Posts tagged ‘diet’

May 17, 2011

Banana Bread Muffins refined!

Buying too many bananas doesn’t have to be wasteful. Bananas often get super ripe before you know it, and banana bread is a great way to utilize their ripeness. I’ve made banana bread many times but this time I wanted to refine it, make it lower calorie and more diet friendly. I found this recipe on sparkpeople.com (http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=), and took it one step further by making muffins instead of bread. I also added applesauce instead of water. Muffins are easy to grab and a pre-portioned snack. These turn out to be 3 points plus per muffin.

What you’ll need:
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter (softened)
2 cups mashed ripe bananas
2 organic eggs
3 tablespoons natural applesauce
1 cup wheat flour
2/3 cup all purpose white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

Preheat oven at 350.
I used my electric mixer and added the bananas first to mash them. Mix in the sugar and eggs. Add dry ingredients (white flour, wheat flour, baking soda, salt, baking power). Mix well. Add applesauce. Line or grease muffin pans and divide out. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Makes 18 muffins.

I sprinkled cinnamon on half and chocolate chunks on the other half to add a lil something.

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April 26, 2011

A quick delish lunch!

Here’s a quick, healthy, balanced lunch idea for you.

Tuna couscous:

You’ll need
1 5oz. can tuna in water
1 cup cooked whole wheat couscous
1/2 cup cucumber (English work the best)
Large handful of cherry tomatoes cut in half
1 cup fresh spinach chopped
2 tbsp. feta
Drizzle of vinegar dressing
Salt and pepper

Mix and enjoy! Couscous takes about 10 minutes to make total and can easily be cooked ahead. Hope this can make your lunch feel fulling and energizing.

Happy gnashing!
– Michelle

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April 17, 2011

Lemon Chickpea Dip

Snacks are a vital part of my day-to-day eating. It is good to snack, especially when you’re dieting. Snacking curbs your appetite and regulates glucose levels. If you allow your glucose levels to fluctuate between extreme ups and downs, losing weight is going to be more difficult. So I have a great snack that pairs nicely with crackers, veggies, or toast, Lemon Chickpea Dip. This is a great snack because it has fiber, protein, and fills you up.

 What you’ll need:

* 1 can Chickpeas

* 3 TBS Olive Oil

* 1 Lemon

* 3 Garlic Cloves

* Bunch of Cilantro

* 1/4 Spanish Onion

*1 TBS Parsley

* Sea Salt and Pepper to taste

Blend chickpeas, onion, garlic and olive oil in food processor until smooth but with some texture.  Add lemon juice, cilantro, salt and pepper and finish blending. Let sit in fridge for 30 minutes to allow flavors to develop. Serve with raw veggies, chips, crackers, or toast. Also a great on sandwiches and burgers. Enjoy!

April 13, 2011

Don’t think you have enough time for breakfast? Think again!

Sometimes all you want is something quick, easy and pleasing for breakfast. I’ve got the perfect idea. Strawberry-Banana Smoothies!! You may be thinking, can’t I just pick that up at Jamba Juice? Yeah, you can, IF you live near one and have $5+ to spend every morning. But the easier, faster, simpler, and cheaper way is to make your own. I started making various fruit smoothies for breakfast or a snack when I began weight watchers a few years ago, and it is one of the most satisfying ways to start your morning.  So here it is, the simple Strawberry-Banana smoothie!

What you’ll need:

3/4 c. frozen strawberries

1 banana (this is a great recipe to use those turning-brown bananas!)

1/2 c. organic 0% Greek yogurt (any flavor you please, I like vanilla)*

1/3 c. Organic 1% or fat-free milk*

I try to let the frozen strawberries thaw out for a few minutes so I usually take them out when I first wake up.

Add all ingredients together and blend! It’s that simple! I use an immersion blender that cost me $60 at target and is a great alternative if you don’t have the space for a regular blender. This is a great recipe to make the night before and throw in the freezer or fridge, depending on how you want the texture in the morning. To get even more nutrients, try adding frozen blueberries, mango, raspberries and blackberries.

For those of you on Weight Watchers, you can make this for as little as 2 Points Plus if you use plain non-fat greek yogurt!

*I use organic milk and yogurt not only for the health benefits because I truly think that dairy tastes so much better than non-organic. It’s worth the money! Think of it as investing in your health AND your senses! *