FREE $5 Starbucks Gift Card!!!

My Facebook page reached 500 fans and I am excited! I am doing a giveaway for a $5 Starbucks gift card to show my appreciation. Its easy and free to enter. Make sure you are sharing my blog because when I get to 100 followers (I have 45 now) I will be doing a big give away on here. Also, when my Facebook page reaches 1000 fans I will have a HUGE giveaway! What would you like to win? Did you enter for the $5 Starbucks gift card?

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

Eating Healthy & Saving Money

I hate to admit it but some healthy food does cost more than junk food. That being said you can still save money when shopping and cooking healthy. Below are a list of tips I have tried or have recommended to be. If you have more tips than what you see below I would love for you to share them with us.

  • Boy cheese in a block and shred it your self.
  • When making instant pudding (cheap dessert) use 3 cups of milk instead of 2. It will take a bit longer set but it will set and taste great. This will give you a little more pudding.
  • Buy after the holidays. Turkey and ham go on sale sometimes up to 90% after the holidays. Freeze these items for later. Same goes for other holiday favorites (pumpkin, cranberry, ect).
  • Use your leftovers for the next days work lunch. I know this doesn’t save while cooking but it save you lunch money.
  • Make some items in bulk (sauces, chili, stew, ect) and freeze them. Crock Pot Spaghetti & Meat Sauce is cheap to make in bulk and can feed you plus have two frozen containers.
  • Buy food that is versatile and on major sale. You can always go on-line and look up a recipe for it.
  • Farmers Market! During the correct season the farmers market can be a cheap way to help local business.
  • Add extra liquid to mashed potatoes. This will make them creamier and turn 2 servings into 3 or 4.
  • Most fruits are more than one serving. Most people are just as happy with a small apple as they are with a big apple. Buying smaller apples gets you more per pound. Same with bananas, oranges, ect.
  • Make your own waffles and pancakes and freeze them instead of buying the prefrozen ones. An entire box of pancake mix is cheaper than one box of frozen pancakes.
  • Buy big packs of meat or the Buy 1 get 2 packs. My family doesn’t like the seasoning Albertson’s put on their Buy 1 get 2 chicken but I love the price so I buy it, bring it home and it rinse it. Once I rinse all the seasoning off I place it in Ziploc bags based on how much my family will use.

Spinach, Ham, Cheese, & Egg Muffin

Tonight we got home from the grocery store to late to thaw out meat. I needed a quick and easy dinner and did not want to resort to sandwiches, so I got creative. I made egg muffins and added my girls favorite items. They gobbled them up. I was going to try to freeze the extra but they ate them all. Egg Muffins are less messy alternative to regular eggs. G (who is 1) was able to eat eggs and not feed the floor. These would also be great to pop in the oven one morning when you are running behind because the kids could eat them in the car. Don’t like the ingredients? Just like an omelet you can change it up.

Makes 10 muffins ** Serving size = 2 muffins ** Calories 156  Per Serving

  • 8 medium eggs
  • 1 oz spinach, finely chopped
  • 2 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 slice of 97% Fat Free Great Value Ham Lunch Meat (thick cut), finely chopped
  1. Mix everything together in one bowl.
  2. Pour a little less than 1/4 cup of mixture into greased muffin cups.
  3. Bake on 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until firm.

Simple, easy, cheap, and can be made with just about anything! Hope you enjoy!

Money saving tips for this recipe:

  • Buy cheese on a block and shred it yourself.
  • Buy muffin/cupcake liners after the holidays on sale. My kids love having their Egg Muffins in heart liners.
  • Use what you have already and change it up.