Category Archives: Healthy Snacks

Cinnamon Baked Pears {No Sugar Added}

baked pears

 The other afternoon as I was organizing the kitchen counter I noticed in the fruit basket that I had some beautiful ripe organic Bartlett pears. Usually, I’ll just cut the pears and puree them in the food processor to make no bake pear puree.

Since I was in a baking mood, I cut them in half, cored them, then transfrerred them in the oven to bake for after school snack for my boys. When my boys and I got home, the kitchen smelled like fall! I was a little worried on how the baked pears would turn out with using stevia instead of sugar, but to my surprise they tasted awesome!  I ended up baking another batch because they were better than I imagined. With the second batch, I ended up pureeing them for my next fall recipe – baked pear granola with fresh pomegranate seeds!

Ingredients

Nonstick spray
4 ripe organic Bartlett pears
1 packet of stevia or you can use 1/4 cup of maple syrup
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon – I actually added another 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon before baking
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup water

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray the inside of a large casserole dish with the cooking spray.

2. Wash the pears. Cut in half lengthwise and remove the stems. Use a melon baller to remove the core. Place cut side down in the casserole dish.

3. In a small bowl, combine the stevia, lemon juice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and vanilla extract. Spoon the mixture over the pears, and turn the pears to coat them on both sides. Place the pears cut side up, and feel free to sprinkle more cinnamon. I used another 1/2 teaspon of ground cinnamon. I’m obsessed with cinnamon!

4. Bake, uncovered, basting every 10 minutes with the juices in the pan, until the pears are tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife. Bake for about  40-45 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature. I like to drizzle the pears with the pan juices.

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Simple Strawberry Melba Toast Snack

simple strawberry toast

I’m in desperate need of grocery shopping! My boys usually like to have a pb&j on whole grain bread as an afternoon snack. When I went into the fridge to grab the Costco organic strawberry jelly all that was left was one tablespoon jelly! Nearly not enough to make three pb&j’s for three hungry boys.

After some searching in the pantry, I came across an unopened box of Melba toast crackers. I found a few wedges of laughing cow cheese in the fridge and somehow pulled off a decent after school snack. I topped it off with some fresh strawberries. Perfect quick snack for all. 

Simple Strawberry Melba Toast Snack
Servings: 1/ Serving size: 4 crackers with topping
Weight Watcher Points Plus: 3
Calories: 112 / Fat: 3 g/ Protein: 4 g/ Carbs: 18 g/ Fiber: 1.5
 
Ingredients:
1 laughing cow wedge
1 tsp of organic strawberry jelly
4 melba toast crackers
1 large strawberry
 
Directions:
1. Evenly divide enough of the laughing cow cheese into four equal parts so you can smear on 4 Melba toast crackers.
2. Add a small amount of organic jelly ontop of the cheese, about 1/4 tsp of jelly, top with a thinly sliced strawberry. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Apple Lemon Ginger Granola

This recipe came about from the lemon drop drink I posted the other day. I felt bad throwing away the left over fragrant pulp from the lemon drop drink. The pulp offers some immune booster qualities from the ginger root, golden delicious apples and a hint of lemon – it felt like a waste to throw it away! So  I decided to use the leftover pulp to make some  granola! The outcome was a huge success!

Side Note: the picture is not the best. my camera broke and I had to use my camera phone so the quality is not the greatest but trust me this granola is out of this world!

Lisa’s Apple Lemon Ginger Granola
Weight Watcher Points Plus: 2
Servings: 10/ Serving size: 1/4 cup
Calories:88 /Protein:2 g/ Fat:1 g/ Carbs:18 g/ Fiber:1 g
 
Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats {certified gluten free rolled oats for those gluten free diet}
1 cup of leftover lemon drop pulp
1/2 cup Trader Joe’s dried apple rings, chopped into bite size pieces
1 zest of organic lemon
1 tsp of ground ginger or fresh ginger – add more to taste
optional: add 1 packet of stevia to sweeten or your choice of sweetener
 
Directions:
 1. Warm the oven to 325 degrees F. Combine rolled oats and left over apple, ginger, lemon pulp from Lemon Drop drink. Mix it up with your hands, the mixture will be moist. Lay it on a baking pan lined with parchment paper or silpat mat. Let it bake for about 20 to 30 minutes or until lightly toasted.
 
2. Remove from the oven and transfer to a bowl. Add chopped dried apples, lemon zest, stevia and ground ginger to taste.  Mix with your hands or spoon. Optional to add nuts and seeds. Store in an airtight container.
 

 

White Wheat Pizza Dough recipe for the New Year!

Today I am spending New Year’s eve at home with my boys and hubby. We decided to make homemade pizza and keep it simple. I’ve been making this recipe for a couple of years and can’t believe I haven’t shared it yet!

I’d make a few dough balls and freeze it for the following week or for those nights when I don’t feel like cooking. I wrap it up in plastic wrap and then store it in freezer safe zip lock bag.

On those days that I’m out of pizza dough or don’t have time to make some, I’ll swing on over to Trader Joe’s, they have pizza dough in the refrigerator ailse. They also have whole wheat too! I’ll buy a few and freeze them for later!

Back to our New Year’s eve dinner. I kept the menu simple, we started the night off with a plate of appetizer’s. A little bit of genoa salami, provolone cheese, Trader Joe’s marinated fresh mozarella cheese, Kerrigold cheese, marinated artichokes and Italian bread. My husband and I had some Trader Joe’s Montepulciano wine d’Abruzzo (region of Italy my dad is from). The kids had San Pellegrino Aranciata sparkling beverages (my childhood favorite drink).

For dinner I made garlic cheese pizza and tomato sauce and cheese pizza with mixed salad greens on the side. 

For dessert we had some pizzelle’s leftover from Christmas. I made some vanilla, chocolate and I even baked Linda’s gingerbread pizzelles! My kids loved the gingerbread pizzelles and wanted to add some icing and gum drops to them to make a gingerbread snow flake!

Well it’s a few hours until midnight, so I must go and cuddle with my loved one’s! I wish you all a Happy Healthy New Year! :)

White Whole Wheat Pizza Dough adapted from King Arthur
Serings: 16 Serving size: 1/16th of a piece
Weight Watcher points plus: 3
Calories: 100 /Fat: 2 g/Protein: 3 g/Carbs: 18 g/Fiber:2 g
 
Ingredients: 
  •  3 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour or King Arthur 100% Organic White Whole WheatFlour
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lukewarm orange juice or water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water
Directions:
1.  Combine all of the ingredients om a bowl. I usually start kneading right away but learned that if you allow the ingredients to rest for 30 minutes before mixing, this gives the whole wheat flour a chance to absorb the liquid.
 
2. Mix and knead — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — to make a smooth, soft dough. I do it the old fashioned way and mixed the dough and kneaded it by hand.
 
3) Transfer the dough to a clean bowl, cover it, and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. With this dough you can make pizza right away or you can store it wrapped up in plastic wrap and use it later in the week (no more than a few days). I’ve been know to make a few dough balls at a time and freeze it (the texture may change).