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I'm a 20 year old junior in college, trying to promote a healthy life style for myself and others, which can definitely be hard to do in college. In this blog, I'll experiment with recipes, blog about my own progress towards body wellness inside-and-out, and hopefully help some of you out along the way! Last summer, with a month of exercise and eating right, I lost my freshman 15. Over the past year, I have been maintaining my weight and continuing to hone my healthy cooking skills!

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30-Calorie “fried” Vegetarian Zucchini Fritters (200 cals whole recipe, 17g protein!)

These. Are. Freaking. Amazing. 

200 calories for the whole recipe, 18 gram of protein, 2 servings of vegetables, all rolled into something delightfully crunchy and creamy. It also reminds me of some kind of epic delicious gourmet crab cake with the flavors and textures! I’m gonna make these over and over and over!

INGREDIENTS:

-1 Medium Zucchini (grated) (30 cals, 2g protein)

-2 Tablespoons Italian bread crumbs (60 cals, 2g protein)

-2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan cheese (60 cals, 6g protein)

-1/4 cup egg whites (30 cals, 7g protein)

-Salt, Pepper, Thyme, Garlic Powder, Red Pepper Chili Flakes (That’s just what I used. Put whatever seasonings you want in it!), to taste

Other: Cooking spray (approx 20 cals after you use it!)

Directions: With a cheese grater, grate zucchini into a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine all other ingredients and mix well. Using a dish towel or absorbent paper towel, squeeze grated zucchini lightly to remove excess water. Add zucchini to other mixture and mix well.

Spray a skillet with cooking spray and place over medium to medium-low heat. Drop batter by 2-3 Tablespoonfuls onto skillet and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side. ENJOY! Makes about 7 fritters, at 30 cals a piece!

— 1 year ago with 16 notes
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Don’t you love crunchy, carby, cheesey, hot things? Don’t you hate the added bad fats and calories that come along with them? I do too. So, instead, try making these delicious “Mozzarella Sticks” for only 160 calories!

INGREDIENTS:

2 slices 100% Whole Wheat Sara Lee Delightful Bread [90 cals]
1/4 cup low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese [70 cals]
1T Marinara Sauce for dipping (optional) [10 cals]
DIRECTIONS:

1) Toast bread in toaster till they have a desired crunch.

2) Sprinkle cheese on one slice of bread and top with the other.

3) Zap in microwave for 20 seconds.

4) Munch on, foodies, munch on!

Don’t you love crunchy, carby, cheesey, hot things? Don’t you hate the added bad fats and calories that come along with them? I do too. So, instead, try making these delicious “Mozzarella Sticks” for only 160 calories!

INGREDIENTS:

2 slices 100% Whole Wheat Sara Lee Delightful Bread [90 cals]
1/4 cup low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese [70 cals]
1T Marinara Sauce for dipping (optional) [10 cals]
DIRECTIONS:

1) Toast bread in toaster till they have a desired crunch.

2) Sprinkle cheese on one slice of bread and top with the other.

3) Zap in microwave for 20 seconds.

4) Munch on, foodies, munch on!

— 2 years ago with 20 notes
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Mexican Restaurant, Do’s and Don’t’s

I went to a take-out chain Mexican restaurant for dinner with the family tonight. And believe it or not, there are a lot of healthy ways to eat there. The foods are all fresh, and put together in front of you, so assuming the person behind the counter isn’t on auto-pilot and will listen to you, you can have ultimate control over what’s put in your dinner. So, here are a couple healthy Do’s and Don’t’s for eating at this kind of restaurant.

DO

  1. GET A SALAD.  I mean, you don’t have to. There are lots of other healthy options—chicken tacos are generally much better than a beef burrito or a chicken quesadillas. If you are ever in doubt, though, salads are always a safe bet. Just get the dressing on the side, or
  2. USE SALSA AS YOUR DRESSING. Trust me. It’s super flavorful and pours almost just like dressing. Super low-calorie, with that spicy flare. And, yes, a fatty dressing is often good to help you absorb the vitamins and minerals in all those veggies, but you’ll get plenty of healthy fat from the beans, meats, or olives you get on your salad.
  3. WATCH THE PROCESS AND YOUR PORTIONS. Guesstimate from the people in line in front of your how much of each thing—beans, cheese, rice, etc.—is piled onto their dishes. If it’s too much for your liking (1/2 cup of beans is usually a 120 cal portion, 1/4 cup low-fat cheese is usually an 80 cal, portion) ask the nice person behind the counter for less.
  4. GET THE FRESH VEGGIES, and NOT the sauteed/roasted veggies. Watch out for the Mexican corn too. There are a lot of extra fats in those, because they were roasted with oils. Besides, if they have sauteed onions and peppers, they’ll probably have them fresh too.

DON’T

  1. DON’T GET THE CHIPS. They are super tasty, but for that reason, even when you tell yourself “I’ll just eat 5,” you’ll down the whole basket in a snap. Chips are where the majority of calories come front when eating mexican—they are deep fried and filled with sodium. Think about Tostitos—they’re “Restaurant style” chips (about the same size) are 140 calories for just 7 chips! Think how many chips are in that chip basket at the restaurant you’re eating at, and think about how much extra oil they’re just soaked in (ever notice how they sometimes have a certain gleam to them?) Chipotle, a very healthy mexican place, has 570 calories in their single serving bag of chips. Chips are just a double no-no, all the way across the sky. 
  2. DON’T GET THE TORTILLA. Especially if you are getting a burrito. I mean, you can. But it’ll add a lot of probably-unwanted calories. Go for the “Burrito in the Bowl” option (everything in a burrito…in a bowl.) You have the option of the tortilla on the side, but don’t get it. Or get it and eat half. Or something
  3. IF YOU GET A TACO SALAD, DON’T GET IT IN THE SHELL. Basically the same thing as the chips. It’s a deep fried tortilla, and it’s just that tempting. You’ll eat way more of it than you intended to, and it doesn’t do anything that a regular bowl won’t.
  4. EAT ALL THE GUAC. Guacamole is delicious, and definitely good for you! But it’s one of those foods that is good in moderation. An entire appetizer-serving of guacamole easily has enough calories for a full meal. Remember, a serving is 2 tablespoons (about the size of a ping pong ball), and that’s about 81 calories. Therefore, a quarter cup is 171 calories, and a usual cup is 685 calories.

Below was my delicious salad—1/2 restaurant’s portion black beans, chicken, 1/2 restaurant’s portion cheese, and lots of fresh veggies like tomato, cucumber, peppers, onions, and lettuce, with three different salsas for dressings.

[sorry it’s sideways]

— 3 years ago with 1 note
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