National Ice Cream Soda Day is July 20th

Ice cream soda

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Ice cream soda
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soda jerk passing an ice cream soda between two soda fountains

An ice cream soda or float is a beverage that consists of one or more scoops of ice cream in either a soft drink or in a mixture of flavored syrup and carbonated water.

The ice cream soda was invented by Robert McCay Green in Philadelphia, PA, in 1874  during the sesquicentennial celebration. The traditional story is that, on a particularly hot day, Mr. Green ran out of cream for the flavored sodas he was selling and used vanilla ice cream from a neighbor and invented a new drink.
Ice Cream Soda can also be enjoyed as a low calorie summer treat and you can make many variations.

Place 1-2 scoops fat-free vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt in a glass diet soda(any flavor).  Add a straw and enjoy!!

Celebrate July 4th with Watermelon

Watermelon

It’s refreshing!  It’s sweet!  It’s healthy!  It’s low in calories!

Enjoy watermelon as a healthy treat on Independence Day!!  One cup of watermelon cubes contains only about 50 calories but is packed full of beneficial antioxidants, including lycopene, which has been shown to be protective against certain cancers.  It is also contains potassium,  vitamin C and vitamin A.   And it is grown in the USA with California as the champion of watermelon production.  Other big conventional watermelon growing states are Florida, Texas, Georgia and Indiana.

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!

Wendy’s Frosty Skinny Version

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.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 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.

Skinny Shirley Temple Cake

I came across a recipe for Shirley Temple Cupcakes and thought is was the cutest idea.  Of course, I had to make adjustments to make it as low calorie as possible.  Also, it needs to be quick and simple; therefore, the cake version.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • 1 can diet 7-up
  • 16 maraschino cherries
  • 4 tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 drops red food coloring
  • 1- 8oz tub frozen fat free whipped topping, thawed (Cool Whip Free)
  • pink sprinkles (optional)
In a bowl, beat together cake mix and diet 7-up on low speed for about 1 minute.  Save 2 Tbsp of batter for reserve.

Pour the remaining batter in a 13″ x 9″ cake dish that has been coated with cooking spray.

Mix the reserve batter with 2 Tbsp of cherry juice and 2 drops of red food coloring; swirl it into cake with a knife.

Bake @ 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Let cake completely cool.

Meanwhile, mix 2 Tbsp cherry juice in thawed whipped topping and  evenly spread on top of the cake.

Decorate with cherries and pink sprinkles.

Yummy!!  This cake is absolutely fabulous!

Makes 16 servings.  Only 168 calories per serving.

Skinny Chocolate Cake

I LOVE THIS DESSERT!!!  And it is super easy !!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 can diet cola

In a bowl, beat cake mix and diet cola for 2 minutes.  That’s it!  Do Not add anything else.  Pour into a 9″x11″ baking pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes. Let cool.  Ice with fat free Cool Whip.  Refrigerate.  Makes 12 servings @ 180 calories per serving.  ENJOY!!

 

Granny’s Light Brown Sugar Cake

I love this cake!!  Of course, I had to modify the recipe to make it low fat and lower in calories.                          

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 small box sugar free vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup egg substitute
  • 2/3 cup fat free sour cream
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lite applesauce
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

Beat first 6 ingredients with mixer 2-3 minutes until well blended.  Add brown sugar and mix well.  Pour into fluted tube pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.  Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes; then remove from pan and let cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.  Enjoy!!  Yields: 16 servings.  200 calories, 3gms fat per serving.