Caitlin Wetzel

Want to be Healthier in 2013? Rework Your Dessert!

As 2012 comes to a close, we are all thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions for 2013! This year, I resolve to eat (healthier) dessert! Contrary to what many people believe, dessert does not have to be totally off limits for those of us who want a slim waistline in the New Year. Using healthier ingredients, you can still enjoy the occasional treat. Who knew that greek yogurt could be transformed into a decadent chocolate dessert? Or that sliced apples popped in the microwave can be a close second to apple pie? Check out Whole Foods on South Elliot Road for a great variety of organic ingredients to include in these easy to assemble dessert options. Okay, now read on to learn how to eat dessert without a downer in your diet!   Honey Apples with Cinnamon 1 large apple 1 tbsp. cinnamon drizzle of honey Optional: 1 tbsp. lite whipped topping Slice apple into quarters and spread out evenly on a microwave safe plate. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Microwave at 30 second intervals until apples can be easily cut with a fork. Drizzle with honey and enjoy! *For something extra, top with whipped topping. The “lite” variety won’t be too hard on your calorie count.   Greek “Chocolate Mousse” 1 container vanilla greek yogurt — I use Yoplait 100 calorie Vanilla Greek Yogurt, but Whole Foods or and other...

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EZ Meals: Chili

Everyone needs a chili recipe. When winter starts to move in, you have to admit you find yourself “googling” or “pinteresting” numerous recipes for a great batch of winter weather’s best stew. Luckily, my chili recipe is as easy as opening cans! I am all for recipes that only seem like you put in a ton a work for the end result, and also leave you with many happy leftovers! (It makes a big batch.) This recipe is the result of many years of adjustments to make this spicy, thick, and healthy chili the perfect culmination to a cold day. The chili powder and garlic combination brings out the flavor and a little bit of kick — the real game changer for this family recipe. I can honestly say this is a delicious meal that you can feel good about and really enjoy! Great chili takes a good bit of trial and error, so take advantage of the fact that I’ve done it for you and go on and enjoy a big batch to share with friends or freeze for later. You can find almost all of these ingredients at the Trader Joe’s in Eastgate. Chili 1 lb. lean ground beef 1 10 oz. can rotel 1 10 oz. can red kidney beans 1 10 oz. can pork and beans ¼ cup chopped onion 1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes (drained)...

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EZ Meals: Red Pepper Tacos

It’s Monday. (Or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) You get home and there’s laundry to wash, dishes to put away and it would be nice to get to the gym, but it’s 5:00 and dinner is moving towards the top of the to-do list. A healthy, quick, easy meal with ingredients in your pantry (or only a five minute drive away) would be ideal. I understand this! I was there only a few hours ago. (Ha!) The bright side of this story is my red pepper tacos. Yay! I made these tacos as a vegetarian meal, but it would be super easy to add chicken or beef if you are looking to give it a little something more. Anyway, I’m confident this will end happily for you and maybe your very lucky family, friends, etc.! With that said, here’s what I needed and here’s what I did! (It only involved a look around my pantry and a quick trip to Trader Joe’s!) Red Pepper Tacos Serves: 4 4 corn tortillas 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained) 1 can Trader Joe’s fire-roasted peppers 4 tbsp. Trader Joe’s guacamole hummus 3 tbsp. reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese (shredded) Chili powder to taste Sea salt to taste Warm tortillas in 350 degree oven for five minutes. While tortillas warm, put rinsed and drained black beans in microwave safe container. Add chili powder and sea...

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