Food does not have to be tasteless; you can still enjoy the foods you love especially if you make them yourself!
Buffalo Chicken Tender Pizza
1 pound refrigerated fresh pizza dough
8 pieces whole grain chicken tenders made with white meat
1 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
¼ cup margarine
2 Tbsp. White Vinegar
½ cup low-sodium pasta sauce (I recommend a garlic or herb blend)
½ cup sliced or diced white onion
½ cup thinly diced celery
1 Tomato sliced or diced
¾ cup (3 ounces) pre-shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese or try an Italian blend
2 Tbsp. each of: Pepper, Garlic Powder, and Onion Powder
Preheat oven to 450°
While oven is heating, making the buffalo sauce:
Add 1 cup of Frank’s Red Hot sauce with ¼ cup butter or margarine on low heat. Dice the chicken tenders and add to the hot sauce. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and heat until boiling (taste for flavor-if too sweet, add more spice. Using a spoon, gently mix the chicken in the sauce-just coating it
Get the dough ready:
Place dough in a bowl coated with cooking spray; let dough stand, covered, for 15 minutes.Sprinkle a baking sheet with a little flour. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle on prepared baking sheet (use a rolling pin and press on the outside edges of the dough- starting from the middle may cause you to get a thin center and thick edges)
Spread sauce evenly over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border
Top the sauce with your onion, tomato, and celery
Next add the Buffalo Chicken Tenders to the top of the pizza
Sprinkle cheese over the pizza
Lastly, sprinkle the pepper, onion powder and garlic powder over the top
Bake at 450° on bottom oven rack for 15 minutes or until crust is golden.
Allow a few minutes to cool, slice up and enjoy!
Tip: Add broccoli, spinach, or peppers (or any other favorite veggies) to get more nutrition!
Add a salad packed with veggies as a side dish and you have a great healthy, low fat, low calorie meal, that takes about 20 minutes to make and costs less on your waist line and wallet than store bought pizza!
Short on time in the morning? Trying to follow a healthy diet and get good nutrition despite your busy schedule? Try this delicious, and quick breakfast idea:
1 Egg (or egg substitute)
1 slice fat-free or low fat cheese
1 whole wheat English muffin
1. In microwave safe bowl add egg or egg substitute, cover with a sheet of wax paper. Heat for 1 minute (note: you may need to stop and stir egg with a fork). Egg is done when it has formed a solid patty.
2. Toast English muffin in toaster oven while egg is cooking
3. Once the English muffin is toasted, add the egg patty, and slice of cheese (add a little mustard or butter the toast for flavor), add a dash of pepper
Grab a piece of fruit (banana, grapes, berries, apple, peach) and Go!
This is a great low calorie breakfast idea that will give you great protein, fiber, and energy to fuel your morning. No excuses, you can make this in 5 minutes!
Help keep your energy levels up by eating breakfast and then eating small, frequent meals every 3 hours. Aim to have some protein and carbohydrates at each snack and meal and drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Try one of these ideas for a high protein, energy packed small meal:
1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese on a slice of whole wheat toast or mixed into 1/2 cup high fiber cereal
1/4 cup tuna salad made with light mayo on whole wheat bread/whole wheat pita and a piece of fruit, or add tuna to a green leafy salad with your favorite veggies and balsamic vinaigrette
1/2 cup egg salad made with light mayo with whole grain crackers and carrot and celery sticks
4 oz sliced turkey and low fat cheese rolled up in a whole wheat tortilla with mustard, lettuce, onion, and tomato and a piece of fruit on the side
PB&J on whole wheat bread: Nuts are a great way to get added protein- add a piece of fruit or greek yogurt to complete this delicious meal
Choose a whole wheat bagel or multi-grain English muffin with 2 tablespoons peanut butter or light cream cheese and smoked salmon
Oatmeal made with low fat milk and a tablespoon of peanut butter mixed in (or try sliced almonds) with fresh berries or sliced banana
Having a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack helps you stay focused and energized, not to mention it helps prevent overeating when you get home from work.Try these delicious snacks to keep energy up all day:
Greek yogurt with 1/3c trail mix (dried fruit and nuts)
1/2c almonds with a string cheese and fruit
Peanut butter spread on an apple and a yogurt
Hummus with vegetable sticks/whole grain crackers and a string cheese
High fiber cereal (such as raisin bran, shredded wheat or grape nuts) with low fat milk and fruit
Low fat cottage cheese with sliced fruit
Try a fruit smoothie made with 1 cup fruit (try strawberries, banana, blueberries, or mango) 1 Tablespoon peanut butter, 3 Tablespoons Greek yogurt, skim or low fat milk, and 1 cup ice, blend and enjoy!
I hope these suggestions have been helpful, please let me know if I can help you further or if you have other questions. Good luck!
Berries are a delicious, low calorie, high fiber snack that contains many vitamins and minerals that are essential for your body’s healthy function. With such a variety of berries there is a type for everyone to enjoy- strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, and blackberries to name a few!
Health Benefits of Berries
Berries are a good source of antioxidants and offer a variety of health benefits.
Berries contain phytochemicals and flavonoids which have been shown to help prevent some types of cancer
Cranberries can help prevent bladder infections
Blueberries help promote healthy vision with the lutein they contain
Where can I get berries?
Summer is a great time to enjoy berries- they are in season and so taste very fresh! They are widely available during summer months:
Berries are typically less expensive at the supermarket since they are in sease
If you can’t afford to buy fresh berries look in the frozen food section and buy frozen berries (just avoid added sugar and/or syrups)
Local farmers markets are a great place to buy berries and get to know your farmers!
How can I eat more berries?
Simply start adding them to foods you already enjoy eating, or get creative with new healthy dessert ideas:
Add blueberries to cereal and oatmeal
Slice raspberries and strawberries into yogurt
Blueberry pancakes and muffins are always a hit!
Serve mixed berries (pick whichever combination you like) as dessert with a little low fat whip cream instead of sweets
Add some raspberries to your favorite white wine
Dress up a salad with raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries (add some walnuts to your salad to get more heart healthy omega-3 fatty acid)
Offer berries as a snack to your kids- get them involved with picking berries at a local farm or try growing some yourself!
Nutrition Information for berries:
1 cup of strawberries has only 54 calories and contains vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, folate and potassium
1 cup of blueberries has only 83 calories and contains vitamin C, minerals and phytochemicals
1 cup of raspberries has only about 64 calories and contains vitamin C and potassium
1 cup of cranberries has only 44 calories and contains vitamin C, minerals and phytochemicals
With so many reasons to eat berries, which is your favorite?
Many people confuse snacks with treats but they are very different!
Snacks should be eaten regularly to help you get in your daily nutrition
Treats are part of a healthy, well balanced diet but should be consumed less frequently than snacks- eaten in moderation
Ideally you should start each day with breakfast, then have a snack, eat lunch, have a snack, eat dinner, and have a snack.
Benefits of snacking
There are many nutrition and health related benefits associated with snacking. Snacking benefits adults as well as children. Some great benefits of snacking include:
Eat more to weight less:Eating small, frequent meals will help you eat less throughout the day which helps promote a healthy weight
Eat every 2-3 hours: Eating every few hours helps keep blood sugar stable which helps you avoid extreme hunger and helps you stay in control so you can make healthy choices and avoid sugar cravings from getting too hungry
Increase energy: If you are eating every 2-3 hours you are also keeping your blood sugar levels stable. Stable blood sugar means your energy level will stay steady. If you don’t eat your energy level falls and you get tired, snacking helps keep you energized
Increase nutrition: Snacking is a great opportunity to get more essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrition into your diet! Since you are eating more often you can include a greater variety of healthy foods into your diet
Improved concentration: Snacking between meals improves concentration, focus, and performance at work and at school.
What is a healthy snack?
A healthy snack should ideally consist of a carbohydrate, protein, and healthy fat. Don’t be afraid of eating fat! Fat is what helps us feel full and satisfied after eating so we are less likely to overeat. You do want to choose healthy fats such as those found in olive oil, fish, nuts, and low fat dairy products. Choose a snack that is about 100 to 200 calories (depending on your specific needs) and aim to eat it between bigger meals.
What are some examples of healthy snacks?
Low fat cottage cheese (protein and fat source) with cubed melon (carbohydrate source)
Peanut butter (protein and fat source) on whole wheat crackers (carbohydrate source) or a sliced apple (carbohydrate source)
Low fat Greek yogurt (protein and fat source) with high fiber cereal (carbohydrate source) sprinkled in
Mixed berries (carbohydrate source) with sliced almonds (protein and fat source)
The bottom line:
Snacking improves overall nutrition status, energy levels and concentration, and helps you eat less!
The ideal snack should be about 150 calories (depending on your individual needs) and composed of a carbohydrate, protein, and healthy fat!