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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 […]

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 […]

I WANT A CUPCAKE!!

I WANT A CUPCAKE!!

Especially around the holidays – do you ever hear your child shout this?  Of course, everything in moderation but sometimes after the third or fourth cupcake/cookie for the day it needs to stop!  Here are some other foods I found my two-year-old to enjoy instead of all the junk.

  • dried mixed berries (cranberries, blueberries and cherries)
  • fresh fruit (grapes were a hit)
  • mashed potatoes
  • pretzels (without the Rollo and M&M)
  • turkey
  • rice
  • corn
  • broccoli (fun to dip!  Ok, broccoli does need some fat in order to absorb the nutrients)

Here are some others to not forget about:

  • whole-grain cereals (to off set the M&M I will throw a few M&Ms into a bowl of whole-grain cereal)
  • popcorn (great source of fiber)
  • freeze dried fruits and veggies
  • frozen fruits – grapes, bananas are wonderful!
  • use 100% whole wheat breads and pastas
  • cut sandwiches into shapes (triangles – ask “how many triangles are there?)

Saw this on the Rachael Ray Show – a Banana “Ice Cream” Fakeout (I have done something similar but I have used 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 cup frozen bananas, 1/2 cup 100% juice)

Watch the video too

//www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/banana-ice-cream-fakeout/

      Ingredients
      • 3 bananas, peeled and cut into chunks, frozen
      • 1/4 cup milk
      • Yields: 2 servings

        Preparation

        In the bowl of a food processor, purée the frozen bananas (adding the milk in small increments as needed to loosen the mixture up) until whipped, about 2 minutes.

        Serve the “ice cream” immediately with your favorite toppings.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

The day where you unbuckle your pants after dinner– ahh! Or if you like me glad you are finally wearing maternity pants that are elastic.  Enjoy the day with friends and family – just remember that is what it is all about.

Greek yogurt for your holiday dips

Greek yogurt for your holiday dips

Greek yogurt is a wonderful choice for nutrition and lower in calories!  Plus you get a great protein punch (15 gm/cup) and good source of calcium.  Most yogurts contain about 6 gms of protein.  In addition, Greek yogurt can replace foods such as fresh cream, […]

Holiday treats for your guests

Holiday treats for your guests

Just because the average person will gain 5-10 pounds during the holiday season – doesn’t mean YOU have too!  Try these simple—yet delicious treats for the holidays.  Just wait there will be more recipes to come!

This recipe looks just like a nacho dip and tastes like a yummy bean dip!  The family will go crazy!

Beany Dip
Developed by Stacy Mitchell, RD, LD
Serving-size: 1/4 cup
All You Need:
1 jar Wild Garden traditional hummus
1 jar salsa
1 can black soybeans, drained and rinsed
All You Do:
1. 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.                       2. Stir and serve with tortilla chips

Daily nutritional values:
2% vitamin A, 4% vitamin C, 2% calcium, 4% iron
Nutrition information per serving:
60 calories, 3g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 190mg sodium, 6g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 1g sugar, 3g protein.

Seriously!!  Don’t be scared!  I have sampled this on even the pickiest of eaters and they don’t even know it – just don’t tell them!

Black Bean Brownies
Serves 20
All you need
1 box  brownie mix (family size)
1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, undrained
All you do
1.Open can of beans
2. Place can’s contents, including liquid, in blender. Blend.
3. Mix thoroughly with brownie mix. (No eggs, oil or other ingredients needed.)
4. Place in a greased 9 by 13-inch baking pan.
5. Bake according to package directions. Cool and serve.

Daily nutritional values:

0% vitamin A, 0% vitamin C, 0% calcium, 10% iron

Nutrition information per serving:

130 calories, 2.5g fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 26g carbohydrates, 2gfiber, 15g sugar, 2gprotein