Day Spa Cucumber Lemon Water

Day Spa Cucumber Lemon Water

Have a few too many cocktails last weekend? Feeling a little bloated or uncomfortable in your clothes? Try this immunity boosting, anti-inflammatory drink that will fill you up, flush your system and help you feel better in no time. Make a big pitcher of this, run yourself a hot bath and relax you will be … 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 »

Skinny Tips for Stay at Home Moms-

Skinny Tips for Stay at Home Moms-

It’s hard to lose weight when your entire kitchen is at your disposal 24 hours a day, here are a few tips that have helped me drop 150 lbs in under a year as a stay at home Mom. 1. Plan out your meals, if you know you are having a big steak dinner tonight plan … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Cherry Garcia Oatmeal Cookies- 103 calories

Cherry Garcia Oatmeal Cookies- 103 calories

Chocolate and cherries, need I say more? These are easy and delicious, perfect for your Valentine too! I cut the calories by replacing some of the butter with pear baby food. Both baby food and apple sauce are excellent swaps to cut a whole lotta’ calories and fat without cutting flavor. Makes 30 cookies- ¾ … Continue reading »

Raspberry Bellini- 104 calories

Raspberry Bellini- 104 calories

Here is another recipe from Beverly Jo Noble and her upcoming cookbook A Lifetime of Recipes check out her website and pre-order your book now. Makes a pitcher of Bellinis- 2 pints raspberries 2 Tbsp. sugar 1 bottle chilled brut champagne Blend the raspberries and sugar in a food processor or blender until smooth. Strain … Continue reading »

Sparkling Tequila Sunrise- 115 calories

Sparkling Tequila Sunrise- 115 calories

The average Tequila Sunrise is 250 calories, that’s a meal for me! I decided there had to be a better way, so I cut the juice and added more alcohol and go figure it dropped the calories! You defiantly get more “bang for your buck” not only is it a stronger drink, but it is … Continue reading »

Gin and Juice- 138 calories

Gin and Juice- 138 calories

Grapefruit is one of my favorite fruits, they are full of Potassium, Vitamin C and Calcium and they are an anti-inflammatory. So naturally I wanted to add some alcohol to them. Skip the sugar filled, processed juices at the store and make your own, it is so much tastier and if a jug of juice … Continue reading »

Cherry Garcia Yogurt- 149 calories

Cherry Garcia Yogurt- 149 calories

I was craving a big bowl of ice cream, but I was not interested in all the calories that come with it. Luckily I always have a giant tub of Greek Yogurt, and with inspiration from my friend’s favorite dessert (I’m talking about you Krista) I summoned my inner Jerry Garcia and made a knock … Continue reading »

Strawberry Margaritas- 155 calories

Strawberry Margaritas- 155 calories

Can you imagine a life without margaritas? I can’t so I came up with a low cal version you can make year around and not feel guilty about. By using some balsamic vinegar it makes the strawberries taste sweeter without having to add so much sugar, a trick I learned from the great Nigella Lawson. … Continue reading »

Glazed Nut Trio- 192 calories

Glazed Nut Trio- 192 calories

It ain’t Superbowl without some nuts, and I’m not talking about overzealous fans, I’m talking a sweet and salty treat to satisfy your munchies while watching the game. After the game put a handful in a bag in your purse for a quick snack or toss some on top of a salad. There is a … 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 »

Skinny People Secrets-

Skinny People Secrets-

Have you ever gone out to dinner with a skinny friend and thought “What the heck, she eats as much as me”? I use to, and finally got the secrets out of one of them, after using these tips I dropped 130 lbs in 8 months… do I have your attention now? Drink Lots of … Continue reading »

Perfect Game Day Nachos- 284 calories

Perfect Game Day Nachos- 284 calories

I had some left over Taco fixings and a craving for nachos so I made these today and they were delicious! If you need some left over taco fixings look up my Spicy Taco recipe (there is a “Search” bar to the right). This would be great for the Superbowl or just for a weeknight dinner. … Continue reading »

Skinny Tips for Eating Out

Skinny Tips for Eating Out

Everyone loves to eat out, and having a salad every time is NO FUN! Don’t get me wrong, I love salads but I’m human and I also like some of the naughty stuff like burgers, fajitas and oh the best ever… chips and salsa. You CAN have all this, you just need to be smart … Continue reading »

Homemade Mac and Cheese- 310 calories

Homemade Mac and Cheese- 310 calories

Who doesn’t love Mac and Cheese? Most “diets” have this on the no-no list but that’s cruel, so I worked on a low cal version inspired by Candice Kumai’s Platinum Mac and Cheese and came up with a tasty, low cal, high protein version that is great as a main dish or a side dish. My … Continue reading »

Any Requests?

Hello readers, I am taking a well deserved day off from cooking and blogging. Does anyone have a favorite dish they would like to see “lightened up”? Any dishes you always wanted to make but did not know where to start? I am taking requests for upcoming blog postings. Hope you all have a wonderful … 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 »

Frozen Bellini- 150 calories

Frozen Bellini- 150 calories

My husband and I often ask the question: “If you could only drink one libation for the rest of your life what would it be, beer or wine?” Well, we have recently had to add one more category, Champagne. This is not just a dessert, it is a cocktail and conversation piece, perfect for a … Continue reading »

Disappointed in Biggest Loser!

Disappointed in Biggest Loser!

I tuned into Biggest Loser last night and was VERY disappointed in what their message has become. I remember back when Jillian was on the show she took one of the girls (whom I believe won it that season) out for a glass of wine. So why last night were they telling their contestants that … Continue reading »

Skinny Wine Tasting

Skinny Wine Tasting

I live on the Central Coast of California, where all the wineries are, it’s awesome! Some of my readers are from this area and have requested an article on how to lighten up wine tasting. When you taste at a winery, vineyard or shop you get several little sips of different wine and typically there … Continue reading »