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Apple Salad

10 Oct

Today flew by!

After posting this morning’s post, I buckled down at my work computer and before I knew it, it was was lunch time.  I decided to spend my lunch in the gym doing a “quick” and “simple” workout and chose my Simple Treadmill Circuit.  I should really think about changing that name…I was a sweaty mess.  Since I’ve been running outside more with this beautiful fall weather, the treadmill and I are not doing so well.  I also kept my incline up at a 2.0 the whole time I ran.  I felt it.  Tomorrow is a long run before my NYC trip this weekend.  I’ll be walking, but I won’t be running at all from Friday to Sunday 😉

For lunch, I started with my favorite Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie before putting together a leftover bowl of soup.

I used Pacific Foods All Natural Southwest Vegetable Soup as my base and added some leftover pulled chicken and leftover Buitoni Whole Wheat Three Cheese Tortellini for some added depth.

Warm me up!

It tasted pretty awesome and made it’s way to my dinner plate as well.

Apple Salad

While tons of blogs are blowing up with all of their tasty  pumpkin recipes, I can’t forget that there is another favorite food in season as well.  Apples are getting tastier as the temps cool and I decided to put together a fall apple treat to change up all the pumpkin I’ve been consuming in the past week.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup of cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise (I used light Miracle Whip)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups apples, diced
  • 1.5 bananas, sliced

Blend the cottage cheese, mayonnaise, cinnamon and sugar in the blender until creamy (about 3-4 minutes).

Pour mixture into a bowl and toss apples and bananas together.

Serve and dash with a little extra cinnamon for some added flavor.  Extra cinnamon is always allowed.

That’s it!  A simple dessert or side dish to go with your next meal.  I plan on eating more with my breakfast tomorrow. 😉

While making this dish, I kept humming that song, “I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas!”  Does anyone else remember that song?  I can’t remember the whole thing, but I know one thing is for sure,  I’ll take my fair share of both any day!

What are your favorite apple recipes?

I love hot apple cider and homemade applesauce.  Anywhere there is hot apple cider around fall time is where my spending money goes.  It’s the perfect cool evening, non caffeinated treat.  Motts doesn’t hold a candle to homemade applesauce.  The chunkier, the better!

Have you entered my Who Nu? Giveaway yet?  Only a couple more days to win a sweet and nutritious treat!

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Cookies & Cream Frozen Yogurt: Who Nu? Giveaway! (Closed)

8 Oct

I love cookies, but even more then that, I love cookies in ice-cream.  Cookies and cream ice-cream is definitely towards the top of my list.  I’m the girl who searches for the largest cookies while scooping through the carton.  They are just too good to pass up.

While searching through the healthy eating blogs, I came upon this wonderful, frozen recipe for Cookies & Cream Frozen Yogurt by Lauren and couldn’t pass up the easiness of this frozen treat!

Cookies & Cream Frozen Yogurt
Original Source: Healthy Food Living

yield: 8 servings, about 1/2 cup each

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups plain 2% fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp pure vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 8 all-natural chocolate sandwich cookies, such as WhoNu? Chocolate Cookies

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine yogurt, granulated sugar, and vanilla bean paste (or extract). Stir until the granulated sugar is completely dissolved.

Freeze according to ice cream maker manufacturer’s instructions; adding in the chopped cookies during the last few minutes of churning… OR place mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze.

I placed it in a freezer safe bowl after cookies were mixed in.

Serve immediately as soft serve, or spoon into a freezer-safe container and place in freezer until “ripened” (hardened).

Frozen Yogurt

Nutritional Information Per Serving:

159.9 calories, 4.2 grams fat, 1.9 grams saturated fat, 8.0 grams carbohydrates, 0.3 grams fiber, 17.4 grams sugars, 9.6 grams protein

Who Nu? Nutrition Rich Cookie Giveaway

Who Nu? Nutrition Rich Cookies hit the market in the past year or so and like many others, I was skeptic of their taste and quality.  After trying their chocolate chip cookies, I got in contact with Kayla at Suncore products and she sent me free coupons to try more of the great flavors.

Currently, Who Nu? Nutrition Rich Cookies have six great flavors to choose from.

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Soft & Chewy (Chocolate Chip)
  • Crispy (Chocolate Chip)
  • Vanilla Wafer
  • 2x Stuffed Chocolate

I have tried their Soft & Chewy and their Chocolate so far and they are pretty fantastic!  They taste just like the “real things”, only with healthier nutritional content in each bite.

  • As much Fiber as a bowl of oatmeal
  • As much Vitamin C as a cup of blueberries
  • As much Calcium & Vitamin D as and 8 oz. glass of milk
  • As much Iron as a cup of spinach
  • As much Vitamin E as two cups of carrot juice
  • As much Vitamin B12 as a cup of cottage cheese & fruit
  • Overall, 20 Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Now, I’m not saying that they cookies should replace any of the healthy foods above, but wouldn’t it be nice to splurge during the week and not feel like your “cheating” on your fitness goals or your diet?  I know I like a sweet treat at my midday meal every so often and these cookies are perfect to take the sweet edge off.

Kayla was kind enough to give 3 of my readers a chance to try their nutrition rich cookies too!  Enter to win a chance to try these delicious and nutritious snacks below.  Each winner will receive 2 FREE coupons for Who Nu? Nutrition Rich Cookies!  Please enter using the Rafflecopter link below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is for U.S. and Canadian residents only and is open until 12:01am on Sunday, October 14th . I will announce the winners on Tuesday, October 16th. 

Good luck!

Banana-Ricotta Pancakes

30 Sep

Good morning!

This morning I’m feeling much better and just in time for another busier Sunday.

I woke up and did one round of The Ab Mix Up Workout before cracking into leftovers from yesterday’s breakfast.

These were just as tasty as yesterday and with good reason.

As I was getting ready to post this recipe I found from All You Magazine, I noticed a very important detail I hadn’t noticed before making these sweet breakfast treats.

See that “D” word?  Yep, I made dessert for breakfast.  Oh well.  Talk it up to the 99 degrees of heat coming from my head yesterday.  🙂  It’s probably still better then a fried donut.  Plus, I was really excited to use the ricotta cheese in my fridge.

Banana-Ricotta Pancakes
Original Source: All You Magazine

Prep: 5 min.
Cook: 4 min. per batch
Serves: 4
Cost per Serving: $.80

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup whole-milk ricotta
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 small ripe banana, mashed
  • Caramel sauce, optional (I used syrup)
  • Sliced banana, optional

First, in a medium bowl, whisk all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt).

In a larger bowl, whisk together remaining wet ingredients (ricotta, egg, milk, butter, vanilla, banana).  Gently add the flour mixture to the wet mixture until fully blended.

Heat greased skillet over medium heat and drop tablespoons of batter into skillet.  Flip pancakes until golden brown on both sides.  Take about 4 minutes total.

Stack on a plate and serve with your choice of topping (caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, chopped nuts).  I chose sliced bananas and syrup.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

352 Calories
16 g. Fat (9 grams Sat. Fat)
95 mg. Cholesterol
2 g. Fiber
12 g. Protein
40 g. Carbohydrates
529 mg. Sodium

This was definitely a sweet treat for a Saturday morning breakfast, but tasty and filling all the same.  I love most anything with bananas!

What’s your favorite breakfast dish you like to “splurge” on?

Mine is definitely pancakes or french toast.  I never liked donuts and can usually limit my carb intake at breakfast time.  Eggs and lots of veggies are my favorite and most filling breakfast though.  I can put most anything in my eggs and be happy.  Veggies, milk, cheese, hummus.  They all taste good to me.

Banana Custard

28 Sep

After my hair appointment this morning, I came home to get cracking on more sorting and organizing after donating so much last week.

My task was to go through my magazines.  I had a stack of favorite magazines that I wanted to save because of recipes or articles I wanted to keep, but it was getting to be to much.  So, I went through each one and tore out the recipes I wanted to keep before recycling them out of our apartment.

This was a tiring job, but it’s finally done.

When Ed got home, I started mentioning how hot it was outside and I wish the fall weather would just stick around already.  He gave me a weird look and said, “it is cool outside?”  He put his hand on my head, I took my temperature and it’s official, I’ve come down with some kind of bug.

Though I still feel okay, my energy is down and I’m burning up.  So, dinner was simple and sick friendly.

The soup was just plain comforting and the sandwich was packed with fresh deli turkey I picked up from Wegman’s this morning, a slice of provolone cheese and fresh mushrooms.  I sided that with the rest of the baby carrots.

Banana Custard

Last night, Ed and I were discussing our love for ice-cream.  He could eat plain vanilla ice-cream everyday while I love, well, lets just say I never met a flavor of ice-cream I didn’t like.

Truth be told, half gallons of ice-cream don’t last long in this house, so we don’t buy them often.  We have thought of alternatives throughout the summer besides buying expensive half gallons of ice-cream.  One of my favorite alternatives also coincides with my love for bananas.

First take 2 frozen bananas and pulse them in your food processor.

Once pulsed, add a splash of milk and pulse again till smooth.

Creamy!

Add flavorings as desired and mix well.  Examples include vanilla extract or cocoa powder.  I chose cocoa powder.  Chocolate is always the best choice, in my opinion 😉

That’s it!  This was the perfect snack tonight for my overheated body and it was inexpensive.  My sweet tooth was satisfied with the sweetness of the bananas and my waistline will feel much better in the morning.

Try it. You’ll love it!

What’s your favorite flavor of ice-cream? 

What foods do you crave when your not feeling your best?

Fast & Easy Tiramisu

11 Sep

After work, Ed and I went for a 3 mile run together.  Yes…you read that correctly.  We ran…TOGETHER!

I love working out with Ed, but he is definitely more of a “workout on my own” kind of guy.  Maybe it’s my drill sergeant personality that comes out. 😉

Ed and I started following the Disney Half Marathon Training Plan this week (Mine and His) to prepare us for our first half marathon in January.  We also have a planned Marine Core 10K race in Washington, DC in October, which actually follows our plan perfectly.  I’m excited to run races again.  The summer heat has been brutal and with the consistent traveling and events, there just was no time.

By the way, Maryland got the memo this past weekend and we are officially feeling the fall weather.   Running outside is so much more enjoyable.  Ed and I are looking into other races before the end of the year to prepare for January and this weather is extremely motivating.  The top of my list right now is the Cleveland Turkey Trot, but what I would really love to run is a Monster Mash type run during the Trick or Treat season.  Not the scary, zombie races.  (No, thank you.)  Does anything out there exist nearby?  I’ve come up with nothing.  I would totally dress up and have the greatest time figuring out a costume.

If you could dress in any costume to run in, what would you dress up as?  Leave a comment below of your best Trick or Treat costume of all time!

Fast & Easy Tiramisu

For our anniversary, my goal was to make an easier variation of our favorite dessert to eat together.  However, since our anniversary turned into a smorgasbord of sweet treats, I decided to hold off a week or two to allow the sugar coma to wear off.

I pulled a recipe from Kraft for Fast & Easy Tiramisu and had everything on hand except Lady Finger cookies.  While at the store I walked up and down the cookie aisle a few many times only to recognize how big this aisle really is…

Crazy…

I found nothing that represented a lady finger cookie, so I went with the next best thing.

The perfect cheater.

I started off by boiling the instant coffee on the stove and spreading the wafers across a 13×9 inch dish and brushed with coffee.

In a mixing bowl, I mixed two 8 oz. blocks of low fat cream cheese.  Once creamy, mix in 1/2 cup of sugar.  Finally, mix in 2 cups of Cool Whip. (I used Lite Cool Whip.)

Yummmm…

Spread 1/2 the cream cheese mixture over the wafer cookies in the pan.  Add an additional layer of wafers, brush with coffee and spread the remaining layer of cream cheese mixture.

Top with a dusting of cocoa powder and let set in the fridge 4-5 hours or overnight.

So, super easy and very yummy.  The wafers were super moist from the coffee and the mixture was creamy with the whipped cream addition.  The Kraft website shared their nutrition information and called this dessert a “150-calorie dessert“.  Score!

Want a bite?

Now, I just have to keep my limit to one slice…after a good batter lick, of course.

You had to know this was coming…

Fast & Easy Tiramisu

(as posted on Kraft Foods)

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp.  MAXWELL HOUSE Instant Coffee
  • 1 Tbsp.  sugar
  • 1 cup  boiling water
  • 2 pkg.  (3 oz. each) ladyfingers, split, divided ( I used Vanilla Wafers and they worked perfect!)
  • 2 pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Fat Free Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup  sugar
  • 2 cups  thawed COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping
  • 1 tsp.  unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions

  • DISSOLVE combined coffee granules and 1 Tbsp. sugar in boiling water. Arrange 1 pkg. ladyfingers on bottom of 13×9-inch dish; brush with 1/2 cup coffee.
  • BEAT cream cheese in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add 1/2 cup sugar; mix well. Whisk in COOL WHIP.
  • SPREAD half the cream cheese mixture over ladyfingers in dish; top with remaining ladyfingers. Brush with remaining coffee mixture; cover with remaining cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with cocoa powder. Refrigerate 4 hours.

Enjoy!

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