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Eat This Not That June 24, 2013

Filed under: Low Fat Diva Blog,Salads — lowfatdiva @ 3:14 pm

I know there are books out there with this title but I just love the saying so I “borrowed” it 🙂  I had a request from a reader about Cobb Salad and how to make it more low in fat.  She loves to eat them but knows with some of the ingredients on a Cobb Salad can really adds up in the fat content.

Here are a couple of quick tricks.  Use Skirt or Flank Steak, omit or cut the amount of avocados used, omit the yolk of the boiled egg and use only the white, use a low fat feta cheese or low fat blue instead of full fat and try out this dressing idea.

Remember to DRIZZLE a bit of the vinaigrette on not POUR it on.  A typical Cobb Salad can have as much as 37 grams of fat in it – ouch!

Dijon Vinaigrette
In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar; 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard; 1 clove garlic, minced; 1/2 teaspoon sugar; 1/4 teaspoon salt; and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Add 1/4 cup olive oil in a slow steady stream, whisking constantly.  This vinaigrette should be enough for lots of other salads not one serving!

Basil Butter June 17, 2013

Filed under: Low Fat Diva Blog — lowfatdiva @ 3:19 pm

Some of the herbs in my container gardens are producing quite nicely and I have a bit more basil than I can use.   As my mind was trying to come up with some creative ways to use more of my basil, I saw a recipe for pesto and came up with an idea for basil butter (I know one has nothing to do with the other 🙂 )

You can use the basil butter to make a low fat garlic bread or you can use it on pizza crust or even stir into some warm pasta – Delish!    Enjoy!!!! For comments/questions email ramona@lowfatdivablog.com

Basil Butter

3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons butter, softened (I used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves, minced

Place everything in a small food processor and pulse until combined and smooth.    Store in frig until ready to use.


June 1, 2013

I started adding up the other day how many iced coffees I purchase in a week (especially if it’s super hot/muggy here in the Mitten).  Well when the dollars started adding up I knew it was time to find a way to make my own!  I”m going to share some recipes with you that are so delicious and easy to make that you will not purchase them out again – sorry coffee shops 🙂     Enjoy!!!!  For comments/questions email ramona@lowfatdivablog.com

iced coffee

Yes, I added a bit of low fat whip cream and a smidgen of chocolate 🙂


Iced Coffee

1/2 cup ground espresso coffee or French roast coffee
1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
4 cups water
1-1/2 cups no fat half & half
3 tablespoons sugar
Ice cubes
Orange peel strips
1 teaspoon grated semisweet chocolate

Prepare coffee with shredded orange peel and water in a drip coffee maker or percolator according to manufacturer’s directions. Pour coffee into a heatproof pitcher; stir in sugar and no fat half & half. Chill at least 3 hours.
Fill 6 glasses with ice cubes; pour coffee mixture over ice. Garnish with orange peel strips and grated chocolate.  YUMMMMM

You can make any flavor you want, orange is what I had on hand.


Homemade Low Fat Coffee Creamer! May 14, 2013

One of my readers sent me a recipe to make homemade coffee creamer,wahoo!  However, as you know me I can’t leave anything alone, I have to see if I can make it a bit “better”.  Here is my version of low fat homemade coffee creamer and it is awesome!!!!  I find I actually use less than traditional fat free creamer.   Enjoy!!!!

Homemade Coffee Creamer – Over 2 Dozen Flavor Varieties!

Whatever flavor of creamer you want, would like to make, you start off with the same basic ‘base’ recipe.

14oz sweetened  no fat condensed milk
1 3/4 cup no fat half & half

Mix the ingredients together well. I like to add them to a mason jar and shake it like crazy.

French Vanilla Creamer:

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Vanilla Bean Coffee Creamer
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (Beanilla is the best)

2-3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
(1 tsp vanilla extract, optional but helps intensify the flavor – I use Beanilla powder)

Chocolate Almond
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon almond extract
Vanilla Caramel
2 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
2 teaspoons vanilla extract/Beanilla

Chocolate Raspberry
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons raspberry syrup

Irish Cream
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon instant coffee/espresso
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

2 teaspoons coconut extract


How Much Is Too Much May 10, 2013

Filed under: Low Fat Diva Blog — lowfatdiva @ 9:44 am

Recently I was not only asking my friends but also myself (yes, I do talk to myself occasionally), how much is to much?  Blogging I mean.  How often do I post  new recipes from The Diva?  Once a day?  Once a week? Three times a week?  How much?

In an era  where we are inundated with robo calls, spam emails, junk  texting and a host of other techy stuff, how much is really too much?

Please take 1 minute (I timed it and you can type a single line of text in 1 minute) and let me know your thoughts on this, how much is too much for you?


The Low Fat Diva 🙂


Being A Mom April 30, 2013

Filed under: Low Fat Diva Blog — lowfatdiva @ 5:04 pm

I’m in my kitchen preparing dinner when behind me I hear this conversation “Mom, my belly hurts”. My daughter replies “Have you pooped today”.  Oh my, is this a momism?  You know what I mean, the things our mom’s said to us when we were young (“keep rolling your eyes like that and they will get stuck”), we said it to our daughters and now they are saying it to their children?

How about role reversal, have you caught yourself doing this; instead of mom saying things to us as a child we are now saying to our moms “pick up your feet when you walk or you will stub your toe and fall forward” or “Mom, do you really need the TV up that loud”? …Ouch – sound familiar

Whether you are a new mom, empty nest mom or an elderly mom you should take pride in being one.  Children are our legacy and there are so many things that we can pass onto them, not just “ momisms”.  Pass on time, by taking the time to share family history, trade secret recipes, your favorite subject in school or your first date.  The laundry will wait and so will the cleaning, but your children do not wait to grow up which results in them moving out of the house to go forward as they start their own lives.

Celebrate being a mom/grandma this month by making brunch with some of the delicious recipes I’m going to share with you.  Better yet, have your daughter (s) or granddaughter (s) help you in the kitchen so you can make memories together.  Enjoy!!!  For tasty recipes all month long be sure to check out my blog site lowfatdivablog.com or see updates for recipes on my face book page Low Fat Diva


The New Balance Bars April 9, 2013

A couple of weeks back I wrote on my face book page that I had an email from a young woman named Bristol who was a representative from Balance Bars.  OMG, I think I found a new best friend (sorry Angry Orchards)!  Bristol told me that she wanted me to try some of the new bars Balance was introducing and I told her I would be happy to.  Well never did I think I would be able to say all of these words together, low fat, Gluten Free and has a divine taste!!!

Bristol sent me three new bars, a dark chocolate coconut, dark chocolate peanut and dark chocolate crunch.  I will admit I was skeptic at first because you don’t often see a gluten free bar that is also low in fat and taste good, but these bars proved to me it’s possible.  The bars have 13 grams of protein, only 180 calories, 6 grams of fat and no cholesterol!  It’s a great nutritional energy bar that I would feel very comfortable eating for a breakfast on the go or for a mid morning snack after I work out.  I even gave some to my 82-year-old mom after she was at Tamarc (a health/fitness facility) and she ate half the bar before she knew it.

Bristol also sent me these very interesting facts about the new Balance Bars; In time for Earth Month, Balance Bar Company, maker of one of America’s original nutrition energy bars, is excited to share the new Balance Bar Dark line – the first nutrition bar line on the market to bear the well-respected Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal.

Available in three decadent flavors all featuring a dark chocolate coating – Dark Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Coconut and Dark Chocolate Peanut – the Rainforest Alliance certification assures consumers that our cocoa beans are grown on sustainably managed farms that protect people and their surrounding ecosystems of water, soil and wildlife.

The new Balance Bar Dark bars are high in protein, certified gluten free, an excellent source of antioxidants (Vitamins A, C, E), certified kosher dairy and contain 4 grams of fiber per serving. As with all Balance Bar products, the new Dark line follows the 40-30-30 nutrition principle – a proven formula developed by scientists to help stabilize blood sugar levels that represents the caloric ratio the body needs to enjoy lasting balanced energy and satisfy hunger for longer; 40% of total calories from carbs, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat.


I highly recommend you give these bars a try and you should be able to find them in most stores by the rest of the nutritional bars.

Bristol has informed me there is a contest give away going on and I will be giving you details about that on my face book page, Low Fat Diva.

Thanks to Bristol and to the company for asking me to try out their new Balance Bars!  Delish!!!!!  For comments/questions please email ramona@lowfatdivablog.com



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