Dessert

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 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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Banana Bites!

Healthy Gal has gone BANANAS (literally) and wants to share another frugally healthy tip with you for the Healthy Gal Series!

Did you know that bananas are a natural energy booster…yep, well they are! So, drop those $2.00 Red Bull Energy Drinks and go for a $.10 banana instead. That’s definitely frugal, right? That’s about a 90% savings…when else would you deny a 90% savings? Hmmm….. I’m guessing NEVER! I want to share a few interesting banana facts with you:

  • Bananas are a good source of vitamins A, B, and C!
  • Bananas are high in fiber making them an ideal remedy for constipation and an alternative to chemical laxatives.
  • Bananas are a natural source of potassium which helps to keep the body fluids and electrolyte balance in body cells and helps in regulating blood pressure.
  • Banana is a rich source of iron making it helpful for those with anemia.

So, I have a frugal healthy alternative to traiditional deserts. It’s actually a very simple idea. When I was pregnant with my son I couldn’t get enough sweets (maybe that’s why he is so sweet) I decided I didn’t want to gain 60 lbs. like I did with my daughter, so I decided to slice bananas up and freeze them. I remember laying in bed at night watching TV and sucking on my banana bites. They have a nice texture and dissolve nicely in your mouth. All you do is slice them up and lay them on a tray or plate in your freezer until they are hard. Scoop them in a bag and wa-la…your done!

         

The Bottom Line:

Bananas have about 72 calories and 0 grams of fat compared to a standard 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream that has 140 calories and 7 grams of fat! That’s half the amount of calories and 100% less fat!

  • Before you throw that banana peel away, here is another tip I learned from a friend of mine: Instead of using insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

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Go BANANAS…I dare you!

~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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