Monday, April 21, 2014

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

I had intentions of working on this recipe for the past month, simultaneously it seems a few other bloggers had the same idea.  Thus over the past month a numerous amount of other chia pudding recipes have emerged on the web.

My original idea was just chocolate chia pudding, but after the emergence of the other recipes I knew I needed to add something different.  I haven't yet seen a recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Pudding so hopefully I have still created something originally.  I am a huge fan of using powdered peanut butter such as PB2 by Bell Plantation to add peanut butter flavoring to recipes without adding the fat.  Check out PB2 in a few other recipes such as Peanut Butter and Jelly Oat Pancakes and PB Chocolate Oatmeal Bakes.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Eggcellent Friday + LIVESTRONG Easter Candy Tips

Happy Good Friday to all!  I couldn't be more excited its Friday!  What a busy week at work it has been, which is why I haven't made it to the blog lately.  Unfortunately its a gloomy, rainy Friday here in the ATL...  Lets hope it clears up for the weekend.

Given its Easter weekend I wanted to share some of my favorite egg-related posts with you all.  Actually one of my very first blog posts was titled "Are eggs Egg-cellent?".
Here are some other goodies:

For some other exciting news...I was quoted in a recent article for titled The Best and Worse of Easter Candy!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Egg & Hash Brown Breakfast Bowl

One of my absolute favorite brunch places here in Atlanta serves a breakfast skillet with hash browns, eggs, cheese, and avocado.  For those of you not familiar with skillets, they are a dish that is prepared and served in a skillet with a combination of types of ingredients.  The breakfast skillet is one of our favorite items on the menu.

I have been thinking about recreating a slightly healthier version of this menu item for months.  I finally came upon the decision to ditch the skillet and just create a bowl type dish with similar ingredients.  To lesson the amount of carbs I reduced the amount of hash browns.  For a lower fat dish I substituted some of the whole eggs with egg whites (not to worry I kept one whole egg).  To add some flavor I sauteed some onions and bell peppers before scrambling the eggs.  You could also add spinach or tomatoes during this process.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Egg Greek Yogurt Cheese Dip

Better late than never.  I have a few super cute ideas for fun Easter themed recipes, but haven't gotten the chance to spend some time in the kitchen lately. Guess you will have to wait until next year for most of them!  I did finally have a few moments this rainy weekend to work on one of my ideas.

The inspiration for this recipe came from another recipe I saw on Pinterest (what else offers so much creativity).  I came across a recipe for a cheese dip shaped in a carrot and colored orange (with shredded cheese).  Instantly I knew I needed to recreate this in a healthier version in the shape of an Easter egg.

To lower the calories and fat content I used 0% fat Greek yogurt and low fat shredded cheese in the recipe.  Fresh peppers and onions were mixed in with Worcestershire sauce.  The combined ingredients create a delicious fresh appetizer.   Perfect to serve with your favorite whole wheat or lower calorie crackers.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Peanut Butter and Jelly Oat Pancakes

Having time for recipe creation and blogging seems to be more and more difficult these days. Fortunately I have a few recipes in the reserves for when there is no time for recipe creation.  This is another one from the reserves that I have been working on for some time.

I absolutely love pancakes - if I could eat them for every meal I would!  Some of my favorite previous pancake recipes are Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Oat Pancakes and Flourless Pumpkin Oat Pancakes.  I see a common theme...oats!

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