I know that one of the secrets to successful dieting is planning ahead—and that includes snacks. I also know that for me, I absolutely have to have a game plan in place to stay on track—and avoid the candy dish and snacks at work—when hunger strikes.
So I stock my fridge with ingredients for quick, healthy and low-calorie snacks. But when I get tired of my go-to snacks, I get creative in the kitchen. These 10 easy snack recipes under 100 calories are my secret to staying lean.
10 days of my favorite 100 calorie (or less) snacks:
Day 1. Chocolate & Nut Butter Bites
Top each chocolate square with 1/2 teaspoon nut butter for sweet satisfaction in seconds. Make...
If you’re like me, both time and money are tight these days. I would love to spend all afternoon cooking an elaborate meal, but that’s not reality. I love pork, and boneless pork chops are my pick of the pig when it comes to quick and easy dinners. Plus at about $3.50 per pound, they make great budget-friendly meals. Perfect for a quick and tasty weeknight dinner that won’t break the bank.
For example, Pork Chops with Orange & Fennel Salad are a terrific antidote to a dreary winter day. Serve them with crusty whole-grain bread or brown rice.
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There’s something about layer cakes that I just can’t resist. Sure, those homey sheet cakes taste good, but a layer cake is cause for real celebration. And I love banana in any dessert recipe.
Many banana cake recipes are a butter-and-cream bonanza with just a bit of banana. Luckily this yummy cake already has a jump-start on being healthy. Bananas are one of the best dietary sources of potassium. So we set out to develop a banana cake recipe that kept the healthy ingredients and cut or reduced the less healthy ones to yield a cake that is low in cholesterol and sodium. Many of the healthier cooking tricks we used can be applied to other...read full post »
I’m a big believer that, most of time, teaming up to get something done is more fun and more effective than going it alone. Take, for example, shoveling snow or painting a room. When you do it solo, these are chores. But throw another person (or two… or a few) into the mix and you’ve got yourself a “party.” And when you work as a crew, you’re able to reap the rewards of your hard work (cocoa, or pizza!) faster.
This is also true when you’re trying to eat better or to get in shape. Running with a friend motivates me to jog further—and faster. It always helps, too, to be on the same page when it comes to sharing meals: it’s tough to stick with a salad when others at the table are loading up on big dishes of pasta smothered in cream...read full post »
I think this warm chocolate pudding is perfect for Valentine’s Day. It’s also one of my favorite standby chocolate dessert recipes because it only takes about 20 minutes to whip up, I usually have all the ingredients I need for it on hand (eggs, milk, cocoa, sugar, vanilla, salt and cornstarch) and my husband’s crazy for it. Plus it’s a lot healthier than most chocolate puddings made with heavy cream and whole milk—it’s low in fat, cholesterol and OK even if you’re on a diet.
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