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October 30, 2015

Skinny Recipe: Popcorn Witches Wands

Popcorn Witches Wands
Photo courtesy of InTheRaw.com

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

It’s the season of witches and goblins, and candy galore. Unfortunately, there is no potion or spell to shrink your waistline after this sugary holiday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t participate in the festivities. Follow these  tips and tricks, and you’ll survive Halloween without gaining weight.

Lastly, a Halloween party is not complete without Popcorn Witches Wands. Add these to your menu, and they are guaranteed to fly off the table.

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March 5, 2015

Skinny Recipe: Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day

Full disclosure: St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. I’m only a quarter Irish, but I totally flaunt it every March 17th. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, here is a delicious low sugar recipe for Irish soda bread that features sucralose, also known as Splenda®.

Irish Soda Bread Recipe - St. Patrick's Day

Photo courtesy of Flickr User Mike McCune

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November 25, 2014

Skinny Recipe: Thanksgiving Day Roasted Vegetable Stuffing

This is part of my Thanksgiving recipe series. Every week leading up to Thanksgiving I will share a new recipe to complete a wonderful, flavorful dinner without tons of added calories, fat and carbs. Check out past recipes here.

vegetarian Thanksgiving Stuffing
Photo courtesy Flickr user mroach

The average Thanksgiving Day meal could be as much as 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat! This healthier, yet tasty, version of the classic calorie-busting stuffing will save you about 150 calories. With extra veggies and crunchy French bread, you’ll never miss the added calories and fat from a traditional stuffing recipe.

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November 24, 2014

Skinny Recipe: Thanksgiving Day Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

This is part of my Thanksgiving recipe series. Every week leading up to Thanksgiving I will share a new recipe to complete a wonderful, flavorful dinner without tons of added calories, fat and carbs. Check out past recipes here.

Mashed potatoes are my favorite part of the Thanksgiving Day meal. I could probably forgo everything else for an entire plate of creamy, buttery, cheesy mashed potatoes. But that’s not really a good idea when you’re trying to lose weight, or at least NOT gain the average one pound per holiday that most people gain.

Parmesan mashed potatoes
Photo courtesy Flickr user Gwen

 

So, using the Calorie Control Council‘s guide to healthy recipe substitutions, I’ve come up with this healthier version of mashed potatoes that saves you about 70  calories per serving without getting rid of all that wonderful cheesy flavor.

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April 15, 2014

Skinny Recipe: Traditional Easter Carrot Cake

Carrots have never tasted better than in this delicious lower-sugar Carrot Cake recipe. Perfect for an Easter dessert treat. Make cupcakes instead of one big cake to help with portion control and make it easier to travel if you’re not hosting dinner at your place. 

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
Photo courtesy Flickr user Gonzalo Malpartida

Serves: 12

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup SPLENDA® Sugar Blend
2 3/4 cups shredded carrots
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, well drained
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Spray Two (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray; dust bottom and sides with flour. Set aside.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.

Beat eggs, vegetable oil, and SPLENDA® Sugar Blend at medium speed with an electric mixer until batter is smooth. Add flour mixture beating at low speed until blended. Fold in carrots, pineapple, walnuts, and coconut. Pour batter into prepared cake pans.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely.

While the cake is cooling prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting. Spread frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake, if desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 430
Total Fat: 25g
Cholesterol: 70mg
Sodium: 380mg
Total Carbs: 42g
Dietary Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 23g
Protein: 6g

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