Spring Clean your Diet


Today I wanted to write about health and fitness again.

I had some really positive responses to my last blog where I gave some of my favorite exercise tips.

Today, I wanted to simply share some of my favorite recipes that I have used to successfully shed over 100 lbs and go from a size 24 to a size 10…

And hopefully this summer I will reach my goal of wearing a size 7.

So here is my favorite CRUNCHY snack ideas.

My weakness is not necessarily sugar and sweets. I have a real weak spot for salty snacks that crunch.

So when I came across these recipes a couple of years ago, I had to try them, and have been loving them ever since.

My first recipe today is a Greek Yogurt Dip to enjoy with veggies.

Greek Yogurt Dip

Mix one container of plain non fat Greek yogurt with your favorite powdered salad dressing mix.

Serve with an array of your favorite vegetables— carrots, sliced cucumbers, celery and cherry tomatoes are crowd pleasers.

Add steamed fresh green beans and asparagus to kick it up a notch! My kids love this. I have also used a jar of artichokes in this dip and that was also really yummy.

The possibilities are really endless with this dip idea. 

My second recipe is one that I use often to satisfy that need for salty snacks that crunch.

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Whole Wheat Pita Chips

12 whole wheat pita pockets

2 Tbs. olive oil

1 tsp. parmesan cheese

1/4 tsp. each garlic powder, black pepper, dried basil and dried chives

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small bowl combine olive oil, parmesan cheese and spices. Brush tops of pita rounds with this mixture.

Cut pita rounds into 8 triangles each.

Place on baking sheet sprayed with olive oil spray.

Bake for 5-7 minutes until crispy.

These have become my staple in place of high calorie chips and crackers. I will make a really big batch and keep it stored in my pantry in a zip lock bag.

Now my third recipe is my favorite thing to dip my pita chips in.

 

Homemade Hummus

(While there are many delicious prepared hummus options, making your own is quick and easy.)

2 15-oz. cans chickpeas, drained, reserving liquid

5 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)

1/4 cup olive oil

5 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 tsp. salt or Tony’s Cajun seasoning.

Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth and creamy.

Add some of the reserved chickpea liquid if a creamier product is desired.

Makers of authentic hummus will often drizzle the olive oil over the top of the dip and may garnish with parsley and paprika for color and more flavor.

I also like to add things like roasted red peppers to my hummus.

I hope you enjoy these recipes.

Please let me know in the comment section below when you try them, or if you have a favorite healthy snack I would love to have you share your recipe with all of us.

It is not possible to lose weight and get healthy if your constantly feeling deprived.

Food is such a big part of our lives and for me, whenever I tried in the past to avoid eating the foods I loved, it always backfired on me and I ended up binge eating.

So finding foods that satisfied my pallet, but didn’t contain tons of unhealthy calories and fat were a vital part of my successful weight loss.

The next big hurdle that I had to jump was my addiction to diet coke.

Again, just depriving myself would not work, I needed to find something to replace that drink with that would satisfy me and not leave me feeling deprived.

So here are a few of my favorite drinks that I sip on all day to stay hydrated and avoid the diet coke trap.

Minty Iced Green Tea

  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, washed

  • 3-4 green tea bags

  • Ice

  • Honey or agave,

  • Place mint leaves in a large glass pitcher. Crush gently with clean hands. Add tea bags, and pour hot water over top, leaving a few inches of room. Cover and refrigerate for 4-6 hours. Remove tea bags; serve over ice. Add honey or agave to sweeten and a few fresh lavender leaves, if you have them on hand.

Peach and Mint Iced Tea

8 cups boiling water
8 tea bags
4 ripe peaches, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 small bunch fresh mint sprigs
Sugar, to taste (if desired)
Pour the water into a heat-resistant pitcher.
Add the tea bags and let steep for 10 minutes.
Remove and discard the bags and allow the tea to cool to room temperature before refrigerating.
Add the peaches, mint, and sugar (if using).
Strain, if desired.
Pour over ice.
I hope that you are able to enjoy a few of these recipes this summer and that you too can lose weight, regain your health, and start to feel better about the way you look in your clothes.
Good Luck and God Bless!

 

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