Monday, November 28, 2016

Sugar Free Meringue Cookies







     What if I could offer you a sugar free, practically calorie free, crispy sweet fun little meringue cookie...would you like that!?  #thoughtso  And, did I mention the extra benefit of a delightful craft project!?  Perfect for special occasions, and no one will know they are good for you...and no need to share all your secrets!  (It's good for a girl to remain a little mysterious if you know what I mean)  So, whip these up today and I can't wait to hear what you think of my Sugar Free Meringue Cookies!  :)

Ingredients~
6 Tablespoons Aquafaba (1/2 the drained juice from a can of Chickpea's)
1/3 cup Swerve Confectioners Erythritol
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

     Add all the ingredients to the small bowl of your Kitchen Aid, stir to incorporate and then set bowl into place, start to whip  on medium high with the whisk attachment and set the timer for 10 minutes.  Then drop by the spoonful or add batter to piping bag with a star tip and pipe onto Silpat lined cookie sheet.  Bake in a 200 degree pre-heated oven for 2 hours and then turn off the oven, DO NOT OPEN DOOR til the oven has cooled completely,  I suggest 6-8 hours or just be safe and leave over night.  Voila!  Enjoy  :)


Mineral Fusion Cosmetics



     Whole Foods Market is not only offering a fabulous line of cosmetics, BUT they sent me a sample of a Whole Foods Market Holiday kit that includes Nail Polish, Lip product and the best Eye Palette I have ever seen.  I have totally switched my eye make up to include their eye shadow, pencil liner and brow brush ( you should see my awesome brow's now! va va voom).  Whether you buy this kit for yourself or for a Christmas gift, either way you can't lose!
     Mineral Fusion is dedicated to making cosmetics, skin care, body care, nail care, hair care healthy and effective while contributing to the well being of our community- they call this pursuit of Minerals on a Mission.  Their products are formulated to meet professional standards of performance.  Their cosmetics soothe sensitive skin, moisturize to even skin tone, and eye make-up with age-defying properties.
     They formulate to leave skin in better condition than they found it.  As such, their products are free of parabens, gluten, artificial colors, phthalates and other harsh ingredients.  If you are looking for more information about these great products, visit mineralfusion.com today.

Trilogy



     Whole Foods is more than good eats.  What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body.  That is why they are launching an extension to their food line with their favorite natural skin and beauty products available at Whole Foods Market.  All of these products meet the strictest standards for quality sourcing, environmental impact, results and safety.  Trilogy goes to the ends of the earth to find nature's most ingenious ingredients.  They invent formulations that are concentrated, effective and unique.  So if you are looking for the highest quality skin care, zip on over to Whole Foods and pick up yours today.  I am loving the feel of my skin after using these moisturizers and can definitely tell a difference, and will plan on using these as my new go to in skin care.  For more product information, please visit trilogyproducts.com.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies







 Don't be a Turkey this Holiday... make some Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies (...if you don't want to feel "stuffed")!  In fact, you are in luck because this recipe makes TWO AT A TIME  ( anything after one is just gravy...)!  Thanks to the festivities, we have many reasons to celebrate these perfect little fowls.  Each cookie with frosting is approx 300 calories, 10g net carbs and 31g protein.  "Fly" into a Holiday craft project, get your "legs" moving and earn a "feather" in your creative cap, ... then "gobble gobble" these birdies up  ;)  PS  If you are not sure what design to make, just "Wing It"  ...

Ingredients for Turkeys~
Peanut Butter Supreme Quest Bar
Peanut Butter Cup Quest Cravings
2 sets of purchased edible eyes, or pipe your eyes with frosting
1 cup Vanilla MilkShake Quest Protein Powder Frosting ( Recipe Below)

Microwave unwrapped Peanut Butter Supreme Bar for 12 seconds, divide in two and pat into large circles and lay on Silpat lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 5-7 minutes, remove and cool.  After cooled, top each cookie with dab of frosting and sit a Peanut Butter Quest Craving Cup on top to seal in place.  Start decorating as desired with your frosting.  I used store bought eyes and piped the mouth, legs, hair and feathers.  Spread your wings of creativity and fly away into the Holidays  ;)

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Ingredients for Frosting~
1/2 cup 30 cal/cup Almond Milk
4oz Fat Free Cream Cheese, brought to room temperature
1/4 cup lowfat Cottage Cheese
1 scoop Vanilla Milkshake Quest Protein Powder
2 Tablespoons Betterbody Foods Coconut Flour
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Cheesecake Instant Pudding
1/3 cup Swerve Confectioners Erythritol
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Betterbody Foods Vanilla

     Mix first three ingredients in Magic Bullet til liquefied , then add in remaining ingredients and continue to blend til mixed thru.  Chill in fridge to thicken, store leftovers in fridge.  Makes 2 cups, each Tablespoon is 11.5 calories,.8g net carbs and 1.5g protein.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Pumpkin Pie







     Pumpkin Pie is to Thanksgiving as stretchy pants are to Thanksgiving Dinner, not required but an enjoyable tradition.  To further spread the joy, each of the 6 servings are only 79 calories, 4.4g net carbs and 7.4g protein.  Since it's a Holiday, go wild and have 2 pieces...with macros like these, seconds are not to be feared, but revered.  :)

Ingredients for 6 servings
15oz can Pumpkin
2 jumbo Eggs
1/2 cup Swerve Granular or Confectioners Erythritol
1 scoop Quest Salted Caramel Protein Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
Dash Vanilla
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Nutmeg
Dash Ginger
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Sugar Free Whipped Aquafaba for topping, if desired~http://foodfitnessbypaige.blogspot.com/2016/11/sugar-free-whipped-aquafaba.html

     Line Pie Pan bottom with Parchment Paper or spray pan with non stick spray.  Mix all ingredients together til well combined and pour into Pie Pan, bake at 400 for 15 minutes, reduced heat to 325 and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove, cool and top with Sugar Free Whipped Aquafaba if desired.  Enjoy  :)

Taco Pizza







     When Thin Slim Foods (thinslimfoods.com) sends you a Pizza Crust to try, what choice do I have but create a Taco Pizza.  Their high protein low carb breads and pastas knock my socks off, the entire Pizza Crust is only 400 calories, 8g net carbs and 64g protein.  And the Pastas are outta this world delish.  Try my recipe or get creative and you do you boo, and let your imagination be your guide.  Voila  :)

Ingredients for 6 servings~
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 medium Onion, diced
1 Tablespoon chopped fresh Garlic
Dash Cayenne Pepper
1 pound ground lean Beef, Chicken, or Turkey
1/2 packet Taco Seasoning
1 Thin Slim Foods Pizza Crust (thinslimfoods.com)
1 cup fat free Refried Beans
1/4 cup reduced fat shredded Cheddar
1/2 sliced small Avocado
1 diced Roma Tomato
1/2 cup My Brothers Salsa House Medium
Cilantro, as desired
Light Sour Cream, as desired
Sliced Purple Onion for garnish, as desired

     Heat EVOO in skillet, add Onion, Garlic and Cayenne til golden brown.  Add meat til cooked thru, drain fat.  Stir in Taco Seasoning til well incorporated.  Spread Beans on Pizza Crust, top with meat mixture, sprinkle with Cheese, top with Avocado, Tomato, Salsa, Cilantro, Sour Cream and Cilantro.  Enjoy  :)

Vegan Peanut Butter Brownies









     I am learning more about the world of Vegans.  That being said, I was interested in trying my hand at creating a Vegan friendly Brownie that would delight my senses, I think I could get used to this!  These turned out magnificent and may be my new go to dessert.  Each of these 9 decadent pieces are only 104 calories, 5g net carbs and 5g protein (does not include Sugar Free Whipped Aquafaba topping, which is also Vegan and practically calorie free, type that in the search bar for recipe).  Take a walk on the wild side and try your hand with a Vegan recipe and see what you think, you may be like me and want to start exploring more.  Nothing to lose, everything to gain  :)

Ingredients for 9 servings~
3 Tablespoons melted Nutiva Organic Buttery Coconut Oil
6 Tablespoons Aquafaba (drained juice from canned Garbanzo Beans)
1/2 cup 30 cal/cup Almond Milk
1/2 cup Black Cocoa (can sub with regular Cocoa)
1/2 cup Swerve Granular Erythritol
2 Tablespoons Nutiva Coconut Flour
1 scoop Nutiva Organic Chocolate Plant Protein
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla
2 Tablespoons Vegan Chocolate Chips
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2 Tablespoons Betterbody Foods Peanut Butter or Chocolate Peanut Butter Powder PB Fit
1 Tablespoons 30 cal/cup Almond Milk (or amount for desired consistency)
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Sugar Free Whipped Aquafaba ~ http://foodfitnessbypaige.blogspot.com/2016/11/sugar-free-whipped-aquafaba.html

     Mix wet ingredients in first set, mix dry ingredients in first set except for Chocolate Chips, blend together and pour into 8X8 parchment lined pan and sprinkle with Chocolate Chips.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until lightly firm to touch, remove and cool.  Meanwhile, stir together PB Fit and Almond milk from second set of ingredients, may need more to achieve desired consistency.  Add topping to baggie, snip corner and drizzle over cooled Brownies.  Top with Sugar Free Whipped Aquafaba if desired, not included in macros.  Enjoy  :)

Sugar Free Whipped Aquafaba






     The Aquafaba Gods were smiling upon me today when I experimented with a few tweaks to the standard Aquafaba Whipped Cream recipe.  I hate making such a big batch with the standard recipe because I can never use it all before it deflates after about 6 hours, AND I wanted to try a sugar free variety making it even healthier...and it turned out sooooo sweet and DELICIOUS.  You will simply die when I tell you this entire voluminous batch is only 18 calories, 2.4g carbs and 1.2g protein....hardly even worth counting!  HA  So, if you want to try a smaller batch with less left overs, I suggest giving this a whirl.  Since you only use half the brine from one can, use the other half to make my Vegan Brownies!  You know what they say, less is more!  :)

Ingredients~
6 Tablespoons Aquafaba (1/2 the drained juice from a can of Chickpea's)
1/3 cup Swerve Confectioners Erythritol
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

     Add all the ingredients to the small bowl of your Kitchen Aid, stir to incorporate and then set bowl into place, start to whip  on medium high with the whisk attachment and set the timer for 10 minutes.  Viola  :)

Cream Cheese Chicken






     It's good to have friends, especially those that are as interested in nutritious food and healthy cooking as I am.  My friend, Joyce, told me about her version of the most extreme moist crock pot Chicken that I have ever tasted.  You won't believe how easy this is and how delicious it is plain or decked out burrito style... choose your poison!  Or let creativity be your guide, make your own twist and create something completely outrageous.  Time to get your Chicken on!

Ingredients~
2.5 pounds skinless boneless Chicken Breasts (I used 3 large Breasts)
1 packet of dry Ranch seasoning
4oz 1/3 reduced fat Cream Cheese
1 jar Banana Peppers

     Line Crock Pot with disposable liner and add Chicken Breasts, sprinkle with packet of dry Ranch mix, break Cream Cheese into 3 equal portions and rest on top of each Breast.  Pour rine of Banana Peppers jar over Chicken, using as much as desired (I used about 2-4 Tablespoons), then add as many Banana Peppers as desired on top of Chicken.  Add lid and cook on low for 8 hours, shred Chicken in Crock Pot and stir all together til well combined.  Use as a main dish, or create a Burrito using a low carb tortilla, refried beans, Spinach leaves, Cream Cheese Chicken, Tomato, Salsa, Green Onions, Avocado and Cilantro.  Let your imagination be your guide.  Enjoy  :)

Safe Catch Tuna



     Safe Catch Tuna is traceable from catch to can and they only buy from captains whose fish come from managed and sustainable tuna stocks.  Using their proprietary technology, they are able to test every single fish for its mercury content.  If it doesn't meet their purity standards they don't buy it.  It still may be a good tuna, but it's not a Safe Catch tuna.
     Most canned Tuna loses flavor and the majority of Omega 3s due to machine processing.  They hand pack pure, raw tuna steaks to retain all nutrients and then slow cook them to perfection.  The majority of canned tuna companies precook their tuna and use additives and fillers to put flavor back into the fish.  At Safe Catch, they don't add any filler or additives.  In fact, besides salt where noted, they don't add anything at all!  Just pure tuna.  Safe Catch tuna is Non-GMO verified and BPA free.  You will love the amazing, pure flavor of Safe Catch tuna.  Just as nature intended.  Visit www.safecatch.com to learn more and find a store near you!

Essential Mints



     The challenge of avoiding the Holiday pounds and warding off tantalizing treats just got a little easier with Essential Mints in Fat Burner Peppermint (EssentialMints.com).  These powerful little guys, packed in a convenient, reusable tin, suppress the appetite while helping the body burn calories when you're faced with the indulgences of the Holiday Season.
     Three active ingredients, Garcinia Cambogia, Green Coffee Extract and Saffron Extract, make Fat Burner Peppermint a powerful and natural, weight management supplement.  Whether you are susceptible to indulging in sweets or calorie-rich savory meals at Thanksgiving Dinners, Christmas celebrations, Hanukkah nights or the company potluck, these three ingredients give your willpower a boost and fuel caloric burning within the body, plus naturally suppresses the appetite.  We all know there will be endless opportunities to give in to guilty pleasures in the coming months!
     Here's what we know about these clean ingredients:  Garcinia Cambogia has been proven to reduce cravings by raising serotonin levels, which induce a more satiated and calm state of mind.  Saffron extract also curbs the appetite, and Green Tea Extract helps to boost the metabolism.  Pop a mint, not a chocolate, after the meal, and you're well on your way to win the battle against the winter belly bulge with fresher breath!
     Available online at EssentialMints.com or on Amazon.com, a tin of 60 mints retails for $9.00.  The compact, reusable tins can be toted anywhere anytime so the benefits of the Fat Burner Peppermint can be a handy weapon against Holiday indulgence.  Cooling organic Peppermint Oil flavors these mints and makes them a delicious delivery system for these efficient active ingredients.  The sleek tin comes with a built-in mirror (my favorite part) that flips open so you can make sure you look your best on the go.  Unlike other supplements or pills on the market, Essential Mints contain no chemicals or preservatives and are vegan with Non-GMO ingredients.  #winning

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Fudge Brownies








     My genius friend Andrea' from Protein Cakery has created her own brand of single ingredient lecithin-free Whey Protein Powder.... and it's "Whey goooood"!!!  I created the best Fudge Brownies known to man using this awesome new powder...if I do say so myself... and I do.  If moist rich deep chocolate is yo thang, then I suggest you give this one a try.  You can order her powder at shop.proteincakery.com, as well as many other convenient pre-made mixes.  She has made it easy to fuel your body and love your food.  Each of these 9 hearty Brownies are only 143 calories, 7g net carbs and 14g protein.  Visit proteincakery.com today for other high protein low carb breads and desserts, and use code Paige20 for 20% off your first order!

Ingredients for 9 large Brownies~
1/2 cup Brownie Batter G Butter
10 Tablespoons Aquafaba (brine from canned Garbanzo Beans, can sub with 2 jumbo Eggs)
7oz 2% Fage Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup Swerve Granular Erythritol
1/2 cup Black Cocoa, can sub with regular Cocoa
1 scoop Andrea's Protein Cakery Whey Protein Powder
1 scoop ABS Chocolate Chip Protein Pancake Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Dash Cinnamon
Dash Vanilla
1/4 cup Lily's Stevia Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips
Peanut Butter Cup Halo Top Ice Cream (not included in macros)

     Stir all ingredients til well combined, except Chocolate Chips.  Pour into parchment lined 8X8 and sprinkle with Chocolate Chips, bake at 325 for 33 minutes.  Top with Halo Top Ice Cream if desired, not included in macros.  Enjoy  :)

Butcher Box Chili






     Butcher Box Chili turned out to be the Chili of all Chili's!  Butcher Box was kind enough to send me a lovely shipment of all natural 100% grass fed beef, pork and chicken.  Their goals are to make grass fed beef accessible to everyone throughout the United States, provide a convenient experience in a fast-paced, modern world, and align Americans back with nature.  They are more than just a box of meat, it's a new kind of food community, a step towards a revolution in American farming.  Visit www.getbutcherbox.com to get started today! #butcherbox

Ingredients for a large pot of Butcher Box Chili~
4 Ears fresh Corn
Salt
Pepper
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil plus more for rubbing Corn
1 medium diced Onion
1 Tablespoon fresh chopped Garlic
Dash Cayenne Pepper
1 diced Green Pepper
1 large diced Sweet Potato
1 pound All Natural Grass Fed Butcher Box Ground Beef (getbutcherbox.com)
1 packet McCormick Chili Packet
24oz Ragu Spaghetti Sauce or Tomato Sauce
28oz Crushed Tomatoes
15oz can drained Garbanzo Beans (reserve Brine to use in Aquafaba Vegan Cornbread recipe)
16oz can Refried Beans
15oz drained Black Beans
15oz drained Dark Red Kidney Beans

    Rub fresh Corn in EVOO and season with Salt and Pepper, wrap in foil and bake at 400 for 40 minutes, cool and shear corn from cob, set aside.  In large stock pot heat EVOO, add Onions, Garlic and Cayenne til golden brown.  Stir in Green Peppers and Sweet Potato til Peppers are crisp tender.  Add Ground Beef til cooked through, drain grease.  Stir in Chili Packet til well incorporated, then add Spaghetti Sauce, Crushed Tomatoes, Garbanzo Beans, Refried Beans, Black Beans, Red Kidney Beans and Corn.  Simmer on low for an hour or til Sweet Potatoes are softened.  Enjoy  :)

Aquafaba Vegan Cornbread







     Hello whole new world of baking!  Hello new vegan egg substitute!  Hello new moisturizer and binder!  For those of you just coming into the know, Aquafaba, or the brine from Garbanzo Beans is making a name for itself and working its way into kitchens across America.  Before you judge, you must try.  I have made Whipped Cream, Brownies and now Aquafaba Vegan Cornbread and I must say I am THRILLED with the results, and I think you will be too!  Each of the 12 large servings are only 176 calories, 27g net carbs and 2g protein.  Try your hand today and let me know what you think!

Ingredients for 12 servings~
1/4 cup Nutiva Buttery Coconut Oil, melted
6 Tablespoons Aquafaba (drained juice from can of Garbanzo Beans)
1 cup Blue Diamond 30 cal/cup Almond Milk
1/4 cup pure Maple Syrup
4oz diced Green Chilis
1 cup Corn (roast 4 Ears fresh corn rubbed in EVOO, Salt and Pepper in foil at 400 for 40 minutes, slice off cooled cob or can sub with canned corn)
1 cup Corn Meal (or Stoneground Grits that have been ground in Magic Bullet to flour)
1 cup Cassava Flour (can sub with regular flour)
1/4 cup Betterbody Foods Coconut Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt

     Mix all wet ingredients together, then stir in dry ingredients.  Pour into parchment lined 10'' Cast Iron Skillet or regular baking dish.  Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes.  Enjoy  :)