May 26

Simple Guacamole Recipe

avocado lime and gluten free chips

Submitted by: Jessica Flatley

I love guacamole but I don’t need the onions, tomatoes, jalapenos and cilantro when avocado tastes so good on its own! Pair that with my favorite flavor – citrus – for a fabulous mini-meal comprised of two superfoods. Avocado has more potassium than a banana with much less sugar, so whip up this 3 ingredient recipe in only 5 minutes when you need a satisfying snack. I always serve this avocado and lime dish at events, parties and especially for Sunday game day and the Superbowl. Don’t forget the gluten free chips or veggie crudite for dipping! Read the rest of this entry »

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May 26

123 Berry Cobbler

3 ing cobbler fix

Three ingredients and three steps to a delicious berry cobbler. You can use any of your favorite fruit you like. I used blueberries and strawberries. This is so easy and always a huge hit. It’s great when you need a quick dessert on hand.

Nutrition:  calories 157.8, fat  1.6 g, carbs 34 g, fiber 1.3 g, sugars 198.1 g, sodium 233 mg, protein 1.2 g, Weight Watchers PointsPlus® 4

 

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May 22

Banana Almond Ice Cream

Banana Nut Ice Cream

Submitted by: Jessica Flatley

I have fond memories of waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for Al the ice cream man to drive down my block. Ice cream. Italian ice. Snow cones. Happiness. When I was 7, my mom mandated that I could only have lemon Italian ice after a very messy snow cone incident. Maybe I should thank her for my love of lemons and thereby my blog name?

I still love ice cream and sorbet to this day, but they are ridden with unfriendly ingredients – sugar and heavy dairy. But never fear, a healthy (and incredibly delicious and nutritious) alternative is here! There are two quick and easy versions of this banana ice cream recipe. One for chocolate lovers and one for those who enjoy the peanut butter and banana taste on its own. Kids (or your significant other) will love this and won’t even know it is healthy!

 

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May 22

Luscious Multi-Layer Mud Pie

Luscious but Skinny Multi-Layer Mud Pie

 

Here is a recipe that I just thought of while putting things away in my new Skinny Sweets Daily pantry. We recently moved to a new house and there has been a lot of construction going on while we are living here. It can be very messy and a bit stressful. I had to put my dessert making on hold for a while. I was able to put together quick dinners for my family but it wasn’t easy to create my dessert recipes. I was getting so antsy that I asked the contractor to please finish the kitchen ASAP so I can start cooking with a full kitchen as well as getting my Skinny Sweets Daily recipes on their way to you. He was so accommodating and finished in record time and I must say, I am so happy with the way my new kitchen came out along with the rest of the house.

I wanted to make something special for the great team that was here and at the same time get their honest opinion of this recipe. So I guess this recipe is dedicated to our great contractor John and his co- workers, Michael, Danny and Marco. Oh and by the way, they loved the pie. Since they finished the whole thing, I had to make another one for my family and they loved it just as much. I hope you give this one a try. It really is luscious and decadent with a little bit of messy thrown in. LOL!

Nutrition:  calories 210.1, fat 6.2 g, carbs 33.1 g, fiber .5 g, sugars 17.4 g, sodium 398 mg, protein 4.1 g, Weight Watcher PointsPlus® 6

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May 21

Gluten Free Cinnamon Crumb Cake Bars

Skinny Gluten Free Cinnamon Crumb Cake Bars

 

Years ago when I lived in Atlanta, there was this great deli in my neighborhood. They sold these delicious mini crumb cakes wrapped individually. My neighbor and I used to go on Sundays to get our coffee and a mini crumb cake. I was just thinking of how I can recreate those cakes  by cutting the fat and calories but still having the rich and buttery taste. I came across a recipe from Betty Crocker’s website and I took a little of that recipe and went with it. Theirs sounded incredibly delicious, but I had to put my skinny spin on them.  I used one of their mixes, the Gluten Free cake mix (which is fabulous)  So here is my newest recipe that happens to be gluten free and from all the thumbs up from my family a real winner.

Nutrition: calories 134.3, fat 3.4 g, carbs 26 g, fiber 1.2 g, sugars 12.6 g, sodium 170.7 mg, protein 1.3 g, Weight Watcher PointsPlus® 4

 

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May 21

How to Remove Garlic Smell from Your Hands after Chopping

garlic fix
Garlic has a very potent smell. It’s wonderful for cooking but after, when it’s on your hands. Not so much. Here are a few ways to remove the smell. Hopefully one or all will work for you.

 

  1. Stainless Steel. May people swear by this old trick. After you are finished chopping the garlic, rinse your hands off in cool water. Then rub your fingers over something made of stainless steel. Like your kitchen faucet or a spoon. Then wash your hands with warm soapy water.
  2. Try baking soda and salt. Mix the two and rub into your hands and fingers. Then wash with warm soapy water.
  3. Lemon and salt method, Rub your hands together with a little salt and a cut lemon. Be careful with this method. If you have any cuts on your hands or fingers, ouch! Then wash with warm soapy water.
  4. Coffee has such a strong aroma, take a handful of ground coffee either instant or regular, wet your hands and give yourself a nice hand treatment at the same time. Then, you know the drill, wash with warm soapy water.
  5. One more way that may work, taking toothpaste or mouthwash and rub between your hands. Then rinse with warm water.

 

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May 21

Skinny Watermelon Cupcakes

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Well, it’s the end of summer. I wanted to post a recipe that will always make you feel like it’s still summer anytime of year. These pretty watermelon cupcakes are easy to make and fun for the kids to decorate. On to the fall….

Nutrition:  calories 181.1, fat 4 g, carbs 35.4 g, fiber .1 g, sugars 21.8 g, sodium 294.4 mg, protein 1.4, Weight Watcher PointsPlus® 5

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May 21

Individual Clean Eating, Grain Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cakes

 

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With only a few ingredients, you can have a decadent, fudgy cake that’s healthy and so delicious. You won’t believe how good these are!

 

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May 20

Crispy Cinnamon Wonton Wrappers

Crispy Cinnamon Wonton Wrappers

 

These wontons are a great treat for when you’re craving something crunchy or sweet ‘n salty. They are super easy to make and can be baked in less than 10 minutes. If you have any extra wonton wrappers, you can freeze them for next time.

Nutrition: 1 serving – calories 194, fat 1.8, carbs. 37, fiber 2.2, protein 6.2, Weight Watchers points 5

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May 20

Fennel and Grapefruit Salad

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Submitted By: Veronica Gantley

With all the sweets I consumed last month, I thought I would enjoy and share a recipe that is a bit more healthy.

 

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