Happy Halloween everyone! Halloween is such a fun holiday whether you have kids or not. One thing I try not to do, but always seem to, is to indulge in the candy. It’s only once a year, right? This year, I thought I would take a different approach. I didn’t purchase my Halloween candy until the very last minute so it wouldn’t be sitting around for my kids or me to be tempted. Also, I did a little research to find out which types of candy have 100 calories or less. While doing research, I found such cute candy merchandise such as this adorable M & M’s Dispenser.
100 Calorie or Less Halloween Candy:
Miniature Reese’s cup 40 calories
Fun size bar Snickers bar 63 calories
3 strawberry Twizzler twists: 100 calories
Fun size Milky Way Bar 80 calories
Fun size 3 Musketeers 63 calories
Fun size Kit Kat Bar 70 calories
Fun size pack Reese’s pieces 67 calories
Fun size pack Starbursts 40 calories
Fun size Almond Joy 80 calories
Fun size Hershey Bar 77 calories
Fun Size Tootsie Roll 50 calories
Small packet plain M’M’s 73 calories
Small packet peanut M’M’s 90 calories
This summer, I was lucky enough to travel through Italy with several journalists from around the U.S. One of them, whom I hit it off with immediately, was Susan Irby. Susan is known as the “Bikini Chef”, the host of the well-loved Bikini Lifestyles on 790 KABC in Los Angeles, CA. This radio station actually spans the globe with listeners in Italy, France, Germany, Australia, Canada and many other countries worldwide. She was a blast to be with on the trip, and I’m so excited to share her current cookbook with you, Substitute Yourself Skinny. Susan is a 7-time author who helps people obtain their healthy bikini goals by focusing on lifestyle changes rather than a short term diet.
Her recipe for “Lazy Lasagna” really caught my eye. It’s perfect for when the weather is cool, and kids love it. For only 308 calories and 3 grams of fat per serving, everyone can feel good about eating a hearty slice of this family favorite. This is just one of many delicious low-fat and beautiful recipes in her book. I am excited to give away one copy of her book. Just follow the steps below for a chance to win a copy. Winner will be chosen Sunday, October 30th at 8 a.m.
1. Leave a comment below telling me your favorite healthy pasta recipe.
2. Follow Alison Lewis on Twitter
3. Like Ingredients, Inc. on Facebook
4. Follow Susan Irby, The Bikini Chef on Twitter
5. Like The Bikini Chef on Facebook
I love creating recipes with fresh mushrooms, and this Panko and Vegetable Stuffed Portobello was a vegetarian main dish was a hit this weekend. Be sure to notice that between September 15th to November 15th, select retailers nationwide will sell mushrooms in pink containers in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Since 2002, the Mushroom Council has invested more than $750,000 in grants to City of Hope for research on mushrooms and cancer. This fall, the Council will provide an additional $50,000 to continue funding this important research. How cool is this packaging in support of City of Hope and Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
Great Health Benefits of Mushrooms
1. Mushrooms are low in sodium and calories, and they are fat and cholesterol free.
2. Mushrooms can be an effective substitute for meats thanks to their hearty and fulfilling nature.
3. Mushrooms are the only item in the produce aisle to provide vitamin D, and one of the few non-fortified food sources. Growers also have the ability to increase D levels by exposing mushrooms to ultraviolet light.
4. These friendly fungi provide critical nutrients like energizing B vitamins, potassium and powerful antioxidants, including ergothionene and selenium.
For chance to win the great giveaway above, follow the steps below. For each one, and let me know in the comments for a better chance to win:
1) Follow @MushroomChannel on Twitter
2) Check out and “like” the Mushroom Channel on Facebook
3) Answer the question: “How do you support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
4) RSVP to the Mom It Forward #gno twitter party and check out the giveaway at Mom at Forward
5) Join me for the Mushroom Council #gno twitter party October 4th, from 9-11 p.m EST.
6) Follow @alisonlewis on twitter and come see me on Facebook
Note: I was compensated for my participation in the Mushroom Channel Campaign
As I mentioned last week, football is just kind of big around here during football season. Each week, we rotate going to friends’ houses to watch the game or head to the games (if we are lucky enough). I have such a great time coming up with creative ways to make tailgating (and game watching) a little healthier, so everyone doesn’t feel so stuffed (and guilty) when the games are over. These Panko Roasted Drumsticks are definitely one of my new popular crowd pleasers. They appeal to adults as well as kids, and they are so simple to make. Your guests won’t believe that this recipe is a “lightened up” version of one of their favorite party foods.
I am having such a great summer so far. Lots of travel, work, fun and family time… and more to come. This gives me a huge smile. In celebration, I thought I would share this perfect recipe for summer. These Zucchini-Wrapped Scallops are a fun twist on a great appetizer or main dish. These are simple to prepare: under 30 minutes from start to finish. They are so light, healthy and fresh, so what more can I say? I made these recently for a party, and everyone went nuts. Cheers to summer!
Salmon Pasta Salad has to be one of my favorite new salad recipes. My sister gave me this recipe which she found in Ellie Krieger’s Book, “So Easy”. She brought me some, and I was hooked. Made with Greek yogurt, fresh lemon juice, dill and peas, this salad can’t be beat. Use canned wild red salmon and frozen green peas to make things even easier and quicker. I love eating this every day for lunch, but this would make a fabulous recipe for Mother’s Day or a spring shower.
I used to love Mongolian Beef when I was kid when my parents used to take me to our favorite Chinese restaurant. I haven’t had it in a while, so I tried to replicate the dish with flank steak and make it as low-carb and low-fat as possible. I served mine with broccoli and had some rice for the kids, and everyone was happy. I hope you like this recipe for Mongolian Flank Steak that I developed for Laura’s Lean Beef. See their website for more great recipes.