Pancakes…Everyone’s Favorite Breakfast

Pancakes…Everyone’s Favorite Breakfast

Who doesn’t love pancakes?  Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, most people you talk to will say that they have always loved this food.  They are fairly easy to make and they taste absolutely delicious.  Top them off with syrup and maybe some fruit (if you like fruit) and you have a sweet and very tastey meal.  However, like most sweet treats, pancakes are not the healthiest meal choice.  And adding too much syrup on top doesn’t help that!  I have found a recipe that makes pancakes only 32 calories each!

The key is to avoid the processed box mixes at all cost.  If you make your pancakes from scratch, they don’t have to be bad for you!  This recipe tells you the six ingredients you’ll need to make healthy, delicious pancakes.  The recipe also suggests topping them with honey instead of syrup.  However, if you prefer to use syrup on your pancakes (I know I do), try to not use too much of it.  This will help you to keep your delicious meal of pancakes as healthy as possible!  Add some fruit, on top or on the side, and you are good to go!


Skinny Cake Batter Ice Cream

Skinny Cake Batter Ice Cream

Who doesn’t love ice cream?  It’s a delicious dessert that everyone has probably loved since they were a little kid.  Today there are so many flavors to choose from.  I was just on vacation in Florida and I had carrot cake flavored ice cream, and it was amazing.  When I go to get Fro-Yo, I always go straight to the cake batter flavor.  The same goes for eating ice cream; if I see the flavor cake batter, I will immediately get it.  However, like most desserts, ice cream is not good for you to eat at all.  While it may taste good, the health side of the delicious treat is not that great.  But, here’s the great part, I have found a recipe for healthier cake batter flavored ice cream that you can make right in your own kitchen!

With only four ingredients, this ice cream sounds like it would be absolutely amazing to eat.  All you need to make this is boxed cake mix, diet soda, fat free whipped topping, and fat free sweetened condensed milk.  Mix these all together, put it in the freezer, and a few hours later you will have a deliciously amazing ice cream that won’t make you feel guilty about eating it afterwards!

Cauliflower Buffalo “Wings”

Cauliflower Buffalo “Wings”

Who doesn’t love buffalo wings?  Almost anyone you talk to will tell you that it is one of their favorite things to eat.  Whether it’s for an appetizer, a snack, or your actual meal, they are always delicious.  Paired with blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping, the only healthy part of this meal are the celery and carrots you get on the side.  But, like we all know, the things that taste the best are usually the worst for you.  However, I have found a recipe that turns these delicious buffalo chicken wings and makes them healthy.  The only difference: it’s cauliflower, not chicken.

I can say from experience that these cauliflower buffalo wings are amazing.  My mom has made them, along with making the blue cheese recipe, and there is not a bad thing to say about them.  While chicken isn’t always “bad” for you, eating veggies is obviously the healthier choice.  This recipe eliminates any thought that the meal could possibly be unhealthy.  All it is is cauliflower bites covered in buffalo sauce.  You can make the sauce as mild or as spicy as you like so that it completely satisfies your personal taste.  The blue cheese dressing you make for dipping is also a bit healthier than using regular blue cheese, and of course, you can substitute that for ranch if you prefer.  Now you can have your favorite buffalo “wings” and know that is is 100% healthier for you with this alternate way to make them!

Healthy Crepes!

Healthy Crepes!

There are so many delicious foods to make for breakfast.  Between pancakes, waffles, french toast, eggs, it’s hard to choose what the best breakfast food is.  One of my favorites are crepes.  I don’t have them often, but when I do, they are amazing.  Everything about them is delicious.  You can put powdered sugar on them, fruit, syrup, basically anything you want you can put on or in your crepe (even ice cream)!  But, like most delicious foods, crepes are not that healthy for you.  Besides the fruit, everything about a crepe is high in calories and fat content.  However, I have actually found a recipe that makes crepes healthy!

These healthy crepes are easy to make, and they are under 30 calories each!  I can’t think of anything better than that.  You can still put whatever you want on them, so be careful because we can all easily turn these healthy crepes into unhealthy crepes.  Just add some fruit and jelly, or small amount of peanut butter, syrup, and whipped cream, and you have a delicious breakfast everyone will want.

Healthy Fajitas

When craving Mexican food, which meals come to mind? Tacos? Quesadillas? These are two delicious Mexican meals, but my favorite would have to be chicken fajitas.  As soon as you smell the veggies sizzling it makes your mouth water.  However, no one would ever realize how bad fajitas really are for you.  At a typical chain restaurant, one fajita platter has 850 calories, 36 grams of fat, and 2,440 MG of sodium.  Don’t worry though!  I have found a much healthier way to eat this delicious meal.

Instead of wrapping your fajita in a flour tortilla, choose a corn or wheat tortilla instead.  They have half the calories and taste just as good!  Or, to make it even healthier, wrap your fajitas in a piece of lettuce!  It’s crunchy, delicious, and has almost no calories.  When picking what meat goes inside your fajita, choose leaner meats.  You can also mix the meat with a variety of veggies, which will allow you to reduce the amount of meat you use in each fajita.  When it comes to toppings, everyone loves to use cheese.  However, if you want your fajita to be healthier, you should skip the cheese altogether.  You should choose either sour cream or guacamole; you should not use both.  Adding tomatoes is a good, low-fat topping to add flavor.  Now you can eat fajitas and feel completely guilt-free after, and still get all the same delicious taste!

Healthy Alternatives to Chips

Everyone gets hungry throughout the day in between meals.  One of my favorite things to snack on are chips.  Whether they are regular chips, sour cream and onion, BBQ, Doritos, Tostitos, or any of the others you can think of, they all are delicious.  However, it is no secret that any kind of chip is not exactly good for you.  Chips are loaded with sodium and have more grams of fat in a serving than we need in something that is just a snack.  The even bigger problem with chips is that once you start eating them, you can’t stop!  When that bag is open in front of you it is almost impossible to have self control and put it away.  Next thing you know, the entire bag is gone.  So, the question is, what can we eat as a snack in place of chips?  Here’s six delicious alternatives to chips:

1) Carrot Sticks – These veggies are delicious and you can eat them raw which is great because there is no cooking involved!  They are great on their own, or you can add some flavor by dipping them in something like light french onion dip.

2) Fruit – Any kind of fruit is good for you, and tastey too!  My favorites are apples, bananas, peaches, and strawberries.  Fruit is sweet and will satisfy your craving for a treat in a healthy way.

3) Smoothie – These are great because even though they are a drink, they are extremely filling.  You can put whatever you like into a smoothie; your favorite fruits, favorite juices, even favorite yogurt.

4) Popcorn – Most people wouldn’t think that popcorn would be a healthy snack.  However, it is much better for you thank chips.  It will satisfy that salt craving you may have, and you’ll know it’s better than snacking on chips.

5) Nuts and Seeds – These are a great snack because they are easy to nibble on.  As long as you avoid buying salted nuts, you pretty much can’t go wrong.

6) Sweet Potato –  This kind of potato is better for you, and it is deliciously sweet.  You can prepare it however you like and it’ll end up being the perfect snack.

Light BBQ Chicken Pizza

Light BBQ Chicken Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza?  We all love the delicious taste that pizza provides.  Everyone has those days where we crave the taste of a warm slice (or two) of pizza.  However, the one downside to this favorite food is that it is not very healthy to eat.  The crust is fattening and there’s also a lot of cheese, which is fattening as well.  This doesn’t stop us from eating it though.  Some people may take that bite into the slice and wonder, how can I keep eating my favorite meal, but have it be a little bit healthier for me.  The link here will give you a delicious recipe on how to make healthier pizza.  And it’s not a recipe for plain pizza, it’s for the delicious specialty pizza…BBQ Chicken.

So what makes this pizza healthier than regular pizza?  The secret is in the best part…the crust.  Rather than a regular flour based crust, this recipe calls for a cauliflower based crust.  Removing the flour from the crust and replacing it with cauliflower removes over 100 calories from the final product.  In one slice of this BBQ Chicken pizza, there is only 157 calories.  The cauliflower crust adds in tons of veggies that we normally wouldn’t get if we had a regular slice of pizza.  Now we can eat two delicious slices of this healthier pizza alternative for almost half the calories of two slices of regular pizza, and who’s going to complain about that?