Granola Cearal

OK time for the granola cereal recipe. Sadly, I will be giving it to off memory because my computer failed to save it (probably user error). This should help you a lot though and of course you can adapt it to your own family. I am sorry on the delay for this post.  Since there was a delay don’t forget to look for the clues to the giveaway mystery box.

  • 2 cups of creamy peanut butter
  • 6 cups of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips (as many or as few as you want).
  1. In a saucepan on medium warm the peanut butter, agave nectar, and brown sugar till it is almost liquid. Make sure you stir constantly or it will burn.
  2. Line a baking pan with wax paper or foil.
  3. Mix oats and liquid mix in the pan. This is best done with your hands.
  4. Put chocolate chips on top.
  5. Press entire compact.
  6. As for baking I baked at 350 for 35 minutes and put in refrigerator over night.
  7. Once they have set just pull up the wax paper and it will begin to crumble.

I am not sure how long this will store in a ziplock bag as my kids ate it all in a week. It cost about the same as a box of cereal and I knew exactly what was in it. I may not have got my granola bars but the cereal was a fantastic mistake. A small amount in milk fills my kids up quickly. I also gave them some dry and it seemed to be a nice energy perk while we played at the park.

Hubby’s Pizza Thins

He even took his own picture

I have to give my husband credit for this post. I am writing it but he inspired it. He came home from work (he works till 10 pm) and it was just not a day i wanted to cook so he was left to fend for himself. He got creative and made us a yummy dinner-Pizza Thins. I call them pizza thins because they start off sandwich thins. In this recipe I will put the brands I used but f course your may vary.

Makes 4 pizza thins ** Serving Size is 2 pizza thins ** Calories per serving 195

  • 2 Orowheat Multi-Grain Sandwich Thins
  • 1/2 packet of Boboli Original Pizza Sauce ( I buy a pack with three packets in it and only use 1/2 a packet)
  • 2 ounce of fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded.
  1. Take each sandwich round apart and lay all four thins flat on a pan.
  2. Spread pizza sauce on thins.
  3. Sprinkle cheese on thins.
  4. Bake on 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  5. ENJOY!

My husband is very proud of his healthy dinner. I hope you enjoy.

Note: These could most likely be made in microwaves, I do not own one so I am not sure. This is also a great snack for teenagers.

Popcorn! A Great Healthy Low Calorie Snack!

You have probably read the title and thought I was crazy. I use to think of popcorn as junk food and it is if you get at the movie theatre. That being said, if you make it at home it can be a healthy snack. Even though you can buy 100 calorie popcorn bags at the grocery store your best bet it to make it from scratch at home.  Skip the oils, butters, and who knows what else they put in those bags.

There are two easy and healthy ways I like to make popcorn at home.

Hot Air Popcorn Popper– These are inexpensive machines that pops the popcorn with just hot air. No oil! It is very easy and quick. Just measure out the kernels, pour into the machine, and watch your snack pop away.

microwave Now I know you read that and thought I must be going crazy. Yes, you can make popcorn in the microwave from kernels and not in a bag full of mystery ingredients. Take a plain brown bag, add 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels, fold bag down twice, put in microwave on high for 3 minutes. You can buy a bag of bulk popcorn kernels and a pack 100 brown paper sacks for less than you pay for a case of popcorn bags (which equals about the same amount of popped popcorn).

Is popcorn healthy?

There have been some recent headlines talking about movie popcorn being as bad for you as 3 or 4 Big Macs. What they don’t tell you

Hot Air Popper

is that homemade popcorn is not anywhere close to a Big Mac; maybe the bun but not the whole thing. Popcorn is very high in fiber. Fiber is essential to help have a healthy digestive tract. Most people do not get nearly enough fiber a day, so why not eat more popcorn instead of take a yucky supplement.

Are you getting your whole grains? Popcorn is a whole grain and just incase you have not heard whole grains are healthy for you. Whole grains are have been proven to reduce your risk of heart problems. Whole grains are also full of bran and vitamins.

Popcorn is also low in calories. It varies depending on your source but the common thought is 3 cups of popped popcorn is right around 100 calories. When you make it just check the bag. Wondering why they bag as an option for calories of kernels themselves before you pop them? No, they do not want or expect you to eat raw kernels. It is easier for most people to measure out raw kernels then to measure popped popcorn. This is especially true if you try the brown bag recipe above at work.

Low Calorie Popcorn Seasoning

Now you probably want to know how to you can eat your flavorful popcorn without all the oil, butter, and salt. Below are some great recipes (some I have tried and some I have not) you can try. I would love to hear in the comments which ones you try or what you do at home with your popcorn. Most of these mixes can be kept in an air tight container for about 6 months. I like to make a few batches and keep them in the cabinet so I have choices when I make my popcorn. You can also try any of these of by themself: parmesan,  garlic, cinnamon, onion powder, chilli powder, just about any powder.

  • Cinnamon Chocolate – Mix 1 packet (4 serving) of dry chocolate pudding mix with 5 teaspoons of cinnamon.
  • Parmesan Ranch- 1/4 cup shredded/grated parmesan and 1 packet of dry ranch dressing mix.
  • Pizza – 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and 2 tbsp of crushed Italian seasonings.
  • Sweet Peanut butter Heat up a small amount of peanut butter and honey till runny and drizzle over popcorn.
  •  Taco – Taco seasoning and a pinch of chili powder.
  • Cinnamon Sugar – Mix 1/4 cup of cinnamon and 3 tbsp of sugar.
  • Spicy- Drizzle with a thin hot sauce.
  • Maple – Warm up 1/4 cup of maple syrup till runny and drizzle over it. (Watch the brand you buy or it will be high in calories.)
  • Lime and Chili- Mix lime juice and chili powder to taste. (this one cannot be stored

Note: Trying these mixes or others is better than using the premade mixes. Just take a look at the ingredients on those bottles and it will scare you.

100 Calories or LESS Snacks!

I love to snack! Everyone loves to snack! Being a bust moms snacks are sometimes all I get to eat. I keep some in my glove box, diaper bag, and just about everywhere I can. Its better for my diet and pocket-book to grab a snack from the car or diaper bag instead of grabbing the bag of chips while grocery shopping or the corn dog in the mall food court. Below I have listed some 100 calorie snacks (some even have less than 100 calories). Don’t worry I have listed fruits, veggies, healthy, and non healthy. There is something for everyone. So now is the time to invest in some Ziploc baggies or small Tupperware to make your snacks.

Tip: When you buy a box/bag of something at home  put it into portioned out bags and put the bags back in the box. That way when you want a snack you just reach in and grab one.

  • Dannon fit and light yogurt = 80 Calories
  • 1/2 Hershery Special Dark Chocolate Bar = 90 Calories
  • Three cups of air-popped popcorn = 93 calories
  • Two large red bell peppers cut in strips = 85 calories
  • One medium bosc pear, washed and sliced = 96 calories
  • 17 unsalted peanuts = 99 calories
  • One small banana = 90 calories
  • 48 Rold Gold Pretzel Sticks = 100 Calories
  • 24 baby carrots = 50 calories
  • 2 Reeces Cup miniatures = 88 calories
  • 4 Hershey’s Kisses = 90 calories
  • 2 Twix Mini = 86 calories
  • 1 cup Sugar free Strawberry Jello = 10 calories
  • 2 Werther’s Sugar Free Caramel Apple hard candy = 16 calories
  • 2 Baskin Robbins Sugar Free Pralines and Cream hard candy = 22 calories
  • 30 Grapes = 90 Calories (3 calories a piece)
  • Vitatops = 100 Calories
  • 1/ Cup Sugar Free Apple Sauce = 50 Calories
  • Small Apple = 94 Calories
  • 3 Cups of Air Popped Popcorn = 92
  • 37 Goldfish = 97 Calories
  • 1 Large Hard Boiled Egg = 78
  • 20 Reduced Fat Cheez-it = 90 Calories
  • 1/2 A Cantaloupe = 100 Calories

150 Calorie Cinnamon Pancake Mini Doughnuts

Only 150 Calories--12 Mini Cinnamon Panacke Doughnuts

My family wanted pancakes this morning and I plan to switch to a homemade whole wheat recipe but I had a box of Hungry Jack Complete Buttermilk mix in my pantry and I have to use this first. I had my alotted 3 pancakes but still wanted more. When I make pancakes I make about 45 at a time. I freeze the left overs between wax paper because its cheaper and taste better than store bought pancakes. Towards the end of the batch I remembered the mini doughnut pan I had bought a year ago and never used. I love the result!

Each serving for this batter is 3 pancakes. The box recommends you make pancaked out of 1/4 cup of batter. I set out to see how many doughnuts I could get with 1/4 cup of batter. I got 4!  For one serving size I was able to fill up all 12 doughnuts!

Cook about 10 minutes on 400 degrees and they are perfect. I do recommend you watch them carefully the first time or two because you can’t really smell them. They get flufflier then pancakes which may be why they made me more full. No I didn’t eat them right after I ate my pancakes, I waited till snack time.

Syrup is a killer on calories so I dipped mine in 1/2 cup of sugar free applesauce (50 calories). Yummy!

You may be asking about the cinnamon since the pancake box does not mention it. I added it. I have been told by a lady at my gym that cinnamon raises your metabloism and to add it everythign I canso this seemed perfect. Even if she is wrong cinnamon is calorie free so its yummy and doesn’t hurt.

These can be frozen for up to 3 months! When you want them just toss them in the oven (maybe microwave but I don’t have one so I don’t know) on 350 till warm and enjoy! Filling 150 calorie snack I hope you ill enjoy!

I also wanted to add my daughter loved these! They were less messy too! I gave her a small cup of syrup and she dipped her donuts.

Let me know if you try these and what you think!