Love, Shelbey: Lifestyle Blog #1: Snack of the Week

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Lifestyle Blog #1: Snack of the Week

Hi everyone! I recently posted a photo of some healthy foods I've been making and I got a lot of requests for the recipes and what not. I ask on twitter if you all would like to see a "Life Style" section for my blog and I got a lot of positive feedback. SO, with that being said...I would like to introduce you to a new segment to this blog! Once a week I will post a snack OR meal I have made! Please feel free to leave me your comments and feedback. I hope you all enjoy!

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips
This recipe is extremely easy and can be made as a snack OR side item for your dinner!

What you'll need:
1 Zucchini
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Any Butter Substitute Spray
Cooking Spray

Prep Instructions:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Slice zucchini thinly
-Lightly coat a baking sheet covered in aluminum foil with non-stick cooking spray
-Lay zucchini on baking sheet and spray the butter substitute over each piece
-Season zucchini with salt then sprinkle the grated parmesan generously over each piece

Cooking Instructions:
-Place zucchini in the oven for 15-20 minutes (as soon as the cheese starts to brown)
-Take out and enjoy hot or let cool and eat later as a snack!

Health-ier Chocolatey Muffins
Ok, so I HAVE to give Dashing Dish blog credit for this awesome recipe. I stumbled upon this and decided to try it out for myself. These are delcious BUT healthy muffins without all the oil and butters added in. I am so pleased with how they cam out!
WARNING: Do NOT taste the batter until it is cooked! 
(not so delicious) haha

-1 3/4 cup Oats
-3 egg whites (I used 3 1/2 pre-packaged liquid egg whites)
-3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-1/2 cup Unsweetened Apple Sauce
-1tsp Vanilla Extract
-1/2 cup of Plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt (or Vanilla)
-1/2 tsp Cream of Tartar
-1 1/2tsp Baking Powder
-1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 cup hot water
-1 cup sugar substitute
-1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
-Cupcake liners (unless you want to pre-grease the pan with cooking spray)

Prep Instructions:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Blend oats in a processor or blender until they are very fine (a little less than a powder)
-Mix all ingredients in a bowl EXCEPT for chocolate chips
-Stir ingredients until everything is mixed together well
-Add 1/2 cup of the chocolate chips (more if you'd like ;) )
-Place batter into cupcake liners (or greased pan if you choose not to use liners)
-For larger muffins don't be afraid to fill batter to the top of the liner (they don't rise as much as a cupcake would)

Cooking Instructions:
-Place muffins in oven for 10-15 minutes
-Take muffins out (leave the oven on) and place extra chocolate chips on top
-Place muffins back into the oven for 5 more minutes (or until center is not runny)
-Take muffins out and enjoy hot or let cool!

I really hope you all enjoy these recipes. I DEFINITELY won't be posting food I would not eat or haven't tried. I love finding new healthy recipes to try and these two are some of my latest finds! Please feel free to leave your comments and how the recipe turned out for you!

Have a lovely day. -Shelbey

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