Breakfast · Snack · Sweet Treats · Under 200 calories

Soft Baked Brown Sugar Oatmeal Squares

Hi Friends.

Have you reached panic mode about Christmas being next week? ‘Cause I have! Holy moly I have so much to do it’s not funny… I decided to make a lot of my gifts this year because A.) I am a broke intern B.) I am pretty crafty and C.) it’s fun. Well, I am starting to regret that decision a little bit as I have TONS of work left to do. If ya’ need me… I’ll be bonding with my sewing machine for hours on end…

Okay, no more talk of the Holiday’s… Stressin’ me out, man.

Let’s discuss a happier topic, quite possibly one of my favorite things: Costco (am I a foodie or what….) Particularly when my parents go without me and bring home lots of yummy, surprise goodies. It’s like Christmas! (Okay, from NOW on… no more)

One of my favorite snacks are the Quaker soft-baked oatmeal squares.

Yum! But what’s a girl to do when there are none in the house and Costco is just way too far away? Make your own.. that’s what. And I will tell you JUST how to do it.. Ready?

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Nutrition info per bar (1/12th recipe)

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They have less fat, the same amount of sugar and less sodium.

Gobble these bad boys up for a snack or as you’re running out the door in the morning.

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Misc. · Recipe Makover

Healthy Holiday Baking

Tis the season!

No, I am not taking about Christmas… I am talking about Baking Season. This time of year it seems like all anyone is ever doing is baking. Myself included. And what comes along with baking lots of yummy, sweet treats? Eating lots of yummy, sweet treats. Guilty as charged!

Now, there is nothing wrong with indulging in a slice of full-fat, high-sugar goodness now and again. The problem comes when you do it on a continual basis…which lots of us tend to do this time of year, whether we choose to believe it or not! “Oh, did I just eat half of that pie? Nah, couldn’t have been me….”

Here are some simple tips you can use in the kitchen to help cut the fat, calories, sugar, etc. from your dishes, while still keeping the taste and texture up to standards.

Does this mean that I can still eat half the pie since it’s healthier? I won’t tell if you wont…. proceed at your own risk.

Butter: Use ¼ of what the recipe calls for, and ½ of the amount in non-fat plain greek yogurt (Example: if it calls for ½ cup butter, use ¼ cup greek yogurt and 2 tbsp butter)

Oil: Give applesauce a try as a substitute. It measures at a 1:1 ratio quite nicely.

Frosting: Whip it! The volume will increase, leading to using and consuming less.

Eggs: Use 2 egg whites in place of 1 egg. I find that this works best if you still use a whole egg, for instance, if the recipe calls for 2 eggs, still use 1 whole egg and replace egg whites for only one of them.

Serving Size: Simply scale down the serving size. Make cookies smaller or cut a dish into more pieces than the recipe says. Many times at holiday gatherings we just want to try a little bit of everything, no need to have a whole serving of each. Food-coma no more!

Flour: Swap bleached, all-purpose flour for white whole wheat flour. Your guests won’t be able to notice a difference. Expect maybe they’ll feel fuller due to the higher fiber content.

Crust: dare I say it… Skip the crust! When it comes to pies and quiches, the filling is what it’s all about. Skip the extra calories by ditching the crust.

Have you ever tried one of these simple swaps? What was your experience with it? As always, feedback is encouraged =]

Happy Holidays everyone!

Breads & Muffins · Under 200 calories

Cinnamon Roll Bread

Good news friends! This girl has broken out of her cooking rut. *insert HUGE sigh of relief here.* Finally! After multiple failed recipes, I finally made one I am proud of. Like I have mentioned before, I won’t post recipes I don’t love or anything that doesn’t turn out to perfection. This one definitely has the Colleen seal of approval.

No oil, no shortening, next to no butter, about 1/2 the sugar of others, only 1 egg, whole wheat… the list of good things about this recipe goes on and on. And it tastes delishhh. Seriously, it was gone in about 24 hours… Okay, maybe I shouldn’t be proud of that considering there are 3 people in my household… Is there a Sweet Tooth gene? I am convinced there is….

Here it is folks.. Cinnamon Roll Bread!

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This loaf of bread is pretty giant. My eyes were the size of saucers when I opened the oven about 45 minutes in and saw how large it was. That being said, the serving sizes ain’t wimpy! No one wants a slice of bread the size of a crumb, let’s be real.

Nutrition info per 1/16th recipe

 

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Have guests coming over for the holidays? This would be perfect to have to nibble on in the morning. It’ll fill you up and not fill you out. That’s dinners job!

Cakes & Cookies · Sweet Treats · Uncategorized · Under 200 calories

Creamy Lemon Bars

Happy Monday! The weather looks like it is going to be just gorgeous today, I can’t wait.

I’ve said it once… I’ll say it again… I’ll say it forever… There is nothing like lemon in the summer time! Sweet and refreshing, ya’ just CAN’T beat it!

Joseph’s sister brought the blogger over at smittenkitchen.com to my attention. What a woman. She has some great recipes most definitely. I saw her recipe (this one is in her cookbook, not on the site) for “Whole Lemon Bars” and knew I had to give it a go. The downfall? There was an awful lot of butter. No fear guys, RD-to-be Colleen to the rescue! I used her recipe as a base and altered it to be more dietitian and healthy-lifestyle friendly. As always, ya’ can’t even tell. It’s like magic. Muahaha.

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I know that using a WHOLE lemon in a recipe sounds kinda scary It isn’t, I promise. Just take a deep breathtoss those slice into the food processor… and turn that bad boy on! Quick, like a band aid!

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Nutrition info per bar

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Cakes & Cookies · Poultry · Sweet Treats · Under 200 calories

Peanut Butter Bacon Blondies

I am in love… with Washington D.C.

Like I mentioned, Joseph and I ventured off to DC to visit his sister from Thursday to Tuesday. It was SUCH a great time!

Road trip highlights

Visiting Baked & Wired  and eating the most delicious cupcakes ever
Seeing the city from the top of the Washington Monument

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Moseying through various neighborhoods with gorgeous town houses and unique boutiques
Jazz in the sculpture park with a pitcher of sangria and a homemade picnic

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Celebrating Emily’s birthday
Going to a Washington Nationals baseball game (even though I got fried)

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Eating some of best food I’ve tasted
Spending 20 hours in a car with Joseph and not wanting to kill each other (Laugh all you want, but that’s an accomplishment!)

It was a jam-packed 6 day full of good times.

While we were exploring one neighborhood we came across a bakery that sold gourmet pop tarts. Neat, huh? I thoughts so. Anywho, we got a few to bring to Jazz in the Sculpture Park for a little sweet treat. One of the flavors was peanut butter bacon. After the first bite I became obsessed with this flavor combo. Genius! First task on the to-do list once I got home? Make something peanut butter and bacon!

Actually though guys… I’m seriously loving this duo. It sounds a little goofy and off the wall, but it’s so unexpectedly great!

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The best part? This recipe is light on butter and uses white whole wheat flour and turkey bacon. What does that mean? Even though peanut butter and bacon scream two things :Fat and Calories, these blondies won’t ruin your healthy eating efforts. Sweet, sweet (and salty) success.

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Nutrition info per 1 bar (1/18th recipe)

nutrition info for 18 bars

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Breakfast · Cakes & Cookies · Snack · Sweet Treats · Uncategorized · Under 100 calories

Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti

Oh warm weather, how I LOVE and MISSED you! I just love feeling the sun on my skin. It is the best! Hopefully the weather continues to cooperate throughout the holiday weekend that’s coming up. Typically, I don’t really have any big plans and actually volunteer to work (Holiday pay is a great thing, huh?) This year is a little different: I’ll be heading to Washington D.C. Joseph and I are heading out there to visit his sister who lives there until Tuesday. I can’t wait to get out of town and explore a new place. It is much needed.

The gorgeous weather actually inspired today’s recipe. Lemon is such a refreshing flavor that fits perfectly into spring and summer. So naturally, I had to create something with it. After I made these I sat outside with a nice cup of coffee and had myself a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. It was just grand.

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I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday weekend and get some time to relax and unwind. My little nephew, Tucker, will be doing just that!

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Toodles!

 

Cakes & Cookies · Sweet Treats · Under 200 calories

(Won’t make you!) Fat Elvis Cheesecake

There are some pretty notable dynamic duos. Batman & Robin, Sonny & Cher, Blair Waldorf & Serena VanderWoodsen (Yeah, I said it…judge me all you want!)  but the one that tops them all? SWEET & SALTY. Seriously guys, whoever came up with this combo is a genius. Can you say chocolate covered pretzels? Delish.

Honorable mention: Peanut butter and banana. Also a great duo.

While duos are, well, dynamic, sometimes you just can’t decide on only two. This was my problem. The solution? Pile all of your favorites into one mind-blowing, totally delicious dish. Here is what I came up with!

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Nutrition info per slice (1/12th pie)

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I made this indulgent dessert for a special occasionI am an aunt! Look at this little bundle of joy that came into the world on May 13, 2014. I may be biased… but I think he may be the most perfect baby to exist…

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Please excuse how crazy my hair looks.. it was a long day.