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Zuchhini Chips and Pizza Bites

20 Nov

Who doesn’t love that crunchiness of a chip or that cheesy flavor of those small pizza bites? Too bad they are anything but healthy, and surely won’t help keep that holiday season weight off!

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Lovely readers, meet zucchini. Zucchini can be your new best friend when coming to healthifying foods! Whether it be my zucchini oats for breakfast, my zucchini jicama lasagna in my Holiday Ebook that you can purchase here, or these two delightful simple recipes, zucchini can be used in many way!

Here I have made both “chips” and small snackable pizza bites. And boy, they are a yummy midday munchie!

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Simple yet delicious. My type of recipe as a college student. These are also the perfect snack to set out on gAmEdAyS as well instead of all those pants-tightening appetizers :)

What is your favorite game day or tailgating food?!

Zucchini Chips
-2 medium Zucchinis
-1 tablespoon Olive Oil
-Sea Salt and seasonings to taste
Directions: Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Wash outside of zucchini. Using a mandolin, slice zucchini very thin. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and any other seasonings of choice. On a cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick spray, place slices close together but not overlapping. Bake in oven until crisp. This could take anywhere from 1-2 hours.

Zucchini Pizza Bites
-2 medium Zucchinis
-1/4 to 1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
-1/4 to 1/2 cup Low Fat
-Seasonings to taste
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Wash zucchinis on outside. Slice into thick slices. Lay slices on cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake in oven for about 5 minutes or until soften. Remove from oven. Spoon about a teaspoon or two of sauce onto each slice. Sprinkle cheese over top. Place into oven and bake for about 5 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Zucchini Benefits
1) 1 cup only has 36 calories
2) High in fiber which aids in digestion
3) Lowers cholesterol
4) Prevents Cancer
5) Rich in vitamins C and A, as well as folate
6) Benefit prostate health
7) Anti-inflammatory because of vitamin A, C and copper content
8) High in manganese,which helps in the metabolizing of proteins and carbs, participates in sex hormone production, and catalyzes synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol

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Healthy Deviled Eggs

5 Nov

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Another delicious game day recipe!

We all love those fluffy, creamy deviled eggs. But they are anything but healthy for you. Filled with full fat mayonaise and all of those egg yolks. Thoughts of your pants getting tighter by the egg full…

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But now, you can fully enjoy that same delicious deviled egg taste, in a healthy way :)

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Healthy Deviled Eggs

– 12 Eggs, hard boiled
– 1/4 cup Low Fat Cream Cheese
– 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
– 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
– 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
– 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
Directions: After hard boiled eggs have cooled, slice in half lengthwise and scoop out the yellow yolks into a bowl. Discard half of the yolks and place the remaining ones in a high speed blender or food processor. Add in all other ingredients. Blend until smooth. Scoop back into empty egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika. Store in refrigerator until serving.

Egg Benefits
1) Rich in the proteins lutein and zeaxanthin, which aid in eye health
2) Aids in cardiovascular health
3) Rich in Choline, a B vitamin that is thought of as brain food” as it aids in neurological function and development
4) Prevents breast cancer
5) Leads to healthy skin, hair and nails- being high in sulfur
6) Contains 6 grams of protein and all the amino acids needed to build protein

Greek Yogurt
1) Help fight tummy fat
2) Contains good-for-you bacteria
3) Loaded with vitamins such as potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, B12 and B5
4) Great recovery after workouts: high source of protein
5) High in calcium
6) Prevents high blood pressure
7) Fights off colds and flus: healthy bacteria fights off the bad and boosts the immune system
8) Protects your teeth: lactic acid in yogurt protects your gums
9) High in protein, about 18-24 grams per serving

No Bake Peanut Butter Balls

21 Sep

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You may have seen something like this before, but not these delicious bites.

Unlike other no bake peanut butter desserts that are usually heavy laden with only peanut butter and real butter, these have just enough of that yummy nut butter to give you the real peanut butter taste, but not any of that other junk to keep that small waist.

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These would serve as a great tailgating dessert! On a hot sunny day, people typically don’t want any baked goods that are warm, so why not give them the same, delicious cookie experience, unbaked? If we’re honest with ourselves, I think we would all admit the cookie dough is the best part anyways. And as people are typically eating  and drinking heavy on game days, what would be better than ending on a lighter, yet just as tasty note? That’s a happy day.

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These peanut butter bites also are high in protein compared to your typical dessert. And very customizable! Use creamy peanut butter to keep it smooth, or chunky to add that delicious crunch. Add chocolate chips if your a chocoholic like me (or love a Reeses flavor!), or keep it plain if you like your desserts simple. Allergic to peanuts? Substitute any other nut butter or even other butters like coconut butter or seed butters!

No matter what kind of guests you plan on having stop by your tailgate or gameday party, these delightful bites are one you should prepare to make. Even my boyfriend who isn’t the healthiest eater ended up eating half of the batch in one day! (I had to steer him away until after the photographs were taken) :)

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No Bake Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Balls

Makes about 12 balls

-1/2 cup Rolled Oats
-1/4 cup Natural Peanut Butter (can sub in any other butter)
-1/4 cup Peanut Flour (or any other flour would work)
-1/4 cup Honey or Agave
-2-3 tablespoons Mini Chocolate Chips or Cacao Nibs
-1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-Dash of Sea Salt
-Optional: 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt (to up the protein)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix until everything is thoroughly mixed together. Rolled into small balls, about one heaping tablespoon of “dough”. If dough is too moist to roll, add more flour. If it is too dry, add more peanut butter or honey. Makes about 12 balls (can double or triple recipe as you’ll want more than one!). Store in refrigerator if not eating right away.

Peanut Benefits
1)Rich in energy, containing many nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins
2)Good levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids
3)Good source of dietary protein
4)Great source of resveratrol, an antioxidant found to protect against cancers, heart disease, and fungal infections
5)Excellent source of vitamin E, which maintains and protects cell membranes and skin
6)Packed with B vitamins

Raw Honey Benefits
1) Alkaline-forming food that contains natural vitamins, enzymes, and powerful antioxidants
2)Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fingal properties
3)Promotes body and digestive health
4)Strengthens immune system
5)Eliminates allergies
6)Excellent remedy for skin wounds and infections
7)Stabilizes blood pressure
8)Relieves pain
9)Calm nerves

Greek Yogurt Benefits
1) Help fight tummy fat
2) Contains good-for-you bacteria
3) Loaded with vitamins such as potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, B12 and B5
4) Great recovery after workouts: high source of protein
5) High in calcium
6) Prevents high blood pressure
7) Fights off colds and flus: healthy bacteria fights off the bad and boosts the immune system
8) Protects your teeth: lactic acid in yogurt protects your gums
9) High in protein, about 18-24 grams per serving

Buffalo Chicken Dip

6 Sep

Did you notice there is a new tab on the blog? Yep, a whole tab for…GaMeDaY ReCiPeS!

That’s right! As a college student, it only makes sense to start a trend for healthy gameday recipes!

I was offered the opportunity to team up with GamedayR, an incredible website centered around college sports, to provide them healthy gameday recipes! Gamedayr™ is an absolute culture brand for college sports built on the passion surrounding gameday. The network provides athletes, fans, media, coaches, trainers and individuals involved with college sports a central location for the content and information they want to contribute, find, and share.

If you are a college sports fan, you should definitely check them out. Or if you’d like some yummy gameday recipes :)

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But back to the actual recipe, what is more gameday appropriate than a spin off the very well loved buffalo chicken wings?? This dip is hot and spicy, yet cool and refreshing. Perfect for a hot gameday afternoon. You may have seen similar dips, but I can assure you they were anything but healthy. But rest in peace, this one IS healthy…and delicious!

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Pair it with chips and crackers, or a lot of colorful veggies, decision is up to you. But I promise this will be a hit at any tailgate!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Serves 12-16

-8 oz. Low Fat Cream Cheese (could use fat-free)
-1 cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt
-6 T Low Fat Blue Cheese Dressing (I use this Greek yogurt based one)
-6T Hot Sauce
-1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt, Garlic Powder, and Onion Powder
-2 cups Cooked Chicken, chopped small (can used canned chicken)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in food processor or high speed blender except for chicken. Blend until smooth. Stir in finely chopped chicken. Store in refrigerator for at least one hour for flavors to absorb. Serve with veggies, chips, crackers, or other desired food.

Greek Yogurt Benefits
1) Help fight tummy fat
2) Contains good-for-you bacteria
3) Loaded with vitamins such as potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, B12 and B5
4) Great recovery after workouts: high source of protein
5) High in calcium
6) Prevents high blood pressure
7) Fights off colds and flus: healthy bacteria fights off the bad and boosts the immune system
8) Protects your teeth: lactic acid in yogurt protects your gums
9) High in protein, about 18-24 grams per serving

Hot Sauce Benefits
1) Low in calories
2) Fires up your metabolism: contains vitamin C and capsaicin, which are shown to rev up your metabolism
3) Keeps you satisfied: a little goes a long way
4) Can better your mood: contains capsaicin, which brings on endorphins and sustains a good mood

Chicken Benefits
1) High in protein
2) Natural anti-depressant: contains amino acid, tryptophan which increases serotonin levels, enhances mood, and decreases stress
3) Prevents bone loss: because of protein content
4) Heart Health: suppresses and controls homocysteine, an amino acid that causes cardiovascular disease
5) Rich in phosphorous: an essential mineral that supports your teeth and bones, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system function
6) Rich in selenium: essential mineral involved in metabolic performance (thyroid, hormone, metabolism, and immune function)
7) Boosts metabolism: high in vitamin B6 which encourages enzymes and metabolic cellular reactions
8) Rich in niacin: a B-vitamin that guards against cancer and other forms of genetic change
9) Promotes eye health: high in retinol, alpha and beta-carotene, and lycopene, all derived from vitamin A and vital for healthy eyesight
10) Essential for Tissue Growth: contains riboflavin, which drastically reduces your skin problems and repairs dry or damaged skin.