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Cookie craving – on a calorie budget?

I know cookies are not the healthiest of foods. We cannot all be perfect all the time!  If you are going to cheat, cheat “GOOD”.   I am always searching for quick yummy snacks when I have a bad craving to satisfy me.  Volume is always another quality when you are PMS-ing!

The Pizzelle cookie fills that void!  They come in different flavors like vanilla, chocolate and lemon.  They have no trans fats and no preservatives.  They do have sugar but only  8 grams for a whole serving and 3 grams of protein.   The FANTASTIC part is that a serving size is 6 COOKIES at only 140 calories! WOW” one serving, 6 COOKIES!.  Gotta love the volume when you are craving sweets!

Try them!

Low Calorie – Low Carb Pig Out!

Spaghetti Squash Curry Let’ face it!  Sometimes I need a big volume of food to feel satisfied!  Spaghetti squash curry, you can always GO back for seconds without trashing your diet. This is a great meal that is filling, and with a little experimentation you can change-up the spices and vegetables to create many low-calorie, low carb meals! Ingredients; […]

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Eating Healthy on a budget – Do not waste!

This is a sister post to my post on ” Do Not waste will help your WAIST”  You can eat fresh an non processed and still have a budget!!  Plus health care in the long run will cost you more!

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A yummy way to eat the “it’s not trash yet” produce lingering in the fridge…

Make a salad “chutney“!

  • small dice cucumber, red onion, roasted red pepper, tomatoes
  • top with a favorite dressing or red wine vinegar, olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, oregano
  • use on top of any greens or add to a sandwich

“Mother’s words of wisdom:  “Answer me!  Don’t talk with food in your mouth!”  ~ Erma Bombeck

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Oh to good not to re blogg! I always say with working out Just show up! At least you moved getting there but this I am putting on a tee shirt!!!

THINKING THIN is a good thing!

A Yummy portable protein snack!

Think Thin Bars are “OH” so yummy!

I  am always on the go!  If I got the time  I go for a good salad or some fruit.  After saying that we all know sometimes hunger gets the best of us and time is often an issue for us moms!  Before you grab some junk food try one of the Think Thin Bars.  They are 230 calories, 20 grams of protein, have no trans fat and 0 sugars.  Be aware they do not have much fiber and 25 carbs.  They are gluten-free, organic and come in a lot of flavors.  The bars are really yummy, my favorite is the chocolate espresso.   They had no funny after taste and a creamy texture and fewer calories than a lot of protein bars.  I thought it was very satisfying.  But  remember this is more of a meal replacement if you counting calories and they are little pricey.

JUST A DISCLAIMER:  I did not receive these products for free or was NOT paid to try them!  Just a MOM on a mission to keep my girlish figure!!

To important no to share if your fighting the bluge or are even over 50 and want to help head off diabetes!!!!!!

CARAMEL MOCHA LATTE PROTEIN SHAKE

OMG this my breakfast tomarrow just had to reblog – Thanks

Back on track with green smoothies

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Hey, I do not know about the rest of you, but this St. Patrick’s day weekend ended up being a pig out!!  I Had company, a lot of dinners out, drinks and late nite munching!  I went way off the deep end this weekend.  Besides being tired, I feel bloated and have put on a few pounds.  After a weekend like this I almost need to stop cold turkey to get back on track!  Being fatigued just makes me crave more sweets and the more I obsess on the pounds I have gained, I just want food!

So today is my green smoothie day.  I am not starving myself, just the opposite.  I do not want to slow my metabolism down I  just need to cut back some calories and boost myself with a lot of vitamins and high fiber to get things moving. “If you know what I mean!”  I also need to really hydrate!  I try to consume between 20 – 30 grams of fiber and I get these through fruits and vegetables.  Also potassium rich foods  are included to help act as a diuretic.

Heres my day:

Morning;

  • 8oz glass of water
  • cup of green tea with lemon
  • Green smoothie that included 2 cups spinach, 1 cup low-fat greek yogurt, 1/2 banana and 1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries, 1 scoop whey vanilla protein powder. Add water and blend to the thickness you prefer.

Lunch:

  • 8 oz glass of water
  • 1 cup of green tea
  • Green smoothie.  Use 1 ripe avocado,  1 cup almond milk, 2 teaspoons benefiber fiber,  2 tablespoons honey, 1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries and 1/2 cup low-fat greek yogurt and 3 ice cubes and blend.

Dinner: 

  • 8 oz glass of water
  • Green smoothie:  2 cups of spinach, 1 apple, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup frozen organic strawberries, 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder,  1/2 cup low-fat greek yogurt, then add ice and blend to preference.

Sweet treat:

  • chocolate mud: 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese, stevia to sweeten to taste and coco powder and mix well.

Join me, and let me know how everything works out!

On a snack mission

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OK It is late afternoon and feeling starved as usual!  I am in Target on last minute errands before school carpool.   Now I am on a mission to find a quick snack with some protein and fiber, without breaking my calorie bank! After all I do have a snack criteria that generally includes no processed sugar, some protein and fiber.    The other rule I try to follow but it can be difficult, is that I have to be able to prononunce all the ingredients!!

I found the LaraBar!  I had seen this talked about on the biggest looser so I thought I would check it out.   Only 3 ingredients, and all of them I can spell!  It has protein and fiber and no cholesterol.  It is vegan and gluten-free.  It does have about 8 sugars depending on the flavor you pick but it is all natural.

I picked up a multi-flavor box and dashed to the car.  I tried 3 different flavors; cherry pie, cashew cookie, and apple pie.  They were good not my favorite but good.  Also they run about 230 calories so be aware when counting calories.  I liked the apple pie the best.  I think it was a texture thing.  I tend to like more crunchy snacks.  My kids were not fond of them.  My vote is I would buy them again especially if I were traveling for a quick snack to go anywhere!  Share your opinions.

Go Wild with a little HEMP!

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It is Friday, get a little wild! 

Add a little HEMP into your life style!

Let’s get started with a bite of Hemp-ology.  Hemp seeds are rich in vitamins, has fiber and protein.  Contains omega-6 and omega-3, essentials for a healthy heart. Hemp seed is also a good source of magnesium, zinc and copper. It is great to add to any vegan diet because of its high protein content.  Hemp adds wonderful nutty flavors and is great to use in diets for those who have peanut allergies or gluten-free diets.  Oh and do not get confused this will no get you highThat is a whole other blog! Hemp is one of those claim to fame superfoods, and has even been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz shows.

I thought what the heck I already use flax-seed and wheat germ in many of my recipes especially when it comes to increasing the nutrients to some of my kids favorite foods.  So the first thing I tried it in was my fruit smoothie.  I liked it and it did not really change the flavor of my smoothie, just added some depth to it.  So I got more adventurous! So I stuck my hand in the bag and tried it raw.  Hey, I was pleasantly surprised – did not have a hard shell like flax seeds. They had a nice nutty flavor and a softer texture.  So starting on Monday of this week I tried to incorporate the hemp seeds in many different foods I eat!  Here are some of my HEMP SEED trials;

  • Adding it directly to my greek yogurt.  This was a thumbs up!  Even got my kids to eat it!  I mixed the hemp seeds with some colored sprinkles and keep in a cute container.  They are now using without my encouragement!
  • Put it into my morning oatmeal with almond milk.  This was so yummy! Thumbs up!
  • Next I tried adding into my dinner time ritual.  Over the week added it to a turkey meatloaf and tacos.  My husband did not even notice it and gobbled it up.  So I gave this a thumbs up too!
  • I also tried adding the hemp seeds to the soup and it was not quite as good.  I would eat it, but could not get it pasted my kids. I guess if I cooked it longer the hemp would have gotten softer and I would have been able to get it passed them. Thumbs down!
  • On movie nite tried sprinkling the hemp seed on popcorn with sea salt but that was a no go! Thumbs down!
  • I challenged my kids to find a use for hemp seeds on their own. Their favorite was over ice cream with chocolate sauce or mixed with peanut butter on crackers.  Now I know the ice cream is not the most nutritious but if you’re going to have snack I guess it is better to mix in some healthy ingredients than nothing at all! Thumbs up!
  • I loved it sprinkled on my salad but to be honest the rest of my family was not so adventurous!

I also bet the hemp seed would be great with baking but I have not had a chance to try it yet!  What is good for us is also good for a 4 legged friends! I hear a lot of vets recommended it for pets to help digestion and healthy coat but I have not dog tested it yet!  Maybe next week.  Check out Happy Hemp a company (hemp.com) that sells hemp and has over a 100 recipes that is where I got my hemp seed from.

Come on take the challenge try a little HEMP and share your recipes with me!

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