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Skinny Orange Dream Smoothie- 129 calories

Skinny Orange Dream Smoothie- 129 calories

Metabolism…. start your engine! This Orange Dream Smoothie is packed full of metabolism boosting ingredients! Oranges are full of Vitamin C which is known to boost your metabolism, as is Greek yogurt at Almond milk. Talk about a power trio! Make this and many more Metabolism Boosting Meals and before you know it you will be … Continue reading »

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies- 93 calories

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies- 93 calories

I have often called myself “the human equivalent to the Cookie Monster.” I’m obsessed with cookies, so when I embarked in my remarkable weight loss journey I knew I had to find a way to still enjoy my love for cookies without ruining all the progress I was making. I found a few recipes, all … Continue reading »

Homemade “Wheat Thins” just 50 calories per serving

Homemade “Wheat Thins” just 50 calories per serving

Store bought crackers are full of preservatives, artificial flavors and chemicals. Make your own with just flour, salt, water and oil… you probably have everything to make these in your pantry right now. Add in extra ingredients like chopped Rosemary and Parmesan (in these pictures) for an added flavor burst, or stick to the original … Continue reading »

COOKBOOK ANNOUNCEMENT – FRUIT INFUSION

COOKBOOK ANNOUNCEMENT – FRUIT INFUSION

COOKBOOK ANNOUNCEMENT I’m thrilled to announce my first cookbook FRUIT INFUSION: A Collection of Day Spa Inspired, Fruit Infused Waters is available on Amazon Kindle! Did you know that you can get a FREE Kindle for PC program, or a Kindle App for IPhone or IPad? You can turn your computer, phone or tablet into a … Continue reading »

Skinny Almond Latte- 47 calories

Skinny Almond Latte- 47 calories

I get questions daily asking what kind of coffee creamer I use, but I don’t use one… I just make myself a fancy latte in under 2 minutes! All you need to make these lattes is a small whisk and a minute or two of you time. Try them out yourself, want a vanilla latte? Just … Continue reading »

Homemade Chips and Salsa- 40 calories

Homemade Chips and Salsa- 40 calories

Have you ever made your own chips? I’m about to shock you because they are super easy, all you need is a Pizza Wheel to cut the tortillas and a little spice to make them delicious. I made this salsa one day when I needed some, but was unable to run to the store. I love … Continue reading »

Skinny Fudge Brownies- 192 calories

Skinny Fudge Brownies- 192 calories

These melt in your mouth brownies are the perfect balance between chewy outer crust and the fudgey center. I had a wonderful time testing recipes, and I finally knew I hit the jackpot with this recipe. They are so delicious they seam too good to be true!! Make them yourself and then die and go … Continue reading »

Green Goddess Pesto Wraps- 112 calories

Green Goddess Pesto Wraps- 112 calories

These Green Goddess Pesto Wraps are fantastic, light and flavorful. If you are having a get together with the gals this is a must have, it’s the perfect finger food that won’t ruin a manicure. Looking for more fancy wraps? Check out my Temple Wraps, all my girlfriends are mad for them! Rummaging through my … Continue reading »

Peach Cobbler Cookies – 97 calories

Peach Cobbler Cookies – 97 calories

I went into the kitchen one night planning on making some Peaches and Cream Cookies but I was out of dried peaches, I looked around and saw dried cranberries and thought what the heck it will be easier anyway… no chopping peaches! These cookies came out even better than my Peaches and Cream Cookies and … Continue reading »

Apple Cinnamon Glazed Donuts- 49 calories

Apple Cinnamon Glazed Donuts- 49 calories

I grew up around donuts thanks to my family’s donuts shop Foster’s Donuts in Simi Valley Ca. I remember having birthday parties behind the counter and the smell of warm donuts, perhaps it wired me with a sweet tooth but the thought of giving up my round doughy little friends was torture. Something had to … Continue reading »

Homemade Skinny Trail Mix- 210 calories

Homemade Skinny Trail Mix- 210 calories

A reader sent me a message asking me how to boost energy, I told her to grab some almonds and some dried fruit, add some dark chocolate chips and toss together, this would help her during her night shifts to stay alert and satisfied. There is a reason hikers have trail mix in their backpacks, … Continue reading »

Caprese Sandwich Melt- 267 calories

Caprese Sandwich Melt- 267 calories

I went to the store and Heirloom Tomatoes were on sale, is there anything better than a juicy tomato on a hot summer day? These are easy and fast, make them for lunch or a snack or make on a sliced baguette for a great appetizer. Congratulations to Jules P. for having the best name … 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 »

Strawberry Banana Yogurt Pops- 68 calories

Strawberry Banana Yogurt Pops- 68 calories

These are amazing, try them out for yourself and while you are digging in smile because you know they are good for you too. The Greek yogurt is full of protein and calcium, plus it boosts metabolism. Bananas and strawberries are full of potassium for strong muscles and calcium for strong bones. Makes 4 Pops- … Continue reading »

Skinny Strawberry Sauce- 33 calories

Skinny Strawberry Sauce- 33 calories

I love Greek Yogurt, so when I saw Greek Yogurt Ice Cream I grabbed a tub of vanilla and waited patiently until dinner was over to try a scoop. I didn’t like it, how devastating! Greek Yogurt naturally boosts metabolism and anything that boosts metabolism is a plus in my book. I decided I would … 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 »

Rocky Mountain Brownies- 250 calories

Rocky Mountain Brownies- 250 calories

Hello friends and faithful readers, I have taken almost a week off unannounced. Some of you may know already about my one handed capabilities, others may know about my new temporary resident. Needless to say I haven been overwhelmed and rather than letting my family suffer I let my blog suffer… and my waistline. I … Continue reading »

Caprese Sandwich Snack- 80 calories

Caprese Sandwich Snack- 80 calories

This beats the pants off  of any 100 calorie snack pack out there! Basil has anti-inflammatory properties and is also a natural antibiotic, the cheese has calcium for strong bones and the tomatoes have shown to prevent certain types of cancer and prevent wrinkles! So this not only fills you up, but it keeps you … Continue reading »

Angel Eggs- 43 calories

Angel Eggs- 43 calories

I had a dozen hard-boiled eggs come Easter afternoon so I made some yummy low calorie deviled eggs. This only takes about 5 minutes if you already have the eggs hard-boiled. I swapped out the mayonnaise for Greek yogurt and no one could tell the difference! If you usually use Miracle Whip in your Deviled … 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 »

New York Style Crumb Cake- 175 calories

New York Style Crumb Cake- 175 calories

I have fond memories of Entenmanns Cakes, when I was a child my Mother loved their New York Crumb Cake so much that she would pick at the crumb topping when no one was looking. I will not buy Entenmanns anymore, with all the preservatives and sugar it is not a good choice. So I … 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 »

Fat Free Homemade Chocolate Syrup- 42 calories

Fat Free Homemade Chocolate Syrup- 42 calories

Have you ever read the back of a Hershey Syrup bottle? It is full of preservatives, artificial flavors and thickening agents. Just think about this, thickening agents… perhaps if we want to lose weight, adding thickening agents into our bodies is not the best idea! How about preservatives, are we trying to mummify ourselves? Get … 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 »

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes- 99 calories

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes- 99 calories

I love that these look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. It’s hard to get kids excited about cupcakes without tons of frosting, but something about blue glaze and the way it drips down the sides makes up for it. You can feel good giving these to your kids, with the blueberries and … Continue reading »

Piggies in Blankets- 55 calories

Piggies in Blankets- 55 calories

My daughter and I had a picnic to go to, so I thought to myself “what food do all kids love?” Hot dog was the first thing I thought of, and because these are little kids, piggies in blankets were both fun for me to make and fun for them to eat. I was inspired … Continue reading »

Spiked Cherry Lemonade Sorbet- 65 calories

Spiked Cherry Lemonade Sorbet- 65 calories

This is both a dessert and an after dinner drink all in one. They are strong, so be sure to keep away from the kiddos. Makes 18 servings- 4 Lemons 1 Orange 16Maraschino Cherries ¾ cup Powdered Sugar 1 tbsp Agave Nectar 1 Cup Vodka 2 Cups Cold Water Sprig of Mint to decorate- optional … Continue reading »

Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies- 92 calories

Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies- 92 calories

Happy Valentines Day! Make these for your Valentine anytime of the year. I replace most of the butter with apple sauce, I recommend getting the little snack cups of apple sauce they are ½ a cup and will make measuring easy, plus you will be fully stocked and ready to bake anytime. Makes 30 cookies- … Continue reading »