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Thirsty Thursday [Sustenance] Treats


Got peanut butter cups left over from Halloween?

Need a treat to give you sustenance as you drink tonight?

This recipe will give you a great treat for only 130 calories!

Prep Time:10 min
Start to Finish:45 min
makes:24 squares


3 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 bag (10 ounces) large marshmallows
6 cups crisp rice cereal
24 one-inch chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candies, unwrapped


1. Spray rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches, with cooking spray. Place margarine, peanut butter and marshmallows in large microwavable bowl. Microwave uncovered on High 1 minute 30 seconds to 3 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until mixture is melted and smooth when stirred. Stir in cereal until well coated.
2. Press mixture in pan, using buttered back of spoon. Immediately make 24 indentations in rows (6×4) in mixture using handle of wooden spoon. Press peanut butter cups into indentations; cool. Cut into squares.

These treats were easy to make and didn’t make my kitchen a complete mess!

I used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, and it didn’t make a difference in the taste.  So feel free to use healthy ingredients.

Chopping the peanut butter cups on top looks more presentable.  Other alternatives include spreading peanut butter or chocolate over the treats before adding the peanut butter cups.  Placing a full peanut butter cup on top does make it easier for someone to remove if they don’t want it on their treat.




trick or TREAT


It’s Halloween Season!

Besides tricks, there are lots of TREATS.

These PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES are perfect to celebrate Halloween., and they’re only 150 calories.

Prep Time:10 min
Start to Finish:1 hr 20 min
makes:2 1/2 dozen cookies


1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® carrot cake mix
3/4 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
1 egg
1 container Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting
36 candy pumpkins


1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or non-stick pans). Grease cookie sheets. In large bowl, mix cake mix, pumpkin, butter and egg; stir until well blended. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets.
2. Bake 11 to 14 minutes or until puffed and set in center. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
3. Frost cookies with cream cheese frosting. Press 1 candy pumpkin onto each cookie. Store covered.

These cookies are so easy to make!

They’re perfect to make before friends come over and before Halloween parties.

The pumpkin candy makes the cookie.

You can also make these other times throughout the fall because their spice and sweetness is perfect for fall.  Just eliminate the pumpkin candy, and perhaps find a better suiting substitute.



Mozzarella Munchers Attack!


I LOVE mozzarella sticks!

If I see them on the menu, I will want to order them.

unfortunately, they are not what you’d label as a healthy snack.

The ooey cheese and fried outer core is hard to resist.

Now I don’t have to!

Thanks to this recipe for HEALTHY MOZZARELLA BITES.

Yes.  I said healthy.


Servings: 4
Serving Size: 3 mozzarella bites + 1 Tbsp marinara sauce
Calories: 9
Fat: 5.1 g
Carbs: 6.7 g
Fiber: 0.1 g
Protein: 7.2 g
Old Points: 2.2 pts
Points+: 3 pts
Ingredients:1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
3 (1-ounce) sticks part-skim mozzarella string cheese
3 Tbsp egg substitute
Cooking spray
1/4 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce (such as McCutcheon’s)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Heat a medium skillet over medium heat.  Add 1/3 cup of panko bread crumbs to the pan and cook for 2 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat, and place the panko in a shallow dish.Cut mozzarella sticks into 1-inch pieces.  Working with one piece at a time, dip cheese in egg substitute; dredge in panko.  Place cheese on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.  Bake at 425 degrees for 3 minutes or until cheese is softened and thoroughly heated.  Pour the marina sauce into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on HIGH one minute or until thoroughly heated, stirring after 30 seconds.

These are so easy to make and taste like any other mozzarella bite.
I couldn’t believe how healthy they were.  They don’t taste it!
Now we can give into our greasy, cheesy, fried cravings and not feel disgusting afterward!

Sunday Snickerdoodles!


It’s Sunday.

Time for relaxing.  Football. Eating.  And hanging out with friends.

Sunday means snacks.  It’s usually hard to stay health conscious on Sunday.

I found a recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard.

Snickerdoodles that are only 54 calories!

Servings: 42
Serving Size: 1 cookie
Calories: 54
Fat: 1.3 g
Carbs: 10.1 g
Fiber: 0.2 g
Protein: 0.7 g
Old Points: 1 pt
Points+: 1 pt
Here are your ingredients:
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup sugar (or sugar substitute)
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 Tbsp corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla
1 large egg
3 Tbsp sugar (or sugar substitute)
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Cooking spray
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife.  Combine flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar, stirring with a whisk.
  • Combine 1 cup of sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.  Add the corn syrup, vanilla and egg; beat well.  Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture, beating just until combined.  Cover and chill for 10 minutes.
  • Combine 3 Tbsp sugar and cinnamon, stirring with a whisk.  With moist hands, shape dough into 42 (1-inch) balls.  Roll balls in sugar mixture.  Place balls 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray.  Flatten balls with the bottom of a glass.  Bake at 375 degrees F for 5 minutes (cookies will be slightly soft).  Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes.  Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks

These cookies are delicious and not difficult to make.  I made them with my roommate, who is not a baker.  They turned out great and were quickly enjoyed by our friends.

There a great snack that’s healthy without tasting healthy.  They taste the same as cookies that are twice as many calories.

Keeping your health in check is especially difficult on the weekends.  This is why finding delicious and healthy recipes is important.  The more recipes that are healthy yet satisfy us, the easier it is to stay health conscious.



Nuts for Nutella?


Coming from an Italian family, Nutella becomes a part of your life.

So when I found a cake recipe that used this, I knew I had to introduce it to all of you.

I need a chocolate fix everyday. I love sweets. This recipe is a cake recipe for 1 individual serving.

It’s perfect for satisfying your chocolate fix without overindulging. The Nutella gives it an extra Mmm.

It only takes 90 seconds! It’s the easiest baking you will ever do!

90 Second Nutella Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 30 seconds
Cook Time: 45 seconds

Ingredients (1-2 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon Nutella
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 heaping tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  • Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into two greased ramekins or one large grease microwavable bowl or mug.
  • Microwave on 70% power for 30 seconds. At the end of the time, check to see if its done(and volcano-ness!). If not cooked through, add 15 seconds at a time.

This recipe is great for a small sweet fix. You can make it for friends, roommates, or introduce your family to it.

This recipe is really easy to make and doesn’t make a huge mess. I was skeptical about a 90 second cake that you put in the microwave, but to my surprise its delicious!

I would have never thought of baking a cake without actually “baking” it. Just goes to show you when you look for recipes and are interested in something you can find things you would have never known otherwise.

More people should bring awareness on the interest and importance of food. This will create more recipes and food options for others to share.

Let’s continue to help each other discover new ways to eat and be health conscious.



Hello Decadent Dippers!


There’s nothing like a good dip!

Dips are usually a guilty pleasure for many of us.  Typically, there’s not really a healthy dip we can indulge ourselves in.

Dips are fun to snack on and are great to share with others.  They are also easy and quick to make, to hold us over.

Grilled pineapple with cinnamon-vanilla yogurt dip is a refreshing and satisfying dip we can enjoy without feeling guilty.

I have never heard of this until I found it on Hungry-girl’s website.

A dip I can feel good about eating was enough for me to try it.  Plus, the ingredients sounded tempting enough.

All you need to make this dip is:

pineapple, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and Splenda.

It’s a simple recipe to make when it’s just one of those days and you don’t feel like cooking for very long.