Sunday, March 31, 2013

Yumnuts is Quite an Understatement

I'm almost nervous to recommend these, because they are THAT delicious. I have two weaknesses (well my top two): chocolate and nuts, so the combination of the two is sinfully delicious in my books, so when I came across Yumnuts Cashews chocolate dusted cashews, I decided I had to try them. Two words: YUM NUTS.

These are chocolate covered bundles of deliciousness made it hard not to devour the whole bag in one sitting, but I did manage to resist. They are perfect to kick both a nut and a chocolate craving in one deal, and make a great snack to hold you over between meals. If you are the type to make your own trail mix, these would make a great add in, because they are pretty steep per bag. Nevertheless, a yummy treat. Pin It

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn

Popcorn is known to be a healthy snack- loaded with fiber and low in calories, yet movie theater popcorn and microwave popcorn are such calorie and fat bombs that it makes it pretty hard to believe that popcorn can be healthy. Even the 100 calorie packs and the "light" microwave popcorn often have hidden trans fats and a laundry list of ingredients that is far from healthy, but don't think that the only way to make healthy popcorn is to go out and buy some expensive, high-tech popcorn machine. What would you say if I told you that you could make healthy popcorn in your own home using just a microwave and a brown paper bag? If you're any bit like me, your mind is probably blown.

I'll admit, I didn't think it was possible, but you can actually make perfectly air-popped popcorn in a brown bag in your microwave. All you have to do is pop some kernels in a brown bag, fold the top over, and put it in the microwave until you hear the kernel popping slow down to almost nothing. (I'm sure there is a "correct" amount of time, but I simply rely on my senses for this one. It's that simple. Open your brown bag and prepare to be amazed! You can feel free to add a little salt if you so choose, but I actually like my pop corn straight from the bag Pin It

Friday, March 29, 2013

Ease up on the Easter Candy

As a child, I never celebrated Easter, but that didn't mean that a Lindt or Godiva chocolate bunny didn't make it's way into my Tummy every year. Something about chocolate in Bunny form makes it all the more inviting, but unfortunately, all that cuteness doesn't cut any calories or sugar. Easter candy isn't exactly healthy by any means, but some options are definitely better bets than others. I'll break it down for you from the egg-celent choices to the egg-ceptable choices to those that should be egg-ciled.

The first thing you should toss straight out of your Easter basket are peeps. Yes, they are cute as could be. I'll admit it. But the sad fact is they are basically straight sugar. They are deceivingly "fat free," but that's only because they are all sugar. Each peep has a whopping 16 grams of sugar. That's about 4 teaspoons of sugar, and I don't know about you, but I can't imagine spooning 4 teaspoons of sugar in one bite. Needless to say, that's a definite candidate for egg-cile.

Next up we have our egg-wannabe's from both Reese's and Cadbury. Cadbury eggs (both creme and caramel) are the lesser of the two evils, but are by no means a health-bargain. All three egg options have over 150 calories each and contain artificial ingredients, but what makes Reese's the worst of the three is the presence of partially hydrogenated oils aka TRANS FATS aka the DEVIL. Okay... I'm exaggerating slightly, but in all seriousness, steer clear of these at all costs. If these eggs are calling your name, opt for a mini one. I'd say all of these would probably be best off in egg-cile also.

To move into safer territory, the hollow easter bunnies and eggs are a slightly better option because they are often just straight up chocolate. I wouldn't suggest eating an entire bunny in one sitting, but an ear here and a paw there won't set you back too far (though it is slightly depressing to decapitate the innocent bunny.) If you happen to find a dark chocolate bunny, then that's an even better bet, but for the purposes of our egg scale, I'd deem these guys egg-ceptable.

To be honest, when push comes to shove, it's all candy, so if you really want the healthiest bet, follow the Easter bunny and go for the eggs... the real ones that is! Dye some eggs, take some photos, and have a hard-boiled snack. (And some of your usual, dark chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth.) Now that sounds like an egg-celent compromise! Pin It

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fight Fat with Fat

I know it may sound counterintuitive, but your body needs fat to survive. While I obviously wouldn't advocate gorging your face in ice cream and french fries, there are healthy fats that you should be eating- such as salmon and avocado, which happen to go quite nicely in a salad, as I made for dinner last night. Since I made a mock guac. and marinated my salmon, the salad didn't even need dressing which was an added bonus.

To make this salmon, avocado and spinach salad, you will need:
4oz salmon cooked and chopped (I marinated mine in a little balsamic and grilled it on my mini George Foreman Grill)
3-4 cups of chopped spinach (or greens of choice)
1/4 medium avocado mashed
optional: a squirt of lime and a tablespoon of salsa to mix into the avocado to make guacamole

To prepare, toss all of the ingredients together and mix around until the avocado/guacamole covers the whole salad. Feel free to add any other veggies that you feel may enhance the salad! I won't tell ;) Pin It

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Don't Tease Me

We all know London is known for their tea, and we all know Tiny Tummy has a slight (okay MAJOR) obsession with tea, so it should come as no shocker that I went a little tea-crazy in London. Right around the corner from our hotel, I cam across the most wonderful tea store that I have ever set foot into. The array of loose leaf teas was breathtaking, and they had more herbal fruity hibiscus blends than any other tea place I have ever seen. The name of the store is Whittard, and let's just say I had to be their best customer that day.

This is just half (yes, you read that right) of the tea I purchased. I'm still working on trying all of them, but so far, the Strawberry and Kiwi is my favorite. The store had places to sample all of their teas, coffees, and hot chocolates (the caramel hot chocolate was TO DIE FOR, but not Tiny Tummy-esque). It turns out the "tea" I bought was actually fruity/herbal infusions... either way, totally yummy. If you're exceptionally curious, you can order their teas online, but they are much cheaper in London, so I'm glad I stocked up. Pin It

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Passin' Over the Bread

It seems like I just walked off the plane from London, and I'm immediately thrust into the Passover Seder. Okay... so maybe I didn't attend seder this year, but it wasn't out of laziness, but simply business. Between class and unpacking, I barely had time to squeeze in dinner, so while I do feel bad about missing my grandma's traditional brisket, I was sure to, at the very least, prepare a dinner that satisfies the "Kosher for Passover" requirements- no bread, no grains, etc. etc. And actually, what I made came out pretty good, so no complaints!

To make this veggie, faux-meaty, cheesy bowl of fun, you will need:

1/2 small head of cauliflower, cooked
1/4 cup Boca or Morningstar Farms ground beef crumbles (or good ole ground beef if you're not worried about keeping kosher) seasoned to your liking
1/2 cup assorted corn, carrots, and any other veggie of your choosing, cooked
1-2 Laughing Cow Cheese wedge of choice (I used 1 whole swiss wedge and 1/2 of a garlic and herb wedge)
optional: some sauteed onions/mushrooms (I had some leftover so I tossed them in there)

To prepare, toss everything in a bowl and microwave until cheese stirs in easily and veggies/"meat" are all heated through. Yep, that easy! Even if you don't celebrate Passover, it's still a yummy, quick throw-together of a dinner!
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Monday, March 25, 2013

London Livin' (The Bite-by-Bite of my trip)

I'm back! Tiny Tummy took London by storm (okay, maybe all of the storms took Tiny Tummy... but that's besides the point.) London may be a rainy city, but nobody rains on my healthy-eating parade, not even Kate Middleton and her baby bump. I have to admit, though, while London may be known for its fish and chips, cider, and Guinness, all not exactly the healthiest of options, it is clear that they are, overall, a much healthier country than we are. Perhaps it is the fact that there is more attention spent on the time spent eating (they certainly do not rush between courses, and nobody eats in the streets), or maybe it's something in the tea... only kidding. Anyway I'm sure you're all curious to hear what I ate in London, and while I'll be honest, my eating habits were fairly strange and a little un-Tiny-Tummy-like, I'll share all, as I always do.

Breakfast every morning was provided to us complimentary by the hotel. As with most hotels in America, it was served as an all you can eat breakfast buffet. The buffet consisted of scrambled eggs, beans, English sausages (no idea what was in those bad boys), bacon, toast, yogurt, cottage cheese with fruit in a syrup base, croissants, rolls, cereal, hard boiled eggs, and a bowl of apples and oranges. Often, we had to be at early morning meetings, so I'm generally not that hungry at that time in the morning, but I also knew that with our busy schedules, lunch wouldn't come until hours later, so I ate a filling breakfast to prepare. Each morning I had 3 or 4 hard boiled egg whites with an orange or an apple. I often grabbed an extra apple for a snack later in the day, and had it when I got hungry. Lunch was a tossup and completely depended on what we had planned each day. 

The first few days we had lunch/”linner” at Garfunkel's, a London chain similar to Charlie Browns in the US. They have burgers, pasta, pizza, etc. and a salad bar that you can either get as an appetizer to one of the aforementioned meals, or as an entree. I got the salad bar as an entree. They bring you a small bowl, and for 4 pounds you can fill in once, and for 8.50, you can fill it an unlimited number of times. Because we only had limited time the first day we went, I only got one bowl, and to be honest, it was sort of a blessing. I definitely would have thought to do the unlimited, but to be honest, the single bowl was easily enough. I filled it with lettuce, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs (ate the whites, tossed the yolks), ham (if they had turkey I would have opted for it, but they didn't), corn, beans, cucumbers, etc. While this salad bar was not anywhere near as extensive as Charlie Brown's, it was a cheap, healthy lunch that I knew I could count on, and was about 3 minutes from our hotel. Dinner was where things generally got ugly. The first night, we had a group dinner, so I was able to get a nice meal that night, but the rest of the nights, up until the final night we were there, we went to see shows each night, so people either got dinner before (hence “linner”), or skipped it altogether. I can't eat at 5:00 and be satiated the rest of the night, especially since we often hit the pubs/clubs after the shows each night, so dinner was often a Quest Bar at the intermission of each show (2 some nights if linner was earlier). Not the most nutritious, wholesome dinner, per say, but better than fish and chips or bar food, so I was glad I brought a ton of Quest Bars with me. 

The best dinner we had was actually the first group dinner. The first night, we got a three course meal (nothing was healthy on the menu they offered us-- every entree was a pot-pie), but I was able to order off of their special diet menu. I ordered chicken satay (SOS), grilled cod-- no oil or butter-- and they listened!--, and dessert of frozen berries with warm white chocolate sauce. It was a HUGE portion, so I shared a bit, but all was delicious. (Okay I'll admit, I tasted the delicious cake that everyone else got, but the three small bites I took were enough to leave me feeling satisfied and not deprived with my berries. I also tried the filling of their lentil pot pie which was actually quite tasty!)

My second favorite dinner that we had was the night we went for sashimi. A group of girls and I decided to check out London's local conveyer belt sushi chain- Yo Sushi. I will say that the quality of fish is surprisingly fresher in New York (based solely on the one place I tried in London, so don't hold me to that), but the experience of the conveyer belt was quite exciting. We each got our own plates off the conveyer belt (and ordered what wasn't there) and then split a yummy chocolate mousse for dessert. One of my favorite lines that a waitress asked while we were in London was if we'd like to split a dessert. They didn't ask if we wanted dessert, but if we wanted to split one. I guess it's not common for everyone to get their own dessert in London- another aspect of how their culture is slightly healthier than ours. Anyway, at Yo Sushi, I got their salmon and tuna mixed sashimi and the squid salad which was DELISH! (And of course our yummy chocolate mousse with some strange sugary filling that I did not eat.

My favorite lunch in London definitely came from Borough Market. The market place itself was UNREAL- loaded with yummy sweets, savory goodies, and tons of miscellaneous indulgences- from fudge to gelato to candied nuts to dosas to cheesecake. I decided to at least try to heir on the healthier side, so I went with a veggie burger in a cabbage leaf topped with balsamic marinated onions, hummus, and cabbage slaw in a vinaigrette. It tasted a little too good to be healthy, but it was definitely healthier than the fried falafel, sausages, and potpies that were the alternative. And after sampling just about everything there (who could say no to free turkish marshmallows or homemade gelato), I needed something on the healthier side. Needless to say, delish.

Finally, on the more indulgent end of things, the last night there we had a group outing to a local Indian restaurant. For a place that is known for its Indian food, the dinner was was underwhelming, but I haven't had real Indian food in ages, so I indulged a little, nonetheless. The appetizer plate we were given consisted of onion pakora, masala dosa, meat samosas, a small salad, and chicken curry of sorts. I ate the chicken, and the filling of the dosa along with the salad, and left the rest. The main course was a fish curry, chicken and spinach, a vegetable stir fry of sorts, lamb curry, rice, and naan/onion paratha. I admit, I had some paratha which was only OK (but good for someone who hasn't had it in ages), and I tried some of each of the curry dishes. The fish curry was probably my fav, and I skipped the rice altogether. For dessert they offered us almond or pistachio ice cream. I got the almond, but tasted a bite of each one... I preferred the almond one which had little slivers of almonds in it, and was actually ridiculously creamy.

I think that pretty much gives you the highlights of all the food of this trip. I'm sure I will come up with things that I missed, and share in future posts, but if you're ever headed to London, shoot Tiny Tummy a message and I will give you any pointers you may need!

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Tiny Tummy Tackles London

I have some good news and some bad news for you all. We'll start with the good news- I'm going to LONDON for a week! I've only left the country maybe once or twice when I was younger, so this is a huge deal for Tiny Tummy. The bad news? I will only have limited access to the Internet while I'm there, so BETT is taking a week-long hiatus. Hopefully I'll have plenty of fun Flab Free Food Finds and meals to share from when I'm there in order to make up for the week I'll be missing.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Cheeseburger Mac Attack

As a child, I was never a fan of cheeseburgers. I loved me a good hamburger and I beyond loved mac and cheese, but something about a cheeseburger just wasn't appetizing to me. (Perhaps it was some kosher force in me propelling the two apart... but I doubt it.) Anyway, ever since I started using Pinterest, there is recipe after recipe for cheeseburger mac and cheese, and while I never actually inquired about the recipes past the photos, the pictures always look really good! Tonight, in an effort to try something new, I decided to put my instincts to the test and see if I could create my own cheeseburger mac, and it was actually quite delicious, so of course, I will share the recipe.

To make Tiny Tummy's Cheeseburger Mac Attack, you will need:

2oz high fiber elbow pasta (I used Fiber Gourmet)
3oz lean ground beef, seasoned to your liking (I used Trader Joe's 99% fat free)
1 small shallot chopped finely
1 slice fat free cheese (I used Kraft Cheddar)

To prepare, start by preparing your pasta according to package instructions. Then, set aside, and sautee your onions on the stovetop until they start to soften. Add the ground beef and continue to sautee until meat has browned/cooked. Add the meat/onion mix to your pasta and break your cheese slice down until it melts and mixes in with everything. Feel free to add more than one cheese slice, I'm just not a gigantic cheese-fan, so the one slice was enough for me. And FYI, using the ingredients that I did, the whole recipe has between 250 and 300 calories (even with the second slice of cheese!)

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Spice is Right

Now that I've been taking formal, college cooking classes, I am frequently asked what the most valuable lesson I've leaned is. To be honest, a lot. We've learned a bunch of basic techniques such as how to julienne, chop, dice, slice, pan sear, poach, how to truss a bird, butterfly shrimp, break down a chicken... the skills are endless, but when it comes to the most important thing I've learned thus far (in a close second to how to properly how and cut with a knife), is how important proper seasoning is. At home, I don't cook with a lot of salt because a lot of the foods we eat are full of sodium- especially dishes ordered from a restaurant. But from a culinary standpoint, a dish is never complete without a little salt and pepper to amp up the flavor. Moral of the story, a little spice can makes a world of difference. Even if the dishes we make aren't exactly Tiny Tummy-esque, the rule carries over: the right spice can enhance any dish, so don't be afraid to experiment. Below are some pictures of the dishes I made in class this week. (If you couldn't tell, it was seafood week!)

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Berry close to the real thing (Another new dressing)

Growing up, a staple fridge item in our house was Trader Joe's Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing. I've always been a pretty huge sucker for raspberry dressing. Something about it is just so sweet and delicious, but it is also generally very caloric and chocked full of sugar. Luckily, our good friends at Walden Farms came to the rescue and created a sugar-free, calorie-free, DELICIOUS raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

This dressing is totally decadent and sweet, and I guarantee if you served it to guests in the typical mixed green, goat cheese, nut, raspberry vinaigrette salad, they wouldn't know the difference! This is a new fridge-staple for Tiny Tummy! Pin It

Monday, March 11, 2013

Chica Chica Yeah

In the office that I work in, companies constantly send free snacks in the hope that my boss with endorse them or throw them a bone in the media. While that doesn't happen too often, the rest of us benefit because there are always an abundance of healthy snacks around for the times we get hungry. I'm usually well-prepared when it comes to having a snack on hand, but the other day, after working a little later than expected, hunger struck, and The Good Bean was there to answer.

The company sent my boss a bunch of their different dried chick pea snacks to try, and since the sweet cinnamon bag was open, that was where my hand went. To whomever opened that bag, good choice! These guys were crunchy, sweet and delicious. And each bag contains a whopping 12 grams of fiber and protein (the other flavors have 14 grams of protein!) all for under 300 calories, and to be honest. I only had a couple and it completely staved off my hunger for that last hour of work. Now that I tried the cinnamon ones, I will definitely have to try the others. Have you tried these beans? What do you think? Pin It

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Pattycake, Lentilcake, Baker's Man

Ever since I tried the lentil from Trader Joe's I've been a convert to the Lentil colt. I usually just mix some spices in and toss them over a salad for lunch, but I thought it was about time they made an appearance on the dinner table, so for dinner tonight, I decided to try making lentil patties (or burgers, if you will) which were not-shockingly, quite delicious. And since I used the precooked lentils, they came together in less than 15 minutes!

To make these Luscious Lentil Patties, you will need:
120g cooked lentils
1 shallot diced
2 T mushroom diced
1 small handful spinach
1 T carrots, shredded
a pinch of each of the following: cayenne pepper, turmeric, ground coriander, ground cumin, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
optional: 1/4 teaspoon of diced fresh hot pepper (You know Tiny Tummy likes to bring the heat!)

To prepare, start by sautéing your onions and mushrooms (and optional hot pepper) in a pan until they've browned. While those cook, combine your lentils, spices, spinach, and carrots, and mix well. Then, combine everything, mix well, and form into patties. If you're having trouble getting them to stick together, you can add an egg, but I didn't have a problem (probably because I mashed my lentils up really well). Finally, spray your pan on the stovetop and place your patties in the pan. Heat them just until they are warmed and and the other veggies have cooked up a bit.

Feelin' Frisky? Another option (if you're having trouble getting the patties to stick together) would be to add some cooked brown rice or freekeh. Amp up that fiber! Pin It

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Cartwheels, Somersaults and Jumps for Joy

A couple of months ago, I came across the following bag at a local healthy food store on sale. I had never heard of them before, but the ingredients were pretty clean, and the stats were decent, so I decided how bad can cocoa powder and sunflower seeds be? I'm glad I tried them because they're not half bad.
If you're the type of person that likes to crunch of your cookies, you will probably like these. A lot. They aren't overly sweet or overly chocolatey, but they are definitely super crunchy. They also satisfy that chocolatey craving without making me want to eat the entire bag. As a side note, I love that on their website, they actually show pictures of each of the ingredients that they use, which shows that they aren't trying to sneak anything bad in there. Check it out along with their other flavors here. Pin It

Friday, March 8, 2013

Greek Yogurt Blizzard

While there are no Dairy Queens around me, and I've never tried their famous blizzard, I have to say, it looks pretty darn delicious in the commercials. I don't even know what goes into it or what it tastes like, but I imagine it is a mix of chocolate, peanut butter, and caramel oblivion.... and of course a mess of fat and sugar... a total calorie catastrophe. After seeing one too many commercials for these puppies, I decided to make my own take on it- a healthy version of course!

To make Tiny Tummy's Blizzard Blast, you will need:
1 container Greek Yogurt (I used Oikois, but any brand works all the same)
1 T Walden Farms caramel dip
1 T Walden Farms chocolate dip
1 T powdered peanut butter (If you don't have powdered peanut butter, feel free to use regular PB, but the adjust the nutritionals accordingly.

To prepare, simply mix everything into your container of yogurt and eat up! Try not to eat the whole container in one bite. It's that good! ;)

P.S.: The whole recipe has just over 100 calories and a whopping 17.5g of protein. To swap this from dessert to meal, add some chia seeds for some added fiber to keep you full and you've got a yummy, sweet breakfast! Pin It

Thursday, March 7, 2013

All that BBQ Smokey goodness- No Grill Needed

Tiny Tummy loves a good charred flavor on just about anything, but living in NYC doesn't exactly lend itself to a BBQ. While I love to take advantage of my parents's BBQ in the summer months, and I have my awesome George Foreman Grill for other times, sometimes, I just wish I could sprinkle that smokey flavor on my food in two seconds. I think Senor Joe of Trader Joe's heard my prayers because he answered them with this smokey spice shaker.

Trader Joe's South African Smoke seasoning blend shaker makes a great addition to a meat rub, or even to a pasta dish, as strange as that sounds. I eat my spaghetti squash plain with just a few sprinkles of this spice, and it provides an instant pop of flavor. Not only is this shaker delicious, but it's pretty cheap too! Seriously, leave it to Trader Joe's to think of just about everything! Pin It

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

It's Never Too Late to Jingle All the Way

Last I checked, the holiday spirit has no expiration date, and fortunately, neither does tea. However, the supermarkets seem to disagree with me, as they put holiday teas on sale. Their loss is my gain because I get to try out the seasonal tea for cheaper and keep the holiday spirit alive, and they get to stock their shelves for the upcoming holidays.

So, this brought me to a trip down Candy Cane Lane... Usually I'm not a fan of peppermint tea, but every once in a while, I enjoy the minty kick, and this one was particularly intriguing because it's green tea. I have to say, it was actually pretty good. Decaf, green tea, and a little peppermint spice. I wouldn't say it's a mouthful of the holidays, but I'd happily drink it year round. Another winner from Celestial!

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ring the Parm Alarm

When I was younger, my family didn't go out for Italian food very often, but when we did, my dish of choice was often chicken parm. Not the healthiest- fried chicken, tons of cheese, usually a side of spaghetti... you know, the works. Clearly, I don't order that anymore, but there's no reason you can't enjoy a chicken parm-esque dish, which is just what this next recipe is. Sans breadcrumbs, a fried crust, and mounds of cheese, chicken parm can be a healthy choice. As a side note, the picture below was Daddy Tiny Tummy's chicken parm, so the cheese load is a little heavy.
To make Tiny Tummy's Chicken Parm, you will need:
4 oz chicken breast (I used tenders, but a 4oz chicken breast would work all the same)
a healthy portion of onion powder, garlic powder, a pinch of black pepper, and optional paprika
3 T tomato sauce (I used my own homemade tomato sauce)
1 oz shredded fat free or reduced fat mozzarella cheese

To prepare, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. coat your chicken breasts/tenders in the spice mixture until well coated (it should resemble a "breading"). Then, top it with tomato sauce and cheese and roast it for about 10-15 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the cheese has melted. Doesn't get any easier or more delicious than that!

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Monday, March 4, 2013

New Pizza Possibilities

We all know Tiny Tummy loves ThinSlim muffins, brownies, and bagels, so when I heard they were coming out with a pizza, I had to try it ASAP! At only 100 calories with impressive fiber and protein stats, it seemed like a real win, so I quickly ordered some and got tasting.
In all honesty, I was a little bummed. The crust was a little rubbery, and when my initial reaction is "I can make this better myself with the same amount of calories, I'm usually tempted to just do so, but for anyone who doesn't cook and wants a super low-cal, healthy pizza, this will do the trick. But if you have a few minutes to throw something together, I highly suggest this recipe. Pin It

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Crackin' Me Up

In the past, I've talked about that "need to crunch" that sometimes veggies just doesn't satisfy. There are definitely those moments when only a chip or a cracker will suffice. I have made ample chip swaps, but it's a bit harder to replicate healthy crackers. Fortunately, I don't have to thanks to Fiber Gourmet. I already knew I loved their cinnamon and everything crackers, but they recently release a new line of crackers in 3 new flavors.

The new flavors are cheese, nacho, and wheat- all of which are amazing. The cheese ones taste like Cheese Its, the wheat ones taste like Wheat Thins, and the nacho ones taste like a spicier Cheese It. All around- an excellent line. They have 60-70 calories per ounce. My one gripe is I wish they came in individual packages like the cinnamon and the everything ones do, but taste-wise no complaints! Pin It

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Birthday Pancakes

Today is a very special day in the Tiny Tummy family... it's Mommy Tiny Tummy's birthday! She's turning 30! ... plus a few... Anyway, since we did the usual sushi for dinner, I couldn't let the day go by without making something for her, and since pancakes are her favorite, I decided to make her pancakes with a recipe I've been meaning to test out lately.

They say you can make pancakes with just bananas and eggs, but I was a little bit skeptical. I'm glad I decided to give it a try though because she LOVED them. And they couldn't have been easier to prepare. All you need is:

1 banana
2 eggs (or 1 whole egg + 1 egg white)
a dash of cinnamon
1/8 t vanilla extract

To prepare, simply mash the banana, beat the egg and egg white and combine the two along with the cinnamon and vanilla extract in a bowl. Then, spray a pan with coconut oil spray and cook on a medium heat until the pancakes are cooked through. They actually come out looking like real pancakes, as you can see above. Can't beat that!

Feelin' Frisky? Feel free to add chocolate chips, berries, extra banana slices, etc. -- I would have, but I wanted to make sure they were yummy first- and they were!!!

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Danielle Done Good

A few years ago, when I was following a low carb diet, I was constantly looking for chips to satisfy my crunchy craving, and I came across these. Since I'm a bit kookoo for for coconut, I had to try them, and let's just say both myself and Mommy Tiny Tummy were totally addicted. 

When I reintroduced whole grain carbs into my diet, I no longer relied on chips such as these to satisfy my crunchy craving, but they are still delicious nonetheless, so I figured I'd share them anyway. These chips also come in pumpkin, banana, and other fun, exotic flavors, though I've only tried the coconut ones. The nice thing is, they come in 2oz bags, so the portion control is basically built in for you. If you're a fan of coconut, I highly suggest these chips. Pin It