May The 4th Be With You

Earlier today my friend Alex told me that today was “National Star Wars Day”, and then proceeded to say “may the fourth be with you.”  Now mind you I was clueless at first until he explained, because I am not into Star Wars what-so-ever.

Ever since he mentioned this, all I have heard or seen has to deal with Star Wars.  So todays post has to do with Star Wars.

I was looking for fun and creative treats to make so you can celebrate today and I think I came upon some pretty good recipes.

1) May the Fourth Be With You Push-Up Pops

2) Skywalker Smoothie

3) Jedi Juice Pops

4) Wookie Cookies

5) Yoda Soda

Baked Zucchini Chips

I LOVE zucchini!  I cook it all the time for a mid-afternoon or a late evening snack.  However I was wondering the other day, ‘there has to be more ways to cook zucchini than just on top of my stove.’

I started browsing the internet and came across a baked zucchini chips recipe.

Remember because it is a “baked” recipe it will take longer to cook; however the upside is that it only takes  3 ingredients.
  • 4 medium zucchini (long and thin), sliced very thinly
  • cooking spray
  • sea salts
If you decide to try this simple easy and delicious recipe, let me know what you think!


Cinco de Mayo: 5 Healthy Recipes To Kick Off Your Weekend

Everyone knows what this Saturday is correct?  Cinco de Mayo!  To kick of the holiday early I found some healthy recipes that I thought everyone might enjoy.

1) Edamame Guacamole

 Not only is guacamole nutritious for you, but it also comes with a ton of health benefits as well.

2) Mango Salsa

 Mango salsa is vibrantly colorful and rich in vitamins and minerals, which means it looks good and is good for you.

3) White Sangria

 Livestrong tells us that even though sangria is alcohol, it is low in fat, high in vitamin C, and has a source of B Vitamins.  Surprised?

4) Yogurt-Salsa Dip

 I know what you are thinking, yogurt mixed with salsa? It is a twist on the regular salsa we know, so why not try it?  It is also healthy, so if you really want to go bold and try this dish try using greek yogurt!

5) Spicy Lime Pork Kebabs

 Who wouldn’t want to kick off their weekend with some pork, vegetables, and lime juice and hot sauce for some flavoring.  Sounds good to me!

Earth Day: Healthy Dirt and Worms Sundae

Dirt n’ Worms Sundae

Everyone remembers making Dirt and Worms for Earth Day in middle school and how delicious it was, am I not right?  Mounds of rich vanilla ice cream and hot fudge topped with whipped cream, Oreos, and gummy worms.  Does it not get any better than that?

Earth Day is this Sunday and I thought that I would find a healthier version of what we all know and love.

DietsinReview came up with a healthier version of this delicious dessert.  Their version features non-fat chocolate greek yogurt, Newman’s O’s for the ‘dirt,’ and mini gummies as the ‘worms.’  The calories, carbs, and sugars are cut in half.  So why not give it a try and celebrate Earth Day this Sunday.

100 Healthy Snacks

1. Frozen Grapes (I eat these all the time- they are amazing)
2. String Cheese
3. Banana
4. Frozen Banana (peel it first, stick in the freezer overnight- it’s like a yummy popsicle)
5. Low-fat Yogurt (try greek yogurt – 2x the protein)
6. Sugar-free or fat-free pudding
7. Apple dipped in Peanut Butter (or spread peanut butter on top of apple slice and top with pecans . . . so good!)
8. 100-calorie bag of popcorn
9. Applesauce
10. Raw veggies with hummus (my new favorite!)
11. Almonds
12. Apple
13. Skinny S’more (two graham crackers with one roasted marshmallow and one small square dark chocolate)
14. Smoked Beef Jerky (about 1 oz- look for low-sodium!)
15. Chocolate Milk
16. Hard Boiled Egg
17. Sunflower Seeds
18. Cottage Cheese
19. Sliced Cantelope
20. Raisins
21. Pita Bread and Hummus
22. Rice Cakes
23. Sugar-free Jello
24. Dried Fruits
25. Frozen Yoplait Whips Yogurt (these seriously taste like ice cream when they are frozen!)
26. Air-Popped Popcorn
27. Pistachios
28. Clementines (we call them Cuties or Clemmies)
29. Fruit Smoothie (or Kristen’s Green Smoothie– it’s actually delicious!)
30. Handful of olives
31. Pickles
32. Handful of blueberries with 2 tablespoons fat-free Cool-Whip
33. Ants on a Log (celery with peanut butter and raisins)
34. 1 cup mixed berry salad (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries) tossed with one tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice.
35. Peanut Butter and Bananas on whole wheat bread
36. Trail Mix (make your own! Throw in dried fruit, sunflower seeds, nuts, low-sugar cereals, and even the occasional piece of candy for something sweet.)
37. Orange Slices
38. Cherry Tomatoes
39. Graham Crackers
40. Small Green Salad with light dressing
41. Mango smoothie (frozen mango, mango Greek Yogurt, and a small amount of orange juice)
42. Kabobs (thread low-fat meat, low-fat cheese, pineapple and cherry tomatoes onto a stick- my kids love anything on a stick!)
43. Half of a  Cinnamon-Raisin topped with peanut butter and banana slices
44. Grilled Pineapple (throw them on the grill or a skillet on med. heat for two minutes or until golden)
45. Baked Apples (one tennis ball-sized apple, cored, filled with 1 teaspoon brown sugar and cinnamon, and baked until tender)
46. Animal Crackers
47. Strawberries dipped in fat-free Cool Whip
48. Low-fat tortilla topped with egg salad, shredded carrots and cucumber slices
49. Parfait (build your own with Greek yogurt or plain yogurt, fruit, and granola)
50. Bowl of bran flakes with 1/2 cup skim milk and berries
51. Guacamole with veggies
52. Triscuit’s Thin Crisps dipped in cottage cheese or hummus
53. Cashews
54. Pretzels
55. Sun Chips (portion control! Read the serving amount on the side!)
56. Cheesy Breaded Tomatoes: Two roasted plum tomatoes sliced and topped with 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
57. Sugar Snap Peas
58. Steamed Veggies (steam non-starchy vegetables in a microwave safe bag and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese or 1/4 cup pasta sauce)
59. Apricots
60. Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges
61. Any 100 calorie pack
62. Snack/Granola bar (around 150 calories or less, like Kellogg’s All-Bran, Kashi TLC Trail Mix, or Fiber one Bar)
63. Baked chips (about 7-10) with salsa
64. Soy Chips
65. Protein Bar
66. Sweet Potato Fries (one light-bulb sized sweet potato sliced, tossed with 1 teaspoon olive oil, and baked at 400° for 10 minutes)
67. Wrap (I like a slice of turkey, swiss cheese, baby spinach leaves, and cranberry relish wrapped up in a tortilla)
68. Pumpkin Seeds (2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, sprayed with oil (just a spritz!) and baked at for 400° for 15 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle a tiny amount of salt on top)
69. Bean Salad
70. Broccoli Florets
71. Peaches and Cottage Cheese
72. Chopped Red Peppers (dipped in fat free ranch)
73. V8 Vegetable Juice
74. Tuna with Triscuit crackers
75. Cooked and Cubed Chicken Breast
76. Homemade Popsicles (puree watermelon, strawberries, mango, banana, etc and freeze in popsicle molds)
77. Dates with almond butter or rolled in coconut
78. Quesadilla (whole wheat (or corn) tortillas w/cheese (or not) melted in microwave – adding on tomatoes, beans, corn, olives, avocado or guacamole or whatever sounds good)
79. Watermelon
80. Cubed Apples and Cubed Cheese (this was my husband’s favorite after-school snack when he was little)
81. Craisins (I love to eat these with almonds- it’s a good combo)
82. Goldfish Crackers
83. Edamame
84. Cheesy Roasted Asparagus (four spears (spritzed with olive-oil spray) and topped with 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, baked for 10 minutes at 400°)
85. Turkey Roll-Ups (Four slices smoked turkey rolled up and dipped in 2 teaspoons honey mustard)
86. Strawberry Salad (1 cup raw spinach with ½ cup sliced strawberries and 1 tablespoon balsamic)
87. Oatmeal
88. Banana Smoothie (½ cup sliced banana, ¼ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt, and a handful of ice blended until smooth)
89. Lime Sherbet (1/2 cup serving) with sliced kiwi
90. Apple Chips (dehydrated apples- they are so good!)
91. Black Beans (mix 1/4 cup black beans with 1 tablespoon salsa and 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt for an added twist!)
92. Lettuce wrap (try two slices honey-baked ham with 2 teaspoons honey mustard rolled in a lettuce leaf)
93. Pecans (try five pecans roasted with 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1 teaspoon cinnamon)
94. Chocolate Covered Strawberries (dip 5 strawberries in 2 squares of dark chocolate- that is still good for you, right?!)
95. Honeyed Yogurt (½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt with a dash of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey)
96. Blackberries (so good mixed with plain yogurt)
97. Frozen Mangos
98. Tropical Juice Smoothie (¼ cup pineapple juice, orange juice, and apple juice, blended with ice)
99. Healthier Banana Bread
100. Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip with fresh fruit

Healthy Snacks (Low Calorie)

Ever wondered what is something good to eat thats not bad for you?  Not in the mood for a frozen meal, or that awful candy bar or sugar cookie?  Check these Top 25 Low Calorie Snacks.  

My Favorites include: Frozen Grapes, Hummus, Fruit Smoothies, Yogurt, Almonds, and Crystal Light Popsicles.

I hope you discover some new snacks, hopefully some become your favorite.