Monday, March 17, 2014

Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Shake

I have been making quite a few protein smoothies lately.  Maybe it is the occasional 55 degree day that makes me think it is so balmy outside, i need to have a cold, refreshing shake.  Maybe it is because I want to have something good that will time me over until lunch.  Who knows.  I love them and they are so YUMMY!  My brain thinks I am having an actual shake but my brain knows that this is sooooo good for me.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein shake
serves 1

2 Tablespoons of PB2
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup of greek yogurt (I used Fage 0%)
a couple of hands full of frozen strawberries
1 scoop protein powder

Blend and serve!  This one rang in at under 300 calories.  DELISH!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Portion Control

If there was one thing I learned on my weight loss journey it was too look to see how much was an actual serving before putting food in my mouth.  I used to guess what they were, but you really need to measure and weigh, so you know what you are getting yourself into.  I have a food scale and I have several sets of measuring cups and spoons
so I can measure food all day long.

 I remember the shocking day when I was making my son a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I would always get a spoon and have some peanut butter when I was done making his lunch.  One day, I actually looked and found out that I was eating more than a tablespoon of peanut butter which was more than 100 calories mindlessly!  That is a lot of calories!

If you can't trust yourself or need to grab something easy for a snack, grab some that are already portioned.  I get hungry sometimes in between lunch and dinner and I know I always have preportioned  servings of some kind of nut butter in my pantry.  Just grab one of those and an apple or some celery.  Easy Peasy, right?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lower sugar cookies

I have made the basic cookie recipe on the back of the bag of chocolate chips hundreds of times.  There is a lot of sugar in those cookies.  My kiddos ask for some kind of dessert almost every night.  Sometimes, it is an actual treat, other times it is a "treat" that is a much healthier option.

These cookies are really yummy.  I was surprised.  I love sugar and these cookies hit the spot!  I didn't even feel bad when I had one....ok, fine.  I had 2.  I found the recipe here...

You can add whatever you want to them to make them your own like raisins, chocolate chips or cranberries.  I added dark chocolate chips (because dark chocolate is good for you).  :-P

Try them out!  See if you can fool your kids too.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Macaroni Casserole by Skinnytaste is an awesome site that has so many delicious recipes.  I have used it many times to do my menu planning for the next week.  Check it out!  You are sure to find so many things that you will love.

This is one of those meals that you can totally fool your family into thinking they are just having a rich and fulling casserole, but LOOK AT ALL THESE VEGGIES!!

This is also one of those meals that it is a good idea to make 2 and freeze one of them so you can just toss it in the oven when you are running around to basketball practice and gymnastics!  Easy peasy!  DONE!  Healthy meal on the table!

The recipe and directions can be found here.

1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 medium red pepper, chopped
1/4 cup finely diced celery
1/4 cup finely diced carrots
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 (14.5 oz can) petite diced tomatoes, drained
2 cups marinara sauce (I used my own homemade)
2 cups water
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp Kosher salt
8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz uncooked whole wheat elbows

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Nature Box

Have you heard of this??  I Love it!  Sometimes it is difficult to make healthy choices when you are hungry and it isn't time for a meal.  Nature Box sends you 5 healthy snacks every month.  You can choose which ones you want to try each time!  Then, you can order the ones you like the best!  If you have healthy snacks around you will be less tempted to eat ones that aren't the best for you!  Every little step in a healthy lifestyle counts!

Check it out at

Monday, February 24, 2014

Lighter Beef Stroganoff in the crock pot!

We have had some really chilly days these past few weeks and who doesn't love some comfort food?  Plus, you make it in the crock pot which makes it super easy.  I must add that it was torture smelling it all day long, though.  It smelled so good!  I made this beef stroganoff and we loved it!  It is lighter because we used egg white noodles you could also use brown rice noodles.

Click this link for the directions here.


  • (1-pound) top round steak (1 inch thick), trimmed 
  • 1 cup chopped onion 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms (about 2 cups)
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 cup fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth 
  • (8-ounce) container low-fat sour cream 
  • 2 cups hot cooked medium egg noodles (about 4 ounces uncooked)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Aisian Quinoa Salad

I found a really delicious new quinoa salad to make for my lunches.  I just LOVE all of the flavors in this salad.  I found it from two peas and their pod.  It is sooooo good.  I made it on Sunday and had it for lunch all week.  You could also add some shrimp to it and have it for dinner!

Click on the above link for the directions, but the yummy ingredient list is:

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped red cabbage
1 cup shelled and cooked edamame
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 cup diced cucumber
For the dressing:
1/4 cup lite soy sauce or tamari sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and black pepper, to taste