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A few #FFDietBet favourites...

Posted Feb 08 2013 12:38pm
On a very last minute whim I decided to join the FitFluential DietBet.  I don't exactly feel like I have a ton of weight to lose but I did feel like I needed a good kick in the pants to start making healthier choices when it comes to eating.  And if I could lose a few pounds in the process and possibly even make a couple bucks, even better!

Starting almost 3 weeks ago I set out to try and eat better.  And you know what?  It's working great!  I fully admit to terrible portion control, heavy snacking and an obscene love of french fries and potato chips.  Making better choices is something that required a lot of effort at the start but is already feeling more natural.  And finding yummy but healthy snacks has been one of the hardest things.  But I did come across the following recipes that are healthy, easy to make and even this self-proclaimed snacker finds them actually satisfying and snack worthy!

Roasted Edamame Beans
(Recipe adapted from wholeliving.com )
  • Thaw 1 package of frozen edamame beans
  • Place in a bowl and drizzle a tiny amount of olive oil on top
  • Toss to coat and then place beans on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or foil
  • Add a light sprinkle of sea salt or other spices and seasonings if you'd like
  • Roast at 375 degrees for about 25-35 mins, turning every 10 mins or so
  • Test at 25 mins to see how crispy they are and go longer if you want them more roasted
On their own these are delicious and seem to satisfy that savoury craving I get. I also like them mixed with dried cranberries and a few chocolate chips to make a really tasty trail mix.

(Photo also from wholeliving.com )
Salt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas
(Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows )
  • Drain and rinse 1 can of chickpeas
  • Place in a pot with 2 cups of white vinegar and bring to a boil for a minute or so
  • Remove from heat and let the chickpeas soak in the vinegar for at least 30 mins
  • Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or foil and sprinkle lightly with salt
  • Roast at 375 degrees for about 25-35 mins, turning every 10 mins or so
  • Test to see how crispy they are and roast a little longer or shorter depending on how you like them
They're not super vinegar-y but they kind of satisfy that potato chip yearning for me.  Nice and crunchy, bit of vinegar flavour and just a bit salty.  Yum.


Frozen Yogurt Desert
(Recipe adapted from theleangreenbean.com )
  • 2 cups of plain or flavored yogurt (greek or regular, your call)
  • 1.5 cups of chopped frozen or fresh fruit (I used strawberries and peaches)
  • 3/4 cup granola
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
Mix everything together and pour into an 8x8 pan lined with tin foil.  Throw in the freezer and once frozen you can cut into bars.  I'm not a huge desert person but when I'm eating healthier meals I seem to crave desert more than usual.  I like this desert because one piece is no different than a small bowl of yogurt and granola yet it tastes more decadent like an actual desert.  Very satisfying.

Sorry this is such a lame picture but this is what it looks like
out of the freezer before you cut it...
I came across these recipes from a variety of blogs, Pinterest and Twitter posts so a HUGE thank you to the original posters for sharing their yummy recipes.  Whenever I see a recipe I'd like to try, I tuck away each of the links until I need something new to try.  Luckily these were all winners but I still have tons of others I'm anxious to try.

I have also tried all kinds of lunch and dinner recipes too and some of them have been surprisingly delicious!  If I could make recipes like that all the time, I wouldn't crave heavy pastas or fatty burgers anymore!  I'll post some of my favorites in the next few days.

Enjoy!
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