May 28, 2015

Skinny Recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp low cal

Photo courtesy of Flickr User stu_spivack

Berries are at their peak freshness in the spring and this recipe is full of juicy strawberry flavor! With each serving coming in at only 190 calories you can afford to add a dollop of sugar-free whipped cream or a scoop of frozen yogurt.

Makes 9 servings

Ingredients

1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed to measure, divided
9 packets Sweet One granulated, divided
12 ounces fresh or frozen, slightly thawed unsweetened strawberries, halved (about 2-1/2 cups)
12 ounces fresh or slightly thawed frozen rhubarb, sliced (about 2-1/2 cups)
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 cup quick-cooking oats
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons margarine, melted
Optional: 1/2 cup whipped cream or small scoop sugar-free vanilla ice cream

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In large bowl, combine cornstarch, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 6 packets Sweet One®; add fruit and orange peel and toss to coat. Add to square baking dish. In the same bowl, combine oats, walnuts, flour, cinnamon, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and remaining 3 packets Sweet One®; stir in melted margarine until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until topping is browned and rhubarb is tender. Cool slightly before serving. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

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May 27, 2015

The Low Down on the DASH Diet

DASH DIET LOW DOWN

Photo courtesy of Flickr User Amy Selleck

You may be hearing a lot of buzz about the DASH Diet. Voted #1 by U.S. News and World Report for 3 years in a row. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, and is based on a clinical trial (research study) of the same name. This diet focuses on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein. The DASH diet has been scientifically proven to reduce hypertension (high blood pressure) this diet is proven to lower blood pressure, and it’s also helpful for diabetes and maintaining healthy weights.

While the focus of DASH is to add more servings of important foods into your diet (vegetables, low fat dairy products, healthy oils, nuts, seeds), it also recommends limiting foods high in sodium and sugars. (more…)

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May 26, 2015

Quick Tip: Fiber Up!

Stock up on whole grains like brown rice or quinoa. They’re loaded with fiber and nutrients.

For more info on added fiber in your diet, check this out.

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May 25, 2015

Monday Motivational

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Monday Motivational: Strength don’ts come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.

May 21, 2015

Skinny Recipe: Boston Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans

Holiday weekends are always a great excuse to grill out. But let’s talk about side dishes… they really help make a meal even better. This skinny recipe for Boston Baked Beans is delicious and cuts calories by using sucralose (aka Splenda). (more…)

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