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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!

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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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Remember WHAT? Go Beets!

I think this was just blogged for me! Lover of beets and looking for my memory!!!!

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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Organic on a budget!

Everyone needs to print could help you save some money while eating healthy!

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My position on organic foods is quite simple: If I had a Dr. Oz or Oprah food budget, I’d buy everything organic. It’s true that organic foods are not purchased exclusively by the very rich or else it wouldn’t be a billion dollar industry. There are lots of regular people with regular incomes who have made the lifestyle choice of buying organic foods. I have made that choice, whenever possible and affordable, and some items that I’ve been buying organic for a decade now like milk, yogurt, eggs and butter are not cheap by any standard but I feel are worth it for my health. When it comes to produce, if there is a sale on organic products, I’ll jump at the occasion and there are certain conventional products, like berries, I will no longer eat if I cannot buy them organic. If I could only buy organic meats I…

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Waste NOT can help your WAIST!

Just read an article on how much food we waste. It is estimated everyday americans waste enough food to fill the rose bowl stadium. WOW!

So last week I started to pay attention to how much edible food my family squander.  I was just amazed! I thought I was pretty frugal! Now this was not a scientific experiment but it was enough for me to realize how much money I am throwing away weekly.  Especially because I try to buy fresh and depending on school and sports schedules sometimes the fresh produce does not get consumed and just rots in my refrigerator.  So this week I am on a mission to waste less!

My biggest house hold waste tends to be fruit.  I really try to judge how much to purchase each week but we all know with schedules and picky kids it does not always get eaten.  So this week I started freezing fruit in small quantities to use for future recipes. Plus having frozen fresh foods on hand is better for my health and waist line!

Freezing Fruit:  After washing the fruit, I remove all skin and seeds depending on the kind of fruit.  Then I portioned the fruit into one cup portion sizes.  Then I transferred the fruit to a small zip lock bags and labeled and date.  Some fruits like apples, pears and bananas will darken which does not bother me but there are techniques you can use with ascorbic acid to preserve your fruits. Also some fruits like oranges, lemons and limes, I puree with a little water and freeze in ice-cube trays.  After frozen in the trays I put in zip lock bags for later use.   Remember air leads to loss of flavor so the more air you can remove the better.  I prefer to freeze in zip lock bags rather than plastic containers, I find it is easier to remove the air.

Then it is ready to use anytime. The frozen fruit is great for smoothies.  Even use to make a sorbet or bake with!  I love it on my oatmeal!

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!

Avocado Moisturizing Mask – Go a little green for St. Patty’s day !

Take a little “ME TIME” before the St. Patty’s celebrations.  Everybody needs a little pampering! Avocado Moisturizing Mask! ingredients: 1/4 ripe avocado 2 tablespoons plain yogurt 1 tablespoon of honey Why these ingredients?  Avocado is rich in vitamins like vitamins A, B, and E.  Avocado oil can help for maintaining your skins elasticity and is also a wonderful moisturizer. […]

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Thursday’s Recipe of the Day: Slimmed Down Shamrock Shake

Go Green in celebration of st. Pattys day! Not to mention it so so good just had one for breakfast. I liked without the peppermint. Thanks for blogging fitnesslovingmom

Fresh healthy lunch with 2 minute prep time!

My tip for a quick power lunch and slimming for the waist!

It is a quick snack or even a quick and simple lunch.  So simple but so good! Start with an 8 oz glass of water with a spoon full of dissolvable fiber supplement. Take a single serving of low-fat cottage cheese and mix with  4 tbsp of taboule.  Only about 200 calories, just add green tea with lemon and you have a relaxing lite lunch.  With around 12 grams of protein and only 5 sugars, your good to go!  Just add a little whole grain fiber and you have quick healthy satisfying lunch.  A healthy lunch like this you have a lot of wiggle room for you afternoon snack!

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