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Shrimp BLT With Pesto Nayo July 29, 2013

Filed under: Gluten Free,Low Fat Products,Main Dishes & Sandwiches — lowfatdiva @ 5:08 pm

Not long ago I received an email from Kelsey Revens from PR 360.  She wanted to tell me about a new product called Nayonaise that she reps.  I was very excited after reading about the product because it was not only gluten free but also dairy free!  Yea on so many different levels.  As you know, first I needed to try the product as well as make some recipes with it before I passed the details along to you, my readers.

Well, I have to say I am happy to report, the product is everything they said it would be!  “Nayo is the perfect addition to summer salad recipes (with half the calories!)  Nasoya, recently perfected Nayonaise for a smoother, creamier texture and it now comes in new distinct varieties, original and Whipped.

Instead of making traditional potato salad or sandwiches with mayonnaise, choose Nayonaise. The entire line is eggless/vegan, gluten free, a good source of vitamin B12 and made from expeller pressed oil. Best of all, Nayo only has 40 calories per serving compared with 90 in an average serving of mayo”.

The company  also recently released “10 Ways To Nayonaise” sourcing blogger recipes for unique creations made using Nayo, which can be seen here http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/whats-vegan-versatile-and-delicious–nasoyas-nayonaise-vegan-sandwich-spread-serves-up-something-for-everyone-this-summer-212138941.html

I took one of our favorite recipes, Shrimp BLT and used the Nayo with my pesto to see how things worked out.  I also made some potato salad with it and my husband/friends could not tell the difference!  Everyone was really surprised when I told them about it.

Kelesey has been kind enough to offer up the opportunity to give away a couple of jars of Nayo.  So send your name and address to my email so I can enter your name into a drawing.     Enjoy!!!!!  ramona@lowfatdivablog.com 

Shrimp BLT with Nayo Pesto

8   slices turkey bacon
1/4  cup Nayonaise or Light Mayo of your choice
2   tablespoons fresh prepared basil pesto or use the dry mix
3/4  pound U.S. farm-raised large shrimp (about 20), shelled and deveined
Ciabatta, light whole-wheat bread or Sour Dough bread toasted
1   large tomato, thinly sliced

Romaine or Boston Lettuce

In a large nonstick skillet, cook the turkey bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain

In a small measuring cup, mix together Nayonaise and 1 tablespoon of the pesto. Set aside.

Heat broiler. Place shrimp on a lightly sprayed  broiler pan, spray shrimp with Pam Olive Oil and brush/sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon pesto. Broil for 2 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and keep warm.

Spread each slice of toast with about 1-1/2 teaspoons of the pesto mayonnaise. Evenly distribute shrimp among 4 slices of the bread and top each with 2 slices of bacon, tomato and lettuce. Top each with the remaining bread slices.

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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)

Chocolate
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

Coconut
2 teaspoons coconut extract

 

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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What Is A Microplane? Do I Need One??? February 18, 2013

Filed under: Low Fat Diva Blog,Low Fat Products — lowfatdiva @ 10:44 pm
A Microplane is a rasp-like grater, developed by the Microplane Company, that hit the market in the 1990s.  It is based on the design for a woodworking rasp, and has a long metal shaft covered with small, sharp metal teeth. These teeth don’t cut down far into the fruit, just far enough into the rind to get the flavorful zest off, shredding it into very fine ribbons that easily incorporate into any recipe. Microplanes are extremely efficient, and once you have used one, you’ll never go back to any other method of zesting fruit!

For those interested in multipurpose kitchen products, a microplane can also be used to grate hard cheeses, like Parmesan, and to grate spices, like nutmeg. The teeth are extremely sharp, even though they are small, so be careful if you choose to grate smaller spices (or other things) with the microplane so that you don’t accidentally grate a fingertip or two!

Here are some pictures of different microplane.  And to answer the question of do I need one – YES!

plane 1

 

Spice Microplane

Spice Microplane

plane 2

 

Good Eats! June 18, 2012

Technically this would blog would probably be about “good finds” because what I found will make the good eats!  I do not like mayo whether is loaded with fat or low in fat, just not a fan, so this weekend I was preparing some sandwiches for us on a hot Saturday afternoon and decided to put my favorite Laughing Cow low fat spreadable cheese on mine.  I had some ciabatta rolls along with some delicious roasted turkey breast from Plumb’s Market and a wedge of the new Light Queso Fresco & Chipotle Laughing Cow Cheese.  For only 1/5 grams of fat, one wedge is more than enough to add on a sandwich and give it a real boost in flavor!  I added some sliced English cukes, spring mix and wahla a delicioso  sandwich!

Try the Light Mozzarella Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Laughing Cow wedges.  They are terrific on a sandwich too!

Enjoy!!!   For comments/questions email   ramona@lowfatdivablog.com

 

Some New Finds And A Reminder June 11, 2012

Filed under: Low Fat Diva Blog,Low Fat Products — lowfatdiva @ 5:55 pm
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Ok, the reminder first because, well I just have to and someday I will learn to contain myself!  The number 1 reason I’m recommending you to run out purchase the Mastrad Chip Maker is because it is awesome!!!

I was recently  working on making a lower fat version of   a gyro sandwich and wanted something to go with but not chips (not a big potato chip girl) and glanced at the counter at my pita breads……..oh, yea!  The light bulb went on.  I found my Mastrad and started cutting my pitas into wedges.  Placed them on the 2 Mastrad trays and placed them in the microwave.  The end result was heaven!  Love, love, love this kitchen tool!  So easy and the best part the taste.  I missed bagel and pita chips and now I can them!  I didn’t put any flavors on the pitas but you could easily just before you place them in the micro or even after.  Be sure to order one or find one at your local kitchen store, it will be the best 20.00 you ever spent on a kitchen tool.

Ok, send cool thing I have run across is Hungry Girl Flatbreads.  They are low in fat, fun to make sandwiches or paninis.  My little granddaughters think they are fun and love to make sandwiches out of them.  You can also grill them for garlic bread, the ideas are endless.  I will be showing you some yummy grilled cheese later in the month and I used Hungry Girl Flatbread.

The last think I wanted to share with you was by a company called TWI foods and the item is called Tandoori Naan.  Some of these can be very high in fat but this company has a plain stone baked that is wonderful.  There are 2 grams in 1 large tandoori naan.  I have made chips out of these with my Mastrad and I love to make sandwiches out of them.  Check them out at your local grocery.

Enjoy!  For comments/questions email ramona@lowfatdivablog.com

 

A New Meaning To The Words “Quick Bread” December 13, 2011

Filed under: Bread & Muffins,Low Fat Products — lowfatdiva @ 12:06 pm
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Last week I went to one the Plumb’s Market super meat sales (Alpine & 4 Mile) to check things out.  As I was gong through the produce section I noticed an end cap with boxes of bread mix.  One was a Fresh Cranberry(Concord Foods) and the other was Banana Bread mix (Chiquita).  The Banana Bread retailed for about 2.00 and the Cranberry was 3.00.  Each mix will give you 1 large loaf or 3 small loves and you only need to add water along with some Egg Beaters.

The reason I bring this to your attention is because many women have been writing to me about not having time to do a great deal of baking or not being very good at the “homemade” thing .  This box recipe is very easy and the bread taste quite good.  I purchased both to try them out and I have attached a picture of the Cranberry Bread.  If you have less than an hour you can make this inexpensive bread mix, wrap the loaf (s) up in foil, pop them in the freezer and you are on your way to getting things started for your homemade gift giving.    Enjoy!  For comments/questions please write to me 1lowfatdiva@gmail.com

 

 
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