January is National Oatmeal Month

How perfect for January to be National Oatmeal Month.  A big bowl of hot oatmeal is best on cold winter days!

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Oatmeal can be 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. They have the same nutritional value as rolled oats; however, they have a lower glycemic index.
  • Instant oatmeal has added sugars and is high in sodium.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Craving a chocolate chip cookie; but don’t want to sabotage your healthy eating plan?  Try this healthy cookie!!  It super simple to make and it’s also gluten free!  Just make sure you use gluten-free oats.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 large bananas
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups dry old fashioned oatmeal

Directions:

In a large bowl, mash bananas. Add applesauce, milk, cinnamon and vanilla; mix with spoon. Stir in oats until well blended. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes. Stir in chocolate chips. Spray cookie sheet and drop by 1 tsp and bake @ 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Cool on cookie rack. Makes 20 cookies.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Servings Per Container: 20
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 53
Total Fat 1.1g
Saturated Fat 0.4g
Cholesterol 0.1mg
Sodium 1.5mg
Calcium 4.7
Potassium 58mg
Phosphorus 6.4mg
Total Carb 10.3g
Dietary Fiber 1.3g
Sugars 3.4g
Protein 1.4g

Skinny Chinese Vegetable Chicken And Noodles

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 8oz chicken breast tenders, uncooked
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 10 oz package frozen chopped broccoli
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • garlic powder, ginger, black pepper, chili pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 4 oz dry spaghetti

DIRECTIONS:

Cook spaghetti according to package directions, drain and rinse.  Meanwhile, heat oil in large pan.  Stir fry chicken, vegetables and spices until chicken is well cooked.  Stir in rice vinegar and soy sauce; then stir in the honey.  Blend in the spaghetti.

NUTRITION INFO:

205 Calories; 8 g Fat; 1 gm Sat Fat; 11 mg Cholesterol; 350 mg Sodium; 26 g Carbohydrate; 3 g Fiber; 8 g Protein

Healthy Taco Pasta Bake

If you’re looking for a quick and healthy dinner idea that the entire family will enjoy,  then you have to try this “Healthy Taco Pasta Bake”.  It’s made with whole grain pasta and ground turkey to increase fiber and reduce fat.  The best part is it tastes great.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 12 oz. box whole grain rotini pasta
  • 1 packet low sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chili pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 oz. fat free cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, brown ground turkey until no longer pink and drain any fat. Stir in can tomatoes, taco seasoning and water. Stir in cream cheese. Mix with cooked pasta, 1 cup cheese and meat mixture. Place in 13 x 9 casserole dish and top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

NUTRITION INFO:

290 Calories, 10 g fat, 53 mg cholesterol, 350 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 20 g protein

 

 

Weight Watchers 3 Ingredient Pineapple Cake

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I stumbled across this Weight Watcher recipe a few years ago and it is fantastic.  It takes about one whole minute to whip together and it is low calorie and no fat!!

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

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  • 1- Angel Food Cake Mix
  • 1- 20 oz. Can Crushed Pineapple in juice
  • 1- Fat Free Cool Whip

 

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven  350 degrees F.  Mix package of Angel Food Cake Mix and one 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple.  Pour into an ungreased 9″x13″ pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.   Let Cool.  Spread Cool Whip on top.  Makes 16 servings!

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NUTRITION INFO:

  • 120 Calories
  • 28 g Carbohydrate
  • 2 g Protein
  • 0 Fat
  • 130 mg Sodium

 

Fat Free Yogurt Cake

I came across this recipe for yogurt cake on pinterest.  I made a few ingredient swaps to reduce the calories and fat.  I am absolutely amazed how moist and delicious it is.  Let’s not forget, it is really easy and quick to make!

yogurtcake WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1-1/2 cups nonfat yogurt
  • 3/4 cup egg beater
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

DIRECTIONS:

In a large bowl, beat on low speed egg, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla about 30 seconds. Add flour and baking powder and beat another 1-2 minutes. Pour into a round cake pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes. Let cool. Sprinkle with powder sugar. Makes 8 servings.

NUTRITION INFO:

  • 224 calories
  • 0 fat
  • 48 g carbohydrate
  • 8 g protein
  • 240 mg sodium

 

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie

Healthy and only 4 ingredients.  Also, gluten-free if you use gluten-free oats and vegan if you use raisins in place of chips.  You may substitute any dried fruit, such as, dried cranberries or dates.  Either way, they are delicious!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 Cup Pumpkin
  • 1 Cup Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins (Optional)

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together.  Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.  Spoon mixture onto cookie sheet and press down. Bake for 15 minutes.  Let cool.  Makes 15 cookies.

NUTRITION INFO:

Serving Size = 1 Cookie (without raisins)

  • 40 Calories
  • 1 g Fat
  • 0 Cholesterol
  • 0 Sodium
  • 7 g Carbohydrate
  • 1 g Fiber
  • 2 g Sugar
  • 1 g Protein

Chick Pea & Red Pepper Soup with Quinoa

February is Heart Month!  This soup is heart healthy full of nutrients and fiber.  It is super simple to make and tastes great!!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

1/2 cup quinoa
2 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1 large red peppers, chopped
2 cup vegetable broth
1 16-oz can drained Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
DIRECTIONS:

Cook the quinoa according to package directions.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed pot. Add the garlic, carrot, and celery and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 6 minutes.

Add the garlic, paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Add the chickpeas, broth, and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the cooked quinoa. Serve topped with parsley, if desired.

NUTRITION INFO:

1 Serving = 1 Cup

  • 258 Calories
  • 10g Fat
  • 0 Cholesterol
  • 440mg Sodium
  • 34g Carbohydrate
  • 8g Fiber
  • 8g Protein

Skinny Razz-a-Dazz Chicken

When life is hectic, I love simple and easy recipes that are actually healthy and low in calories.  This “Razz Chicken” recipe only needs 3 ingredient, yay!  It takes literally 2 minutes to prepare and throw it in the oven!  I actually used frozen chicken breasts which required longer baking time.

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As you can see from the above pic, I’m on a veggie kick.  Therefore, I had it with 2 veggies and left out the carbs.  It was very satisfying and I feel thinner!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4- 4 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup fat-free raspberry vinaigrette
  • 3 tbsp. dried basil

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven at 350°F. Place chicken breast in baking dish. Pour raspberry vinaigrette over chicken and sprinkle basil on top. Cover and bake for 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through.

NUTRITION INFO:

1 Serving = 1 Chicken Breast

  • 140 Calories
  • 1.6 g Fat
  • 60 mg Cholesterol
  • 391 mg Sodium
  • 8 g Carbohydrate
  • 23 g Protein

Skinny Soft Taco

Here it is again, the skinny taco.  Perfect for a quick & easy healthy dinner.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

1 pound lean ground turkey
1 packet taco seasoning, low sodium
3/4 cup water
8 oz. low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
2 cups lettuce, shredded
1 cup salsa
fat-free sour cream, optional
8 whole grain tortillas

DIRECTIONS:

Brown ground turkey in skillet until no longer pink; drain fat. Add taco seasoning and water; stir until blended. Simmer for 5 minutes. Layer meat, cheese, tomato, lettuce and salsa on tortilla.

NUTRITION INFO:

Serving Size = 1 Taco

  • 225 calories
  • 4 g fat
  • 34 mg cholesterol
  • 530 mg sodium
  • 26 g carbohydrate
  • 3.5 g fiber
  • 3 g sugar
  • 21 g protein