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Easy Healthy Desserts Recipes for Weight Loss

                    Blueberry Fluff
 

  • 3/4 cup cottage cheese ( I used 2%)
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tsp stevia
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.
Garnish with a little Reddi Whip and a couple of blueberries. Enjoy! 



                        Chia Pudding
  • 2 cup unsweetened almond/coconut milk beverage (used Almond Breeze)
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries, blackberries or raspberries
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp stevia (or sugar/honey to taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Mix everything in a mason jar. Shake well and place in the fridge. Shake again after half an hour. Refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours. Garnish with berries before serving.


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Pudding
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp stevia or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp sugar free dark chocolate

Mix first 4 ingredients well. Stir in dark chocolate. Enjoy!!

  Stick it in the freezer for a little while to make ice cream!!!


Source: Skinny Fiber Plus
                  Fruit and Yogurt

  1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt, fat-free
    2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1 tablespoon honey
    2 pears, cored, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    1 cup sliced strawberries
    2 apples, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    1 cup seedless grapes, sliced in half lengthwise
    1/4 cups raisins
    1/4 cup diced celery


 Directions

In a small bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice and honey. Cover yogurt mixture and refrigerate while preparing fruit. Best to eat 1-2 hours of preparing.

 Source: Skinny Ms Fruit and Yogurt

Serving size: 2 tablespoons | Calories: 40 | Previous Points: 1 | Points Plus: 1 | Total Fat: 3 gm | Saturated Fats: 1 gm | Trans Fats: 0 gm | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 6 mg | Carbohydrates: 2 gm | Dietary fiber: 0 gm | Sugars: 1 gm | Protein: 2 gm

Ingredients
  •     ½ cup Greek yogurt, fat free, plain
  •     ¼ cup natural peanut butter, crunchy recommended
Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, refrigerate until ready to eat.
Serve with your favorite fruit or veggie
 
Source: Skinny Ms Fruit and Yogurt
 Yields: 10 servings| Serving size: 2 strawberries| Calories: 139 | Total Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fats: 6 g | Previous Points: 3 | Points Plus: 4 | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 8 g | Carbohydrates: 14 g | Dietary fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 10 g | Protein: 2 g     Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Ingredients
  •     20 (1 pound) whole strawberries with
         leaves, rinsed, patted dry 
  •     1 cup dark chocolate chips
  •     1 tablespoon coconut oil
Directions

Add 1/2 cup water to bottom double boiler and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to the top boiler and stir until smooth and completely melted. Remove chocolate from heat and set aside.

Line a 15’x10’x1" cookie sheet with parchment paper. While holding strawberries by the leaves, dip into the chocolate, until all but the last 1/2", near the leaf, is covered. Lift and allow the excess chocolate to drip off. Set strawberries on parchment paper until all strawberries are covered.

For an extra special treat, immediately after excess chocolate drips from each strawberry, roll in dried coconut shreds or minced almonds.
The chocolate should set in about 30 minutes.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls
 
Ingredients
  • 32g (1 scoop) Chocolate Whey Protein Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dark Cocoa Powder (unsweetened)
  • 32g (2 tbs) Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar/salt/oil added)
  • 42g (2 tbs) Honey (or maple syrup/agave)
Instructions
  1. Put the protein powder and cocoa powder in a bowl and mix.
  2. Add the peanut butter and sweetener of choice and stir until moist and crumbly. Using your hands, form the mixture into one large ball and then divide that by how many servings you want. Eat immediately or refrigerate for later.
Notes
This recipe is: no bake, high protein, gluten free!


Healthy Recipes For Weight Loss


Silky Mango Smoothie


  • 1/4 cup mango cubes
  • 1/4 cup avocado
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Get More Delicious Detox Smoothies

I am so excited about this recipe.  I have a freezer full of blueberries and I am always looking for cool recipes.


I plan to use  plain greek yogurt and stir in a little Stevia before coating the berries.

Ranch Chicken


4  (4 oz.)skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup fat free sour cream
1 cup cornflakes, crushed
1 packet of dry Ranch Dressing mix

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-fat cooking spray.

In a large Ziploc bag, put the crushed cornflakes and Ranch Dressing mix.  Set aside.  Salt and pepper the chicken to taste.  Coat both sides of each chicken breast with sour cream. One by one, put coated chicken in the bag of seasoned cornflakes and gently shake until well coated.  Put chicken in the baking dish and lightly spray some cooking spray on top of the coated chicken.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Source: Nana's Recipe Box  

 Orange Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Servings: 4-6
Ingredients:

Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • optional sweetener like sugar, honey, agave, etc.
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger

Stir-fry:

  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 pound chicken tender cut into cubes
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 cup medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cups chopped vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, celery, mushroom, snap peas, etc.

Directions:

  1. Blend all the ingredients for the sauce in a blender or food processor for 10 seconds.
  2. Taste the sauce and add your choice of sweetener to your liking.
  3. Blend again for a few more seconds.
  4. Heat the sauce in a large skillet on medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Carefully transfer the sauce to a heat proof bowl.
  5. Rinse the skillet clean.
  6. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  7. Add the corn starch and massage the chicken with your hands.
  8. If using fresh broccoli or green beans, boil the broccoli for 3-5 minutes until soft enough to pierce with a fork yet firm.
  9. Transfer the vegetables to a plate lined with a paper towel.
  10. Wipe down the skillet until dry.
  11. Heat approximately 1 tablespoon of oil in the skillet on medium-high heat.
  12. Cook the onion and chicken until the chicken is cooked through, approximately 3-4 minutes.
  13. Add the remaining vegetables and stir-fry them together for 2 minutes.
  14. Slowly add a few tablespoons of sauce while stirring the vegetables and chicken.
  15. Continue to add the sauce a few tablespoons at a time, allowing about 15 seconds between each addition to allow sauce to slightly cook down.
  16. Spoon the stir-fry over a bowl of hot rice. Serve immediately.

Cauliflower and Broccoli in Creamy gravy. Gobi Broccoli Makhani. 
Allergy Information: Free of Dairy, egg, corn, soy, gluten, grain. Can be made nut-free

Serves 2-4
Ingredients:
1/2 head of cauliflower
1.5-2 cups broccoli florets
1/2 Recipe Makhani Gravy(step by step recipe)
1/2 cup peas
salt to taste

Method:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
Add a teaspoon of salt. Chop the cauliflower and Broccoli into small/medium florets.
Add cauliflower to the pot and blanch for 3-4 minutes. Remove cauliflower and add broccoli and blanch for 5-6 minutes. 
Prepare the gravy till the step where the onion, tomatoes, coconut milk and cashew mixture is blended into a smooth puree. 
In a large pan, add the blended gravy, blanched cauliflower, broccoli and peas. 
Mix well and cook on low heat for 10-15 minutes.
Taste and adjust salt and spice. Top with cilantro and serve with hot Naan flat bread or Quinoa or rice. 
Source: 15 More Organic Recipes

Banana Nut Bread with Nut Topping

I made this banana nut bread for my sweet husband.  He is my taste tester and he takes his job very seriously.  I had 3 banana nut bread recipes and I picked what I liked from each of them.  Then I added the brown sugar nut topping.  It is a easy banana nut bread recipe. 

 Ingredients:
  • 1 Stick of softened butter
  • 3/4 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 large bananas mashed
  • 2 cups of Jiffy Baking Mix
  • 1/4 cups chopped pecans
Topping
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 T. brown sugar


Cream butter, granulated sugar
Add the eggs and bananas and mix well
Add the Jiffy mix and continue mixing
Fold in the nuts
Put in a loaf pan prepared with cooking spray
Top with the nuts & brown sugar (mix together)
Bake 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes


This is a moist  and delicious banana nut bread that won't stick around long.


 

Healthy Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

This Healthy Chicken Stir Fry Recipe is full of healthy vegetables and is delicious.  


Here is how I make mine:
  • 2 chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups frozen veggies (large cuts)
  • 1 large onion (slice and cut slices cut in half)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 small bag baby spinach leaves (or frozen)
  • *dry italian dressing as a seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
Saute onions and set aside in a dish
Cook Spinach until wilted, add to dish with onions
Cook vegetables but don't over cook (you may need a little more oil)
add to dish with onions and spinach.
Add Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to chicken and cook until done.

I cook my vegetables like this so I can control the texture of them.  I have never liked liked throwing everything together in a pan and cooking.  I like my veggies to have a little crunch to them.

 You can also replace chicken with shrimp to make a delicious Shrimp stir fry.
 * I use Italian dressing in packets as a seasoning for alot of dishes.  I empty the packet in a labeled container so it is always handy.
 

Smoothie Recipes

                              Sparkling Strawberry Lime Smoothie
  • 1 cup       Frozen strawberries (unsweetened)
  • Splash     Of lime juice
  • 1/2 cup     Low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 tbs        Sweetener of choice
  • 8-10        Ice cubes (may use less/more for desired          consistency)
  • 1/2-3/4 c Lime flavored sparkling water (or diet 7 up)
 
 Optional    2 tbs Cool Whip to make creamier, Lime or strawberry to garnish, Pinch of guar or xanthan gum to thicken, 1-2 Scoops vanilla or plain protein powder
  • 1 Or vanilla yogurt, however,  try cottage cheese,it balances the sweet/salty flavors and it tastes great. It is also high in protein.
  • 2 Or to taste - use less if using diet soda that is already sweetened

Place the strawberries, lime juice, cottage cheese (or yogurt), and sweetener in blender. Note: If using Cool Whip add it to the blender during this step!

  •  Add the ice, followed by the sparkling water (or diet soda). Blend until smooth.
  •  Pour into a large glass, garnish with whip cream or a wedge of lime.

  Nutrition Breakdown                                         

1 Serving
130 Calories Per Serving
1 g Fat
24 g Carbohydrate
5 g Fiber
13 g Sugar
15 g Protein
2 WWP+*
*Weight Watchers Points per serving

  Source: Dashing Dish

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

 

 Ingredients

  • 10 ounces  skim milk or plain soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon  natural peanut butter
  • 1 medium banana

Directions

Make it:
1. In a blender, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Use 6 ice cubes for a thicker consistency.
 Nutrition facts: 303 calories, 9g fat, 45g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 16g protein
source: Fitness Magazine
 

Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe


I've used this simple banana pudding recipe for years and no one can believe it is a sugar free dessert. I use store brand products and the taste is as good as the brand name products.
 I have never liked the old fashioned banana pudding that you cook. Here  is how I make this diabetic friendly dessert:

Ingredients for Easy Banana Pudding:
  • Box Vanilla Wafers (you won't need the whole box)
  • 2 Boxes Sugar Free Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 4 or 5 Ripe Bananas
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip (light)
  • 3 Cups 2% Milk
Instructions:

  1. Line the bottom of a dish with vanilla wafers
  2. Cut thin Slices of Banana on top of the crackers
  3. Mix 2 boxes of pudding mix with 3 cups of milk (Use a whisk to blend)
  4. Add Cool Whip and blend
  5. Pour half of the pudding on top of wafers and bananas
  6.  Repeat the layers
  7. Crush a vanilla wafer or 2 and decorate the top with crumbs  
 I always let the pudding stay in the fridge overnight.  I know it's hard on the family, but the flavor is so much better the next day.
  I get requests for this banana pudding all the time.  People that don't  do sugar free anything don't have a clue they are eating Sugar Free Banana Pudding.

Valentine Cake Recipe with Surprise Hearts Inside

What a beautiful Valentine's Cake!  Can you image the reaction when you cut this loaf cake on Valentine's Day? You are greeted by two pink hearts hiding in the center of the cake.This simple cake recipe uses 2 boxes of pound cake mix.You can get the Valentine Cake recipe for this heart cake at Very Culinary.  She has a tutorial with pictures which makes it easy to follow. Love this Idea!!

Amazing 4 Ingredient Blonde Brownie Recipe



These 4 ingredients can make a pan of brownies that are Guaranteed Man Pleasers. I sent a container with my husband on a hunting trip this winter and he said all of his hunting buddies wanted the recipe.  They are simple and fast but no one has to know.  Here is the recipe:  

                                      Amazing Blonde Brownies

 
  •  2 Cups Bisquick or Jiffy Baking Mix
  •  2 Cups Brown Sugar
  •  4 Eggs
  •  4 Cups Chopped Nuts
                                        
                                                                
Put the Baking Mix, brown sugar, and eggs in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer (about 2 or 3 minutes).  Stir in the chopped nuts.

 Pour in a 9x12 baking pan that has been sprayed with Pam.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and here are the brownies.  I cooked mine 5 minutes too long.  They should be golden brown, but I honestly don't think anyone noticed.



Southwestern Chicken, Black Bean and Corn Salad Recipe

                   
                                 
                                          
 My Friend Jennifer made this Southwestern salad for her family last night and sent me a picture of it.  She did a great job on this dish.  I ran out today and got the ingredients for it.  Can't wait to try this.  It is a beautiful dish and healthy too.  I plan to serve this the next time we have company.


                             Chicken,Black Bean and Corn Salad Recipe                                   
  •  Cut Corn from 3 Cobs
  • 1 Can Black Beans drained & Rinsed
  • Half small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 T. Minced Garlic
  • Juice of 1 Lime
                Mix and Refrigerate                             
     
 Stir fry chicken breast in garlic, cumin, & chipotle chili peppers Line a salad dish with lettuce, add chicken and veggies. Top  black olives, tomatoes, tortilla strips. Serve with chipotle dressing, ranch, or your favorite dressing.

Healthy Mug Cake In Your Microwave

Here is a healthy alternative for cake.  To make this delicious cake mix 1 box of Angel Food Cake mix and 1 box of cake mix of your choice.  Store in a container.  When you have a snack attack follow these instructions

3 Tablespoons of cake mix 
2 Tablespoons Water
1 Minute in the Microwave

Talk about portion control...this cake has it all          


 

Healthy Muffins and Free Printable Recipe Card



My Friend Jenifer Yates made these lowfat muffins and sent our family some of them.  They were delicious so I got her recipe for them. I have stayed away from sugar for 5 months now and was concerned about the sugar in the recipe.  She used Splenda in the place of sugar. It was so good to hold a muffin in my hands again.

                         Muffin Recipe Card



Chicken Taco Soup Recipes (Traditional and Healthy Version)


While I was visiting my niece Debbie recently, she made this delicious Chicken Taco Soup.  I ate it for breakfast the next morning...it was that good.

   Debbie's Chicken Taco Soup Recipe

  • I Large can black beans (or 2 small)
  • 2 cans of whole kernel corn
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • Chicken broth
  • Taco Seasoning
  • 2 cans Rotel
  • Shredded Chicken (cook and shred)
  • 4-6 ounces cubed Velveeta cheese

Cook Chicken Breasts and use 2 forks to shred.  In a large pot or crock add  the chicken broth and other ingredients, plus the shredded chicken.  Simmer on low until thick.

 
 When I got home I wanted to enjoy this wonderful soup so I made a slimmed down version.  I couldn't tell any  difference except I didn't feel guilty for eating this soup.

  Healthy Chicken Taco Soup

I Large can black beans (or 2 small)
1 can of whole kernel corn
1 can of Cream Style corn
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can Nacho Cheese Soup 
Chicken broth(Sodium Free granulated)
Taco Seasoning( I use 1/2 packet)
2 cans Rotel
Shredded Chicken (cooked)

Use the same cooking instructions.  The cream style corn gives the soup the same body as the Velveeta cheese and the nacho cheese soup gives it the rich cheese flavor.  Breakfast is Served!!

How to Cheat at Making Pumpkin Tarts

Photo: Party Pinching



I love this idea for those busy times you want something homemade but simply don't have the time.  The shells are store bought and so is the filling.  Buy a pumpkin or sweet potato pie and scoop out the filling and put into the tart shells.  Add a fancy topping and you look homemade.

Spider Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo: Hungry Happenings
I am on a creepy Halloween food roll. I love these spider cookies and they are so easy to make. Learn How to Make Spider Cookies. My daughter loves chocolate chip cookies, it's her favorite guilty pleasure.  I can't wait to present these to her on Halloween.  Can't you image the reaction to your guests when you serve up these gross cookies. This site is full of fun ideas for Halloween Food.

Monster Blood and Guts Halloween Dessert

Love this idea for a really eye catching dessert for Halloween.  This sweet treat is made from Cinnabon cinnamon rolls and raspberry jam.  Get Directions Here for these incredible treats.  They are easy to make and take no time at all.

Cute Christmas Reindeer Goodies


Melt almond bark, and dip nutter butter cookies. add edible eyes or make them with white and black icing.Use a red m&m for the nose.  Before the chocolate dries add  broken pretzels.  Idea from Munchkin Munchies

Bake cupcakes  and frost.
Use pretzel for antlers.  You can also break them
Use a Vanilla Wafer for the face,
White white candy for the the eyes or make from icing.
Use red candies for the nose  or Chocolate balls
Photo: With Sprinkles on Top

Reindeer Candy Bars are made by covering a candy bar with a plain wrapper and cutting out red noses, antlers, and gluing wiggle eyes.  Photo: Kerry's Paper Crafts.

Use a roll of sugar cookies found in the dairy section. Cut sugar cookies into triangles and bake.  Frost triangles with chocolate and decorate with pretzels and round candies.  Photo: All you.
More Christmas Ideas




Ice Cream Sandwiches 4th of July Treat for Kids

Love this easy idea for the 4th of July festivities.   Kids will love  putting  red, white and blue sprinkles on Ice cream sandwiches.  Use a dish with sprinkles and put the ice cream side into the dish.  Cover all sides and stick a ice cream stick in the end.  Add fun and colorful cupcake liners.  For less sprinkles add them to sandwiches by sprinkling on the sides.

 





Recipe from spoonful.com

Fun Cheese Dipoma Graduation Snacks

Here is a cool idea for graduation parties.  This photo and cheese diploma is from Family Fun.

  • Sandwich Meat (1 slice per diploma)
  • Sliced cheese (Swiss or provolone work best)
  • Scallions
  • Red, orange, and green bell pepper (optional)
Instructions
  1. For each diploma, stack a slice of sandwich meat on a slice of cheese.
  2. Roll them up and tie each diploma with a scallion.
  3. For a festive presentation, jazz up the plate with chopped pepper confetti.

Fake Daiquari Recipe for Kids

Sweet Strawberry daiquiri just for kids.  Let them join the 4th of July holiday festivities with these fun summer drinks

Ingredients:

  • 6 ice cubes
  • 16 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen concentrated limeade
  • 1/2 cup water
 
Crush the ice cubes in a blender and then add the strawberries, limeade and water.  Pulse, pour into a decorative glass,  Add a sliced strawberry on the rim, and a straw and let the fun begin. When my kids were young I would buy the bottled mixes to make summer drinks.  This is a money saving recipe and much healthier.


**photo by acidman

Personal Size Lasagne Cupcakes

How clever is this is....personal size lasagne.  I've had puff pastry in my freezer for months.  I keep looking at the box and thinking, what can I make with you. 
 There are a lot of easy, fast recipes at Tablespoon.Com.  I love easy recipes with few ingredients.  Nothing turns me off faster than a list of 20 ingredients, or even 10 ingredients.  If you are like me, you want easy and you want it fast.  Check out the website for the recipe.  I can't wait to try it.  We just had homemade lasagna yesterday.  These would be great for a potluck dinner.  I can't see a single one of them coming back home....lol