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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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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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Pineapple Upside Down Cake Protein Smoothie! 65 cals/cup!

So I’ve had some fresh chopped pineapple in the fridge for like two days BEGGING me to do something with it, and today I finally did, incorporating it into my post-workout protein shake! Since I’ve been doing a lot of dessert-inspired smoothies lately (see Pumpkin Pie and Peach Cobbler), I turned to the pineapple upside down cake as inspiration for this smoothie! And at only 65 calories a cup (195 for the whole recipe!), you can have your cake and [drink] it too!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup chopped pineapple (70 cals)
  • 1/4 cup cherries, pitted (23 cals) [Tip: Buy them frozen and they are already pitted for you!]
  • 3/4 cup 0% pain Greek Yogurt (100 cals, 18g protein!)
  • 1/2 cup water (I tried Coconut Lacroix as my water…gave it a tiny bit of an exotic coconut flavor!)
  • 6-8 ice cubes (or however many you want to give it the consistancy/texture you want)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (to taste)
  • Sugar-free sweetener (like Splenda, Truvia, etc. ; To taste)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Put everything in the blender and blend away! Add vanilla, sweetener, and extra ice as you go till you get it the way you want it! 
  2. Garnish with pretty things like chopped cherries and pineapple or Light whipped cream, if you’d like :)

TIP: TIP: Check out my smoothie page for tips on prolonging the life of your beloved blender!

— 2 years ago with 3 notes
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Veggie-Hummus Pizza! 110 healthy calories :)

Want to eat something creamy, salty, crunchy, carb-y, and FUN? Try this hummus-and-veggie “Pizza.” What a great way to get in a serving of vegetables!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Slice 100% Whole Wheat Sara Lee Delightful Bread [45 cals]
  • 2 Tablespoons Hummus [50 cals]
  • Chopped veggies! [As many as you can pile on!] (I used cherry tomatos, celery, carrots, zucchini, and pepers)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Toast bread in toaster to make it a little crispy
  • Spread on hummus
  • Place veggies on “pizza” (make ‘em pretty!) and munch munch munch!
— 2 years ago with 10 notes
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Almond Milk Blueberry Floaties!

Okay, so even though those couple bites of cake earlier surmounted to probably 400 calories…I found myself unsatisfied. (It’s probably a mentality thing: I REFUSE to have cake as my main dinner course.)

So I turned to one of my FAVORITE healthy snacks. What I call, Almond Milk Blueberrie Floaties!

Yeah, yeah. Not the most creative name. But it’s sort of cute. Right? RIGHT?

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup blueberries (40 cals)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (20 cals)
  • Sprinkle of granola (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Pour the almond milk over the blueberries. Watch ‘em float! AIN’T THEY CUTE?

Sprinkle Granola. And enjoy.

TASTY TIP! If you freeze the blueberries first, the Almond Milk will sort of mold and freeze around them, making an almost ice-creamy substance! (Popping the whole mixture in the freezer will help too.) Fun fun fun!

— 2 years ago with 4 notes
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Okay, about lunch earlier…I had this leftover! (My 400 calorie lunch was just that filling!…So it was more like a 290 calorie lunch and then this 110cal snack.)
Anyways, I was able to snap a pretty picture of it before I scarfed it down, and concluded it was delicious enough to provide the recipe! It’s easy enough to make in college. [Especially if your school has a salad bar or an omelet bar where you can steal the chopped veggies away in a zip lock bag. You might even be able to find all the ingredients right in your dining hall!
Ingredients:
1 medium tomato
1/2 cup chopped veggies (I used cucumber, bell peppers, and onions)
1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese ( I prefer small curd)
Any seasonings you want! I used Basil and Ground Pepper
Directions:
Mix together veggies, cottage cheese, and seasonings in a bowl. Cut tomato in half twice (but don’t cut all the way through!) and create a hole by pulling back on the four slices. Put cottage cheese mixture in your newly made tomato-cup and enjoy!
So refreshing and delicious, only about 100 calories, and packed with filling fiber and 15 grams of protein! So it’s GREAT post-workout. That’s when I had it!

Okay, about lunch earlier…I had this leftover! (My 400 calorie lunch was just that filling!…So it was more like a 290 calorie lunch and then this 110cal snack.)

Anyways, I was able to snap a pretty picture of it before I scarfed it down, and concluded it was delicious enough to provide the recipe! It’s easy enough to make in college. [Especially if your school has a salad bar or an omelet bar where you can steal the chopped veggies away in a zip lock bag. You might even be able to find all the ingredients right in your dining hall!

Ingredients:

1 medium tomato

1/2 cup chopped veggies (I used cucumber, bell peppers, and onions)

1/2 cup fat free cottage cheese ( I prefer small curd)

Any seasonings you want! I used Basil and Ground Pepper

Directions:

Mix together veggies, cottage cheese, and seasonings in a bowl. Cut tomato in half twice (but don’t cut all the way through!) and create a hole by pulling back on the four slices. Put cottage cheese mixture in your newly made tomato-cup and enjoy!

So refreshing and delicious, only about 100 calories, and packed with filling fiber and 15 grams of protein! So it’s GREAT post-workout. That’s when I had it!


— 3 years ago with 12 notes
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