Friday, April 23, 2010

Ways to Satisfy when 15 just Does'nt Cut It

Okay, its all good and well to implement the 15 minute rule.  (If you think you want something, wait 15 minutes), but sometimes even after 15 and yes I've even stretched it out to 30 I still want something.  The following tips are from Weight Watchers Tasty to Go Treats.  
Cappuccino Crispy Bars  (Points per serving 1)

2 tablespoons instant coffee granules    
5 cups oven toasted rice cereal (such as Rice Crispies)
1 tablespoon hot water                         
cooking spray
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (10 ounce) package jumbo marshmallows

Combine first three ingredients, stir well.
Place marshmallows in a 2 quart microwave safe dish, microwave at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until marshmallows melt.  Stir until smooth.  Add coffee mixture to melted marshmallows and stir well.  Working quickly, add creal to marshmallow mixture stirring to coat.  Press mixture into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.  Cool completely, cut into bars.  Yield 20 bars.  Serving size: 1 bar

So that is one tasty treat!  Enjoy 
If you are in a hurry here are really quick tips!
1.  Indulge in a cup of flavored coffee or sugar free, fat free hot cocoa.
2.   For a quick sorbet, dump a 20 ounce can of pineapple chunks (packed in juice, no sugar added) into a shallow dish, freeze.  When your're ready for dessert, remove frozen fruit from freeze.  Let stand 15 minutes.  Place fruit and 1/2 cup water in a food processor.  Process until smooth.  Serving size:  1/2 cup.  Points value: 1 (This sounds really good!)
3.  Put a single layer of seedless grapes on a baking sheet, and freeze 20 minutes.  These treats are like candy!  Stina used to roll her grapes in sugar free Jello and then freeze them for an extra burst of flavor!  They are really yummy.
4.  For a strawberry-waffle shortcake, top a toasted low fat waffle with 1/2 cup sliced strawberries and 2 tablespoons fat free whipped topping.  Points value:  2
5.  For a miniature ice cream sandwich, place about 2 tablespoons softened light ice cream between 2 gingersnaps or 2 (2 1/2 inch) graham crackers.  Points value:  2

A treat that I like to make for myself (my weakness is crunchy goodies)  is to make fat free microwave popcorn, give it a spray or two of cooking spray then sprinkle on some taco seasoning.  This is way yummy!  
Now, if I only had some popcorn.
Remember you don't have to be perfect, just be a bit better!  Carole
PS:  Stina, I know Fiona is not sleeping well at your place, something about the rats squeaking in the middle of the night. 

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