Cheats Healthy Creamy Chicken & Bacon Carbonara

You might have noticed the recurring theme this week is quick, easy and healthy. It has been one of those weeks it really has! But don’t worry we all have those kinds of weeks & I’ve got you covered with quick & easy tasty meals to make your life a little simpler if you’re having a hectic week too. Tonight’s dinner honestly couldn’t be more easy to throw together in a hurry. This serves 1 person at 11 Smartpoints (2sp no count) or Macros 573cal, P79, C45, F8. Continue reading

Cadburys Easter Treats

   
Here’s a quick glance at all your favourite Cadburys treats if you’re planning on indulging in a nice Easter Chocolate treat this weekend. I hear so many people remarking that Chocolate is too high in points now since the change to Smartpoints last January, Chocolate is in truth basically pure sugar when it comes right down to it, you only need to look at the nutritional values to see that & it is not encouraged in large amounts on any healthy eating plan or lifestyle that I know of – weightwatchers or otherwise. Treats should be just what their name implies – occasional treats, something to look forward to, savour and enjoy rather than daily indulgences if you are looking to change to a healthier, happier lifestyle for life. Yes you can still enjoy your treats & incorporate them where you can, after all it’s all about a healthy balance and enjoying the small joys in life and that’s why educating yourself on the best options available when you do decide on a treat is important too, so you can get the best value for your Smartpoints. Instead of focusing on how much Chocolate has increased in Smartpoints consider how much other items have reduced significantly in Smartpoint values like high protein foods which allows you to save more points for your treats and really appreciate and enjoy them when you do plan to indulge. I know I’m looking forward to my Chocolate fix at the weekend and I will savour every last piece! I hope you find the list useful whatever you choose to have and I hope you have a lovely Easter too. I 

Deliciously Spicy & Tender Szechaun Beef Served With Fluffy Wholegrain Basmati Rice


A gorgeous healthy Friday night dinner treat to rival your local take out with beautiful tender spicy beef, spicy sticky szechaun sauce & heaps of comforting steamy rice to accompany it. This is super quick & so easy to make it will be on your table feeding your family & friends in no time flat, guaranteeing happy bellies all around! This serves 4 people and comes in at 10 Smartpoints per serving (1 Smartpoint on the No Count Plan). Continue reading

Guiltless Smokey Steak Burger with a Velvety Soft Fried Egg & Peppery Rocket on a Wholemeal Burger Bun

The stuff Saturday Night dinner dreams are made of. Indulge in a gorgeous juicy burger made with healthy lean steak mince & a silky egg full of protein with some healthy wholemeal carbs to encase it all in, just superb.10 Smartpoints for this glorious burger how good is that! (5sp on No Count) I hope you’re having a Fabulous Saturday Night  Continue reading

Skinny Southern Fried Style Crispy Chicken Goujons


Succulent juicy chicken breast encased in a spicy crispy crunchy crumb just ripe for dunking into your favourite dipping sauce. Heavenly morsels of weekend goodness that deliver that take away feeling without any of the guilt, perfection! Serves 4 hungry people at 6 Smartpoints a serving (4 Smartpoints on the No Count Plan). These are ridiculously easy & quick to make and can be frozen raw to cook another time, how handy is that! Here’s the skinny:  Continue reading

Blueberry Pancakes with Greek Yogurt & Summer Fruits


Apologies for bombarding you with pancake recipes tonight! Well it is Pancake Tuesday Tomorrow & these are all reblogs from very early days of the blog, they made it to Facebook but never reached the website. Well here they are now all newly Smartpointed for you all in time for tomorrow’s pancake feast! I have a few more I’ve converted to Smartpoints too so just type pancakes into the search bar & you can find a variety of different kinds to choose from! I hope you enjoy x Continue reading

Creamy Hungarian Pork Paprikash with Wholegrain Basmati Rice

  

This simple delicious Hungarian recipe uses only a few key ingredients to create a flavourful and comforting dish with the spicy warmth of paprika accentuating the tender pork fillet, caramelised onions and sweet bell peppers. This is accompanied by a generous side of fluffy basmati rice to soak up the beautifully creamy flavour filled sauce although I have served it with pasta and it’s equally as gorgeous. This beautiful compilation will keep the chill out on these cool January nights. This serves 4 people at 13 Smartpoints per serving (paprikash 7sp, Rice 6sp – It will be 4 Smartpoints in total for a serving including both the paprikash and rice if following the No Count Plan, but could be lowered to 0 Smartpoints if you use Low Fat Natural or Greek yogurt in place of Crème Fraiche).   

400g Lean Pork Fillet Diced

1 Large White Onion Sliced

200g Mushrooms Sliced

1 Red Bell Pepper Sliced

1 Yellow Bell Pepper Sliced

1 Clove Garlic Minced

1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika

¼ Tsp Dried Cumin

1 Tbsp Tomato Purée

1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

200ml Chicken Stock

100g Crème Fraiche

Salt & Black Pepper

A Handful of Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley

240g Dried Weight Wholegrain Basmati Rice  

Prepare the rice according to the packet instructions. Take the crème fraiche from the fridge & measure it into a bowl which will allow it to come up a bit closer to room temperature for a while before using to avoid it splitting the sauce, place the remaining crème fraiche back in the fridge. Meanwhile heat a large frying pan over a medium heat & spray with spray oil. Fry the pork fillet pieces until sealed on both sides & cooked through approximately 8 minutes. Remove the pork & set aside in a bowl. Re spray the pan with spray oil & add the onion, peppers & mushrooms and sauté until softened about 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook for 30 seconds to a minute. Add the pork back to the pan with the peppers, onions and mushrooms and sprinkle over the paprika and cumin, continue to cook for 30 seconds to a minute. Season with salt & pepper and add the chicken stock, tomato purée and Worcestershire sauce, mix well. Cover with a lid & simmer over a medium heat for about 5 minutes or so. Remove the lid & continue to cook for 10 to 15 minutes until the stock has reduced down to a more sauce like consistency. Remove the pan from the heat & gently stir through the crème fraiche, sprinkle with the torn fresh parsley leaves and serve immediately with the rice and enjoy!  

Give me just a little more time – the exercise weight loss plateau 


For everyone struggling with the dreaded & cruel irony of a weight loss plateau due to increasing your exercise routine this is especially for you. It doesn’t seem fair does it? You’re sticking to plan & even more so you have made a really big change and upped your activity & exercise routine immensely. You’re filled with great expectations of all the weight you are going to drop through the hard work and time you have put in only to find one week (or two) that the scales just won’t budge at all, despite your hardest & most determined efforts. It seems in your memory it moved downwards with much greater ease when you made even less effort! Continue reading