Sunday, August 13, 2017

Frozen Yogurt Blueberry Cheesecake








     Quest gave me the inspiration to create a Blueberry Cheesecake with their Blueberry Cobbler Hero Bar,... thanks guys!  Each of these 8 hearty pieces are 332 calories, 10g net carbs and 24g protein.  Whether you have this for breakfast, dessert or just a healthy snack it's all good man...I think the macros can support any time of day.  So try this fun little experiment the next time you are hankering for fruit filled fare!  :)

Ingredients for 8 large pieces~
5 Quest Hero Blueberry Cobbler Protein Bars
2oz (1/3 cup, 66) Almonds
Rounded 1/2 cup (3oz) Blueberries
1 1/2 cup Swerve Granular Erythritol
Dash Cinnamon
Heavy Dash Vanilla
14oz net weight Extra Firm Tofu
8oz reduced fat Cream Cheese, room temperature
8oz Light Sour Cream
7oz 2% Fage Greek Yogurt
1-4 Tablespoons Lemon Juice, if desired

     VERY CAREFULLY shave that Blueberry goo with the White Chocolate coating from each of the Hero Bars, set aside.  Add Almonds to food processor til powdered (be careful not to process to butter), then add the 5 protein bar portions of the Hero Bar til fully incorporated and crumbly.  Press into the bottom of Spring Form pan.  Meanwhile, add the 5 Goo toppings to saucepan along with Blueberries, 1/2 cup Erythritol, Cinnamon and Vanilla til melted together and thickening, smashing as many Blueberries as possible, set in fridge to cool for 10 minutes.  Finish up by add Tofu, Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, Yogurt, Lemon Juice if desired, and last cup Erythritol to cleaned food processor and whip til smooth and creamy.  Pour on top of crust, and stir in cooled Blueberry mixture making a decorative pattern.  Chill in freezer til firm.  Enjoy  :)  PS  This freezes very firm, it took about an hour to thaw to easily cut, so I went ahead and cut all 8 pieces and put back in the freezer in individual containers...(I'm smart that way)

Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Caffeine Free Tea



Forget about naps—relaxation doesn’t need to be boring. Join Good Earth Tea on National Relaxation Day, August 15th, during three interactive Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/GoodEarthTea)events that are sure to help you create balance in your life. 

Good Earth’s new Sweet & Spicy “Good Night” Tea is a taste to behold– an exciting new twist on chamomile tea that’s perfect for National Relaxation Day. Good Earth has blended high-quality chamomile flowers with exotic dragon fruit and fiery cinnamon for a Sweet & Spicy taste that is anything but sleepy.  Sweet & Spicy Good Night is an entirely new experience in chamomile that can be enjoyed hot or iced! Won't you join me on National Relaxation Day and raise your mug to Sweet & Spicy Good Night Tea!  For more information and where to buy, visit www.goodearth.com. In good health, paige  :)

Edamame Pasta Pesto








     Who said you can't have Pasta to keep your low carb diet in check...not me, nope you did not hear that from me...quite the opposite actually!  With Explore Cuisine, you can have all the Edamame Pasta your belly can handle...and did I mention the phenomenal flavor!?  The macros are simply unbelievable as well, each of the 2oz are only 180 calories, 7g net carbs and 24g protein.  Pair this with a beautiful homemade Pesto and you have a meal that can't be beat...each rounded cup of Edamame Pesto Pasta is only 315 calories, 10g net carbs and 28g protein.  This green will make you lean!  For more information and where to buy Explore Cuisine Edamame Pasta, visit www.explorecuisine.com.

Ingredients for 4 hearty servings~
8oz Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame Spaghetti
5oz Baby Spinach Leaves
4oz container Basil, approx 2.5oz net weight of leaves, use less if you want a milder flavor
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan, (extra for garnish, not included in macros)
1 large ripe peeled Avocado (approx 4oz)
1oz (1/4 cup) chopped Walnuts
1 Tablespoon fresh chopped Garlic
2 Tablespoons Sriracha
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice, if desired
Salt to taste
Chopped Roma Tomato, for garnish if desired

     Prepare Pasta according to directions.  Meanwhile, add rest of ingredients (except for garnish) to food processor and blend til smooth.  Stir together with Pasta and garnish as desired.  I also served this over Grilled Chicken Breast and it was over the top delish!  Enjoy  :)


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie










     Guys, I am just here to help, K!?  Just trust me, I know what I'm talking about!  If you have health goals, I have answers.  Each of the 8 slices of my Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie are only 234 calories, 10g net carbs and 18g protein.  If you love Chocolate and if you love Peanut Butter, this is a must try!  This melt in your mouth goodness will make you smile with every single bite!

Ingredients for 8 servings~
2 Quest Rocky Road Protein Bars
4oz Lily's Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Premium Baking Bar, broken up
1/2 cup 40 cal/cup Chocolate Almond Milk
16oz Extra Firm Tofu
7oz 2% Fage Greek Yogurt
1 cup Chocolate Peanut Butter Powder
1 Tablespoon sliced Almonds
1 Tablespoon Lily's Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips

     Spray pie plate with Pam, unwrap Quest Bars and heat in microwave for 15 seconds, press each softened Protein Bars onto bottom of pie plate, covering bottom completely.  Bake at 350 for 5 minutes, remove and cool.  Meanwhile, add broken Chocolate Bar to microwave safe bowl along with Almond Milk for 30 seconds, stir til smooth, if not melted thoroughly then re heat in microwave another 30 seconds and stir again til completely smooth, set aside to cool.  Add Tofu, Greek Yogurt and Peanut Butter Powder to food processor til well combined and fully combined.  Then add melted Chocolate and continue to process til completely incorporated.  Pour into Pie Plate with cooled bottom, and top with Almonds and Chocolate Chips, chill til firm.  Enjoy  :)

Kaniwa Eggs







     Who has heard of Baby Quinoa, raise your hand!?  If you have, then you will be familiar with the word Kaniwa...if you haven't then you might think I'm speaking Swahili...but I ain't.  Kaniwa is my new obsession, it's the hot new healthy food showing up around town (and is from South America not Africa).  This little grain is lightly sweet and very versatile, lunch, dinner or even breakfast.  Try out my Kaniwa Eggs and decide for yourself which time of day you will be hankering for my fun new find!  Each of the 2 servings are only 270 calories, 15g net carbs and 12g protein!  :)

Ingredients for 2 servings~
1/4 cup Kaniwa
1 cup Water
2 jumbo Eggs
4oz Avocado, sliced
Cherry Tomato, as garnish if desired
Sriracha, as garnish if desired

Boil Kaniwa per directions, should yield 1 cup.  Put 1/2 cup in each bowl.  Meanwhile, fry 2 Jumbo Eggs in Pam sprayed skillet, cook as desired.  Put one Egg in each bowl, add sliced Avocados evenly to each bowl, garnish with Tomatoes and Sriracha.  Enjoy  :)                                                                                                                                           

Philly Cheesesteak Zucchini Boats







     I refuse to give up flavor to be thin.  And, who said you can't have it all...who ever "they" is, has it all wrong...nor have they tasted my Philly Cheesesteak Zucchini Boats.  High flavor, high fashion, and super macros.  Each of the 8 "Boats" are only 144 calories, 4.5g net carbs and 17g protein.  Time to sail to the kitchen and float away into the yummy sunset!

Ingredients for 8 servings~
4 medium/large Zucchini's
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, plus extra for drizzling
Garlic Powder
Italian Seasoning
1 medium Onion, diced
1 Tablespoon chopped Garlic
Dash Cayenne
8oz fresh sliced Mushrooms
1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
1 pound thinly sliced Roast Beef, diced (I used Boar's Head from the Deli counter)
1oz Cheese, diced or shredded (I used a smoked Gouda)
Cherry Tomato, for garnish as desired

     Slice Zucchini length wise, use melon baller to scoop out inside pulp (save and use to saute in EVOO and Garlic to use as a side dish at another time), rub lightly in Olive Oil, sprinkle with Garlic Powder and Italian Seasoning, roast at 375 for 15 minutes, then high broil for another 5 minutes or starting to become lightly golden.  Meanwhile, add a Tablespoon Oil to skillet along with Onion, Garlic, and Cayenne til golden brown.  Add Mushrooms til cooked through, then add Green Peppers til crisp tender, stir in sliced/diced Beef til heated thru, add equally to empty Zucchini Boats, and sprinkle evenly with  Cheese, and put back in oven til Cheese is melted.  Garnish with Tomatoes as desired. Enjoy  :)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies








     These may be my richest Brownies to date, and that is quite a statement... and I have the goods to back it up!  This is decadence at its finest!  Not to mention, each of these 9 hearty squares of deliciousness are only 173 calories, 7g net carbs and 20g protein.  And, the best news is these are super duper easy to whip up in a flash!  A real winner all the way around!

Ingredients for 9 large servings~
4 scoops Quest Chocolate Protein Powder
1 cup 25 cal/cup Cashew or Almond Milk
1 cup Swerve Granular Erythritol
2/3 cup Cocoa
2/3 cup Pumpkin
1/2 cup 0% Fage Greek Yogurt
1/3 cup Lily's Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips (reserve a few to sprinkle on top)
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla
1 Tablespoon chopped Pecans
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter Powder plus Water to reconstitute

     Mix all ingredients together, except for reserved Chocolate Chips, Pecans and Peanut Butter Powder.  Add batter to parchment paper lined 8X8 baking pan, top with reserved Chocolate Chips and Pecans, bake at 350 for 35-38 minutes.  Divide into 9 Brownies, when ready to eat each Brownie, add enough Water to 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter Powder til desired consistency and add to top of Brownie.  Enjoy  :)