Weight Watchers Cauliflower Soup Zero Smart Points Recipe

This Weight Watchers cauliflower soup recipe is both filling and easy to make. You can make it in less than 10 minutes including chopping up the vegetables and cooking the soup.ww cauliflower soup

I’ve been experimenting with zero point recipes for my Weight Watcher’s plan now that it’s getting colder. Having vegetable soup over and over again can get pretty boring. Recently, I whipped up a zero point faux potato soup recipe and I love it. It’s filling, has a creamy texture, and is oh so good served piping hot. The secret is to use cauliflower instead of potatoes.

I’ll admit it. I’m not a huge potato soup connoisseur. My friends really love it though.  I just don’t like spending 6 to 8 Smart Points on a cup of soup, unless it’s clam chowder. If I’m having potatoes, I want them air-fried and served up like potato chips or French fries. That’s why I substituted cauliflower for the potatoes in this recipe. Why use the points when you can save them for something later?

Weight Watchers Cauliflower Soup  Zero Smart Points Recipe

weight watchers cauliflower soup recipeServes: 2

Smart Points: 0

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup – Onion
  • 1 Tbsp – Minced garlic
  • ¼ cup –  Carrots
  • ¼ cup – Celery
  • 1 can – Chicken stock
  • 1 bag – Trader Joes Frozen Cauliflower Rice
  • ¼ tsp – Parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Sauté the onions, carrots, and celery using 1/8 cup of the chicken stock until the onions are translucent.
  2. While you’re sautéing the veggies, add the remaining stock to a pot and add the frozen cauliflower in it. Cook until it boils and the cauliflower is soft. Approximately 7 minutes if using frozen riced cauliflower. Longer if you’re using refrigerated cauliflower.
  3. Add the sautéed vegetables to the cauliflower and chicken stock.
  4. Blend together using an immersion blender.
  5. Add parsley, salt and pepper as desired.
  6. Serve hot.

Weight Watchers Cauliflower Soup Recipe Notes

You don’t need oil to sauté the vegetables. I use the chicken stock and sauté until the onions are translucent. It doesn’t take long.

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While the vegetables are sautéing, I begin cooking the frozen cauliflower. Might as well use my time wisely!
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When the cauliflower begins to boil, I add my vegetables and cook for a few minutes longer. Then I use my immersion blender to make it nice and creamy. Here’s a link to the immersion blender I use and love!

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You can blend the cauliflower soup as long as you want to. I like mine a little lumpy.

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Serve it piping hot. It makes a wonderful potato soup alternative!

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Pumpkin Spice Creamer Recipes for Weight Watchers

Pumpkin spice creamer recipes for weight watchers are hard to find. If you’re trying to lose weight, you know that what you drink can have serious consequences when you step on the scale. pumpkin spice creamer recipesBut, for me, when it comes to pumpkin spice lattes, I don’t like to skimp. Trying to find a good balance is hard. The good news is that I spent some time in the kitchen this week and came up with two pumpkin spice creamer recipes that are both delicious and satisfying!

Pumpkin Spice Creamer Recipes for Weight Watchers

I won’t lie. My favorite recipe is the one that’s 3 Weight Watcher’s Smart Points. Why? Because it tastes like Starbucks. The Starbucks Tall Pumpkin Spice latte without whipped cream is 9 Smart Points, so I figure why not splurge on the 3 and drive past the Starbucks today.

Pumpkin Spice Creamer Recipe with Almond Milk =  1 Smart Point

Serving size: 1/4 cup; Servings: 6
Smart Points: 1 per serving

Ingredients:pumpkin-spice-creamer-recipes-ingredients

  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 2 tsp  vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional – the extra 4 smart points does not add to the final SP count)
  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend on high speed for about 60 seconds.
  3. Serve.
  4. Keep refrigerated.

Pumpkin Spice Creamer Recipe with Half and Half =  3 Smart Points

Serving size: 1/4 cup; Servings: 6
Smart Points: 3 per serving

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On the left is the half and half recipe. The almond milk pumpkin spice creamer recipe is on the right. Both are stored in mason jars.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of half and half
  • 4 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 2 tsp  vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional – the extra 4 smart points does not add to the final SP count)
  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend on high speed for about 60 seconds.
  3. Serve.
  4. Store in a jar and keep refrigerated.

I realize that 1/4 of a cup is a large serving size, but to get it close to my favorite recipe at Starbucks, I needed to add more. Also, I prefer to add the honey to my creamer instead of trying to sweeten up my coffee later. It’s just faster that way. You can also use coconut milk instead of almond milk or half and half. I didn’t try it out because I have enough creamer to last a week.

If you try either of these recipes out, let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you thought of them and if you made any improvements!

Reduce Carbs for Weight Watchers Smart Points Success

If you’re new to the Weight Watchers Smart Points program, you’ll notice that it penalizes you for eating processed carbohydrates. Reduce Carbs for Weight Watchers Smart PointsFoods that used to be a few points on the old PointsPlus program are now twice or triple what they used to be. To do well on the new program, you’ll need to reduce carbs.

When you join Weight Watchers, you will receive a diet program tailored to your individual goals.  Your personal age, gender, height and weight influence your diet plan. There are two approaches to Weight Watchers Smart Points.
You can follow the Smart Points system and eat whatever you want. All you have to do is count Smart Points by using your daily or weekly point allowances.
Or you can choose the Simply Filling no count plan and just eat healthy foods on the Simply Filling food lists. You will have a weekly allowance of foods not on the list.

Weight Watchers Smart Points Program Emphasizes Low Carbs

In the Weight Watchers Smart Points Program, low carbs are the key to losing weight. For years, low carb diets have been popular. From the famous Atkins diets to the Paleo plan,  it’s no surprise the Weight Watchers Smart Points program also recommends the proven method.

You might find it difficult to reduce carbs at first. Foods like pasta, rice and sweets are part of everyday meals, but they have many calories that come from carbs. You can still eat amazing food on a low carb diet.
It’s not as hard as you think once you realize what you can eat.

Why Does a Low Carbohydrate Diet Work?

Carbs are important because they are a source of energy. But all carbs are not the same. A low-carb diet restricts foods high in sugar and empty carbs.
In Weight Watchers Smart Points, you will avoid processed foods, foods high in sugar and trans fats. This diet reduces body fat and the risk of diabetes.

Tips for Reducing Carbs

I’ve found that I need about 4-5 days of detoxing from carbs in order to stick to a low carb plan. By this, I mean that I eat no processed carbs at all. No Rice Krispy treats, no cereal, no chocolate. Nothing packaged. I do still enjoy fruits and vegetables, but only in moderation and only if I’ve eaten proteins first.

If you’re not as daring as me, you can try some of the tips below to reduce your carb intake without feeling hungry! Weight Watchers Smart Points makes it easy to enjoy delicious food and lose weight at the same time. Smart substitutes can make lowering carbs pain-free.

  • Avoid foods high in sugar, trans fats and artificial sweeteners.
  • Replace canola, corn and grape seed oil with coconut oil and butter.
  • Eat a high protein breakfast including foods like eggs and turkey sausage. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and cook omelets with bacon bits and vegetables. Eggs are a quick and fulfilling breakfast choice.
  • Substitute oatmeal instead of granola.
  • Eat smaller portions of carb heavy foods. For example, instead of eating a regular pizza crust, pick thin crust or try substituting eggplant for the crust.
  • Avoid eating rice and pasta as much as possible. Instead, eat a high protein super-grain like quinoa or substitute rice with grated cauliflower. Trader Joe’s has my favorite brand of frozen riced cauliflower.
  • Stop buying low-fat products. Low-fat products make up the flavor by adding sugar.
  • Include a lot of vegetables in your diet. Try eating them with proteins before adding fruit or anything with carbs into your stomach.

To be successful on  Weight Watchers Smart Points program, you’ll need to have a mindset focused on fewer carbs. If you’re ready to begin, the best cheapest way to start is by using Ebates. Using my referral link (click here) you’ll get $5 back plus $10 if you’re new to Ebates. Also, you can get $20 off and a free Weight Watcher’s starter kit until April 18th, 2016. Here’s to your success!