Welcome to Inspiring Food, Health & Happiness, Simple Nourished Living’s weekly 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 dull and out of step when compared with our society’s obsession with the opposing messages of overindulgent excess on one hand, and extreme fad diets on the other.
My mission is to provide you with a constant supply of motivating articles and enticing Weight Watchers friendly recipes to encourage your pursuit of a happy, healthy, balanced life.
Here are this week’s hand-picked selections, as well as most popular recipes on Simple Nourished Living this week. Enjoy!
Food, Health & Happiness Links I Bookmarked Week:
Example Daily Menu for Weight Watchers (Slender Kitchen) – Check out this easy to follow sample Weight Watchers meal plan that is updated with the new Freestyle Smartpoints. Find examples for people who cook at home and for those who normally eat out or buy packaged goods.
Dinners that are 3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints or Fewer (Meal Planning Mommies) – Alisha has assembled a delicious collection of low smartpoints dinner ideas from many of my favorite WW friendly recipe blogs.
What I’ve Learned from Eating Abroad (Mark’s Daily Apple). Great lessons on what travel can teach us about food, health and happiness. Sample. Taste. Enjoy. Appreciate. Move on.
Paleo Chai Latte (Alana’s Pantry) – Packed with protein from eggs, and full of fabulous fat from coconut oil, if you’re looking for a quick and easy, healthy breakfast recipe this is it. You can decrease the points by 5 if you skip the coconut oil. If you have a concern with the eggs I would recommend experimenting with a protein powder in this recipe, rather than eggs. (320 cals, 16g carbs, 11 WW SP)
Fitness Goals for Women That Don’t Have Anything to Do with Weight Loss (Nia Shanks) f you’re burned out and exhausted from constantly chasing fat loss or focusing on aesthetics and using the scale as the sole indicator of your success you’ll be amazed at what happens to your mind and body when you focus on nutrition, health, and fitness instead of losing fat and fixing flaws. So many of these reasons for fitness resonated with me.
Today is Not Over Yet (Alexandra Franzen) – In this beautiful piece, Alexandra demonstrates what can happen when you decide that the day is not quite finished. It is never too late to behave like the person you want to be — instead of continuing in a cycle of behavior that you will regret.
3 Ingredient Banana and Egg Pancakes (Slender Kitchen) – Simple & delicious, these come together in less than 10 minutes with three simple ingredients – eggs, bananas, and regular or paleo flour. On my list to try the next time a pancake craving strikes (1SP)
Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese (SkinnyTaste) – This easy, cheesy baked spaghetti squash is a healthier take on mac and cheese! It’s cheesy, loaded with vegetables and feels like comfort food, without the calories and carbs. (4SP)
Weight Watchers Weekly Recipes
- Egg in Spicy Tomato Sauce (0SP)(It All Started with Paint)
Image Credit: Weight Watchers
Roasted Chicken Squash & Peppers for One
- 4 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1/2 acorn squash, seeds removed
- 10 baby bell peppers, cut into strips
- salt and ground black pepper
- fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil. Coat the chicken, squash and peppers with cooking spray and then season well with salt and pepper, lemon juice. Place the chicken and the squash (cut side up) on the pan. Cook for 10 minutes. Add the peppers to the pan and cook 20 minutes more or until the chicken is cooked through. Top the chicken with mustard and enjoy along with the vegetables.
*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 Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.