Healthy Foods Under $1

Eating healthy doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket.  Try these healthy snacks for under $1.

Healthy Foods Under $1.


Healthy Picnic Treat

It’s great going to picnics and cook-outs to enjoy the nice weather outdoors and good friends.  I do always ponder over what to make that is quick, simple, and low cal.  Then I remembered the old “Rice Krispie Treat”.  It only requires 3 ingredients, takes 5 minutes to make, and is low cal.

  • 3 Tbsp. Light Margarine.
  • 4 Cups mini marshmallows
  • 6 Cups Rice Krispie Cereal

Melt margarine and marshmallow over low heat.  Stir in cereal.  Spread in 9″ x 11″ pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Makes 20 squares.

72 calories + 1 gm fat.

Spring Clean Your Diet

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.

2010 Diet Trends

The Diet Trends for the new year are more about mindful eating rather than a particular diet scheme.

The big focus for 2010 is being more aware of what you eat through food journaling.  A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive  Medicine showed participants who kept a food journal doubled their  weight loss. The simple act of writing down everything you eat and drink throughout the day makes you more aware of your eating habits and how much you are actually consuming.

Another new trend is to focus on eating more good foods, like fruits and veggies, instead of eating less bad foods.   Try consuming at least 4-5 veggies and 2-3 fruits daily.  These good foods are packed full of nutients and fiber and will make you feel fuller without all the calories and fat.

And finally, portion control.  Portion size tends to be much larger than it should.  Please refer to the attached chart for correct serving size.

Holiday Eating Tips: Surviving the Weight Gain

Holiday meals can result in overeating.  Remember the weight loss you have achieved so far and how hard you worked to get to your new weight.  Is splurging really worth it?

Please follow me @ for the 24 days of avoiding the holiday weight gain.

The American Dietetic Association also offers helpful tips for healthy holiday eating @

Strawberry Smoothie

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.

Halloween Candy For 100 Calories

Here at the motto is to “Eat your cake and lose weight too”.  That also means halloween candy.  Who doesn’t enjoy raiding the kid’s halloween bag or want piece of candy from trick-n-treat night.  But we don’t want to sabotage the diet either.  Here are some picks for 100 calories or less (pay attention to package size):

  • Almond Joy (snack size) -80 cal
  • Butterfinger (fun size)- 85 cal
  • Nestle Crunch (fun size)- 90 cal
  • Hershey Kiss (4)- 100 cal
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (snack size)- 110cal
  • Whoppers (10)- 100 cal
  • Jolly Ranchers (3)- 70 cal
  • Smarties (1 roll)- 25 cal
  • Skittles ( 1 fun size bag)- 70 cal
  • M&M’s ( 1 fun size package) -100 cal