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Do any of you strive to eat healthier this year? Me, too. I regained Weight Watchers (WW), which helped me reach incredible success in April! I lost 25 lbs!

Granted, this post is not about the wonders of WW, but, honestly, it was and still is a game changer for me. I do not feel like I am dieting when I am on this program, and, as a serial dieter, I have noticed this is the only program that offers sustainable advice and results. Why? Because magic? No. On WW you eat whatever you want in moderation, which has proven to be effective and sustainable for the long term. There are foods you can eat unlimited amounts of, like beans, veggies, fruits, chicken, and shrimp. Having these “unlimited” foods has removed the diet stigma from my brain and allowed me to lose weight.

WW has been the only “diet” in which I have seen results. Nothing else worked. Not the Military Diet, which was recommended by my Army Grandfather. Not the Low Carb Diet that has remained popular for years. Not even calorie counting worked for me. All because I could not get past the mental hangup of dieting.

If you want to try WW, you can get 1 month free by using my link when you sign up here. It costs me $13 a month, but I only do online tracking. I have never tried the meeting, but have heard great things!

Now to my absolute, all time favorite WW recipes!

Skinny Caramel Macchiato – 2 pts

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If you read my previous DIY Starbucks Caramel Macchiato, you know that coffee is important to me. So important that I created my own “Skinny” version. This is only 2 points, and it really is good.

You will need:
– 3 shots of espresso
– 1 Caramel Premier Protein shake

In order to make this delicious coffee, you just need to pour your espresso over ice and then top with your protein shake.

It is a delicious dupe!

For more information on how I make my espresso or espresso alternatives, check out my DIY Caramel Macchiato.

*You can blend the ice, espresso, and shake for a Frappe!

Banana Bread – 4 pts

This is the actual picture of Jennifer’s Banana Bread! Isn’t it beautiful?

I first discovered this recipe months ago, and it has been a staple in our household ever since! This recipe is written by Jennifer at I Save A to Z, but I did adapt this recipe to our own needs.

You will need:
– 5 large, ripe bananas
– 2 cup all purpose flour
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 5 tsp butter at room temperature
– 1/2 c. brown sugar packed
– 1 large egg
– 1/4 c. fat free skim milk
– 1/2 c. splenda (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all dry ingredients. Smash bananas and add to the dry ingredients. Add in wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour into greased bread pan, and bake until golden brown and knife comes out clean (about 1 hour). Cut into 12 slices.

I like to add in Splenda because I love sweets!

Tortilla Pizza – 6 pts

This is Sabrina’s actual Tortilla pizza! Doesn’t it make your mouth water?

Guys, this is a game changer. I love this pizza because it actually tastes like pizza! I originally found this recipe at Dinner then Dessert by Sabrina, but I adapted it to my own delicious needs.

You will need:
– medium sized flour tortillas
– Ragu Simply Traditional Pasta Sauce
– Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheese blend
– Pepperoni (optional)

Preheat your over to 450 degrees. Place your tortilla on a pizza pan, put 1 tsp pasta sauce on your tortilla and spread it all around. Add 1 oz (roughly 2 TBS) of cheese, and bake until the cheese is melted and the crust is crunchy and delicious.

I did not add pepperoni because it added another point, but you would want to do that when you add cheese!

Italian Spinach and Tomato Tortellini Soup – 3 points

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This recipe is also decadent and filling, and I am not a soup person, so that is really saying something! This can be made in the crockpot or on the stove top, which is awesome for working moms.

You will need:
– roughly 80 oz. of fat free chicken broth
– 2 large cans of diced tomatoes
– 4 cups of spinach
– 2 TBS Italian Seasoning
– 1 TBS parsley
– 1 TBS basil
– 1 package of cheese filled Tortellini
– Salt and Pepper to taste

Throw all ingredients together in a crockpot and cook for 4 hours on low, or simmer on stovetop for 30 minutes.

One serving is 1 1/2 cup.

“Skinny” Poke Cake – 4 points

Check out What’s Cooking Love Here.

This cake is a creation that I came up with one afternoon when I was craving some Chocolate Poke Cake. This version is pretty stinking great!

You will need:
– 1 devils food cake mix, prepared and baked as normal
– 1 package of fat free vanilla pudding, prepared
– fat free whipped cream

Once your cake is out of the oven and still hot, poke holes across the top with a straw. Pour the pudding over the cake and allow to cool in the fridge. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

This cake makes 16 servings!

I hope you love these recipes! Share your own creations or favorites below!

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2 thoughts on “My Favorite WW Recipes

  1. Vonnie says:

    Hello! I enjoy your blog. In your banana bread recipe it says one largeā€¦?. Should that be one large egg? Thanks for your reply, I would like to make this soon!

    1. Thank you for catching that!! It is 1 large egg.

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