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    Default Healthy alternatives to favorite foods

    Alrighty... People think they have to give up favorite foods
    to lose weight when in most cases the recipes can be changed
    and still be just as yummy.

    Ice pops... loaded with sugar and chemical coloring

    alternative.. fruit smoothie pops... blend fruit in a blender and freeze
    in paper cups with popsicle sticks

    Ok.. if someone has a dish they would like altered to be more
    nutritious ... post it here... if I can't help I am sure there
    are other folks that can
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    More Kids snacks:

    Apples slices w/ peanutbutter

    Banana pops... cut ripe bananas in half and roll in crushed almonds, carefully insert a popsicle stick and freeze on wax paper.. once frozen they can be transferred to a bag

    Fruit and nut balls... soak some dried fruits until they soften.. blend in a food processor... mix with enough of your favorite nuts to be pliable.... roll in to ball and then roll in shredded coconut for a coating and keep in the fridge

    I always use cucumber slices for "crackers" they can be topped with anything
    egg salad, guacamole,tuna salad,cheese
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    Avacado instead of Mayo...excellent switch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelonamission View Post
    Avacado instead of Mayo...excellent switch!
    Avocado is more versatile than people realize... you can even make a raw chocolate mousse from avocado

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    Quote Originally Posted by OOlala View Post
    Alrighty... People think they have to give up favorite foods
    to lose weight when in most cases the recipes can be changed
    and still be just as yummy.

    Ice pops... loaded with sugar and chemical coloring

    alternative.. fruit smoothie pops... blend fruit in a blender and freeze
    in paper cups with popsicle sticks

    Ok.. if someone has a dish they would like altered to be more
    nutritious ... post it here... if I can't help I am sure there
    are other folks that can
    Are you using fresh or frozen fruits? Are you adding in water?
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    Instead of Ranch Dip, try...

    Fat Free Plain Yogurt (I know some use fat free sour cream, I love the yogurt)
    Hidden Valley Ranch Dip mix, make sure you get the dip, not the dressing.

    I get the large fat free plain yogurt and use 2 packs of dip. Chill after you mix before eating, it makes the flavor better.

    I dip vegs and I have even used it on my salad by putting it in a bowl with a lid and using a small amount and shake the closed bowl. We have even dipped our chicken in it, my kids love this dip and I took it to some parties and they never knew it was healthy!!!
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    Turkey pepporoni's! Great if you throw them in the oven until crispy-way less calories and fat than the regular pepporoni's. 17 @ 70 calories. Also someone shared a recipe. With a few tablespoons of Salsa inside a portabello mushroom with some low fat cheese and turkey pepporonis-baked! Its a great replacement for pizza!
    Quote Originally Posted by OOlala View Post
    Alrighty... People think they have to give up favorite foods
    to lose weight when in most cases the recipes can be changed
    and still be just as yummy.

    Ice pops... loaded with sugar and chemical coloring

    alternative.. fruit smoothie pops... blend fruit in a blender and freeze
    in paper cups with popsicle sticks

    Ok.. if someone has a dish they would like altered to be more
    nutritious ... post it here... if I can't help I am sure there
    are other folks that can
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    My Mini Goals are one pound @ a time but I'm working in 10 pound increments.

    Goal: 130-140

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrsace13 View Post
    Are you using fresh or frozen fruits? Are you adding in water?
    You can use fresh or frozen... depending on the moisture content of the
    fruit you may need to add liquid.. I like using coconut milk or coconut water depending
    how creamy I would like the Popsicle...
    If you use frozen fruit.... better to let it thaw first.. it always has it's
    own juice then..
    I make small batches in the blender or it doesn't work as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by BUTTERFLYALWAYS View Post
    Turkey pepporoni's! Great if you throw them in the oven until crispy-way less calories and fat than the regular pepporoni's. 17 @ 70 calories. Also someone shared a recipe. With a few tablespoons of Salsa inside a portabello mushroom with some low fat cheese and turkey pepporonis-baked! Its a great replacement for pizza!

    Portobellos for pizza ! great idea!
    I think they would make good hamburger buns too.. haven't tried it yet though

    But last night i did make Egg fried rice (coconut) I used fresh shredded coconut
    instead of rice .... it was DELISH!... added extra veggies too...
    Just use one of those fried rice seasoning packets if you're not sure what
    spices to use and replace the rice with shredded coconut
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    Quote Originally Posted by BUTTERFLYALWAYS View Post
    Turkey pepporoni's! Great if you throw them in the oven until crispy-way less calories and fat than the regular pepporoni's. 17 @ 70 calories. Also someone shared a recipe. With a few tablespoons of Salsa inside a portabello mushroom with some low fat cheese and turkey pepporonis-baked! Its a great replacement for pizza!
    OOOOHHHH, I have to try that, what a great idea!!! Never thought of that one!!
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    Portabella Mushroom Pizza

    1 large Porabella Mushroom
    1 medium plum tomato
    1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
    1 cube Light Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb cheese
    5 Turkey Pepperoni
    Directions:Spray the mushroom with PamCut tomato in half, discard center seeds, and chop tomato into small pieces. Sprinkle tomato with seasoning.Put chopped tomatoes onto center of the mushroom.Cut Laughing Cow Cheese with dental floss and place over tomatoes.Place pepperonis on top of cheese.Bake at 350* for 15 minutes or grill until tender. Total Calories: 68
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrsace13 View Post
    OOOOHHHH, I have to try that, what a great idea!!! Never thought of that one!!
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    Almond Joy healthified

    Coconut filling:

    1/2 cup shredded coconut
    1/4 teaspoon almond extract
    2 tablespoons Coconut Cream Concentrate
    3 tablespoons maple syrup
    2 tablespoons coconut milk*
    16 almonds



    Chocolate sauce:
    makes 1 1/2 cups sauce

    1/4 + 1/8 cup cocoa powder
    3/4 cup coconut oil
    4 tablespoons Coconut Cream Concentrate
    5 tablespoons maple syrup
    2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
    For the coconut filling:

    Mix all the ingredients except for the almonds until it becomes moist. Form into 8 rectangular bites, about 1 tablespoon of mixture. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place 8 coconut bites on the paper. Place 2 almonds on each bite, and refrigerate overnight or 1 hour.

    Dip/pour chocolate sauce over the bites and refrigerate until hard.

    For the chocolate sauce:

    Place all ingredients in a blender and mix well. This sauce can be used for dipping, for chocolate-covered almonds, over ice cream, etc. If refrigerated, melt over warm water bath.

    ** Personally I would use stevia to sweeten.... but feel free to use whatever
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    Default Instead of jelly try this!

    Lemon curd is delish.. and made with eggs so it is also low carb.

    3/4 cup lemon juice.. (can also use lime)
    1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
    1/4 cup butter
    1/2 cup Xylitol
    3 single serve packets stevia
    4 eggs lightly beaten

    In a double boiler ( I just use a little pan inside a larger pan with water in it) over simmering water combine lemon juice, grated rind, sweeteners and butter , stirring until the butter has melted. Add beaten eggs to lemon mixture.. stir over medium to low heat until it thickens, it should coat the back of the spoon. Do not over cook or it will separate. Remove from heat and place in a jar and store in the fridge.

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    I love this thread.

    I make lasagna with zucchini instead of noodles, I eat a sugar free Popsicle instead of grabbing chocolate or other sweets.

    I make protein pies which consist of sugar free pudding and protein shake mix, on top of some graham crackers crumbs and topped with low calorie cool whip, then frozen and thawed when I want one( I put them in single serving/single use parfait or sundae cups you get at the grocery store). I make chocolate snickers pie by some crunchy peanut butter to chocolate pudding and protein shake mix, or I will make banana pudding by making a box of sugar free pudding and vanilla protein shake mix, the graham crackers act like nila wafers Very yummy, plus high in protein.

    I will still have things like onion rings, fried chicken, fried zucchini but I use soy flour instead of white flour, canola oil instead of veggie or EVOO.

    I make pizza with an egg cheese crust instead of a flour crust.
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    Oh yeah... eggplant lasagna is awesome too....
    For breading I've been using coconut flour.. or a mixture of coconut, ground nuts of some sort and ground flax seed....and I double coat it then bake it so less of the coating falls off... if I try to fry stuff it seems 1/2 of it ends up in the pan
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    Default Tired of plain ole water and don't want to drink chemical laden liquids?

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    Alrighty.... another alternative for you good folks out there....

    Cream soda-

    In a regular size glass

    2 tsp REAL vanilla extract
    1 packet stevia
    fill the rest of the way with mineral water like pellegrino

    Viola!
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    Banana ice cream

    Take your over ripe bananas and break them in to chunks and freeze in a bag

    slice the frozen bananas and blend in a food prcessor with coconut milk (added
    a little at a time to get icecream like texture)
    sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.
    You can even make a large batch and keep it in the freezer
    Natural peanutbutter also makes a great topping

    *has an wonderful creamy texture
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    Chunky Spicey Apple Sauce

    Peel ,core and slice a bunch of apples...put them in a bowl
    of water with some lemon or lime juice as your working
    so they don't turn brown
    -Strain the apples from the lemon water and throw in a pot
    with dried fruits of your choice raisins,dates,apricots, etc
    sprinkle in Cinnamon,cloves,nutmeg,allspice and vanilla extract
    -Cook medium low with a cover until the apples soften then
    mash with a potato masher to desired chunkyness and cook
    some more
    -when the apples lose all crunchyness they are done
    -delicious warm or cold

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    Just some info on making a zuchinni lasagna... using that handy little cheese slicer up there
    to cut the zuchinni makes it easy
    Then according to your desired eating plan you can assemble the lasagna the way you
    want... low fat cheese... or all fat..... whole eggs or egg whites
    I always make my own sauce with tons of veggies.. not just tomatos
    Then you can add meats.. more whole vegetable like spinach or mushrooms
    whatever you like... it's always yummy!

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    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    Blend all ingredients except cheese in a food processor (or whisk by hand) until there are no lumps. If the batter is a little dry just add a tablespoon of water as needed. It should be a pretty moist, almost pourable batter. Stir in cheese. Pour into greased bread pan.
    Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes or until done (toothpick inserted in center comes out clean).



    My cheesy bread pic

    * I never used greased pans though... always line them with parchment paper... then they
    never stick !
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    Brilliant idea for a thread OOlala!!!

    Bad thing is, you are making me hungry.......LOL

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    oooo yeah that bread does look really good. and I'm also getting pretty hungry Lol

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