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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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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!!

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!

A no calorie snack

Snack for today has no calories! Good article thanks to loszach’s blog

The Loszach Blog

Most people only think about drinking water when they are thirsty; but by then it may already be too late.

Even mild dehydration can alter a person’s mood, energy level, and ability to think clearly, according to two studies recently conducted at the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory.

The tests showed that it didn’t matter if a person had just walked for 40 minutes on a treadmill or was sitting at rest – the adverse effects from mild dehydration were the same. Mild dehydration is defined as an approximately 1.5 percent loss in normal water volume in the body.

The test results affirm the importance of staying properly hydrated at all times and not just during exercise, extreme heat, or exertion, says Lawrence E. Armstrong, one of the studies’ lead scientists and a professor of physiology in UConn’s Department of Kinesiology in the Neag School of Education.

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Pass the peas please!

Name of the game is fast snack on the go!  Now my personal disclaimer is if you have time and are not out on the go eating raw fresh fruits and veggies is the way to go!  Now after saying that I have 3 kids, work schedule, soccer and not to mention a carpool and I am a snacker.  I prefer to eat healthy but in between meals I search for snacks for “on the go” instead of reaching for junk food from a fast food restaurant.  My college student is also looking for healthy alternatives that does not require preparation for the dorm.

Todays review is called “CRUNCHIES 100% Organic Peas

 I know what your thinking but hang on!  BUT – If you’re gonna snack it might as well be nutritious.  These crunches are 100% Organic Peas, no wheat, gluten-free and only 7 grams of sugar.  They also contain 6 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein which will help you feel full.  They are only 104 calories per serving.  The peas manufacture claim that the  freeze-drying process maintains the enzymes and nutrients.

NOW for the real test “THE TASTE”  They are very crunchy and satisfy my need to crunch.  At first I thought they were  bland but the more I ate the more favorable they seemed. Now for me I always like to change things up!  I sprayed olive oil and added an italian seasoning on them and even my teenager loved them that way.  Do put too much oil or it will make them soggy.  These peas would be great added to salads or anything else you can think of.

Out of a rating from 1 -10, 10 being the best;  I rate this snack a 6.  My three kids rated them from a 2 -6.  My youngest would not even try them.  I know for me I want to feel good about what I am putting in my body and my kids need more convincing!

Happy Snacking – Share what you think!

Sarah Dussault’s High Protein, Low Calorie Granola Bar Recipe – 2/24/2012 Friday

these look amazing! I was not going to re-blogg until I tried them but I thought they look to good not to share!!

Healthy – low calorie snack for the corn lover!

Have you ever heard of corn thins??   I stumbled upon these at a give away after a marathon my husband ran in.  They are pretty much

fat-free and have no gluten.  And as far a ingredients go there is only 3!  They have less than a gram of sugar and low sodium.  The down side is they do not contain much nutrition.  There is only a little fiber and protein.  But as far as a quick snack goes they are very tasty and a protein can be added with a little raw almond butter or a spread of your choice!  Now on a personal note they are very crunchy and make me feel I am eating something naughty and salty.  Now the serving size is just for two corn thins, but  with almond butter it is very filling and a great quick snack.  My kids gave it a thumbs up!

I consider my self one of the Queens of snacks.  What I usually look for is snacks that are high in fiber with some protein which helps to control my hunger.   Snacks that are relatively low in sugars, less than 7 grams unless it is natural.  I also search for items that are under 200 calories, preferably 100 calories or I do not consider them snacks.  I also try to kid test the snacks I feature but some of the things I really enjoy my kids have not developed a pallet for.  I am also not getting paid to try these snacks and purchase them myself in most cases!  However I wish I was!

If you enjoy snacks and are looking for a healthier alternative please join me in future posts!

 

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