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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 »

Grocery List For Weight Loss Success

Grocery List For Weight Loss Success

A reader recently asked me what a grocery list for my household might look like. What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that? This one is for you Amanda K. I know you do have some dietary restrictions, if there’s something on this list you can’t have please comment below, I will work … 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 »

After Workout Watermelon and Rosemary Power Water

After Workout Watermelon and Rosemary Power Water

Also, check out my Mango Basil Water and my Apple Cinnamon Water, one Boosts Metabolism and the other is a Natural Anti Inflammatory and helps Cure a Hangover. Can you guess which does what? Makes one big pitcher, refill 3-5 times- 2 cups Chopped Watermelon 2 large Sprigs of Rosemary In a large pitcher drop in … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Caliente Baked Potato- 420 calories

Caliente Baked Potato- 420 calories

As you may have seen in many of my posts, I am over the moon for foods that will boost my metabolism. This is a good one, the jalapeno, yogurt and beans all boost your metabolism for a sexy, lean new you… with a full belly too I wasn’t sure what to call this meal, … 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 »

Day Spa Mango and Basil Water

Day Spa Mango and Basil Water

I love Basil and use it in everything, it was just a matter of time before I put this delicious, natural anti-inflammatory and natural antibiotic herb into my water. Along with an overly sweet fruit like a mango this water is well balanced and delicious. Mangos aid in digestion, boost your memory and increases your … 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 »