April 24, 2014

Skinny Recipe: Zucchini Bread

The weather is finally warming up across most of the country and I couldn’t keep myself from buying lots and lots of Spring veggies at the farmers market this weekend. Unfortunately that meant I have lots of leftovers I don’t want to go to waste.

So when I saw a recipe for zucchini bread I jumped for joy- it’s the perfect way to use them up before they go bad. To cut down on calories and sugar I substituted some of the regular sugar for Sweet’N Low and used egg whites. You can use the equivalent of any other sweetener- whatever you like best.

Tell me in the comments: Besides the abundance of fresh produce, what are you looking forward to most as the weather gets warmer?

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Photo Courtesy Flickr user Beatrice Ojakangas

Servings Per Recipe: 14

Ingredients

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
4 egg whites (or scant 1/2 cup liquid egg substitute)
1/2 cup sugar
6 packets Sweet’N Low or the equivalent of your favorite sweetener
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 teaspoon each ground nutmeg, mace and cloves
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup wheat germ
3 cups shredded unpeeled zucchini

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray one 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl combine all ingredients up to the milk. In a large bowl combine milk, oil, Sweet ‘N Low, sugar and egg whites. Stir in dry ingredients and zucchini; blend well.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on rack. Makes one large loaf.

Nutritional Information

Calories 180
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 278mg
Total Carbs 30g
Protein 5g

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April 23, 2014

Quick Tip: Snack Time

Snacks are just as important as your meals. Schedule them and be sure they include some protein. Check out lots of snack ideas on my Cravable Snacks and Sides Pinterest board.

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April 22, 2014

8 Tips to Spring Clean Your Diet in 2014

Spring is finally here and farm-fresh fruits and vegetables are filling the markets. This is the perfect time to “spring clean” your diet and try cooking at home more often. In-season produce reaps the most nutritional value and the price is right when you choose produce during this peak season.

Tell me in the comments: What fruit or vegetable do you look forward to most in the Spring?

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Photo courtesy Flickr user Allen Sheffield

 

Here are a few tips to help you revamp your diet and “spring” into warmer weather:

  • Check out this comprehensive list of in-season fruits and vegetables on About.com so you know what to look for in the markets.
  • Plan your weekly menu on Sundays to take advantage of local market produce and sales at your grocery store. You’ll have time to research lower calorie recipes and then do an inventory of your kitchen. Finish by making a list of all the ingredients to shop for and remember- never go shopping hungry!
  • Frozen produce is just as healthy as fresh and lasts much longer. Be sure to take advantage by stocking your freezer during sales.
  • Fish, poultry,  lean beef, and pork are your healthiest meat options. You can buy meats in bulk, package into single servings, and freeze for later use. Limit the amount of processed meats you purchase. Processed meats such as bacon, sausage and lunch meats usually have higher levels of sodium and nitrates.
  • Desserts and drinks should be as low in calories as possible. Picking options that are low in sugar (10g or less), like a serving of fruit, or use low-calorie sweeteners to cut the sugar in recipes or drinks. They’re a safe and healthy way to decrease unneeded added-sugars.
  • Look into getting a membership at your local wholesale store (Costco, Sam’s, BJ’s). You wouldn’t believe how much money you can save when buying in bulk.
  • Include an element of protein in your meals and snacks. It’ll keep you from feeling like you’re “starving” and thus binge eating. It’s one of the secrets that body builders use to help burn fat and get more protein to build muscle.
  • Pre-cook meals on your days off. You’ll love being able to whip out food and just heat it up the rest of the week. Saves time and cleaning!

Take these tips and see how much you can accomplish for your body this year. If you need recipe ideas, check out my Pinterest board full of Spring Recipe Ideas. Remember, it’s the only body you have and you’re worth the extra effort to keep it healthy!

 

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April 17, 2014

Skinny Recipe: Rosemary-Mustard Glazed Ham

What’s more traditional than a ham for Easter dinner? This recipe marries sweet citrus, mustard, and rosemary in a glaze that compliments the smoky roasted ham perfectly.

Try this luscious ham with a side of baby carrots, mashed potatoesmake-ahead green beansspring peas, or a lovely spring veggie salad.

And don’t forget dessert! Besides a ham, nothing says Easter more than carrot cake.

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user Jules

Serves: 12, 3 1/2 oz servings

Ingredients

1 (5 pound) bone-in fully cooked ham, shank portion
2 tablespoons whole cloves
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup packed SPLENDA® Brown Sugar Blend
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Using sharp knife, score top of ham in a diamond pattern, then stud with cloves. Place ham on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine all other ingredients. Remove ham from oven and brush a thick layer of glaze all over ham. Return to oven and bake 30 to 45 minutes more, or until an instant-read thermometer registers 135 degrees F, brushing two more times during baking with remaining glaze.

Cover ham with foil and let stand 15 minutes before carving.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 270
Total Fat: 6g
Saturated Fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 115mg
Sodium: 1900mg
Total Carbs: 7g
Sugars: 5g
Protein: 45g

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