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Recipe Box, Snacking

Snacks On the Go… Student Life!

Midterms just ended! Hallelujah. :) Like most, during the week I’m pretty busy. Being a full time student, as well as working part time, it’s all too easy to get swept up in a time crunch and forget to eat. That’s where quick stops like McDonalds come in. However, to kill that option, I plan ahead! The night before I know I am going to have a busy day, I prepare some snacks to bring with me for some easy snacking to hold me over throughout the day. Here is an example of what I pack on a typical library long day. :) *1 banana *1 cup fresh halved strawberries *yogurt *hard boiled egg with pepper* What do you pack to hold you over for snacks throughout the day??

Recipe Box, Sides, Snacking, Tailgating Must-Haves

98 Calorie Caramelized Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers!

This recipe is another of my tailgate favorites! Typically, jalapeño poppers come fried and can pack hundreds of calories. This healthy alternative is really good and under 100 calories! You need: *12 slices of low-fat turkey bacon *6 wedges of Laughing Cow Cream Cheese Spread* light brown sugar* 6 large jalapeño peppers* Preheat oven to 375 degrees! First, cut the peppers in half and deseed them. I cannot stress this part enough- WEAR GLOVES!!! When I was deseeding and cleaning them, I did not wear gloves, and the pepper oil burned so badly into the next day that I ended up with my hands in a bowl of ketchup for half an hour….. (I can’t make this up.) Soooo, take from my pain experience, and wear gloves! :) Also, wash your sliced peppers to…

Dinner, Holiday Eats, Lunch, Recipe Box, Sides

Roasted Butternut Squash- Two Ways! Sweet & Savory vs. Caramelized Cinnamon

Tomorrow I’m driving down to Charleston, South Carolina to visit my best friends! Minus the 10 hour drive (ughhh) I’m so excited!! To prepare for my long weekend away, I’ve been trying to just use all the produce in my fridge so I don’t come back to rotten food and have to throw everything out! I had a big butternut squash in my fridge so I decided to use that up for lunch today. I couldn’t decide what I was in the mood for, so I decided to do a “Battle of the Squash” and cook it two ways! …Both won… I couldn’t choose a favorite! Both recipes were really easy and so so so yummy. I’ll start with the Caramelized Cinnamon Butternut Squash: You need: *½ of a butternut squash* drizzle of extra…

Dinner, Dressings & Marinades, Lunch, Recipe Box, Sides

Crunchy Baked Coconut Chicken, Zesty Yogurt Sauce, & Roasted Mixed Veggies

I loveee coconut. Whether its on chicken, shrimp, candy, anything- I love it! Pairing coconut with baked chicken is an easy way to add a little sweetness, while getting the crunchy feeling of fried chicken… without actually being fried. :) First, pound out 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cut off any extra fat. For the “breading” you need: *2 ½ cups unsweetened coconut flakes *3 packages of Truvia *1 cup unsweetened almond milk *2 egg whites* In a bowl, mix the almond milk and egg whites. On a plate, add 1/3 of the coconut flakes, and 1 package of Truvia. (For each breast, add more coconut and another pack of sweetener.) Dip each breast in the egg mixture, then coat in the coconut, after placing on a baking sheet. Repeat for the following chicken…

Holiday Eats, Recipe Box, Snacking, Sweet Tooth, Tailgating Must-Haves

Game Day Tri-Apple “Nachos”

I love all things football. That’s one of the reasons that fall is my favorite season! Yesterday, we had an away game, so all our friends got together to watch the game at home. Instead of having only typical tailgating foods, I wanted to provide some healthy options, as well. These apple “nachos” were a huge hit. They were literally the first dish gone! They are so simple to make, and only need three ingredients! For a big platter of apple nachos, you need: *5 apples (I used three types for flavor variety- green, red, and pink lady) *One big dark chocolate bar *½ cup crushed up unsalted peanuts* I prefer milk chocolate, but dark chocolate is a lot better for you, health-wise. Mixed with the peanuts and sweetness of the apples, I enjoyed…

Dinner, Lunch, Recipe Box

Grilled Shrimp, Turkey Sausage, & Fresh Veggie Pasta

Tuesdays are my long days at school. I have class pretty much all day, so dinners on Tuesday nights are typically later and quick. Pasta has a pretty bad rep. However, there are a few things I’ve leaned to keep this comfort food light and healthy! I always try to pack my sauce with fresh veggies and protein. I once heard that you should have about 2/3 veggies & protein and only 1/3 pasta. I try to follow that rule. :) Also, there are so many pasta options! You can find whole wheat pasta for $1 at your local grocery store. There are also glutten-free pastas, which honestly, tastes just like wheat pasta. Last night, I chose to work with whole wheat pasta. First, you want to dice up any veggies you want to…

Recipe Box, Snacking, Sweet Tooth

Skinny 63 Calorie Brownies

My number one weakness in life is chocolate. Cookies, brownies, candy bars- literally any type will do. If I had to choose to live off one type of food for the rest of my life, I would have to choose chocolate. If only there was a way to be able to eat chocolate without all the guilt… And now there is. :) These brownies are only 63 calories! (I’ll let that sink in for a second.) What you need: - ¾ cup creamy peanut butter - ¾ cup vanilla (or honey) greek yogurt - ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk - 2 egg whites - 1 tsp baking powder - ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder - ½ cup oats - About 1 cup of truvia Blend all of the ingredients, except the peanut butter, in a…

Recipe Box, Snacking, Sweet Tooth

Fresh Watermelon Topped With Low-Fat Cool Whip & Chocolate PB2

Last night my sweets cravings were out of control! Instead of diving into the cookies that my roommate keeps buying (grrr…) I decided to try a unique dessert instead. I am in looooove with PB2. It is so much lower in fat than peanut butter, but tastes the same! I wasn’t too sure how it would taste on watermelon, but mixed with the low-fat cool whip, it was really good! Ingredients: - 1 ½ cups fresh cubed watermelon - 2 tablespoons low-fat cool whip -2 tablespoons chocolate PB2 This serving was pretty big, it filled a cereal bowl, and really filled me up and killed those cravings! Best part? The entire bowl was only 131 calories. Much lower in calories than those oreos! ;)