Month: March 2017

Tale of an Oatmeal Newbie: The Mystery of the Overnight Oats!

Tale of an Oatmeal Newbie: The Mystery of the Overnight Oats!

📌(Chocolate PB Breakfast Recipe at the end of the post)

Why did I wait so long to try ‘Overnight Oats?’ 

Because, well, oats sounded icky. Oats sounded way to healthy for me!  Oats?  Nah, I’ll pass. They won’t be tasty enough. They won’t be filling enough. I don’t eat oats. I can’t eat oats. I am not one of those healthy eaters?

🔴But, I was wrong. Oats are going to be a permanent addition to he foods I eat.

Oats are high in protein and fiber and healthy, digestible carbs. They barely have any sugar and have no sodium.

🔹Change is slow.  I am 44.  I have 44 years of habits and routines to modify.  Change doesn’t happen overnight.  Going cold turkey and changing everything at once has never been sustainable for me.  Slow change is working, so I am not messing with my pace.

🔹The type of carb you eat can make real difference…intellectually, we all know this, but I promise that you will FEEL the difference when you start to use more whole grains.  This past week, I started to focus on oatmeal.  My goodness!  There are so many types of oatmeal!  Rolled, Steel Cut, Old-Fashioned, Frozen, etc.  I could spend days explaining the difference, but generally, they are all ‘oats’…but may need different prep time and may taste different.

🔹Part of the personal ‘tweaks’ to my personal food selections over the past few months has been to see if I can still be happy with ‘healthier’ and ‘less processed’ versions of regular foods.

🔔The answer is usually, a big YES…but we all have different taste buds.  Trial and error is key to my process.  Many of my ‘experiments’ do not work out.

☑️You have to actively try new things and figure out what will work for you and YOUR taste buds.  I look at this effort as a grand adventure in food…after all, we all LOVE to eat, right?  Why not dive into the food arena and figure out  new ways to enjoy foods you love?

☑️I find that my list of healthier foods that make me satisfied AND act as the whole, ‘Food is Fuel’ mantra, grows every single day.  Personally, I am all about variety, so I am always looking for new foods and products and recipes that add a little ‘sparkle’ to my daily food menus.

🍫This chocolate breakfast felt like a dessert and I cannot wait to make it again!  In fact, I bet if I served it as dessert, it would be a hit!

😎My breakfasts can range from 4-10 sp, so although 8 is a little on the higher end, this fills me up for hours and I feel great knowing that my body is processing every bit of what I ate!  So, not the prettiest-looking food, but a pretty fabulous choice!

📌Overnight Oats📌

8 SmartPoints or 1 sp on Weight Watchers Simply Filling

  • 2 tbsp PB2 = 1sp
  • 1/4 cup fat free skim milk = 1sp
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats = 4sp
  • 1-2 super sweet, ripe bananas = 0sp
  • 1 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder = 0sp
  • 1 container Fage 0% Nonfat Greek Strained Yogurt = 2sp

Questions?  Comments?  Do you have any links to fabulous overnight oats to share?  Feel free to add it into the comment section.

😻Happy Experimenting! Consider Oats for your next trial and error adventure!😃

Unlock your own oats mystery!

Double Up Super Juicy Air Fryer Chicken & Peppers

🔷 Double Up Super Juicy Air Fryer Chicken & Peppers 🔷

🤠Double Down or Double Up on your next air fryer batch!!! In a previous post, I shared my glee in making smaller chicken cutlets in the air fryer, but what about the big thick skinless chicken cutlets?  Would they be just as juicy?

😋Yep. Yes. For sure. Simply Amazing! 👍😍❤️

Chicken is a wonderful, lean meat, but I ALWAYS overdid my chicken…until NOW!  Once again, my air fryer is proving to be a real game changer in the kitchen!

  • Prep Time: 4 minutes
  • SmartPoints: 4
  • Air Fryer Cook Time:

Cook Both veggies and chicken at the same time using a wire rack: 20 minutes @ 380 for chicken and 10 minutes for the peppers .  Always put the meat on the bottom so the juices do not drip onto the veggies.

🔷Ingredients:

  • 7 ounces skinless thick chicken breast – 3sp for one (and I made 3 at one time!)
  • Baby Bell Peppers (about 9-12) – 0sp
  • Olive Oil / Canola Spray – 1sp
  • McCormick Salt-Free Garlic & Herb seasoning – 0sp

🔷Instructions:

  1. Quick oil spray of bottom of air fryer basket
  2. Lay 3 chicken breasts in basket, spray tops with oil, & add seasonings
  3. Add wire rack on top of chicken
  4. Place baby bell peppers on rack & spray with olive oil spray. Adding sea or kosher salt is optional. (I do not use the salt)
  5. Cook for approximately 10 minutes at 380. Thickness of chicken breasts affects the cooking time, so adjust time as needed.
  6. At the 10 minute mark, use oven mitt and remove rack with bell peppers. They will be super hot, so just let them rest a bit.
  7. Continue cooking chicken breasts for at least 10 more minutes at the same temperature (380) or until fully cooked.
  8. Remove basket & drawer from air fryer & let chicken rest for a few minutes.
  9. Serve & Enjoy oven roasted food in less time with your air fryer.

🔸The small wire rack I own is: The Philips HD9905/00 Air Fryer Double Layer  (Bought on Amazon) And it fits nicely in my Farberware air fryer.   It came with skewers, too.

♨️My preferred air fryer model is:  Farberware 5L Digital Air Fryer, White – bought on Walmart.com for 99$ plus free 2 day shipping

Try Doubling Up on your protein & veggies in one air fryer session!

 

We Must Cultivate Our Own Garden - Voltaire

🌷Tend To Your Own Weight Loss Garden🌿

🌷We Must Cultivate Our Own Garden – Voltaire 🌿

Just a little ‘Spring-Inspired” Mindful Musing introspection as we finish up the month of March.

🐉Untended gardens look wild and overgrown. Overgrown with weeds means the plants are at the mercy of animals and insects. Sometimes, a neglected garden looks pretty on the outside, but get up close & you’ll see all the lost potential. Don’t let a few wild off-plan days ruin all the efforts you’ve planted in the past. Seeds take root somewhat quickly, but sometimes, sprouts may take weeks or months.

🌀We MUST tend to our own personal gardens of weight loss & maintenance. It is not optional, we must take care of ourselves & place our personal needs at the top of our lists (most days!). Old habits will creep back into our routines & it could lead to a complete collapse of our other hard work to lose or maintain weight.

🎋I chose the Voltaire saying “We Must Cultivate Our Own Garden” for this post because it sums up all the prepare-for-spring ideas I had for this month of March. When we focus on mini-goals each day or week, looking at the calendar or our watches becomes unnecessary. Instead, we can measure the passage of time by what we have or haven’t accomplished. We can look back and see what we learned & what still needs work. This gained knowledge marks the time more than any calendar could…or SCALE for that matter!

🍁We cultivate our weight loss wins by working on creating better habits that will serve us well for the long term. Review your larger goals & break them down into their components. See if you can create a routine for regular ‘maintenance’. A garden has to be attended to regularly, because if you just gave it everything it needed in one day, it wouldn’t help with the growing process.

🔆We are the owners of our own unique ‘gardens’ of functional routines, joy, fitness, & food, so we have to take responsibility for nurturing the seeds of our personal growth. No one else is going to magically know what you need unless you have taken the time to identify what those needs are…and even then, you need to tend to those needs on a regular basis. Never forget that YOU are in charge of you!

🌞Sunshine is a key nurturing agent for our mental health & it also reminds us to get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Spring is a great time to get some more outside time.

🌸So, pull out the weeds, drink plenty of water, and tend to your own soil so you can grow more confident, joyful, and secure in your ability to lose/maintain the weight. 😊

😁I am ‘rooting’ for ALL of you! Let’s do this. The time is now.

How will YOU tend to your weight loss garden?

🌷We Must Cultivate Our Own Garden - Voltaire 🌿

🌷We Must Cultivate Our Own Garden – Voltaire 🌿

(And fyi: I do not garden as I have zero patience for it. My plants think they live in a desert!) 🌵🌵🌵

Amazing Air Fryer Asparagus

🌱Amazing Air Fryer Asparagus!

FINALLY! I have found a way to make asparagus in my air fryer!!!! (And not kill it!)

Instructions:
▪️I used about a half cup of asparagus (0sp)
▪️Sprayed the air fryer bottom of basket with olive oil spray
▪️Sprayed the asparagus with olive oil.
▪️6 minutes at 360 in the air fryer. No tossing.
YUM! They were crisp and lightly browned on the outside. Completely cooked, but not wilted.

Sirloin steak (3oz for 3sp) was done at 390 for 9 minutes after being brushed with olive oil. Check out how I made filet mignon in my Air Fryer Nirvana post.

I gave myself 1sp for the oil used. It is 1sp per tsp of olive oil….and even though my amount may not have added up to that point, I tend to err on the side of tracking that point anyway.

So, 4sp and about 10-20 minutes to a grear dinner. I made this steak yesterday & reheated it for 40 seconds on high in my microwave while the asparagus finished cooking, so only 10 minutes to my filling dinner!!!

Some Green Notes:
🌱Thicker Asparagus are better than skinny ones.
🌱Make sure they are washed and dry.
🌱One layer is best because you will NOT need to shake or toss during cooking time. But you CAN do a larger batch, but you’ll need a longer cooking time of 9-15 minutes depending on your machine.
🌱Always calculate your own SmartPoints/Calories based on the ingredients you use & adjust time and temp to your own machine.
🌱Oven cooking takes more time and tastes different to me (not better just different). I will still make these in the oven when I have 40 minutes at 400 to roast them (because I like them that way, too), but some nights, speedy is better!! YAY! I usually steam them when I am in a hurry, but not tonight!

😊👍6 minutes works for me! I am the only asparagus eater in the house. Faster than the 40 in my oven.

Amazing Air Fryer Asparagus

Amazing Air Fryer Asparagus

🌱Many asparagus were sacrificed over the past few weeks to make this discovery possible. 🌱

11 Minutes or Less to Lamp Chop Taste Perfection!

11 Minutes or Less to Lamp Chop Taste Perfection!

Mmmm. Lamp Chops are great on a grill, but when that is not an option, try your handy-dandy air fryer!  These are a bit ‘fatty’ for air frying so do not pre-spray the basket or you’ll end up with a little, ummm, 🔥 smoke. (I have no idea how I know that! 😉)

♨️But seriously, stand nearby with the temperature at 370 for 8-11 minutes.

I simply brushed them with olive oil (approx 1 tsp) and a very small bit of salt & pepper. I flipped mine once, but it is not absolutely necessary. They were delicious and juicy and once again, cooked all the way through with beautiful color. I love how the air fryer cooks meats so evenly!

(Always adjust time and temp for your own machine)

♨️Unlike a grill or grill pan, you do not get sear or grill marks, but when those things are not an option, the air fryer will do the job. Unlike my normal soap and water clean up, I put the basket and drawer in the dishwasher for a more thorough cleaning.

For Weight Watchers folks: 3 SmartPoints per 3oz lamb chop.

I would set aside 9-12sp as lamb chops are tiny, but tasty!

We like them once in a while. 11 minutes or less to lamp chop taste perfection.

What are you waiting for?  Start cooking! 👍👍👍

Frozen or Fondue: It's up to you! Melt 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips, dip fruit, enjoy or freeze for an hour. 1 recipe, 2 ways.

Frozen or Fondue: It’s up to you!

Frozen or Fondue: It’s up to you! Want a quick way to get your chocolate fix?  Melt 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips, dip fruit (I used a few clementines ans banana slices), and enjoy as a fondue for 1 or freeze for an hour. 1 recipe, 2 ways.  Quick and easy, just like this post.

Optimism Strategies: 10 Ways to Let Sunshine Into Your Life ☀️

Optimism Strategies: 10 Ways to Let Sunshine Into Your Life ☀️

Each day, we wake up to a choice: embrace the day with positivity, or let our emotions get the best of us. Looking at the ‘sunny-side’ of life is a skill that can be learned and practiced, even for naturally pessimistic folks. I just wanted to share a few ideas for staying mindfully positive.

Happiness is easier to carry around than misery, so I do my best to limit my pity parties to as little time as possible.

Today only happens once & I do not want to waste it swimming around in a bad mood any longer than necessary. Staying positive is not easy, but I am always looking for ways to enhance my methods.

Sunshine can take on many forms, but in our personal journeys, sunshine can light up your day in the following ways:

  1. ☀️ Literally: Open every single shade in your home to let as much light in as possible. Natural light can fill your home with physical warmth & makes everything sparkle!
  2. ☀️ Figuratively: Sunshine can fill our soul with light, love, and joy! Natural sunlight brightens our moods as well as our homes.
  3. 😍I bet you have friends and/or family that bring extra sunshine into your life. Treasure them & send some light back their way.
  4. 💡Replace those broken lightbulbs. Why? Because you should be able to brighten your home at night as much as possible. Living in a ‘dark’ place isn’t motivating for anyone.
  5. 🍴Eat TASTY, GOOD food. HEALTHY food digests well & promotes happy good feelings in your whole body. You’ll feel satisfied & that joy brightens up anyone’s day!
  6. ❤️ Give of yourself because your whole heart will be filled with sunshine after you do.
  7. 🤣Laugh! Watch a comedy, go see a comedian, or read the Sunday Comics because when you laugh, you will feel light & bright!
  8. 👗👔👠Wear Brightly-Colored clothing as color totally affects your mood. We all like to wear black, but try a few days of days of bright colors and see how much bolder & brighter you feel!
  9. 👍 Chose to have a positive outlook because happy people glow from within & brighten everyone around them.
  10. ☕️ Drink Coffee (ok, maybe that one is just for me as coffee lights up my morning! 😂)

Tuck these ideas away for a day that you wake up feeling lackluster about the world. Consider creating your own optimism strategies for your ‘less-than-sunny’ days.

Optimism Strategies: 10 Ways to Let Sunshine Into Your Life ☀️

Venice, Italy

☀️☀️☀️How do you, or How can you bring sunshine into YOUR life?☀️☀️☀️
Please add your own ideas in the comments.

Two Treats One Recipe Warm Parfait or Frozen Crunch

One Recipe, Two Ways:🌷Warm Spring Parfait ♨️or ❄️Frozen Crunch Treat: Which way will you enjoy it?

Multitasking in the kitchen is always my preference, so having two options for this one simple banana almond chocolate chip cracker recipe totally works for me. 

Now, it can work for you, too!  Sometimes I want something warm and gooey, but other times, I want something frozen.  I hope this inspires you to create what you need to satisfy your sweet tooth!  I give the recipe for only one person, but you can easily multiply the ingredients based on how many of these you want to make.  I think these beautiful parfaits would look good on a holiday meal table, too!

🌷Warm Spring Parfait ♨️or ❄️Frozen Crunch Treat

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Serves: 1
  • SmartPoints: 4 (and worth every single one)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp slivered almonds
  • 1/2 Tbsp Mini-Semi-sweet chocolate morsels (Toll House)
  • 2 Club Crackers (Keebler)
  • Salt, pinch
  • 1 banana, sweet and mashed
  • 1 green apple (granny smith) mostly diced, with a few slices

🍌🍫🥜Main Mix is the same for Both Treats:

  1. Prepare small baking pan (I prefer a silicone pan for this) by spraying bottom with non-stick spray or canola oil.
  2. Mash banana (leave a slice for garnish) and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, crush crackers into small crumbs, add almond slivers, and chocolate chips.
  4. Mix dry ingredients into the mashed banana and add pinch of salt.
  5. Dice up most of the green apple and make a few slices for garnish.

🌷Spring Parfait:

  1. Add mixture to baking pan and spray top with canola oil.
  2. Bake in air fryer at 400 for approximately 5-8 minutes until warm and slightly browned (can be baked in oven as well for same amount of time).
  3. Alternate layers of diced apples and warm banana chocolate nut mixture.  Garnish with apple slice, banana slice, and one chocolate chip.enjoy a warm, refreshing treat!  This can be served at room temperature, or chilled, but is rather tasty all fresh and warmed.

❄️Frozen Crunch:

  1. Add mixture to small. prepared baking pan, spray top and freeze for 1 hour or more.
  2. Frozen treat will pop right out of the mold.  Use diced or sliced apple as garnish for this crispy frozen treat and serve immediately.

Notes:

  • Always create your own recipe in the recipe builder for accurate point tracking.
  • The Orange Mini-Silicone Mold/Pan I used comes from Amazon.com X-Haibei Flexible 5″ MINI Round Cake Bread Mold Baking Pan Silicone Sandwiches Hamburgers Maker http://a.co/bPC4cH5
  • You could make this with pretzel bits, but you’ll need to recalculate the calories/smartpoints.
  • If this is made for Passover, substitute matzo for the crackers

Options are always great, so enjoy having options for this yummy, easy-to-make dessert for yourself OR your next gathering.

What recipes do you have that can be made in more than one way?  Let me know in the comments.

Snack Slam: 5 Minutes to Full with an Avocado Egg Snack Plate

Snack Slam: 5 Minutes to Full with an Avocado Egg Plate!

⏱5 Minutes to a Filling 5 SmartPoint Snack Plate!

🍳I love eggs!  Oh, how I love eggs! 🍳

Avocado Egg Plate

Avocado Egg Plate is worth 5 minutes of your time!

♨️Scrambling an egg takes about 30 seconds to scramble and then just a few minutes to cook on the stove or 20-30 seconds to microwave.♨️

Now, how about eggs 🥚 & 🥑 avocado? Oh, yes….a winning combo…Add some crackers?  Oh, yes..now, we are building something nibble-worthy!

🔷Recipe for my Avocado Egg Snack Plate🔷

(also known as my Avocado Egg Breakfast Plate)

  • Scramble one egg (2 sp)
  • Mash 1 oz of avocado (1sp)
  • Layer Egg & Avocado onto 4 Club Crackers (2sp)
  • Add a pinch of salt to the top of each layer
  • Garnish with carrots, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and 🍇 grapes (for a bit of sweet)
  • Garnish with chives (not the grapes)

😍Savor each tasty nibble with your favorite beverage, mine is a 3sp cappuccino!☕️

Want more Egg-Info-Inspiration?  Click this link.

What is your favorite snack plate?

Chicken & Broccoli Omelette with minced garlic will leave you full for hours

🕰Want to Feel Full for Hours? Take the Time to Make a Filling Breakfast! 🍳

🕰Want to Feel Full for Hours? Take the Time to Make a Filling Breakfast! 🍳

🕰Want to Feel Full for Hours? Take the Time to Make a Filling Breakfast! 🍳

Mmmm. A great omelette & breakfast fills me up for hours! 🍳🍳🍳I always think I don’t have the time, but many days, I really do! I just have to nudge myself to nurture myself.

  • 4 oz liquid egg whites (1sp)
  • 1 tsp olive oil (1sp)
  • 2 ounces pre-cooked grilled skinlesschicken breast with herb seasoning (by my air fryer this weekend) (1sp)
  • Minced broccoli, onions, & 1 clove of garlic (0sp)

🍏Equals 3 glorious filling sp!

PLUS

  • Half serving of Air fryer Cauliflower (0sp)
  • Fresh Cauliflower tossed with 1 tsp of olive oil is 1sp for whole batch, but I only had half.
  • Bake at 400 for 16-20 minutes, tossing 2-3 times.

PLUS

A beautiful garnish of clementine, cherry tomatoes, and a few green apple slices (0sp).

EQUALS

👍A beautiful 4sp breakfast that leaves room for my 3sp cappuccino!☕️

🕰Total time in kitchen: 20 minutes from opening the fridge to sitting down to eat. And that includes making the coffee in my Nespresso maker.

😁Taking the time (on some days) to make a filling, fabulous breakfast is totally worth it!
YOU are worth making a great breakfast for!
Take care of YOU and enjoy that satisfied, full feeling for hours!  This is fundamental self-care!

Take some time for yourself

🌻Anti-Grazing Strategies: Nurture Yourself With a Bit of ‘Me-Time’🌻

I am always looking for ways to keep myself from grazing my way through my kitchen and pantry. Over the past year, I have worked on many Anti-Grazing Techniques. Self-Care is one of my main ways to distract myself when the need to feed strikes. Stealing a few moments to nurture my mind, body, or spirit is a necessary part of my personal weight loss journey. Today is the first day of Spring & it seems fitting to chat about personal growth.

So, following my self-care logic, if you don’t carve out any ‘me time’, how can you properly nurture yourself? Living life ‘beyond the scale’ involves looking to things other than food for personal happiness and satisfaction. Seeds need fertilizer and fresh soil to grow, and just like seeds, we must attend to our own needs or we cannot continue to progress in our ever-evolving, lifestyle change.

🌺When is the last time you made time for yourself? 🌺
Make sure that you carve out time each day, or at the very least, each week, for yourself.

🌻Sooooo….What should you do during that time?
Here are a few ideas & please feel free to add your own ideas in the comments section:

  1. ⏱Take 5 minutes of Quiet to use for meditation, prayer, a cat-nap, or just sit in complete silence. It may not seem like much, but try to sit still for 5 minutes….it is harder than it sounds!
  2. 📚Read for 10 minutes. What to read? Read something that makes you happy. 1 chapter of a book. Set aside 10 minutes to read through a favorite magazine, blog, or an actual newspaper. Just read something just for you that doesn’t involve list-making, planning, or work.
  3. 💇💅Take some time to beautify…this applies to the guys, too! Go get a haircut or just get your hair done. Go get those highlights you have been wanting to try. Go get that manicure or pedicure you have been putting off. Make an appointment right now and put it in your calendar.
  4. ☺️Take time to relax…this is an obvious ‘me-time’ activity, but go get a massage or ask a friend for one or just go to the mall and sit in one of those massage chairs at Brookstone.
  5. 🤗Stretch! Take extra time to stretch at the gym. Download a stretch video. Look at Pinterest for stretching exercises. Take a relaxing yoga class. You’ll feel so fabulous afterwards.
  6. 💡Go to an extra Weight Watchers meeting. Yep. Maybe it has been a rough week and maybe an extra Weight Watchers meeting is just the thing you need to do for YOU this week. Online Only? Maybe just try out a meeting for a change of pace. Not doing Weight Watchers? Maybe spend a little extra time looking over what you are personally doing for health & fitness this week. See if you can come up with some new ideas to take your current routine to the next level.
  7. 🚶🚶‍♀️Pump up your normal walk by taking a walk in a NEW place…a garden, a different neighborhood…a change of scenery is good for your soul.
  8. 🎨Get Creative: Color…Doodle…Draw…Build…Create SOMETHING because flexing your creative muscles nurtures your brain, your heart, and your mind…it is also an excellent anti-grazing technique.
  9. 🤹‍♀️Play! If you have kids, it is easy, but even if you don’t, go to a video arcade or an amusement park. Just go do something that keeps you young at heart.
  10. 🎭Indulge in some local culture…a museum, a show, an arts festival. Just make the effort to go somewhere that will stimulate your mind, not your appetite.
  11. 🏀 Play a sport or go see a sporting event. Your mind will enjoy the distraction of the game and your body, obviously would enjoy the exercise or even the excitement.

Whatever you choose to do to nurture yourself should be non-food related. We do use food to nurture, but marching forward into Spring refreshed & renewed can be enhanced by taking a bit of ‘me-time’. Coming up with your list of how to nurture yourself can be part of your own anti-grazing strategy or just a way to be kind to yourself.

🌻What do you do when you have a bit of ‘me-time’?🌻

Air Fryer Crunchy Zoodles

Like Fried Onion Strings? Try these Amazing Air Fryer Zucchini & Butternut Squash Instead!

🔷2 Amazing Air Fryer Crunchy Veggie Zoodles!🔷

Recreating my favorite restaurant tastes and textures at home has been a mission of mine since the start of my weight loss efforts last year.  My goal in this latest air fryer experiment, was to make something that was similar to those crunchy onion strings you get on a burger, but without the added fat and calories.

Ding! These came out crunchier, but absolutely met my person goal of a fun, tasty topping for salads, burgers, or to just to eat the whole darn bowl!  When your crunch craving hits, consider making a this veggie hack.

  • 🥒And at 2 points per batch, these are a FUN and FABULOUS way to eat your veggies!🌶
  • ✨Recipes are similar…but both also met my standards of simple & easy.
  • ✨Use my ideas to come up with your own!

💥Important Notes:

  • -Always ADJUST time & temperature for your own machine
  • -Watch closely at the end to avoid ⚠️burning ⚠️your vegetables
  • -Zoodles really shrink during cooking, so expect a small cereal bowl sized amount of zoodles after cooking.
  • -Always calculate your own recipe in the Recipe Builder for accurate point tracking and you can save it for future reference under the ‘My Foods’ tab in the Weight Watchers app.

🔷2 Super Crunchy Amazing Air Fryer Zoodles!🔷

  • Cook Time:  14-18 minutes or 10-15 minutes
  • Prep Time:  4 minutes (plus spiralizing time)
  • Serves: 1-8…depends on how you use it.
  • SmartPoints:  Whole Batch is 2 sp 😁

〽️🥒Butternut Squash Strings (spiralized)

Approximately 1 pound of spiralized butternut squash zoodles (I usually buy mine pre-spiralized)

  • 1/2 cup diced onions (I used yellow, but red would add a nice color)
  • 1 tsp onion powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of pecorino/romano grated cheese
  • 1 tsp of Olive Oil
  • (salt is optional – I didn’t think it needed it)
  1. Spray air fryer basket lightly with olive oil spray
  2. Dry squash as much as you can to remove an extra water
  3. Toss all ingredients in a separate bowl until throughly mixed
  4. Bake at 390 for 14-18 minutes, tossing 2 times during the cooking process
  5. There is a fine line between crunchy and burned, so watch carefully at the end of the cooking time.  You can choose to cook at a slightly lower temperature for a longer period of time and then do the last few minutes at a higher temperature, but I have no patience for that!  😂 😂 😂

🌶🥒Spicy Zucchini Squash Chili Strings (spiralized)

  • Approximately 1 pound of spiralized zucchini squash zoodles (I usually buy mine pre-spiralized)
  • 1/2 cup diced onions (I used yellow, but red would add a nice color)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder (or more)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of pecorino/romano grated cheese
  • 1 tsp of Olive Oil
  • (salt is optional – I didn’t think it needed it)
  1. Spray air fryer basket lightly with olive oil spray
  2. Dry squash as much as you can to remove an extra water
  3. Toss all ingredients in a separate bowl until throughly mixed
  4. Bake at 390 for 10-15 minutes, tossing 2 times during the cooking process
  5. There is a fine line between crunchy and burned, so watch carefully at the end of the cooking time.  These cook up faster than the butternut squash.😂 😂 😂

I feel like this is a great use of the air frying technology.

Deep frying would be a zillion calories.

Enjoy eating your veggies, zoodle-style!

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