07-17-2012, 08:28 PM
My new hobby is to find ways to please my cravings (at least, most of them) by experimenting in the kitchen and looking online for low-calorie and healthy alternatives. I'm hoping that by the end of end of the year, I'll have an excellent cookbook!
Two starters: peanut butter cup oatmeal (chocolate protein powder, a bit of pb, mixed into oatmeal), and protein packed ranch dressing (blended cottage cheese with some water and ranch dressing powder packet). I also saw today the recipe for big-mac in a bowl, and will have to add that!
Anyone want to contribute? What are you fav low-cal versions of their favorite foods?
07-17-2012, 08:42 PM
I still like this blueberry muffin recipe I tweaked. I've substituted the blueberries with other fruits and made other muffins. I had some REALLLLYYYY ripe bananas recently and my brothers begged me to make some low-cal muffins with them (they're both watching what they eat now :)). Two bananas instead of the blueberries made some nice tasting muffins!
Alright, these aren't like, SUPER low calorie or anything, but I modified a whole wheat blueberry muffin recipe and made some pretty large muffins for less than 250 calories each!
I had to share this with you all because my family LOVED them (There are only two muffins left and I made them today!!). We all go nuts for blueberry muffins but haven't had them in a while because they are off the charts calorie-wise. Everyone missed them.
I stumbled across this recipe on tumblr (http://just-keep-squatting.tumblr.com/post/23569497172) and I tweaked it so that the muffins are less calories.
I used a big muffin tin and made six muffins. Thus, ~250 calories each (less really). If you use cupcake tins and make smaller ones (you'll wind up with 12) they will be ~125 calories each.
Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
1 large Egg
1/2 cup 2% Milk
1/2 cup Applesauce
1 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 cup Honey
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup Blueberries
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Mix all ingredients together sans blueberries. Once everything is mixed, pour blueberries in and mix gently. Batter should be lumpy—use a spoon, not a mixer!
Bake for 25-30 minutes if you use larger muffin tins, less time if you use cupcake tins.
I put the recipe on calorie count: http://caloriecount.about.com/whole-wheat-blueberry-muffins-recipe-r1045890
Here's the nutritional information for a large muffin. Halve it if you make in a cupcake tin.
So yes, high in sugar and carbs but certainly a nice treat that isn't crazy high in calories :)
07-17-2012, 08:47 PM
Thanks sontaikle! Sounds good!