Buffalo Chicken Dip

You must try this buffalo chicken dip for your next tailgate! This recipe will save you approx. 100 calories per 1/2 cup serving compared to a typical buffalo chicken dip.

Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/4 cup | Active Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Cooked Shredded Chicken approx. 4 cups
  • 1 cup Red Hot Buffalo Wing sauce
  • 2 – 8 oz Packages Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup Bolthouse Blue Cheese Yogurt Dressing
  • Tortilla Chips or Raw vegetables to serve

Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl stir cooked chicken, buffalo wing sauce, softened cream cheese and yogurt blue cheese dressing.
  2. Place in 8×8 baking dish and bake at 400 for 20 minutes or place all ingredients in a crock pot on low for 1 hour.
  3. Serve warm with tortilla chips or vegetables.

 Nutrition Facts per 1/4 cup: 80 calories, 5g fat, <1g carb, 6.5 g protein

Avocado – Fresh for Days

Did you know an avocado can stay fresh for 1 week in your refrigerator? My trick to keeping an avocado fresh, after cutting keep the pit in the avocado. Scoop out your desired amount, 2 Tbsp is 50 calories (it is not ideal to eat a full avocado in one sitting), then put your avocado back together, place in an air tight container and store in your refrigerator.

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avocado

Nate’s High Protein Yogurt Parfait

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Nate’s Yogurt Parfait

My husband does not like Greek Yogurt so I created a high protein breakfast parfait for him. Simply use regular yogurt, add protein powder, oats and top with berries! You can make it the night before so breakfast is ready for a busy morning!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1/8 cup oats
  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 2 Tbsp crushed walnuts or sliced almonds

Directions:

Place yogurt and protein powder in bowl, stir to combine. Stir in oats and top with mixed berries. Top with walnuts or almonds and enjoy!

 

Avocado – First Food

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baby girls first food

Avocado is a perfect first food! It is packed full of nutrients and healthy fats that are great for a babies brain development. Bonus: This high calorie food helps my little one sleep the night!

Avocado Mash

Ingredients:

  • Avocado
  • Breastmilk or Formula as needed

Directions:

  1. Cut avocado in half, scoop out 1 Tbsp from the flesh and mash!
  2. Mix in 1/2 ounce breastmilk or formula for a thinner consistency.
  3. To store avocado, put it back together so it appears whole. Place in air tight container and refrigerate.

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I have been giving my daughter avocado for a few days now, and it is still fresh!

How to pick an avocado: A ripe avocado has a dark green color. When you press on it, you want it to have a little give, but you do not want it to be squishy. (An avocado is similar to a banana with how it ripens.)

When to introduce more foods: Offer one new food to your child every 4-7 days. This is to ensure there is no negative reaction to the food. And yes, it can take four days to know if a food will irritate your little one.

Any guesses what food I will give her next?

Butternut Squash Mash

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Butternut Squash Mash

Ingredients:

4 cups butternut squash

1/2 cup coconut milk (use your milk preference)

1 Tbsp cinnamon

Directions:

Cooking a butternut squash: Cut squash in half, scoop seeds out, and place face down in baking dish with ¼ cup water. Bake butternut squash at 350 for 35-45 minutes, until soft. When finished let squash cool. Scoop squash from the outer shell.

Mix 4 cups butternut squash, 1/2 cup coconut milk, and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon together. You can eat this while hot or refrigerate for later.

Quick Note: Butternut squash has half the carbohydrate content of sweet potatoes!