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Q and A’s for Summer

25 Jul

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Happy Monday! Today’s post has a question and answer theme. I’m not enough of a “big-time blogger” yet that I receive multiple questions via email (maybe some day), so I’ve decided to create my own questions, and give you the answers…enjoy!

Question one: Why does the propane tank on the BBQ always run out on me when I’m home alone, I’ve waited too long to have dinner, and my stomach is eating itself in hunger?

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Answer one: I’m gonna have to say I don’t know on this one, but at least I had a nice grilled veggie, dill and goat cheese pizza (basically the same as this one, only no bacon, dill instead of parsley, and goat instead of Tex-Mex cheese) at the end of it all (with a side of beets and sautéed beet greens to go with it).IMG_2257

Question two: How do you improve upon the culinary triumph that was the bubbling berry biscuit bake?

Answer two: Find the oven-safe dish you couldn’t last time, make it with a mix of raspberries and blueberries, and bake at 400 for 20 minutes (perfect time and temperature). Enjoy the biscuits, berry goodness, and melt-y vanilla ice cream. Smile

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Question three: How do you switch up the cool and creamy red pepper and tomato gazpacho you’ve been loving lately and give it a bit of a south-western kick?

Answer three: Make it exactly the same way you have in the past, only swap out the basil for cilantro, add a splash of lime juice, and a touch of cumin, chili powder and chipotle chili powder. Garnish with chopped cucumber, tomato, green onion, cilantro and a dollop of Greek yogurt. Mmm….this was cool and creamy like I’ve been loving, but I enjoyed the different flavour profile. It is kind of odd though, to eat something that’s spicy and cold at the same time. Not bad, just a different sensation.

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Question four: What do you have for a Saturday afternoon snack that you can eat while blogging/catching up on other blogs that is healthy but just a little decadent?

Answer four: A bowl of the best cherries you’ve had all summer and a fiber one 90 calorie chocolate brownie, naturally! Healthy cherries and chocolate? Sign me up!

 

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Question five: What do you eat for supper when you’ve been cooking all day in preparation for the pool party you’re catering for your Aunt, you’ve been grazing all afternoon in the kitchen (including way more mocha cupcake batter and coffee frosting than you care to admit), you’re hot, you’re sweaty, and you want something light, filling, and that doesn’t require any heat?

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*Okay, side note here before we get to answer five. Public service announcement: the coffee frosting I made yesterday should be illegal. It is just WAY too good. Now, I’m not saying that to brag and tell you how awesome I am for making it. It’s just the truth. I’m not posting the recipe for two reasons: 1. It’s seriously dangerously good and addictive. 2. I made it up as I went along and didn’t pay attention to measurements. You see, I’m a cake and icing SNOB, I’ll admit it. Birthday, anniversary, shower cakes that are purchased from a grocery store and decorated with sugary frosting? Duncan Hines from a can? I’ll pass. I find that stuff pretty flavourless and uninteresting (not trying to be mean, just being honest). But this icing, man, it was something else. Because of the coffee in it, it had loads of flavour, but the bitterness of the coffee kept it from being overly sweet. And while I’m not a straight-up coffee drinker, I LOVE anything coffee-flavoured. Cappuccino frozen yogurt, anything with the word “mocha,” my homemade iced coffee drinks, Starbucks frappuccinos (don’t even get me started)…I’m there! Which is why this icing was SO DEADLY. I just kept eating it. I may have even dreamt about swimming in the stuff. Anyway, just had to warn you. That concludes this public service announcement.*

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Answer five: a nice plate of bits and bites, comprised of a seriously tasty salad of baby cucumbersRed heart, garden-fresh beans and peas, tomatoes, red onion and a dressing of seasoned rice vinegar, fat-free Italian dressing and olive oil; veggies and artichoke hummus;  a roasted red pepper spread with goat cheese and fresh basil and rolled up; ham slices wrapped around the last of the pineapple you had leftover from making pineapple chicken teriyaki skewers and fat-free Lays Ruffles chips from the US of A. And for dessert…lemon ginger frozen yogurt with fresh berries.

That about sums up today’s Q and A.

Two Q’s for you: What have you made/someone made for you that you found absolutely irresistible/dangerously delicious? And…are there any questions you have for me (don’t be shy). Winking smile

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Shake it up Baby!

20 Jul

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Weather forecast: it is HOT! Sun…. just in case you didn’t know (I’m sure you all needed me to tell you that). According to CBC radio and my guy Nick Czerncovich (I googled him just so I would spell his name right on the blog, okay? Leave me alone), it is officially a heat wave when the temperature is at or above 32 degrees Celsius (I learned that last week).  Yesterday, Nick told me that Thursday’s temperature in Toronto (surprisingly, he wasn’t commenting on Simcoe’s weather) could break an all-time record for the city…as in, not just for that specific month, or day, but ALL TIME! If it’s above 38.3, we have ourselves a record. Nick also told me that more likely than not, we’ll be in that heat wave territory by the end of the week. Now aren’t you glad I listen to CBC radio (only in the car) so I could pass this information on to you all?

Anyway, other than locking yourself in an air-conditioned building and/or mooching off of your friends and family who have pools (that’s what I do)…how can you beat the heat? Nice, cold milkshakes and smoothies, of course. So I’m here to share a couple cold drinks that have come our of the HHH kitchen lately.

The first one, pictured at top, is a berry lemonade smoothie. To make it, I used:

  • 2 individual containers of Source strawberry yogurt (any brand/berry yogurt flavour would do)
  • Sugar-Free Cranberry lemonade crystals (any lemonade-type mix would do here…the one I used was from the US…in Canada, your best best would be to use a single-serving package of Crystal Light Pink Lemonade)
  • Cold water (I didn’t measure…probably about 1/2 or 3/4 cup – use more or less, depending on how thick you want your drink)
  • About 6 ice cubes

To make it, just put everything in a blender and blend until smooth – you’re good to go!IMG_2219

The second recipe I’m going to share with you is definitely more of a shake than a smoothie – it was Monday night’s dessert.

Cherry Mocha Shake

Serves 2

  • 1 cup black forest ice cream (don’t have a batch of homemade ice cream in your freezer? Just use your favourite chocolate fro yo and add in a few pitted cherries…honestly, you couldn’t even really taste them)
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • Between 1/2 and 1 cup cold brewed coffee (I didn’t measure….sorry!)
  • 1/4 cup sugar-free chocolate syrup
  • Ice cubes (about 6)
  • A fresh cherry and fat-free Reddi-Whip for garnish, optional

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Combine all ingredients (other than garnishes) in blender. Blend until smooth.

Pour into two tall glasses. If desired, top with a squirt of Reddi-Whip and a cherry (cut through on one side with a knife first so it will sit on the glass).

….you couldn’t really taste the cherries from the ice cream, but this was still good! Basically just a chocolate shake…nothing wrong with that though!

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The last recipe I’m sharing with you isn’t a shake or a smoothie, but it’s a cold, sweet drink, so it works, right? (and it’s my blog, so I’m the boss)….I’m talking my basic iced coffee recipe (side note: isn’t it cute in my Target cup?). And although it hasn’t made it on here much (I don’t want to bore you with the same thing over and over again), I’ve been drinking these A LOT this summer…they’re so easy, I figured it was time for a quick tutorial. And at less than 50 calories for the whole thing, this is WAY better than what you’ll get at Starbucks and the Golden Arches, for a fraction of the price. Let’s get going!

Basic Iced Coffee for One

  • 1 cup unsweetened original Almond Breeze (or use a flavoured one, I just have lots of unsweetened original since I bought it at Costco)
  • Cold brewed coffee (I just steal my mom’s leftovers, make it from instant/water or brew a pot then refrigerate it in a jar)to taste (use more for a stronger coffee flavour, less if you like it weaker)
  • Splenda to taste (or if you have sugar-free flavoured syrups, those are awesome. I sometimes use caramel and it’s delish!)
  • A splash of vanilla (omit if using flavoured syrup)
  • LOTS of ice

Combine all ingredients except ice in a tall glass. Stir, add more coffee or Splenda if needed. IMG_2221

Load that cup up with lots of ice.

Enjoy!

If you’ve got a travel mug (like mine? It was free from the Teacher’s Credit Union at an orientation last fall…and I don’t even bank with them), any of these drinks can be enjoyed to-go!

2 more things before I go:

1. Speaking of cool things, I really want to try a Starbucks Bistro Box! Have you heard of them? They’re little portion-controlled cold meal boxes that come in tasty-sounding flavours like chipotle chicken wraps, sesame noodles and more. And they’re all less than 500 calories, and most come with chocolate…sweet! If you try one, let me know (and I will do the same).

2. Thank you so so much for all the support and love via comments, texts, emails and facebook after I shared with you my gloomy mood in Sunday’s post. I know it was a bit of a pity party, and I debated sharing with you, but I really try to keep it real on here, and I wanted to be up front and honest with you all. I’m happy to report that I’m out of my funk, and I felt so loved after hearing from all of you…so once again…thank you!

Happy hump day all! SmileAny favourite shake ore smoothie recipes/tips to share?

Favourite Things: Healthy Food on-the-go

13 May

Happy Friday the 13th! If you’re like me, this date has absolutely no impact on your life since you’re not superstitious in the least. Maybe the casinos in Vegas will all be empty? I’ll let you know. Since I’m leaving for vacation today and will likely be eating at least one meal in an airport, I thought I’d take the chance to share with you some of my favourite meals and snacks at fast food restaurants (plus it has been WAY too long since I’ve done a favourite things post). I’m not one to eat at fast food restaurants more than I have to (really, I hardly ever do). But, there are times when it’s unavoidable for me (and you). Read on for some of my fav finds that fill you up fast without filling you out.

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1. Wendy’s Chili. Love love LOVE this stuff. In fact, if you told me that I had to eat a healthy meal at a fast food restaurant, Wendy’s would probably be my first choice, mostly because of this stuff. If I’m going for lunch, I pair a small chili with a PLAIN side salad (get one of the low-fat dressings, only use half and don’t even think about going for one of those huge salads they have with crazy calorific add-ons). For dinner, I order a PLAIN baked potato (no sour cream, cheese or bacon please) and top it with the chili. Since this stuff has beef, beans and lots of fibre, it really fills you up!

2. Starbucks Light Frappuccinos frappucino So this is not a meal…but it sure is a delicious snack/treat! I can’t say enough about just how much I love these things – I usually order caramel or mocha (although I hear there’s a new coconut mocha flavour I’m dying to try) LIGHT…make sure you say light! Go for the tall, and skip the whip, and you can escape with a delicious sweet and creamy drink under 150 calories. These things are perfect for warmer weather (but I still enjoy them in the colder months)….and I’ll be sipping all summer whenever I can get to the big city to get my hands on one of these things (really hope there’s a ‘bucks in the airport terminal I’m in today).

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3. Tim Horton’s Yogurt and Berries This is a great option as a snack, or a light breakfast on the go. While many of Tim’s options are nutritional death traps (hello donuts, giant muffins, pastries and Double Doubles), this one is worth seeking out. You can go with either vanilla or strawberry low fat yogurt, and there are 4 types of fresh, whole berries layered in. It’s got only 2 grams of fat, plus 2 grams of fibre. And it’s probably the only thing on the menu for 160 calories that offers some nutritional benefits too. You really can’t go wrong here!

4. Subway Saladssubway salads I’ve told you before, but here’s another reminder: any sandwich on the Subway menu can be made into a salad! While many of the sandwiches on Subway’s menu have great stats (and we all remember Jared and his Subway “diet”), if you’re like me, sometimes when you’re on the go, particularly if you’ve been eating out a lot, you crave something a little less carb-y and a little more veggie-packed. And when it comes to fast foods, veggie-rific options tend to be few and far between. Even though there are fast-food salads, they tend to have way too many delicious, but calorie-heavy add-ons. Subway salads are the perfect solution – just like the sandwiches, they’re made your way, and you control what goes in (or not). Just be sure to ask for one of the low-fat/fat-free dressings – you don’t want to wreck your healthy creation with a dressing that is anything but virtuous.

So I’d say those are my top 4. Honestly, I really don’t eat fast food that often, as I enjoy cooking, and I know that I can make something that’s healthier and just as tasty (if not more so) at home. But like I said before, everyone has to dip in to the fast food world at some point, so hopefully these finds will help you choose wisely. We’ll see what I come up with at the airport today! Smile with tongue out What are your favourite more virtuous fast food finds?

P.S. One more eating on-the-go tip: bring stuff from home and combine it with something from a fast food restaurant, and create your own money and calorie-saving combo meal. My favourite breakfast example? Bring fruit and a Vitatop from home and get a tall skinny latte at Starbucks…YUM!

Favourite Things: 100 calorie pack accessories

2 Mar

I love 100 calorie packs. Can you believe we ever lived without them? But when you think about it, it’s really only been a few years since these things came around. That being said, sometimes 100 calorie packs need a little help. Although they are designed to be a snack, let’s be honest – 100 calorie packs are not always that satisfying on their own. If I am really hungry, I turn to something more substantial, something with protein and fibre to fill me up. But I still eat 100 calorie packs – I just like to glam them up a bit first. With a little back-up from a supporting player, a 100 calorie pack goes from ho-hum to something special (and still keeps calories low). Here are some of my top tips:

1. 100 calorie cookies + marshmallow creme

Oh, how I love marshmallow creme. It’s totally fat free, about 20 calories per tablespoon and fluff-i-licious…what’s not to love? This stuff makes a great dip for 100 calorie cookie packs (any flavour). Just put 2 or 3 tbsp in a little bowl (use a small one so it looks like more), open up that cookie bag and dip away…your cookies won’t know what him ’em!

2. 100 calorie cookies + sugar-free pudding cups (and maybe a little bit of Cool Whip too)

Another thing I love? Jello sugar-free refrigerated pudding cups! They are only 60 calories and fat free. Take that bag of 100 calorie cookies and crush ’em up (you choose whether you want fine crumbs or a chunkier texture). Mix the pudding cup and the crumbles in a nice dessert bowl and you’re ready to enjoy. But do you want to take things up another notch? Add a few tablespoons of fat free Cool Whip to the pudding before you stir in the cookies. This makes for a fluffier, mousse-like texture. Mmmm!

3. Salty Snack Mix and Match

This is one I haven’t done for a while, but it’s a good one! Who doesn’t like snack mix? My favourite kind is the one with Cheetos, Doritos, Sun Chips and pretzels, but I never buy it because this stuff is SO GOOD and once you start, it’s hard to stop (which reminds me of a funny commercial I’ve seen for Special K Cracker Chips….the girl says that’s why they’re called chips: because you can’t eat just one…lol). Anyways, I digress. Fortunately for me (and snack mix lovers everywhere), all of the above ingredients come in 100 calorie packs (well, I don’t know if pretzels do in Canada…but you can use pretzels from a big bag)! So make your own! Just open a bag each of the ingredients (or 2 bags if you want to make a bigger batch) and mix it together. Then divide up into the same number of mini ziploc bags as the number of 100 calorie packs that you opened (ie, if you used 4 100 calorie packs, but your snack mix into 4 ziploc bags. If you are using pretzels from a big bag, just look at the serving size/nutrition info on the back of the bag and use about 100 calories-worth of pretzels. Voila – you’ve just created your own custom 100 calorie snack mix! Bonus? If there’s something in snack mix you don’t care for (I know a lot of people leave the pretzels behind), you can leave it out!

4. 100 calorie chocolate bar as a supporting actor

Sometimes 100 calorie packs don’t have to be the main event. They can play second fiddle in delicious dishes – such is the case of the 100 calorie chocolate bar. They can be used as an integral part of the dessert quesadilla. Cadbury Thins work beautifully in s’mores because of their flat nature. You can melt down the bars and use them as a dip for fruit, or stirred into pudding (you can also chop them up and use like cookies in #2).

So there you have it – 4 ways to use and improve 1oo calorie packs. A quick fix makes a good thing even better – give it a try!

My Super Bowl Supper

7 Feb

Even though my Super Bowl party was canceled, I was still craving a sort of “junk food” supper…and I was not about to let that craving go unfulfilled. It tasted so good, I thought I’d so a quick post to sum it up for you all.

I made Hungry Girl’s Butternut Squash fries (using a crinkle cutter) with some extra seasonings. I roasted some cauliflower (425 for about 40 minutes) with some cumin and garlic salt and pepper. I also made 3 President’s Choice Blue Menu Meatless “Chicken” Fingers (seriously, you’d never know it’s not chicken…..they are SO SO good). I cut up some celery and had some baby carrots…and to top it all off, I made my very own “secret sauce” (but it’s not going to be a secret anymore, since I’m willing to share with you all. 🙂

My secret sauce was a mix of Kraft light BBQ sauce, ketchup, yellow mustard, fat free Miracle whip, cumin and liquid smoke….mmmmm it was so yummy! It was the perfect compliment to a snack-y Super Bowl Sunday supper. This meal definitely satisfied all my cravings!

Eating out, part 2

29 Jan

Last Saturday, I was gone for a good chunk of the day. I went to Guelph to meet a friend for lunch, then was meeting another friend for coffee later in the afternoon. It was up to my friend to pick the restaurant for lunch, so that was beyond my control. I couldn’t research options ahead of time, so I opted to just relax, go with the flow, and enjoy my day out. Here’s how I did it and made healthy choices while still enjoying the day.

As soon as I got up, I was already mentally planning out my day. I started with a healthy breakfast. When you know you’ll be eating out later in the day and may not be able to make the healthiest choices, it’s always important to start with something that is healthy and filling, but lower in calories. I opted for a toasted 100 calorie bun with cinnamon and Splenda, topped with 1/4  cup light ricotta mixed with Splenda and vanilla extract, and an apple cooked with water and cinnamon. On the side, I enjoyed a pumpkin spice latte. I enjoyed the flavours of breakfast, yet it was quite healthy and a great start to my day.

I also made sure to fit in exercise by going to a Military Tone class at the gym. Exercise is a great way to ward of any extra calories that come with dining out. And by going first thing in the morning, it was out of the way so I could enjoy the rest of my day.

Since my friend had lived in Guelph, it made sense for her to pick the restaurant. Thankfully, I lucked out with her choice. We went to this cozy little bakery and cafe called With the Grain. It had lots of healthy/vegetarian offerings, and even free samples of dessert ( 🙂 Score!). I ordered the vegetarian chili – which I figured was a safe bet for a healthy choice. I made a couple of tweaks to make it even healthier. I refused the sour cream and cheese that were offered (most likely they wouldn’t be reduced-fat, and I had no way of controlling the portion size) and also said no to bread and butter on the side. While I enjoy both of these things, it’s best to say no when dining out if you want to keep calories in check. By refusing them when I ordered, I eliminated the temptation of picking at them, since they wouldn’t even be on my plate. That’s one great strategy for dining out – keep it simple. Unless they’re fruits or vegetables, extra add-ons usually mean extra calories, often with little or no nutritional value. Strip a dish down to its simplest form to cut calories off your meal. The chili was also a great choice because it probably had at least 2 servings of vegetables, a food group that is easy to miss when dining out.

While waiting in line, we sampled a lemon square…YUM! And as you know, I’m not one to say no to dessert. So when my friend suggested we split one, I couldn’t turn her down. But I was not about to let dessert derail my day. I ate slowly and savoured every bite – that was one tasty lemon square! By sharing with a friend, I could enjoy dessert while cutting my calories in half – everyone wins! Sharing an entree or dessert is a time-honoured and trusty way to enjoy restaurant favourites with less calories.

Later on in the day, I met another friend for coffee at Starbucks. This place makes it SO easy to drink healthy. All their nutritional info is online and they have a good selection of “skinny” drinks. I chose the newest skinny offering – the skinny Caramel Macchiato. I love all the skinny drinks, because you can go out and order something kind of fancy, that you wouldn’t make at home, and still keep calories in check. And since the menu is the same at all Starbucks, you know you’re guaranteed a healthy option, no matter what location you go to. The caramel macchiato is a bit of an upgrade from my usual skinny latte, as it comes with a decadent caramel drizzle on top – delish! An added bonus? The tall size of Starbucks’ lattes and macchiatos has about one serving of dairy. Delicious, low-cal and calcium-filled? Win, win, win!

I knew when I planned my day that I’d be on the road around the supper hour. I left Guelph for home at about 5:45, and since it’s about a 90 minute drive (more last night since the weather was bad), it would be after supper when I got home. Knowing that, I packed a couple of “emergency snacks” that I could eat in the car if the need arose. When I get overly hungry, I can have the munchies all day long, so I prevented this by eating the apple I packed on the way home. Although I was still hungry when I got home, the fiber in the apple helped satisfy me until my late supper.

To counter my splurges of the day, I made a small supper. When I’ve been out all day and eating more calories than usual at lunch, I balance that by reducing the typical amount of calories in my evening meal. At the end of the day, I had enjoyed time with friends, eaten delicious food, and felt good about the choices I made.

So there you have a few of my tips for navigating a day of being out and about while still eating healthily. As I always stress, I am not perfect. For all the times I eat out and make healthy choices, there are probably two times I have made choices I later regret. But like any other aspect of healthy eating – one day at a time. I hope if you’re out this weekend, these tips can help you. Have any great tips for eating healthy while dining out? Leave them in the comments section below, so we can all benefit from your knowledge!

Extreme Makeover: Bagel Edition

25 Jan

I hate to waste food. And, as you have learned, I love leftovers. So what to do with 7 100 calorie mini cinnamon raisin bagels that have been languishing in my freezer since August? I think that since I bought them while on vacation, the novelty of a mini 100 calorie cinnamon raisin bagel seemed too much to resist, blinding me to my better judgment which would say that this item isn’t something I’d normally eat (they are good, but pretty small for 100 calories). By the time January rolled around, freezer burn had definitely started to set in. But I couldn’t very well just throw out 7 bagels – over half the package! What better way to use them up than by making bagel chips? Baking these lifeless bagels in the oven would crisp them up nicely, and the freezer burn wouldn’t be an issue.  I thought I’d go about making bagel chips in a similar way as to make croutons. Here’s what I did:

I started by cutting the bagels into thin slices (if the shapes look a bit odd, it’s because the bagels had already been pre-sliced in half, so I couldn’t get perfectly round slices). Then I spread them in an even layer on my stone (but you could certainly use a metal baking sheet). I did two batches, mainly because I wanted to test half first to make sure they turned out.

I sprayed the cut bagel pieces with PAM and then sprinkled with cinnamon and Splenda. I tossed them around a bit, then applied a bit more PAM, cinnamon and Splenda. I baked the chips for about 50 minutes at 300, tossing the chips twice during that time to ensure they crisped evenly (since I was using a stoneware pan, I would check on these a bit earlier if you use metal).

I let the chips cool thoroughly at room temperature. The result? A sweet, spicy and crunchy snack – and no wasted bagels! I’m sure you could do this with any variety of bagel (100 calorie or not) – sweet or savoury, and switch up the seasonings. Wouldn’t ranch dressing mix be great on plain bagels? Or garlic salt (that really takes me back to the garlic bagel chips of my childhood – anyone else?) If you try any good flavour combos, please share them!

Since the bagels were 100 calories each, I divided them up into mini ziploc baggies by the number of bagels I started with (ie 4 bagels = 4 baggies) and had my own homemade 100 calorie packs.

I went beyond just eating the chips on their own – I incorporated them into the delicious parfait you see to the right….seriously yummy! I cooked a chopped apple in cinnamon, water and Splenda, and let it cool slightly. Then, in a wine glass, I layered one fat free sugar free vanilla pudding cup with the apple and one bagel’s worth of the chips. I topped it all off with fat free whipped topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon…and enjoyed a mug of tea on the side. It was a great combo of sweet, creamy, and crunchy. I also think the chips would be great at breakfast over yogurt.

Another thing I did with the chips? Mixed them into my original sweet snack mix! I mixed 1/2 cup of cereal, 1 small package freeze-dried apples, 1 package yogurt-covered pretzels (slightly broken up) and 1 bagel’s worth of the chips. I can’t wait to try this stuff!

If you any kind of freezer burned bread, don’t throw it away. You can make chips like I did, or cut it up and use for croutons (use the same basic method). It’s a great way to use up something that’s a bit past its prime and not let anything go to waste.

Have you ever turned a freezer-burned tragedy into a culinary triumph? What did you do?

Snow day banana bread

19 Jan

I will take an opportunity I’m given to bake. This banana bread was one of the 3 projects I tackled on my recent snow day. Surprise, surprise, another Hungry Girl recipe. I love banana bread and baked goods of any kind. But, when I started Weight Watchers, for the most part, I gave up on having quick breads and muffins as part of my every day diet. They tend to be way too high in fat and calories to enjoy on a regular basis (but of course, as I always say – in moderation, anything can be part of a healthy diet). In reality, many muffins/quick breads have as many (or more) calories than desserts!

Thank goodness for Hungry Girl. She and her team renovate recipes so we can enjoy our favourites in a slimmed-down version, perfect for every day life. Now…I’m not going to lie. This doesn’t exactly taste like classic banana bread, what your mom or grandma would make. It is good, and I really enjoy it; but the recipe has no fat or sugar in it…you can’t expect miracles! On the upside? Serving size is HUGE…one serving is a slice that is 1/8 of the loaf – pretty generous – and with 140 calories and almost 4 grams of fibre, that’s only 2 WW points (on the old system)…not too shabby! Some of this loaf will be eaten fresh, but most will go into the freezer to be enjoyed later on as part of a quick breakfast or a snack. My favourite way to enjoy it is as a snack spread with a tablespoon of Better ‘n Peanut Butter (this a product I discovered via Hungry Girl that, sadly, I haven’t been able to find in Canada, so I buy in the US when I can). You can’t beat the combo of PB and banana! For about the same calorie count, just use 1/2 tbsp of regular or low fat peanut butter.

Thanks to the snow day, I now have 8 servings of a healthy breakfast or snack waiting for me. 🙂 What’s your favourite quick bread recipe?