Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
4 oz cream cheese, light, softened (I used neufchatel cheese)
2 c. white whole wheat flour
1 tbsp. flaxseed meal
1/2 c. applesauce, unsweetened
1/2 c. milk of choice (I used almond milk)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
6 packets stevia (Aldi carries this now!)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, flaxseed, stevia, and salt and mix well.
In another bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla extract, applesauce, and milk. Add them to the mixer and combine well.
Add cream cheese and banana’s and mix until combined.
Stir in chocolate choips.
Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, pour the mixture into each cup. If you want more mini muffins, fill them 3/4 of the way. If you want larger ones, fill them level to the top of the cup.
Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick in center comes out pretty clean. Let them cool for a few minutes then finish cooling them on a wire rack.
Servings: 36* Calories: 61* Fat: 3g* Fiber: 1g* Carbs: 9g* Protein: 2g* Points+: 2*
I placed these in the freezer and then each night put a couple in the refrigerator and I was set for breakfast the next morning.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
|Lentils getting stirred in.|
|Spinach stirred in.|
|Spinach is wilted!|
|With the cheese and all ready to go in the pan. I made a half batch so I have it in a smaller pan.|
|Sweet potatoes mashed and parsley stirred in.|
|Sprinkled with paprika. Enjoy!|
Monday, September 10, 2012
The benefits of lemongrass are numerous. It’s full of antioxidants, caffeine-free, has a calming effect and can help with insomnia, detoxifies the body, has natural vitamins and minerals that can lower blood pressure, and has even been shown to cause cancer cells to die off. On top of all that, it helps clear your skin. I’m sold. Since it is a natural diuretic you should not drink this all day long; moderation is the key. I keep it to one glass per day. After doing some research the only people that need to stay clear of lemongrass are those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. One of the benefits of the tea is that it helps stimulate the uterus so if you’re pregnant there is fear that it could cause uterine contractions. I just used the word uterus in a food blog…didn’t see that one coming did you?!
Last week, my mom was so sweet and bought me some lemongrass at the Farmer’s Market. She got me about 10 stems and it was $3. I call them the “big” Dillon’s in Wichita because there are Dillon’s stores that carry regular groceries and then there are the “big” ones that have TONS of groceries. At the “big” Dillon’s last week I saw lemongrass in the produce section and it was $1.99 for two stems. Much more expensive than the Farmer’s Market, but still available at the grocery store which is good to know. When my mom gave me the lemongrass last week, my brother Tyler knew exactly what it was and wanted me to leave him some so he could make his own. Then, just Saturday his friend was at the football game with us and she makes it all the time. Clearly-I have been out of the loop…so, apologies if I am sharing something that everyone already knows all about, but I just learned to make it.
|Place approximately 3 cups of water in a saucepan and add lemongrass. Bring to a boil and let boil/simmer for about 20 minutes. You will lose some of the water, but it should not run out.|
|Strain your liquid into a pitcher. You want a small strainer, so I used my tea pot and strained it through that mesh. You could also use a flour sifter if you don't have a tiny strainer.|
Thursday, September 6, 2012
|On my drive to work I ate two of these mini whole wheat banana chip muffins. They are a new recipe I tried last week and I love them. They are sweetened with no added sugar applesauce and a little bit of Stevia. I will share recipe soon!|
|I had one cup of decaf coffee with 2 tablespoons of Trader Joe's Soy Creamer.|
|I ate some Plantain Chips for a snack.|
|I actually ate the risotto for another mid morning snack. I started my day at 5 am so I'm usually ready for lunch at 10:30, but I try to eat a couple snacks and eat lunch at a normal time so I get back on schedule. My leftover dinner from Tuesday night of roasted cauliflower with Tahini dressing and the Grilled Eggplant Bruschetta made for a great lunch.|
|I lost count to how many of these I ate since my dinner was finished later than expected thanks to the oven distraction. I think I lost about 5 pounds of water weight in yoga that afternoon and I was really hungry!! I kept reaching in the bag...they are just so good. I ate way too many, let's just leave it at that.|