Guiltless Mango Mojito

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Football season is almost upon us, and everyone has been asking me for simple tailgating recipes and ideas. Have you tried Lo Fruit Beverage? It’s is a healthy swap for sugary beverages and diet drinks that was specifically created with diabetics in mind. Drink one on its own or mix it as a cocktail like in this Guiltless Mango Mojito. It’s the perfect beverage to serve at outdoor parties, tailgate parties, for Labor day or just while relaxing on a hot day!

LO Fruit Beverage is a great tasting low sugar, and low carb fruit beverage. One ten ounce serving of LO Fruit Beverage contains the same amount of calories (35 – 45), carbs (8 – 11 grams), and sugars (7 – 10 grams) as found in one whole fruit. It is also a certified low GI (glycemic index) product,  clinically tested by Glycemic Index Laboratories, kosher, vegan, and gluten free. LO Fruit Beverages are available at natural foods and specialty grocers across the U.S. such as Whole Foods, select Walgreen’s, H-E-B, and Rite Aid stores, and also online here.

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Blueberry Crepes

We have been having the best summer so far, but I miss my two boys at camp SO much! I can’t wait until this Friday when I pick them up. I don’t think my daughter, Leigh, has known what to do as an only child, but she’s been helping me out a ton at home. She suggested we make crepes, and before I turned around, she created some beautiful Blueberry Crepes with almond milk. Since we had blueberries on hand, she also suggested  that we create a sauce. These Blueberry Crepes have no sugar, but they are fabulous! And easy too!

 

Barbecue Shrimp and “Too Hot in the Kitchen Cookbook” Giveaway by Holly Clegg

I am very fortunate to have met Cookbook Author Holly Clegg about 9 years ago at one of my first conferences at IACP. I truly appreciated how down-to-earth, inspiring and helpful she was and still continues to be. Known as “Queen of the Quick”, Holly is a Baton Rouge resident who brings her Southern charm to every aspect of her life. Her busy lifestyle and desire to feed her own family health-conscious, homemade meals, even when in a time crunch, has served as her inspiration throughout the years with her total of 7 cookbooks. Her latest cookbook, “Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle at Any Age”, is filled with 200 easy-to-prepare recipes, nutritional information, diabetic information as well as photos, adorable illustrations, coffee parings and more. It is so fun, whimsical and is designed for today’s busy woman.

I seriously had a difficult time trying to decide what recipe to feature from this book. Since I’m a Southerner as well, I thought the Barbecue Shrimp recipe would be great for this time of year. It’s so easy, light and quick with only 179 calories, 8 grams of fat and 4 carbohydrates. For a chance to win Holly’s latest book, leave me a comment telling me why you would like to own a copy of this amazingly fun book. Here’s a sneak peak at another recipe in the book, Chocolate Peanut Clusters.

Crisp, Fresh and Flavorful: Basil-Citrus Shrimp Salad

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I’m on a main-dish salad kick this week since it’s so hot outside. I’m also so busy developing and testing recipes for a Christmas project for a major brand. It is so fun to think about Christmas and smell holiday dishes cooking in my kitchen in July. Testing heavier recipes for work makes me want something really light and healthy for dinner. This recipe is one of my favorites for this time of year. I love the freshness of grapefruit, oranges and basil served with the shrimp. When I make this, it’s gone within minutes. It’s very low in carbs, fat, calories and gluten-free.

Good For You Weeknight Recipe: Healthy Taco Salad

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People ask me all of the time for healthier versions of recipes, and this is one of my all-time favorite main-dish salads. This Healthy Taco Salad recipe has only 184 calories, 4 grams of fat and 19 carbohydrates per serving. It’s so easy starting with a homemade taco seasoning blend for the beef and homemade baked corn tortilla strips. This recipe can also be gluten-free substituting gluten-free tortillas and gluten-free salsa. Enjoy for a simple, healthy weeknight dinner.

Gluten-Free, Low Carb and Low Calorie: Flank Steak with Tomatoes and Feta

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My sister, Natalie, asked me for some main-dish dinner ideas since her two daughters are now home from college for the summer. This recipe for Flank Steak with Tomatoes and Feta is perfect for weeknights and weekends, especially since it’s grilling season (and Memorial Day is coming up). It’s so simple to prepare using fresh basil, oregano, garlic, fresh lemon juice and red wine vinegar. And who says beef isn’t healthy? Flank Steak with Tomatoes and Feta only has 185 calories, 29 grams of protein and only 2 grams of fat and carbohydrates per serving.