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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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Remember WHAT? Go Beets!

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

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!

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!!

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!

On a snack mission

mmmmm delicious

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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.

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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COOKIE CHEATof the weekend!

 

“Hey, Hey to the weekend”

 I don’t know if you all got that – but that was my tribute to Davie Jones of the Monkeys!  He was my first crush!  On that note “RIP Davie Jones”

Now on to the weekend cheat.  It has been a busy week.  I have been very committed this week. I have at  spent about 1 1/2 hours per day, running , doing weights and Pilates.  I have saved my calories for wine of course and an occasional weekend treat!  I try to pick something yummy  without breaking the scale.

 So this is my recommendation for your COOKIE CHEAT of the weekend! 

“LISTEN CLOSE” or read close ! ONE SERVING IS 15 COOKIES AND ONLY 140 CALORIES.  So you can almost afford to cheat twice!  They have no refined sugar, no trans fat, no dairy, and are nut free. ( My daughter has a nut allergy and they are one of her favorites!) They have 1 gram of fiber and 2 grams of protein. Now recognize cookies are not a vegetable!  It does have 8 grams of sugar.     ” ShaSha Co. Ginger Snaps from the Natural Artisan Bakery” they also come in coco.

Enjoy and have a blessed weekend and PLEASE SNACK RESPONSIBLY!

Its National Peanut butter day! Let’s have a snack to celebrate!

National Peanut Butter Lover’s day.

 Good reason to get a little nutty! Yum I love all kinds of nut butters.( see attached link for nutrition information on different nut butters)  But if you are going to indulge go with the raw form it is much better for you!  Grind your own and even go crazy and mix nuts!   My favorite way to eat peanut butter is on Mestemacher fitness bread.  It is fantastic when toasted and is even great alone besides being full of grains and only 120 calories.  The slices are a good size and are very dense.  One slice really fills me up and you can change it up with what ever toping you want or even fresh sliced bananas.  This product has no preservatives, cholesterol free and 6 grams of fiber.  Ingredients are simple all grains, nothing that needs a medical degree to figure out what is in it.

Try it, it is one of my morning staples even with eggs!  Love to hear your feedback! 

Going Nuts for NUTS!!

Another day another SNACK!

 Sometimes one of the forgotten snacks are soy nuts.  They run you about 130 calories for a 1/3 cup.  They have 0 trans fats, no cholesterol and a BIG PUNCH of protein at 12 grams.  They also have no sugars, are lower in carbohydrates and 2 grams of fiber.   Soynuts have phytochemicals, called isoflavone.  Studies have shown that these naturally chemicals help prevent heart disease and prevent some types of cancers.

I know what you are thinking, nuts can have a lot of calories! But it always boils down to portion control and the protein and potassium benefits are wonderful.  These are great snacks especially if you are on a low carb diet and can be added to a trail mix of fiber one cereal, soy nuts and shavings of dark chocolateThe chocolate shavings is one of my secretes because it adds the sweetness without breaking the calorie bank!

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