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Hummus Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

We’re always up for a challenge—and especially when it comes to anything physical—or anything in the kitchen.  (If you saw us on the Food Network’s show Chopped, you know we mean business! 😉 ) Thankfully, in our family, we’re not short on either kind of challenge.  This time, Tammy’s husband requested healthy jalapeno poppers for the upcoming big Super Bowl game–but realizing that wasn’t so much of a challenge– he knew that these twin sister registered dietitians wouldn’t serve anything less than healthy 😉 , so he upped the ante.  He also requested them to be sweet, crunchy, creamy and spicy (he LOVES spicy!) — so we put our chef hats on.  Game on!  We created these Hummus Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers– and they take it two steps further– not only are they waistline friendly, they’re little healthy powerhouses– packed with nutrients, antioxidants and health benefits galore. 🙂

 

Psst… want more jalapeno poppers?  Try our Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers.

If you think that just because we’re registered dietitians we don’t love creamy, crunchy, sweet & spicy comfort food, you’ve got the wrong girls!  😉 In fact, many of you probably know from reading our blog that we love sweets!  And, let’s face it,  of course who doesn’t love creamy and crunchy food–so the request for these poppers is so up our alley! And we love spicy food too.  Ever since we were little girls and our dad lovingly teased us and said that eating spicy food made you stronger and more “manly” (yep, we were tomboys and daddy’s little girls –and being like him–and more “manly” was strangely quite attractive to us in those days!), we were sold! We’d load our food with hot red pepper flakes, and enjoy every bite of it!

 

 

These poppers are perfect for enjoying while tailgating or serving as a healthy appetizer before a party, they’re the ideal healthy comfort food! Filled with hummus, tomatoes, California prunes, and feta cheese and walnuts, you can get your appetizer fix without getting all that extra fat and calories—and at 50 calories a serving, you really can’t go wrong.

(Psst… looking for more lightened up recipes? Please feel free to search this site! And here are a few to try…
Skinny Potato Skins
Skinny Mash
Comfort Food Reinvented Apple Pie
Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies )

Aside from tantalizing your taste buds, here are a few other reasons you can feel good about eating these lil’ bursts of yum!   They’re truly nutrient powerhouses!

 

 

They’re meat-free and packed with flavor, so they’re perfect if you’re serving vegetarian guests or trying to cut back on meat and fearful that you have to cut out all the flavorful stuff!

 

Chickpeas (a.k.a. garbanzo beans)/ all pulses: these reside in our apartments year-round and are a great source of protein and fiber and can help lower your cholesterol.

• All pulses (the delicious, protein-packed, sustainable foods you know as dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas), contain both fiber & protein: If you’ve spent any time on our blog, you know that this magical combination helps to keep you satisfied, keep your energy on an even keel and keep your blood sugar level stable.

  • If you’ve ever tried black bean humus, that works great in these poppers too!

• Pssst….fun fact: 2016 was declared International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations.

• Research show that pulses (like chickpeas), aid in weight loss even when calories aren’t restricted. Check out this 2016 study, that found that it was just 3/4 cup of pulses per day that worked!

 

Prunes (We used California prunes because we find them to be the sweetest and juiciest):

Our mom kept always kept a jar of stewed prunes in the fridge when we we’re growing up and anytime we were craving something sweet, we’d reach for them.  They were the best way to bust a sugar craving!  Who knew we were also getting these benefits:

  • Research shows that eating 5-6 prunes a day may help support healthy bones and help maintain good digestive health
  • Prunes are packed with antioxidants called polyphenols, which help keep many parts of your body healthy– ranging from your heart to your eyes to your memory and your immune system.

 

Tomatoes: 

  • Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, which not only helps to fight cancer, but also keeps your skin youthful by acting as a natural sunblock.

 

Walnuts:

  • Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids: most of us don’t get enough omega- 3’s in our life and need more because they help lower the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis and they help contribute to, gorgeous, moisturized skin!

 

Hummus Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

Makes 8 Servings (16 poppers)

Ingredients: 

For Hummus (Note: If you don’t have time to make hummus from scratch, choose your favorite store bought variety):

1 can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained (19 0z)

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp red pepper

1/4 cup water

1 lemon

(Use about half of the hummus for the stuffed jalapenos and save the rest!)

Jalapeno:

8 Jalapenos, sliced in half, seeds removed (we suggest using gloves if jalapenos typically burn your skin)

Oil in a spray container (we used avocado oil)

5-6 grape tomatoes, finely chopped

1/8 cup feta cheese

5-6 California prunes, finely chopped (we munched on the extras)

2 tsp. chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Line baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper* (using tin foil will give you a crunchier jalapeno, but after cooking with it for years, we’ve been avoiding doing so to lower our exposure to aluminum). Spray lightly with oil in spray jar.
  3. Place jalapenos sliced side down on parchment paper (or tin foil) and very lightly spray/ mist with oil.  Bake 10 minutes. Then remove and put on parchment paper.
  4. Meanwhile, while the jalapenos are cooking, add the beans, garlic, cayenne pepper, red pepper, and water to a food processor and blend. Cut the lemon in half, and squeeze the juice of each half into the food processor.
  5. Mix the ingredients together until smooth.
  6. Place the hummus in a Ziploc baggie, clip a corner and use that to pipe the hummus into the cooled jalapeños.. (Alternatively, use a small spoon to stuff the hummus in the peppers.)
  7. Fill each jalapeno shell completely with hummus and top with prunes, tomatoes, walnuts and feta! Enjoy!

 

*We prefer using unbleached parchment paper over aluminum foil due to possible health concern that foil use might contribute to the buildup of aluminum found in the brains of some Alzheimer’s patient as well as contribute to osteoporosis—and our family is no stranger to either of these diseases, so we prefer not to take chances!

Nutrition Information per serving (2 poppers):

50 Calories; 8 g carbohydrate; 1.5 g fat; 3 g protein; 115 mg sodium: 3 g sugar; 2 .5 g fiber

Hummus Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers
 
Author:
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • Makes 8 Servings (16 poppers)
  • Ingredients:
  • For Hummus (Note: If you don't have time to make hummus from scratch, choose your favorite store bought variety):
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained (19 0z)
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp red pepper
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 lemon
  • (Use about half of the hummus for the stuffed jalapenos and save the rest!)
  • Jalapeno:
  • 8 Jalapenos, sliced in half, seeds removed (we suggest using gloves if jalapenos typically burn your skin)
  • Oil in a spray container (we used avocado oil)
  • 5-6 grape tomatoes, finely chopped
  • ⅛ cup feta cheese
  • 5-6 California prunes, finely chopped (we munched on the extras)
  • 2 tsp. chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. Line baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper* (using tin foil will give you a crunchier jalapeno, but after cooking with it for years, we’ve been avoiding doing so to lower our exposure to aluminum). Spray lightly with oil in spray jar.
  4. Place jalapenos sliced side down on parchment paper (or tin foil) and very lightly spray/ mist with oil. Bake 10 minutes. Then remove and put on parchment paper.
  5. Meanwhile, while the jalapenos are cooking, add the beans, garlic, cayenne pepper, red pepper, and water to a food processor and blend. Cut the lemon in half, and squeeze the juice of each half into the food processor.
  6. Mix the ingredients together until smooth.
  7. Place the hummus in a Ziploc baggie, clip a corner and use that to pipe the hummus into the cooled jalapeños.. (Alternatively, use a small spoon to stuff the hummus in the peppers.)
  8. Fill each jalapeno shell completely with hummus and top with prunes, tomatoes, walnuts and feta! Enjoy!
  9. *We prefer using unbleached parchment paper over aluminum foil due to possible health concern that foil use might contribute to the buildup of aluminum found in the brains of some Alzheimer's patient as well as contribute to osteoporosis—and our family is no stranger to either of these diseases, so we prefer not to take chances!
  10. Nutrition Information per serving (2 poppers):
  11. Calories; 8 g carbohydrate; 1.5 g fat; 3 g protein; 115 mg sodium: 3 g sugar; 2 .5 g fiber
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Poppers Calories: 50 calories Fat: 1.5 g Carbohydrates: 8 g Sodium: 115 mg Fiber: 2.5 g Protein: 3 g

 

 

 

Orange Mint Iced Green “Flat- Belly” Tea

Helloooo yummy flat-belly number! Well, what were you waiting for? That’s exactly what we asked ourselves—what took us so long to create this powerful and delicious number?! After all, we’ve created so many bloat-fighting “detox” drinks (hiya Cucumber Blueberry Water Flush, Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea “Detox”Lemon Ginger Detox drink and  Vitamin C Infused “Detox” Water) that help your body and your mind quickly get on the healthy track while neutralizing toxins, flushing damaging free radicals and puffiness, to boot! How could we have waited so long to include orange, mint and green tea in the same bevvie?

 

After all, citrus is known for being a potent immune-system booster and antioxidant, anti-inflammatory power-house to boost your body back to being its’ best– and we love it so much that we either use lemon or lime to flavor most of our dinners—and  growing up we loved oranges and grapefruits so much that we couldn’t choose one over the other so we’d go half-sies –each twin having half an orange and half a grapefruit, score! 🙂

And the ultimate SCORE? This flat-belly sipster!

Here’s why this is a great way to start your day!

What makes this tea so good for getting a flat-belly?

It flushes bloat–puffiness (from salt) and gut bulges (from constipation)

Do you drink enough water? Most people don’t, but guess what? Get your hands on this, and it tastes so good, you’ll wanna keep sipping—and this is one key to your flat-belly! If you’re not drinking enough water to balance out the salt in your diet, especially if you eat salty snacks, restaurant meals, aren’t eating as well as you’d like, etc., then you feel especially puffy!  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, that’s when all holy heck 😉 breaks lose!– 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. Water also helps  push waste out of your colon (i.e., helps prevent constipation, keeping you regular and flushing out any gut bulges that come with the waste!)- hello flat-tummy!

 

The Green tea:

(Want more green tea, check out our Detoxifying Green Tea Smoothie and our Matcha Green Tea smoothie.)

The fluid in tea helps to flush excess water weight, minimizing your middle—offering all the flat-belly perks, including the gut-bulging constipation.

  • More bloat gone? Yup! Green tea has a small amount of caffeine (35- 80 mg compared to coffee’s 100-400 mg in the same size cup). It’s just enough caffeine to increase the amount of urine your body releases as it also gives you a slight energy boost.  This tender boost from green tea is invigorating.

The Orange:

it’s chock full of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps boost your immune system and rid your body of toxins, keeping inflammation at bay.

When your body is bombarded with constant inflammation not only from things like alcohol, refined sugars, and chemicals in processed foods—also from stress, pollution, etc., your body’s inflammatory response works harder 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. Soo…

the moment you get run down, if you’re human 😉 your flat-belly intentions fall by the wayside—you likely don’t eat as well or focus on exercise, either.  Plus, your body can’t operate in tip-top shape when its’ immune system is constantly being challenged. Eating and drinking foods with anti-inflammatory ingredients help fight that constant inflammation so your body can work efficiently to flush toxins and recharge your system.

Plus, oranges are a great source of potassium, which helps to prevent water retention by regulating sodium levels in your body (i.e.–minimize salt-induced bloating so that you can de-puff!).

 

The Mint:

(Fun fact: which twin is guilty of buying four mint plants in three weeks just to support her habit when the leaves couldn’t grow back fast enough to keep up with her use? Answer: Lyssie)

We like to think of mint as a peacemaker in the body. It soothes the stomach, easing indigestion possibly by improving the flow of bile through the stomach, which helps to speed and improve digestion. Thanks in part to its anti-inflammatory antioxidant rosmarinic acid, it “calms your insides” to pacifying the inside of your body!  Buh bye indigestion and bloat!

 

Get ready to feel some flat-belly love in your tummy! 🙂

Orange Mint Iced Green “Flat- Belly” Tea

Makes 1 serving (8 ounces)

Ingredients

1 bag green tea

8 ounces of water

1/2 small orange or tangerine

2-3 mint leaves

Ice, to chill

Directions

  1. Prepare green tea according to package directions. (We heated water, just until it bubbled [not a rolling boil], then we poured it over the green tea bag, let it steep for 5 minutes and then removed the tea bag. For stronger tea you can steep longer).
  1. While tea is steeping, squeeze juice of the half of the small orange into a small dish.  Add the mint leaves to orange juice and muddle (press the leaves into the dish to release their healthful oils).
  2. Once tea has cooled slightly, pour tea over ice, add in orange/mint juice. You can include the leaves or leave them out, either way you will get their minty effect.

If you make a large batch garnish with extra orange slices, fresh mint, and store in fridge- that way you can sip on this yumster all day long! Adding ice is perfectly OK, just know that it will dilute the flavor.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 19 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 1 mg Sodium, 5 g Carbohydrate, 4 g Fiber, 1 g Sugar, 0 g Protein

Orange Mint Iced Green “Flat- Belly” Tea
 
Author:
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 bag green tea
  • 8 ounces of water
  • ½ small orange or tangerine
  • 2-3 mint leaves
  • Ice, to chill
Instructions
  1. Prepare green tea according to package directions. (We heated water, just until it bubbled [not a rolling boil], then we poured it over the green tea bag, let it steep for 5 minutes and then removed the tea bag. For stronger tea you can steep longer).
  2. While tea is steeping, squeeze juice of the half of the small orange into a small dish. Add the mint leaves to orange juice and muddle (press the leaves into the dish to release their healthful oils).
  3. Once tea has cooled slightly, pour tea over ice, add in orange/mint juice. You can include the leaves or leave them out, either way you will get their minty effect.
  4. If you make a large batch garnish with extra orange slices, fresh mint, and store in fridge- that way you can sip on this yumster all day long! Adding ice is perfectly OK, just know that it will dilute the flavor.
  5. Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 19 Calories, 0 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 1 mg Sodium, 5 g Carbohydrate, 4 g Fiber, 1 g Sugar, 0 g Protein
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 8 ounces Calories: 19 calories Fat: 0 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 5 g Sugar: 1 g Sodium: 1 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 0 g

 

Sheet Pan Roasted Salmon with Kale and Golden Beets

We especially love the New Year! Why you ask? As registered dietitians and gals who love our veggies (and yes, our sweets too! 🙂 ), we find that our clients- and most of you- are working to get more veggies in your life and you come to us asking for help to make your goal a reality. Yahoo! This is like Christmas all over again for us, but in January! No need to ask these veggie-obsessed twins twice! 😉 We live for sharing easy, delicious ways to get more of ‘em!  We witness the power of veggies on a daily basis–they help to get (and keep) waistlines trim while packing in nutrients and disease-fighting antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and fiber, keeping your digestive tract healthy and promoting a flat-belly by flushing out waste from the colon.

 

 

 

If you’re goal is weight-loss and a flat belly say hello to your secret weapon… veggies (oh yeah!).  They fill you up with so few calories and crowd out more calorie-dense items, making weight loss much easier! And we’re always encouraging our clients to get as many as they can, at every meal. When it comes to getting or staying healthy and fighting diseases including cancer, heart disease and diabetes and helping your skin to look its’ best, veggies are a powerhouse (after all, that’s what compelled us to write our latest book,  The Nutrition Twins’ Veggie Cure!—so that we could help everyone find easy solutions to get more veggies in their life!).

 

 

Our clients tell us that even when they’re working hard to eat veggies, one of their biggest struggles is finding time to wash and prep them when they’re tired or in a hurry or don’t have time or energy on a busy weeknight…

SCORE!! An awesome solution…

 

So when Mann’s reached out with us to work with them and spread the word about their new Veggie Slaw Blends, we jumped at the opportunity. We mean really, is there anything better than delicious, ready-to-go, crisp and crunchy nutrient-packed veggies blends that you can simply throw in a salad, burrito, wrap, or include in any meal you’re making? We don’t think so! 😉 As Mann’s says “We created the perfect veggie blends so that you don’t have to” and boy, they weren’t kidding! It’s so nice to have the veggie combos prepared and ready and Mann’s has several different blends! Honestly, we didn’t know which variety to start creating with since they all are so delicious, but we went for the Kale Beet Blend first – and that’s how we created this Sheet Pan Roasted Salmon with Kale and Golden Beets. We’re super excited to share it with you and can’t wait for you to make veggie your resolution a reality.

Brace yourself…This meal is about to be your new bestie. The sweet roasted Kale Beet Blend is addictive and knowing you can toss this all in one pan and have an insanely delicious, satisfying and filling meal in less than 15 minutes is awesome! You may want to make it every night. Don’t let us stop you! 🙂

 

 

One Pan Roasted Salmon & Kale Beet Slaw

This super fast and easy weeknight dinner is a bursting with flavor. Toss everything in a sheet pan and in less than 15 minutes, dinner is served! Enjoy it with a side (about ½ cup) of brown rice.

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:
1 8-oz bag Mann’s Kale Beet Blend
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
2 4-oz salmon filets
Juice of half a lemon
Dash of salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with foil.
2. Spread the Kale Beet Blend onto the sheet pan and add the olive oil and garlic. Toss to coat, then spread into a single layer, clearing two holes for the salmon filets.
3. Place the salmon filets on the sheet pan and squeeze the lemon juice over them.
4. Sprinkle the whole pan with a dash of salt and pepper, then bake for 12 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through.

5. Serve with a side of brown rice.
6. Enjoy!

Nutrition info per serving:
241 calories, 9.5 g fat, 1.4 g sat fat, 157.5 mg sodium, 12.5 g carbs, 5.4 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 26.3 g protein

Nutrition info per serving including ½ cup of brown rice:

305 calories, 11.5 g fat, 1.4 g sat fat, 157.5 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 7.5 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 28.3 g protein

One Pan Roasted Salmon and Kale Beet Slaw
 
Author:
Recipe type: Easy Dinner or lunch
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 8-oz bag Mann’s Kale Beet Blend
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 2 4-oz salmon filets
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Dash of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a sheet pan with foil.
  2. Spread the Kale Beet Blend onto the sheet pan and add the olive oil and garlic. Toss to coat, then spread into a single layer, clearing two holes for the salmon filets.
  3. Place the salmon filets on the sheet pan and squeeze the lemon juice over them.
  4. Sprinkle the whole pan with a dash of salt and pepper, then bake for 12 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through.
  5. Serve with a side of brown rice.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Nutrition info per serving:
  8. calories, 9.5 g fat, 1.4 g sat fat, 157.5 mg sodium, 12.5 g carbs, 5.4 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 26.3 g protein
  9. Nutrition info per serving including ½ cup of brown rice:
  10. calories, 11.5 g fat, 1.4 g sat fat, 157.5 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 7.5 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 28.3 g protein

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

 

 

 

 

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 😉
Author:
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

 

 

Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats

We have a long love affair with orange creamsicles that dates back to elementary school. While our cook-everything-from-scratch, granola baking hippie (minus the drugs) mom, who had the best intentions to keep us healthy, gave us her low-sugar, home-cooked dessert every night, she did give us money to buy ice cream at school every Friday for a special indulgence. We’d look forward to it all week long, and we’d dream of the Orange Creamsicle we’d often choose (the Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bar took a close second! 🙂 ). Now, as registered dietitians with a sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check, we still love the flavor of orange creamsicles, and this healthy rendition of an orange creamsicle is inspired by our childhood Friday ice cream special!

 

Psst… looking for more healthy recipes? Please feel free to search this site. And here are a few to try…

Coco Chia Granola Balls

Strawberry and Citrus Salad with Avocado 

 

 

Every feel rushed in the morning?! We hear ya! These are for you! And because…

 

we can’t all be morning people, and for those of you who aren’t – these Orange Creamsicle overnight oats will be your wake-up call! Not only can they be fully prepared the night before, but they also provide the nutrients you need to get your day started on the right foot, no matter what side of the bed you got off of.

 

We call this our Shake, Rattle and Roll breakfast! Simply put all the ingredients in a jar, shake them, rattle ’em if you please 😉 and refrigerate! Roll out the door with them in the morning!

 

Healthy Bonuses:

The oats are rich in energy-revving whole grain carbohydrates to keep you fueled. Plus, their soluble fiber helps to lower cholesterol and fight heart disease.

 

 

 

Packed with oranges which are a great source of vitamin C, this breakfast will help to bolster your immune system, and as an added bonus it helps with the formation of collagen – so you can look forward to healthy and younger-looking skin! And oats combined with oranges are the perfect match, since the iron in the oats is more easily absorbed with the help of vitamin C!

Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats

Preparation Tip: When preparing this delicious breakfast make sure to use a container/jar that allows room for the ingredients to be shaken – a mason jar works perfectly! And for added flavor and nutrients feel free to toss in a few more of your favorite fruits. Blueberries, raspberries or strawberries are the perfect addition!

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 orange, peeled and sectioned

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon ground flax

1/4 cup nonfat milk

 

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a jar or container with life. Shake to combine, then place into fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning!

Nutrition facts per serving:

315 calories, 5 grams fat, 0 grams Saturated fat, 47 grams Carbohydrates, 69 grams Sodium, 8 grams Fiber, 22 grams Protein

 

Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 orange, peeled and sectioned
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • ¼ cup nonfat milk
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a jar or container with lid. Shake to combine, then place into fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 315 Fat: 5g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 47g Sodium: 69g Fiber: 8g Protein: 22g