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Healthy Brownies with Zucchini

These were a huge hit at my party on Saturday.  And an even bigger hit with my kids!!  I’m thrilled, of course, that I found a way to sneak in an extra serving of veggies to my unsuspecting children.

 

Healthy Brownies with Zucchini

Adapted from Spark People

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 small bananas, mashed

1 cup brown sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1-1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups finely shredded zucchini

2 cups all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 pan.

In large bowl, mix together the applesauce, bananas, sugar, vanilla and cocoa.  Mix well.  Then add baking soda, salt, and zucchini.  Turn mixer on high to make sure it is thoroughly combined.  Slowly add flour.  Spread evenly into pan.  Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

made with love

 

YUM!!  Makes 24 servings.  Kid-approved.  And at only 122 calories per serving, it’s free of guilt.

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Meatless Monday

I started the day the same way I start every day… with a kale shake. I never used to be a breakfast person. That is, until we started doing protein shakes in the morning. It really is the perfect breakfast – plenty of vitamins and nutrients, antioxidants, and protein. It keeps me full for hours.   (I didn’t take a pic of it so you’ll just have to use your imagination.  If you’ve seen one kale shake, then you’ve seen them all.)

I don’t usually go out for lunch, but today I made an exception since there was a new employee starting today.  It’s tradition to take new employees out to lunch on their first day.

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That salad is from Brixx.  Who knew they had great salads?  I thought all they had was pizza and beer. They actually have some great lunch specials.

Isn’t it beautiful?  It’s the Mediterranean Salad but I asked them to substitute the romaine lettuce for spinach and hold the dressing.  (And no, I did not eat the bread!  I wanted to, I had a little nibble to see what it tasted like – delicious – but I didn’t eat it.  Are you proud of me??)  🙂

By dinnertime, I was starving. Thankfully I had gone to the grocery store before we left for the mountains. So I had plenty of fresh veggies to choose from.   I sauteed some zucchini, onions and mushrooms with fresh garlic for a wrap.

I found these low carb wraps so I thought I’d try them out. They only have 5 net carbs per wrap. Only problem is… the consistency is weird. Perhaps I could get used to it. I’m not sure.

I tried something a little different tonight and I spread this spinach dip on first before adding my veggies.

Zucchini, onion, mushrooms, garlic, jalapenos, and spinach. And of course, feta cheese. So glad cheese doesn’t have carbs. YUM.

Question:  have you tried low-carb wraps?  Or low-carb bread?  Is there a brand that is better than another or do they all pretty much have that same funny taste?

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Roasted Veggies

My absolute favorite veggie is zucchini. Doesn’t matter how you cook it. Sauteed or steamed or grilled or roasted. Tonight we decided to roast.  So easy.

First, slice them…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then top with seasoning. I chose some black pepper, garlic, and Parmesan cheese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

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When they get translucent, you know they’re done.

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Served with grilled chicken and grilled pepper.
We’re now completely out of veggies. Time to go to the Farmers Market tomorrow!  Good thing my favorite one is open from 3-6pm at Laurel Church of Christ.

 

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Back on Track

We got a little off track with the workout schedule last week.  I know, I know — it’s only the first week.  In my defense, though, it’s not that I wasn’t doing anything.  On Day 4, we were supposed to do the Legs & Back DVD.  I went running after work.  By the time we got the kids in bed, I just didn’t have the energy to do the video.  We decided to push Kenpo and the Rest Day back and keep going.

After chilling out and observing Rest Day on Friday, we really brought it for Kenpo on Saturday!  My heart rate consistently stayed in the 140s  I was DRIPPING with sweat!   In fact, I am really sore from Kenpo yesterday.  So much so that we’ve decided to substitue the Chest and Back DVD for the Legs & Back DVD that we missed the other day.

So this is the beginning of Week 2!  I weighed this morning and I’ve lost 3 pounds since last week.  YAY.

And don’t laugh, but I have a new favorite lunch:   Zucchini Wraps

My favorite vegetable is zucchini.  We had some leftover sauteed zucchini with onions from the night before.  So I started with a soft taco size flour tortilla and about a cup of zucchini.  I added some musroom and a little feta cheese.  Then I zapped it in the microwave for about 30 seconds.  I topped it off with some spinach leaves and balsamic vinaigrette.  And wa-la, that’s a yummy lunch!!  Sure, it could probably use a little protein to go with it, but it’s pretty healthy otherwise.

 

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