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Flip UltraHD $99 and Nintendo Wii and DSi XL Bundles

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You can get the latest Flip UltraHD, 4GB, 1HR (3rd Gen) for $99.00 and free shipping at Amazon in these styles:




Nintendo DSi XL Red Special Edition Bundle with Mario Kart $179.00

Nintendo Wii Console Bundle w/ Sports Resort Game $199.99 (Sports Resort is a $50 Value)

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Aircharge Inductive Remote Charger for Wii – $13.99

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Good for any family with a Nintendo  Wii.  We have rechargeable batteries in our remotes….we just run through them too quickly otherwise!

Wii Aircharge Inductive Remote Charger for $13.99 from $29.99.  Includes charging station and two batteries.

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Wii Eat Heathy Lunch: Vegetarian Chili

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With the snow piling up outside…school and activities being cancelled…I thought a hearty chili recipe would be just perfect!  I found this recipe years ago when I was exploring the South Beach Diet.  This is perfect for lunches… and it is a small recipe at just 2 servings…and doubles well if you need more.

1/2 bell pepper (red, yellow, green), diced

1/4 medium onion, chopped

2 tsp. olive oil

3 oz. soy/meat alternative crumbles

3/4 tsp. chili powder (or to taste)

1/4 tsp. ground cumin

1 oz. canned chopped green chilies, drained

1/4c an diced tomatoes (3.75 oz)

1/4 can black beans, drained (3.75oz)

1/4 can kidney beans, drained (3.75 oz)

1/4 can tomato sauce (3.75oz)

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the peppers, onion and garlic to taste and heat until they soften.  Add remaining ingredients.  Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

WW Points Per Serving: 4

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Wii Eat Healthy Breakfast: Steel Cut Oats

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I’ve heard all this talk about steel cut oats…but I didn’t really know what the difference was…so I did a little research.  Steel cut oats are the inner part of the kernal grain (groats) that is coarsely chopped by a steel blade rather than rolled.  These are healthier for you, less processed and have a lower glycemic index than instant or old fashioned rolled oats (42 compared to 66 according to Wikipedia).  This means that you will get less of an insulin spike when you eat them….you will sustain your energy level longer after you have eaten.

Its no secret that although I’m sort of being drug behind the wagon…I’m a big fan of Weight Watchers.  Here are two recipes for Steel Cut Oats that I found in the Weight Watchers forums.  Both call for being cooked in your slow cooker overnight…but I would hesitate to cook them a full eight hours unless you are completely sure of the heat levels your slow cooker cooks at.  If possible…make one of these recipes the first time during the day and check for a finished product after approximately 5-6 hours of cook time.

Apple Steel Oats

1 cup steel cut oats
1 apple — coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon nutmeg
4 1/2 cups skim milk — or water

In a slow cooker, add all ingredients and set to low heat.  Let cook overnight.

Serves appx. 4 people (1c. uncooked steel cut oats generally makes 4 servings)

5 Points Per Serving made w/skim milk

3 Points Per Serving made w/water

Creamy Pumpkin Oatmeal

2 cups steel cut oats
1 12 oz. Can fat-free evaporated milk
1- 15 oz. Can pumpkin
5 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup splenda
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup sugar free maple syrup

1. Just put it all in the crock pot, mix until no chucks of pumpkin left. Cook on low for 8 hours (while you sleep). Yummy breakfast for the entire week.

2. For an apple version: substitute 2 cups sugar-free applesauce for the pumpkin. Add on large chopped apple. Substitute 2 teaspoons cinnamon for the pumpkin pie spice .

Serves appx. 8 ppl

4 Points Per Serving

Here are a few more tips for cooking your steel cut oats that I found in my search:

  • Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray before you start adding ingredients.  I’ve read over and over how much easier it makes cleanup in the morning…almost to the point of a MUST.
  • If you want more texture to your oats…toast them first.  Lay them on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes before adding to slow cooker.
  • As I mentioned earlier…know the strength of your cooker…and adjust the cooking time as such.  You can always cook them longer…you can’t unburn them.
  • Cook oats with water and any variation of dried fruit…serve w/ fat free half and half and honey to sweeten for appx 5 points per serving (I’m thinking of trying craisins and apricots)
  • If you are using a large slow cooker…you may be better off doubling the first recipe…2c oats and 8c water seems to cook more evenly in a large cooker.
  • Steel cut oats cooked overnight freezes very well.  Making a large batch and either keeping it in the fridge for several days or freezing it will make for easier, yet still healthy breakfasts on those days you are rushed.
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Wii Eat Healthy Snacks: Dressing Up Your Fruit

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Photo Courtesy of Dinner's On Me

Photo Courtesy of Dinner's On Me

This is sort of a no brainer, it seems to me.  The healthiest snacks you can have are fruits paired with a little bit of protein.  Sugar to boost you and protein to help sustain the energy!  Plain ol’ fruit and yogurt gets boring after a while…especially if you are trying to please kiddos at the same time so here are a few ideas I’ve gathered from Twitter and from my own childhood:

Frozen Bananas: My mom used to make these all the time when we were little and they are amazingly yummy.  On a stick or not…individually wrapped in saran these bananas will not brown as they freeze.  My mom used to dip them in chocolate first so they had a nice outer coating…I heard this week to dip them in yogurt (Yoplait Whips freeze nicely) and then roll them in nuts before freezing them and I think that sounds DIVINE!

Frozen Grapes/Blueberries: Eaten frozen these fruits will give you a little blast of cool, refreshing flavor that is (yes…I’m going to say it) better than ice cream!!  You can snack away and have none of the guilt.  Dip them in some yogurt to round out the snack.

Grapes and Sour Cream: Yes, you heard me.  Throw some grapes in bowl with a dollup of sour cream on top, sprinkled with a little brown sugar.  This looks pretty and tastes YUMMY…even though it sounds a little crazy.  The sour cream balances well with the sweet of the grapes and the sugar.

Apple O’s: Cut the core out of your apple then slice it into rings.  Spread a little peanut butter on the apple rings and make a little sandwich out of them.  Kids especially will LOVE this treat.

Just a couple of my favorite ideas for sprucing up your fruit snacks….what are some of yours??

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