Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Berry Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

     Wanna know what's berry berry delicious... Berry Oat Chocolate Chips Cookies, that's what!  Whats berry better is that each of the 26 cookies are only 64 calories, 3g net carbs and 3.7g protein.  The other berry good thing is that these are not just warm weather delights, they are great all year round!  Thank you healthy for being so berry berry wonderful!  :)

Ingredients for 26 Cookies~
1/4 cup Vanilla Cupcakes Sweet Spreads, softened
2 XL Eggs
1/4 cup Nutiva Coconut Flour
1/4 cup Swerve Granular Erythritol
7oz 2% Fage Greek Yogurt
Modern Oats 5 Berry
1 scoop Quest Salted Caramel Protein Powder
1 Quest Mixed Berry Bliss Protein Bar, diced
2 Tablespoons Lily's Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips
1 teaspoons Baking Powder
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla

     Mix all together til well incorporated, drop by Tablespoons onto Silpat lined cookie sheet.  Bake at 325 for 13 minutes.  Enjoy  :)

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Healthy Alfredo

     No need to suffer, all things are possible in the world of health with a little tweeking... not to be confused with twerking!  Such is the case with the beloved Alfredo Sauce, which will henceforth be referred to as Healthy Alfredo and can be a weekly staple in your dinner circuit.  Enjoy over a cup of sauce for 316 calories, 6.8g net carbs and 16g protein.  Time to start making a list of all the things you can pour it on!  ;)

Ingredients for Healthy Alfredo~
6 Swiss Cheese Laughing Cow Triangles
1 Tablespoon "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter"
2 Tablespoons Parmesan
Dash Garlic Powder
Dash Onion Powder
Dash Pepper
3/4 cup So Delicious 35 cal/cup Cashew Milk

     Heat unwrapped Laughing Cow, Butter and Parmesan in microwave til melted, stirring to combine.  Add seasonings and small amounts of Milk to stir in til smooth, continue adding milk while stirring to incorporate well.  Use in any way desired that would be appropriate for Alfredo!

Healthy Chicken Alfredo~
1 Spaghetti Squash, cut in half lengthwise and seeds removed
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 medium Yellow Onion, diced
1 Tablespoon chopped jarred Garlic
Dash Cayenne
8oz fresh sliced Mushrooms
1- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless Chicken Breast, sliced into strips
4 cups fresh Broccoli Florets
1 batch Healthy Alfredo Sauce
Diced Roma Tomato
Dash Salt and Pepper

     Bake de seeded Spaghetti Squash halves face down on foil lined pan at 375 for one hour.  Meanwhile, heat EVOO in skillet, add Onions, Garlic and Cayenne til golden brown.  Then add Mushrooms til thoroughly cooked, next add Chicken and cook while breaking into bite size pieces with spatula, and finish by adding Broccoli til crisp tender.  Add lid to steam faster if desired.  Pour Healthy Alfredo over mixture and stir in til well incorporated.  Serve over baked Spaghetti Squash, top with diced Tomatoes and season as desired.  Enjoy  :)

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Gruyere Beef

     Fear Red Meat no more!  Now you can have your Beef and eat it too!  Gruyere Beef makes no apologies, it just makes smiles in your belly!  Whip together this high fashion dish with great simplicity (#wefancy),  and enjoy knowing each serving is only 245 calories, 5.6g net carbs and 28.5g protein.  Put this on your menu today!  :)

Ingredients for 4 servings~
1.5 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 medium Yellow Onion
1 Tablespoon chopped jarred Garlic (or fresh pressed)
Dash Cayenne
8oz sliced Mushrooms
1 pound 96% lean ground Beef
2 teaspoons Worcestershire
Dash Salt
Dash Pepper
1oz shredded Gruyere Cheese (get the best at Whole Foods)

     Heat 1 Tablespoon EVOO in skillet til hot, add Onions, Garlic and Cayenne til golden brown.  Add Mushrooms til thoroughly cooked.  Meanwhile combine remaining 1/2 Tablespoon EVOO, Beef, Worcestershire, Salt and Pepper, then pat into 4 equal patties.  Scoot Onion and Mushroom mixture to side of pan, add Beef patties and cook til desired level of done on both sides.  Remove patties to plate, sprinkle evenly with Gruyere and top evenly with Onion and Mushroom mixture.  Enjoy  :)

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Maple Bacon Muffin

     If you could put magic in a muffin tin, this would be the results!  Maple Bacon Muffins taste like they have been sprinkled with Fairy Dust, ... AND the macros are so spectacular you won't have to saw your muffin in half to enjoy.  This is no trick, you can eat the whole thing for 136 calories, 2.2g net carbs and 9g protein.  Who cares about pulling a rabbit out of a hat when you can pull muffins out of the oven~Ta da!  :)

Ingredients for 6 Muffins~
2 Tablespoons Maple Pancake Sweet Spreads, melted
1/4 cup Swerve Granular Erythritol
3/4 cup So Delicious Cashew Milk, 35 cal/cup style
1 jumbo Egg
1/4 cup Nutiva Coconut Flour
1 scoop Quest Salted Caramel Protein Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
Dash Maple Extract
Dash Cinnamon
6 slices cooked and crumbled Turkey Bacon, divided in half

     Blend all ingredients together, reserving half of the crumbled Bacon.  Pour evenly into 6 silpat lined muffin tins and sprinkle tops with remaining Bacon crumbles, slightly pat down.  Bake at 375 for 17 minutes.  Enjoy  ;)

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

     How bout a healthy mid morning or mid afternoon snack for 137 calories, 15.5g net carbs, 8.1g protein and TONS of flavor!?  And did I mention EASY!?  This will be the simplest Hummus you will ever whip together.  Add that to home made tortilla chips and you have a winner on your hands!  Time to get your kitchen on!

Ingredients for  Hummus, 10 servings of 2 Tablespoons per serving~
1~15oz can Garbanzo Beans, drained ( I used Tree of Life)
1/3 cup Kraft Roasted Red Pepper Salad Dressing

     Add ingredients to food processor and blend til smooth.  Each 2 Tablespoon serving is 45 calories, 6.6g net carbs and 2.1g protein.

Ingredients for Tortilla Chips~
1 LaTortilla Factory Low Carb Traditional Flour Tortilla
No calorie spray Butter
Flavor God Everything Spice

     Spray Tortilla with a thin coating of spray Butter and sprinkle with Everything Spice, slice into 8 equal triangles.  Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.  Each Tortilla has 70 calories, 6g net carbs and 5g protein.  After finished baking, top each triangle with a teaspoon Hummus and garnish with shredded Carrot, diced Red Pepper, diced Green Onion, Salt and Pepper if desired.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Banana Nut Chocolate Chunk Protein Bar

     If you are ever running low on protein bars, make your day better by making your own creation!  Banana Nut Chocolate Chunk Protein Bar will put serious smiles in your tummy and muscle on your biceps!  Each of the 6 bars is only 224 calories, 6.3g net carbs and 26.7g protein.  Let your imagination run wild and see what flavor combinations you can come up with! ;)

Ingredients for 6 Bars~
1/4 cup Caramel French Toast Sweet Spreads Cashew Butter, softened
1/4 cup Swerve Granular Erythritol
1 cup 35 cal/cup So Delicious Cashew Milk
1/4 cup unsweetened Cocoa
5 scoops Quest Banana Cream Protein Powder
2 Tablespoons Nutiva Coconut Flour
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla
1 Quest Double Chocolate Chunk Protein Bar, diced
2 Tablespoons chopped Nuts

     Mix all ingredients together except for Protein Bar and Chopped Nuts, pour into wax or parchment lined loaf pan.  Top with diced Protein Bar and chopped Nuts, pat down and set in fridge overnight or for several hours.  Slice into 6 and Enjoy  ;)

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Shrimp and Slaw

     Shrimp is to Slaw what Sonny was to Cher... oh wait, they split up, ... BUT... Shrimp and Slaw will be together for EVER!!! (promise)  And not only that, everything is totally healthy in this relationship!  Each of the 4 servings is only 351 calories, 15g net carbs and 48g protein.  Have this soon and you will live happily ever after too!  ;)

Ingredients for 4 servings~
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 medium Yellow Onion, diced
1 Tablespoon chopped jarred Garlic
Dash Cayenne Pepper
2 pounds fresh Shrimp, remove shell and tail
1 teaspoon Riega Organic Shrimp and Fish Seasoning (optional, but I used it)
14oz package Dole Coleslaw
1/4 cup lite Ken's Steak House Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad Dressing
Green Onions, diced for garnish
Red Bell Pepper, diced for garnish
Dash Salt
Dash Pepper

     Heat EVOO in skillet, add Onion, Garlic and Cayenne til golden brown.  Add shelled Shrimp and Shrimp Seasoning til pink and cooked thru.  Meanwhile, stir together Slaw and Salad Dressing til thoroughly coated.  When ready to serve, add Slaw to bowl and top with cooked Shrimp.  Garnish with Green Onions, Red Bell Pepper, Salt and Pepper.  Enjoy  :)

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Pink Lady Date Salad

     I never get tired of mixing fruit, nuts and greens.  It makes everything inside me smile, even before my first bite!  Whole Foods has all the components to make joy a reality.  I just had my first Pink Lady Apple experience, and found the firm tart flavors bursting with excitement in my mouth.  It might have been my first, but definitely won't be my last Pink Lady.  Each of these six servings is only 334 calories, 24g net carbs and 30g protein.  This could pass for a fancy dinner or a casual lunch, ...(I would even have it for breakfast...but I fear people would talk...).

Ingredients for 6 servings~
1.5 pounds boneless skinless Chicken Tender
1/4 + 1/3 cup BRIANNAS Blush Wine Vinaigrette
1 pound Brussels Sprouts
1 bunch fresh Kale
10 Deglet Dates, diced
1/2 cup sliced Almonds
1 Pink Lady Apple, diced
4oz Whole Foods Goat Cheese (best Goat Cheese on the planet)
2 large Green Onions, diced
Dash Pepper, as desired for seasoning
Dash Salt, as desired for seasoning

     Marinate Chicken with 1/4 cup BRIANNAS in zip lock bag for several hours or over night in fridge.  Remove Chicken and shake off marinade and cook in skillet, breaking into bite size pieces with spatula while cooking, set aside.  Meanwhile, clean and trim Brussels and cut in half, add to Food Processor and grind to slaw.  Tear all the Kale Leaves from the stem into small bite size pieces, mix with slawed Brussels, and remaining 1/3 cup BRIANNAS and add to large salad bowl.   Next add bite size cooked Chicken around perimeter of bowl, topping with diced Dates.  Add sliced Almond to next inner ring, followed by diced Pink Lady.  Fill center with crumbled Goat Cheese and top with diced Green Onions.  Head on over to Whole Foods and don't leave til your basket is over flowing with all these incredible goodies!  Enjoy  ;)

Disclaimer: I am a Whole Foods Market Blogger Ambassador and this post was inspired by their monthly themes and gift cards received to purchase ingredients for posts of my choosing. I am not compensated by Whole Foods Market for my blog posts and am free to post whatever I see fit to my own blog.