5 Amazing Healthier Cookie Recipes

Trail mix cookies

If you are looking for something to satisfy your sugar cookie, check out these 5 amazing healthier cookie recipes starting with my recipe for Trail Mix Cookies on Fitness Republic and 4 others that I have tested and tried. These are great for those looking for flourless, Paleo, or to fill your child’s lunchbox. They also make a great afternoon snack and of course, dessert.

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie on Bakerita

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Two Ingredient Cookies on Naturally Ella

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Tofu Oatmeal Raisin Cookies via Ingredients, Inc.

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

Flourless Chocolate Cookies via Ingredients, Inc

5 Ingredient Fudge Brownies

5 Ingredient Fudgy Brownies

I have been craving something sweet for about a week now, and my sister, Natalie posted a picture last night of brownies that made me have to go make some too. I went to my pantry and gathered the last of my semisweet chocolate chips, Nutella, eggs, butter and flour, whipped it all up (with no mixer) in a mixing bowl and here you go: 5 Minute Fudge Brownies. These are fantastic with ice cream or a glass of milk, and so easy! My kids are going to love these to take to school on Monday. Have a great week ahead!

Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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Now that school is starting back, having a slow cooker is a handy appliance that can be a  lifesaver. Author, Judith Finlayson shares how to create 175 different recipes in her latest book “175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics” and how easy and convenient it is. You’ll find recipes for everyday favorites to elegant entertaining as well as an array of vegetarian dishes, tips, techniques and photographs. I love this recipe for Spinach and Artichoke Dip. What a simple, brilliant recipe idea! Judith offers great tips in her cookbook. If you prefer a smoother dip, place the artichokes and spinach in a food processor, in separate batches, and pulse until desired degree of fineness is achieved. Then combine with remaining ingredients inc the slow cooker stoneware.

This recipe is fabulous for an appetizer for busy school nights, tailgating, football parties, Labor Day and more. Enjoy and be sure to check out this book at the link here.

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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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8 Great Fall Recipes and Ideas: Happy Fall

I am looking forward to fall. It is still hot here in Alabama, but it just may get to into the 70’s this weekend.  I thought I would share some great looking fall recipes and ideas starting with my recipe for Lightened Up Pumpkin Dip. Here’s to a great fall of football, Halloween, pumpkins, tailgating and more!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins via Averie Cooks

Pumpkin 7 Layer Magic Bars from Bakers Royale

Peanut Butter Caramel Shortbread Bars via Crazy for Crust

Fall Apple Sangria via We Are Not Martha

Pumpkin Spice Granola via Against All Grain

Gluten Free Diet idea: Sandwich on a Stick

So many friends are on a a gluten free diet for health or other reasons. This recipe for  Sandwiches on a Stick are the perfect gluten free sandwich recipe idea. These also make great  lunch ideas for the kids or even appetizers for a spring, summer, or fall tailgating party. Get your kids to help choose the ingredients and assist with preparing them. They are so cute, and adults and kids will love them! See some of my other favorite gluten free recipes here.

Panko-Crusted Fish Sticks with Edamame Salsa

On a busy school night or jam-packed weekend, these Panko-Crusted Fish Sticks are a snap to prepare and one of my kids’ favorites! They taste and look so fantastic – no one will ever know they are oven-fried. And with only 390 calories and 10 grams of fat, I feel good about serving this recipe to the kids and their friends. Whether you pair them with this Edamame Salsa or chop them up for a salad, they are perfect for football parties, picnics and casual dinners! On top of it all, what I really love is that the exact measurements can be used to make fish “cakes” as well.

I developed these crunchy fish sticks as part of the CanolaInfo “Home is Where the Heart is” Recipe Collection for World Heart Day 2011 (Sept. 29). This observance encourages families to take their health into their own hands starting at home with diet and exercise. To learn more about World Heart Day or to view the complete recipe collection, visit CanolaInfo.org. Lastly, be sure to check out CanolaInfo’s new interactive Facebook game, which features my recipes!

Game-Day Favorite: Basil Bloody Mary

Happy football season to everyone! We are excited about the Alabama/Penn State game and Auburn/Mississippi State tomorrow. I thought I would share this fun game-day recipe for Basil Bloody Marys. I made these on television a couple of times last year for some tailgating shows, and I thought they would make the perfect tailgating drink for this weekend’s games. This recipe rocks-just try it and you will see. Enjoy the weekend!

Home is Where the Heart is for World Heart Day! Quick Dark Chocolate Brownies

I am so excited to announce my partnership with CanolaInfo for their 2011 World Heart Day campaign. As part of my work with them, I created the “Home is Where the Heart is” Recipe Collection, which includes six simple, family-friendly, and heart-healthy recipes (such as these brownies above).

 

World Heart Day, observed on Sept. 29, was created by the World Heart Federation to encourage heart-healthy habits from regular exercise to nutritious eating. Heart disease remains the world’s number one killer and the World Heart Federation is dedicated to leading the fight against it along with stroke. Together with the World Heart Federation, CanolaInfo is helping to inform the public on ways to prevent this disease by providing heart-healthy tips, recipes, publications and more.

 

Besides the recipe collection, I am working with CanolaInfo on some social media events over the next month. On Sept. 1 from 12-1 PM CST, I will be participating in my first ever “Twitterview!” The folks at @CanolaInfo will be interviewing me (@alisonlewis) about my new recipe collection and ways I keep my family healthy and active. You can ask your own questions as well, just use #CanolaInfo. In addition, 10 lucky participants will be chosen at random to receive a free cookbook! You can RSVP for the here for the Twitterview.

 

In addition, on World Heart Day (Sept. 29) from 7-8 PM CST, I will host a discussion on ways to be heart smart at home from CanolaInfo’s Facebook page. I hope you will come and share your own tips and stories as well. To top it all off, 10 more of you will be chosen at random to receive a CanolaInfo Heart Health Toolkit! You can RSVP here for Canolainfo Facebook Party.

 

I am honored to be a part of this project. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my recipes from the “Home is Where the Heart Is” campaign – all of which include canola oil.  Meanwhile, for more information about this healthy oil, go to www.canolainfo.org.

 

P.S. On Sept. 1, CanolaInfo is launching an interactive Facebook game that features my recipes! You become the chef and try to beat the clock! Check it out at Facebook.com/CanolaInfo.

 

Lightened-Up Southern Potato Salad Recipe

My three kids loved potato salad, and their great grandmother, Dee Dee, used to make the best any of us has ever had. I didn’t have her recipe before she passed, but I know this recipe for Lightened-Up Potato Salad is pretty close. We used to dine with her often on Sundays, and she was such a wonderful cook and baker. I think she would approve this recipe, but she might not be 100% thrilled I lightened it up – she loved the “Real Thing”. This recipe is great for sunday lunches, showers, tailgating and fall parties so I thought today was a great time to share it with you.