Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Zero Calorie Vanilla Mocha Frappuccino

Why do I call this a zero calorie frappuccino? This recipe makes 2 = 14 calories each Vanilla Mocha Frappuccinos. Zero calories by the time you digest.

Perfect for Summer! Enjoy!

Skinny Vanilla Mocha Frappuccino 
adapted from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Freeze 2 cups strong coffee. (0 calories)
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (20 calories)
1 tsp vanilla extract (12 calories)
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder (4 calories)
2 packets stevia natural sweetener (0 calories)

In a cup mix coffee and water and stir until combined. Place in a shallow container, cover and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
Once coffee is frozen, place in a blender with the milk, vanilla, stevia and cocoa powder. Blend until combined.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Baked Garlic Turnip Fries

So why is this zero calorie? A calorie is the unit of energy-producing potential in food that, if not used, is converted to fat and then stored in all those nasty little areas like our hips, thighs and buttocks. .

Every piece of food that we stuff into our mouths has the following ingredients:

  • Nutrients (Carbohydrates, protein, fat)
  • Caloric Value (calories)
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
Why is this important? Because when we eat, the vitamins and minerals in our food help our bodies to produce enzymes that aid in the digestion of that food. Negative calorie foods cause our bodies to produce even more enzymes that not only break down the particular food's own calories, but additional stored calories as well. This can stimulate effective weight loss in a relatively short period of time. Turnips are one of those foods. 
These fries taste like the regular potato fries. I was shocked. I can now have my guilty pleasure food, without the weight gain.

    Baked Garlic Turnip Fries
    (Gluten-free, Vegan, Sugar-Free, Zero Calorie)
    adapted from Spark Recipes
    Turnips, 1 large cut into sticks

    Sea Salt, 1 dash 
    Fresh garlic, minced 1 tbsp 

    Peel and cut Turnip into sticks and rinse.
    Pre-heat oven to 425.
    Combine turnip and garlic in a plastic bag and shake well to coat turnip.
    Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
    Spread turnip evenly in a single layer on sheet.
    Bake for 30 minutes.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Zero Calorie Apple Celery Salad

I am not one that usually enjoys Celery in my salad. The reality is, I am not that big of a Celery fan at all. So I was shocked when I fell in love with this salad. I admit it does not sound appealing at all. Funny thing is... everyone loved it. We had company here from out of town, so I made two salads, one that was negative calorie foods, for me. The other a creamy cucumber dish for the guests. Everyone loaded up on the cucumber one and just took a little spoonful of the apple celery salad. Soon, everyone came back for seconds of the apple celery salad and it was the talk of the table, how well the flavors went together. I dare you to try it. Eat it all day... it is after all burning more calories than it contains. 

Negative Calorie Apple Celery Salad
adapted from beyond salmon
4 celery stalks sliced thin ( I used a peeler and slowly peeled the celery, then cut the slices into thirds)
1 apple, cut into julienne slices
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 Tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard
2 tsp lime or lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste.

Chill until you are ready to serve, or serve immediately!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Baked Zucchini Chips

If you are trying to watch your weight, but have trouble with snack urges, this is the perfect snack to have on hand. A Negative calorie food, Zucchini actually burns more calories to eat, than it delivers to your body. So snack away on these !
Baked Zucchini Chips
adapted from vittles and bits

1 zucchini
sea salt

Preheat oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
Using your mandoline slicer on the thinnest setting, slice zucchini into thin medallions.
Lay out slices on prepared baking sheet, and sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
Place in preheated oven and bake for one hour. Rotate baking sheet, and bake an additional 20 minutes, until chips are browned and crisped to your liking.
Serve right away! Watch others stuff their faces with potato chips, while your zucchini chips work on your figure. 

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Zero Calorie Honeydew Mint Salad

Looking for a nice refreshing cold side dish to get you through the summer heat? This recipe is great and filled with all negative calorie ingredients. So you can enjoy it through the day without worrying about your waistline. 

Zero Calorie Honeydew Mint Salad

1 Honeydew
1/4 cup stevia
1/2 cup water
8 mint leaves

Bring water to a boil and add stevia and mint leaves. Boil for 3 minutes, strain and let cool. 
Take your honeydew melon and slice in half. Remove the center pulp. Slice into thin strips and arrange on a platter. Pour your syrup over the melon. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Serve cold. 

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

zero calorie simple syrup

What do you drink to beat the heat? These days there are a lot of low calorie or zero calorie drinks out there, but most of them are filled with nasty chemicals. If anyone tells you it is ok to drink diet coke or any other drink like it, then you may want to do some reading on what those "zero calorie" ingredients actually do to your body. There are countless articles you can read online. Here are a few:
Aspartame is not the only thing in diet cola that can kill you.
You are what you eat. You cannot expect to lead a healthy productive life if you are filling your body with toxins. So my solution to this is Stevia. It is a plant. Plain and simple. 100% natural and 100% ZERO calories. I like to make this simple syrup and add it to any fruit and water to make a great drink. Lemonade and Limeade are the ones I use most frequently. You can use club soda water with this syrup to make a nice spritzer. Enjoy!

Mint Simple Syrup
adapted from Curry and Comfort
Boil 1 cup stevia, 2 cups water and 6-8 mint leaves. 
Bring to a boil for 2-3. Allow to steep and cool.

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