One of my very weird food cravings is old-fashioned oatmeal. Who else but a dietitian would have such a healthy food craving. Oatmeal is actually a comfort food for me; especially, on cold winter days. It reminds me of childhood when my mother would make a bowl of oatmeal before school. I would sit in front of the television watching Captain Kangaroo while eating my bowl of oatmeal.
In addition, I love the feel of the warm texture and flavor of oatmeal. Again, I love, love, love the texture of oatmeal. Furthermore, oatmeal is so easy and fast to prepare. Place 1/2 cup rolled oats and 1 cup water in a large mug and microwave for 1-2 minutes. Then, I usually stir in skim milk and a touch of brown sugar or honey. Now, it is ready to eat.
What is oatmeal? Oatmeal is ground oat groats.
What are the health benefits? Oatmeal has a high soluble fiber content which helps lower cholesterol. Oatmeal is also sodium free.
What is the difference between rolled oats and steel-cut oats?
- Rolled oats are oats that have been steamed and rolled flat.
- Steel-cut oats are oats that have been sliced into small pieces. They take much longer to cook and have a nutty robust flavor.
- Instant oatmeal has added sugars and is high in sodium.
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Here’s another GoGirlDiet original. This delicious parfait is only 140 calories and really satisfies the hunger. It makes a great breakfast or you can enjoy as a snack.
What you need:
- 1/2 cup Light & Fit Vanilla Yogurt
- 1/2 cup Mandarine Oranges, canned in natural juice, drained
- 1 Tablespoon Slivered Almonds
In a parfait glass, layer half the yogurt, oranges, and slivered almonds. Repeat the layers.
This recipe is SUPER easy and there’s only two ingredients.
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1-15 oz. can pumpkin
That’s right, no oil, no eggs, nothing else. Beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Pour into lined muffin pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
The end result is amazing!! An incredibly moist muffin with a hint of pumpkin flavor and only 85 calories. Makes 24 muffins.
I love summer for the fruit.
Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer and the official kickoff to cook-out season! This doesn’t mean you have to sabotage your waistline. You can still have fun and eat healthy. Here are some of go girls tricks.
- Always bring the low cal appetizers like raw veggies with a low fat dip, fruit salad, or a healthier version of a side dish.
- Try to stay away from the high fat meats, such as, hotdogs, sausage, or ribs. Choose the grilled chicken or even a small or half a burger.
- Take only 1 starchy side, like potato salad, macaroni salad, pasta salad, or baked beans.
- Have fruit for dessert.
- Stay away from the sugary drinks. Instead choose diet drinks or bottled water.
- Limit your alcoholic beverages. To save calories use diet soda or seltzer water for mixers and lite beer is the better option.
- Most importantly start the day with exercise. Take a power walk or bike ride in the morning. You will actually feel more energized for the rest of the day.
I came across a copy cat recipe for a Wendy’s Frosty on Pinterest. I tweaked it to make it fat free and low calorie. The final product is amazing! Tastes just like a real Frosty.
- 1 cup fat-free milk
- 2 tablespoons low calorie (sugar-free) chocolate instant pudding
- 2 tablespoons Cool Whip Free
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 8 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour in a glass and freeze until it has a frosty consistency. Makes 1 serving; 130 calories and 0 fat.
Here it is, the GoGirlDiet Smoothie I always talk about. This smoothie is so easy to make, low in calories and no fat. You can drink it for a snack or you can have it for a quick breakfast and it so delish. As they say, “it’s the bomb”! The recipe makes 2 servings to save some for later or you can cut it in half to make 1 serving.
- 1 cup skim milk
- 1 cup Dannon Light & Fit nonfat vanilla yogurt
- 2 cups frozen whole strawberries, slightly thawed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Just blend all ingredients in a blender and pour into a glass. Yummy! Makes 2 servings. 1 serving= 145 calories, 0 fat, 20 g CHO, 3 g fiber, 8 g Pro, 30% calcium.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket. Try these healthy snacks for under $1.
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Spring is finally here and it is a good time for new beginnings. This is a perfect time to revamp your diet. Here are a few small changes you can try to get you started to eating healthier and losing weight.
- Start your day with a healthy breakfast.
- Cut the sugary beverages. Replace the soda pop and juice with water or any calorie free drink and you could lose 1# per week.
- Start walking. The Dietary Guidelines suggest 30 minutes on most days of the week.
- If you can’t avoid the temptation, get it out of the house. Stock your kitchen cabinets with healthy low cal snacks.
- Finally, track your progress.