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Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Loaf- 115 calories

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Loaf- 115 calories

I started out making Whole Wheat bread, but when it came to shape the loaf I was bored with the same old combo and feeling nostalgic and always a little kitsch, I went for an old favorite. This loaf reminds me of my childhood, so aromatic and sweet. Make this for Christmas morning, or give … Continue reading »

Skinny Blueberry Maple Syrup- 37 calories

Skinny Blueberry Maple Syrup- 37 calories

Two tablespoons of Maple Syrup has 104 calories, the same amount of this is only 37 calories! I saw Nigella Lawson make something similar on one of her shows, in perfect Nigella fashion she made a sinful version of this syrup. I decided to make a skinny version. Maple syrup already has fewer calories than sugar, … Continue reading »

Skinny French Toast- 90 calories

Skinny French Toast- 90 calories

My goal with this blog is to take naughty meals and make them skinny. Take something delicious that you can’t have it everyday like Pizza or Pancakes and shave off calories, adding metabolism boosting ingredients to make it something you CAN have everyday. Well hello! French Toast needed to be made skinny and after months of … Continue reading »

Step By Step Videos- Lavender Orange Scones

Step By Step Videos- Lavender Orange Scones

We upgraded our video camera, the quality is 100% better and  you can actually hear me. For my loyal readers you may remember this recipe, it is very  popular and anytime I can help out a local farmer I am eager to do it. The people who run Central Coast Lavender are wonderful, I took my … Continue reading »

Double Chocolate Oatmeal- 284 calories

Double Chocolate Oatmeal- 284 calories

Double chocolate… need I say more? If you are not yet a fan of oatmeal remember, it boosts metabolism.  Try this recipe out, it is done in a unique way that makes it so creamy and delicious you will want it again and again. Plus the almond milk you slowly cook it in is not … Continue reading »

Metabolism Boosting Apple Pie Oatmeal- 309 calories

Metabolism Boosting Apple Pie Oatmeal- 309 calories

My Apple Cinnamon Water is getting a lot of attention for its metabolism boosting properties, so I wanted to create more recipes that use those two ingredients. I added more metabolism boosting ingredients too to really gear up your metabolism first thing in the morning. The Almond Milk, Oatmeal, Apples, Apple Sauce and Cinnamon all Boost … Continue reading »

Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal- 316 calories

Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal- 316 calories

I love adding dried fruit to my oatmeal, I drop it in at the very beginning and it plumps up and adds flavor to the oatmeal. Almond Milk adds creaminess and sweetness and for only 60 calories per cup it is a much better choice than 2% milk, which is 122 calories per cup. Blueberries … Continue reading »

Nutty Banana Roll Ups- 88 calories

Nutty Banana Roll Ups- 88 calories

Here is a snack you will love as much as your kids will. Bananas are full of potassium and the almond butter is lower in calories and sugar than peanut butter but still high in protein. I love almond butter, it has a chocolate taste and goes great with bananas and toast for breakfast. You … Continue reading »

Blueberries and Cream Oatmeal- 198 calories

Blueberries and Cream Oatmeal- 198 calories

I have been on an Oatmeal kick lately, and with all these yummy berries on sale at the grocery store and all over at the farmer’s market I wanted to go for a fun metabolism boosting antioxidant filled breakfast, and it was delicious! If you have frozen blueberries they will work well too, just defrost … Continue reading »

Cherry Almond Oatmeal- 317 calories

Cherry Almond Oatmeal- 317 calories

I love starting my day out with a metabolism boosting breakfast, so my go to is oatmeal. Oatmeal is so incredibly good for you, it raises your metabolism, lowers your cholesterol and protects against diabetes and heart disease. I know it gets a bad wrap on texture and flavor, that’s why I implore you to … Continue reading »

Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal- 176 calories

Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal- 176 calories

I have been running through the list of Ouaker Oatmeal Packets, and this one use to be my favorite. I want to remind you all that the little packets have preservatives and thickening agents plus 13 grams of sugar vs. this recipe only 7 grams of sugar, not the best choice in food if you … Continue reading »

Lavender Orange Scones- 153 calories

Lavender Orange Scones- 153 calories

These are my new favorite scones, not only does my house smell like the french countryside but they are so good my daughter gobbled up two! Lavender soothes an upset tummy, calms nerves and helps with depression and anxiety. I am lucky enough to live in an area that produces lavender, I can get it … Continue reading »

Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal- 97 calories

Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal- 97 calories

Did you know that Oatmeal, Yogurt and Cinnamon all boost your metabolism? I use to love the little Quaker Oatmeal packets, but they are full of sugar, preservatives and thickening agents, not a smart choice! So I made my favorite flavor and added Greek yogurt to make it creamy and cinnamon just because I love … Continue reading »

Boston Cream Pie Parfait- 317 calories

Boston Cream Pie Parfait- 317 calories

Can you think about anything better than chocolate for breakfast? I have a jar of Homemade Fat Free Chocolate Syrup in the fridge calling my name, so I tossed this together for a protein packed, filling, chocolatey breakfast. You can also split this into 4 servings and serve it as dessert. Keep this in mind when … Continue reading »

Blended Mocha Cappuccino- 122 calories

Blended Mocha Cappuccino- 122 calories

I had a friend come over who loves Starbucks, so this was my excuse to come up with a low-calorie substitution… like I really need an excuse! It is delicious and easy, has protein and calcium and really gives you that kick of caffeine you craving. I made it with my Fat Free Chocolate Syrup, … Continue reading »

Orange Dream Parfait- 250 calories

Orange Dream Parfait- 250 calories

Not only is this sinfully delicious, it is sinfully easy to make too! I used Cherry Almond Biscotti cookies, but you could use any crunchy cookie. Try to get an Organic jam for this, usually you can get some great organic jams at local Farmer’s Markets, otherwise Trader Joe’s, Henry’s or even your local grocery store … Continue reading »

Cherry Almond Biscotti- 67 calories

Cherry Almond Biscotti- 67 calories

Can you think of any better afternoon snack than a Biscotti cookie and a cup of tea? This was my first try at my favorite cookie and it was a home run! Crunchy and sweet with a strong almond hit that will make your eyes roll in the back of your head with the first … Continue reading »

Strawberry Banana Yogurt- 179 calories

Strawberry Banana Yogurt- 179 calories

Here is a 2 minute, easy breakfast you can feel good about. Instead of grabbing a preservative filled, hot pink yogurt by Yoplait, Dannon, Activia make your own! It is as easy as one, two three! You know what is in it and you can control the sugar better, plus fresh strawberries and bananas are … Continue reading »

Skinny Girl Chocolate Chip Pancakes- 74 calories

Skinny Girl Chocolate Chip Pancakes- 74 calories

Who doesn’t love pancakes? These ooze chocolate when you cut into them and are so decadent you won’t even need syrup. Make them this weekend and impress your entire family, they also make great leftovers just re-heat in the microwave for 20 seconds and breakfast is ready.   Makes 24 pancakes- 3.5 oz Pear Baby … Continue reading »

Homemade Wheat Bread- 77 calories

Homemade Wheat Bread- 77 calories

This recipe is so easy, and uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. If your family is finicky about wheat bread start slow, use 1/3 wheat flour and 2/3 white flour and each time you make it add more and more wheat until they notice. I started on my bread baking journey with … Continue reading »

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal- 129 calories

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal- 129 calories

Did you know that Oatmeal, Apples and Cinnamon all increase your metabolism? Talk about a great way to start your day! Have this with a cup of Green Tea (also boosts your metabolism) and you have both a beautiful breakfast and a strong body ready to take on the day. Serves 2- 1 cup Quick … Continue reading »

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal- 150 calories

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal- 150 calories

One of the keys to healthy, cheap eating is getting what’s in season whenever you can, strawberries are in season right now so not only are they inexpensive but much more flavorful than when you purchase out of season. Don’t worry, if you are reading this at another time of the year you can always … Continue reading »

Dutch Baby with Strawberries- 270 calories

Dutch Baby with Strawberries- 270 calories

Here is another great recipe from Beverly Jo Noble, her book A Lifetime of Recipes is available this week, be sure to get a copy and be one of the first to enjoy her marvelous recipes. Need a special weekend breakfast that won’t ruin your diet plan for the week (but tastes like it does…) ? … Continue reading »

Breakfast Quesadilla- 252 calories

Breakfast Quesadilla- 252 calories

You’ve had breakfast burritos and a maybe even a breakfast taco, but have you ever had a breakfast quesadilla? Well you should, because they are fantastic! If you do all the chopping the night before this becomes a 15 minute breakfast, and it travels very well just skip cutting, wrap in foil and dig in … Continue reading »

Spicy Avocado and Egg Toast- 210 calories

Spicy Avocado and Egg Toast- 210 calories

Mummmm, the perfect hangover food, full of good fats and spicy sauce to burn off the alcohol. Avocados are in season and on sale, so watch out people there will be a lot of recipes w/ avocados coming your way. This is quick and easy and full of protein and calcium and keeps me full … Continue reading »

Strawberry Shortcake Waffles- 135 calories

Strawberry Shortcake Waffles- 135 calories

Does it get better than strawberries inside and on top of waffles? These are fantastic and easy too, I got everything ready the night before. I combined the dry ingredients and covered them up, the wet ingredients in a separate bowl covered and placed in the fridge and the sauce all the night before, I … Continue reading »

Maple Almond Oatmeal-  205 calories

Maple Almond Oatmeal- 205 calories

I don’t know about you, but the smell of cinnamon and maple syrup always make me happy in the morning. This is a quick easy breakfast and so much better for you than the sugar and chemical laced little oatmeal packets. The Greek yogurt gives this dish a creamy consistency without all the calories of … Continue reading »

Cherry Almond Scones- 269 calories

Cherry Almond Scones- 269 calories

I made these this morning and my entire house smells like almonds, so yummy! I love making these and storing them in the fridge for quick on the run breakfasts, they also freeze well. Some of my blog readers can not have nuts in their diets, I recommend using low-fat Buttermilk in place of the … Continue reading »

Banana Almond Toast, only 200 calories

Banana Almond Toast, only 200 calories

Today I wanted to share my current favorite breakfast, it is quick and easy and ohhh so yummy! What you will need: Slice of whole wheat bread 1 TBSP almond butter 1/2 banana sliced Pop the bread in the toaster, spread w/ almond butter, top w/ bananas.  This filling meal is packed full of potassium, … Continue reading »