Light Twice-Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes 2I am a lover of all things potato [ heart eyes ] and luckily potatoes aren’t too too bad for you. Twice baked potatoes have always been a favorite of mine. My mom likes to make them for the holidays because they are a little more work than just throwing plain potatoes in the oven. This is our healthier version of a not so healthy food.

Our version is essentially the same thing, but we swap for light sour cream and 2% cheese. We also don’t include bacon because neither of us eat it anyways.. and I don’t top mine with cheese either. These things are full of flavor! I hope y’all get a chance to make ’em :)

Ingredients:

  • 4 Medium-Large Baked Potatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Light Sour Cream
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 3/4 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese (2% Milk)

HOW TO:

  1. Bake potatoes as you would normally and let them stand for about 10 minutes.
  2. Slice potatoes in half and scoop out all the pulp in a bowl leaving 1/4 inch potato shell.IMG_29833. Add sour cream, garlic salt, 1/2 cup of cheese, and pepper. Mash the pulp with an electric mixer on low speed. IMG_29864. Beat until smooth. It will be a paste-like consistency. Pretty thick! You may add a little milk if you would like. Whatever you prefer :)    IMG_2999IMG_29885. Divide the mashed potato mixture evenly among the potato shells.IMG_3007(I apologize for the poor picture quality.. I really need to invest in a nice camera..)

6. Bake, uncovered at 425 for 20-25 minutes.

7. Sprinkle the remaining cheese and bake for 2-3 more minutes.

What’s one of your holiday favorites!?

A Quick [ vegetarian] Fix : Cottage Cheese

C O T T A G E  C H E E S E

One of my favorite foods to have on hand (especially living in a dorm) is cottage cheese. I know a lot of “texture” people are turned off by it… but if you find you do like cottage cheese it’s a great thing to keep in your fridge!

I love it because its low fat and an incredible source of protein! I just buy low-fat cottage cheese from publix.

[ 1/2 a cup has:  90 calories, 13 grams of protein, and 2 grams of fat ]

Ways To Prepare It:

Cottage Cheese SandwichIMG_9279So simple — just replace your meat protein with cottage cheese.

Cottage Cheese PizzaIMG_9367A healthy, low-fat alternative to regular pizza.. :)

Cottage Cheese + JellyIMG_9321Don’t knock it til ya try it!

I love fruit dipped in cottage cheese so it’s essentially the same thing but on bread!

What’s your favorite way to eat cottage cheese!?

A Friendly Reminder… :)

{Pay more attention to your Creator than your critics}

Stop and ask yourself: “Am I trying to be healthy, or am I trying to be skinny..?”

There is a major difference between wanting to be skinny and wanting to be healthy. Before you start a diet or claim you want to change your lifestyle, first check your motives behind it all.

There is  a l w a y s  going to be someone skinnier, prettier, funnier, smarter, and just all around better than you. Thats just the way life goes. At least that’s how it goes when you are constantly comparing yourself to your peers — your critics.

I love my body and want to treat it right because it is a gift from God.

I don’t eat and exercise the way I do to look nicer than the people around me. I do it because a healthy lifestyle gives me more energy and mental clarity to work hard at every day life and serve Him more fully.

Your body is connected to Christ. Do not starve and overwork it. L O V E the gift you were given! Our body is truly the temple of Christ and we need to cherish, nourish and protect it!

Keeping A Food Log… Why!?

One of my favorite apps in my phone is My Fitness Pal. I highly recommend it if you are trying to lose weight, or are simply unaware of the nutritional value in most foods. My Fitness Pal counts your calories, tracks your exercise, and is user friendly!

         I like this app because its simple to learn and easy to find the foods you want to log. I’ve searched some of the silliest, most specific foods (Veggie Burger No Cheese Half Wheat Bun), and someone else had already put it in there. (..I guess I’m not that weird..??) Also, if you can’t find the food you want to log, you can easily add it to the database! Just make sure you have the facts right ;)

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The trick to keeping a food log is being c o m p l e t e l y honest with yourself. If you had two cups of ice cream instead of the serving size (1/2 cup).. don’t lie about it! This food log is to better yourself. No one else is going to see it [ unless you post it on a blog.. hmm ], so keep it accurate!

You are also required to create goals. You enter your current weight, goal weight, and activity level. This step also requires you to be honest with yourself because you have to choose if you are sedentary, lightly active, or highly active. If you’re a sedentary person, don’t claim to be highly active and give yourself an extra, unneeded 500 calorie bank.

Keeping a food log is a great tool for weight loss, but also just gaining nutritional knowledge! I learn something new almost every week from logging new foods. Don’t just focus on the calories and fat. The point is to obtain a healthier lifestyle. That means choosing real foods that offer real nutrients.

I have found this app works best for me. What works best for you!?

My Greatest Secret: PB2

Anyone that knows me, knows about my peanut butter o b s e s s i o n. It’s seriously the greatest food in the world. I often get asked the question “Is peanut butter good for me?” The answer is yes, peanut butter is very nutritious! The problem I have, and I think many other people have, is actually having one serving size of the stuff. 2 tablespoons!? Um.. Yeah.. I end up eating about 1/2 cup. Or maybe the whole jar? Whoops :)

This brings me to my greatest secret: PB2!!!

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PB2 is a powdered peanut butter that has 85% less fat than peanut butter. You just mix it with water!

Peanut Butter vs PB2

Peanut Butter: 190 calories, 16 g fat, 7 g carbohydrates, 8 g protein, 3 g fiber, 0 mg sodium.

PB2: 45 calories, 1.5 g fat, 5 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, 2 g fiber, 94 mg sodium.

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PB2 is an excellent alternative if you are counting calories or are like me and can’t control yourself around normal peanut butter. PB2 is less sweet than normal peanut butter, but what you eat it with can really change that.

My favorite ways to eat PB2:

PB2 + honey + banana sandwich

PB2 + Natural Jelly sandwich

PB2 + Animal Crackers

PB2 + Pretzel Crisps

PB2 is also a GREAT topping on pancakes, banana bread, ice cream, or mixed in with smoothies! I’ve even used it as an icing before and it worked out great. I definitely recommend it if you’re a peanut butter lover!