Thursday, September 22, 2011

Part 2: Incredibly Cool After School Snacks

Now we're ready for part two of the After School Special blog posts.  This one is a little on the "fishy" side--but not always in flavor.  As always these recipes are not only packed with fun, but also healthy, nutritious, filling, and under 200 calories! Check out these cute recipes from down under.

Fish in a Pond 

1 large bunch of celery (cleaned and cut into 3" sticks)
1/2 cup fat free cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup fat free sour cream
dash of cumin
dash of onion powder
50-60 multigrain baked goaldfish
blue food coloring (optional)

In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, sour cream, cumin, onion powder, and food coloring until well blended.  Divide the mixture into two bowls.  Surround the blue dip with 1/2 the goldfish.  Serve with celery sticks.

How to eat: Dip the celery sticks in blue cream cheese dip, and then in the goldfish.  Enjoy!

Makes 2 huge servings with 180 calories each (packed with only 6 grams of sugar and a whopping 12 grams of protein!)

Jumbo Tuna Fish Shells

2 cans light tuna in water (drained)
3 Tbsp reduced fat mayo (I recommend one with Olive Oil)
1 Tbsp red onion (diced)
1 Tbsp chopped green onion
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup celery (diced)
6 Jumbo Shells (cooked according to package, chilled)

Mix all ingredients minus jumbo shells in a bowl.  Scoop evenly into each shell.  Serve Cold.

Makes 3 servings (2 shells each) with only 160 calories per serving! (Less than 2 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fat, and over 14 grams of protein!)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Incredibly Cool After School Snacks

You're never too old to love those after school snacks from your childhood.  Who doesn't want that sweet, salty, and crunchy goodness after a long day?  However, most of those snacks come with hundreds of calories and are saturated in fat and sugar.  This is the first in the series of four after school special posts.  each with 2 kid and adult friendly healthy recipes.  So put down those Doritos and forget about the Hostess cakes.  Because these snacks are low in calories, sugar, and full of nutrition.  It doesn't hurt that they're oh so cute either :) Lets get back to our childhood.

PB & Raspberry Pops

1/2 cup reduced fat Jif Peanut Butter
1 cup fat free Plain Yogurt
1 cup Skim Milk
1 Tbsp honey
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup raspberries
2 cups prepared Crystal Light Raspberry Ice Drink Mix
1/4 cup sesame seeds (optional)

Blend with a hand-mixer the peanut butter, plain yogurt, skim milk, honey, and vanilla until smooth.

Pour Peanut Butter mixture into popsicle molds until they are 1/3 of the way full.  Cover and freeze pops for 1 hour.  Meanwhile, cover and chill the remaining peanut butter mixture.

Stir together the raspberries and Crystal Light drink mix.  Take the pops out of the freezer and divide the drink mix among the pops.  Place popsicle sticks in the pops.  Cover and freeze for another hour.  Take out and top with the remaining peanut butter mixture.  Freeze for 8 hours or until completely frozen.

When ready to serve, take the pops out of the freezer and let them sit for 5 minutes.  If desired, brush honey at the base of the pops and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Enjoy!

Makes 6-8 pops with around 140 calories each! (Only 7 grams of sugar and packed with 6 grams of protein per pop!)

Tangy Cucumber Boats

2  cucumbers 8"  (halved and seeds removed)
1/2 cup fat free cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup fat free sour cream
1/8 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dried cilantro
dash of lime juice (optional)

Cut ends of cucumbers into small triangular shapes and place onto toothpicks.  Scoop out the seeds out of the halved cucumbers with a small melon baller.

Combine cream cheese, sour cream, onion powder, cumin, cilantro, and lime juice in a bowl.  Mix until well blended. Divide the cream cheese mixture into the cucumber boats evenly.

Finish the cucumber boats off with the cucumber toothpick sails for garnish.  Enjoy!

Makes 2 servings (2 cucumber halves each) 130 calories per serving (Less than 5 grams of sugar, virtually no fat, and over 11 grams of protein!)