Side Dishes

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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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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Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day!

Guess who is here to visit us today? Healthy Gal!!! YAY!! For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you already know that staying fit and healthy is one of my lifetime goals. It makes me feel better, have more energy to keep up with my kids, and in turn gives me self confidence!

When I talk to some of my friends about “eating healthy” or “going on a diet” they seem to think that means you can’t have any carbs! First, I want to say that I believe that everyone is on a “diet” because a diet is just the way you eat. It’s up to you if you choose to have a healthy diet or not. Now, about the carbs. If you look at our food pyramid (you know…the one we all learned about in health class in school) it includes carbs, right? I also learned through Weight Watchers that it is important to eat healthy carbs as a part of a healthy balanced diet. So what are healthy carbs? They are unrefined foods like whole wheat pasta, brown rice, oats, and wholegrain bread! I LOVE BREAD!! Since I love bread so much and it was so expensive to buy wholegrain or whole weat bread in the grocery stores….I set out on a mission to find a more frugal way of getting this healthy bread that didn’t take a long time to make. While looking around on YouTube one day I saw this video on Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day!

I absolutely LOVE the recipes and seriously, they are super easy! Literally, you just toss the ingredients into a plastic container, mix quickly, and pop a lid on and in a few hours your dough is ready to bake.

That dough in my tub literally took me only 5 min. to prepare and two hours later my dough was ready. I pulled some of it out, shaped it and baked it! That’s it!! I ended up with this beautiful, warm, tasty and nutritious loaf of bread:

My kids love this bread and the way it makes the house smell and I love that it costs pennies per loaf to make and that my family is getting truly nutiritional bread that is a part of a healthy balanced diet! If you are looking for an inexpensive way to bring healthy breads, rolls, and muffins to your family’s table I highly recommend this book! There are recipes for whole grains, vegan, gluten-free, and even recipes that help reduce cholesterol.

There you have it! Healthy Gal’s frugalicious healthy tip….stay tuned next week when we will talk about how to use a recipe in this book to make low fat, whole wheat pizzas that the whole family will enjoy!

Amazon has the hard cover book Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day on sale for $18.47 right now. (That’s 34% OFF!), but this book will SAVE you tons on bread!!

*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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