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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 »

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 »

From Fat to Skinny in One Year!

From Fat to Skinny in One Year!

A friend of mine helped me out with my before and after weight loss pictures, he pasted them together (yes that was too high-tech for me) and I was shocked at my own transformation. I posted it up on facebook and friends started e-mailing me asking me questions everyone was shocked… I figured I would … 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 »

Veggie and Bean Salad- 148 calories

Veggie and Bean Salad- 148 calories

I adapted this recipe from my favorite cookbook Pretty Delicious, I changed up some of the ingredients but kept the dressing which is amazing . It is not often that my husband does this, but he exclaimed after one bite of this “you need to put this in your blog” so this one is for … 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 »

Versatile Blogger Award Nomination!

Versatile Blogger Award Nomination!

Wow! I am shocked and honored, a little over 3 months ago I started my blog. My goal: to reach people who wanted to lose weight. I wanted to share my story and show them how I dropped 150 lbs by eating real foods and all without any fancy diet plans or gimmicks. This morning … 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 »

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 »

Basil and Parmesan Pasta- 332 calories

Basil and Parmesan Pasta- 332 calories

This is one of those fast pantry meals where I pull out a couple of items and toss everything together. This meal is light and delicious, use the best extra virgin olive oil you can find you want the wonderful peppery flavor on your pasta. This also makes a great side dish! Did you know … 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 »

Double Baked Cheesy Potatoes- 143 calories

Double Baked Cheesy Potatoes- 143 calories

Baked potatoes are one of my favorite lunches. They are cheep, easy and fast, plus the topping choices are endless. I had some left over chicken for this recipe, if you don’t just read below for my favorite pulled chicken recipe. These make a great side dish for dinner and are so low in calories … 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 »

Cheesy Pretzel Dogs- 170 calories

Cheesy Pretzel Dogs- 170 calories

These are great for an on-the-run lunch, they are easy to eat while on the road and the kids really love them. Use whatever hot dogs you prefer but please try to go organic or at the very least nitrate free, you are worth a few extra bucks to have a healthier version! This is … 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 »

Chicken Strips and Fries- 245 calories

Chicken Strips and Fries- 245 calories

My daughter loves Chicken Nuggets, there is a reason that there are bags of chicken nuggets shaped like zoo animals in the freezer section of the grocery store. It’s not just that kids love them, it’s because they make it easy for an overwhelmed parent to toss something on the table for the kiddos. We … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »