Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Crafts and Healthy Snacks

Tonight we finished up a few more homemade ornaments. We always make a few DIY ornaments and gifts it's our tradition. Something about the holidays brings out the crafty in me. I get demon possessed by Martha Stewart. 

We listened to my Christmas music Spotify playlist and laughed a lot. I made a little Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip with some Veggies and Sliced Apple dippers and a batch of Cranberry Orange Protein Mini Muffins to eat while we worked. Well actually we waited till we were done crafting to eat, didn't want sticky fingers messing up our creations. A fun evening.

Shelly's Powdered Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

3 oz. Greek Yogurt
2 heaping Tablespoons Chike PB Powdered Peanut Butter
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup (any flavor would be great)

Mix together till well combined. I used the new Chike PB Powdered Peanut Butter (it's 85% less fat then regular Peanut Butter but you could use that as well) Dipper ideas: Sliced Apples, Pears, Celery, Cinnamon Soy Crisps, Dried Apple Chips, Carrots, Fruit Skewers, Cucumber, Strawberries, Banana Chunks.


Shelly's Cranberry Orange Protein Mini Muffins

1 Egg, beaten
3 Tablespoons Milk
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil
3 Tablespoons Multigrain Pancake Mix (I use this)
2 Tablespoons Cranberry Sauce (leftovers are great)
1 teaspoon Sugar Free Orange Jello powder, dry
1 scoop (50cc-ish) Vanilla Protein Powder
Pinch salt

Mix egg, milk, syrup, oil and cranberry sauce and combine thoroughly. In a separate bowl, mix pancake mix, jello, protein powder and salt. Tip dry into wet and stir till combined. Pour batter into a non stick mini muffin pan that has been sprayed with Pam.

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes until knife comes out clean. Slice open and serve with a smear of SF Marmalade. Soooo good. These make a great on-the-go breakfast or I take a couple in a snack sized Ziploc baggie and bring them whenever I go for coffee... while my friends are getting something full of calories, fat, sugar and carbs from the bakery case I get to enjoy too. They would also be a great Christmas morning snack while you are opening your loot.

In the light of day I need to take a few pictures of our tree and decorations. It's looking quite festive here. I also did a little menu planning today. We'll be doing our all seafood menu on Christmas Eve (Feast of the 7 Fishes) another tradition... thinking Bacon-wrapped BBQ'd Scallop Skewers, those Red & Green Shrimp Cocktails I make, California Roll Salad, some Crab Legs... still planning. We won't do 7 fish dishes probably but even still there are obviously leftovers which makes Christmas Day a breeze.

Hope everyone is having a good time prepping and planning their holiday celebrations (those that celebrate) and remembering to enjoy the little things. 

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Anonymous said...

I made these muffins today - they're wonderful! Thanks so much...


Irma B said...

Hi there!
Thank you so much for all of your wonderfull creations, tips, trics and ideas to make a bariatric surgery work!

I wish you a merry Christmas and a healthy and happy 2014!

Hugs from the Netherlands,

Irma B

Anonymous said...

I intend to make these muffins this weekend. I have made a few of you muffin recipies and they are a life saver. I am 8 months post bariatric surgery and the Christmas break was very hard for me. My sweet cravings were sometimes overpowering me. Thank you for all your incentives as they have been so helpful