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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Superbowl Menu 2016 ♥



Well it's finally here Superbowl weekend 2016! Here is a menu of foods for your superbowl party and yes they are healthy recipes but still so tasty! ♥





  

Friday, January 22, 2016

Mini Garden Egg White Frittatas ♥



Gluten free, protein packed egg white frittatas perfect for grabbing and going in the morning! ♥






Ingredients ♥

-Cooking spray
-12 serving muffin tin
-1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
-8 small cherry tomatoes, chopped
-1 small bunch of kale, torn into pieces
-1/2 cup chopped red onion
-3 TBSP Nutritional Yeast
-Seasonings of choice
-1 carton of liquid egg whites (4 cups total)

Instructions ♥
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
Add various chopped veggies to the bottom of each tin, filling ¼ to ½ the way full.
Sprinkle nutritional yeast and seasonings on top of veggies.
Cover each veggie-filled tin with egg whites. Pour over and fill to the top.
Bake for 30 minutes

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Mimosa's ♥



Here is a perfect New Year's day drink, New Year's  Mimosa's! enjoy! ♥




Ingredients ♥

     Sparkling Wine, Cava, Moet, Prosecco or Champagne (1 bottle)
     Orange Juice (1 carton)
     Triple Sec (optional)

Preparation 


Fill half of a champagne flute with chilled sparkling wine or Champagne (about an ounce) and top off with chilled orange juice (again about 2 ounces), gently stir. If you'd like to add triple sec, just a splash to taste works out fine. For added flare, slice up a strawberry to decorate the rim of each flute. Enjoy!


* Also delightful over ice in a larger white wine glass as I did above!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Menu ♥




Happy Christmas Eve! Here is a last minute menu idea for you, hope everyone has a blessed holiday! ♥





Italian Antipasto Wreath Appetizer  ♥


 


Skinny Holiday Shrimp Cocktail Dip ♥





Baked Knorr Spinach N' Artichoke Dip ♥





Kicken' Cranberry Punch ♥



Roast Turkey For Christmas Recipe ♥



Mamma's Christmas Sweet Bread ♥

 

Merry Christmas!  ♥

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Healthy Holiday Party Survival Guide ♥



So the holidays are here again! read my article in Parade magazine and Sverve  This article  is on holiday fitness and a tasty healthy party menu for the holidays! 

First the party planning for a tasty but healthy menu you won't have to feel guilty about! Why not entertain buffet style using appetizers they are much less in calories and you can eat a variety and sample more rather than loading up on a big dinner. That way guests can pick and choose as to what they want to nibble on throughout the party! ♥




First start off with my Kicken' Cranberry Punch  sure to be a crowd favorite!


Then try my Ultimate Party Meatballs  


Try my Skinny Holiday Shrimp Cocktail Dip 



Knorr Baked Skinny Spinach  Artichoke Dip 


Holiday Pinecone Cheese Ball 


Crab Stuffed Mushrooms


Ingredients 
1/3 cup light Mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 can (6-1/2 oz.) crabmeat or 1 cup frozen crabmeat, thawed
18 medium mushrooms, stems removed
Directions 
1. Preheat oven to 400°. 
2. In small bowl, blend Mayonnaise, bread crumbs, cheese and garlic; fold in crabmeat. Evenly spoon mixture into mushroom caps. 
3. On baking sheet, arrange mushroom caps. Bake 20 minutes or until heated through and lightly browned.

Now here are some fitness tips so that you don't overdo  and splurge from those holiday parties you will be going to.

Socialize! Use holiday parties as an opportunity to socialize with your friends. Keep walking around and don’t stop for too long – and certainly don’t stop next to the chips and dips, or buffet table! Walking does count as exercise, so the more you move, the better.

Dance! Let loose and dance off any extra party calories. The added bonus is that the more time you spend dancing, the less time you will spend eating – and you get to hang out and have fun with your friends while you do it!

Maintain your routine. Don’t skip your workouts just because you’re on vacation. The best thing you can do is try to keep your exercise routine intact. I know as well as anyone how easy it is to forget healthy eating habits during the holidays, but if you can at least keep your workouts going, it will help prevent holiday weight gain.

Watch your drinks. Try to avoid drinking too many sugary drinks. It’s amazing how many calories can be hiding in a simple holiday punch, with or without alcohol. Staying hydrated with water will help.

Exercise! If time is tight, try to do a quick 10-minute workout routine in the morning, then repeat it right before you go to bed. Simple, interval-style exercises will help burn some calories and keep you toned up over the holidays.


Pre-Holiday Meal Make sure you eat a little bit of protein (promotes a feeling of fullness) and carbohydrate (energy foods) to take the edge off before leaving the house. You'll not eat as much if you're already feeling slightly full.

Water helps you to feel full and can help the body burn more calories by increasing your metabolic rate. Some studies have shown that the body can (and often does) confuse hunger with thirst. Instead of starting with eating first (hunger), give your body 1-2 glasses of cold water.
Alcohol and Sodas If possible, decrease or eliminate all consumption of alcoholic beverages. Before drinking any alcoholic (or sugary) beverages, both which have empty calories and are not good for your body, drink a glass of cold water first. Cold water will give you a feeling of fullness, so that you're not inclined to drink as quickly (or at all). 

Nibbling and Snacks When eating snacks during a party, distance yourself from the tables where all the food is. By staying close to the food, you're more inclined to just reach out and eat without thinking too much about what you're putting in your body.


Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables Gravitate towards the fruits and vegetable options while eating starchy carbs, sugary and fattening desserts in limited portions. Remember that vegetables, especially broccoli, spinach and some fruits are rich in fiber, which will give you a feeling of fullness. You can add a small side of ranch dressing and drizzle some on your vegetables, instead of dunking your vegetables into your dressing. You'll save on calories and extra fat.

So there you have it a few tips for the holiday survival guide! Happy Holiday , Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone stay safe, have fun, and most of all eat healthy! 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Healthy Leftover Turkey Day Recipes ♥



Don’t waste those Thanksgiving leftovers. Turn them into delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner recipes that are low calories and low fat. ♥




Breakfast


Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie Latte 



For this just substitute the pumpkin for your leftover pumpkin pie! Blend it up in a blender and add! 


Leftover Turkey Breakfast Burritos 




Ingredients ♥

Olive oil 
1 large garlic clove, peeled and chopped to almost a paste
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 cup diced leftover roast turkey
1/4 cup leftover stuffing
3 tablespoons leftover cooked vegetables
1 large egg
1 large flour tortilla (10- or 12-inch, or as big as you can get)

Sour cream and chopped cilantro or parlsey for serving, if desired

Directions 
In a large sauté pan, heat  oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute, then add the spices and allow to sizzle until fragrant, about another minute. Stir in the chopped turkey, and the veggies. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until heated through and coated with the spices. Crack the egg over the contents of the pan, then stir it into the rest of ingredients. Continue cooking until the egg is cooked through, about another minute or two, then remove the pan from the heat.  Heap a few large scoops of the turkey-veggie mixture in the center of the tortilla  Add some sour cream and cilantro or parsley, if desired.

Lunch 


Skinny Leftover Turkey Waldorf Salad



Ingredients ♥

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, boiled, diced

1 cup seedless red grapes, each cut in half
1 cup salted cashews 
1 small Gala apple, finely diced
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
1/2 to 1 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
Juice of 1 lime (1 to 2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
Salt and pepper to taste
Directions ♥
1 In a large bowl, stir together all ingredients until well mixed, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Dinner

Leftover Turkey Italian Minestrone Soup 




Leftover Turkey Skinny Mini Pot Pie's



Ingredients ♥
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup (98% Fat Free)
 1/2 cup skim  milk
 1 package (12 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed (about 2 1/4 cups)
 1 cup cubed leftover turkey
Frozen pastry sheets ( I use the egg roll pastry ones they are only 9 carbs! ) 

Directions  ♥
Heat the oven to 350 F.  Stir the soup, 1/2 cup milk, vegetables and chicken in a bowl.
  Pour chicken mixture into mini ramekens. Top with pastry shells to cover the mixture. 

 Bake for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.enjoy!  ♥

Homemade Turkey Stock


This is a staple in all of your soups and stews you can freeze and it will last for months! 

Ingredients ♥
1 turkey carcass
2 medium stalks celery, coarsely chopped
1 large carrot, coarsely chopped
1 medium yellow onion, quartered
1 medium bay leaf
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
6 sprigs fresh thyme

Directions ♥

Break up carcass with a meat mallet or cleaver so it fits in a stockpot (at least 15 quarts), then add remaining ingredients. Add enough cold water to cover the bones by 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, skimming occasionally, until turkey flavor comes through in the stock, about 2 to 3 hours.

Strain through a fine mesh strainer into large heatproof containers. Let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate or freeze.
 Note - You can to save space in the freezer use 1 gallon Ziploc bags  pour 2 cups into a quart ziplock bag, Continue until all of the stock is bagged and place flat in the freezer.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Southern Thanksgiving Menu 2015 ♥



Thanksgiving is this week! Here is my annual menu, this year I decided on a Southern Style Menu! ( Ode to my southern relatives in Texas and Tennessee! )  Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!








Southern Sweet Potato Casserole




Cranberry Chutney 




Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole


Skinny Mini Pecan Pies