Thursday, December 17, 2015

Things To Try Thursday

I think it's safe to say that the beginning of a new year on its way has most people 
at least thinking about the idea of eating healthier.

Here are three recipes that I discovered on Oxygen Magazine's website
that I want to try in the near future. Instead of baking unhealthy treats
during the next week, why not attempt to bake a few healthier versions
of treats! Let's get a jump on the new year and be ready to start 2016 on
the right foot.

- one -

Cookie Dough Bites

To avoid caving in to sugar cravings, I want to try these gooey Cookie Dough Bites.


1/2 cup quick oats 

1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter 

2 tsp vanilla extract 

2 squares dark chocolate 

1 tbsp honey 

1/4 cup liquid egg whites (pasteurized) 

1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk


Process all ingredients in a blender. 

Form dough into balls and place onto wax paper set on a plate. 

Set in the freezer for at least 1 hour.

--- Makes 15 "bites."

- two -

I absolutely love banana bread, and want to try this recipe that I found on
Oxygen's website. Oxygen Magazine is known for its clean eating recipes. so
I'd like to give this one a try soon.

Fat-Free Banana Loaf



3 egg whites
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup applesauce
3/4 cup Splenda

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup almonds, chopped or slivered (optional)


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. 

In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites, and add the remaining wet ingredients. 
Mix thoroughly. 

In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Then lightly blend all of the ingredients together, 
and pour the mixture into a loaf pan. 

Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out dry. 

Let the loaf stand in the pan for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.

- three -

Energy Muffins


2 cups egg whites

1 1/2 cups oats or 1 cup instant oatmeal or 11/2 cups quick oatmeal

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 cup 1% cottage cheese

1/2 cup whey protein powder

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

25 almonds

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp or pinch of salt

1 cup strawberries (see below for variations)


Pre-heat oven to 350 FF. Pour ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Mix in 
fruit by hand, if desired, or include in the blender. Pour into regular-sized stick-free muffin 
cups. Cook until toothpick comes out clean (about 40 minutes).

For Chocolate Banana muffins:
Substitute ½ cup sliced banana for the strawberries. Add 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder. 
Use chocolate flavored whey protein powder. Add ½ to 1 tsp banana extract for extra banana 

For Blueberry muffins:
Substitute 1 cup blueberries for the strawberries and 222 g unsweetened blueberry applesauce 
for the regular unsweetened applesauce.

For Apple Cinnamon muffins:
Substitute 2/3 cup diced apple for the strawberries. Add cinnamon.

For Raspberry muffins:
Substitute 2/3 cup raspberries for strawberries and 222 g country berry unsweetened applesauce 
for the regular unsweetened applesauce.

For Peach muffins:
Substitute 1 cup diced peaches for strawberries and 222 g mango-peach unsweetened applesauce 
for the regular unsweetened applesauce.

Nutrients per muffin 

(Makes 16 muffins): Calories: 120, Total Fat: 2 g, Sat. Fat: 0 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, 
Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 125 mg, Total Carbs: 17 g, Dietary Fiber: 3 g; Sugars: 3 g; 
Protein: 9 g

Is eating healthier on you list of "things to do" in 2016?

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