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LOW FAT PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

I LOVE pumpkin and these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are sooo easy to make and delicious, they are truly a “no-brainer”. In this brainless baking segment, I show you how to vamp up your old chocolate chip cookie mix and create something not only healthier and lower in fat than traditional cookies but a treat that tastes even better too!

Candy Corn Parfaits


Another YUMMY, healthy and VEGAN Halloween treat! Check out these easy to make and adorable make parfaits as well as my “hummus pumpkin patch” video for fun, festive and HEALTHY Halloween ideas! Be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel while your there!

Sweet Summer Green Smoothie

          I don’t know about you but I’ve been on a HUGE smoothie kick all summer long. Seriously, when we got that crazy heat wave in NY I pretty much lived on smoothies because I couldn’t bare thinking of consuming anything that wasn’t cold and liquid. Smoothies are great for breakfast, I love making one after a workout or yoga sesh in the morning and taking it on the go with me as I start my day! I also confess that I do love smoothie pics on instagram. It’s so fun (for me atleast) to see what other people are concocting up. I mean, I’m sure we all enjoy a little of trial and error with our handy blender but sometimes it’s just nice to make something you KNOW is going to taste good! So when I saw my girl, Sarah, posting crazy yummy looking smoothie pictures and found out that they were made with some of my favorite super foods, well I just had to see if I could share them with all of you! Lucky for you, Sarah is a sweetheart and sent me over recipes and pictures right away! So get excited, this smoothie is total green gloriousness and amazingly good for you! Rev up those blenders…
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Sweet Summer Green Smoothie
- 1 layer of kale leaves
- 1 layer of spinach
- 1 in. chunk of ginger peeled and cut up
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- half of a peach (cut up)
- 1 tsp. flaxseed
- 1 TBS Sunfood Maca Powder
- 1 scoop GNC Lean Shake Key Lime flavor
- 1.5 C almond milk (unsweetened)
And blended along with ice, of course.

Blueberry Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

 

bboatmealpancakes                  Weekends mean one thing to me, BRUNCH! So regardless of where I am or who’s kitchen I have access to, this lady always has some kick ass weekend brunch. This morning was no exception, although I was stuck at my parents with them gone for the weekend and me in total control of the fridge. So after scoping out my options I got a little crafty and whipped up these SUPER EASY to make, crazy delicious and incredibly filling Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes! I think they’re a super fun, hearty brunch treat with all the fiber, flaxseed and protein you are sure to be full till dinner time but they are a healthy alternative to regular breakfast any day of the week.

Blueberry Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

2 packs of Trader Joe’s instant  whole grain blueberry oatmeal with flaxseed + plant sterols

3 cage free organic eggs

4oz of fat free vanilla or plain yogurt (I used Activa because that’s what my mom had in the house but you can use whatever you prefer, greek yogurt might be even better!)

Mix it all together and spoon it on to a non stick frying pan! This recipe should make three pretty large pancakes or six small pancakes! If you’d like to make a smaller version, I’d use one packet of oatmeal, one egg and 2 tbsps of yogurt! Yum!! Enjoy!

 

Dear Coffee, I MISS YOU!

latte                                  It’s five in the morning and I’m in Chicago, lacing up my running sneakers and putting on my fitbit for BlogHer’s 5K. It’s been almost 4 whole weeks since I broke up with my favorite addiction, the latte, and I need to confess, it has not been easy. I attended a pretty amazing panel yesterday for health bloggers and some of the speakers brought up a really interesting point, sometimes were TOO POSITIVE! Whaaaaaat?!! I pride myself on being motivating, positive and a constant source of good vibes for you guys, but they had a point.

LET’S GET REAL.

I’m human. I have bad days, too. GASP. To be honest, because of my meditation practice and dedication to treating my body well, they are a lot less frequent than they used to be. I do still want to be that source of positivity and encouragement for all of you but I think I’m going to start incorporating some of my struggles in here too. I want you to know your not alone. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is the most AMAZING, kick ass mind set or wonderful SUPER healthy eating habits! We are all a work in progress, myself included and the most important thing we can do is show up for our assignments and give it all we got!

On to coffee, I miss coffee. If you haven’t gathered from my instagram, twitter and facebook feeds, I am a crazy busy person. I am always on the go and sometimes I  don’t get nearly as much sleep as I really need. This wasn’t news to me but I guess it hit me like a ton of bricks once I gave up my “life juice”. I used to joke around that I was running solely on green juice and coffee, my miracle combination. Well my Sonny has lost it’s Cher and it’s a little rainy over here in paradise. I have stayed true to my guns, I’ve been replacing my java with some english breakfast tea when times are hard and getting through it. However, I did want to come clean to you and let you know it hasn’t been a walk in the clouds.

Of course, the fact that I’ve barely gotten 6 hours of sleep any given night this week, is not helping. So learn from me and please, if your ready to take the plunge, be prepared! Treat yourself really well! Make sure you can get enough sleep and maybe even plan on sleeping a little more than normal to be safe. Resisting coffee is not half as bad when you are fully rested, I promise. I’ve also been weening myself down slowly and drinking a lot of black teas with nut milk. For me, a nice english breakfast or oolong tea with coconut almond milk really fills the void that coffees left. In general, any tea is good, especially green and white teas, which are extremely healthy for you!  A lot of the time we are missing our “clutch”, we miss having that in between meals hold-me-over cup or just the oral fixation of constantly drinking something during the day or to get through a really long meeting. A little unsweetened cocoa powder and nut milk heated up can do that trick as well.

Well stay strong my loves! If you have begun your coffee-less journey, please tweet, comment, facebook and instagram me so I can keep up with you! I’d love to hear what kinda things your drinking in place of coffee and what struggles you having! Just #gosweetandskinny on instagram or twitter so I can see them!

Vegan CRACK Bars

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And by CRACK, I mean protein but these little suckers are so tasty that they should be considered crack! I literally had to hide them so that I would stop eating them. So bake these in a cookie sheet and then as soon as they cool immediately cut them and put them out of reach or give some to the neighbors, they’re that dangerous.

Okay, now that I’ve got your scared and excited, here’s the recipe!

VEGAN CRACK BARS
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and get your non stick cookie sheet ready on the stove. In a large bowl combine the following ingredients and then mix gently till they are all solidly stuck together and evenly distributed.

2 cups of oats
1 cup of goji berries
2 tbsp of cashews
3/4 cup all natural peanut butter
3 tbsp of hemp seed
1 tbsp of chia oil
4 tbsp of vanilla hemp protein powder
3 tbsp of maple syrup
1/4 cup almond milk
1/2 cup mini vegan choc chips (I Love ENJOYLIFE! brand)

Next spread the whole mixture the size of the pan so it covers all corners. It should be relatively thin, maybe a 1/2 inch – an inch thick. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until the edges get toasty brown. Let cool, and you’ve been warned what to do once they’re all cooled. ;)

Get SKINNY Success Tip: Prioritize!

Do you constantly find yourself saying that you don’t have enough time to exercise or to prepare healthy meals for yourself? Well this video is for you! In connection with your Summer Slim Down Challenge, I hope this video helps you through those struggles and creates a breakthrough for you to step up your healthy, happy living game! Enjoy and please like, comment and SUBSCRIBE to the channel if you haven’t already!

Raspberry Key Lime Protein Smoothie

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It’s a scorching 90 degrees in New York City today and I was itching for something light and cold for lunch after running around to meetings all morning so I whipped up this delicious and refreshing protein and fiber packed concoction! Give it a whirl this summer!

Raspberry Key Lime Protein Smoothie
1 cup coconut milk
6 ice cubes
1 lime, chopped and skinned
1/2 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
4 scoops of Adonia Key Lime Pie fat free frozen yogurt
4 tbsps of vanilla hemp protein powder (Manitoba Harvest)

Blend it all together and top it off with a lime for a little added festiveness! This delicious smoothie has 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber!

Avocado Toast: ultimate VEGAN breakfast

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For those of you that follow me on Instagram (@gosweetandskinny), you have already seen this yummy delight and for those of you who don’t, what are you waiting for?! I post healthy food porn all the time and inspirational sayings! Haha Anyways, back to business, this post is about my new breakfast obsession, avocado toast ! All I do is toast some of my favorite bread ( which happens to be one degree organic’s lentil whole wheat) and then top it off with half of an avocado that I’ve skinned and chopped. Then I drizzle a little olive oil and sprinkle some salt. It’s just as easy as making cereal but is packed with lots of healthy filling fats to start your day off right. Plus as an added bonus, it just happens to be vegan! Double win! I have grown to love this so much that I now prefer it to almost any other breakfast, which is why I just had to write about it for you guys! Give it a whirl this week and you just might develop a seriously healthy addiction! ;)

EASY WAYS TO EXERCISE AT HOME

Are you trying to take your healthy lifestyle to the next level by incorporating more activity in to your life but not quite ready to join a gym or sign up for a class? OR do you just get too busy some days to always make that yoga class or sneak in some gym time? Watch my easy at home solution to burn some calories, get active and feel guilt free about skipping out on formal exercise! Don’t forget to subscribe, like or comment!

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LOW FAT RED VELVET CAKE TRUFFLES

These low fat red velvet truffles are so delicious and easy to make you’re going to be making them for every occasion! Please be sure to like and subscribe to my youtube channel after watching!

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HEALTHY LATE NIGHT SNACKS

It’s late, I’m tired but I’m still hungry and I hate going to bed with my tummy grumbling! Can you relate? I bet you can. Late night snacking can be a real diet enemy! You’re good all day, eating healthy, delicious meals and then midnight rolls around and you’re still working or just out with your friends, hunger strikes and you’re just too tired to make a good, healthy choice! Eating junk late at night is not only sabotaging your healthy daytime diet but it can leave you feeling gross and bloated when you wake up the next morning! Here’s a little tip video I put together for you guys so that you can be prepared for those late night cravings, keep these snacks on hand and you can go to sleep with a happy tummy and wake up being really glad you didn’t ruin your diet!

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VEGAN PEANUT BUTTER ICING

Watch me make some delicious vegan peanut butter cream cheese icing in this video and don’t forget to comment, like and SUBSCRIBE! :)

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Chocolate Raspberry Vegan Protein Shake

After my morning workout today I was really craving something cold and fruity! So I decided why not use some of the great products I sampled last night at NYC’s food fete and whip up something yummy! Combining So Delicious’s chocolate coconut milk and Manitoba Harvest’s hemp protein powder for a protein packed, craving satisfying, sweet breakfast treat! And the best part is that it takes only minutes to make!

Chocolate Raspberry Protein Shake

4 tbsp of Manitoba Harvest hemp powder
1 cup So Delicious chocolate coconut milk
1 cup frozen raspberries
Half a tray of ice cubes

Blend and enjoy! You can add bananas, strawberries or whatever you’d like as long as your base is the hemp protein and coconut milk, you’ll still get a wonderful animal product free dose of protein!

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3 Ah-MAZING meatless dinners

It’s that time of the week again where you try to skip your favorite carnivorous meals and live a day in the life of a vegetarian! Once again, I’m here to show you just how easy and delicious it is! So even if you haven’t been meat free all day, why not try a meat free dinner? These three simple recipes I discovered in fitness magazine are mouth watering good any day of the week! Give them a try!

COCONUT CURRY CHICKPEAS AND SPINACH
Combine 1/4 cup coconut milk, 2 cups of frozen spinach, thawed with 3/4 cup chickpeas and a half teaspoon of curry powder in a sauce pan on your stove, stir and cook it through. Serve with 1/2 cup of cooked brown rice!

PUMPKIN QUINOA RISOTTO
In a saucepan on your stove add 1 cup cooked quinoa, 1/4 cup canned pumpkin and 1/3 cup of thawed frozen peas. Stir in two tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese, one teaspoon olive oil and one tablespoon of toasted walnut pieces. Keep stirring till everything’s warmed and enjoy!

FETTUCCINE AVOCADO
Cook up 1 1/4 cup of whole wheat fettuccine. In a separate pan mix together half mashed avocado, one teaspoon EVOO, one tablespoon chopped basil, 1/2 cup steamed cauliflower florets and 2 tablespoons of toasted pine nuts. Toss with the fettuccine and Bon apetit!

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My Favorite Guacamole

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I was actually taping a video about how to make my favorite guacamole when half way through the filming the camera shut off and I didn’t realize it till I had already made a ton of guacamole. So of course, I stuffed my face with fresh guacamole (after taking that picture for you guys, of course!) and decided it would have to be a post for now! The thing I love about guacamole is that everyone has their own way of making it, every restaurant and every person I have asked always has their own favorite spin on it. Mine is pretty simple, fruity, mild and tomato-less. You could find that totally boring or amazingly delicious but the fabulous thing about guacamole is that you start with an avocado and then it’s really up to you from there. So I’ve included my recipe below but I would love for you to comment, email and tweet me YOUR special guac recipes! Maybe we can make a Guac -Ten ways post and I can share some of your tips & tricks (and of course give you proper kudos!).

CASSANDRA’S FAVORITE GUAC

1 avocado : cut in half, pit removed, then cut horizontally and vertically a couple times before taking your knife around the edge by the skin and allowing the avocado to fall out of the shell
3 whooping tbsp of chopped onions
half of a mango diced
juice of half a lime
1/4 tsp of salt

Chips made from whole wheat pita’s cut into triangles and baked in the oven for 5 -10 minutes! Such an easy and delicious snack! Oh and did I mention it’s naturally VEGAN!? Win! :)

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Clean Up Your Diet

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Clean up your diet! But before you even begin to do that you should clean up your kitchen!! That’s a real pic of my actual kitchen cabinet before and after I cleaned and organized it. I don’t know if you can tell but in the latter picture, I have my spices and canned goods on the first most accessible shelf, my baking products on the middle shelf (because I use them a great deal) and then my carb stuff all the way at the top so it’s out of my eye line and I’m not constantly looking at it. Cleaning was also a great way for me to go through and ditch things I no longer eat or stuff I know I shouldn’t be eating! A great way to start off a healthy, clean diet is to do a complete overhaul of your kitchen. It sends signals to your brain that a big change is going on and opens it up for a fresh beginning! If you take action, toss those unhealthy leftovers, naughty things lurking in your freezer or fridge and organize your cabinets in a smart creative way, maybe even add some fun motivational quotes in there, you are setting yourself up for success! And now every time you walk into your kitchen you’ll be reminded of it!! Go get cleaning and send me your before and afters! I can’t wait to see!

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Meatless Monday

Have you been tossing around the idea of going meatless this Monday?! Even if you haven’t till you read this post, I hope now you are. I understand the overwhelmingness of giving up meat for a lifetime or maybe even a couple months but how about for just one day a week? I’ve already written a post about why this is a fabulous idea and all the benefits you’ll reap from just one day off meat, so if you haven’t read that, check it out here.

Alright, so now you know why going meatless one day is a great start (or you skipped the article and are taking my word for it)! The great thing about going vegetarian for one day a week is that it allows you to experiment with all sorts of different food choices you might normally pass over for some chicken or steak! However, I often find my carnivorous friends struggling to eat anything more than carbs when they first try this out and that’s no bueno! So to make your meatless Mondays even easier, every Monday I’ll be posting a meat free meal plan full of easy practical options for you to indulge in and start your week off right! Of course you needn’t follow it exactly if you have some yummy meat free ideas of your own add them in! And please comment below and let me know some great things you’ve been eating!

Meatless Monday Meal Plan #1

Breakfast:
Oatmeal with almond milk, fresh berries and sprinkled with chia seeds
OR
Fresh green juice (if your one of hose people who aren’t very hungry in the morning)

Lunch:
A nice big bowl of lentil soup
OR
A make-it-yourself salad (but what about protein?! Lentils, kidney beans, black beans, quinoa, edamame or grilled tofu are all great protein packed salad add ons!)

Dinner:
Feeling decadent? Try my skinny eggplant parmigiana recipe
OR
Quinoa with sautéed spinach, onions, asparagus, zucchini, whatever veggies your heart desires..

Snacks:
Almond butter with sliced apples
Carrots or broccoli with hummus
Kale chips

Yay!! Your going to make it through this meatless Monday and maybe even find you enjoy some of these meat free options more than you’d ever imagine!

 

 
 

Thanks for reading! I love that Go Sweet and Skinny is your go-to website for healthy living tips, vegan and vegetarian recipes (from everything from appetizers to cupcakes!) and diet advice. I”m committed to helping you get skinny and live the sweet life! Please follow @gosweetnskinny on twitter, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/gosweetandskinny) to keep yourself sweet and skinny 24/7. And as always, feel free to email me at gosweetandskinny@gmail.com and let me know what low fat, healthy recipes you want to see on the site, what diet books your trying and ask any diet questions your little heart desires! I’m here to help you!:)

SKINNY VEGAN PARFAIT


Watch me make a delicious vegan breakfast parfait in just minutes! A great way to incorporate a little low fat, healthy vegan eating into your day right from the start! Enjoy and share with your friends! :)

 

 

 

 

Thanks for watching! I love that Go Sweet and Skinny is your go-to website for healthy living tips, vegan and vegetarian recipes (from everything from appetizers to cupcakes!) and diet advice. I”m committed to helping you get skinny and live the sweet life! Please follow @gosweetnskinny on twitter, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/gosweetandskinny) to keep yourself sweet and skinny 24/7. And as always, feel free to email me at gosweetandskinny@gmail.com and let me know what low fat, healthy recipes you want to see on the site, what diet books your trying and ask any diet questions your little heart desires! I’m here to help you!:)