as zero points.

weight watchers condiments low points big flavor

WW ZeroPoint Spices, Seasonings and Condiments List

Many seasonings, spices, and low calorie condiments are also Zero SmartPoints. These include:

  • Fresh and dried herbs and spices
  • Fat free salsa
  • Hot sauce
  • Lemon, lime or orange zest
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • Mustard
  • Soy sauce
  • Unsweetened pickles
  • Wine vinegars

ZeroPoint Does Not Equal “Free” Food!

The myWW Program and and its associated ZeroPoint foods are designed to support you in your desire to eat better and lose weight. Remember “zero” is not the same as “free.”

While full of nutrition, all of these foods have calories associated with them, so remember to eat responsibly 🙂

For example, it’s acceptable to have a banana, not an bunch of them.

The goal is to eat until no longer hungry, not to stuff yourself until uncomfortable. This may take practice, if you like me, are used to overeating to the point of discomfort. It’s about learning moderation, balance and you’re own “just right.”

Smart Ways to Make ZeroPoints Foods Work for You

#1 Think of them as your foundation.
Start building your meal by using a ZeroPoint food as your primary ingredient. Add something hearty and delicious. Then top it with more vegetables and give it a flavor boost.

#2 Use them as a buffer.
If you blow through your daily SmartPoints allowance before bedtime, use meals and snacks with lots of ZeroPoints to get through the rest of the day. My go-to choices is cooked green beans tossed with salsa and apples all kinds of ways.

#3 Use them to create a SmartPoints surplus.
Choose ZeroPoint or low SmartPoints foods for breakfast and lunch, so you have more of your daily SmartPoints available for dinner.

You can save up to four (4) Daily SmartPoints a day which automatically roll over into your weeklies, that are then available should you need them on the weekends, or for other special events, kinda like overdraft protection on your checking account.

Pretty cool, right? The more I’ve come to realize that managing my weight is a lot like managing my finances, the easier and less emotional it has become for me!

Martha McKinnonMartha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.

A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.

More about Martha McKinnon

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Weekly Weight Loss Devotional: Courage & Connection https://simple-nourished-living.com/weekly-weight-loss-devotional-courage-connection/ https://simple-nourished-living.com/weekly-weight-loss-devotional-courage-connection/#comments Wed, 13 Nov 2019 08:38:11 +0000 https://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=66536 Losing weight is a body, mind and spirit proposition. Eating right and moving more are important which is why you will find tons of easy, healthy recipes and weight loss tips. The mind and spirit are integral too which is why I collect and share motivational quotes. Words have power. A steady supply of inspiring...

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Losing weight is a body, mind and spirit proposition. Eating right and moving more are important which is why you will find tons of easy, healthy recipes and weight loss tips.

The mind and spirit are integral too which is why I collect and share motivational quotes. Words have power. A steady supply of inspiring words are also essential to my success.

Photo Credit: Aaron Burden on Unsplash

I love devotionals. I’ve been reading them daily for years. I’ve decided to begin sharing a weekly devotional specific to weight loss.

I’ve found it helpful to read and re-read it every day of the week, until I have it committed to memory. The positive words soak into every part of my being refreshing me and giving me strength.

This week’s devotional about courage and connection helps explain the success of WW and its structure as a support network. There’s power in associating with people who are working toward the same or similar goals.

Photo Credit: Alondra Olivas on Unsplash

My Weekly Weight Loss Devotional: Courage & Connection

Prayer is a powerful way that I receive the courage to do my best.

I needed courage to step onto the scale and weigh myself when I started my weight-loss program or when I strayed from following it.

Yet when I was with a group of friends or others, who like me, were trying to lose weight, I felt encouraged. In fact, just being with one another and talking about what helped us encouraged us all.

Being with people who are working toward the same or similar goals, I feel more courageous. Perhaps there is courage in numbers. Maybe it’s because we know the importance of what we are doing, and we silently and verbally support each other in doing our best.

I believe there is mighty power released when two or more pray together and for one another.

Whenever I am able to say “no” to a huge piece of my favorite dessert, just maybe someone is praying for me at that very moment, reinforcing my courage.

“Each one helps the other, saying to one another, ‘Take courage!'” ~ Isaiah 41:6

Source: The Daily Word for Weight Loss

More Quotes about The Power of Courage & Connection

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~ Anais Nin

“Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

“Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.”
~ Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
~ Charles Dickens

“Strong people don’t put others down… They lift them up.”
~ Michael P. Watson

“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

Martha McKinnonMartha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.

A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.

More about Martha McKinnon

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myWW Blue ZeroPoint Foods List https://simple-nourished-living.com/myww-blue-zeropoint-foods-list/ https://simple-nourished-living.com/myww-blue-zeropoint-foods-list/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 20:43:23 +0000 https://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=66695 What Foods Have ZeroPoints on the MyWW Blue Plan? The new MyWW Program, has launched here in the U.S. It offers 3 plan options from which to choose: Green, Blue & Purple, each with a different ZeroPoints foods list and SmartPoints Budget. ZeroPoint foods are foods that have zero WW SmartPoints. They are nutritionally dense...

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What Foods Have ZeroPoints on the MyWW Blue Plan?

The new MyWW Program, has launched here in the U.S. It offers 3 plan options from which to choose: Green, Blue & Purple, each with a different ZeroPoints foods list and SmartPoints Budget.

ZeroPoint foods are foods that have zero WW SmartPoints. They are nutritionally dense foods that form the foundation of a healthy eating pattern. They make eating simple and add flexibility to your SmartPoints Budget, because you don’t have to track or measure them.

The plan with the longest list of ZeroPoint foods (Purple) has the lowest SmartPoints Budget, and the plan with the shortest list of ZeroPoint foods (Green) has the highest SmartPoints Budget.

The Blue Plan includes 200+ ZeroPoint foods from which to base your meals and snacks including fruits, vegetables, eggs, skinless chicken breast, skinless turkey breast, fish and seafood, corn, beans, peas, lentils, tofu, and nonfat plain yogurt .

myWW Blue Plan ZeroPoint Foods List

The Blue Plan is essentially the same list of ZeroPoint foods as with WW Freestyle. They include:

  • Beans & Legumes: fresh, frozen, and canned beans and legumes that are packed without oil or sugar (adzuki, black, black-eyed peas, cannellini, chickpeas, edamame, fat-free refried, fava, great northern, kidney, lentils, lima, navy, pinto pinto, kidney beans, split peas, soy)
  • Chicken & Turkey Breast: ground chicken breast, 98% fat-free ground turkey, ground turkey breast, skinless chicken breast, skinless turkey breast
  • Eggs: whites, whole, yolks and egg substitutes
  • Fish & Shellfish: all fresh, frozen, canned in water or sauce, smoked
  • Fruits: fresh and frozen fruit without added sugar (excludes dried fruits and fruit juices); canned fruit in water or sugar-free syrup and canned fruit in its own natural juice; unsweetened applesauce
  • Nonfat Yogurt & Soy Yogurt: plain nonfat Greek, plain nonfat, up to 1% plain quark, plain soy
  • Tofu & Tempeh: firm, silken, smoked, soft, tempeh
  • Starchy Vegetables: fresh, frozen or canned corn, green peas, parsnips, split peas, succotash
  • Non-Starchy Vegetables: fresh, frozen, and canned vegetables as long as they aren’t packed with any additional oil, sugars, or fats.

Exceptions: The following vegetables DO HAVE SMARTPOINTS VALUES:

  • Avocados
  • Olives
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Yams
  • Vegetable flours and pastas (including those from 0 SmartPoints vegetables)

Click here to print a Blue ZeroPoints list from WW

45 Reasons French Women Don't Get Fat Fruit

More About ZeroPoint Fruits

On the myWW program almost all fruits are zero points. The only exceptions to this are avocados and plantains. Because of their calories and sugar content they should be eaten in moderation since they can quickly add up.

Also it is important to know that when you blend fruit in a smoothie, it is no longer counted as zero points.

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WW ZeroPoint Spices, Seasonings and Condiments List

Many seasonings, spices, and low calorie condiments are also Zero SmartPoints. These include:

  • Fresh and dried herbs and spices
  • Fat free salsa
  • Hot sauce
  • Lemon, lime or orange zest
  • Lemon or lime juice
  • Mustard
  • Soy sauce
  • Unsweetened pickles
  • Wine vinegars

ZeroPoint Does Not Equal “Free” Food!

The myWW Program and and its associated ZeroPoint foods are designed to support you in your desire to eat better and lose weight. Remember “zero” is not the same as “free.”

While full of nutrition, all of these foods have calories associated with them, so remember to eat responsibly 🙂

For example, it’s acceptable to have a banana, not an bunch of them. An egg or two, not a dozen. Think in terms of reasonable portion sizes and let your rate of weight loss be your guide.

The goal is to eat until no longer hungry, not to stuff yourself until uncomfortable. This may take practice, if you like me, are used to overeating to the point of discomfort. It’s about learning moderation, balance and you’re own “just right.”

3 Smart Ways to Make ZeroPoints Foods Work for You

#1 Think of them as your foundation.
Start building your meal by using a ZeroPoint food as your primary ingredient. Layer in bulk and flavor with other ZeroPoint foods. Then add foods with SmartPoints as accents to round things out. This will allow you to build amazing tasty, satisfying meals with low SmartPoints!

Like we did here with: WW Chicken Orzo Soup with Lemon (3SP), Easy Taco Cauliflower Rice Skillet (4SP), Skinny Foil Pack Shrimp Boil (4SP) and Skinny Southwest Slow Cooker Chicken Soup (0SP)

#2 Use them as a buffer.
If you blow through your daily SmartPoints allowance before bedtime, use meals and snacks with ZeroPoints to get through the rest of the day.

My go-to choices include hard-boiled eggs, cooked green beans tossed with salsa and plain nonfat Greek yogurt with fruit.

#3 Use them to create a SmartPoints surplus.
Choose ZeroPoint or low SmartPoints foods for breakfast and lunch, so you have more of your daily SmartPoints available for dinner.

You can save up to four Daily SmartPoints a day which automatically roll over into your weeklies, that are then available should you need them on the weekends or for other special events, kinda like overdraft protection on your checking account.

Pretty cool, right? The more I’ve come to realize that managing my weight is a lot like managing my finances the easier and less emotional it has become for me!

Martha McKinnonMartha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.

A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.

More about Martha McKinnon

You might also like:

This post contains affiliate links to products I like. When you buy something through one of my Amazon links or other (affiliate links), I receive a small commission that helps support this site. Thank you for your purchase!

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WW Recipe of the Day: Skinny Pizza Pasta Pie
(290 calories | 9 9 9 myWW *SmartPoints value per serving)

Today I’m sharing a WW friendly dinner idea that is sure to satisfy the entire family. Fresh-cooked spaghetti forms the “crust” for this deep dish “pizza” casserole layered with ricotta cheese, meaty marinara, and melted mozzarella cheese.

This quick and easy dish is part pizza, part pasta, and part pie–and it delivers the flavor of lasagna. This spaghetti casserole also. can be assembled ahead and then baked later. Could it get any better?

Baked pizza pasta pie with spaghetti, meat sauce and mozzarella cheese in ceramic baking dish.

WW Friendly Pizza Pasta Pie

 

How Many Calories and WW SmartPoints in this Skinny Pizza Pasta Pie?

According to my calculations, each serving has 290 calories and
9 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
9 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
9 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
8 *PointsPlus (Old plan)

  • Using fat-free ricotta, instead of part skim, will shave 1 SmartPoint making the pasta pizza pie *8 SmartPoints per serving instead of *9.
  • Using fat-free mozzarella instead of part skim will also shave 1 SmartPoint.
  • If you are following WW Purple Plan you can shave 3 SmartPoints by using whole wheat/whole grain/brown rice pasta.  

Curious about Weight Watchers Freestyle/Flex plan?
Watch this short video to learn more:

How to Make this WW Friendly Pizza Pasta Pie Step-by-Step

Step 1: Gather your ingredients and cooking utensils.

Jar of tomato sauce, grated cheese, Italian seasoning, egg, spaghetti and mozzarella cheese for making pizza pasta pie.

Ingredients for making baked pizza pasta pie

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces dry spaghetti
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 pound very lean ground beef
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms, optional
  • 1-1/2 cups marinara sauce (such as Classico Tomato Basil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cooking Utensils:

  • Stock Pot
  • Colander/Strainer
  • Large Nonstick Skillet
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Glass or Ceramic Pie Plate

Step 2: Prepare the Spaghetti

Cooked spaghetti mixed with grated Parmesan cheese and an egg.

Mixing spaghetti with egg and parmesan

Prepare the spaghetti according to the package directions, drain, rinse and shake well to remove excess water. Place the spaghetti in a large bowl and toss with the egg and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese.

Pressing cooked spaghetti into ceramic pie plate.

Press spaghetti mixture into pie plate

Press the spaghetti onto the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie plate and set aside.

Step 3: Prepare the Meat Sauce

Cooking ground beef in a skillet with tomato sauce and and oregano.

Add sauce and oregano to browned ground beef

Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place it over medium high heat. Add the beef and mushrooms, if using, and cook until the beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes or so. Add the marinara sauce and oregano.

Stirring meat sauce in skillet with spatula.

Stir the sauce and spices with meat until well combined.

Stir it to mix it with the meat and cook 2 to 3 minutes, then remove from the heat.

Step 4: Assemble the Skinny Pizza Pasta Pie

Ricotta cheese spread over spaghetti in ceramic pie plate.

Spread ricotta evenly over the spaghetti

Stir the ricotta well to loosen it and then and spoon it onto the spaghetti crust, spreading it out evenly.

Spaghetti in ceramic pie plate topped with a layer of ricotta cheese and meat sauce on top.

Layer sauce over the ricotta

Spoon the meat sauce over the ricotta layer.

Spaghetti in ceramic pie plate with layers of ricotta cheese, meat sauce and shredded mozzarella.

Layer with mozzarella cheese

Sprinkle with the mozzarella and remaining Parmesan cheese.

Step 4: Bake the Skinny Pizza Pasta Pie

Fresh baked pizza pasta pie in ceramic pie dish.

Skinny Pizza Pasta Pie ready to cut into 6 wedges and serve.

Bake for 30 minutes or until fully heated through. Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes before cutting into six wedges to serve.

Cutting piece of pizza pasta pie with spatula.

Serving baked spaghetti pizza pasta pie

Pizza Pasta Pie Recipe Notes

My go to jarred marinara sauce when I’m paying close attention to WW Points is Classico Tomato Basil. It tastes great and has only *2 WW SmartPoints per half cup serving.

The mushrooms are optional but do add bulk for Zero SmartPoints. I would have added them, except my sister, who abhors mushrooms, was having dinner with us.

Using fat-free ricotta, instead of part skim, will shave 1 SmartPoint making the pasta pizza pie *8 SmartPoints per serving instead of *9.

Using fat-free mozzarella instead of part skim will also shave 1 SmartPoint.

If you are following WW Purple Plan you can shave 3 SmartPoints by using whole wheat/whole grain/brown rice pasta.  

This recipe is very flexible. Add pizza toppings to suit your tastes. Bell pepper, olives, and pepperoni would all be delicious. Just be sure to adjust the Points if you are following WW.

It also can be assembled ahead and refrigerated until you are ready to bake it.

Pizza Pasta Pie Serving Suggestions

I served our Pizza Pasta Pie with a simple tossed green salad. For me pasta and salad are the perfect match. Depending on how many veggies you add, it might be just fine on its own. Steamed green beans, sauteed zucchini or roasted/grilled vegetables, such as zucchini, peppers and/or eggplant would also be great.

Ways to Use Pizza Pasta Pie Leftovers

You can portion out any leftovers and refrigerate and/or freeze for future quick and easy meals. Since there were for of us for dinner the night I served this up I had just enough leftover for lunch for Rod and me the next day. This is so tasty, leftovers shouldn’t be a problem.

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Skinny Pizza Pasta Pie

Today I'm sharing a WW friendly dinner idea that is sure to satisfy the entire family. Fresh-cooked spaghetti forms the "crust" for this deep dish "pizza" casserole layered with ricotta cheese, meaty marinara, and melted mozzarella cheese. This quick and easy dish is part pizza, part pasta, and part pie–and it delivers the flavor of lasagna. This spaghetti casserole also. can be assembled ahead and refrigerated until you are ready to bake it. Could it get any better? 

  • 6 ounces dry spaghetti
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan, divided
  • 1/2 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms, optional
  • 1-1/2 cups marinara sauce (such as Classico tomato basil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano (I used Italian seasoning instead)
  • 1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Lightly spray a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.

  2. The first step is to prepare the spaghetti. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions, drain, rinse and shake well to remove excess water. Place the spaghetti in a large bowl and toss with the egg and 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) of the Parmesan cheese. Press the spaghetti onto the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie plate and set aside.

  3. Next prepare the meat sauce. Spray a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray and place it over medium high heat. Add the beef and mushrooms, if using, and cook until the beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes or so. Add the marinara sauce and oregano. Stir it to mix it with the meat and cook 2 to 3 minutes, then remove from the heat.

  4. Then assemble the pizza pasta pie. Stir the ricotta well to loosen it and then and spoon it onto the spaghetti crust, spreading it out evenly. Spoon the meat sauce over the ricotta layer. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and remaining Parmesan cheese.

  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until fully heated through. Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes before cutting into six wedges to serve.

My go to jarred marinara sauce when I’m paying close attention to WW Points is Classico Tomato Basil. It tastes great and has only *2 WW SmartPoints per half cup serving.

The mushrooms are optional but do add bulk for Zero SmartPoints. I would have added them, except my sister, who abhors mushrooms, was having dinner with us.

Using fat-free ricotta, instead of part skim, will shave 1 SmartPoint making the pasta pizza pie *8 SmartPoints per serving instead of *9.

This recipe is very flexible. Add pizza toppings to suit your tastes. Bell pepper, olives, and pepperoni would all be delicious. Just be sure to adjust the Points if you are following WW.

It also can be assembled ahead and refrigerated until you are ready to bake it.

Servings: 6

9 *SmartPoints (Green plan)

9 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)

9 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)

8 *PointsPlus (Old plan)

Recipe source: Eat More of What You Love

*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.

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Martha McKinnonMartha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.

A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.

More about Martha McKinnon

This post contains affiliate links to products I like. When you buy something through one of my Amazon links or other (affiliate links), I receive a small commission that helps support this site. Thank you for your purchase!

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Welcome to my Weight Watchers Friendly Weekly Recipe and Link Roundup

Encouragement and inspiration are critical whenever you’re trying to change your habits. This is especially true when the habits involve eating better, losing weight and creating a healthy balanced lifestyle.

WW Weekly Recipe & Link Roundup

Sticking with the slow and steady sensible balanced approach to lasting change can seem dull and out of step when everywhere you look people seem to be swinging between overindulgent excess and extreme deprivation based diets.

My mission is to provide you with a constant supply of motivating articles and Easy Healthy WW friendly recipes to encourage your pursuit of a happy, healthy, balanced life.

Here’s what I’ve got for you this week…

WW Weekly Topic: Take the Ultimate Character Test

You can reach your goals faster and easier when you tap into your natural strengths. The VIA Institute on Character has identified 24 positive traits shared by humans everywhere. Choose 3 – 5 that resonate most with you and then call on them as you work toward your goal this week.

The five that I feel describe me best are: Gratitude, Perseverance, Self-Regulation, Love of Learning and Spirituality.

New On Simple-Nourished-Living This Week

8 Healthy Low Points Pumpkin Soups for WW
Soups are a delicious, healthy way to satisfy your hunger with minimal fat and calories. And healthy pumpkin soup recipes made from either fresh or canned pumpkin are a great example.

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse
This delicious dark chocolate mousse mixes together in minutes with just a handful of common ingredients and gets all its creamy goodness from avocado—a great source of healthy fats and fiber.

WW Quinoa Oat Granola
This simple granola with quinoa, oats, sesame seeds, walnuts, dried cranberries and raisins is crunchy and not overly sweet with comforting fall flavors thanks to the cinnamon and nutmeg.

This Week Previous Years

Slow cooker lasagna soup in white bowl with grated cheese and fresh basil and piece of crusty bread.

WW Friendly Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

Five Most Popular Posts This Week

Meal Planning: On My Menu Next Week

After years of trial and error, I discovered that mapping out a rough outline of meals for the coming week is one of the most important things I can do for an easier, less stressful, more successful week.

Meal Planning makes staying on track with my healthy eating/weight management goals so MUCH EASIER. Once I have a plan I shop and do a meal prep on the weekend saving time and money all week long.

This Week’s Meal Plan Suggestions:

Tired of trying to decide what to cook?

If you are struggling with meal planning here are 3 great meal planning resources to help:

Weekly Weight Loss Devotional

I love devotionals. I’ve been reading them daily for years and recently felt the call to begin sharing a weekly devotional specific to weight loss with you here.

Photo Credit: Lina Trochez on Unsplash

Reading the same devotional over and over every day for at least a week, until I have it committed to memory is powerful. The positive words soak into every part of my being refreshing me and giving me strength.

This week’s topic: Forgive Yourself

Easy Healthy WW Friendly Recipes & Other Links I Bookmarked Week:

As a lover of One Pan Meals this recipe for Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables is a must try…

Photo Courtesy of Slender Kitchen

In a world that glorifies busyness, I need to be frequently reminded that It’s OK to be Happy with a Quiet Life.

I love how Alisa came up with this recipe for Slow Cooker Pantry Chicken Soup by challenging herself to make something nourishing and WW friendly using only ingredients she had on hand.

If you are a WW who likes to snack on chips and crackers you’ll appreciate this exhaustive list of Low Points Chips & Crackers, complete with serving size and WW SmartPoints values.

If you’ve ever wondered how to handle them, here are 11 Nice Ways to Say NO to the Food Pushers in Your Life

Have a wonderful weekend!

Martha McKinnonMartha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.

A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.

More about Martha McKinnon

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8 Healthy Low Points Pumpkin Soup Recipes for Weight Watchers https://simple-nourished-living.com/8-easy-healthy-low-calorie-pumpkin-soup-recipes/ https://simple-nourished-living.com/8-easy-healthy-low-calorie-pumpkin-soup-recipes/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2019 08:44:26 +0000 https://simple-nourished-living.com/?p=8540 WW Recipe of the Day: 8 Healthy, Weight Watchers Friendly Pumpkin Soups all with SmartPoints and PointsPlus It’s that time of year when many of us are in the market for healthy pumpkin soup recipes! I’m a big soup lover and am always adding to my collection of easy healthy soup recipes. Soups are a...

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WW Recipe of the Day: 8 Healthy, Weight Watchers Friendly Pumpkin Soups all with SmartPoints and PointsPlus

It’s that time of year when many of us are in the market for healthy pumpkin soup recipes!

I’m a big soup lover and am always adding to my collection of easy healthy soup recipes. Soups are a delicious, healthy way to satisfy your hunger with minimal fat and calories. And healthy pumpkin soup recipes made from either fresh or canned pumpkin are a great example.
 

Pumpkin puree is full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Of course, you realize, I’m not talking about fattening cream based soups and chowders here!

Did you know that people who start a meal with soup tend to weigh less?

Are You Ready To Slim Down With Soup?

So, if you’re trying to lose weight or stay slim, choose soup as a healthy first course, snack, lunch or dinner as often as you can. Why not make a large batch of one of these easy low calorie healthy pumpkin soup recipes and then freeze it in single servings that you can heat up later when you need something in a hurry?

The first of this collection of healthy pumpkin soup recipes is a great quick and easy healthy low calorie pumpkin soup from the first Hungry Girl cookbook, Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World. I’ve also assembled a great collection of low calorie pumpkin soups in a variety of styles from around the Web.

Salsa Pumpkin Soup in a blue bowl with blue napkin and spoon on a wood table

Sassy Salsa Pumpkin Soup (0 WW Freestyle SmartPoints)

The Skinny on Sassy Salsa Pumpkin Soup

The soup stirs together in minutes with easy to find, everyday ingredients. Most of which you probably already have in your pantry.

How Many Calories/WW Points in this Pumpkin Soup Recipe?

According to my calculations, each serving has about 163 calories, 3* Weight Watchers PointsPlus, 0* WW Freestyle SmartPoints. Enjoy!

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Hungry Girl's Sassy Salsa Pumpkin Soup Recipe

A spicy chunky pumpkin soup that’s as easy as it is delicious. The type of salsa you choose will determine how spicy the soup is.

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 cups fat-free broth, chicken or vegetable
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • Optional toppings such as shredded reduced-fat or fat-free cheese and reduced-fat or fat free sour cream
  1. Spray a soup pot set over medium heat with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Add the garlic, chili powder and cumin, and stir until the spices are fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add broth to the pot and bring it to a simmer.
  4. Add the pumpkin and stir until it is well blended.
  5. Add the black beans, corn and salsa and bring mixture to a boil.
  6. Lower the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes.
  7. Top with a sprinkle of cheese and a little fat free sour cream on top, if desired

Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *3

WW Freestyle SmartPoints: *0

 

Source: Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World by Lisa Lillien

*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.

More Low Calorie Healthy Pumpkin Soup Recipes from Around the Web Perfect for Weight Watchers

Two bowls of pumpkin soup topped with crumbled bacon on a wooden table with a spoon and orange napkin

WW Pumpkin Apple Bacon Soup (image courtesy of EmilyBites)

2. Pumpkin Apple Bacon Soup
(5* Weight Watchers PointsPlus | 5* WW Freestyle SmartPoints)
This soup is thick and creamy with savory onions, smoky bacon, hearty pumpkin and sweet apples – perfect comfort food with just 209 calories from EmilyBites.

White Bowl with Pumpkin Soup topped with fresh herbs

Easy Crock Pot Chai Pumpkin Soup

3. Crock Pot Chai Pumpkin Soup
(4* Weight Watchers PointsPlus | 4* WW Freestyle SmartPoints)
A warming soup perfect for chilly fall days, this easy chai crock pot pumpkin soup would be a nice addition to Thanksgiving dinner too with 142 calories from Simple-Nourished-Living.

White bowl of gingered pumpkin soup topped with pepitas

Healthy Gingered Pumpkin Soup Photo Courtesy Eat Yourself Skinny

4. Gingered Pumpkin Soup
(2* Weight Watchers PointsPlus | 3* WW Freestyle SmartPoints)
I just love this soup because not only is it the perfect comfort food for those chilly Fall days, but it’s relatively guilt-free at around only 85 calories for a cup and less than 1 gram of fat – from EatYourselfSkinny!

5. Creamy Roasted Apple & Pumpkin Soup
(3* Weight Watchers PointsPlus | 0* WW Freestyle SmartPoints)
Another creamy soup of roasted apples and pumpkins with 134 calories and 2 g fat – from Laaloosh.

6. Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bisque
(3* Weight Watchers PointsPlus | 5* WW Freestyle SmartPoints)
An easy and delicious low calorie bisque, this fabulous Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup is a great idea for any meal with just 188 calories and 1 g fat – from Laaloosh.

7. Low-Fat Curried Pumpkin Soup
(3* Weight Watchers PointsPlus | 1* WW Freestyle SmartPoints)
Another great healthy pumpkin soup recipes with 131 calories and 3.4 g fat – found at AllRecipes.

8. Moroccan Pumpkin Soup
(2* Weight Watchers PointsPlus | 1* WW Freestyle SmartPoints)
This is a French—influenced variation of a popular seasonal pumpkin soup with 91 calories and 2.3 g fat in a 2/3 cup serving – from Cooking Light found at MyRecipes.

9. Low-Fat Cream of Pumpkin Soup
(3* Weight Watchers PointsPlus | 2* WW Freestyle SmartPoints)
Simple creamy pumpkin soup with coconut milk, cumin and curry and just 112 calories, 2.7 g fat – found at Wellness Tree Holistic Nutrition.

And Here’s a great video of how to make pumpkin soup with canned pumpkin…

And a fun video demonstrating how to make fresh pumpkin soup in a Vitamix Blender in just 5 minutes…

 

Martha McKinnonMartha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.

A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.

More about Martha McKinnon

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Originally published 11/2011; Republished with updated content & photos 11/2019

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Losing weight is a body, mind and spirit proposition. Eating right and moving more are important which is why you will find tons of easy, healthy recipes and weight loss tips. The mind and spirit are integral too which is why I collect and share motivational quotes. Words have power. A steady supply of inspiring words are also essential to my success. 

I love devotionals. I’ve been reading them daily for years. I’ve decided to begin sharing a weekly devotional specific to weight loss. I’ve found it helpful to read and re-read it every day of the week, until I have it committed to memory. The positive words soak into every part of my being refreshing me and giving me strength.

Don’t let past failures leave you hopeless about future successes. What you have been is not important. All that matters is what you are becoming. May reading this inspiring devotional help you with the powerful act of forgiving yourself. 

Photo Credit: Lina Trochez on Unsplash

My Weekly Weight Loss Devotional: Forgiving Yourself

Letting God’s love guide me, I forgive myself and begin a fresh start.

An important goal for me right now is to let go of the past and go on with my life. And one thing that will help me do this is to forgive myself for any past action that may have kept me from expressing my true self, my divine nature. 

I know that by forgiving myself, I am doing what is essential for me to do in order to make progress in life. The still, small voice of God’s spirit within tells me that by forgiving myself, I will begin to heal past hurts and make a fresh start. 

Quiet times of prayer help me do this, for in prayer I connect–at a deep soul level–with the infinite love of God. God’s love is powerful, yet gentle, and it guides me in seeing myself as God sees me–with love and compassion. I gently remind myself to leave past decisions where they belong–in the past. Letting God’s love guide me, I make wise choices. 

“Whenever you stand praying, forgive.” ~Mark 11:25

Source: The Daily Word for Weight Loss

More Quotes about The Power of Forgiveness

“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” ~ Steve Maraboli

“True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.” ~ C.S. Lewis

“When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you.” ~ Jon Krakauer

“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” ~ Marianne Williamson

Martha McKinnonMartha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.

A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.

More about Martha McKinnon

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