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Speedy Skinny Cranberry Almond Cookies

These yumsters were created as part of a winter-holiday inspired recipe challenge.  Our sweet tooth wanted “in” but our jammed-packed schedules and our hopes of keeping our waistline in tact wanted “out”.  And guess which won?  Both of them!!  Yahoo!!

By now you likely know that as identical, veggie-loving, registered dietitians, personal trainer twin sisters with a wicked sweet tooth that we work hard to keep from getting too unruly 😉 , we do all that we can to let our sweet tooth live a little while also preventing it from getting the best of our health and our waistline.  We believe that we all deserve to have a little bit of fun without deprivation and without sacrificing our favorite pants–skinny jeans and all!  Amen to that!  So we’re constantly creating little treats that are so delish that we can turn down some wildly decadent desserts that we’d pay for later because we’d RATHER eat our delicious, waistline-sparing goodies! 🙂

If you like our Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Skinny Speedy Walnut Oatmeal Cookies,  our 5 Minute Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and our Wild Blueberry Cookies –you know just what we’re talking about!  And thanks for telling us that you love how quick and easy they are to make, perfect for when you want to indulge and need a quick alternative to heading face first into a tub of ice cream.

You’ll never believe that these new sweet treats have no sugar added, boast only 82 calories per delicious cookie (plus, they’ve got fiber and nutrients!)—and they take just 5 minutes to mix and 5 minutes to cook in the microwave!  We gotta admit, we’re pretty smitten with these lil’ numbers.

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One of the things we love about these cookies is how truly easy they are to whip up!

 

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Serves: 4 small cookies or 1 large cookie

Ingredients:

1 very ripe banana, mashed

3 Tbsp. rolled oats

1 Tbsp. almond butter

1/8 -1/4 tsp almond extract (use the higher amount if you like it more almond-flavored)

1 Tbsp slivered almonds

2 Tbsp dried cranberries

 

Directions:

  1. If using an oven rather than microwave, preheat to 375°F.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, smash banana. Add almond butter, almond extract and oats, stirring until thoroughly combined. Stir in cranberries and almonds.
  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, you 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): 82 Calories, 12 g carbohydrate,3 g fat, 2 g protein, 25 mg sodium, 2 g fiber

One large cookie: 327 Calories, 49 g carbohydrate, 12 g fat, 8 g protein, 2 mg sodium, 8 g fiber

Speedy Cranberry Almond Cookies
 
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Serves: 4 cookies
Ingredients
  • Speedy Cranberry Almond Cookies
  • Other than the fact this cookie has no added sugar and tastes insanely delish and perfectly sweet, it’s packed with wholesome goodness. They serve up protein, nutrients and fiber.
  • Serves: 4 small cookies or 1 large cookie
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 very ripe banana, mashed
  • 3 Tbsp. rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp. almond butter
  • ⅛ -1/4 tsp almond extract (use the higher amount if you like it more almond-flavored)
  • 1 Tbsp slivered almonds
  • 2 Tbsp dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. If using an oven rather than microwave, preheat to 375°F.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, smash banana. Add almond butter, almond extract and oats, stirring until thoroughly combined. Stir in cranberries and almonds.
  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.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie (when making 4) Calories: 82 Fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 12 g Sodium: 25 mg Fiber: 2 g Protein: 2 g

 

 

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Peanut Butter Banana Split

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Yup, these veggie- loving twin sister, registered dietitians and personal trainers with a major sweet tooth are back after our cooking competition debut!—and let’s just say, had we made it to the dessert round, this would have been one of our dream dishes, based on taste and health alone!  As you know, we’re always whipping up light, waistline-friendly sweet treats since our sweet tooth requires a lot of attention to keep it in check — Remember these yumsters?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

5 Minute Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

and our Strawberry Mint Ice Cream.

Well, after being inspired by the other twin chefs on Food Network (they were so talented –we had so much fun getting to know how they create the meals in their restaurants!) we got back to the kitchen and guess what was born?…

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A new take on a classic dessert! This dairy free “ice cream” is so easy to blend up and so tasty that no one would ever believe it’s actually healthy enough for breakfast!  (If you do want this for breakfast, simply have a Greek yogurt with it to boost the protein).

 

Playing off of ice cream made from frozen bananas, since it’s all the rage, we took it a step further and added a few embellishments to give it a banana split feel.  To keep this delish dish dairy free, we left off the whipped cream, but we bet this rich dessert will make your nostalgia for whipped cream disappear in an instant.

 

Nutrition Bonuses in dessert?

You bet!

  • Peanut butter packs 8 grams of protein for every two tablespoons and helps to keep you satisfied with its good-for-you fats.
  • Bananas are a heart healthy food — and their potassium not only helps to keep your insides calm, lowering blood pressure, but also helps to prevent bloat. And they’re a good source of dietary fiber to keep you feeling full—and to prevent constipation and the bloat that comes with it!

 

Ingredients

Makes approximately 4, ½ cup servings

Ice Cream

3 frozen ripe bananas, peeled

½ cup original almond milk (we used Pacific Organic original)

1 1/2 TBSP peanut

2 TBSP cocoa powder, unsweetened

1/2 TBSP honey

pinch of cinnamon

 

Toppings

½ cup frozen strawberries

pinch of sugar, optional

½ TBSP water

 

1 TBSP toasted sliced almonds, no salt

 

Directions:

 

  1. Combine all ingredients listed for ‘Ice Cream’ in a blender, blend until completely mixed with the texture of a smoothie. (This can be eaten as is or for a firmer more ice cream like frozen texture put the ice cream in a sealed container into the freezer for 2-3 hours.)

 

  1. For toppings: Puree the frozen (or fresh if they’re available) strawberries with a little water and an optional pinch of sugar, if desired to make a little sweeter. Put in fridge to thicken up a little while ice cream freezes.

 

  1. When ready to eat, top ice cream with one tablespoon drizzle of strawberry puree and one tablespoon of salt free toasted almond slices.

 

 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 151 Calories, 5 g Fat, 1 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 33 mg Sodium, 28 g Carbohydrate, 4 g Fiber, 14 g Sugar, 4 g Protein

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Peanut Butter Banana Split
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • Ice Cream
  • 3 frozen ripe bananas, peeled
  • ½ cup original almond milk (we used Pacific Organic original)
  • 1½ TBSP peanut butter
  • 2 TBSP cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • ½ TBSP honey
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • Toppings
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • pinch of sugar, optional
  • ½ TBSP water
  • 1 TBSP toasted sliced almonds, no salt
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients listed for ‘Ice Cream’ in a blender, blend until completely mixed with the texture of a smoothie. (This can be eaten as is or for a firmer more ice cream like frozen texture put the ice cream in a sealed container into the freezer for 2-3 hours.)
  2. For toppings: Puree the frozen (or fresh if they’re available) strawberries with a little water and an optional pinch of sugar, if desired to make a little sweeter. Put in fridge to thicken up a little while ice cream freezes.
  3. When ready to eat, top ice cream with a tablespoon drizzle of strawberry puree and a tablespoon of salt free toasted almond slices.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 151 Fat: 5 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 28 g Sugar: 14 g Sodium: 33 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 4 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

 

Fresh Figs and Feta With Toasted Walnuts

Long before we were registered dietitians, personal trainers and even before we were veggie lovers, we were twins with a sweet tooth…

 

So while we may have skirted the salt tooth, this sweet tooth requires a lot of attention to keep it in check and we’re constantly creating healthy, delicious ways to squash it without all the sugar. Remember these yumsters?

Strawberry Raspberry Lime Sherbet

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

5 Minute Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

and our Strawberry Mint Ice Cream.

So recently when we received an amazingly delicious delivery from California figs, we got figgy with it, and came up with a guilt-free creation that satisfies those with a sweet tooth–and those with a salt tooth!  This number gives  ya a lil’ sweet, a lil’ savory and a lil’ crunch–and we’re in love! All for less than less than 50 calories per serving!! Woohooo!

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  There's something so satisfying about sinking your teeth in to a fresh, juicy fig.  It's meaty texture hits the spot. We decided we better have a figgin party as we couldn't keep these babies to ourselves! And it was a hit!
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Nutrition Facts for one serving (1 fig with toppings):  46 Calories, Total fat 0.2 g, 10 g Carbs, 1.5 g Fiber,  8 g Sugar, 1 g protein
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Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 5 fresh Figs
  • 2 tbsp fat free feta
  • 5 tsp chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Slice figs and drizzle with
  2. crumbled feta and walnuts. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 fig Calories: 46 Fat: 0.2 g Sugar: 8 g Fiber: 2 g Protein: 1 g

 

Chickpea Blondies (Gluten-free, grain-free)

We often describe our parents, who raised us in a loving, healthy, cook-it-from-scratch, granola-making, wholesome home, as being basically hippies, minus the drugs. 😉 Long before it was considered cool to eat and buy locally grown food or to belong to a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), our mom was all over it.  Before people were avoiding pesticides, our mom was on the case.  And when the current plant-based movement didn’t even exist and before it was considered cool to worry about sustainability, and saving the planet, our mom was serving us yummy spaghetti and lentil-“meatballs”– and bean “burgers” and vegetarian split pea soup had a regular spot on the weekly dinner menu too.  Our mom was simply out to keep us—and the planet healthy.  And you could see it all over her granola and chickpea covered apron.  🙂

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Our mom was eating conscientiously before it was chic.  She didn’t realize that she was savvy and ahead of her time, creating most of our family meals out pulses–the delicious, protein-packed, sustainable foods you know as dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas—unaware that years later, 2016 would be named International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations.

Now, as registered dietitian nutritionists, the coolest thing for us is that everything is coming full circle since we grew up with pulses and already love them and toot their horn (couldn’t resist! 😉) and our mom had taught us what the UN is currently acknowledging about pulses.  We get to deliver the amazing message about pulses and encourage you to enjoy them more often and take the pulse pledge.

To take the pledge you’ll simply commit to eating pulses once a week for 10 weeks and join a global food movement!

Here’s why you’ll love it! Eating dry peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas helps reduce your carbon footprint – and it’s great for your health. Every 1/2 cup of cooked pulses delivers 9 grams of protein.

Pulses are:

  • nutritious (packed with protein, fiber, iron, potassium, antioxidants, and more!)
  • versatile and tasty (ummm… our yummy spaghetti and “meat”balls were made of lentils! our succulent “burgers” we made from beans—and just wait ‘till you check out the delectable sweet recipe below)
  • affordable (ah, yes….our mom didn’t let us forget that dad was a phD student with 3 kids to feed, so we were taught at an early age that pulses are one of the most cost effective proteins in the world)
  • sustainable (growing up, as proud owners of a “compost heap” in the wooded section of our suburban back yard, we were taught a thing or two about how pulses enrich the soil where they grow, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers. Plus, they can grow in harsh environments and have a low carbon footprint and hardly require any irrigation (they’re water-efficient).

 

And just in case you we’re wondering what pulses do for our crazy sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check—we’ve got this scrumptious golden nugget below.  It’s a throwback to the Blondies our mom used to bake. Only these are even healthier and tastier, if you can believe it! We can’t!  And the protein and the fiber in the pulses help to keep you satiated.  Regardless, it’s hard not to eat the whole batch…they’re that good!

 

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Makes 16 servings

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1, 15-oz can chickpeas, also may be found as garbanzo beans

1/2 cup all natural peanut butter

1/3 cup honey

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, plus 1 Tbsp, reserve for top

1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes, reserve for sprinkling

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  1. Spritz an 8×8 pan with oil in a spray container.
  1. Rinse chickpeas and place in food processor. If using a blender, after rinsing chickpeas, remove their skin before placing in the blender by pinching the chick pea between your fingers. The skin will easily fall off and will take about five extra minutes and will ensure a very smooth blended product.
  1. Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut flakes in a food processor and blend until completely mixed.
  1. Fold in 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips.
  1. Spread batter evenly in pan, top with reserved 1 Tbsp of chocolate chips
  1. Bake for approximately 18 – 20 minutes. This will vary depending on your oven. You do not want to overcook these so check on them to see if they are ready sooner in your oven. They should be moist and a little brown around the edges. Insert a toothpick, if it comes out clean they are done. Cool pan on a wire rack until pan is cool to touch, sprinkle with unsweetened coconut flakes.
  1. Cut into squares. Makes 16 blondies
  1. Delicious immediately or cool in refrigerator for a delicious cold treat. If you prefer them to be more firm, simply allowing them to cool in the fridge.

 

Nutrition Facts Per 1 Serving: 123 Calories, 6 g Fat, 2 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 35 mg Sodium, 15 g Carbohydrate, 2 g Fiber, 8 g Sugar, 3 g Protein

 

The Nutrition Twins work with the Pulse Councils to help people to eat more healthfully and encourage them to take the Pulse Pledge.

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Chickpea Blondies (Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free)
 
Nutrition Facts Per 1 Serving: 123 Calories, 6 g Fat, 2 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 35 mg Sodium, 15 g Carbohydrate, 2 g Fiber, 8 g Sugar, 3 g Protein
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Ingredients
  • 1, 15-oz can chickpeas, also may be found as garbanzo beans
  • ½ cup all natural peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips, plus 1 Tbsp, reserve for top
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes, reserve for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spritz an 8x8 pan with oil in a spray container.
  3. Rinse chickpeas and place in food processor. If using a blender, after rinsing chickpeas, remove their skin before placing in the blender by pinching the chick pea between your fingers. The skin will easily fall off and will take about five extra minutes and will ensure a very smooth blended product.
  4. Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut flakes in a food processor and blend until completely mixed.
  5. Fold in ⅓ cup dark chocolate chips.
  6. Spread batter evenly in pan, top with reserved 1 Tbsp of chocolate chips
  7. Bake for approximately 18 – 20 minutes. This will vary depending on your oven. You do not want to overcook these so check on them to see if they are ready sooner in your oven. They should be moist and a little brown around the edges. Insert a toothpick, if it comes out clean they are done. Cool pan on a wire rack until pan is cool to touch, sprinkle with unsweetened coconut flakes.
  8. Cut into squares. Makes 16 blondies
  9. Delicious immediately or cool in refrigerator for a delicious cold treat. If you prefer them to be more firm, simply allowing them to cool in the fridge.

Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding

About a year ago, we were preparing chia pudding on set for one of our TV appearances and we poured the chia seeds out of the container and into a bowl and added a little bit of almond milk.  A few minutes later, the food stylist who had purchased the chia seeds for our nutrition segment came over to us and was in a panic—she thought that the chia seeds disappeared.  She had never seen how chia seeds swell when you add liquid and at first she looked horrified by unidentifiable the gelatinous mixture in front of her, but when we explained that what she was looking at was the chia seeds and their benefits her face quickly changed as she became fascinated with the mighty little seeds, and with good reason.!  As registered dietitians, a lot of our clients ask about chia and wonder why we recommend it.

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So, why is chia so cool?

For starters, they absorb about 10 times their weight in water (wowzers!), so they turn into a thick gel-like texture, which is perfect for pudding making—not to mention, this is also perfect for helping you to feel satisfied.  Think…that same thing happens in your stomach—the seeds swell and fill you up!

They’re also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids– and also in fiber and protein which is the magical combination when it comes to providing satiety.  And chia seeds are packed with antioxidants to prevent cell damage from free-radicals that can lead to diseases like cancer.

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In honor of our love of chia seeds as well as our cravings for a little something sweet, we created this Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding.  This pudding is hits the spot–it’s deliciously sweet and packs in nutrients.  Add a hard-boiled egg and you have the perfect grab and go breakfast!

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(Pssst… looking for more healthy recipes?  Please feel free to search this site!  And here are a few to start:

This strawberry banana chia pudding is so simple to make.  Toss all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender, allow to chill overnight, top with a few banana slices, more berries or enjoy the pudding toppingless and voila!  If you’re like us and sometimes want a touch of something sweet after dinner, take a few bites of this! We keep it in our fridge and take a few bites if we get a sweet craving—it works like a charm!

Strawberry Banana chia Pudding | The Nutrition TwinsStrawberry Banana Chia Pudding

Makes 3 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 2 cups fresh or thawed (if frozen) strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or sweeten to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp flax meal
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

  • Put the bananas, strawberries, and almond milk in a food processor and mix until combined. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender and blend until smooth. Add the maple syrup and adjust sweetness if desired.
  • Add the chia seeds, flax meal and cinnamon and pulse until combined.
  • Place the chia pudding into 3 or 4 serving dishes and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.  Garnish with more berries and a few banana slices.

Nutrition Information per serving

  • Calories 170, Total Fat 3.5 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium 9 mg, Potassium 506 mg, Carbohydrates 33 g, Fiber 8.3 g, Sugar 19 g, Protein 4 g

Strawberry Banana Chia Pudding
 
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Recipe type: breakfast, dessert, gluten free, dairy free, grain free, vegan
Serves: 3 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 2 cups fresh or thawed (if frozen) strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or sweeten to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp flax meal
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Put the bananas, strawberries, and almond milk in a food processor and mix until combined. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender and blend until smooth. Add the maple syrup and adjust sweetness if desired.
  2. Add the chia seeds, flax meal and cinnamon and pulse until combined.
  3. Place the chia pudding into 3 or 4 serving dishes and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving. Garnish with more berries and a few banana slices.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 170 Fat: 3.5 g Carbohydrates: 33 g Sugar: 19 g Sodium: 9 mg Fiber: 8.3 g Protein: 4 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Skinny Cheesecake

When we were in high school The Cheesecake Factory was all the rage. In fact, if a guy from our high school wanted to impress a girl, he could score mega points by taking her to The Cheesecake Factory. As we were graduating high school and heading to college, one of our girlfriends reported back to us after a first date at The Cheesecake Factory: the date was great, but she was never going back to The Cheesecake Factory—apparently she found out that one slice of her fave cheesecake contained more calories than she should get in the entire day– eeks!

So now that we live in New York City and our clients are requesting lower calorie versions of their favorite dessert (cheesecake), we figured we better get on the case! Here’s our lightened up creation!
(Psst… we’re always creating lightened up dishes, so if you would like to try more, please feel free to search this site! And here are a few to try… our  Chicken Wafflewich, our our Maryland inspired Crab Cakes, our Southern- inspired Not-So-Fried Chicken and our apple inspirations like our no sugar- added Apple Pie.
And now we made this light version of a New York cheesecake!   Enjoy this, and try to take your time and savor it, it’s so delish!

 

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So when Eggland’s Best, who we just happen to be the spokespeople for because we love that they use a proprietary hen feed so that their eggs have more nutrients (like 4 times the vitamin D and twice the omegas of other eggs and 25% less saturated fat!), announced they were having a contest inspired by your state, we couldn’t have been more excited! We started thinking New York…Cheesecake, apples, bagels, the list goes on and on! We started with this cheesecake for fun, but stay tuned for the New York-inspired dish we share with EB!

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Enjoy this, and try to take your time and savor it, it’s so delish, it’s hard to resist eating it any slower than in a New York Minute!

Skinny Cheesecake
Makes 16 servings

Ingredients
Oil in a spray container
9 whole graham crackers, broken in half
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons water
1 8-ounce packages low-fat Neufchatel cream cheese, softened (or low-fat cream cheese)
3 8-ounce package fat free cream cheese, softened
¾ cup sugar
1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
2 large eggs plus 3 egg whites (we use Eggland’s Best because they have 25% less saturated fat than other eggs)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
Pureed strawberries, optional
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spritz a 9-inch spring-form pan with oil until lightly coated.
2. Pulse the graham crackers in a food processor until crumbled. Add the butter and water and pulse until moistened. Firmly press the crumbs onto the bottom of the pan. Bake for 8 minutes; allow to cool while you prepare the filling.
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat both cream cheeses and the sugar on medium-high speed for 5 minutes or until smooth. Add the yogurt and beat on low.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 eggs and 3 egg whites and add to the cheese mixture. Next add the flour, vanilla and lemon zest. Beat for 3 minutes on medium-high until creamy and fluffy. Pour over the crust.
5. Place cheesecake in the oven. On the rack below the cheesecake, place a shallow dish or pan filled halfway with warm water. Bake until the cake is set but the center still jiggles, about 1 hour. Turn off the oven. Keep the door closed and let the cheesecake sit inside for 20 minutes.
6. Remove the cake and transfer to a cooling rack. Run a knife around the edge, and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate overnight or about 8 hours. Enjoy!

Skinny Cheesecake
 
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • Guiltless Cheese Cake
  • Makes 16 servings
  • Ingredients
  • Oil in a spray container
  • 9 whole graham crackers, broken in half
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 8-ounce packages low-fat Neufchatel cream cheese, softened, (or low-fat cream cheese)
  • 3 8-ounce package fat free cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs plus 3 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • Pureed strawberries, optional
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spritz a 9-inch spring-form pan with oil until lightly coated.
  3. Pulse the graham crackers in a food processor until crumbled. Add the butter and water and pulse until moistened. Firmly press the crumbs onto the bottom of the pan. Bake for 8 minutes; allow to cool while you prepare the filling.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat both cream cheeses and the sugar on medium-high speed for 5 minutes or until smooth. Add the yogurt and beat on low.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 eggs and 3 egg whites and add to the cheese mixture. Next add the flour, vanilla and lemon zest. Beat for 3 minutes on medium-high until creamy and fluffy. Pour over the crust.
  6. Place cheesecake in the oven. On the rack below the cheesecake, place a shallow dish or pan filled halfway with warm water. Bake until the cake is set but the center still jiggles, about 1 hour. Turn off the oven. Keep the door closed and let the cheesecake sit inside for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove the cake and transfer to a cooling rack. Run a knife around the edge, and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate overnight or about 8 hours. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 piece Calories: 188 Fat: 5 g Saturated fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 26 g Sugar: 23 g Sodium: 297 mg Protein: 9 g

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (without topping): 188 Calories, 5 g Fat, 3 g Saturated Fat, 69 mg Cholesterol, 297 mg Sodium, 26 g Carbohydrate, 0 g Fiber, 23 g Sugar, 9 g Protein

 

The Nutrition Twins work with Eggland’s Best to help people get more nutrients from their food.

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