14 Go-To Recipes One Woman Used To Lose 100 Pounds
She figured out how to make healthy versions of shrimp scampi, pancakes and donuts!
Looking for some new healthy recipes to add to your collection? Then you need to follow Arielle Calderon on Instagram. This inspiring young woman has lost 100 pounds and has all kinds of yummy (but healthy) recipes to share.
She’s documented her weight-loss journey online, sharing her ups, downs and some of her go-to meals. She keeps it real about what it takes to meet her ambitious goals, and her before and after pictures will inspire anyone trying to live a healthier lifestyle.
Happy #facetofacefriday! January 2015 to February 2017 😮 I could write a book about my journey and all the things I've learned, but to keep it short and sweet: you can succeed with hard work, dedication, and resilience. This is a permanent lifestyle change, not a diet. ✌️❤️ . . . #weightwatchers #facetoface #weightloss #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss
1. Spaghetti Squash Boat
This looks delicious! Anything with melted mozzarella gets a thumbs up from us. Calderon uses simple ingredients such as sausage, tomato paste and diced tomatoes to create this tasty dish. You could also make it vegetarian, if you prefer. Watch this video for cooking instructions.
My last home-cooked meal before my vacation! Heading to Amsterdam and Spain, and I can't wait! No, I won't be counting points. Yes, I will eat whatever I want and enjoy myself. But I will also try to be mindful and only eat when I'm actually hungry. Travel is supposed to be fun, and that includes experiencing the culture and cuisine of your destinations. ✌️ . . . Spaghetti squash boat for 5sp. Recipe: preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut spaghetti squash in half (I store the other half in the fridge), and coat with 1 tsp EVOO (1sp), salt, and pepper. Put in the oven on a tray, facedown, for 40 minutes. Heat a pan on medium heat and coat with spray oil (I have a crazy non-stick pan so I don't need oil, but if you do, add oil!). Add 1/2 tsp of minced garlic and cook for about a minute, until fragrant. Add one link (removed from casing and broken up) of Trader Joe's chicken sausage (3sp). Cook for about two minutes, then add 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp tomato paste, 1/4 tsp paprika, and 2/3 cup diced tomatoes. I then added spinach and cooked for a few minutes until done, and then put on low heat. Use a fork to make strands from the spaghetti squash, and put the flesh in the pan with the meat sauce. Mix together, put it back in the "boat," top with 1 oz Trader Joe's lite mozzarella (1sp) and broil until cheese is melted. #arielleeats #wwsmartpoints #wwsisters #weightloss #weightwatchers #smartpoints #healthy #healthylunch #spaghettisquash #spaghettisquashboat
2. PB2, Banana And Chocolate Chip Pancakes
If you have a sweet tooth, then these pancakes can satisfy it and give you a healthy breakfast. Calderon explains that PB2 is a powered peanut butter that is a healthy alternative to the traditional spread. She posted her pancake recipe on Instagram.
Rewarding myself with carbs after my morning run! I made @kodiakcakes power cakes (1/2 cup mixed with 1/3 cup water, 5sp) with spring tree sugar free syrup (2 tbsp, 0sp), banana slices, drizzled PB2 (2 tbsp, 1sp), and @lilys_sweets_chocolate baking chips (39 chips, 1sp). More info is on my Instagram story! #weightwatchers #smartpoints #smartpointsfam #arielleeats
3. Mango Salsa Cauliflower Rice With Avocado
Calderon combined store-bought mango salsa with some riced cauliflower for this beautiful creation. “Super quick and easy” according to her Instagram post!
Mango salsa cauliflower rice with avocado for 5sp! 🥑 . . . I heated a large pan with spray oil on medium, added minced garlic and cooked for about a minute, then added the whole bag of riced cauliflower from Trader Joe's. I seasoned with salt, pepper, and lime juice, then added store-bought mango salsa from Fairway. I just mixed until hot, and then served with avocado. This made three servings and it was super quick and easy! #weightwatchers #smartpoints #cauliflowerrice #traderjoes #arielleeats #avocado
4. Turkey, Apple, Cheddar And Cheese Sandwich
This meal has all the basic food groups and almost looks too good to be healthy. But, according to Calderon’s posted recipe, it only adds up to 7 Weight Watcher points, which is low for a sandwich and a side. And who doesn’t love ciabatta bread?
Lunch game on point! I did a sandwich on a Trader Joe's ciabatta roll (3sp) with 4oz of Applegate roasted turkey (1sp), one white cheddar Laughing Cow cheese wedge (1sp), Frank's chili sriracha sauce (0sp), and apple slices. And all with a side of PB2 (2sp), apple slices, and carrots. #weightwatchers #healthylunch #smartpoints #arielleeats
5. Shrimp Scampi Spaghetti Squash
Calderon likes to use spaghetti squash in place of the higher-carb, higher-calorie pasta. From there, she simply adapts her favorite recipes, like this shrimp scampi, to fit her healthy lifestyle!
6. Egg White And Spinach Omelette With Sweet Potato Apple Hash
A healthy, yet hearty, breakfast to start the day off right! For the sweet potato hash, Calderon simply chopped up the potato, added some ground cinnamon and then the diced apples. A little coconut oil spray got them nice and crispy. Get the full recipe from her Instagram post. And make sure to check the comments for her added tips!
7. Buffalo Chicken Flatbread With Pineapple
Craving a little buffalo chicken? You don’t need wings to crush it. For example, this flatbread recipe packs some big flavor but keeps it all healthy. The recipe takes less than 20 minutes to make, too!
Tonight's dinner: Buffalo Chicken Flatbread with Pineapple for 8sp. 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put a flatbread or lavash roll (3sp, cut into four pieces) on a baking pan in the oven for a few minutes until it's a little crisp. 2. Take out the oven and top with 1/3 cup of Classico Roasted Garlic sauce (1sp), one ounce of mozzarella cheese (2sp), buffalo chicken (2sp), and pineapple slices. 3. Put back in the oven for about 10 minutes or until desired crisp. 4. Top with buffalo sauce drizzle. For the buffalo chicken, I just seasoned with paprika, salt, and pepper, and then cooked in the pan with chopped garlic and added buffalo sauce. #weightwatchers #wwfamily #smartpoints #smartpointsfam #arielleeats
8. Mini Egg White Cups With Spinach, Mushrooms And Ground Turkey
Dig out that mini-muffin tray! This recipe provides a savory, healthy alternative to those muffins. And these little egg cups would make a nice, quick breakfast in the morning or a little appetizer before lunch or dinner.
Twelve mini egg white cups with spinach, mushrooms, and ground turkey for 2sp total 🍳 . . . Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a mini muffin tray with spray oil and fill each cup with spinach, mushrooms, and cooked ground turkey. Then pour and divide 1 cup of liquid egg whites evenly between the twelve mini cups. Place in the oven for 15 minutes and let it cool. I eat these all in one sitting so I have no idea if they freeze well. Swipe left for more pictures. #weightwatchers #smartpoints #goodful #eggwhitecups #arielleeats #nosugaradded #noaddedsugar #ariellesugardetox #healthy #healthybreakfast
9. Smoked Salmon Cucumber Rounds
This is another great option for just about any meal. Simply grab some cucumber and slice it up. Add a little light spreadable cheese, capers, red onion and smoked salmon. Refreshing and healthy!
Post-workout breakfast this morning: cucumber salmon rounds! I cut one cucumber into slices, pat them down with a paper towel to remove the moisture, spread them with laughing cow garlic & herb cheese (1sp), and topped them with capers, red onions, and smoked salmon (1sp). So filling and so good! 💚 Edit: also making this my #thegoal30 for today: veggies with every meal and snack! #arielleeats
10. Chicken Fajitas With Spanish Cauliflower Rice
Time for some Mexican food! No artificial seasonings with this dish. Just some spices like cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. This recipe also uses whole wheat tortillas instead of regular flour tortillas.
Dinner: chicken fajitas with Spanish cauliflower rice for 8sp! I used two Trader Joe's whole wheat tortillas (2sp), bell peppers, grilled chicken (2sp), Trader Joe's lite mozzarella cheese (1sp), Trader Joe's riced cauliflower cooked with 1 tsp olive oil (1sp), and kidney beans (2sp). ❤️💛💚 . . . Recipe for the rice: heat a large skillet with 3 tsp olive oil and add chopped garlic. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, then add red onion, and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add the entire bag of TJs cauli rice, and season with chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir for a couple minutes, and cover with a lid. Let it simmer for a bit, keep mixing, and then add the can of red kidney beans (I wash mine first). This makes three servings! #weightwatchers #smartpoints #arielleeats #healthy #buzzfeedsugardetox #ariellesugardetox #traderjoes #nosugaradded #noaddedsugar #cauliflowerrice #healthydinner
11. Mashed Frozen Banana With Frozen Blueberries And Better’n Peanut Butter
“Tastes like ice cream!” Calderon wrote on her Instagram post for this dessert. It’s a no-fuss recipe that only uses frozen bananas and blueberries, along with Better’n Peanut Butter, a low-calorie version of peanut butter only has 100 calories per serving and 85 percent less fat than regular PB.
Mashed frozen banana with frozen blueberries and Trader Joe's Better'n Peanut Butter (3sp for 2 tbsp). Tastes like ice cream 🍌🥜💙 . . . #weightwatchers #smartpoints #arielleeats #healthy #buzzfeedfood #buzzfeast #buzzfeedhealth #huffposttaste #yahoofood #f52grams #wwcommunity #wwsisters #ww #traderjoes
12. Zoodles With Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage
What the heck are zoodles? They are zucchini cut in a spiral shape that serve as a low-carb stand-in for spaghetti or other pasta. This recipe only needs a few ingredients and can be eaten either raw (except for the sausage) or lightly sautéed. You make the choice!
13. Key Lime Yogurt Bites
Sometimes that sweet tooth just kicks in and you need to satisfy it. So, Calderon got creative to come up with this easy recipe. And you just need a mini muffin tray, some light yogurt, fat-free whipped cream and sprinkles. Voila! Dessert is ready!
14. Salted Caramel Cinnamon Donut
This recipe sounds better with each word! Calderon borrowed this recipe from another weight-loss journey blogger @mudhustler. These donuts require a little more time and ingredients than some of the other dishes, but they look worth the work!
Day 22 of #thegoal30: finally try this Salted Caramel Cinnamon Donut recipe! I haven't baked in AGES so it was fun to make these. The recipe is from WW Connect superstar @mudhustler, and it's only 1sp per donut! 🙌 . . . Recipe: in one mixing bowl combine 1 cup @kodiakcakes power cake mix, 1 pouch or scoop of @questnutrition vanilla protein powder and 1 pouch or scoop of salted caramel protein powder, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 2 packets of truvia sweetener, 1 tbsp truvia brown sugar blend, 1 tbsp baking powder, 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce, and 1.5 cups of water. Mix everything and fill two nonstick donut pans (12 total, regular not mini) about 3/4 of the way (I sprayed with Pam, but probably not required). Pop in the oven at 375 degrees for 10 minutes, let it cool, and decorate however you please. 🍩 Macros per donut: 55 calories, 6g of protein, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 7g carbs, and 2g of sugar. #weightwatchers #smartpoints #arielleeats