Posts tagged ‘low calorie’

March 4, 2011

Oh, Oh, Oh…It’s Magic

Happy Friday girls (and guys)! The weekend is here, the weather is warm (50 degrees means windows down) and I’ve got lots to accomplish! My weekend should be anything but relaxing…but such is life!

This morning I wanted to test out my first Chobani so I reached in the fridge with my eyes closed and out came a Honey Flavor.

all of my pictures of shadows today…not sure why!

I knew I wanted to do something more than just eat yogurt out of the container so I went on their website and found a recipe for Honey Scented Blueberry Muffins. I changed around a few things to make them even healthier than they already were and they came out fantastic! No oil, eggs, or added sugar which is always a plus! I tallied up the stats for you, but only because it’s Friday and I’m in a good mood 🙂

Calories – Serving size 1 muffin: 104 calories, 0 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber and 3.5 grams of protein

I’ve always loved muffins but after seeing the stats for them at a chain breakfast drive-thru *coughDunkinDonutscough* (470 calories, 17 g of fat, 73 grams of carbs, 38 sugars) I’ve decided that I will no longer be ordering one of those… I’m just as satisfied with my color changing muffins! OK, I’m sure you’re all hoping I shut-up now and show you my magic muffins…so here you go 🙂

Magic Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C whole-wheat pastry flour, plus 1 Tbsp flour reserved
  • 1/2 C whole wheat flour
  • 6 tsp NuNaturals Stevia Fiber Baking Blend
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp iodized salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp + 2 tbsp warm water EnerG Egg Replacer
  • 3 Tbsp Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract
  • 1 C Honey 0% Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • 1 C blueberries, frozen
  • 1/2 C Unsweetened Almond Milk

Directions

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 375°F. In a small bowl add Ener-G and warm water and set to side. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, Stevia, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.

In another bowl, whisk together egg mix, applesauce, vanilla and Chobani.

In a small bowl toss the blueberries with reserved flour until lightly coated, add to egg mixture.

are you tired of my winnie the pooh spoon yet?

Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, using a spatula fold ingredients together just until dry ingredients are moistened. Be careful to not over mix the batter, as it will cause the batter to be slightly stiff and not smooth.

Purple Batter!

Violety-Gray batter?

Line muffin pans with paper muffin cups, spray lightly with non-stick spray. Fill muffin cups half way and place in oven.

BLUE batter!

Bake at 375°F for 12-20 minutes until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean.

Green Muffins!?

Excuse the 100 year old muffin pan.

It’s a green monster muffin!

Serve with a dollop of Chobani Honey Greek Yogurt or The Bees Knees Peanut Butter.

These were so good I decided to have one for breakfast and one for dinner 🙂 I love living solo but I now have 10 blueberry muffins and 3/4 of a banana bread loaf in my freezer because I bake faster than I can eat (well really but not really). Anyone wanna come over for breakfast? 😉

Call me crazy but I wanted to try another Chobani flavor for a snack today… I grabbed the Black Cherry and did a little taste test. I used half a container of the Black Cherry Chobani and half of a homemade protein granola bar. This particular one had fruit on the bottom so I did a quick mix before scooping it into a separate bowl. 3 words – Smooth and Creamy. To be honest, I’m not even a cherry kind of girl and I really enjoyed this! I think adding the granola was kind of like having a dessert – Cherry Cobbler maybe? Healthy pie… I might be on to something here!

Lunch was a can of tuna, a green apple and a handful of raisins mixed and placed in lettuce cups. I’m finally out of bib lettuce – The container lasted me 2 weeks! Every time I make tuna at work the cat rubs against me until I share. I never knew cats were table beggers!

Gym consisted of 30 minutes on the arc trainer (SO HARD for me!?) and 10 on the stairmaster plus 10 minutes of abs when I got home. I hate doing abs at the gym because there is never enough room so I stick with my on demand videos.

Time for my favorite FRIDAY!

3 of my favorite YouTube videos I’ve seen this week… If you are looking for a good laugh definitely check these out!

Funniest video I’ve seen in a while!

The obvious… Such a joke. Yeah, I’m on a drug – It’s called CHARLIE SHEEN!

This has some dirty words so beware…

I’ll just be organizing/cleaning tonight and staring at this appliance waiting for it to magically fix itself… 😦

RIP Ice Cream Maker

Zumba and Body Pump or Spin and Body Pump tomorrow morning?? Decisions, decisions…

Questions: Do you have any good recipes that include Greek Yogurt? If so link them! What are your weekend plans?

PS: I get a lot of random searches that lead people to my blog but today I had one that said “Hot teenage girl runs out of gas in the middle of nowhere” UM WHAT!?

February 18, 2011

A beautiful day in the neighborhood…

Happy Friday everyone! I had the day off 🙂 My employer said “It’s going to be 70 degrees on Friday – you can take the day off to enjoy and we’ll still pay you”. Score! My plan was to go hiking today in VA (which is an hour away) but I couldn’t find anyone else who had off to go with me and apparently it’s dangerous to go alone. Instead I went for a run in the 75 degree weather! For my first run outside this year I did REALLY well. I ran 5 miles in 40 minutes. Last year I ran 5 miles in 50 minutes… I guess those intervals I’ve been doing  on the treadmill really are helping! I was also going to hit up Bikram Yoga tonight but I ate my lunch too late and didn’t want to go on a full belly!

While watching my favorite morning talk show (Regis and Kelly) I had a craving for Pumpkin Fro Yo… Completely random. There was a leftover container of pumpkin puree in the fridge (um this stuff doesn’t go bad does it? I can’t remember how long it had been in there) so I made the next best thing, pancakes! One word: Amazeballs.

Pumpkin Raisin Pancakes for ONE

Ingredients – makes 5 pancakes, YES, FIVE

  • 1/4 cup organic pumpkin
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (you could use 1/4 cup if you want your pancakes bigger)
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat  flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • sprinkle of stevia
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • heaping 2 tbsp of organic raisins
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions

  • Stir the flour, baking soda, salt, stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice together in a small bowl.

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg white, pumpkin, and unsweetened almond milk.

  • Stir into the dry ingredients and stir just enough to moisten everything
  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat and spray with nonstick spray.
  • Pour the batter into the preheated pan and drop raisins on top immediately. Cook until bubbles appear on the top, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook an additional minute or two. Repeat with remaining batter.

  • No sharing.. These babies are all for you!

  • Drizzle with syrup if desired (duh)

  • Good thing I didn’t make extra for tomorrow morning.. I have a feeling they wouldn’t have made it past 10am.

Since I’m awesome (ahem, bored) I calculated the nutrition info for you… You’re welcome.

Serving: 5 pancakes – 237 calories: 2.1 fat: 41.2 carbs: 12.2 sugars (all natural – from the raisins): 7 fiber: 9.6 protein

I would consider this a low-calorie breakfast because I like to have the majority of my calories in the morning so I have time to burn them off throughout the day. These are almost completely fat-free, packed with protein & fiber and even though it seems high in sugar its natural and 10 of the grams are from the raisins which you could omit if you wanted. Also remember that these stats are for 5 pancakes! Pretttty sweet.

Everyone appreciates a good TJ find so I have to share the dinner I had last night with you all! I bought these about 2 weeks ago and forgot about them because my freezer is throwing up with food. When they fell on me Wednesday night I figured it was a sign to make them!

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers……  They sound amazing, right? Well, they taste even better. The nutritional info on these are unreal and it was extremely filling. Definitely adding them to my staple list! We topped the chicken burgers with avocado slices and sprouts and placed them on a sandwich thin. Our side dish was sweet potato fries with my favorite spice OLD BAY! I know you non-marylanders have no idea what that is so I’m thinking this will have to be part of my next giveaway!

Random thought.. Does your music taste change with seasons? When it starts getting warmer I like to jam out to country music with my windows down. Country = summertime memories. This song is my new obsession…I will play it out in no time. There’s something about it that makes me smile 🙂

Oh and one more song for you… Did you guys see Britney’s new video? Yes, I still love Britney Spears and I’m proud of it!

Get it Brit Brit!

Today is Favorite Friday! I am going to make a (small)list of things that I’ve seen on the internet this week that I have added to my favorites or “must make” list. Definitely check this stuff out if you get a chance.

Barnyard Donut Bites – Like the cake pops I made but munchkin doughnuts!? Yes, please.

Smores Pie – We all know my obsession with chocolate, graham crackers & marshmallows. Speaking of smores I should make some more of my Dairy Free Smores Ice Cream soon!

Pizza Alternatives – Come on, EVERYONE loves Pizza! Pizza pockets, rolls and wheels? Sounds dangerous.

How to dress for travel (climate changing) – I love everything on this website but this post is especially informative for me since I live North and I’m usually travelling someplace where the residents don’t own winter coats, gloves & hats.

Tightwad Tuesdays – What girl doesn’t love Louboutin’s? How about a louboutin look-alike for hundreds and hundreds of dollars less?

Destination Beach – Designer brands on sale 50% off or more! Too bad I still can’t afford the majority of them… But they’re still pretty to look at 🙂

Do you guys have any favorites this week? Well you know, besides my site of course 😉

A couple more of my favorite blogger girls are having giveaways!

Clare is giving away her favorite things… she has a lot of fun stuff!

Katy is also having a giveaway too – So exciting!

Day 22: What’s in your purse?

Oh geeze, you guys are going to hate me after this challenge post! My purse is a mess… $800 purse with yellow food dye spilled on the bottom, receipts galore (why do i even keep these?), and empty gum wrappers.

Here is a photo of what is in my purse at this moment:

Yuck. One dolla HOLLA.

Here is the cleaned up version…Things I carry everyday.

My wallet that is overstuffed. Unfortunately it’s with receipts and not cash. 2 shades of MAC lip gloss, a notepad and pen, vaseline – i always lose chapstick so now I just carry around an entire tub, sunglasses and a tasti d-lite ice cream flavors. I’m crossing them off the list as I try them 4 down, 96 to go!

Actually, I’m kind of glad I had to do this challenge today because it made me get organized. I swear I’m not THAT messy so please don’t stop reading because you think I’m a slob 😉

I hope everyone has a great weekend and if the weather is beautiful near you that you get outside and do something to enjoy it!

QUESTIONS: DO YOU EVER HAVE RANDOM WEIRD CRAVINGS AT 8AM? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC? IS YOUR PURSE AS MESSY AS MINE? 😉