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Healthy Finger Foods for the Big Game Day- Tuesday, January 30, 2018

This weekend is Super Bowl Sunday and we thought you might like to try your hand at one or two of these healthier finger food recipes...

Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip

Serves 4   Prep time: 10 minutes    Total time: 10 minutes

Every party this weekend will likely have a guacamole dip set out and people will no doubt scarf it up. However, some of your guests may be trying very hard to stay on the diet that they started at the beginning of this month, and chances are they would love you for offering a healthier alternative. This healthy Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip is simple to make and is great for parties or snack time.


  • 1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • Pita chips, tortilla chips, cut up veggies-for serving


Place the yogurt, avocados, garlic, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, and cumin in a blender or food processor. Mix until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Scrape dip into a serving bowl and serve with pita chips, tortilla chips, or cut up veggies.


Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus

Serves 8   Prep time: 10 minutes   Cook time: 45 minutes

Talk about a healthy snack attack! This hummus pairs sweet potatoes, a great source of fiber and vitamin A, and chickpeas, which are high in protein and fiber. Serve it with whole-wheat pita chips...and cross your fingers that there will be leftovers for sandwiches and wraps.


  • 2 large sweet potatoes (or 2 cups mashed sweet potato)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap each sweet potato with foil. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until tender. Peel sweet potatoes, set aside. In a large food processor (or blender), puree garlic cloves and chickpeas. Add tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, brown sugar, and spices. Puree until smooth. Then add sweet potatoes and puree until completely combined. Serve immediately with pita chips or store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve.


Shrimp Ceviche Verde

Prep time: 10 min.   Cook time: 0 min.

This recipe requires no cooking on your part; the acid in the lime juice does all the work. Your guests will rave about this one and ask for the recipe.

  • 1 Lb. fresh, uncooked. shrimp, medium-to-small size, peeled and deveined.
  • 4 fl. oz. fresh. lime juice
  • 1/4 lb. fresh. tomatillos, husked, rinsed and roughly chopped.
  • 1 Cup fresh cilantro (loosely packed), thick bottom stems cut off.
  • salt
  • 1 Serrano chilies, stemmed, seeded and very finely chopped.
  • 1/2 habanero peppers, stemmed seeded and very finely chopped.
  • 3 Tbsp finely chopped. chives
  • 1 avocadoes, pitted, flesh scooped from skin and cut into small cubes.


Cut the shrimp into bite-size pieces and scoop into a serving bowl. In a blender, combine the lime juice, tomatillos, cilantro and 3/4 normal tsp salt. Blend until slushy looking, but not completely smooth. Stir into the shrimp and refrigerate 30 minutes. Just before serving, stir in the two chilies, chives and avocado. Taste and season with more salt if you think necessary.


Fun to make after school snacks – Banana Sushi and Banana Rollups.- Tuesday, August 8, 2017

It’s back-to-school time and that means lots of changes in daily habits; and often, some unwanted stress for parents and kids alike. Here are two fun ways to give the kids an after school snack that they will look forward to and can also have fun making themselves with just a little adult supervision.

Banana Sushi

Serves 1 Prep Time: 10 mins Total Time: 10 mins


• 1 medium banana

• 1 tablespoon nut butter (any kind will work!)

• optional toppings: chopped nuts, chia seeds, shredded coconut


Peel banana and then spread on 1 tablespoon of nut butter. Sprinkle on optional toppings and press them lightly into the nut butter to ensure they will stick. Using a sharp knife, evenly slice banana into “sushi” pieces. Enjoy right away or transfer onto a baking sheet and freeze for later!

Banana Roll-Ups

Serves 4 Prep Time: 10 mins  Total Time: 10 minutes


• 2 (7 to 8-inch) soft flour tortillas

• 3 tablespoons peanut butter

• 2 tablespoons hot fudge ice cream topping or Nutella

• 2 bananas

• 2 teaspoons toasted wheat germ


Spread tortillas with peanut butter. Spread chocolate topping carefully over peanut butter. Place banana in center of each tortilla. (If bananas are very curved, make 2 cuts at intervals on inside edge to make them lay straight.) Sprinkle each with wheat germ. Roll up tortillas. Cut each in half diagonally.


Guilt-free, homemade popsicle recipes- Tuesday, July 5, 2016

When the temperatures are soaring, the preference for cooling foods skyrockets right along with them. If you think about it, that is quite possibly the greatest luxury of summer: Being able to have fun in the sun while simultaneously enjoying something flavorful, cold and satisfying to keep the heat at bay.

Now, most peoples' thoughts immediately jump to ice cream, frozen yogurt or custard when they think about summertime desserts or treats, but sometimes you just want to keep it simple and inexpensive...and there is something to be said for keeping things a bit healthier, too! Whether you have children or are simply looking to increase your own snacking options this summer without heaping on the fat, here are a few easy-to-make, low cost, and health-conscious popsicle recipes for you, and everyone else, to enjoy...

[Recipes courtesy of]

Required tools: Store-bought Popsicle Mold(s). For pint-sized/bite-sized versions of these pops, you can also use a standard ice tray.

Strawberry Basil Blast Pops

The benefits:
Just one pop provides half your daily dose of vitamin C.

Simmer 1/3 cup sugar + ¾ cup water in a small saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Add 4-6 thinly sliced basil leaves, simmer 1 minute and set aside. Blend 4 ½ cups hulled strawberries until smooth. Add the sugar mixture and blend until just combined. Pour mixture into popsicle molds, insert stick and freeze until solid.

Pina Colada Pops

The benefits:
Pineapple delivers bone-building manganese and wrinkle-fighting vitamin C.

Blend together 4 cups pineapple chunks (about 1 pineapple) + 1 cup canned coconut milk + ½ cup sweetened coconut flakes. Pour mixture into popsicle molds, insert stick and freeze until solid.

Raspberry Lemonade Pops

The benefits:
Raspberries are chock full of fiber to keep you from overeating later.

Blend together 1 pint raspberries (about 3 cups) + ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice + ½ cup sugar dissolved in 1 cup water. Pour mixture into popsicle molds, insert stick and freeze until solid.

Orange Creamsicle Pops

The benefits:
Non-fat Greek yogurt gives you 2 grams of protein per pop. (Substitute regular Greek yogurt for a richer flavor).

Blend together 1 cup frozen orange juice concentrate + 2 cups water + 1 cup 0% Greek yogurt + 3 tablespoons honey + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Pour mixture into popsicle molds, insert stick and freeze until solid.

Banana Fudgesicles

The benefits:
Delivers potassium and calcium for lower blood pressure and stronger bones.

Blend together 2 bananas + 2 cups skim milk + 1 packet chocolate pudding mix + ¼ cup cocoa powder. Pour mixture into popsicle molds, insert stick and freeze until solid.


More healthy options for snacking!- Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Party food is our theme this week, and our intention is to help you make the best of Game Day and Mardi Gras celebrations. Last week our blog listed a number of snack alternatives for those of you who are inclined to pursue healthier food options. Here are a few more ideas that are tasty, but not commonly found on the party scene.

Bananas are good for your heart and nerves: Bananas contain a high dose of potassium - an essential ingredient in keeping your heart and nervous system in good shape. Bananas are also one of the highest sources of naturally available vitamin B6, which helps the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy.

Ham and Jicama Wraps - 6 jicama or celery sticks, 3 slices of ham, and 1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard for dipping. (74 Calories).

Jicama is low in calories, high in fiber, and rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful water-soluble anti-oxidant that helps protect the body from harmful free radicals. Vitamin C offers protection from cancers, inflammation, and viral cough and cold. It also helps prevent damage to collagen, which causes skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles.

Bagel Topped with Ricotta and Strawberries - Half of a whole-grain bagel, 2 tablespoons fresh ricotta, 1/3 cup sliced strawberries, and 1 tsp honey or agave nectar (for drizzling). (148 Calories)

The phenols in strawberries fight against many inflammatory disorders, such as osteoarthritis, asthma and atherosclerosis, by inhibiting the enzyme cyclooxygenase in the same way that the drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen do. Strawberries, however, do not carry unwanted side effects like stomach and intestinal bleeding. One cup of strawberries also contains 21% of manganese, an essential nutrient that acts as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Manganese not only helps to fight the battle against free radicals and oxidative stress, but also lessens cellular inflammation - another cause of numerous cardiovascular diseases.

Whole-Grain Bread With Almond Butter and Peaches - 2 teaspoons almond butter and 1 slice toasted whole-grain bread. Top with 1/2 sliced peach. (135 Calories).

The number one health benefit of almond butter is that it is good for the heart. It is rich in monounsaturated fats, which are the type of fats that reduce levels of cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart ailments. In addition, almond butter will not do any damage to your blood sugar levels. In fact, it can even help control levels of blood sugar in your body by reducing the sudden increase in blood sugar and insulin which usually happens after you eat a carbohydrate-packed meal.


It’s time for the big game EVENT!- Tuesday, January 27, 2015

As has often been said, the Super Bowl long ago stopped being just a game and is now a bigger-than-life event. Many of my friends are trying hard to shed those 5 – 10 extra pounds we picked up over the holidays and going to a Super bowl party is not at all what the doctor ordered.  After doing a little research we discovered some useful tips to help you still have fun this Sunday without blowing your diet. We found this article (written by Rachel Sturtz) on the Fitness Magazine website:
Fattening snacks like buffalo wings, potato skins, and chips (and don't forget beer!) make Super Bowl parties a challenge when you're dieting. Here are a few healthy tips so you can enjoy the game without gaining a pound.
Kick off with fiber
Place mugs of turkey chili (use extra-lean ground meat) on the first table that guests see as they walk into the room. This filling snack will set the stage for a healthy evening.
Intercept fatty snacks
Put buffalo wings out of arm's reach. They're almost always cooked with the skin on, but you can slash fat and calories a bit by baking instead of frying.
Tackle cravings
Toss a 3-ounce package of microwave popcorn with 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes for a sweet-and-spicy snack with about 15 calories per handful.
Pass on big portions
It's easy to overdo chips and guacamole. Put 6 tablespoons of guac into ramekins with baskets of about 30 chips on side tables. This is the perfect amount for two people to share.
Take an alcohol time-out
Save calories by stocking an easily accessible cooler with non-booze beverages like diet soda and sparkling and bottled water. Leave the beer in the kitchen so you have to travel to get it.