Ooh, did I reel you in with that title? Am I, a weight-loss blogger, whole foods advocate, green-smoothie-lovin’-mama, giving you permission to indulge?
SURE!!! Go ahead…after all, you deserve it right?
Here are some of my favorite treats:
Baked Tomatoes with Mozzarella Cheese
It really is as simple as it sounds: slice a nice, fresh, juicy tomato, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, top with a smidge of shredded mozzarella, and broil for a few minutes until the cheese is melted and browned. Yum!
And just in case you were wondering if you should try this or not, let the pictures speak for themselves!
The true measure of a successful treat: do the kids like it? I’ll take that as a resounding yes!
I got this recipe from a dear friend a couple of years ago and it is the one dish that made me realize I actually like spinach. It’s so simple and it’s one of my kids’ favorites.
It’s simply a package of frozen spinach, thawed and drained, combined with 16 oz. of cottage cheese, 8 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese and 3 eggs, beaten. Mix all of that together, put in a greased casserole dish and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Delish!
Tomato Caprese Salad
I love all kinds of salad, but at this time of year when fresh tomatoes and basil abound, two of my favorite foods ever, this one takes the cake. Just take a look at this beauty.
Simply slice some fresh tomatoes, layer each slice with a fresh basil leaf and a small hunk of fresh mozzarella. Sprinkle the entire salad with a bit of salt and pepper and drizzle with some balsamic vinaigrette (to make your own just mix one part balsamic vinegar to one part extra virgin olive oil-you know me, no measuring allowed).
Watermelon Cucumber Salad
And how about this for a little bit of sweetness at the end of a long day? This idea was submitted by blog reader, Chris Brown Newmark, on our Facebook page yesterday (you have “liked” us on Facebook already haven’t you?).
I knew I had to try it as soon as she mentioned it! The ingredients are super simple: watermelon and cucumber. That’s it! Can you believe it? And let me tell you, it is SO yummy!
What did you think this post was going to be about? Proof positive that you CAN treat yourself. But when you DO treat yourself, make it count with healthy foods loaded with nutrition.
Who said eating healthy had to be a drag? Or hard? Or expensive? I made all of these treats for around $5…combined! Or you could spend that on a “value” meal at McDonald’s.
What are some of your favorite “treats”? Have a recipe submission you would like me to make and publish? Leave a note in the comments and I will contact you!