January 16, 2013
Okay, I’ll explain. My nephew came home from school with a recipe for a very healthy smoothie. To get the kids to drink it, his teachers had to name it something cool: Incredible Hulk Smoothies!!! Otherwise, the spinach in it would not go over well. Exhibit A:
So, my nephew asked me if we could make it on “our night.” (I babysit him on Tuesdays when my sister — and his mom — attends choir rehearsal at our church.) We ended up straying from the recipe a bit: we used fresh strawberries, and maybe about two TBSP of honey. We blended it up very well – it takes awhile for the spinach to break down and turn the smoothie green. It was delicious! Exhibit B:
This is a great snack and I highly recommend it!
September 18, 2012
I love to eat. I always want to munch on something. I never understand how people forget to eat. It’s never happened to me. In fact, I think I’ve tried to forget before, LOL. I look forward to breakfast, lunch and dinner, but especially my afternoon snack – which is probably the MOST important meal in my day. It’s easy to make it through the few hours separating breakfast & lunch, but not so easy to make it from lunch to dinner. That could be upwards of 7 hours if you eat lunch around noon and eat dinner around 7! GASP! So, I break up that time with a well-timed (3-4 p.m.) and healthy snack.
My favorite snack of all time is apple & peanut butter! OMG! It’s filling and healthy. (I keep the PB at around 1.5 TBSP or the snack can quickly become not so healthy). It not only holds me ’til dinner, but also fuels an after work exercise session! I also tend to snack on cheese & crackers, guacamole & chips, veggies & dip and granola bars.
What are some of your favorite snacks? Don’t know yet? Well, here are some suggestions…
July 24, 2012
Soda is a rarity for me. When I do drink it, I choose a Diet Coke or Diet Ginger Ale; and lately, I’ve noticed, I can’t get through an entire bottle because the soda is too sweet! On a daily basis, I drink flavored seltzer water, still water and coffee. (Can’t forget that nice glass of wine a few times a week, which I limit to a 4-5 ounce serving). Every once in awhile you need to be reminded of why you cut back on something in the first place. This guide does that for soda: it explains how soda influences several conditions from asthma to osteoporosis. Looks like I’ll be cutting that diet soda completely!
July 17, 2012
I really, really love croutons. No, really. And, ever since I changed my lifestyle (no dieting, here) in August 2009, I’ve had to control the amount of croutons I eat. Before that time, I never knew that (about) 5 croutons average 30-50 calories – doesn’t sound like a lot, but they go down so easy! I used to (and I always see people) cover salads in croutons, which is a surefire way to suck the nutrition out of an otherwise good salad. So, in order to satisfy this addiction, I decided to make my own.
my ingredients – you can use any spices you want
I bought a french baguette (a day old loaf works too), pulled out my EVOO, salt, pepper, onion powder, crushed red peeper, chopped onions and fresh garlic. As you can see in the picture, I cut up the bread into small squares. I then drizzled the squares with EVOO until they were just slightly damp – not drenched. (I’m very non-scientific when it comes to cooking, so sorry there’s no measurements!) I seasoned with the spices to taste, cut up a clove of garlic and sprinkled that on top.
the result – yum!!!
I then put the mixture in a small pan and popped it in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. (They should be golden brown and crispy when they’re done.) And, I must say – these are some of the best croutons I’ve ever had! Plus, these have no preservatives and have less calories than the ones in the bag! I promptly made a salad with romaine lettuce, egg, bacon, homemade vinaigrette and put these right on top. Can’t beat it!