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Friday, December 7, 2012

Thurs. Dec 6th

Pumpkin Salsa Bean Dip, served with Nachos for Dinner!

Daily Tidbit:    Today's experiment:  Pumpkin Nachos.  Okay, that sounds much more wild and daring than it actually was.  I simply mixed in some canned Pure Pumpkin Puree in with my Salsa & Bean Dip tonight and guess what - it was good!  As usual, the Pumpkin simply lent a  slightly creamy and sweet touch to the dip.  A great complement to the toasted crunchy cheesy chips that I was eating.  Pumpkin is low calorie, nutrient dense and loaded with Vitamin A.  

"We all know Vitamin A is a key nutrient for keeping our eyes healthy and our vision keen. But that's not all it's good for. vitamin A helps promote bone growth, keeps the immune system strong, fights disease as a powerful antioxidant -- and maintains a vigorous reproductive system. "

To read more:

This one is a no-brainer for me.


Shredded Wheat & Walnuts and Smooothie

Breakfast: Shredded Wheat & Smoothie
1 cup Plain Shredded Wheat (not frosted/ no sugar!)
1 cup Fat Free Milk
2 tbsp Plain chopped Walnuts
5oz Tropical Spinach Smoothie (recipe below)
Regular Coffee, sprinkle Pure Ground Cinnamon, splash Fat Free Milk


Spinach Ricotta Spread Crispbreads with Carrots

Lunch: Crispbreads with Carrots
2 Multi Grain Wasa Crispbreads, topped with:

Spinach Ricotta spread (recipe below), and:
raw Zucchini slices
Baby Carrots
Water with Lemon
Plain Hot Green Tea 

This does not look like a ton of food, but these Crispbreads are incredibly filling!  I am always surprised how such little food can keep me full so long - I love it! 

Snack:  1/4 cup dry roasted lightly salted Peanuts, Fat Free Milk


Pumpkin Salsa Bean Dip

Dinner: Pumpkin Nachos
Corn Tortilla chips, toasted with Part Skim Mozzarella & Sharp Cheddar Cheese, served with:
Pumpkin Salsa Bean Dip:  1/2 cup canned Black Beans (drained/ rinsed) mixed with 3 tbsp jarred Medium Salsa + 1 tbsp Water + 1/4 cup canned Pure Pumpkin Puree (heated in microwave)
Red Wine

Dessert: Local Red Delicious Apple, Water


Tropical Spinach Smoothie:

Into blender put:
1 cup pureed fresh Pineapple
1 cup Fat Free All Natural Vanilla Yogurt
2 ripe peeled Bananas
1 large handful fresh baby Spinach
Blend and serve!

Spinach Ricotta Spread Recipe:

Into food processor put:

1 frozen (thawed) box chopped Spinach
1 can Chick Peas, drained/ rinsed 
1/4 cup Part Skim Ricotta Cheese
1/4 cup Neufchatel Cheese
Juice from 1/2 Lemon
1 tbsp EVOO
Salt, to taste

Puree to desired consistency.  *Note that I used Chick Peas, but I think they made the dip a little too dense.  Next time I would make it with White Cannellini Beans instead for a lighter creamier texture.    


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