Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Spice Pumpkin Muffins

5 WW Points Plus per serving
12 Servings
183 calories, 3.5g fat, 301mg sodium, 37g carbs, 1.25g fiber, 20.5g sugar, 2g protein

1 box moist-style spice cake mix
One 15-ounce can pure pumpkin

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a 12-cup muffin pan with baking cups, or spray with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, mix cake mix with pumpkin until completely smooth and uniform (batter is very thick).

Evenly distribute batter into the cups of the muffin pan.  Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Death By Chocolate Brownies

5 WW Points Plus
16 Servings
Per Serving-174 calories, 4g fat, 33.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 19.5g sugar, 2g protein

1 sugar-free chocolate pudding snack with 60 calories or less
1/3 cup chocolate frosting
2 tablespoons light chocolate syrup
1 box moist-style devil's food cake mix
One 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9X13 inch baking pan with nonstick spray.

In a medium bowl, mix pudding, frosting, and syrup.  Cover and refrigerate.  

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix cake mix, pumpkin, and chocolate chips. Batter will be thick.   Spread mixture into the baking pan.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.

Let cool completely.

Evenly spreading pudding/frosting mixture over brownies.  Refrigerate until topping is set, about 15 minutes.  (Refrigerate leftovers)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Philly Cheeseburger

5 Weight Watcher Points Plus
Makes 4 Servings
200 calories, 5g fat, 8.5g carbs, 1g fiber, 29g protein, 4.5g sugar

1 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1 pound raw extra-lean ground beef (I use Laura's)
1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
4 slices of fat-free American cheese (I use WW Cheese, so add 1 point if you do so)

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat.  Cook and stir onion, mushrooms, and bell pepper until slightly softened, 8 to 10  minutes.

Transfer veggies to a large bowl and pat dry.  Add all remaining ingredients except cheese and thoroughly mix.  Evenly form into 4 patties.

Bring a grill pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. (I used the grill).  Cook patties for 4 to 8 minutes per side, or until cooked to your preference.  Top each patty with a cheese slice and cook until cheese has melted.  

Thank you to Hungry Girl for the recipe!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Red Hot and Blue Burger

Red Hot and Blue Burger

4 WW Points Plus
Four Servings
1 Patty=183 Calories, 7g fat, 2g carbs, 0g fiber, 0.5g sugar, 26g protein

1 lb raw extra-lean ground beef
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons Frank's RedHot Original Sauce
2 tablespoons fat-free liquid egg substitute
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix all ingredients.  Evenly form into 4 patties.

Bring a grill (or a grilling pan) to medium-high heat.  Cook patties until cooked to your preference.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Cha-Cha Cherry BBQ Chicken

Woohoo, yay for teaching and having the summer off.  Thank you Hungry Girl for the recipe!
1/2 of recipe (about 1 cup): 294 calories, 2g fat, 874mg sodium, 33.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 24.5g sugars, 34g protein 

7 WW Points Plus per serving

10 ounces raw boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1 cup slice onion (used Vidalia)
½ cup frozen unsweetened pitted dark sweet cherries, thawed, roughly chopped
½ cup BBQ sauce with 45 calories or less per 2-tablespoon serving

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Lay a large piece of heavy-duty foil on a baking sheet and spray with non-stick spray

Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Distribute onto the center of the foil and top with onion.

In a medium bowl, mix chopped cherries with BBQ sauce.  Pour mixture over the onion and chicken.  Cover with another large piece of foil.

Fold together and seal all four pieces, forming a well-sealed packet.  Bake for 25 minutes, or until chicken is cook thoroughly (one hour for us).

Cut packet to release steam before opening entirely.  Eat up.

*I added whole grain rice to the meal (1/2 cup) for an extra 2.5 WW points.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Six Week Six Pack-Level 1

As I am sitting here in my classroom waiting for 3 p.m. to arrive (last day for teachers), I thought I would do a review of the JM video I did before leaving the house this morning.  It is bathing suit season, and I have to say, when school is out I eat much better.  I am not sure why teaching makes me get the munchies, but it does.  I am still tracking what I eat and my WW points with a notebook on a daily basis.

I try to do one video per week that focuses strictly on the abs, and then incorporate 30 minutes of cardio into the routine; usually running or walking.  I also like Killer Abs in the Jillian Michaels series of videos.  This video is approximately 32 minutes in length, NOT including a cool down, and burns between 250 and 300 calories.

She takes you through the following routine in Level 1 twice.  Just when you think you're in the clear at the 18 minute mark, she informs you that you will be doing the routine a second time, "stepping it up" at a faster pace on round two.

Level 1

  • Warm Up
    • Lunges
    • Squats
    • Low Impact Jacknives
  • Workout
    • Standing Knee Crunches (with weights)
    • Rear Lunges with dumbbell overhead, tilt back stretching the core area
    • Burpees (HATE!)
    • Squats with knee up, rotating your weight side to side
    • Alternating side lunge with weights overhead, bending upper body over to lunge down to the mat
    • Lever crunches using same arm and same leg (advanced-use both arms)
    • Back extensions (supermans with swimming arms)
    • Plank jacks
    • Long lever crunches-opposite arm and leg (if you are advanced, you can hold a weight)
    • Double crunches
    • Side crunches
    • Get up crunches (opposite arm to opposite leg)
    • Caterpillar (stand and walk your hands out into plank, return to standing position)
    • Side crunches
    • Get up crunches (other leg/arm)
    • Side planks with knee in (very tough)
    • Spiders
    • Mountain climbers
    • Side planks with knee in
    • Bridge kicks
Good luck my friends!!!!