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How Many Weight Watchers Points in Pizza? (Holy Smart Points!)

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Weight Watchers points in a slice of pizza? Pizza as we know it originated in Naples in the 18th Century, and was a “food of the working class,” looked down upon by the wealthy as a crude meal sold by street vendors.

That all changed after Italy was unified and Naples got a visit from Queen Margherita who tired of fancy cuisine and took a liking to pizza; specifically the kind made with mozzarella cheese, red tomatoes, and green basil.

Perhaps she also appreciated that this variety of pizza featured the colors of the Italian flag, but either way her appreciation for what later became, “Margherita” pizza caused the food to skyrocket in popularity with all social classes in Italy and later in America when the Neapolitans started flocking to cities like Trenton, Chicago, New York, and St. Louis in the late 19th Century for factory jobs, bringing their love of pizza with them.

Ok, so that’s a brief history of pizza, but if you’re on Weight Watchers, a craving for pizza can really wreak havoc on your daily point total. Why? Well, the average American will eat about 6000 slices of pizza in their lifetime! Pizza is basically dough covered in greasy cheese, which isn’t exactly the kind of healthy food Weight Watchers teaches you eat with their point system.

Knowledge is power, so if you are going to eat pizza on Weight Watchers, you have to be smart about it. Here are the WW points in pizza, plus some advice on how to make pizza fit into your daily WW FreeStyle / SmartPoints budget.

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Weight Watchers Points in a Slice of Pizza?

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Ordering pizza from popular chains like Domino’s, Papa John’s, and Pizza Hut is going to cost you a lot of points! Hopefully you can find a healthier alternative to ordering pizza from these restaurants, and when you see the point totals, I think you’ll agree! Here are the Weight Watchers points in a slice of (large) pizza

Domino’s Pizza: (more)

  • Hand-Tossed Pizza: 12 SmartPoints 10 PointsPlus
  • Thin crust pizza: 9 SmartPoints, 7 PointsPlus
  • Deep Dish Pizza 15 SmartPoints, 12 PointsPlus

Papa John’s: (more)

  • Cheese Pizza slice: 9 SmartPoints, 7 PointsPlus
  • Thin crust cheese pizza: 8 Smart Points, 6 PointsPlus

Pizza Hut: (more)

  • Hand-Tossed Cheese Pizza: 10 SmartPoints, 10 PointsPlus
  • Cheese Pan Pizza: 12 SmartPoints, 9 PointsPlus
  • Thin & Crispy Cheese Pizza: 9 Smart Points, 7 PointsPlus
  • Cheese Stuffed-Crust Pizza: 10 Smart Points, 8 PointsPlus

Little Caesar’s Pizza:

  • Cheese Pizza (Hot-n-Ready): 8 SmartPoints, 7 PointsPlus
  • Deep Dish Cheese Pizza: 11 Smart Points, 11 PointsPlus

Frozen Pizza: (Per Slice)

  • DiGiorno Thin & Crispy Pepperoni = 5 SmartPoints
  • Freschetta Margherita Artisan Crust Pizza: 7 Smart Points
  • Newman’s Own Margherita Thin & Crispy Pizza: 4 SmartPoints
  • California Pizza Kitchen (Gluten-Free) BBQ Chicken Pizza: 5 SmartPoints
  • Healthiest frozen pizza? – Shape.com

So, how many Weight Watchers Points in a slice of pizza? You can estimate that a piece of pizza (1/8th of a large pizza) from a local pizzaria or restaurant will have 10 SmartPoints, and 8 PointsPlus. It seems to be a little less for most frozen pizzas, largely because the slices are usually smaller.

Toppings: (Add points per slice)

  • Extra cheese: 3 SmartPoints, 1 PointsPlus
  • Meat toppings: (Pepperoni, sausage, ham) about 1 WW point per slice
  • Veggie toppings: 0 SmartPoints

When ordering any pizza, you should also skip anything “meat-lover’s, stuffed crust, deep dish, alfredo, or cheese-lover’s,” and for God’s sake, you don’t need to add breadsticks (4 SmartPoints each) or cinnamon bread twists! (6-8 SmartPoints per serving)  

If you really want to stick with the Weight Watchers brand, you can find their Smart Ones frozen pizza (13 Smart Points) at some grocery stores.


Some Advice About Pizza and Weight Watchers

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Yikes! So, how can you enjoy pizza without blowing up your diet? Well, you can skip Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, and Domino’s pizza, and order something healthier! But, maybe you find yourself at a restaurant, friend’s house, or birthday party, and don’t have a DIY pizza option? Here are a few suggestions for eating pizza on Weight Watchers FreeStyle, or any other diet.

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Skip White Pizza!

Like a taco salad, white pizza also has an undeserved reputation for being healthy. Maybe this is because it’s a favorite of women who usually are better at making decisions than men? Maybe it’s because we think (wrongly) that white foods are pure and healthier? Or, maybe we believe that putting a little broccoli or tomato on top of anything makes it healthy?

Actually, the opposite is true, as the healthiest part of pizza is the tomato sauce which has antioxidants. To make things worse, most pizzarias brush on garlic oil which is loaded with calories. In fact, a single slice of white pizza can have 600 calories and cost you 12 Smart Points!

*Related: Weight Watchers points in wine


WW & Pizza: Choose Healthy Toppings

Ok, so putting veggies on pizza isn’t going to make it health food, but at least it’s healthier. Skip the sausage and pepperoni and add fresh vegetables like red or yellow peppers, broccoli, and tomato.

The canned Mushrooms most pizza restaurants use as a topping don’t have much nutritional value, but if you have the option of fresh mushrooms, top your pizza with them for extra antioxidants and health benefits. Fresh eggplant is also a great healthy alternative to most meat toppings, if available. Remember, with FreeStyle, most vegetables are 0 Smart Points!


Choose Whole Grain or Thin Crust Pizza

In most restaurants the crust is about as healthy as Wonder Bread, as it’s made with unhealthy white flour and high in carbs. If you have the option of whole-grain or thin crust, you’re getting fewer carbs while still enjoying the same amount of tomato sauce and veggie toppings.

In fact, thin crust pizza has significantly fewer Weight Watchers points than regular or deep dish pizza! Even better, if you’re making your own pizza, try using whole wheat pita rounds or fresh naan for crust.

You’ll also notice that eating a slice of thin-crust pizza won’t make you feel lethargic the way a couple of slices of regular pizza does. That’s because it takes a lot of your body’s energy to burn those carbs from pizza crust; that’s energy that would be better used burning fat!


Make Your Own Pizza! Weight Watchers Pizza Recipes:

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So, if you aren’t at a restaurant, party, or friend’s house, you’ll have a lot more options for making healthy choices when it comes to pizza.

Tip: If you’re making your own pizza know that store-bought pizza sauce is high in fat, sodium, and sugar. That means more Smart Points! Instead, try buying a jar of fat or sugar-free pizza sauce, and then mix in some tomato paste to thicken it, and some fresh diced tomatoes.

While Weight Watchers many of their recipes for members, they still have a number of free pizza recipes available, including their recipe for basic pizza dough. You don’t have to just depend on WW for pizza recipes, as there are lots of great Weight Watchers-friendly pizza recipes online, most of which include Weight Watchers points / SmartPoints. Here are a few Weight Watchers pizza recipes to get you started:


My Conclusion: Weight Watchers Points & Pizza

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So, as you can see, a couple slices of pizza from a chain restaurant like Domino’s, Pizza Hut, or Papa John’s can really blow up your weight loss efforts with a diet like Weight Watchers.

In fact, 2 slices of cheese pizza can equal more than half of your entire day’s budget of Weight Watchers points! Unlike diets such as Nutrisystem (view coupons) that plan all of your meals, no foods are off-limits with Weight Watchers or Noom.

For that reason, if you must eat pizza, be smart! Go for thin-crust, limit yourself to a slice, and top with veggies. Better yet, make your own healthy, Weight Watchers-friendly pizza at home with fresh ingredients. Weight Watchers is about

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3 French Fry Hacks: Sweet Potato Fries, Green Bean Fries, Eggplant Parm Fries

Healthy un-fried fries recipes: French fries might be the ultimate side dish, but fried potatoes offer little nutritional value and are unhealthy. So, if you have a craving for munching on french fries, consider these guilt-free un-fried alternatives to french fries. Here’s how to make cinnamon-sugar sweet potato fries, parmasan-pepper green bean fries, and eggplant parmesan fries in under a minute.

French Fry Hacks: 3 Healthy Alternatves

Whoever recorded this video must have had a double-shot of espresso and a couple Pixie Stix, because it’s 51 seconds of madness!

Anyway, you’ll probably have to pause and rewind the video a few times to catch it all, so here’s each fries recipe step-by-step in case you miss something!


WW: Cinnamon-Sugar Sweet Potato Fries Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp cinnamon 2/ 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  • Sprinkle on fries
  • Bake for additional 12-15 minutes

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Cut sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch thick slices
  3. Bake for 20 min.
  4. Coat sweet potatoes w/ (olive oil?) cooking spray and lightly salt
  5. Mix 1 tsp cinnamon 2/ 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
  6. Sprinkle on fries, then back for 12-15 min. more
  7. Enjoy! (5 SmartPoints) 

WW: Parmesan Pepper Green Bean Fries Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 12oz string beans
  • 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp water

Instructions:

  1. Preheat over to 425°
  2. Cut ends off 12oz string beans
  3. Mix Parmesan cheese w/ pepper in (about 8×12″) casserole dish
  4. Mix egg whites water in large bowl
  5. Dip string beans in egg mixture, batter w/ parmesan cheese
  6. Bake fries for 8-10 min.
  7. Enjoy! (2 SmartPoints) – So, Does WW actually work?

WW: Eggplant Parm Fries Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs Eggplant
  • 1 Cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°
  2. Cut eggplant into 1/2 inch, fry-length thick slices
  3. Mix breadcrumbs and parm cheese in (about 8×12) casserole dish
  4. Mix egg whites, water, and tomato paste in large bowl
  5. Dip fries in egg batter, coat with breadcrumb mix
  6. Put fries on baking sheet
  7. Bake for 25 min
  8. Enjoy! (4 SmartPoints) 

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Weight Watchers (WW) 5-Minute Cloud Bread Recipe

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This tasty, cheesy cloud bread recipe from Weight Watchers is only 4 Smart Points, (WW point system) and full of flavor. That makes it a perfect addition to your WW FreeStyle cookbook.

The best part about WW FreeStyle is that you can still indulge in tasty recipes like Cloud Bread without feeling guilty. (Eat your heart out, Nutrisystem!)

Here’s the “5-minute Cloud Bread” recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 sprays cooking spray
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp low fat cream cheese, at room temp.
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ Tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ Tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp regular butter
  • 12 oz part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into 12 even slices
  • 6 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Place oven rack in middle of oven. Preheat oven to 300°F. Cover a large sheet pan with parchment paper; lightly coat with cooking spray.
  2. Separate egg yolks from whites; place each in separate mixing bowls. Whisk cream cheese into bowl with yolks until smooth (add optional fresh or dried herbs).
  3. Add baking powder to bowl w/ egg whites; beat on high speed with an electric mixer until fluffy and soft peaks form. Slowly and gently fold egg yolk mixture into egg white mix.
  4. Spoon mixture into 12 even rounds onto prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake until lightly browned, 18-20 minutes; remove from oven.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare garlic mixture. Melt butter in microwave or in a small saucepan; stir in garlic powder and oregano.
  7. Evenly divide butter mixture over each cooked cloud bread; top each with 1 oz mozzarella cheese.
  8. Broil until cheese melts, 1-2 minutes; garnish each with 1/2 Tbsp Parmesan and parsley.

Serving size: 1 piece | Serves 12 | Easy | 4 WW SmartPoints

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Cloud Bread Is Hot!

You might have heard of cloud bread, as its ben featured on a number of popular health sites; touting it as a low-carb alternative to traditional bread. (Our cloud bread with cream of tartar) If you’re looking for recipes to use cloud bread, here’s some food for thought:

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Have you tried making this WW cloud bread recipe? Let us know how it went.

*Related: WW Point List: 99 Most-Tracked Foods | Free Weight Watchers SmartPoints Calculator

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Weight Watchers: Zucchini Fries Recipe (Guilt-Free!)

Recipe for low-fa zucchini fries from Weight Watchers: Staying on the theme of finding guilt-free alternatives for comfort foods like fried chicken and mashed potatoes, consider this healthy replacement for french fries.

Unlike potatoes, zucchini is high in vitamin c, potassium, and antioxidants, while being surprisingly low in calories. Zucchini also is good for both your heart and immune system. Anyway, we find ourselves craving french fries just about every day in the summer, so here’s a nutritious, healthy alternative starring zucchini:

Zucchini French Fries Recipe (30-Second Video)

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil Cooking Spray
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 medium zucchinis
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray
  2. In small bowl, mix together flour, Italian seasoning, and salt
  3. Cut each zucchini in half, then quarter each half into vertical strips
  4. Coat each zucchini fry in flour, egg whites, and bread crumbs
  5. Arrange on baking sheet
  6. Roast at 425 for 12 minutes, turning once

These are great with a honey dijon mayo dip!

Honey Dijon Mayo Dip Recipe:

  • 1/2 Tbsp Dijon
  • 1/2 Tbsp Honey
  • 3 Tbsp reduced-fat mayo
  • Mix together and chill

Zucchini Fries

Serving size: 8 fries = 3 SmartPoints

These zucchini fries are great on their own as a snack, or served with your favorite grilled entree.

Zucchini is seasonal, and best in the summer. If you have a garden, why not grow your own zucchini? I’m not that ambitious, but we have a farm stand down the road from us that sells home-grown zucchini, which tastes amazing!

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Weight Watchers: Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe (Tasty & Healthy!)

Cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe from Oprah & Weight Watchers: Unlike the humble potato, cauliflower is packed with cancer-fighting vitamins and minerals, and consistently ranks as one the healthiest vegtables. For this reason, cauliflower can make a smart substitution or compliment to the potato in popular dishes like mashed potatoes.

Speaking of cauliflower mashed potatoes, here’s a simple delicious recipe for them from Weight Watchers out of Oprah’s cookbook:

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe (30-second Video)


Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium head cauliflower (white or golden)
  • 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chives
  • Sea salt

Directions:

  • Boil potatoes
  • Boil cauliflower (in water from potatoes)
  • Put both in bowl
  • Add pepper and salt
  • Mash by hand
  • add chives

Joila! It’s such an easy recipe, and so much healthier than your traditional mashed potatoes. Cauliflower is high in Vitamin C, folate, (which is essentil for pregnant women!) vitamin K, and protein, and a number of other vitamins.

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Caulflower mashed potatoes make a great, healthy, and versatile side dish any time of year, including Thanksgiving dinner.

Personally, like this potato / cauliflower hybrid recipe, as you stay closer to the taste of real mashed potatoes.  Mashed cauliflower alond is still good, but your kids might not eat it, and you don’t get as good of a consistency!

Cauliflower mashed potatoes are great served with balsamic roasted vegetables, or try them with grilled balsamic mustard glazed steak or shrimp with spicy tomato sauce.

Plus, Oprah recommends them, so you can’t get a better endorsement!


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(Not) Fried Chicken: Weight Watchers Recipe from Oprah

weight watchers coupon logoRecipe for Weight Watchers unfried chicken: When it comes to diets, fried chicken is not the first dish that comes to mind. Unless, of course, you are on a diet, then comfort food like fried chicken might haunts your dreams every night!

The good news is that Weight Watchers Online (coupon to join) has a tasty recipe for baked, “un-fried” chicken from Oprah‘s Food Health & Happiness cookbook. It’s tasty, and you’ll be able to live with the points!

Weight Watchers Un-Fried Chicken Recipe:

You can watch this quick, 30-second video to see how easy it is to make (baked) unfried chicken:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts (cut in half)
  • 2 chicken thighs
  • 2 chicken legs
  • 1 1/2 cups multigrain or whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preparation:

  • Mix buttermilk & hot sauce in a large mixing bowl
  • Coat chicken w/ mixture and refrigerate for 3-24 hours
  • Mix panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and spices in a (gallon-size) freezer bag
  • Add chicken to freezer bag & shake to coat all pieces
  • Bake at 400° F for 20 minutes

Voila, un-fried chicken!

You can also add a drizzle of honey, if you’d like!


*How many Weight Watchers points? 

  • Weight Watchers Points: 6
  • Points Plus: 6
  • Smart Points Value: 11

*The chicken-shaking process is a great time to sing your favorite Taylor Swift or Katy Perry song. In keeping with the “Southern” theme, you may also choose to sing “Sweet Home Alabama.” 

Thanks to Oprah for this great recipe!

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Hummus Recipes: 4 Weight Watchers-Friendly Options + Points

recipe womanEasy hummus recipes that are Weight Watchers Friendly – In the movie Forest Gump, Bubba famously said that “shrimp are the fruit of the sea” before rattling off dozens of possible recipes. Well, there are no less options for chickpeas, aka “garbanzo beans” (Maybe they changed their name at Ellis Island to sound less ethnic?) which of course, are crushed to make hummus.

If you are losing weight with Weight Watchers, then the points value will be important to consider, and serving of hummus has a SmartPoints value of 2 unless noted.

Also, consider the PointsPlus value of the pita or pita chips that you are dipping. For example, one small pita bread has a PointsPlus value of 2, while a serving of Stacy’s Pita Chips has a SmartPoints (and PointsPlus) value of 4. Fresh vegetables, like carrots, are a great alternative to pita. If you are trying to cut back on sodium, take note of levels in ingredients like the seasoning packets and soy sauce.

Here are a few of my favorite easy hummus recipes that I’d recommend to anyone using Weight Watchers:

*Related: WW Points List: The 99 Most-Tracked Foods


Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipe – Weight Watchers 

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A simple recipe for roasted red pepper hummus from WeightWatchers.com.

If you’re looking for the best roasted red peppers in a jar check out this article.

Ingredients:

  • 2 (16 oz. each) cans chickpeas
  • 7 oz. roasted red peppers, (jar, packed in water) drained
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic (medium size)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin (or less. a little goes a long way!)
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:

Drain the chickpeas, but reserve 1/4 cup of the liquid from the can.

Put all of the ingredients, including the reserved liquid, into a food processor, and process until it’s smooth. Personally, I like a little texture, so I do less than the two minutes recommended by Weight Watchers.

Cover and chill for at least three hours. (you can chill overnight for more even flavor) Serve with pita chips or fresh pita wedges.

  • Weight Watchers Points: 1 SmartPoints, 2 PointsPlus

Mediterranean Hummus Recipe

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Start with an envelope of Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup from Unilever recipes for a delicious and easy popular hummus recipe that won’t rack up Weight Watchers points!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (16oz each) of chick peas
  • 1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets® Onion Soup mix
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds, lightly toasted

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until almost smooth. (Don’t over-blend; a little texture is good!) Serve with pita chips or triangles of fresh pita bread.

  • Weight Watchers Points: 1 SmartPoints, 2 PointsPlus

Mexican Chipotle Hummus Recipe

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This popular recipe starts with a packet of Knorr Vegetable recipe mix, (which adds no extra Weight Watchers Points) and consists of only 5 ingredients.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Knorr® Vegetable recipe mix
  • 2 cans (16 oz. each) chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice (fresh is preferred)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground chipotle chile pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation:

Mix Vegetable recipe packet, chick peas, lime juice, and chipotle pepper in blender or food processor until almost smooth. Add chopped cilantro, and pulse once or twice to combine. Chill for 2 hours or more, and serve with your favorite pita or vegetables.

  • Weight Watchers Points: 1 Smart Points, 0 PointsPlus

Edamame Hummus Recipe from Weight Watchers

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This hummus recipe has more ingredients than the others, so I might not recommend it if you’re trying to throw something together quickly for a snack. Also, a little mirin, wasabi powder, and soy sauce goes a long way, so try starting with less than the recommended amount and taste it before adding more.

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium raw scallions, sliced thin
  • 1 medium clove fresh garlic, quartered
  • 3 cups edamame, shelled & cooked
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 rice vinegar
  • 1 oz. mirin or Japanese cooking wine (1-2 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp canned tahini
  • 1 tsp wasabi powder
  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Preparation:

Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse a few times. Scrape the sides of the bowl, and mix until almost smooth.

Scrape mixture into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate 3 hours or more. Each serving is about 1/4 cup, and the Hummus should be served close to room temperature for the best taste. If making this hummus for 4 people or less, you can cut the recipe in half.

  • Weight Watchers Points: 1 SmartPoints, 3 PointsPlus

About these WW Hummus Recipes

These are just a few of the most popular and easy hummus recipes that I’ve found online. Most of them utilize a small number of simple ingredients, or start with a packet of seasoning, making them a great quick option to make for a party. In most cases the number of Weight Watchers points is low, but remember that fresh veggies are a great alternative to pita chips.

If you’re concerned about sodium, note that the packets of seasoning can be high in it. For example, the Knorr Vegetable Recipe Mix is high in sodium, with 650mg per serving!

Weight Watchers Online has thousands of searchable recipes like these, which can make losing weight exciting. If you are thinking of joining, we have new coupons for up to 30% off here.

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Keeping Kosher for the Holidays? Oy Vey! 7 Weight Watchers-Friendly Recipes for Chanukah

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Kosher Weight Watchers Recipes – One of the most difficult times for anyone on a diet is the holiday season. If you are Jewish, and trying to stay Kosher, it adds another layer to your dilemma.

Well, a generation ago you would have been limited to hand-picking dishes from obscure Jewish cook books, and would have had to employ a nutritionist to guess the number of calories and Weight Watchers points. Fear not, as there are some great recipes online for traditional diet-friendly kosher dishes like latkes, brisket, and stuffed cabbage, as well as different and exciting ones.

If you are a member of Weight Watchers Online, there are a couple of lively groups in their online community with ongoing discussions on the topic as well. Thinking of signing up? Check out their latest coupons here.

Here are our some of our favorite Kosher recipes created with Weight Watchers in mind:

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You Need to Eat Quinoa: 6 Great, Healthy Recipes from Weight Watchers Online!

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quinoaReferred to by some as a, “miracle grain,” quinoa was recently listed by Weight Watchers as one of their, “most valuable ingredients.” It’s also one of the most popular and trendy food ingredients hitting your local supermarkets; but this ancient grain should not be overlooked as just another fad.

Having originated as a super-food for the Incas, it was almost lost entirely during the Spanish conquest of South America. Its resurgence has recently grabbed the spotlight in gluten-free diets, and because of its high protein and low-fat properties, it also leads the list of great food choices for anyone wanting to shed a few pounds of unwanted weight.

Looking for Quinoa Recipes for Weight Watchers? Try these: (One cup of cooked quinoa has a PointsPlus value of 4)

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quinoa stuffed peppersSo, whether or not you follow Weight Watchers PointsPlus (or any other weight loss or healthy diet program) you might want to add quinoa to your diet, especially as an easy substitute for rice or pasta as a side dish.

Still not sold, let’s compare it to some other grains to get a full understanding its weight loss benefits and how you can substitute your pantry standards for it. Let’s also throw in some boxing jargon, as you should think of this grain as the pound-for-pound world champion!

White Rice vs. Quinoa: First in the ring is white rice. Cup for cup, calories are pretty equal, but after lone that similarity, Quinoa starts to look like Mike Tyson, and white rice is Marvis Frazier. (That fight didn’t end well for Marvis) One obvious difference lies in the amount of protein per serving. Quinoa has twice as much per recommended serving as white rice, thereby making you feel fuller longer, (see the glycemic index) which will enable to you eat less. For a detailed scientific explanation on how protein helps you feel full, click here.

Quinoa also touts 5 grams of fiber per serving compared with equal amounts of white rice which has a measly 0.6 grams per serving. Fiber is another nutrient that aids in digestion and helps with the fullness feeling. A great recipe found on the weight watchers website that substitutes white rice for quinoa is stuffed peppers. It’s also great as a side dish instead of white rice, as in Quinoa and Spinach, also from weightwatchers.com.

quinoa grain fightCouscous vs. Quinoa: Round two will feature couscous in one corner and quinoa in the opposing corner. Couscous is derived from wheat and wheat flours, making it not appropriate for people with celiac disease or those choosing a gluten-free diet. Quinoa is the seed of a vegetable in the goosefoot family, which also includes spinach and swiss chard. Quinoa can be used as a direct replacement for couscous in any recipe. Quinoa and Tomato Salad from Weight Watchers Online is a great tasting example. And as an added bonus, cooked quinoa resembles couscous.

Pasta vs. Quinoa: Pasta is pulled in the match for the final round. Cooked pasta lags cooked quinoa on the vitamin and mineral side. When dieting, it’s important to get the most “bang for your buck” out of your food choices. It’s easier to get more of your recommended daily value of vitamins and minerals by replacing quinoa or quinoa pasta for your traditional Italian pasta. Quinoa is an excellent source of phosphorus, a nutrient that is non-existent in regular pasta. (Also, Weight Watchers coupons are a great source extra cash!)

It also has twice as much iron per recommended serving than pasta. Iron is a well-known mineral that is directly associated with aiding in energy levels. Try replacing your Italian favorite for a quinoa variety in any recipe, like weight watchers did in their Quinoa Pasta Salad recipe.

And the winner is: Quinoa! Ounce per ounce quinoa really packs a punch. It has more essential vitamins and minerals that aid in weight-loss and stomps out the competition. The best news is this super-food is easy to make, versatile and it’s great in flavor too. It can be used to replace any starch at any mealtime.  The growth of its popularity means that it is readily available at most grocery stores, either pre-washed, or unwashed. (then you wash it yourself before cooking) When being health conscience it pays to be choosy about your food. Quinoa should be on your plate!

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