Tasty Tuesday: Key Lime Pie Parfaits

I am transforming (or at least trying to) my eating into a more healthy lifestyle.  Less processed foods and more of making my own goodies.  I have to be honest, I struggle with some recipes.  The secret ingredient in this recipe is avocado.  Now, I know they are good for me BUT I just don’t care for them.  But, I am willing to give it a try…

This recipe is from Food Babe who is all about healthy clean eating.  So, if you want to shake things up in the morning, this creamy parfait is tart, but full of fiber and nutrients to keep you satisfied all morning long.

Avocados are packed with healthy fats shown to protect the heart and are also a good source of fiber and fat-soluble nutrients such as Vitamin E.

Let’s get started, you’ll need a blender and a few simple ingredients…

Prep time:  10 mins     Total time: 10 mins     Serves: 3      Weight Watcher Smartpoints: 7

Ingredients

1 large avocado, peeled and pitted
¼ cup culinary coconut milk, more as needed
1 lime, juiced and zested
2 1/2 tablespoons raw honey
pinch sea salt

Optional: 1 cup granola of choice (add these points)

Instructions

Place all of the ingredients in a blender except the granola and blend until smooth.
To serve, place ¼ cup granola in a cup and top with ¼ cup key lime pie mousse. Repeat the granola and mousse layers once more. Enjoy!

Note:  Please use all organic ingredients if possible.

Need to take this YUMMY breakfast to work with you?  Use one of Thirty One’s thermal lunch totes….Pick one to fit your needs.  Not sure which one will work, I will be happy to help you.

  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

 

Tasty Tuesday: Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

This was given to me by a fellow Weight Watcher and I tweaked it some.  I put it in the crock pot!  I’m not sure of all of the nutrition breakdown BUT it is 3 smart points per 1 cup serving.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds lean organic grass fed ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion (or Tastefully Simple Onion Onion)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) can Petite Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 1/2 pounds chopped cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

Toss it all in the crockpot on low for 6 hours. Serve with quinoa.

Quick and easy with leftovers.  What is the best way to enjoy this YUMMY meal again?  Take it for lunch in one of Thirty One’s thermal lunch totes.  How about the Around the Clock Thermal…

Want to know why you’ll love it?  It is great for lunch or snacks anytime, anywhere—work, school, festivals, road trips, poolside, beachfront, golf course, boating, or sporting events. It will fit a 6-pack with a little room for a snack.  The water-resistant thermal lining keeps contents cool and makes clean up easier. A removable shoulder strap means you can carry it any number of ways, including cross-body for hands-free movement. An interior mesh pocket and exterior front zipper pocket provide separate storage options when needed. Makes a great gift for friends, neighbors, kids’ teachers, and everyone else on the go! Best part… it holds up to 15 lbs. and can be it monogrammed and personalization.

Have a yummy recipe?  Share it with us…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Today is all about gift ideas for your dad (or your hubby or the soon to be dad or someone who has been like a dad).

Thirty One has a variety of items for the men in your life….from backpacks to thermals.

We have Camo, Digital Camo, Blue Crosshatch and Charcoal Crosshatch. Check out the Cinch Sac, Picnic Thermal (will hold 2 6-packs of beer) the Around the Clock Thermal (lunch or a six pack of beer), the Deluxe Utility Tote, the Large Utility Tote (on special for $10 with a $35 purchase) and the Zip Top Organizing Utility Tote.  

How about a bundle of products from Simple Man?  Great for the graduate as well as the man in your life.  This bundle includes: 1 Travel Bag, 1 Body Balm, 1 Body Wash, 1 Shampoo, 1 Conditioner, 1 Deodorant, 1 Bamboo Toothbrush and 1 Peppermint Toothpaste.  You can also do a “auto ship” for your collage bound student so they never run out.  I have used these products too and LOVE them.  So, they aren’t just for the man in your life -you can enjoy them too.

The best gifts are those which are home-made….In going through my dad’s things, we found two things in the fire proof box along with his important papers.  They were a letter I wrote him one Father’s Day when we didn’t have any money to buy gifts AND a poem Belinda had written the same year.  I will admit, I was surprised and really didn’t remember it but it showed just how special it was to him.

On a budget, check out some of these cool gifts:

Don’t spend much time with your dad – carve out some time jut for him.  For many years, Father’s Day was just one of the two holidays we spent with my dad.  There really weren’t presents because we didn’t have the money but the gift of time (no electronics) was the best gift of all.

Make your dad’s favorite meal or something special just for him.  Write a letter or a poem or record a song – share your heart with him,  Make him a picture, a mug, a card or anything to show how much you care.

No matter what it is you give – give from your heart.  What are you giving to your dad or the special man in your life this year?  Share your gift ideas with us – we can always use some more.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Saving Money on Your Road Trip

 

The weather is getting warmer and I am ready for a road trip.  Of course, I am usually ready for one.  A definite perk of a business you can work from anywhere.

So whether you are preparing for a weekend getaway or starting to plan for the summer; here are some tips to help you save some money on your road trip:

1. Get a Tuneup and Cut Weight

There are TWO preventative measures you need to take before heading out on a road trip.  They will help you save gas and avoid the need for roadside assistance.  Getting your tires checked and your oil changed.  Did you know you can improve your gas mileage when your tires are inflated to the proper pressure.  Gas mileage can also be improved by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil in your car.  This is a BIG one because I don’t know about you but I always come home with MORE than what I left with on a road trip….Remove any unnecessary weight from your car –  excess weight can reverse the other gas saving measures you take.

2. Rent Responsibly

If you’re renting a car, avoid airport outposts and seek out deals online. Check out Groupon or Ebates for deals.  Choose the smallest car to meet your travel needs.  It will not only save you money on the rental, but you’ll save on gas, too.

3. Stock Up Before Hitting the Road

When on a road trip, we do “pee, eat & gas” stops.  Everything at one time to save us time and usually money.  I usually stock up BEFORE hitting the road with my favorite cooler filled with drinks, healthy snacks and food.  Thirty One has a thermal for everyone – small for the kids to family size. Many have the “leak lock” protection so you can use ice instead of freezer packs. 

I also pack lots of individually-bagged snacks to avoid the temptation to “graze”.  Things like granola bars, nuts and cookies.

4. Use Mobile Apps to Save on Gas

Apps like GasBuddy  has a feature to help you calculate fuel costs for a trip or compare prices at nearby gas stations.  Planning your route ahead of time can also cut costs. The best option is not always the shortest distance between point A and point B.  I usually want the quick one and then end up sitting in traffic because of poor planning. Map out the most efficient route based on mileage and possible traffic.  Check out the app Waze

5. Call and Book Hotels Directly

Leaving last minute, check out Expedia, Hotwire and Priceline for last-minute deals on hotel rooms.  Be aware they don’t always have the best deals.  Once you’ve found the hotel you want and the best rate online, call the hotel directly to see if they can beat the rate — or at least match and upgrade your room. They’ll save money by not having to pay the online travel agency and will often pass the savings to you.

6. Start a Summer Savings Plan

You may not have a small fortune in time for this summer’s vacation, but there are saving tools to help you get ahead of some expenses.  Set up an auto withdraw from your bank account to a separate savings account for vacation.  Some banks offer things like “keep the change” which moves the difference between your debit card purchase and the next whole number to a savings account.  I am always amazed at how much I can save each month.  Do you use coupons?  How about taking the money you saved in coupons and putting it in a jar or in a separate bank account.  You may be surprised what a difference those $5 or $10 each week will make when it is time to go on vacation.

No matter where you are going or what you are doing, there are cost cutting measures along the way. What are your favorite tips for saving money on a road trip?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday – Spaghetti Squash Pizza Pie

unnamedThank you Hungry Girl for another tempting recipe.  I am going to make this one for dinner next week.  Hubby is trying to eat the same as me with all of the limitations so we shall see what the outcome is…

I don’t know about you but I am a HUGE fan of larger portions with small calorie counts. Veggies and lean protein are perfect especially on this new limited eating plan.

I can’t get over a massive hunk has just 211 calories…

Stats: 1/4th of recipe: 211 calories, 5.5g total fat (2.5g sat fat), 709mg sodium, 27g carbs, 6g fiber, 11.5g sugars, 14.5g protein — SmartPoints™ value 3*

Prep: 15 minutes               Cook: 1 hour and 25 minutes                  Cool: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 spaghetti squash (at least 4 1/2 lbs.)
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 1/4 tsp. onion powder
1 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 1/2 oz. (about 24 slices) turkey pepperoni, chopped
1/2 cup (about 4 large) egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1 tbsp. chopped basil

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a large pie pan with nonstick spray.
  • Microwave squash for 6 minutes, or until soft enough to cut. Once cool enough to handle, halve lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds. Fill a large baking pan with 1/2 inch water and place squash halves in the pan, cut sides down.
  • Bake until tender, about 40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, and 1/4 tsp. each onion powder and garlic powder. Cook and stir until veggies have slightly softened and lightly browned, about 4 minutes.
  • Remove squash from oven, but leave oven on. Use a fork to scrape out spaghetti squash strands. Place in a strainer to drain excess moisture.
  • Thoroughly blot dry, removing as much moisture as possible. Transfer 5 cups squash strands to a large bowl. (Reserve any extra squash for another time.)
  • Add remaining 1 tsp. each onion powder and garlic powder to the bowl. Add canned crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, pepperoni, egg whites/substitute, and cooked veggies. Mix thoroughly. Transfer mixture to the pie pan and smooth out the surface.
  • Bake until slightly firm, about 25 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with cheese, olives, and basil. Bake until cheese has melted and lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

This is a great pack and go lunch for work (if there are leftovers).  Try one of Thirty One Gifts’ lunch thermals – five choices to fit whatever you take for lunch….

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Not sure which one will fit your needs, just ask, I will be happy to help you out….Check out the complete line of thermals at www.partywithHope.com

Can’t wait to hear what you think of this dish.

Have a ThirtyOne-deful day!