Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Healthy Mother's Day Eat!

Happy Mother's Day!
They're the women that do it all!
They're your biggest supporter, harshest critic, and teacher of  the best life lessons.
This year for Mother's Day I wanted to do something special and somewhat out of the ordinary.  My mom loves anything handmade and just like me, appreciates the value of healthy eating.  I could not think of a better way to incorporate those two things than making my own version of an Edible Arrangement.  My sister and I were so excited putting it together and my mom loved it!  We ate nearly half of the arrangement for a Mother's Day Breakfast and snacked on the rest throughout the day.   It was a perfect way to enjoy a guilt-free Mother's Day especially as we are all preparing to leave for the Miss United States pageant this July.

Here are a few pictures of our creation!

1 bag of Stick Kabobs
1 Pineapple
1 package of Grapes
1 package of Strawberries
1/2 Cantaloupe
1 head of cabbage of lettuce to stick the kabobs in

Cost Breakdown: $12

Friday, May 9, 2014

Gluten Free Pizza Crust!

Servings: 1
Calories: 350
*calories, fat, and sodium content vary on your choice of toppings
*this is calculated with spinach leaves, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms

2-3 Medium Sweet Potatoes (1 cup of mashed sweet potatoes)
1 Cup Almond Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Pizza Sauce
1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
Your favorite pizza toppings

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Boil a large pot of water.
Peel and cut sweet potatoes into quarters.  Add potatoes to boiling water, turn down to simmer, and boil for 20 minutes or until easily pierced with a knife.
Drain potatoes from water and mash in a large bowl.
Add one cup of sweet potato mash, almond flour, baking soda, Italian seasoning, and salt to a large bowl.  Knead well, until the mixture resembles a ball of pizza dough.
Line a baking sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper.  Press dough to a large circle (1/2 thick)
Bake in oven 15-20 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.
Remove pizza from oven, add sauce, cheese, and toppings and broil for 3-5 minutes (until cheese melts)

Slice it up and enjoy!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Fresh and Crisp Fruit Salad

Servings: 6
Calories per serving: 120
Fat per serving: 2 grams
Sodium per serving: 55 mg

1 Red Apple
1 Pear
1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
1 Cup Seedless Grapes, Halved
1/2 Cup Raisins
1 Container (6 oz) low fat, sugar free vanilla yogurt
2 Tablespoons low fat mayonnaise-type salad dressing

Chop apple and pear (leave skin on).  Add to large serving bowl and toss with lemon juice.
Add grapes and raisins to bowl.
Combine yogurt and salad dressing in a small bowl and spread over fruit.
Stir to combine. Refrigerate. Best eaten the day it is prepared.

More Ideas! 
Looking for a main dish? Add chicken chunks, tuna, or salmon.
Use dried cranberries or cherries instead of raisins
Add 1/2 cup celery, chopped
Add 1/4 cup walnuts or almonds, chopped