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Tag Archives: healthy snacks

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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Watermelon Lime Pudding

25 Jul

Here is another creation of mine in order to beat this summer heat! I absolutely love watermelon. It’s probably my favorite fruit. My only problem is once I cut it open, I can’t stop. No self control when there’s delicious, refreshing watermelon in front of me!

Usually I just eat my fruit plain or with some type of yogurt dip/nut butter, but this time I decided to make a recipe with my favorite fruit! With watermelon being so sweet, I thought the pairing with lime would be the perfect combination.

I’ve made another recipe similar to this, but pumpkin flavor! As you know by now, that too is one of my favorite foods. That one can be found here.

How do you like to beat this summer heat? What is your all-time favorite fruit that you just can’t stop eating once you start?!

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Watermelon Avocado & Lime Mousse

-1 cup watermelon
-6 oz soft tofu
-1 very ripe banana
-1/4 cup mashed avocado
-juice from 1/2 lime
-1tsp vanilla extract
Directions: Blend all ingredients together. Scoop out lime and serve mousse inside!

Tip: **If it isn’t sweet enough for you with the banana and watermelon, feel free to add a tablespoon or two of honey!  **Use mini chocolate chips for “seeds” if your desire a pretty presentation.

Watermelon Benefits
1) Contains 92% water: aids in hydration
2) Full of antioxidants: neutralizes free radical damage in body, reduces inflammation, reduces chance of cancer and arthritis
3) Contains phytonutrients: naturally occurring compounds that are bioactive and able to trigger healthy reactions in body
4) Filled with Citrulline: this converts to Arginine, which is great for our hearts, livers, and circulatory system
5) Rich in vitamin C and Beta-Carotenes: anti-inflammatory properties
6) Aids in bloating and constipation: watermelon has a natural diuretic effect which can help eliminate water retention and wastes
7) Stops itchy skin: as a cleanser, it flushes out toxins that take the form of itchiness
8) Reduces blemishes: rub watermelon on your face, leave juice on for 10 minutes, rinse.

Curried Cauliflower Bites

12 Apr

Ever just crave something that’s just crunchy? Don’t you wish you had a recipe you could make to satisfy that craving without it being fried.

Well I got one for you! Not only is this not fried, but made with a veggie. How much greater can it get?

The other night I was really wanting something with a crunch to it to go alongside of my chicken for dinner. I looked in my fridge. What did I see? A bag of cauliflower that needed to be used up. So what did I do? Created something that would both, use this bag of veggies up, and satisfy my craving.

Usually curry is made with lots of cream. But not this one! This one has protein-packed greek yogurt in it! And gives it that same, lovely curry taste.

Make it alongside of other things for a meal, or make for a simple snack when getting those afternoon cravings! Either way, this is a healthy, yummy food that you don’t want to pass up:)

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Curried Cauliflower
1/2 head of cauliflower
-1 container of chobani plain greek yogurt (about 1/2 cup)
-1T soy sauce
-2 tsp apple cider vinegar
-1T curry powder
-Seasonings: garlic salt, pepper, sea salt, onion powder, anything else you want!(about 1/2 tsp of each)
Directions: Combine all but cauliflower in a bowl until mixed. Add in cauliflower and toss until thoroughly coated. Let sit for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place cauliflower on oil-sprayed(else they WILL stick!) baking tray. Bake until browned, about 15-20 minutes. Turn oven on broil for last couple minutes for further browning.