Category Archives: Snacks

Sneaky Tzatziki

This is one of my all time favorite recipes.  It’s super easy, healthy and I make a big batch to put on everything.  It’s particularly amazing with grilled chicken or lamb kebabs, or even as pita dip or salad dressing.  It’s sneaky because if you make it with 0% yogurt, no one knows it’s actually healthy.  I’ve also made it with dill, feta, parsley and cilantro for a different twist.

Tzatziki

2 cups 0% Greek yogurt
1-2 teaspoons spicy Dijon mustard
1 lemon, juiced
1 large cucumber, seeded and roughly chopped
1-2 teaspoons honey (just enough to round out the yogurt)
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 bunch of mint
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Blend everything in the food processor, check for seasoning and enjoy.  That is it my friends.

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Egg White Oatmeal

This recipe is actually better than it sounds.  I’ve read that some people puree the mix and make it into pancakes.  You might think this is a little weird, but I promise that it keeps you full all morning!


Egg White Oatmeal for One

1/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup water
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of cinnamon

Mix oatmeal and water in a microwave safe bowl and nuke for one minute on high.  Mix in egg whites until well combined.  Nuke for one more minute.  Whisk in remaining ingredients and top with fruit, nuts and seeds.  I added a little unsweetened coconut, chia, almonds, banana and blueberries.

Spinach Pie (to slim the thighs)

This spinach pie is basically a crustless quiche that you can eat any time of day, and works like a charm to keep your diet on track. It’s tasty, healthy, filling and low carb. Add a little ketchup or hot sauce to change it up if you’re eating it more than once a day.

One piece closer to a two piece?

Spinach Pie

– 1/2 large bag frozen chopped spinach (thaw and squeeze out excess water)
– 1/2 onion, minced
– 6 whole eggs, 2 egg whites
– 1/3 cup low fat cottage cheese
– 3 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese
– salt/pepper/hot sauce to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk all ingredients until combined. Spray a non stick pan with cooking spray. Add ingredients and bake 30-35 minutes or until center is cooked through. Cool, cut into squares and refrigerate.  Reheat it in the microwave for 30-40 seconds on high heat.  Yum!

Oat Groat Muffins

You must be thinking, what is a freaking groat? When I first tried them, gross-oats came to mind. Groats are the hulled grains of various cereals, such as oats, and are whole grains that include the cereal germ and fiber-rich bran portion of the grain as well as the endosperm. I get that they’re good for you, but how do you make them edible?

Soak your groats!

These muffins are the only way I could get the goons to eat their groats. I tried to make these healthy, but palatable – not an easy feat when working with groats. You can find them in the bulk foods section of your local health food store.

Don't goon out on too many gruffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Groat Muffins (Gruffins)

  • 1 cup oat groats, rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened kefir (or yogurt)
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375.  Spray muffin tins with cooking spray.  Combine groats, banana, sugar, kefir, applesauce and oil in a food processor, and pulse 10-12 times to combine.  Put ingredients into a bowl with the egg and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.   Spoon into muffin trays and bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.  Makes 12 gruffins.

How to SLIM a Goon

So here is my first attempt at healthy eating to slim the goon/goonette. This recipe is from Kimberly Snyder’s “The Beauty Detox Solution.” It is intense tasting, but you get used to it, and it’s surprisingly filling. The first time you try this recipe, add extra apple and less celery for better taste. It’s intended to be consumed on an empty stomach first thing in the morning (after a cup of hot lemon water).

Wish me luck.

It tastes as green and as healthy as it looks.  Choke it down!

“Glowing Green Smoothie”

1.5 cups of filtered water
1 head of organic romaine lettuce, chopped
1/2 head of a large bunch of organic spinach
3-4 stalks organic celery
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 organic pear, cored and chopped
1 organic banana
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Optional:
1/2 bunch of parsley and/or cilantro

Add the water, romaine and spinach to a blender and starting on the lowest setting, mix until smooth. Gradually add the additional ingredients one at a time.

Makes two servings. This will keep for 1-2 days covered in the fridge.