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Frozen Fruit … The "Other" Dessert



One of my very favorite low calories snacks is frozen, Cuties, Halos, Clementine’s, Tangerines, or whatever you want to call them. They are delicious. I remove the peel, separate the segments, place them on a cookie sheet or a jelly roll pan, and stick them in the freezer. Once the segments are frozen place them in a large zip bag and return to the freezer. In my freezer they are frozen in about an hour.

I like to call this a grab and go snack! I keep a stack of Dixie Cups next to the freezer and when I am craving something bad for me I grab a cup, and fill it up with fruit segments.

This is a super delicious snack that if you didn’t know better makes you think you are eating something bad for you when in fact you are eating something super healthy.


Quick, easy, delicious, sweet, frozen, and low calorie! They even make a great side to go along with your lunch!

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Cheesy Ham Cakes (88 Calories each)

I have been trying to find alternatives to using bread for lunches and snacks. My go to has been to substitute rice cakes in place of bread. 2 rice cakes are 80 calories verses 120 calories for two slices of bread. I love rice cakes so that isn’t a big compromise for me. I also love ham and cheese sandwiches. 

Cheese can be killer in the calorie department so that’s rarely on my menu. In place of sliced cheese I have been using Laughing Cow cheese. My new favorite is the light Laughing Cow Swiss it’s not only low in calories but it’s delicious, generous and super creamy. This isn’t just a lunch go to for me, but it makes an excellent satisfying snack.

Ingredients:
  • 2 lightly salted rice cakes
  • 2 slices of ham per cake (I use Land O’ Frost Brown Sugar Ham)
  • 1 Laughing Cow Swiss

Directions:

  1. Spread half of the cheese on each rice cake, then top with ham. It’s great to even stick it in the toaster oven for a few minutes. Yummy!

Number of Servings: 2 cakes

    Nutritional Information:

    • 88 calories per serving
    • 10 carbs 
    • 2 grams of fat 
    • 6 protein
    • 2 sugar
    *Nutritional information found on http://www.myfitnesspal.com this information will vary based on the products you use.*

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    Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole (239 Calories Per Serving)


    This recipe is excellent! I enjoyed it so much! Not only is the 239 calories per cup but its very filling. It tends to be very spicy, but an easy fix for that is to use mild Rotel instead of the hot or original. We ended up having it two different nights and two different ways. One night we ate it as a casserole, another night on flour tortillas with cheese and tomatoes, and I would like to use it a three time by rolling it in corn tortillas topping it was an enchilada sauce and cheese. I know that’s going to be excellent! It’s a very versatile recipe that goes a long way.  

    The original recipe is made a lot different than the way I made it, but I must stress that if you make it like the original recipe is made use instant rice or the rice doesn’t cook all the way through. That was a complaint that a lot of people had. By using the instant rice you won’t have that problem. Below is my version of the recipe using left over rotisserie chicken.


    Ingredients:

    • 1 can fat free cream mushroom soup
    • 1 can fat free cream chicken soup
    • 1 can water
    • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes with chilies
    • 1 1/2 cups brown instant rice (uncooked)
    • 12 ounces of deboned rotisserie chicken
    • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 1 tbsp. chili powder
    • 1 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. Oregano
    • 1 tsp. Cumin
    • 1 tsp. Paprika
    • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1/2 tsp. of pepper
    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350
    2. Spray with cooking spray a 13×9 in glass casserole dish
    3. In a medium size bowl whisk together soups, water and spices, Rotel, black beans chicken and rice then pour into the baking dish
    4. Cover with foil; bake 350 degrees 1 hour and 40 min.
    5. Remove foil, Sprinkled the top with cheese

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    Number of Servings: 8

    Nutritional Information:
    • 239 calories per serving
    • 31 carbs 
    • 7 grams of fat 
    • 17 protein
    • 2 sugar

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    Ice Cream Shop Fake Out (163 Calories)

    I am trying to teach not only myself but my family to eat lower calorie foods and also teach them that just because something is lower calorie doesn’t mean it isn’t good. You can still have a fun a delicious dessert without sacrificing your entire day and workout. We have all been craving something sweet and yummy but my husband and I don’t want to kill our entire diet by eating it. 

    By putting our heads together we have come up with a yummy ice cream shop fake out that’s only 163 calories each. Not only is it delicious, but it’s fun, and cute and a lot less calories than chocolate ice cream with cherries and whipped topping. It’s budget friendly and family friendly. I haven’t seen a kid yet that doesn’t devour it. Our family loves this dessert I hope your family will too!

    Ingredients:
    • 1 Ice Cream Cup or cone
    • 1 Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding Cup           
    • 3 tbsp.  Fat Free Cool-Whip (Frozen)
    • 1/3 cup Sugar Free Cherry Pie Filling
    • ½ tsp. Rainbow Sprinkles

    Directions:

    1. Crumb one ice cream cone or cup on a plate
    2. Top cone with cold sugar free chocolate pudding
    3. Top pudding with cold sugar free cherry pie filling
    4. Top pie filling with frozen whip topping
    5. Top whip topping with sprinkles.
    6. Enjoy your fake out!

    Nutritional Information:

    • Calories 163
    • Carbs 34
    • Fat 3
    • Protein 0
    • Sugar 9

    * Nutritional Information found on www.myfitnesspal.com*

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    Dr. Oz’s Belly-Blasting New Year’s Soup (86 Calories)


    My husband and I both loved this soup, but I must admit it was a little on the spicy side even for me. The chili powder is super strong in this recipe!  Next time I make this I would probably only add one tablespoon of chili powder. It can be a little chocking. If you don’t like spicy, then this is not a recipe for you unless you tweak it a bit. What I loved about this recipe is it’s filling, and it’s low in calories. 86 Calories per serving*
    Ingredients:
    Makes 4 1/2 cups Serves 6= ¾ cup each
    • 1 (14.5-oz) can of fire-roasted tomatoes with medium chilies (I used mild Rotel)
    • 1 (15-oz) can of chick peas (I used Great Northern less calories)
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth 
    • 2 tbsp. chili powder
    • 1/4 cup lime juice 
    • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

    Directions:

    1. Place tomatoes, chick peas and garlic with the broth and chili powder in large pot, and bring to a boil. 
    2. Lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. 
    3. Enjoy! (I added everything to the pot at one time and let it cook. Super simple, and fast!)

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    Chopped Greek Salad with Chicken (343 Calories)


    I liked the salad but I was not a fan of the dressing. If you are a huge fan of red wine vinegar then you will love the dressing. It was a little too overwhelming for me. Next time I make this I will just make the salad and use some bottled vinaigrette. Over all the salad is excellent and it’s low in calories you get 3 cups for 343 calories! 
    Ingredients:
    • 1/3 cup red-wine vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, or oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
    • 2 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken, (about 12 ounces; see Tip)
    • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
    • 1/2 cup sliced ripe black olives
    • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

    Directions:
    Whisk vinegar, oil, dill (or oregano), garlic powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, olives and feta; toss to coat.

    Calories Calculated on www.myfitnesspal.com

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    Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes (Low Calorie Options)


    We really enjoyed this meal. It was very filling and the taste was great. I left out the ground beef because I didn’t think it would add anything to the recipe, and it would save on the calories. It’s super easy and would be really easy to make ahead for a quick dinner. I would bet you could even make extras and freeze them for a quick meal. I ended up serving a 1/2 cup of cottage cheese on the side with these, but I couldn’t eat it!  Like I said they are very filling!

    Ingredients:
    • 4 medium russet potatoes
    • 8 ounces 90%-lean ground beef, (see Variation)
    • 1 cup broccoli florets, finely chopped
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, divided
    • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    • 3 scallions, sliced

    Directions:

    1. Pierce potatoes all over with a fork. Place in the microwave and cook on Medium, turning once or twice, until the potatoes are soft, about 20 minutes. (Or use the “potato setting” on your microwave and cook according to the manufacturer’s directions.)
    2. Meanwhile, brown meat in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Increase heat to high, add broccoli and water to the pan, cover, and cook until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the broccoli; add to the meat.
    3. Carefully cut off the top third of the cooked potatoes; reserve the tops for another use. Scoop out the insides into a medium bowl. Place the potato shells in a small baking dish. Add 1/2 cup Cheddar, sour cream, salt and pepper to the potato insides and mash with a fork or potato masher. Add scallions and the potato mixture to the broccoli and meat; stir to combine.
    4. Evenly divide the potato mixture among the potato shells and top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Microwave on High until the filling is hot and the cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes.

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