Thursday, November 21, 2013

Teacher Fitness Thursday - "Healthy" Recipes

I'm SO excited for this month's Teacher Fitness linky because our topic is something we all love (although it really gets us in trouble this time of year) - FOOD!! For me, I love carbs and chocolate, so holiday time is my downfall. I mean, how can I turn away from all that yumminess that my family makes? So PLEASE share any great recipes/tricks for making yummy food healthy.

When I was looking at my Pinterest board, a lot of the foods I had pinned were desserts that may not have actually been as healthy as I hoped (or it was too expensive/unreasonable to make it "skinny"). So I went through one link and found this amazing website full of ideas - Have you been there? Tons of great ideas, and it lists portion size, calories, points, carbs, etc. I love it! Here are a few favorites of mine:

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Maybe I'm weird, but my FAVORITE Thanksgiving food might actually be mashed potatoes. I know I can have it any time of the year, but I love good mashed potatoes. I could fill an entire plateful of just that and be happy! I've seen where you use cauliflower instead, but I don't like cauliflower and think that tastes awful. This recipe for Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes only contains 159.6 calories for almost 3/4 cups AND it uses the best - Yukon Gold potatoes. Most recipes are well over 200 calories for 1/2 cup, so that's a few calories saved right there!

Low Fat Peanut Butter Pie

And of course, I HAVE to share a dessert. My favorite for this time of year is the peanut butter pie! When I read the recipe, I got a little discouraged because it calls for Better n Peanut Butter, which is $43 on Amazon - yikes! Ain't nobody got time (or money) for that! But I went back to Pinterest and found a few people who used alternatives, like PB2 or other reduced fat peanut butter. Now, that I can manage. Then make sure to get a reduced fat graham cracker crust (mmm...) and maybe leave the whipped cream off the top entirely, and you have a yummy pie that will only be about 220 calories!

Okay, I can't wait to read what you found!


  1. I linked up the blog I started to share recipes and my exercising adventures! Thanks for hosting this great link up. It is so important for us to remember to take care of ourselves as teachers!

    Eclectic Educating

  2. This is a great post! My second passion after teaching is staying healthy. I think as teachers, it's so important for us to model good behavior when it comes to food and what we do for fun outside of school. I haven't posted anything about health on my blog, but you just inspired me!