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Protein Balls January 24, 2018

Filed under: Low Fat Diva Blog — lowfatdiva @ 9:00 pm

My friends that I have shared these balls with usually fall in love with them.  They call them – crack balls, go go balls, power balls and lots of other names.  But the best part about them is the balls are good for you and you can use them as part of your morning meal.

I use protein powder in the mixture which is why you feel full after eating a couple of the balls.  Plus there are lots of other great fiber ingredients in the recipe such as oatmeal.  I am going to give you a list of ingredients that go into the balls and let you know what the “consistency” should be like but the rest is up to you.  The reason being, peanut butter is one of the main ingredients to bind the balls together.  We all know that peanut butter has 16 grams of fat in each tablespoon!  You might panic a bit when you wrap your head abound the fact that I use about a cup in each batch.  Most of the other ingredients are very low in fat so when you figure out the fat per ball (depending on the size) each ball should only  be a couple of grams a fat in each one.  You can use different items in your balls you just have to keep track to use things that are not high in fat because it all ads up.

Ingredients for Protein  Balls

1 cup Peanut Butter/some sort of nut butter (this is the binder for your balls)

Quaker Quick Oats

Protein Powder



Mini chocolate chips

Low Fat Milk/Coffee Creamer (any flavor)

In a bowl measure 1 cup of peanut butter or some sort of nut butter.  Next add 1 -1 1/2 scoop of your protein powder. Stir to mix well.  Next add some quick oats – I start with about 1 cup and mix well.  Try and add at least 1/2 cup more to the mix.  Add about 1/2 – 1 tablespoon of cinnamon – depending on your taste.  Start with adding a tablespoon of honey into the mix (this too helps to bind but you don’t want things to get too sweet).  The mixture will should be quite stiff so now is the time you add some of your milk/creamer but only 1 tablespoon at a time.  If you add too much liquid the balls will taste pasty and will not hold together in shape.  Because of a  newly discovered lactose allergy  I always use coffee creamer because it is a bit thicker and I use less.

The mixture  when done should be like the consistency of  cookie dough.  Roll the mixture into small balls and place them  into an airtight container to store the balls in the refrigerator.

You can eat these in the morning for breakfast or for a snack during the day.   Enjoy!!!








Which one is the right one for me?? January 12, 2018

Filed under: Low Fat Diva Blog — lowfatdiva @ 4:33 pm

January is the time most people write resolutions, start diets, clean out closets or a variety of other things that for most of us start strong but end up on the ever lasting “To Do List”.

I started this blog to talk about low fat cooking and  a low fat life style which for the most part after 7 years I still adhere to.  I still choose low fat options but am not quite as strict as before.  I have gained some of my weight back that  I lost but although I  still am eating pretty good I fell into the habit of not doing enough exercise!

Even if you cut back on fats, carbs, sugars or go on a total plant based diet you still need to MOVE.  Many of us forget that part of the equation.  I am not going to condemn any weight loss program because we are all unique individuals and what works for one will not always work for someone else.   Right now my son and his wife are doing the Whole 30 weight loos program.  When I first looked into the program it didn’t look bad but then I saw you were  limited  on fruits and veggies (because of the sugar content) I was turned off.  I have issues with any weight loss program that limits my fruits and veggies.  Which mighty be why some people move to the Plant Based Diet.  From what I have hear Docs say this is not a good diet choice for a long period of time because it’s hard to get all the protein that we need in our diet.  I would have a hard time with this eating style because every time I turn around I find signs everywhere about a Listeria outbreak so don’t eat bla,bla,bla.  That is super scary in so many words.  Maybe we need to have more community green houses so we can grow our own veggies all year around and not worry about contamination.

So what are we to do if we want to loose some of those extra pounds?  Well first if you are a woman and you are dieting with a guy be prepared that he WILL loose the weight faster than you do (at about any age).  The second thing is we have to try small things first.  Jumping in with both feet and cutting so many things from our eating style will usually make us crash and burn with the whole concept of loosing weight.  For a lot of us if we  cheat or make one mistake we feel defeated and want to quit because of the guilt for  falling  off the wagon.  By taking things in small steps we can usually stick to the plan.  Let’s take soda/pop try removing this from our eating style.  Even if you already drink diet soda/pop try eliminating it, Replace it with water or a flavored water that you make by infusing fruits into it.  Still need the carbonation/bubbles?  Not a problem you can find sparkling waters that do not have any sugar or very limited.  People I know have lost 5-10 pounds by doing this (as well as exercising).  A friend  was  using soda/pop for her caffeine fix so she had to switch to tea because she didn’t like coffee.  It took her a few weeks to find some tea that worked and satisfied her  taste buds but she leaned the market is flooded with tea flavors as compared to years back.

After a month of cutting one thing out of the eating plan try one more pitfall item you know you have   Like no more fast food.  Yes, I know that some of you eat on the road or time is very short at lunch time so therefore planning is extremely important.  Get into the habit of making a lunch by eating left overs or create a different salad style  ( just  be mindful of your dressing) if you like those.  One place I would say is ok for fast food  would be Subway but I do worry about the salt content in their meats, There are lots of cute containers to put lunches in so shoot down that eating plan is tough 🙂

One of the other things we need to remember is it takes time for the weight to come off for most of us.  The extra weight didn’t go on overnight so if you want it to stay off it will not come off overnight.  Some of my friends say “I don’t like to just walk on a treadmill”! My comment to them is well guess what the gym you belong to has more than just treadmills.  Try using an elliptical, rowing machine, there are usually 2-3 different types of bikes.  Try them all!  I tell people I don’t just walk on a dumb treadmill for 30-40 minutes a day – can you say boring?  I use the elliptical for 15 minutes (working my way up in time but this machine kicks my butt) and then I will bike or walk the rest of my time.  I do weights  in between.   Mix it up and find what works for you.  Complaining is easy but all it does is bring negative energy to you.  Trying makes you feel better and the endorphins literately make you feel pretty happy and proud of what you have done!

Let me know how your eating style is working for you.  Maybe you have a new style that could work for some of the rest of us!  What ever your do, never give up.


Peanut Butter Krispie Brownie January 28, 2014

Filed under: Desserts,Low Fat Diva Blog — lowfatdiva @ 6:50 pm


These look great right?  Chocolate anything, right?  Well, they look great but when I first saw the recipe I knew I would not be able to share it or even make the recipe as it was originally written because it was way to full of fat. BUT I wanted to see if the idea would work in a lower fat version and it did – yeah!!!  I was sent the original recipe by a food blogger (who I think found it from Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil)  The first pic is from that original recipe, the bottom pic is my version 🙂   They look a bit different but I bet the taste is still the same )  This would be a fun treat to take to a Superbowl party.      Enjoy!!!!

Krispie Topping:

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups Better n’ Peanut Butter
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal

2 boxes  of No Pudge coffee flavored brownie mix
prepare brownie mixes  according to package but  stir in 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips.  Pour batter into  a 9×13 pan that has been lined with foil and lightly sprayed with Pam.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until brownies are mostly done. Remove from oven and sprinkle 1/2 cup chopped mini peanut butter cups and  1/4 cup chocolate chips over top, then return to oven and bake for 3 to 4 minutes more.  Transfer pan to wire rack to cool.
To prepare topping, combine 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, Better n’ Peanut Butter, and butter in a pan. Heat on stove  stirring until  everything is melted and smooth. Add rice cereal and toss to coat. Spread cereal mixture in a smooth layer on top of brownies, then cover and refrigerate for at least 90 minutes or overnight, or until topping is cooled and set before slicing and serving.
“Brownies will keep, refrigerated in an airtight container, for up to 1 week”.

An Update! December 8, 2013

Filed under: Diva's Brew-ha,Low Fat Diva Blog — lowfatdiva @ 5:50 pm

I know some of you have been wondering what on earth has happened and why you have not been notified of any new recipes.  No, I have not left the low fat life style and I have not run off to join a circus………yet 🙂  I have had some family issues to deal with and I have been working on a new project that I”m very excited about!!!

The name of the project is Hopps Diva.  I make a Beer Sorbet that is  95% dairy free and made with craft beer (mainly our homebrew but I have used some of the beer from local breweries).  The flavors that I have been working on are Maple Nut, Bacon Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter, Coconut, Dark Chocolate Cherry, Rocky Road and Pumpkin.

I will not be sharing the recipes with you – sorry- I am working towards making this into a business.  So far I have given out hundreds of samples to people in breweries, special events, fund raisers and some of the sorbet even took flight on an air plane!  I hope someday real soon you will be able to go into your local brewery and purchase a “flight” of Diva’s Frozen Hopps!

I’m also making Homemade Beer Marshmallows and Beer Doughnuts!  They  are so delish 🙂  I am able to sell the marshmallows at markets and through the mail although I’m still trying to get some breweries interested in giving them out to customers with their bill.

Wish me luck!!!


Sausge And Rice September 18, 2013

Filed under: Low Fat Diva Blog,Main Dishes & Sandwiches — lowfatdiva @ 2:51 pm

I have been so busy playing with beer ice cream recipes that I “forgot” I had to feed my husband last night 🙂  He usually bikes on Tuesdays night so I have some time to figure it out but unfortunate for me his biking buddy didn’t show again so when 6:30 rolled around and he gave me the look of “what’s for dinner” , needless to say I was scrambling!  No, he was not interested in just sampling out the new beer ice cream flavors  – bummer!

Anyway, I had some orzo in the pantry, a bag of baby spinach that was almost beyond it’s point of being fresh and some turkey sausage I was going to use for meat balls.  Hummmm.  Well, here is what became of my stuff and it was good stuff because we ate all of it.  Enjoy!!!

6 ounces hot turkey Italian sausage, casings removed or any lean turkey sausage you may have
5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1  package fresh baby spinach
1/4 cup freshly grated  Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Make orzo according to directions (4 servings) be sure to cook to al dente’
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray with Pam Olive Oil. Add sausage and cook 4 minutes or until sausage is browned, stirring to crumble. Add garlic; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly be care full not to “burn” your garlic or it will have a very bitter taste. Add spinach; cook 30 seconds or until spinach begins to wilt, tossing constantly. Stir in orzo; cook 1 minute or until heated. Sprinkle with cheese.



Garlic Tomato Jam September 9, 2013

Filed under: Gluten Free,Low Fat Diva Blog,Soups & Veggies — lowfatdiva @ 2:59 pm

I have posted a recipe in the past for tomato jam but recently someone sent me a new recipe that had a different twist to it and the jam is delicious!!!!   This recipe is a lot quicker than my original one which is another reason that I like it 😉   Enjoy!!!!  For comments/questions email ramona@lowfatdivablog.com


Tomato-Garlic Jam
2 medium tomatoes ( I like Roma)
¼ cup sugar
juice of 2 limes
½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 small Thai red chili pepper, minced, or ¼ teaspoon chili flakes (this gives it just a bit of a kick)
2 tablespoons fish sauce,

Peel tomatoes by slicing a small X in the base of each tomato. Place tomatoes in a pot of boiling water for 30 to 45 seconds or until skin loosens. Remove tomatoes with a slotted spoon and slip skins off when cool enough to handle. Chop tomatoes.

To make tomato-garlic jam, combine sugar and lime juice in a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add tomatoes, red bell pepper, garlic and chili pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes or until mixture has reduced by about half. Stir in fish sauce (if using) and allow to cool to room temperature.


NOTE:  The longer the jam has to sit the better the flavors blend.  I also like to bring it out of frig so that it’s room temp when I put it on my burger.  Weather you use turkey, beef or a combination of meat for your burger, this jam is great on all of them!!!


tomato jam          tomato jam 2


Adult Ice Cream Sandwiches June 30, 2013

Filed under: Desserts,Low Fat Diva Blog — lowfatdiva @ 10:14 pm

These treats are so yummy it’s hard to only eat one but if you eat too many, you will be buzzing for hours because of the chocolate covered coffee beans!  I only add a few because even though they are coffee beans they are covered with dark chocolate and well we know what the fat content is like in chocolate 🙂  I also add just a bit of Irish Cream or Kahlua to my frozen yogurt too.   Enjoy!!!  For comments/questions email ramona@lowfatdivablog.com

Blue Bunny Frozen Vanilla Bean Yogurt

Dark chocolate covered coffee beans  chopped

Low Fat dark chocolate wafers

Caramel topping

Remove frozen yogurt from freezer, scoop out enough for the amount of sandwiches you want to make.  When soft enough to stir in chopped chocolate covered coffee beans.  You can add a tablespoon or so of a thick creamy liquor if you choose.  Mix well and quickly spread on one cookie, top with the another cookie and place on cookie sheet.     Top each one with a chocolate-covered coffee bean.  Place in freezer quickly.  When cookies are firm, take out and wrap in plastic wrap.

Remove each cookie from freezer about 3-5 minutes before you serve or if you are like me just take them out of the freezer and eat one!  Although the pic shows caramel drizzled on them, I choose to eat mine without.  I just didn’t enjoy the sandwich with that extra stuff which was caramel topping mixed with more Irish Cream liquor and I liked being able to eat with my hands not with a fork!

ice cream sandwich



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