March 5, 2015

Skinny Recipe: Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day

Full disclosure: St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. I’m only a quarter Irish, but I totally flaunt it every March 17th. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, here is a delicious low sugar recipe for Irish soda bread that features sucralose, also known as Splenda®.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe - St. Patrick's Day

Photo courtesy of Flickr User Mike McCune

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon caraway seeds

1/3 cup Splenda® baking blend or your favorite sugar substitute

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 cup raisins

1-1/4 cups buttermilk

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 or 10 inch cake pan.

Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and nutmeg. Add Splenda. Using a pastry blender or two knives, mix in oil until it is evenly dispersed. Add caraway seeds and raisins. Add buttermilk and stir until dough forms a ball. Pat into prepared pan using the back of a knife or spatula.

Bake for 40 or 50 minutes until golden brown. After baking, remove from pan and cool on wire rack.

Cut into 20 squares.

 

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 20
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 129.2
Total Fat: 1.8 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 113.1 mg
Total Carbs: 25.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.9 g
Protein: 2.8 g

March 4, 2015

6 Tips for Switching to a Standing Desk

I can’t say this enough: I love my standing desk at work. Years back, I used to split time between a retail job where I stood all day and an office job where I sat. I also worked out 4+ days per week and was losing weight without much effort. That all ended when I started my current job and sat for 8+ hours at my desk. Being sedentary for hours, even with going to the gym, took its toll and soon my clothes were feeling tighter and tighter. Sitting was killing my metabolism.

Standing Desk Tips

Photo courtesy of Flickr User Juhan Sonin

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February 26, 2015

Skinny Recipe: Easy Chili

It’s National Chili Day! Thank goodness, because I’ve been craving comfort food with all this cold weather we’ve been having. This recipe for chili could not be any easier if you tried… hence the name: Easy Chili. The original version uses meatless crumbles for vegetarians. However, if you’re not a vegetarian, just substitute lean ground turkey.

Easy Chili

Photo courtesy of Flickr User Meal Makeover Moms

Makes 4 servings
Serving size:2 1/2 cups chili

Ingredients

16 oz – vegetarian meatless crumbles (or lean ground turkey)
1 cup – onion chopped
1 cup – green bell pepper chopped
1/2 cup – carrot, strips or slices
3 cloves – garlic minced
16 oz – tomato canned, crushed, no salt added
16 oz – tomato sauce, no salt added
16 oz – kidney beans
2 tbsp – chili powder
3/4 tsp – cumin
1/4 tsp – cayenne pepper
Optional: Top with plain Greek yogurt, which tastes just like sour cream, but is packed with protein.

Directions

Cook the meatless crumbles (or lean ground turkey) according to package directions. Chop onions, green peppers and garlic. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large pot. Add crumbles (or meat) to chili sauce. Simmer for 30 minutes.

Tip: If you want your chili to taste even better, you can use a slow-cooker or you can make it a day in advance. Chili always tastes better when it has sat in the fridge overnight.

Nutrition Info:

360 Calories per serving
Fat per serving: 3.12 g

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