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21 Healthy, Tasty, Easy Diet Recipes That Work

Losing weight in a healthy way, and keeping the weight off, is an achieved goal of Loraine's. She shares tips and recipes that have worked.

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Are you looking for recipes for a diet that works? The recipes here all have points, per serving, assigned to them . To lose weight keep the total number of points accrued to 27 points per day.

This article is about how I lost 40 pounds with the use of the Weight Watchers program. I believe it to be an excellent "healthy eating" program. It helped me learn healthy eating habits while giving me support and encouragement along the way to a sensible goal weight. I do not claim to be a nutritionist or any sort of health guru. I am only sharing what worked for me.

This is a disclaimer: I do not speak for Weight Watchers, nor am I selling any of their products. I am in no way being paid for my opinions of the Weight Watchers program. All the opinions in this article are my own. Go to the Weight Watchers website for their information. Recipes and diet tips that helped me reach my goal are also included on this article.

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1. Chocolate Malt

Be sure to try this recipe, it helps to get the dairy products that you need daily and it is also very delicious.

Serves: one = 2 PointsPlus

Ingredients

  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup No Fat Half & Half
  • 1 rounded tablespoon Sugar-free Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix

Instructions

  1. In a blender, blend the 6 ice cubes and the milk and half & half until the ice is crushed. Add the rounded tablespoon of pudding mix and blend . Pour into a tall glass and drink with a straw.

My Story...or my history of dieting

Over the years, I've gone on many, many diets. I always thought that losing weight was personal and that I could do it myself without any help. I found it is possible to lose the weight by practically starving for a length of time, but that kind of weight lose did not last. I always gained the weight back, and then some.

I would lose weight for some specific reason like, a wedding (I have eight children and they are all married now, so you can figure that as eight times), a class reunion, or a sister's get together. And, every time, I gained the weight back after the event.

"So," I said to myself, "you need to change your attitude toward dieting and think of losing weight as a way toward choosing a healthy lifestyle." That means I needed to also change my attitude toward food----I needed to eat to be healthy.

Considering that today a person could easily live to be a hundred years old, I decided I wanted to spend the last years of my life as a healthy, happy, vigorous senior. Not one that sits in a rocking chair popping prescription pills and waiting for the end.

Having made that decision, I then had to decide how I was going to accomplish the new goal I had set for myself. I knew that I couldn't do it on my own. I was going to need to answer to someone besides myself, so I decided to find a program to help me.

I wanted a program where I wouldn't have to buy special foods. I wanted a program where I could learn what foods were helping me pack on the pounds and which food I could eat with abandon. I wanted a program that would help me make meals that were not only healthy for me, but also tasted good so my husband would eat them too. I wanted a program that talked regular foods, not one using exotic ingredients and spices.

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2. Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili - from Gina's Weight Watchers Recipes

This is soooo good. I used less cumin and chili powder and omitted the extra chili peppers and the cilantro. But if you like your chili really hot, make the recipe as is.

Serves: 10 servings (1 1/4cup)=5 PointsPlus

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 16-oz. can black beans
  • 1 16-oz. can kidney bean
  • 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
  • 10 oz. package frozen corn kernels
  • 2 14.5-oz. cans diced tomatoes w/chilies
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin (I only use 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder (I only use 1 teaspoon)
  • 24 oz. (3-4) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • chili peppers chopped (optional) (I didn't add this)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
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Instructions

  1. Combine beans, onion, chili peppers, corn, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker. Place chicken on top and cover. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half an hour before serving, remove the chicken and shred. Return chicken to the slow cooker and stir. Top with fresh cilantro. Also try with low-fat cheese and no-fat sour cream. (extra points)
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3. Zuppa Toscana - like Olive Gardens

Now that the weather is turning cooler, it's time to break out the soup recipes. If you've ever eaten the Zuppa Toscana soup at Olive Gardens, you've probably wanted to make some at home. Try this... 3 points

Serves: Makes 15 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 # ground turkey sausage
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers
  • 1 teaspoon Tony Chacheres creole seasoning
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 tablespoons Baco bacon bits
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 8 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 cup Fat Free Half & Half
  • 3 large potatoes, diced
  • 2 cups chopped spinach or kale

Instructions

  1. Sautee the turkey sausage and crushed red pepper and creole seasoning in a large pot. Drain the excess fat and set aside. In the same pot, sautee the bacon bits, onions and garlic until the onion becomes soft and transparent. Add the chicken broth, and cook until boiling. Add the potatoes and cook until done, about 15 minutes. Add the Fat Free Half & Half and heat through. Stir in the sausage and the chopped kate or spinach. Delicious! Also left overs are great.
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4. Low Fat Rice Krispy Treats

From Ginas Skinny Recipes Gina's Skinny Taste

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon light butter spread (like Smart Balance Light)
  • 4 cups or 10 oz. mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9x12 inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside.Heat a large saucepan on low heat. Melt butter spread being sure to coat the bottom of the pot to prevent sticking. Add marshmallows and melt on low heat. Stir until completely melted, then remove from heat.Add Rice Krispies to the melted marshmallows, and stir until completely combined (this is the hardest part, do this quickly before the marshmallows cool). Press into the buttered pan and cut into 16 bars.
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5. Self Crust Pumpkin Pie

No need to go without dessert on Thanksgiving or Christmas! This is an anytime dessert, but one we can especially enjoy while everyone else is having dessert at a family get-together.

Serves: 1/8 pie =2 PointsPlus

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 15 oz. can pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup white Splenda sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown Splenda sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/4 cup (Fat Free) Half & Half

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together with a whisk and pour the mixture into a 9" pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until