A Simple Start to the NEW Me.
I was given a free one-month subscription to try the new Simple Start plan and write about my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative are my own.
So usually we all start our resolutions to be happier and live a healthier life with New Years right? Well I feel like if you want a change, girl go for it! Change yourself and your life! I have decided to be healthier in every aspect of my life. I promised myself that I would eat healthier, workout more, have a more positive outlook on life, and make sure that I am happy and healthy! I have said this many times before… But I never have known where to start. This is where Weight Watchers Simple Start comes in! No, I don’t feel like I have a lot of weight to lose and that isn’t why I started the Simple Start program. I started the program because I wanted to eat healthier and feel accountable for the choices I made in my eating habits. Simple Start is truly amazing! I love to use the app on my phone. It gives me tons of recipes for every meal including snacks and desserts. The best part is they look and are delicious! I always hear of people that are eating healthy and hate the foods they are eating. Nope, not me! These recipes are better than what I usually cook for me and my husband. What else could I ask for??
Feeling responsible for when I work out has helped me a lot. After I workout I find that I eat healthier and make more conscious decisions on what treats or snacks that I want. I also find that if I go work out or teach dance and participate with my class, come home and eat dinner my portion sizes are a lot smaller. I mean that’s a win win situation right?
One thing that I couldn’t give up is TREATS! Weight Watchers has a TON of amazing recipes for desserts. From mini chocolate chip cookies to apple crumbles! I mean how could you not be happy with either of those! If you eat healthy in the day and don’t use up all your allotted points for that day (each food is given an amount of points, and you are allowed so many points per day) then you can use your extra points for one of their delicious treats! Now go try out these delicious cookies and commit to have a simple start to a happier healthier you!
Weight Watchers Black & White Cookies!
1/2 cup softened real butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest ( I didn’t have any and they still were delicious!)
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup fat free skim milk
3 large egg whites
2 cup(s) powder sugar divided
1/4 cup boiling water divided (you may need more, I had to add a little more)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat 2 cookie sheets with cooking spray or cover with parchment paper. Beat butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl, using an electric mixer, until light and fluffy. Add whole eggs, one at a time, and incorporate with mixer; blend in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and lemon zest. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in a separate medium bowl. Add half of flour mixture to butter mixture; add milk and beat well. Add remaining flour mixture and beat well. Whip egg whites in a medium bowl, with a wire whisk, until soft peaks form; gently fold egg whites into cookie batter. Drop batter by heaping teaspoons onto cookie sheets; batter should remain in high mounds. Make sure to leave at least 2-inches of space between each mound of batter. Bake cookies until edges turn slightly brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheets for 1 to 2 minutes; move to wire racks and allow to cool completely. Meanwhile, to make vanilla icing, combine 1 cup of powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons of boiling water and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla in a medium bowl; beat until smooth. Using a pastry brush or flexible spatula, paint half of each cooled cookie with vanilla icing. (NOTE: Make sure to ice the flat side of each cookie. You should always use the vanilla icing first) To make chocolate icing, combine remaining cup of powdered sugar, cocoa and 2 tablespoons of boiling water in a medium bowl; beat until smooth. Add a little more water, a teaspoon at a time, if icing is too dry. Using the same brush or spatula, paint the second half of the flat side of each cookie. Allow icing to dry completely before serving. Yields 2 cookies per serving.