I love bars, but there are SOOO many bars out there now -- do you have any favorites? Anything in particular you look for when seeking out a bar to chew?
I love bars, too. But I only eat them as snacks or as part of a breakfast or lunch that includes other things (like yogurt, soup or a salad). I don't go for those meal replacement bars as much because I don't like to swap meals with bars (that's just me -- I think an actual meal is way more satisfying). And meal replacement bars have way more calories than other bars, so I tell people to watch out for those (since “snacking” on them can be a big no-no if you're counting calories!). When choosing bars, I tend to go for ones that have less than 200 calories, are fairly low in fat, and are high in fiber (5g or more, if possible). Here's a list of my current favorite bars and what I like about them...
I love to make smoothies at home -- I drink them for breakfast or as a snack. I'm getting bored with the same old ones though. I tend to use a lot of frozen strawberries and bananas. Have any ideas for a creative and fast smoothie?
I get soooo many emails about smoothies. Sometimes people send in their recipes -- and they sound really delicious but contain things like spoonfuls of honey, SO MUCH peanut butter, and entire containers of full-fat yogurt. Things like that make calorie counts SKYROCKET. People say, "I can't believe how FULL I am afterwards!" and all I can think is, of course you're full -- you just drank 550 calories! In any case, while I LOVE smoothies, I tend to go for ones that have about 150 calories or less. My current smoothie obsession (which was inspired by my pal Katie, who is an HG subscriber and awesome recipe developer) is a peachy pumpkin thing that is currently unnamed. I think I haven't named it yet because the recipe changes depending on my mood -- but it always includes the following:
1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin 4 oz. Diet Snapple Peach Iced Tea 4 oz. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze cinnamon, nutmeg and/or pumpkin pie spice (to taste) 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract Splenda (to taste)
The changing ingredient is 1 tbsp. of some sort of vanilla protein powder (Jay Robb's Whey Protein rocks!) OR 3 oz. of fat-free vanilla yogurt. And sometimes I'll throw in a splash of Torani Sugar Free Syrup in Brown Sugar Cinnamon. I just toss all of the ingredients in a blender with lots of crushed ice (about a cup and a half of it) and blend it all for about a minute. YUM -- this smoothie is so good, I can't stand it! And, the most amazing part is that it only has about 100 - 120 calories, depending on exactly what you choose to put in it -- and it is SUPER-filling! Try one of these no-name peachy pumpkin drinks and you will be HOOKED. I can almost guarantee it!
CHEW ON THIS: Today, October 24th, is National Bologna Day. We know the stuff is NOT exactly healthy, but we can't help loving Oscar Mayer's 98% Fat Free version. It's GOOOOD and has just 25 calories a slice.
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