Monday, September 23, 2013

What Are You Craving?

I ran across these snacking options while reading the other day and I thought a lot of them sounded good.  I love that you can choose between sweet or savory craving options.

If you're craving sweet:

  • Cherries (1 cup) + almonds (10)
  • Orange (1) + pistachios (30)
  • Peach (1, sliced and grilled) + "cream" (puree 1/4 cup cottage cheese, 1 teaspoon honey and cinnamon until smooth)
  • Berries (1/2 cup) + low-fat vanilla yogurt (6 ounces).  Craving chocolate?  Stir in 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder.
  • Apple (1, chopped and baked in microwave for 1 minute) + almonds (10, chopped).  Sprinkle with cinnamon. 
  • Banana (1) + walnuts (5 halves)
If you're craving savory:
  • Cherry tomatoes (1 cup) + low-fat mozzarella cheese stick (1)
  • Olives (5) + edamame (1 cup, steamed in shell)
  • Celery (1 rib, sliced) + peanut butter (1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • Cucumber (1 cup, sliced) + tuna (3 ounces with 1 tablespoon light mayo)
  • Grapes (1/2 cup, whole) + turkey jerky (1 stick)
  • Pea pods (1 cup) + hummus (4 tablespoons)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Snack Time Favorites

Snack Time

You don't have to feel guilty about snacking.  Healthy snacking can help you reach your weight loss goals by controlling hunger and preventing a binge.  Looking for a snack?  Here are some of my snack time favorites; all around 100 calories.
  • The Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Original - 70 Calories
  • Rold Gold Braided Twists Honey Wheat - 8 for 110 Calories
  • Mini Caramel Rice Cakes - 7 for 60 Calories
  • Clif Crunch Bar White Chocolate Macadamia - 1 bar for 95 Calories
  • Hershey Bliss Dark Chocolate Squares - 3 for 105 Calories
  • Sundae Shoppe Italian Ice Strawberry or Lemon - 100 Calories

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Almond Joy Trail Mix

I ran across this simple recipe in a magazine.  I love Almond Joys and this sounds so yummy and easy!

Almond Joy Trail Mix

Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes and 12 almonds. To add more volume, add a handful of popcorn.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fight Hot Flashes

Fight Hot Flashes

Tired of suffering from hot flashes and night sweats?  Relief maybe be as far as your kitchen.

Fill up on a variety of these fruits and vegetables:

  • Garlic
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Salad Greens
  • Strawberries

Recent studies have shown that eating a variety of these fruits and vegetables can help reduce symptoms by 20%.  It certainly can't hurt to try!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Good For You Egg Salad Recipe

Protein packed eggs are one of the most versatile foods.
One large egg only costs you about 75 calories.

Good For You Egg Salad
3 extra large eggs
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon of slivered almonds
Pinch of fresh ground black pepper

  • Place the eggs in a saucepan and cover with water.  Bring to a boil, turn off the heat, cover the pot and let it sit on the hot burner for 8 minutes.
  • Remove from stove, drain water and run cold water over eggs.  Peel eggs, discarding two of the yolks. Place the whole egg and the two whites in a bowl.
  • Mash with a fork.  Add the celery, parsley, mustard, almonds and pepper and mix.

Eat as is or serve on flatbread.

Serves: 1
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Nutrition:  173 Calories