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Archive for the month “March, 2012”

Groceries to Avoid

Avoid these 15 foods on your next trip to the grocery store!

Although I will admit I have bought yoplait yogurts and special K bars in the past… it will not be happening again on my next trip to the store. Click the link above to see the other 13 foods to avoid!

Try to buy a majority of your food fresh. Its cheap and easy!

Happy grocery shopping!


Hunger Games Inspired Recipes

Hunger Games Recipes

Check out this link to P3R Publicity’s blog. They came up with some recipes inspired by the Hunger Games movie hitting theaters tomorrow night at midnight!




Going Green Tuna Wrap

Trying to eat healthy while still enjoying your meal in a college world can be a very challenging task.  Here I created a refreshing tuna salad wrap that won’t leave you feeling shameful after eating it.

Here is what you need:

  • 5-6 oz. of tuna (1 can)
  • One small granny smith apple
  • 1 TBSP of light Mayo or plain greek yogurt
  • 2 TSP of Lemon juice
  • 1 TSP of Dijon mustard
  • Spinach tortilla wrap

Combine the tuna, mayo (or yogurt), lemon juice, and dijon mustard into a bowl and stir them together evenly.  After stirring the ingredients cut the apple up into slices and set one slice aside to add into the tuna salad.  Cut the one apple slice that was set aside into small cubes and stir this into the tuna mixture.  Evenly spread the tuna salad onto the spinach wrap and roll it up.  If desired toast the wrap. Serving the wrap heated or cold is perfectly fine it is all about preference. The apple slices that were not put into the tuna salad can now be the side dish.  I love using tuna in my recipes, its quick, easy, very cheap and is full of protein.  Leave a comment and tell me what you think about the recipe.



Easy Caprese! Capeesh?

Caprese Dip Click on the link for a delicious recipe from howsweeteats.com

Only three ingredients necessary!

10 ounces fresh mozzarella, chopped

2 roma tomatoes, chopped and seeded

3 tablespoons fresh basil, or 1 tablespoon dried basil (chopped)

Serves 2 -4!


Healthy Haze Hummus

Ingredients: Pita Chips, Hummus and veggies

This weeks theme is “healthy haze.”  One of my favorite snacks that can also be an easy meal on the go is pita chips and/or carrots dipped in hummus.  My personal favorite is roasted red pepper hummus but there are many different types including traditional, spinach & artichoke, garlic, sun dried tomato and many more.

Hummus is a great source of protein and is also very healthy. Try it!



Spring Feeding: A Time for Cheap Produce

Spring Produce on a Tight Budget










Warm sun. Clean air. Refresh fruit. Bright Colors. Empty Pocket. Although the recent weather has been decieving, today is the scheduled first day of Spring.  Buying fresh produce is a healthy choice that can be be done on a tight budget. When I enter the local grocery store I am always looking for the lowest price. It doesn’t come as a surprise that the price of different produce depends on the season and location. While most produce is relatively cheap during any season, it is nice to know before entering the store what the best deals are. Budget each bite.


Leeks, asparagus and rubarb are three of the cheapest in seasons produce options during Spring according to mint.com. Now is the best time to start a herb garden if you are interested in trying out new tastes at a cheap price.  Starting an herb garden is relatively cheap and will continue to grow all spring and summer if taken care of correctly.


Enjoy the beautiful weather!



Starting off the Spring season with Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce. Light. Cool. Spring. This recipe for lettuce wraps is the perfect way to start off the first day of Spring.  It combines all the elements that people are looking for to eat on a sunny Spring day.  Lettuces wraps are great for a snack, lunch or dinner.  Although this recipe requires a lot of ingredients, it can be easily made and does not take very long to make. 

I love this recipe because it is a good alternative to the use of bread for wraps and lettuce can be used instead.  The ingredients are fresh and can be enjoyed outside as the springtime weather begins.  This recipe also includes another recipe for the sauce that can be made for multiple meals which sounds delicious.  Lettuces wraps are a meal that can give your spring cooking a healthy and cool start.


Happy first day of Spring.




Cool Off with Ice

Rita’s Italian Ice is one of the most delicious Italian ice dessert chains with over 50 flavors including lemon, strawberry, chocolate and even cookies and cream.  Since today is the first day of Spring and Rita’s 20th Spring season they are celebrating with FREE ice for all their customers who come in today March 20, 2012.  Each customer is allowed one free regular sized ice any flavor they like.  If you live near a Rita’s or know one relatively close to you go out and get your free ice, you won’t regret it.

For those of us who aren’t so lucky as to have a Rita’s on the corner here is a homemade strawberry Italian ice recipe from Tasteofhome.com.  It is a very simple recipe with only a few ingredients, yet still looks delicious. Check out the link below and take some time to look at other recipes Taste of Home has to offer.


Happy first day of Spring,


Drop That Carton- Trade Ice Cream for Yogurt

Warm weather. Short sleeves. Days spent outside. Spring is here which can only mean one thing… it’s ice cream season.

We grab a cone with some friends, enjoy a sundae at home or add a scoop to our favorite dessert. But did you know that 1 cup of Ben and Jerry’s chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream contains 540 calories and 28 grams of fat. Not to mention if you are like me and can easily finish off a carton (I still claim they are faily small) you are consuming 1080 calories and 56 grams of fat. Unfortunately Ben and Jerry’s doesn’t look so good in shorts and a tank top, so it’s time to drop that carton and trade in for a sweet alternative.

Fear not though foodies, here is a great yogurt fruit dip alternative to ice cream that only contains about 65 calories and 0 grams of fat per ¼ cup, plus it has 5.2 grams of protein so it will fill you up. Add your favorite fruit like strawberries (5 large= about 30 calories and .5 grams of fat), pineapple (1 cup= about 78 calories and 0 grams of fat) or kiwi (1 kiwi= about 46 calories and .7 grams of fat) and you have a low cal, deliciously refreshing snack.

Try substituting this next time you hear the ice cream shop calling your name and you won’t be dissapointed! Check out this great healthy haze recipe from skinnytaste.com.

Rainbow Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Fruit Dip


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