3 posts tagged low fat
Sauteed Banana & Vanilla Yogurt “à la mode”
I just invented this today and OH MY GOODNESS. I was having a sweet tooth moment and the slightly-crispy-on-the-outside and subtly-soft-on-the-inside bananas paired with the richy creaminess of the yogurt SATISFIED MY SOUL.
*1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
*1/2 scoop of whey protein powder
1. Slice the banana up into thin circles. Then spray your pan with cooking spray. Use medium heat. Once the bananas turn a rich yellow golden color and have slightly browned, you’re good!
2. Now mix the yogurt with the whey protein powder until all the chunks disappear. This is optional. I only added the powder because I needed extra protein today, but the bananas may give off enough sweetness so that you won’t need the vanilla flavor.
3. Top the yogurt with the bananas. Enjoy! Hot and cold, a total mouth explosion!
Lots of protein from the plain nonfat yogurt and vanilla whey protein powder. The bananas provide a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin B6.
Check out the stats, you’re gonna love it!
Total recipe w/o protein powder (1 serving): 220 calories, 0g fat, 38g carbs, 12g protein.
Total recipe w/ protein powder (1 serving): 287 calories, 1g fat, 39g carbs, 25g protein.
FitNutz powdered peanut butter for only 50 cals versus Skippy’s 190? Yes, it’s possible, but how does it taste?
I love peanut butter. I mean LOVE with capital L-O-V-E. But 190 cals for 2 tablespoons makes me cringe! This is where the power of powdered peanut butter comes in. Never heard of it? Fear not. It’s basically the taste you love of roasted peanuts without the fat. The makers of FitNutz and PB2 literally press the oils out of the peanuts, leaving you with just the flavor, that’s why this is so low calorie.
This was my first time trying out powdered peanut butter. I was so excited! I was thinking to myself that this would revolutionize my snacking forever! My fave is dipping fresh carrots in peanut butter.
I tried out three sample packets, one Regular (50 calories per 2 TBS), one Pro (60 calories per 2 TBS, more essential fatty acids for active people), and one Chunky (60 calories per 2 TBS).
Regular Nutrition Label:
Pro Nutrition Label:
Chunky Nutrition Label:
Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter:
Already you can see the 140 calorie difference between FitNutz Regular and Skippy. There’s a 15.5 gram difference between fat. Amazing. And the protein nearly stays the same with only a 1 gram contrast.
I poured out the powder in all of three of my sample packets and then added the suggested 2 TBS of water to each bowl. Looks great! (I added too much water to Chunky though…)
The consistency and color looked spot on.
I took out my bag of carrots and was dying for my first taste of powdered peanut butter.
All three butters pretty much tasted the same - they have a very strong roasted flavor. To me, the Pro had the most “roasted” taste though. The Chunky obviously offered some crunch that was reminiscent of those crunchy jarred peanut butters. It was a nice touch. None were sweet. If you’ve ever tried Better N Peanut Butter which is 100 calories per 2 TBS, you’d know what I mean about sweet, too sweet. It’s almost insane. (You can get it at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Target etc. Ranges from $4-$5.)
The one thing that was missing for me was that stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth sensation. I guess I didn’t realize how much I liked that feeling until I bit into my carrot and it didn’t happen! But it makes sense since we’re replacing all of the oil with water, so it can’t be as sticky.
I did not try adding the powder to a shake, oatmeal, or into any baked recipes, but I think it would be best used in that manner. That way you’re really just using the powder for it’s flavor and you’re not losing out on that sticky sensation.
Overall, I think FitNutz is a genius product. I wish I thought of it!!! If you’re looking for an EXTREMELY low calorie option for peanut butter, it doesn’t get better than this. Seriously. Of course you’ll have to sacrifice some of that “buttery” taste but for 74% less calories and 91% less fat.
Is it worth it? I say YES for using it as a powder for a delicious peanut buttery flavor. I’ll definitely be using it for sauces. But for my fresh carrots…I heave a heavy sigh and shamefully say that I’ll continue to mix my Better N Peanut Butter with my freshly ground unsalted peanuts at Whole Foods.
High Protein Yogurt Oatcakes
I found this awesome low calorie high protein recipe for pancakes! Check it out and then try it for yourself. If you’re scared, do it with me - I just made them this morning and well, videotaped myself doing it. Great for breakfast and a eating about 2-3 hrs before you workout for energy. Check my “food bites” section for the cooking video. Here’s the youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA7s3JyHaps
Makes four servings of three pancakes (3-4”)
- 1 cup instant, one-minute, old fashioned, or steel cut Quaker oats*
- 6 egg whites
- 1 cup fat-free Greek Style yogurt
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1T agave nectar, honey, maple syrup or sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Put all the ingredients in a blender and puree.
- Coat a hot pancake griddle or frying pan with a little butter, oil or a non-stick spray.
- Pour approximate 1/4 cup of batter to make a 3-4” pancake. Flip over once the batter starts to bubble.
*Quaker Oats are the same nutritionally. They roll the oats thinner to make them faster cooking. So steel cut isn’t better than old fashioned or instant.
Approximate nutritional Information for 3 pancakes (1 serving)
Each pancake is one Weight Watcher POINT.
Calories – 136
Fat – 12 calories, 2g
Fiber – 1g
Protein – 11g
Carbs – 21g
Sugars – 9g
Here’s the link to where I got the recipe: