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100 Calorie Banana Pops Recipe!

Frozen Fruit is a great alternative to ice cream. You can pretty much freeze any fruit and blend it to make a smootie or freeze it in the shape of a popsicle for a sweet treat. These chocolate covered frozen banana pops are way less calories than the leading chocolate ice creams, plus you get the nutrition from a banana, which is always good.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Small Bananas Cut in Half
  • 2 Hershey Special Dark Sweet Chocolate Bars
  • 2 Teaspoons of Olive Oil
  • 8 Wooden Popsicle Sticks (I get these at the $.99 Only Store).

Directions:

        

  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  • Peel and cut the bananas in half crosswise to make 8 pieces. Push a popsicle stick into each banana half.
  • Place the bananas in the freezer for 1 hour.
  • In a microwave-safe tall glass, combine chocolate and oil. Microwave on high for 20 seconds, stir, and continue to microwave at 20-second intervals until melted.
  • Dip bananas in chocolate mixture and hold until the chocolate gets firm.
  • Enjoy!
  • *To store the leftovers, you can just wrap them in a small piece of foil.
Calorie Breakdown:
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*Be sure to check out the other Healthy Gal Recipes for some other healthy meal ideas!

~Healthy Gal~

*Disclaimer: Never start a new exercise/diet regimen without consulting your Dr. first.
*Copywright: This is an original series developed and written by Coupon Gal.

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Healthy Banana Bread Recipe!

Applesauce is a great substitute for oil when baking! It still provides a nice, moist texture and it is MUCH healthier than oil! This week I played with my grandma’s banana bread recipe to make it a “healthy” version! I had two people try it (besides myself since I’ve been told I have a “healthy” pallet now and “everything” healthy tastes good to me) and they both gave it two thumbs up! I hope you like it too! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Large Mashed Bananas
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 2/3 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1 1/2 Cups Splenda (*I have also used 1/2 Cup Pure Grade A Honey with 1 Cup Splenda)
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla (or Vanilla Extract)
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mas the three large bananas and then add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Spray a 9 x 5″ loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray (Pam) and sprinkle with flour to coat the pan evenly.
  • Pour batter into the pan and bake at 325 for about 1 hour.
  • Enjoy!

*Be sure to check out the other Healthy Gal Recipes for some other healthy meal ideas!

~Healthy Gal~

*Disclaimer: Never start a new exercise/diet regimen without consulting your Dr. first.
*Copywright: This is an original series developed and written by Coupon Gal.

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Healthy Ranch Dip Recipe!

Greek yogurt is a great substitute when making ranch dip! It’s filled with protein and low in sugar! This week I learned a new recipe that was very simple and very good! I hope you like this healthy ranch dip recipe! One of the ways I stay on track when going to family or friend gatherings, is by offering to bring a dish that is healthy. Bring this dip with a tray of veggies and you are set! Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Packet of Ranch Dip Mix
  • 1/4 Cup Fat Free Milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Lemon Juice

Directions:

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Enjoy with your favorite veggies!

*Be sure to check out the other Healthy Gal Recipes for some other healthy meal ideas!

~Healthy Gal~

*Disclaimer: Never start a new exercise/diet regimen without consulting your Dr. first.
*Copywright: This is an original series developed and written by Coupon Gal.

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Healthy Spaghetti Squash Chicken Marinara Recipe!

Spaghetti squash is a great item to substitute for pasta! This week I learned a new recipe that was very simple and very good! I hope you like this healthy spaghetti squash chicken marinara recipe! Enjoy!

(This is what spaghetti squash looks like, just in case you didn’t know.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium or Large Spaghetti Squash
  • 3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts Cut into Chunks
  • 1 Large Can of Hunts Diced Tomatoes (You can also make your own. I use Hunts.)
  • 1 Green Bellpepper
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and remove all the seeds (like you would out of a pumpkin).
  • Sprinkle the inside with olive oil and seasonings if you desire. (I just used a little pepper).
  • Place both pieces face down on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake for 25 min. (or until you can easily poke a fork in the squash).
  • In a large skillet over medium heat cook the diced chicken breast in a little olive oil, with the garlic salt and pepper. Saute until the meat is fully cooked.
  • Add the large can of diced tomatoes and sliced green bell pepper to the chicken and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover with a lid. Simmer until the bell pepper is cooked to your desire.
  • Remove the spaghetti squash from the oven and rake the inside out with a fork.
  • Serve by placing the chicken marinara mixture over a bed of the spaghetti squash.
  • Enjoy!

*Be sure to check out the other Healthy Gal Recipes I have written about for some other healthy meal ideas!

~Healthy Gal~

*Disclaimer: Never start a new exercise/diet regimen without consulting your Dr. first.
*Copywright: This is an original series developed and written by Coupon Gal.

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Italian Bread Crumbs Recipe!

You DO NOT have to sacrifice healthy eating just because you are on a budget! I live on a budget everyday and I am a HUGE avid healty, clean eater!

One of the ways I cut back on my grocery costs is by making things myself instead of buying pre-packaged products. That pretty little packaging costs a pretty little penny (if ya know what I mean). One of the ways I make healthier meals is by using bread crumbs and baking things instead of deep frying. All you have to do is dip the food in whipped egg whites and then in the bread crumbs and bake it in the oven. It’s that simple! You can use bread crumbs as a filler in things like meatloaf, as a coating for fried food like home-made fish fingers, pork chops, goat cheese, eggplant parmesan or chicken strips, or as a topping to a baked casserole. The possibilities are endless!

Ok, so first thing I want to share is that many stores have a marked down bread section. If you don’t know where it is…ask (PLEASE ASK). Bread can be frozen and is something that often does NOT have coupons, so finding this spot in your store will soon be your best friend. And also ask what time/day they put the bread there. For example, I know my Ralphs puts bread on a rack in the hallway near the bathroom (haha..I know, nice place) every morning, so if I need a deal on bread, I go in the morning as early as I can get there. Remember when I gave you 3 Simple Steps to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half and Still Eat Healthy? This recipe adopts two of those ideas! Buy what is on sale and freeze fresh food.

I got the bread for these Italian bread crumbs for $.99 and made the equivalent to 3 canisters of store-bought bread crumbs. Ummm…that’s just $.33 per canister compared to about $4.00. HUGE savings!

Ingredients:

  • (1) Loaf of Sourdough Bread (you can also use whole wheat or whole grain bread, but I figure you are using so little by just dipping the food in the crumbs and you are already making it way healthier by NOT deep frying it. It’s your choice.)
  • (1) Tablespoon of Garlic Salt
  • (2) Tablespoons of mixed Italian Seasoning

Directions:

  • Toast the entire loaf of bread using your toaster or the oven (set at 400 degrees).
  • Place the bread in a food processor or blender and grind the bread down to tiny little crumbs.
  • Add the garlic salt and the mixed Italian bread crumbs and mix until well blended.
  • *You can add any additional seasonings you wish to add more flavor too.
  • Enjoy!

*Be sure to check out the other Healthy Gal Recipes I have written about for some other healthy meal ideas!

~Healthy Gal~

*Disclaimer: Never start a new exercise/diet regimen without consulting your Dr. first.
*Copywright: This is an original series developed and written by Coupon Gal.

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Healthy Fruit Salad Dessert Recipe!

This is the EASIEST, prettiest, and tastiest fruit salad you’ll have ever tried! It takes all of about 15 minutes to prepare and the best part is it’s a whole lot “HEALTHY-ER” than regular desserts. Haha (WELL, it is)!

I know it’s not easy to eat healthy on a busy schedule or during the holidays, which is why I keep my recipes simple! When I made this, I didn’t expect it to turn out so pretty and as I was making it, I thought how nice it would be for an alternative Easter desert!

You DO NOT have to sacrifice healthy eating just because you are on a budget! I live on a budget everyday and I am a HUGE avid healthy, clean eater! One of the ways I cut back on my grocery costs is by buying fruits and vegetables that are on sale and in season! Oh, and when they go on a super sale (like a totally FRUGALICIOUS price type sale…you know what I’m talking about…I know you do!) I buy EXTRA and freeze it! Back in January my local Sprouts had blackberries on sale for $.75 for a 6 oz. package. That’s super cheap, so I bought 8 packages and froze 6 of them for future use. When you defrost blackberries, they produce this pretty purple juice and that’s where I got this idea for a healthier fruit salad dessert!

*You can put any fruit you want in this fruit salad and I suggest you buy the fruit that is on sale this week. If you want the pretty purple color, you’ll need to buy blackberries and freeze them though. You can also get a pretty pink color by using frozen strawberries!

Ingredients:

  • (2) 6 oz. Packages of Blackberries (Buy them and freeze them! That’s how you get the pretty purple color.)
  • (1) 8 oz. Fat-Free Cool Whip Topping
  • (4) Cups of any mixture of fruit you can find on sale this week. I used strawberries, bananas and canned pineapple in it’s own juice (drained).
  • (1) Bag of Multi-Colored Mini Marshmallows (I got the ones pictured above at the $.99 Only Store.

Directions:

  • In a medium serving bowl place the frozen blackberries and allow them to defrost. Make sure you leave the juice!
  • Cut all your other fruits up and add that to the blackberries in the bowl.
  • Add 1/2 the tub of fat free Cool Whip topping and mix it all together until you have a nice evenly colored purple mixture.
  • Before serving, top the fruit salad with the multi-colored mini marshmallows as a garnish.
    • *Health Tip: Adding the marshmallows to the top, rather than mixing them in allows you to control the portion size. It is VERY important to control portion sizes of things that are not necessarily healthy, like sugar. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends no more than 8 teaspoons per day of added sugar based on a 2,000 calories/day diet.  That’s 32 grams if you’re reading labels. So, if you top your dish with just a couple marshmallows, it will still be pretty and you’ll still have the little added sweetness, while cutting back on sugar and controlling your portion size. Of course, you can always just leave the marshmallows off, but it’s ok to indulge a little and not completely deprive yourself. And if you are making this as an alternative to dessert, it’s a WHOLE lot healthier than chocolate cake or apple pie!
  • Enjoy!

*Be sure to check out the other Healthy Gal Recipes I have written about for some other healthy meal ideas! You might also like my Healthy Banana Bites that I often eat as an alternative to ice cream and other frozen treats.

~Healthy Gal~

*Disclaimer: Never start a new exercise/diet regimen without consulting your Dr. first.
*Copywright: This is an original series developed and written by Coupon Gal.

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