Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte

 

’Twas the night before the holidays, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

OK, so that’s not exactly the way it went down in our house—especially the quiet, peaceful part. 😊 Yes, it was snowing, but that’s about where the story ends. Over here, Tammy’s twin daughters had 3 friends over who were screaming and yelling and playing some sort of slide-someone-around on the floor like they’re dead, yet kicking (don’t ask 😊 ), and these two, twin registered dietitians were dreaming up a new lightened up concoction (and the kitchen is never quiet or peaceful when we’re both concocting! If you watched us on Food Network’s Chopped!, that’s the tame version of what happens at home 😊 ).

The good news is what came out of all of the chaos—this delicious Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte. We lightened it up in a major way—shaving 100 calories off a small, typical-size latte—our version has only 33 calories a serving! Plus, our house smells like a gingerbread cookie factory (no joke!) and if you need a ‘lil pick-me-up, this bevvie uses strongly brewed coffee.

And if you need a to flush out the bloat if you’ve overdone it on a little too much holiday cheer—check out these “detox” drinks—and be sure to check out our 21-Day Body Reboot™, which will help you to look and feel your best in no time (it’s our life-altering program that helps you to lose your last 10 pounds or more—while going wild on the weekend!)

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush
Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea “Detox”
Lemon Ginger Detox drink
Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water

  Aside from the heaping calorie-savings in this Gingerbread latte, there’s even another reason to sip it—the cinnamon! And if you like things extra-cinnamon-y, go ahead and sprinkle away!

Cinnamon: Studies have found that cinnamon helps to reduce inflammation and a number of studies have found improved blood sugar levels associated with cinnamon intake. So it certainly can’t hurt to aim for ½- 1 teaspoon of this delish spice daily!

Ginger: Ginger (especially fresh ginger) is also great for reducing chronic inflammation (the kind that’s linked to many chronic diseases), and is a total tummy soother, which means it may just keep you free from nausea or stomach discomfort!

 

 

Healthy Homemade Gingerbread Latte

Yield: 1 latte (8 oz)

Ingredients:
½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
½ tsp blackstrap molasses
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Stevia, to taste (I used 2 drops liquid stevia)
½ cup very strong brewed coffee

Directions:
1. Place almond milk, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and stevia in a pot or microwave-safe mug. Heat on the stove or in the microwave until piping hot.
2. Transfer the almond milk mixture to a 16 oz mason jar, seal, and shake vigorously, until frothy. You can also use a milk frother if you have one!
3. Pour the brewed coffee into a mug, top with the almond milk mixture, and stir gently to combine.
4. Enjoy!

Nutrition info (per serving): 33 calories, 1.3 g fat, 81 mg sodium, 5.4 g carbs, 0.9 g fiber, 0.5 g sugar, 0.7 g protein

 

 

 

 

Cranberry Orange & Ginger Detox Drink

As registered dietitians and personal trainers, clients always ask us what they can do to stay on track, and of course this seems to be especially challenging when there are lots of celebrations, like during Memorial Day weekend or the holiday season—but let’s face it, even when there aren’t holidays eating healthfully can be a challenge. When your schedule is filled to the brim with anything from long work events to parties, holiday or not, you can wind up feeling bloated and heavy – and you better believe we’re no fans of that! Our solution to help you to stay trim, is one we’ve fallen in love with ourselves– our beloved “detox” drinks! They’re some of the most popular recipes on our blog and we’re obsessed with coming up with new flavor combinations to keep things interesting!

They’ve become so important in the success of our clients that we’ve even included them as an important part in our 21-Day Body RebootTM,  our life-altering program that helps you to lose your last 10 pounds or more—while going wild on the weekend You may remember some of our other faves!

Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush

Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea “Detox”

Lemon Ginger Detox drink

Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water

This cranberry, orange, and ginger festive flavor concoction will keep your taste buds satisfied! It was originally inspired during the holiday time to aid in flushing bloat and keeping you trim and slim (see below why it works!)in case you overindulged—but let’s face it, holiday time is not unique in that, so sip this baby any day of the year when you want to kick bloat to the curb! 😉

Here’s why this drink is a lifesaver:

It flushes bloat

It’s easy to get dehydrated, especially if you’re indulging in too many boozy drinks and salty snacks!  Your body likes salt to be at a very particular concentration in the body.  Eat too much salt and your body holds on to water to dilute the salt.  And when you hold on to excess water, guess what? You feel BLOATED & puffy!  ICK! Drinking plenty of water helps keep you hydrated so your body can flush excess sodium and waste, making you feel light and energized and since water also flushes waste (i.e., helps prevent constipation, keeping you regular and flushing out any gut bulges that come with the waste!)- hello flat-tummy!

Ginger: (Lyssie’s lov-ah! 😉 that shows up in everything she makes!) is rich in anti-inflammatory properties, while it also helps soothe your stomach and ease digestion, calming your insides so you can have a flatter tummy, helping you to reset after  a day of heavy foods.

It crushes sweet cravings

Sipping on this detox drink is our key to crushing sweet cravings!  As you know, we both have a sweet tooth, and it rears its’ head in the evening after dinner, when admittedly, we’re not truly hungry, just “snacky”. This yumster works it’s magic for us—it’s the ultimate sugar-tooth buster!  The natural sweet, tangy flavor of oranges and cranberries gives your taste buds the sweetness they crave without a ton of calories or sugar!  It’s so much easier to say no to another piece of chocolate or gingerbread man when your belly is already full of good-for-you food and drinks (like this lil’ number!).

It reduces inflammation

Cranberries and oranges are both packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps boost your immune system and rid your body of toxins, keeping inflammation at bay. Ginger is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, chasing free radicals and other toxins out of your body.

 

When you get an injury, your body’s immune system responds with inflammation in a healthy way – but not all inflammation is healthy. When your body is taxed with constant inflammation from things like alcohol, refined sugars, and chemicals in processed foods, your body ramps up its inflammatory response and works in overdrive to keep you healthy. Keeping up with that constant inflammation takes a lot of work from your body and can wear down your immune system, leading to everything from the common cold to chronic health issues.

 

Eating and drinking foods with anti-inflammatory ingredients helps fight that constant inflammation so your body can work in tip-top shape! Since this detox drink is jam packed with anti-inflammatory goodness (but still tastes like a festive holiday mocktail!), it’s the perfect concoction to keep you healthy throughout the year!

Cranberries contain unique, health-promoting flavonoids called PACs.  PACs help reduce inflammation associated with chronic disease and aging (and as an added bonus, they also reduce the incidence of certain infections, maintain a healthy urinary tract and improve heart health).

(Fun fact! A recent study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that drinking 8-ounces of cranberry juice a day reduced the number of symptomatic UTIs by nearly 40 percent in women with recurrent UTIs.)

 

Our PACman & Cranberry linked- -Confession: We loved PACman as kids. (OK, and maybe a little bit as adults too! But that’s just because of the good memories we have from our past! 😉) We had blue pac-man shoes that we thought were THE BOMB and when you pressed your finger on the bottom, the imprint left a pacman shape impression on your hand, soooo cool!   We now realize the atrociousness of the shoes, but love them anyway.  Point? We’ve become bigger cranberry fans since learning they’ve got PACs—remind us of pacman–they gobble the bad stuff in your body to keep you healthy…

 

 

Our favorite part about this drink? It’s tasty enough to serve at a party or to keep in your fridge and sip all day (and week!) long! Don’t keep all the health benefits to yourself – the holiday season (and all seasons! 😊 ) are for sharing ;). Make a big batch of this Cranberry Orange & Ginger Detox Drink to share with everyone at your next holiday party to keep everyone happy and healthy.

Cranberry Orange & Ginger “Detox” Drink

Yield: 4 8-oz servings

Ingredients:

½ cup fresh cranberries

½ orange, sliced

1-inch chunk ginger, sliced

4 cups water

 

Directions:

  1. Place the cranberries in a pitcher or large jar and smash them with the back of a wooden spoon to pop them open.
  2. Add the sliced orange, ginger, and water, and stir.
  3. Let infuse in the fridge overnight, then enjoy!

Nutrition info per 8-oz serving (if all the fruit is eaten): 15 calories, 0 g fat, 5 mg sodium, 3 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 0.2 g protein

Cranberry Orange & Ginger Detox Drink
 
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Serves: 4, 8 ounce drinks
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • ½ orange, sliced
  • 1-inch chunk ginger, sliced
  • 4 cups water
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Place the cranberries in a pitcher or large jar and smash them with the back of a wooden spoon to pop them open.
  3. Add the sliced orange, ginger, and water, and stir.
  4. Let infuse in the fridge overnight, then enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 ounce serving, if fruit is eaten Calories: 15 Fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 3 g Sugar: 2 g Sodium: 5 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 0.2 g

On-The-Go Cherry Oats

 

We’ve partnered with Dannon Oikos on this post to share this healthy breakfast that can double as a snack. We’re being compensated and given free products, but all opinions are our own.

 

This morning I (Lyssie), like most mornings, found myself racing out the door to meet my friend, Sean, a personal trainer at my gym for a jog on the treadmill.  As we jogged, I was telling him that my mornings always seem to be hectic and thank goodness for my energy-boosting, satisfying, quickie breakfast and if weren’t for it, I don’t know if I’d ever have time to eat.  I told him that Tammy and I have two favorite breakfasts that work wonders for our clients because they’re quick, easy, satisfying, energy-boosting, delicious and make us and our clients feel our best until lunchtime. He perked up and said-“I want to know what they are!”

Then it dawned on me…while we always share tips on how to help you to look and feel your best, we may not have told you the most popular breakfasts when it comes to all of these things! So brace yourselves because we’re about to spill the breakfast beans—aka, the morning meals that our clients live for! 😉 Yep-it’s our Simple Eggs & Grains which seems to be one of the most satisfying weight loss breakfasts, our Mini Fritatta Muffins and our Veggie Frittata Bites! 

But as much as a girl –or a guy—loves a food (or a few like the ones above!) that’s their go-to, they likely don’t want to have it every single morning for breakfast without adding something new to the mix. We get it! That’s why we’ve created this dreamsicle—another perfect go-to for those busy mornings (and afternoons)!

This too, is one our all-time faves and our clients tell us they love it too. So say hello to our Grab-and-Go Creamy Cherry Oats–and best of all, although it may be thought of for breakfast, healthy foods are good for you no matter what time of day you eat them. So go ahead and have it for a light, yet satisfying lunch or for a scrumptious snack. Or you can do what Lyssie does when she’s in a hurry; she serves her boyfriend this for breakfast, lunch or brinner).

Calling all chewy- texture loving breakfast eaters: The original muesli calls for just mixing the ingredients together and letting them sit in the fridge overnight—voila! You just grab and go in the morn! But, we have to tell you, we mix this right before we eat it, we use quick rolled oats and there is something about that creamy and chewy texture that is so satisfying, if you’re like us, you’ll go for making it this way, and never look back!

Aside from it feeling like a real treat, we love both of these  On-the-Go Cherry Oats and this Orange and Banana Energy-Revving Quick Oat Muesli  for their wholesome ingredients and how each contributes to your energy level (you can mix up the fruits,-and even add nuts, just know the calories will be higher– there are no rules!):

 

Whole oats: Oats are the whole grain so they’re packed with fiber and contain healthy, energy- boosting carbohydrates needed to fuel your brain and your muscles. Plus, oats are a great source of magnesium to help to turn your food into energy. Goodbye, energy slump!

Oikos non-fat Black Cherry Greek yogurt: Not only a great source of calcium and vitamin D, but packed with protein too, Oikos yogurt is rich and creamy and extends the energy boost of the oats, cherries and whatever healthy carbs you add, while also keeping you satisfied. This is such an easy way to get protein.

 

Cherries: Sweet cherries are packed with potassium, a natural blood-pressure reducer. Potassium helps to counteract sodium, helping to restore normal fluids balance—and flush any of the water retention and bloat from last night’s dinner. Potassium helps to offset the blood-pressure-raising effects of sodium. Quercetin, an antioxidant found in cherries may help keep blood vessels relaxed and supple. Plus, it seems anthocyanins cyaniding in cherries may help to prevent cancer!

Other add-ins:

 

  • Almonds– These are optional in the recipe below, and if you add a teaspoon of slivered nuts, they go a lot further! A good-for-your-heart fat, almonds add delicious crunch and their fat and protein add satiety and make the energy boost last longer. Just remember that this will add calories to your meal.

 

  • Cinnamon– A sweet and delicious antioxidant-rich spice which helps to fight damage in your body and keep you healthy so you can feel good and have energy to do the things you enjoy. Feel free to pile it on like we do—the more you use, the better, as cinnamon has been even shown to keep blood sugar levels in check when you use enough. One to one –and- a-half teaspoons daily seems to be helpful.

On-the-Go Cherry Oats Makes 1 serving
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole grain oats, raw (For a heartier meal, double the oats to 4 tablespoons, we use rolled oats for the version we make in minutes and eat on the spot)
    • 1/2 cup cherries, sliced
    • 6 ounces Oikos non-fat Black Cherry Greek yogurt
    • Dash Cinnamon, ginger—or more if you like!

 

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

Nutrition per Serving: 315 Calories, 55 g Carbohydrate, 3g fat, 18 grams protein, 1g saturated fat, 6 g fiber

On-The-Go Cherry Oats
 
Author:
Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • ½ cup whole grain oats, raw (For a heartier meal, double the oats to 4 tablespoons, we use rolled oats for the version we make in minutes and eat on the spot)
  • • ½ cup cherries, sliced
  • • 6 ounces Oikos non-fat Black Cherry Greek yogurt
  • • Dash Cinnamon, ginger—or more if you like!
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 315 Calories Fat: 3 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 55 g Fiber: 6 g Protein: 18 g

Frozen Yogurt Bark with Blueberries and Pomegranate

As registered dietitians and personal trainers you may think that since we eat a healthy diet, exercise and love veggies that we automatically must just not like sweets. Ha! If only!

The truth is we love chocolate and frozen desserts—and have a long love affair with fro-yo. It started in high school when one our best friend’s worked at a Fro-yo store and she’d give us all the fro-yo we wanted—free! As students on a budget we weren’t shy and ate A LOT. Roughly four small frozen yogurts each! And we’d skip a healthy lunch and would end up eating those instead—Oy! Thank goodness we don’t do that anymore (yes, we didn’t feel so good the rest of the afternoon) but that doesn’t mean we love fro-yo any less! 🙂

 

You may also like:

Skinny Strawberry Mint Ice Cream

Skinny Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches 

Dark Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

 

And if you love fro-yo (or other frozen ice cream-like desserts) the way we do, you’ll completely get why we’re super excited to introduce our latest love… Frozen Yogurt Bark with Blueberries and Pomegranate…and it’s only 18 calories per piece of heaven!

 

If it’s a hot summer day, and you’re craving a bowl of your favorite ice cream but you don’t want all the sugar that comes along with it, or you’re jonesing for something quick, light and refreshing to squash a sweet tooth, this bark will be your new bestie– right in the convenience of your freezer when you need it most!

Not only is this bark only 18 calories for each 2-inch piece– and low in sugar too– it’s also packed with lots of beneficial nutrients. Yogurt is filled with probiotics, helping to keep your gut healthy and helping to boost your immunity. Both blueberries and pomegranate arils are antioxidant powerhouses, helping to protect your body from harmful free radicals that damage your body and your skin and that speed the aging process. Consuming these antioxidants helps keeps your cells healthy! And healthy cells = happy you! And fro-yo (in any form) = a happy us! 😉

 Frozen Yogurt Bark with Blueberries and Pomegranate

 

Serves 15 (about 2×2 inches, each)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups non fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp. slivered almonds

Instructions:

  1. Combine the yogurt and honey in a medium-sized bowl and then stir in the chocolate chips and pomegranate seeds.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the mixture on top. Then spread the mixture so it is approximately ½ inch thick.
  3. Sprinkle the blueberries, coconut and sliced almonds on top.
  4. Put the baking sheet in the freezer, and allow the yogurt mixture to freeze completely (should take a few hours).
  5. Once frozen, you can cut the bark into desirably sized pieces and place them into separate bags or a combined container. Then place them back in the freezer so you can enjoy a frozen treat later!

 

Nutrition facts: 18 calories, 1 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 1 mg sodium, 6 mg potassium, 3 g carbs, 3 g sugar

 Preparation Tip: when consuming these treats, they work best when served in a bowl. They melt fairly fast, so this will help prevent a mess to clean up!

Frozen Yogurt Bark with Blueberries and Pomegranate
 
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Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 2 cups non fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp. slivered almonds
Instructions
  1. Combine the yogurt and honey in a medium-sized bowl and then stir in the chocolate chips and pomegranate seeds.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the mixture on top. Then spread the mixture so it is approximately ½ inch thick.
  3. Sprinkle the blueberries, coconut and sliced almonds on top.
  4. Put the baking sheet in the freezer, and allow the yogurt mixture to freeze completely (should take a few hours).
  5. Once frozen, you can cut the bark into desirably sized pieces and place them into separate bags or a combined container. Then place them back in the freezer so you can enjoy a frozen treat later!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 piece Calories: 18 Fat: 1 g Saturated fat: 0 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 1 mg

 

 

 

 

5-Ingredient Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

 

Yesterday, it happened…

While as identical twin sisters we pride ourselves in both being veggie-loving, registered dietitians and personal trainers who have an identical love for chocolate (plus a thang for sweets 😉 that we work hard to keep from getting the best of us—and from you), we also pride ourselves in having the identical prepared healthy kitchens for when our pesky sweet tooth rears its’ head.

And yesterday, a dreary Saturday, it happened—both of us felt like the sweet cravings were a bit more intense than usual –and our kitchens did not disappoint! Oh yeah! 🙂

 

Ever in the mood for an ooey-gooey cookie you don’t have to slave over the stove for?

 

Um, hello? Who isn’t?! ;)…

 

We recommend our clients keep a few healthy, necessary sugar-tooth busting pantry staples on-hand that can be used for many recipesA’hem, you better believe that yours & yours 😉 truly also keeps these in our house to satisfy our sweet tooth while keeping our waistline intact.

A few staple that we recommend are:

an over-ripe banana

peanut butter

whole oats (rolled is OK)

(We also suggest chocolate chips—hidden away if you can’t control yourself around them, but a few here and there go a long way if you can!).

 

You may remember these loves using our staples-

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Frozen Banana Chocolasicles

Frozen Banana Chocolate Bites

 

 

Why Peanut butter?  As a pantry staple—other than it’s freakin’ delicious 🙂 , it’s got a creamy, hearty texture that helps to add to any faux high calorie dessert’s success.

From a nutrition standpoint—peanut butter’s got healthy fats (for the ‘ole ticker), lots of antioxidants (to protect your skin and your cells from damage from everyday living—i.e., pollution, stress, etc.), and a good dose of potassium for fighting high blood pressure—and for fighting bloat!  Add that PB (as we call it in our land of the PB- obsessed) has protein, is rich in fiber and has heart-healthy plant phytosterols.

The one caveat—peanut butter does add up quickly in calories, so a teaspoon or two will do ya! 😉  One level tablespoon clocks in at nearly 100 calories, so do not eat it straight from the jar and do measure portions of our <3 to keep it real and to be honest with yourself about how much you’re getting.

 

As kids, if we heard the word “peanut butter” everyone knew you could count us in.  And nowadays, our favorite indulgence is chocolate–and anything chocolate (hello Skinny Oreo Balls! 😉) .  As you can probably imagine, simply marry our two loves and we’re in pure heaven.  🙂  Of course, we like to combine peanut butter and chocolate in healthy, lower calorie indulgences that keep our waistlines in tact.   And we gotta admit, when we made this and added some oats, and overripe banana and a splash of almond milk, we were a bit beside ourselves with happiness.  Healthy, ooey, gooey goodness that we mixed, mashed and microwaved!  We hope you love these as much as we do.

 

Why a banana?

What better way to get sweet flavor but without any adding processed sugar?  The OVERRIPE banana is key here.  So sweet and delicious, yet no added sugar!  Plus, you’ll get loads of health-promoting nutrients and bloat-busting potassium and some fiber!  Bust your sweet tooth craving and beat bloat?  Someone just landed in flat-belly heaven! 😉

 

 

 

One of the things we love about these cookies is how truly easy they are to whip up!  If you liked our Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies,  Skinny Speedy Walnut Oatmeal Cookies,  Wild Blueberry Cookies and how quick and easy they are to make, then you’ll love the

 

Other than the fact this cookie has no added sugar and tastes insanely delish and perfectly sweet, it’s packed with wholesome goodness.  As you now know,  protein, nutrients and fiber are just the appetizer.

An added bonus? Unlike most sugary desserts which leave you with an energy crash when the sugar leaves, this cookies’ high quality carbohydrates from the banana and oats will give you an energy boost, while its’ fiber (from oats and peanut butter) and protein from the peanut butter will keep you from grabbing the nearest peanut butter cup before your next meal!

 

It’s time to Mash, Mix & Microwave!!!  YAHOO!!  (PS—you can bake these if you want!)

 

 

 

 

5-Ingredient Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Other than the fact this cookie has no added sugar and tastes insanely delish and perfectly sweet, it’s packed with wholesome goodness. You’ve got protein, nutrients and fiber.
Serves: 4 small cookies or 1 large cookie

Ingredients:

1 very ripe banana, mashed
1/2 Tbsp. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3 Tbsp. rolled oats
1 Tbsp. peanut butter

1-1/2 tablespoons chocolate chips

 

Directions:
1. If using an oven rather than microwave, preheat to 375°F.
2. In a medium sized bowl, combine banana, almond milk, and peanut butter, stirring until thoroughly combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. If using microwave: For one large cookie, simply spread mixture in bowl and microwave on high for 4-1/2 minutes. If you are making four cookies you can spray a plate, 4 small bowls or 4 ramekins. (The ramekins are nice to keep the cookies contained and perfectly round.)
4. Scoop out about 2-1/2 tablespoons each, and flatten on the plate or in ramekin. Repeat for each ramekin.

5. Place the four ramekins or the one plate in microwave on high for 4 minutes.  Depending on the strength of your microwave cooking time may vary. Simply use a toothpick or a fork and poke cookie the whole way through. *If wetness comes off on fork or toothpick, continue to put back in microwave in 30 second increments until cooked.

If making one big cookie, may want to place plate in fridge or freezer to help “congeal” for a minute after cooking.

*If using oven: Place 2-1/2 Tbsp of mixture on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven when cooked completely through.

 

Makes 4 Cookies.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving (1 Cookie): 89 Calories, 14 g carbohydrate, 4 g fat, 2 g protein, 25 mg sodium, 2 g fiber

 

5-Ingredient Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie! Only 89 Calories --and you can make 'em in 5 Minutes with 5 ingredients you already have at home. Healthy, you'd never know they don't even have sugar 😉
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
  • ½ Tbsp. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 Tbsp. rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. If using an oven rather than microwave, preheat to 375°F.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, combine banana, almond milk, and peanut butter, stirring until thoroughly combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. If using microwave: For one large cookie, simply spread mixture in bowl and microwave on high for 4-1/2 minutes. If you are making four cookies you can spray a plate, 4 small bowls or 4 ramekins. (The ramekins are nice to keep the cookies contained and perfectly round.)
  5. Scoop out about 2-1/2 tablespoons each, and flatten on the plate or in ramekin. Repeat for each ramekin.
  6. Place the four ramekins or the one plate in microwave on high for 4 minutes. Depending on the strength of your microwave cooking time may vary. Simply use a toothpick or a fork and poke cookie the whole way through. *If wetness comes off on fork or toothpick, continue to put back in microwave in 30 second increments until cooked.
Notes
IIf making one big cookie, may want to place plate in fridge or freezer to help “congeal” for a minute after cooking.

*If using oven: Place 2-1/2 Tbsp of mixture on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven when cooked completely through.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4 cookies Calories: 89 Calories Fat: 4 g Carbohydrates: 14 g Sodium: 25 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 2 g

 

 

Green Warrior Weight Loss Smoothie

We made our first smoothie in junior high school.  We were with our best friend, making different food concoctions as we often did, and we ended up blending strawberries and milk together (there may have been some M&Ms in there too, but it would have been good without them too! 🙂 ) and loved the taste and knew that our concoction wouldn’t be the last.

Now, as registered dietitians, we make smoothies on the reg. Tammy makes them for her daughters for breakfasts nearly every day, Lyssie makes her boyfriend one nearly daily as well, and one of our clients’ most popular requests is for recipes for weight loss smoothies, so we’re always whipping up new smoothie recipes.

What’s our secret to creating a weight loss smoothie that actually helps to promote weight loss?

We make it super satisfying (so you’re not hungry soon after and so that there’s no need to troll the streets for the nearest vending machine ;)) while also not breaking the calorie bank. We also make sure that it provides long lasting energy so you brain isn’t craving a quick-pick-me-up that sends you on the hunt for sugar. And we add healthy ingredients that are beneficial for weight loss, so we always are creating new combinations that taste great. And of course, being nutritionists, we put a huge emphasis on packing in extra nutrients so you get more nutritionals bang for your bite (well, sip!), so we’re sure to pack in vitamins, minerals and extra antioxidants from fruits and veggies.

In this smoothie, we’ve got 3 special loves 😉 :

Pistachios:

They contain the trio of fiber, plant-protein and better-for-you unsaturated fats that can help keep you feeling fuller longer.  Pistachios are among the snack nuts highest in protein, but lowest in calories and fat.  We used the Wonderful No Shells Pistachios in this smoothie since they made it super easy to add!  Plus, the green and purple hues from pistachios signify that the pistachios are packed with antioxidants.

Ginger:

As you know, we’re ginger-obsessed, and Lyssie finds a way to work it into most of her meals. 😉 It adds a zesty kick to keep your taste buds satisfied so that they’re not craving more excitement. Ginger soothes the stomach and intestinal tract and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties to protect your body from free radicals and helps to keep your body in better working order. A calm intestinal tract= less bloat and a flatter tummy!

Spinach:

Greens, specifically, are the number one food you can eat regularly to improve your health–and to aid in weight loss because they’re super low in calories but packed with fiber to fill you up and with nutrients. Spinach is one the mildest of the greens and is like a barely detectable (like a chameleon!) in a smoothie, so it’s the perfect addition to a weight loss smoothie. (In this smoothie, we started with 1 packed cup of spinach, which is similar to two fistfuls)

 

Green Warrior Weight Loss Smoothie

This weight loss smoothie will crush your sweet tooth with only 309 calories and keep you feeling satisfied thanks to the protein and fiber. Naturally sweet fruit, creamy Greek yogurt and zesty, inflammation-fighting ginger keep your taste buds excited, while the anti-oxidant-packed pistachios are the secret ingredient since they contain the satisfying trio of fiber, plant-protein and better-for-you unsaturated fats so you feel full and don’t end up overeating at the vending machine soon after.

Makes 2 serving

Ingredients

• ¾ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
• 1/4 cup pomegranate juice

• ½ cup green grapes
• 1 cup pineapple pieces
• 1 cup packed spinach
• 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
• 1/8 cup Wonderful No Shells Pistachios, lightly salted (roughly 25 kernels)

• 4 ice cubes

Directions
In a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Nutrition Facts per Serving (makes 2 servings): 170 Calories, 5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 22 g carbohyrdate, 5 g fiber, 13 g protein

 

Photo Credit: The Wonderful Company

Green Warrior Weight Loss Smoothie
 
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Ingredients
  • • ¾ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • • ½ cup pomegranate juice • ½ cup green grapes
  • • ½ cup pineapple pieces
  • • 1 cup packed spinach
  • • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled
  • • ¼ cup Wonderful No Shells Pistachios, lightly salted
  • • 4 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. In a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.