Month: January 2011

Favorite Friday Product–Nature Valley GranolaThins

Favorite Friday Product–Nature Valley GranolaThins

  Wow!  These will satisfy any sweet tooth!  They are individually packaged and they perfect portion size! There are two different flavors, dark chocolate and peanut butter ( I have just tried the dark chocolate!).   The nutrition facts are nothing fancy but also not […]

Puppy Chow–Made healthy!  The perfect after school snack!

Puppy Chow–Made healthy! The perfect after school snack!

My family loves puppy chow and of course when I use a whole stick of butter I cringe but I think I found a simple substitute!   Last night my daughter and I made this yummy treat!  Here is the recipe that we used.   […]

Nacho Good–A nacho cheese recipe made healthy!

Nacho Good–A nacho cheese recipe made healthy!

So the other night as I was thinking what should we have for dinner I was reading my Food Network Magazine and this month they are featuring 50 plus different varieties of nachos!  They all look wonderful!  I wanted nachos and that was what I am making for dinner!

 

So make things a bit more healthier here is my recipe.  I didn’t tell my husband and he didn’t even say anything so that is HUGE!  He did eat his entire bowl of cheese.  I thought they were pretty tasty and as you notice from the recipe I wanted to put something healthy in them – yes, pureed pumpkin!

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp flour

1 1/2 cups skim milk

salt and pepper

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/4 cup chicken stock

1/2 cup salsa

 

Preparation

In a small pot, melt butter and combine with flour.  Stir in skim milk until thicken.  Add a dash of salt and pepper.  Once it has come to a boil and thicken, slowly add cheese until melted.  Next add pumpkin and chicken stock.  The chicken stock help to thin the consistency. I like my nacho cheese a bit spicy so I added salsa!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Favorite Friday Product–Mrs. Mays Naturals

Favorite Friday Product–Mrs. Mays Naturals

  One thing I have to say about this product is – Oh my!!  They are so extremely good, I was very surprised!  The flavor is outstanding!     Here is a closer look to see what they actually are – just bite-size little nut […]

Stock your frig right! Part II

Stock your frig right! Part II

Back to the fridge in stocking the right foods for the New Year!  I always think about foods that taste good or help make my fruits and veggies taste even better!  Also I consider protein and fiber to be essential nutrients, especially for this time […]

Stock the Frig Right!  Top five must-have items

Stock the Frig Right! Top five must-have items

 

Now yesterday I talked about shelf stable items today I want to focus in on perishable items! Today is protein and dairy day in the frig – tomorrow I will focus on the other five!

 

1.  Omega eggs – These wholesome, hearty eggs are a must at my house.  They even taste better than regular eggs.  The omega variety contain about 250 mg omega-3s; 150 mg EPA/DHA plus 300 ug lutein and rich in vitamin E.  These chickens were fed a blend of fish oils instead of flaxseed.  Fish oil is better absorbed than flaxseed oil!  A great way to get the essential omegas – especially if you don’t like fish!

 

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2. Kefir – This drinkable yogurt contains ten live active cultures, aka probiotics, to help build a healthy immune system.  Comes in all different flavors!  One cup is about 140 calories and 11 grams of protein!  Another go-to item when I am hungry and just don’t know what to eat.

 

 

3.  Reduced-Sodium lunch meat – At my grocery store they have a wonderful deli case with varieties of reduced-sodium meats including ham and even turkey!  They are about 250-350 mg of sodium for 2 ounces.  Be careful, Sara Lee has one out there but they are still pretty high in sodium – see if there are other options.  A great source of protein for any time of the day!

 

4.  Yogurt – Find a yogurt that is all natural and just getting back to the basics.  I like yogurts without any sugar substitutes such as splenda (sucrolose) or nutrisweet (aspartame).  Here is one of my favorites and probably only available in the mid-west, sorry!  It is to die for!!  105 calories and only 6 grams of sugar – wonderful flavor with not much added!  This is seriously what my breakfast looks good and I get excited for it every morning!   It can even be a dessert – it is THAT good!

Kalona Organics

 

5.  Greek Yogurt – I am hooked on this combination.  Throw out the sour cream and try using nonfat (full in the picture, sorry) Greek yogurt and a seasoning packet.  This is the perfect snack when I am starving.  I bring out this dip and the baby carrots and go town – and I don’t have to feel guilty Smile 

 

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French Onion Greek Yogurt Dip

Stock the cupboards right! Top ten items you must have

Stock the cupboards right! Top ten items you must have

As the New Year influences us to eat better, that means we also need to have better foods in our cupboards! Here are some must-haves in your pantry for healthy meals and snacks.   1.  Nuts and seeds – the perfect healthy snack!  Package them […]