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Skinny Caramel Macchiato Lattes and Weight Watchers iPad app

So back in December I shared my exciting news about becoming a partner with Weight Watchers as a Weight Watchers Insider.

With the release of the new PointsPlus program, Weight Watchers also released a cool iPad app called the Weight Watchers Kitchen Companion.  The really cool part………they sent me an iPad so I can use the Kitchen Companion app and tell you what I think about it!  Pretty awesome huh?!

So we’ve now had the ipad for a month and I doubt I have to tell you how much we love it, but I’m REALLY enjoying the Kitchen Companion!!

Instead of bombarding you with everything it does……..I thought I’d share a little at a time. There’s a lot to learn any way, and I know there is even more that I haven’t even touched yet!!

One of our favorite little kitchen gizmos is our handy dandy hot drink making machine…..the Cocoa Latte Maker.

We use it to whip up all sorts of yummy concoctions in the winter time.  But often those yummy little treats can rack up the calories and fat!

The other night we decided to pull out the iPad, open up the Kitchen Companion and plug in our own recipe to see if we could get the points down to a healthier treat.

iPad with Weight Watchers Kitchen Companion app

From the front page, select ‘Menu’ and then choose ‘Add New Recipe’.

When you enter your own recipe in the app, it shows you point value as you add ingredients, so you can make adjustments as you go along.

We found that by adjusting our ratio of flavored creamer to milk we could easily change point value.  1/3 cup creamer with 2/3 cup milk tasted every bit as good as 1/2 cup of each, and lowered the Weight Watchers Points Plus value.

The app can also help by giving you options on how to  ‘Lighten Up’ your recipe. For example, in this recipe I clicked ‘Add Ingredient’ then choose the “Lighten Up”  tab.  It then pulls up a list of ingredients that you might want to lighten up in a recipe, so in this case, MILK was an item in this recipe that is in the Lighten Up section.

Lighten Up – Milk – suggests Fat-Free milk, non-fat dry milk, evaporated fat free milk and pureed silken tofu.

It then goes on to suggest when you CAN use those substitutes, how to use them and when NOT to use them, along with a TIP on how to make your own whole milk substitute.

Pretty cool!

We opted for the 1% instead of the 2% milk we also had in the house.

When I was ready to enter our flavored creamer, it was not in the list of ingredients in the app, so you can choose to add your own ingredients. It asks for some information that you get right off the nutrition label and enters your item for you.  With this recipe a serving size on the creamer was one tablespoon, but we were going to use 1/3 cup in the recipe, so I measured it out and 5 tablespoons gave me 1/3 cup- so I chose 5 servings for the creamer when I entered it in the list of ingredients.

After you list all of your ingredients and directions, select Save and it will be added to the ‘My Recipes’ section.

We played with our ingredients and quantities until we got the points value that we felt was good, which in this case, we thought 3 points for a yummy treat was fair, and we didn’t compromise taste at all!

Want to make our recipe?  you can substitute with other flavors of liquid creamer if you’d like, but remember the points value may be different.

Skinny Caramel Macchiato Lattes

Yield: 2

Skinny Caramel Macchiato Lattes

Weight Watchers points =3 per serving

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup 1% Cold Milk
  • 1/3 cup International Delight Coffee House Skinny Caramel Macchiato, Fat Free
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1½ teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup aerosol whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients except for whipped cream in Cocoa Latte Maker and press “ON”
  2. Dispense into cup and top with whip cream and sprinkle with cinnamon……ENJOY!
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Next time I’ll share cooking with the iPad and  the Weight Watchers Kitchen Companion.


Cocoa Latte Machine



*Disclosure:  No compensation was received for this post. I am a Weight Watchers Insider for the new Weight Watchers PointsPlus program and have received complimentary online access to Weight Watchers, an IPad with the Weight Watchers Kitchen Companion App downloaded, and other tools. My opinions and love for lattes are all my own.

   
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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

35 Responses to “Skinny Caramel Macchiato Lattes and Weight Watchers iPad app”

  1. Lynn from For Love or Funny posted on January 17, 2011 at 6:24 am (#
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    I gotta say that we love our iPad; the apps are fantastic!

  2. Amanda posted on January 17, 2011 at 6:35 am (#
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    I learned a ton on this post!!! Great info and a fantastic recipe, that latte looks so good!!

  3. Lauren @ KeepItSweet posted on January 17, 2011 at 7:07 am (#
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    What an awesome app! Makes me want an IPAD even more!

  4. Jamie | My Baking Addiction posted on January 17, 2011 at 7:40 am (#
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    Love this recipe and I love weight watchers! I’ve decided that I will be purchasing an iPad as soon as the new one is released. So excited, this app looks fantastic!

  5. bridget {bake at 350} posted on January 17, 2011 at 8:01 am (#
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    That looks SO cool!!! I WANT that app….and an iPad! ;) Can’t wait to play with yours at Blissdom!!!

  6. Roland Heersink posted on January 17, 2011 at 8:07 am (#
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    There are so many cool iPad apps for the kitchen – the problem is how best to bring the iPad itself into the kitchen.

  7. Renee (kudos Kitchen) posted on January 17, 2011 at 8:12 am (#
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    This recipe looks great. I started WW a few weeks ago too so I really appreicate your posting this.

  8. Chris @nestlefoodie posted on January 17, 2011 at 9:29 am (#
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    I don’t know what I would do without my iPad! Seriously, the best invention! Well, next to an espresso maker. :) Your recipe looks delious!! And thanks for linking to our post on gourmet coffee (I am sipping a cafe latte as I type this!). Have a wonderful Monday and “Gourmet Coffee Day” tomorrow.

  9. Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids) posted on January 17, 2011 at 9:30 am (#
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    What a great tool to help your meal planning easier! (If I had an iPad, I would probably spill food all over it, since it would live in the kitchen!)

  10. Paula posted on January 17, 2011 at 9:37 am (#
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    The lattes look just as enticing as the *regular* ones and I think the offerings available on this app you write about is so neat. Continued success with your WW program Cheryl.

  11. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction posted on January 17, 2011 at 10:33 am (#
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    Those lattes look pretty fabulous! That’s a cool iPad app, too… I have to check it out. I’m always afraid to get my iPad anywhere near my kitchen, though, because spills always seem to land on the electronics. It never fails.

  12. Cookbook Queen posted on January 17, 2011 at 10:42 am (#
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    YUM!!

    I love drinks like these…I’m going to have to check out that drink maker…I have been lusting after a Tassimo, but they are so darn expensive!!

  13. Amanda posted on January 17, 2011 at 11:55 am (#
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    This sounds so good, might have to make one! Thanks for sharing

  14. Dana posted on January 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm (#
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    That recipe sounds really yummy! My hubby and I are doing WW as well, sounds like I NEED an iPad to really be successful. ;)

  15. Shaina posted on January 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm (#
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    I need another cup right about now, and this one looks fantastic.

  16. SMITH BITES posted on January 17, 2011 at 6:18 pm (#
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    gotta say that my iPad is such an amazing thing to have – all the apps make everything sooooooo easy!! haven’t seen the new WW one but will be checking it out soon!

  17. Tracy posted on January 17, 2011 at 7:23 pm (#
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    Love this recipe – caramel macchiatos are one of my favorite drinks to order, and this lightened up version is wonderful!

  18. Tickled Red posted on January 18, 2011 at 7:41 am (#
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    Now that’s a cool app!! I can’t wait to try one of those lattes it looks scrumptious :)

  19. abeachcottage posted on January 18, 2011 at 9:14 am (#
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    The latte is sure a yummy treat. I think it is a great gourmet recipe.

  20. Wenderly posted on January 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm (#
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    You have once again helped your “techno-challenged” friend my dear! Thank you! And this Skinny Caramel Macchiato Latte sounds live *heaven*!

  21. amy posted on January 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm (#
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    That looks delicious. Hope I’ll get skinny drink one everyday! :P

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  22. M* posted on January 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm (#
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    Yum! That latte sounds delish! :)

  23. Julie posted on January 22, 2011 at 7:32 pm (#
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    What a great app. I will be trying it out on hubby’s iPad!!

  24. Kristen posted on January 23, 2011 at 10:15 pm (#
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    I love that feature of the app… and what is crazy is I hardly have noticed the difference in the skinny recipes! They still are yummy!

  25. Rachel posted on February 2, 2011 at 8:21 pm (#
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    This looks so yummy!!!

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