Foods I Currently Can’t Live Without

March 25, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Posted in Breakfast, Healthy Snacks, Organics | 7 Comments

As promised I am going to start showcasing some of the more healthy items that I put into my belly on a regular basis.  🙂  I think it’s amazing how far healthy food has come in the past 5-10 years.  You now don’t have to just eat styrofoam boring rice cakes as snacks.  There are so many options out there!  So here are some things that I currently cannot live without:

Annie’s Bunny Grahams – Honey Flavor: So these little bunnies are amazing.  When I want something sweet I grab a handful of these and it definitely curbs the craving.  And the top of the box says to gently tug the ears to open – is that cute or what???  But onto the good stuff – these come in four flavors, they are trans and saturated fat-free, made with organic wheat flour and organic evaporated cane sugar, and are also a good source of calcium.  Yummy bunnies!

Bear Naked Fit Granola:  I have had an obsession with Bear Naked Fit granolal for quite some time now.  Some people need their coffee in the mornings – I need this.  Bear Naked makes several great granola flavors but these are my two favorites.  I mix it every morning with Kashi H2H cereal for a yummy filling breakfast with my banana.  Onto the good stuff – made with real whole grains, low sugar and good source of fiber, low glycemic index, all natural – no artificial flavors, no cholesterol, no hydrogenated oils, no high fructose corn syrup, no preservatives and 0 grams trans fat.  Also vegan and vegetarian friendly if that is your lifestyle.  Go buy this – NOW!

OIKOS Organic Greek Yogurt:  I used to hate yogurt but I have acquired a taste for it in the past year.  I eat this for my morning snack and also use it in cooking meals that require yogurt.  The good stuff – it has twice as much protein as regular yogurt, less lactose, and fewer carbs.  The plain yogurt has 0% fat and just 80 calories per serving which is great for a morning snack. 

Clif Bars:  And last but definitely not least, my absolute favorite little protein bar currently, the Clif bar.  More specifically the chocolate chip peanut crunch Clif bar.  For some reason I had always thought that these things must taste like crap, but let me tell you, eating this one is like eating a dessert that I shouldn’t be eating.  It is SO good.  I have one of these before a workout sometimes or in the morning with my breakfast if I don’t have time for cereal.  The good stuff – great organic ingredients, high in protein and fiber, all natural, and no trans fats.  Did I mention how YUMMY these are?!?!

Okay, now go out and buy some of this stuff!  Let me know what you think of it all.  🙂

Sausage Bowtie Pasta

March 20, 2010 at 2:01 am | Posted in pasta, wine | Leave a comment

I am kind of addicted to www.allrecipes.com.  There are so many awesome recipes and I love that I can read tons of reviews.  I also love that I can search by ingredients – for example, if I have a ton of leftover buttermilk, I can type in buttermilk and recipes come up that use it.  Fabulous! 

I found this recipe while looking in the “healthy” recipes section and I knew I had to make it.  I am a pasta fanatic so anytime I can healthy pasta up I am there!  I adapted this recipe to make it more to our liking – seemed like a little too much meat for me with the way it is on the site.  Chicken and sausage?  Meh, not for me.  I would do either or.  The Pig likes sausage so I went with that for my first attempt. 

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked farfalle pasta
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (I omitted)
  • 1 pound spicy italian turkey sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes (I used almost an entire 28 oz can as I like mine a little more saucy)
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • A dash of crushed red pepper

I never use anything but multi-grain or whole grain pastas – I don’t even notice the difference!

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Wash chicken breasts and cut into large bite size pieces. Remove casing from sausage and cut into large pieces. In a large, deep skillet over medium low heat, put oil and garlic and saute to flavor oil. Remove garlic from oil.
  3. Add chicken and sausage to skillet and brown both lightly until they are opaque. Add the tomatoes and the wine. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 20 minutes. Season sauce mixture with basil, rosemary and salt and pepper to taste. Add cooked, drained pasta to the skillet mixture. Toss and serve.

Pig Rating:  The Pig really likes this one!  He loves sausage and pasta so this is a good one for him.  I have made it twice and he loves it every time and gobbles up the leftovers.  Score!

Mrs. Pig Rating:  This one is really easy and as far as a pasta dish is concerned, not too terribly bad for you.   The leftovers warm up well which is great for our busy schedules.  This is definitely now in our rotation!

I’m Back!

March 17, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

It seems like I go through blogging spurts – I’ll blog every day then I disappear for months at a time.  Well, I’m back!  I have recently made some awesome things that I feel need to be shared with everyone. 

I am also going to kind of revamp the content on this blog.  Don’t worry, I’ll still post all of my desserts and comfort foods but I want to start sharing the more healthy side of me with my readers.  I have had a lot of friends ask me what I eat in a typical day, what I eat for snacks, etc.  I would say I lead a healthy lifestyle about 90% of the time.  I still eat pizza and drink wine, don’t get me wrong but most of the time I eat pretty clean and workout regularly.  My great friend Kat has helped me tremendously in maintaining a lifestyle that I feel good about – check out her blog as well.  Great food and workout tips!

Stay tuned for yummy recipes coming up soon!  I’ll try to keep up with this a little better now!

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