Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sweet Cheese Ball

Do you have a traditional cheese ball during your family holidays?  If so, try making this healthier recipe to save on calories, fat, and sodium! Trust me, your family won't be able to tell the difference!

Nutrition Facts:
Servings: 32
Serving Size: 2 Tbsp
Calories: 80
Fat: 5 g
Sodium: 70 mg

16 oz. package fat-free cream cheese, softened
1 tsp seasoned salt
2 Tbsp finely chopped onions
1 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, seasoned salt, and onion.  Stir in the cheddar cheese, dates, cranberries, and pecans, mixing well.
Mold into a ball and refrigerate until serving.

Complete the meal by serving it with whole-wheat crackers or a snowman veggie tray!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake

Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 290
Sodium: 379 mg

cooking spray
1/2 cup crushed graham crackers crumbs
1 Tbsp light butter, softened
8 oz package fat-free cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
6 oz. fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
2 large egg whites
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp All-Purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar-free strawberry jam

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat an 8 inch square baking pan with non-stick spray.
Mix together graham cracker crumbs and butter with a fork until evenly moistened. Press evenly into bottom of prepared pan.
Gently beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth using an electric mixer.  Gradually beat in fat-free Greek yogurt, egg whites, lemon juice, and flour.  Do not over beat. Pour over graham cracker crust.
Stir jam until smooth.  Drop by small spoonfuls over surface of filling.  Using a knife, swirl jam gently through filling to create a marble effect.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until center is almost set.  Cool to room temperature.  Chill in the refrigerator.