Weight Watchers Light String Cheese Snack Ideas

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Weight Watchers as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

New year, new promises to myself to take better care of myself and lose weight. Last year in June, I started Weight Watchers (which, by the way, I LOVE and highly recommend) with a group of friends and lost almost 20 pounds by October! I was extremely proud of myself. Then the holidays came around, and let’s just say that I am looking forward to getting back on track. I’m a huge snacker, so instead of eating big meals each day I do a lot of little snacks here and there. One of my favorites is Weight Watchers Light String Cheese.

At only 1 Smart Points per serving, Weight Watchers Light String Cheese is a delicious and versatile snack if your a cheese lover! Snack ideas included.

What makes this string cheese the ideal snack is that it’s cheese, which is my favorite thing in the world, and it’s only 1 SmartPoints per serving! That’s almost as good as free!

This string cheese doesn’t taste like a “fat free” or “diet” cheese. It’s made from milk and is full of flavor – it has an amazing taste you have to try to believe. Not only is Weight Watchers Light String Cheese delicious, the individually wrapped string cheese offers portion control and are a great snack whether you’re home or on the go. The kids love it, too.

Weight Watchers Light String Cheese Snack Ideas

Since I eat Weight Watchers Light String Cheese almost daily, I thought I’d share some of my favorite snacks!

At only 1 Smart Points per serving, Weight Watchers Light String Cheese is a delicious and versatile snack if your a cheese lover! Snack ideas included.

When I’m home, this is my favorite snack. Grapes and cheese. It’s only 1 Smart Points total. Since fruits and veggies are free points, I eat a lot of them. Sometimes I’ll freeze the grapes, but most of the time I just grab some and call it good. A sweet sliced up apple is yummy too. Whether I’m working or watching TV, this is the kind of snack that satisfies me.

At only 1 Smart Points per serving, Weight Watchers Light String Cheese is a delicious and versatile snack if your a cheese lover! Snack ideas included.

This is my go-to on-the-go snack; a package of Jack Link’s Beef Steak and a Weight Watchers Light String Cheese. This is one I also go to when I’m starving or feel like I need a meal instead of just a snack. The beef steak is also only 1 Smart Points, so for a total of 2 Smart Points, this one is one of my favorite, filling snacks.

At only 1 Smart Points per serving, Weight Watchers Light String Cheese is a delicious and versatile snack if your a cheese lover! Snack ideas included.

And this one can be an appetizer or a snack! These Caprese Bites are mine (and Lila’s) fave. Just swap out the mozzarella balls for cut up pieces of Weight Watchers Light String Cheese. 11 bites are just 2 Smart Points!

You can also cut up a Light String Cheese into pieces and add it to some arugula, tomatoes, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for a super easy salad.

Or simply wrap a piece of deli meat (pepper turkey is my favorite!) around the Light String Cheese for a protein powered snack.

Now that you see how versatile – and delicious! – this Weight Watchers Light String Cheese is, head to Walmart to get some for yourself! Now through January 31, you can even use this Digital Savings offer and save $1.00 on 2 Weight Watchers Cheese items at Walmart.

At only 1 Smart Points per serving, Weight Watchers Light String Cheese is a delicious and versatile snack if your a cheese lover! Snack ideas included.

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What fun ways do you choose to eat your Weight Watchers Light String Cheese?

My Life In Pictures: January 16 – 31, 2016

Back in October, I started what I thought was the best idea EVER: To share my Instagram pictures a couple of times a month since I can’t seem to find time to write! I decided to call it My Life In Pictures. You can see all of my previous posts here. So here’s what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks.

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It’s time to get back on the workout wagon, so when I found this shirt, I had to have it! To say that I don’t like burpees is a HUGE understatement. I’m more of a yoga/pilates girl myself. I started Chalene Johnson’s PiYo Workout, and it’s not easy but I’m really enjoying it.

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I set up my Valentine’s Day mantle, and I love it! Even my husband says that he likes I’m changing up the mantle for all of the different holidays/seasons.

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Our little hummingbirds are back and making their nests for the spring.The kids like to think that this is the baby hummingbird that we took care of last spring when Mia decided to take the babies out of their nests and play with them. Luckily, this nest is too high for the girls to reach.

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I took this picture because it shows Ethan and Lila sitting together chatting. I always say they are enemies and BFFs rolled up into one. But when I posted it on Instagram, everybody commented on our new kitchen. I’ve tried to not post too many pictures since it’s STILL not done, but stay tuned! Before and after pictures are on the way.

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I had to share this gorgeous purple sunset. It’s the little things in life that are reminders of how blessed we are.

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I bought this book titled The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss by Kulreet Chaudhary simply because I grew up with the author! I haven’t spoken to her since high school, however I’m still proud of her. Book review coming soon, but if you’re looking to change your eating habits (whether you are trying to lose weight or not) this book is eye opening!

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Ethan and I went to his Mother/Son Night with his school, and went bowling. We went to dinner at one of his favorite places, Macaroni Grill, where we had dessert for dinner!

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Mia is starting to do her homework with just a little bit of help from me! It’s exciting to watch her become more independent and self confident. She’s even helping Lila with her homework. This is both exciting and a little bittersweet – just one more reminder about how fast they are growing.


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The Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit: Learn All About It!

Disclaimer: I was provided a free Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit. All opinions expressed are my own.

Weight loss. I’m back on the wagon. AGAIN. I need I simple way to lose weight, and the Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit available only at Walmart totally fits the bill!

Looking for a quick way to see if the Jenny Craig program would work for you? The3-day Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit available only at Walmart is it!

The Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit comes with premade food, so there’s no meal prep (which is one thing I really hate when I’m losing weight. I like that it allows you to sample 23 Jenny Craig menu items (that’s three days of food!) without spending a lot of money. It also includes a TON of info so that you can learn about the Jenny Craig weight loss plan and see if the food is right for you before signing up at a Jenny Craig center or at Jenny Craig Anywhere, their one-on-one support program that’s done over the phone or on via Skype.

Looking for a quick way to see if the Jenny Craig program would work for you? The3-day Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit available only at Walmart is it!

Having premade foods that are easy to grab and go fits my lifestyle perfectly. I can easily eat on-the-go or at home, and it leaves me full and sastisfied. And I lost a few pounds too! “Results not typical. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.”

I like that there’s no hefty price tag and no long-term committment…it’s only 3 days and I can do anything for three days! If you chose to continue on the plan, you can save money ($50) towards more food when you sign up with Jenny Craig.

Looking for a quick way to see if the Jenny Craig program would work for you? The3-day Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit available only at Walmart is it!

What Does the Jenny Craig 3 Day Weight Loss Starter Kit Include?

  • Samples of 23 Jenny Craig menu items (you’ll need to have a few things on hand like milk, fruits, salads, low fat salad dressing, and veggies.
  • A certificate for a free consultation for any Jenny Craig center in the U.S. or via telephone with Jenny Craig Anywhere
  • $50.00 food credit if you sign up with Jenny Craig

The food is good, it’s quick and easy to prepare, and I am considering continuing along on the program.

If you’re interested in the Starter Kit, head over to Walmart. You can only get it there! You can also find it in-store in the diet/weight loss aisle for around $45, and it’s really worth it. It’s tasty, convenient, and nutritionally portioned so you don’t have to think about calories or fat grams.

So what do you think? Will you be trying out the Jenny Craig Weight Loss Starter Kit available only at Walmart?

The 500 Calorie Diet: 10 Things I Learned In The First 20 Days

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Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor, and I don’t play one on TV. I’m not sharing any medical advice here, only what I’ve learned and experienced myself on the 500 calorie diet. Is it right for you? I have no idea. You can talk to your doctor to learn more. Also, this is long. If you aren’t interested in dieting and/or losing weight with this diet, just skip this post.

You read that right. 500 calorie diet. That’s it. Crazy? Yes. Dangerous? No. Why? Because I talked to a medical professional about what it is, how it works, and if I was a candidate for the diet.

I know this diet is not for everybody. If you don’t agree with this diet I’m okay with that, but I prefer not to be judged for my decision to try it. Please keep comments positive. Feel free to ask questions. And please, if you have any tips or recipes to share, I’m all ears!

Have you heard of or are you considering the 500 calorie diet? Here's a breakdown of what it is, how it works, and what I learned during the first 20 days.

What Is the 500 Calorie Diet?

The 500 calorie diet is sometimes referred to the HCG diet. The 500 calorie diet is normally done with the HCG diet, though it can be done separately.

With the 500 calorie diet, you restrict your caloric intake to 500 calories to encourage rapid weight loss. No sugar, no fats (not even good ones), no starches, no alcohol, no treats. It can be safe to do as long as you don’t do it for more than 40 days at a time (with a 6 week break in between if you decide to do it again), and as long as your in good health…which is why it’s so important to talk to a medical professional before starting this diet.

The HCG diet plan uses the HCG hormone to stimulate your metabolism to burn fat while maintaining muscle. So you’ll supposedly get a muscle-toned body that sheds weight at a reported average of 1 pound per day for men, and about 1/2 pound a day for women. You take the HCG daily via a pill or injectible.

Some people just do just the 500 calorie diet, others use the HCG with it as well. Here I’m discussing ONLY the 500 calorie diet.

What Does the 500 Calorie Diet Consist Of?

As you can imagine, it’s not super fun. For breakfast you can have tea (I drink green tea which is known to help encourage weight loss) or coffee. No sugar, no cream. You can have a tablespoon total of low-fat milk daily.

Lunch and dinner include 100 g (3.5 ounces) of lean meat with 4-6 ounces of vegetables, one serving of fruit and one breadstick. I don’t even eat the breadstick anymore.

Meats are limited to lean beef, chicken breast, veal, white fish, shrimp, crab or lobster, while vegetables are limited to spinach, cabbage, chard, tomatoes, onions, fennel, radishes, cucumbers, celery, bell peppers, mushrooms, green beans, asparagus and green salads. For your fruit, you can choose from an apple, orange, half of a grapefruit or a handful of strawberries.

Tips: You aren’t supposed to have the same meat, veggies, or fruit twice a day. So if you have chicken and asparagus for lunch, don’t have it again for dinner. It’s acceptable to have your fruit separately from your meat and veggies. I usually have mine mid-morning and as a dessert after dinner. You also shouldn’t mix fruits, however you can mix veggies. So you can mix mushrooms, onions, and asparagus together, but not strawberries and apples. I will say that I have mixed berries together with no problem. If you mix and experience a weight stall or gain, don’t do it again. A lot of this is trial and error based on how your body reacts.

The most important thing about the 500 calorie diet: Drink a TON of water. At least a gallon a day, especially during the summer. You can wake up your water with this simple recipes.

I have just completed my first 20 days, with great success. I lost almost 14 pounds and 9 inches in my chest, waist, hips, and thighs. Today is Day 22…only 18 more days to go!

10 Things I’ve Learned During My First 20 Days On the 500 Calorie Diet

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If you are considering the 500 calorie diet, and have already discussed it with a medical professional, here’s some things that you should know.

1. The first week sucks. BIG TIME. You’ll be detoxing from sugar and junk food, and you will be miserable to be around. You’ll be starving. You’ll reconsider what you are doing. I was told Days 3-6 are the worst, and they were. But stick with it because you’ll feel better soon, promise.

2. You might stink. Gross, I know. Nobody told me this one! You may notice bad body odor and bad breath. It’s all of that detoxing you’re doing! I asked Jason if he could smell it, and he couldn’t. Maybe your sense of smell is heightened as well, I don’t know. But the body odor does go away.

The bad breath sticks around. Chew gum, make sure it’s sugar-free gum. I have been chewing this Sugar Free Chewing Gum Sweetened with Xylitol Peppermint and really like it.

Flavored water helps with hunger bangs and is perfect for the 500 calorie diet.3. You’ll be bored. It’s hard to eat only a very limited menu and not be able to eat what everybody else is eating. You may even want to become a hermit and avoid social settings where people are eating and drinking and being merry. I’ve tried to hang out (4th of July sucked – I couldn’t eat anything at our get together), and it’s really hard. You can’t cheat at all. If you cheat with sugar, fat, or starches, you’re taking 2 steps back.

4. I prefer hot veggies over salads. The first almost 2 weeks I tried to eat a salad with meat and either balsamic vinegar or lemon squeezed on it. I got burnt out on salads quickly. So now for lunch I fry a piece of chicken or turkey burger with some veggies. It takes a bit longer, but it’s worth it.

5. Seasonings are your friend. You need to church things up. Just make sure whatever spices and seasonings you use are sugar-free. Try veggies and meat with Bragg’s liquid aminos (it taste kind of like soy sauce), use Frank’s hot sauce and Tabasco, and use garlic and onions for flavor.

Stevia and flavored liquid stevia (my favorite flavors are the Vanilla Cream and Coconut) in place of sugar. They aren’t cheap, but you only use a few drops at a time so they last forever.

Have you heard of or are you considering the 500 calorie diet? Here's a breakdown of what it is, how it works, and what I learned during the first 20 days.6. Sugar-free doesn’t necessarily mean sugar-free just because the label says so. Brands hide sugar under different names like maltose, maltodextrin, and sucrose to name a few. Here’s a list of the 56 different names for sugar. Make sure you are checking label ingredients!

7. You’ll get sick of eating plain meat with just seasonings on it, so get creative. Branch out and try new things. Jason and I LOVED these lean curry burgers that we served over spinach with a side of lemon cucumbers. The recipe calls for garam masala, and I have a recipe for it here.

This clean eating un-stuffed bell peppers recipe (minus the corn and cheese) is a favorite, too. Use chicken broth in place of the coconut oil. And this berry salad (minus the chocolate chips!) is amazing as well. There are also a ton of recipe boards for this diet on Pinterest. I’ll be sharing some recipes, too.

8. You shouldn’t exercise on this diet! I’m totally not making this up. You won’t have energy for a big workout, and if you do, you’re body will go into starvation mode trying to store all of the fat and calories it has.

A short walk or light yoga is fine, but anything else is no bueno. I’ve recently fallen in love with yoga and the peace and calmness it brings with it. It’s been very helpful to me these last 20 days.

9. You might stop losing, or even gain, weight. Water retention due to the heat, your monthly period, or cheating will all lead to a weight loss stall.

If you have a weight loss stall for more than a few days, there’s a couple things you can do:

Do an “apple day” where you only eat 6 apples from lunch one day to lunch the next. I did, and wasn’t hungry, but was sick of apples.

My sister preferred a steak day. You don’t eat anything until dinner and have one very big lean steak. That’s it.

We both experienced weight loss the following morning after trying both things.

10. You won’t be hungry. Okay, you might occasionally get hungry, but for the most part you’ll be satisfied. I was much more hungry during the days before I started this diet when all I did was eat crap all the time.

When you do experience hunger pangs, drink more water. Chew some gum. Eat a zero calorie food (like celery). Do something to take your mind off of it.

Zero calorie foods are a great way to snack or to stop hunger! These are some of the ones you can eat on the 500 calorie diet.

And I think this goes without saying: you will need support. Find a friend who’s also dieting or join a group on Facebook. I was lucky enough to have my sister doing it with me for the first 20 days. Since I’m doing another 20 days and she’s not, I still have her because she’s done it twice and knows how difficult it is. Jason has been a huge support, too. He’s been eating with me, though he’s not necessarily following the diet. And my family and friends have been my cheerleaders…it has been worth it!

Yes, I know there are risks to such a low calorie diet. But I also know it works. My sister did this diet back in January and lost close to 20 pounds in 20 days. She also did it with me again over the last 20 days and lost another 11 pounds.

I can tell you I’m sleeping better, my allergies aren’t as bad, I feel better overall, my blood pressure is normal (I had high blood pressure), I’m not as moody, and I’m not craving crap. The best thing? My depression, which is normally at its worst during this time of year, is nowhere to be found. I couldn’t be happier!

If you have a success story, tips, recipes, or even a Pinterest board to share related to the 500 calorie diet, please share!

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I’m Talking About the Big 4-0 At Facing 40!

In March I’m going to be turning the big 4-0. The number isn’t an issue for me – it’s just a number. What I’m having a hard time with is everything that comes with the number: the sagging, the wrinkles, and all the other fun things that go hand-in-hand with aging. So I decided to talk about it.

I’m at one of my favorite blogger’s places talking about changes that come with the big 4-0. My friend Poppy asked me to guest post at her place Facing 40 and of course I couldn’t say no.


One of the things I’m focusing on right now is my health. Not just trying to get in shape to look great in a bathing suit, but trying to get in shape because it’s the right thing to do. My body needs it…my stress level needs it!

So head over to Poppy’s place to read more. Later this week I’ll be sharing more about this, too. I’m in it for the long haul!