Month: December 2012

Holiday Treats–Brownies!

Holiday Treats–Brownies!

I came across this little trick to make brownies just a bit healthier about four years ago for my daughter’s first birthday.  Of course I didn’t tell anyone what I put in the brownies because they would freak! Now, people are very suspicious of my […]

Holiday Treats – Fantastic Fruit Salsa!

Holiday Treats – Fantastic Fruit Salsa!

So, have you been crazily busy like I have been getting ready for Christmas?  Between, shopping, getting Christmas cards out, wrapping presents, making tie six blankets (I don’t know why I thought making homemade gifts was a good idea, ha!), keeping kids busy all day(since […]

Chocolate Chip Power Bars + Holiday Favorites!

Chocolate Chip Power Bars + Holiday Favorites!

Well, we decided to bake the other day, yes, kids and all, ahhhh!  It went just fine but when you have two little hands that want to help dump ingredients into the bowl, you sure do have to be fast on your feet!  And let’s not forget a little extra mess, oh well, we all had fun! 

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Here are the ingredients.  In our second batch we deleted the puffed rice cereal.

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Are you ready, Mom?  Get set . . .go!  As you can see some of my pictures are not the greatest as I was a bit rushed, ha!

 

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Of course they each had to crack an egg . . . therefore we have two eggs in the recipe.  I love my daughter’s face after she cracks an egg, “Yuck, Mom, I have goo on my fingers!”

If I didn’t keep a closer eye on my son we would have more eggs in the recipe, whew!  I had to hide the eggs. The kid LOVES eggs (and eat them too!).

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Here is our butter, PB2, chia flour and apple sauce.  If you don’t have chia flour you may use flaxseed or wheat germ to add the extra health benefits.  Chia flour provides a good source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.  The chia flour is really just ground chia seeds.  Never, never use whole chia seeds in a baking recipe, they are crunchy, always use ground chia seeds or like I did just buy the chia flour.

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Here we are adding chocolate chips and Chocolate Peanut Butter protein powder.   I didn’t even have to use any sugar!  I let the chocolate chips be the star of the show.   Really these bars are just sweet enough with the chocolate chips, applesauce and sweetened protein powder (it uses stevia).

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Now, I just need to bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit fro 20  to 25 minutes.

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Here they are . .  all baked and ready to eat! These bars are delicious for breakfast, too!

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Psst . . . you could even sneak these in for the holidays!  Maybe for breakfast or even on the treat tray!

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Chocolate Chip Power Bars

Ingredients

3 tbsp butter, softened

1/2 cup applesauce

1/3 cup peanut butter powder (PB2)

2 eggs

2 scoops chocolate peanut butter protein powder

2 scoops chia flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup  whole wheat flour

1 cup oats

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1 cup puffed rice cereal, optional

Preparation

In a mixing bowl, combine butter, applesauce, peanut butter powder and eggs together.   Add the rest of the ingredient and mix well.  Spread mixture into a greased 9-by-13-inch pan.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.  You may also scoop batter as cookies (I just didn’t have time, ha!). 

 

 

 

It’s time to party!

We had some company over last weekend and to my surprise I picked up the best appetizers at the grocery store.

 

Yes,  just some ole’ tortilla chips and hummus but they were awesome! The chips were outstanding and as you can see I have taken a picture of an empty container and a package, they were just that good.

Try them at your next party or you can even take them to a friend’s party and they will love you!  If you have never tried hummus it is just mashed garbanzo beans, kind of like a bean dip but better!

 

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Dinner Tonight! – Chicken Teriyaki

Dinner Tonight! – Chicken Teriyaki

“What’s for dinner . . . chicken or chicken?”  Chicken can get a little boring but this lean protein can be decorated with just about anything!  I, sometimes am just not that creative.  Here is a recipe that is a great way to dress-up plan […]

Favorite Snack Products

Favorite Snack Products

We all need some quick go-to products for a yummy snack!  These items may not be 100% super healthy, but everything in moderation, right (even I am starting to dislike that word ).   My first pick is Kashi’s Peanutty Dark Chocolate!  Oh . . […]

Survival Guide for the Holiday!

Survival Guide for the Holiday!

As I get older, I think I am becoming more realistic with my dietitian suggestions, ha!   I think we all know what not to do to gain 10 pounds over the holidays. I feel like it is one day and just enjoy the day! But as December comes upon us, it can be filled with work, friends and family parties – we can go into party overload!

Let’s remind ourselves that food isn’t the focus of the holiday, it’s a time appreciate those we gather together – friends and family!  

1.  Before dinner or after dinner  – find an activity for the entire family, whether it is a board game or my favorite Just Dance – fitness and fun!

       – This helps keep you focused on the family instead of munching on food all day long!h

2. Keep hydrated – This does not mean margaritas and eggnog.  I am just going to say don’t forget water!   

3.  Don’t forget about breakfast!   You may think you need to save up all your calories for the big dinner but don’t go too crazy.  Get in some protein such as an egg or some Greek yogurt for breakfast.  You can still keep it small but this will help satisfy your belly.  You know when you are just ravenously hungry you may even go crazier – that sounds like trouble during the holiday season!

4.  Compromise!  If your favorite item on the table is stuffing then skip the mashed potatoes – just another carbohydrate.  Or if you are like me I may go light on the starches (mashed potatoes, stuffing, bread, or sweet potatoes) and save up for some pumpkin pie!

5.  Super foods for a super holiday!  You may be surprised but there are many great super foods at your Thanksgiving dinner such as sweet potatoes, cranberries and even pumpkin!  We know these foods can also be calorie-laden, so watch out!  Go for sweet potatoes with out all the sugar (or at least minimize it).  Go for real cranberries, not the jellied kind.  Go for pumpkin pie over cherry or apple.  A serving of pumpkin provides you with more than 100% of your daily vitamin A and at least 3 grams of fiber!

 

TIP:  When filling up your plate at any party don’t deprive yourself, just have a little serving.  Try not to let your food touch each other!  This can be a great way to limit the portion size and still have some of that snicker salad, mash potatoes, etc.!

 

To help make this post not so boring . . .  I thought I would share for a laugh! Oh my gosh! This was my very first TV appearance (7 years ago!)!  It’s pretty bad  . . . but there is one recipe that still stands as a winner!  My Beany Dip!

BTW, I don’t do the tofu anymore or soy milk.

Beany Dip
Ingredients
1 jar Wild Garden traditional hummus
1 jar salsa
1 can black soybeans, drained and rinsed (or black beans)
Preparation
Mix hummus, salsa and soybeans in a crock-pot.   Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours or on HIGH for 2 hours. Stir and serve with tortilla chips

Happy Birthday DD + Monday Meal – Mmm . . .Meatloaf!

Happy Birthday DD + Monday Meal – Mmm . . .Meatloaf!

Yes, today is my birthday but it is also my three-year birthday for Daily Dietitian!  Wow, I can’t believe it has been that long!  My husband set up this website as a little present and to my surprise I became a blogger and I love […]