Monday, November 17, 2008


Today I am going to feature another recipe from The Hungry Girl website. When I saw she was featuring Libby's 100% pure Pumpkin, I was sold!! I use it in many of my own recipes. The average slice of pumpkin pie can have over 400 calories, this recipe has only 133 calories per slice!!!! And thats with crust!! So here it is. ENJOY!!


For Crust
2 cups Fiber One bran cereal (original)
1/4 cup light whipped butter or light buttery spread, melted & mixed with 1 oz. water
3 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, granulated
1 tsp. cinnamon

For Filling
One 15-oz. can pure pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
One 12-oz. can evaporated fat-free milk
3/4 cup Splenda No Calorie Sweetener, granulated
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters)
1/4 cup sugar-free maple syrup
1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
Optional Topping: Fat Free Reddi-wip, Lite Cool Whip or Sugar-free Cool Whip

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a blender or food processor, grind Fiber One to a breadcrumb-like consistency. Combine crumbs with all other crust ingredients. Stir until mixed well. In an oven-safe 9-inch pie dish sprayed lightly with nonstick spray, evenly distribute mixture, using your hands or a flat utensil to firmly press and form the crust. Press it into the edges and up along the sides of the dish. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the filling. Mix well. Pour mixture into pie crust. (Filling may be taller than the crust -- trust us, this is okay!) Bake pie in the oven for 45 minutes, and then remove it and allow to cool. Chill in the fridge for several hours (for best results, chill overnight). Cut into 8 slices.

Makes 8 servings

Serving Size: 1 slice, Calories: 133, Fat: 3g, Sodium: 236mg, Carbs: 28g, Fiber: 9g, Sugars: 8g, Protein: 6g

Monday, November 10, 2008


The other morning one of the ladies in my Turbo class brought one of these brownies for me to try, and I have to say I was a bit excited to have an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast!!! I mean I HAD to try it, it would only be polite. All I can say is YUUMMMMYYYYY!!!!!!!

For 100 calories, high fiber, high protein, low fat and full of vitamins and minerals its a great treat. And remember that is what it is a TREAT.

They have all different products based on the same low calories, high fiber and protein. Its in the freezer section and the website I listed below is great! You just enter your zip code and it lists the stores that carry this yummy product close to you. ENJOY!!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Brought to tears

Today I payed a visit to my podiatrist. Just a simple adjustment to my Orthodox. Helps keep my plantar faciatis at bay! (4 years pain free, knock on wood!)

My doctors office is located in a medical building next to a senior community (Laguna Woods). As you would expect most of the doctors in the building specialize in treating the elderly. Sitting in the waiting room amongst much wiser and experienced patience, it was nice to be the youngest!

Most of the patients were escorted by a care-giver or who I assume was their adult child. I watched a woman (probably 60-something), with grey overly permed hair and those weird beige, plastic looking shoes that old people wear, trying to escort her mother out of the waiting room. Her mother was probably in her late 80's, with thinning white permed hair and the posture of someone who once stood much taller. (She also wore the same lovely beige shoes.)I thought how much patience it took on the part of the daughter to follow next to her mom as she slowly, ever so slowly scuffed along with her walker.

How interesting it is that our roles reverse as we age.

I finished scheduling my next appointment and headed toward the parking garage. I could hear beautiful opera music playing loudly from another building. It was unmistakeably Italian, deep, powerful, full, emotional, beautiful. The sound was traveling into the parking garage and as I approached, I could hear it echoing like a concert hall. It was so moving, so overwhelming I actually stopped walking so I could hear it clearly over the clicking of my heels on the pavement. I stood there listening, actually feeling goosebumps form on my arms. The music got louder and more impassioned. I thought I must have been heading toward the car playing this music.

The vibrato of the woman's voice vibrated through my bones. Such power. Such a gift. I wondered what it must feel like to be able to sing with such perfection. Where was this music coming from? Just then, I turned to see the tiny little old lady who had been in the waiting room with. There she stood, propped against her walker, serenading the parking garage. It was the most unbelievable sight. This tiny frail woman with this enormous gift. Her voice brought all who were walking through the garage to a halt.

She sang two songs. We applauded and everyone went on their way. I tried so hard to hold back the tears. I could feel my chest tighten, tears welling in my eyes. It was just the most beautiful moment, the most beautiful reminder of how precious life is. I literally stood there in the middle the lot with tears of joy streaming down my face. She finished and her daughter went about helping her climb into their giant Oldsmobile. I walked to her car and asked I could give her mother a hug.

Her daughter told me that as a young immigrant, her mother supported her large family by singing in restaurants. She said her dream had always been to be an opera singer. "Now," she said, "she lives for her doctor visits so she can sing in the parking garage. Not for anyone in particular. She just loves the way it sounds."

I thanked this tiny woman with a giant voice for making my day, my week, my month. She smiled, patted my hand and assured me, "God gives all of us blessings. May God bless you."

What a beautiful moment.


I have found this new sweetener that is THE BOMB BAY ! Its called Zsweet, 0 calories and is all natural!!


2 tbsp Zsweet®
1 medium ripe banana, peeled
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup non-fat yogurt
1 ½ cups chilled skim milk


In a blender, add milk, Zsweet® peeled banana,
cocoa powder, vanilla and yogurt. Cover
and blend until smooth. Add ice cubes if
a thicker shake is desired and
blend again.
Serves 2

Per serving Calories 175, Fat 3 g, Protein 12 g, Carbs 30 g, Fiber 2 g