low-fat


I know, low-fat fudgy cream cheese brownies?  Is that possible?  It is — I promise!  I was shockingly enjoying them because the brownies were chocolate-y and moist. 

Low fat Chocolate Brownies with Cream Cheese  Low fat Chocolate Brownie Cream Cheese  Low fat Chocolate Brownie Cream Cheese

I think I could have lived without the cream cheese top and saved myself some more calories.  But I know that’s just me. 

I also don’t like frosting.  Take a moment.  I know.

Brownies are my favorite, but I can’t eat the full fat ones…unless I want to pack on the poundage.  So I decided to make up my own low fat version. 

Preheat the oven to 350.  Now add the following into a mixing bowl:

  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • 2 TBSP butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce (or mango sauce!)
  • 1/2 cup of dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 2/3 cup-1 cup of sugar (depends on how sweet you like it)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 TBSP strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup of chocolate chips (opt)
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts (opt, although I think it’s best with them)

Bake for 20-25 minutes

Low fat Dark Chocolate Brownies  Low fat Dark Chocolate Brownies  Low fat Dark Chocolate Brownies

The brownies are moist, chewy and really good.  They do stick to your fingers a bit (since there’s not a lot of fat), but seriously, way lower fat than the normal ones.  And if it means I can eat one without too much guilt, I’m in.

Here are the brownies with walnuts:

Low fat Dark Chocolate Brownie with Walnuts Dough  Low fat Dark Chocolate Brownie with Walnuts  Low fat Dark Chocolate Brownie with Walnuts

With the heat, I thought a light meal of catfish would be really yummy.  And while I love fried catfish (really fried anything) as much as the next person, I wanted to keep it healthy.

So here’s my broiled lemon catfish recipe:

  • 1 lb of catfish
  • 3-4 tsp of Old Bay Seasoning (enough to cover both sides of the catfish)
  • 4 TBSP of panko crumbs (enough to cover both sides of the catfish)
  • 2 tsp of corn starch
  • 2 tsp of lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions: Pat the catfish dry with paper towels.  Sprinkle the catfish with Old Bay Seasonings and salt & pepper.  Then sprinkle the lemon juice over both sides.  Put the finely chopped garlic on both sides.  Then lightly pour some Extra Virgin Olive Oil on both sides.  Next mix the panko crumbs with the corn starch in a bowl.  Then put the mixture on both sides.  Then finish with a light drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Broil on each side for 6-7 minutes. 

Healthy Broiled Garlic Lemon Catfish  Healthy Broiled Garlic Lemon Catfish

So I’ve seen the commercials, read the stories, and have only now tried these 100 calorie snack packs.

I was walking in downtown DC and happened to run into the people who were giving away free 100 calorie snacks such as the Oreo Granola bar, Ritz Crackers, Nutter Butter Bar, etc.  I’m slowly starting to try them so future posts to come on those. 

Anyway, I tried the bar and I think it doesn’t taste too bad.  It’s about 2.5 inches long and about 1 inch high.  The usual Oreo filing is now on the top.  Mixed with the chocolate cookie is Rice Krispies-type cereal and marshmallow. 

The flavor does remind me of an Oreo, but it does have a slight strange aftertaste.  It reminds me of the cereal bars that are popular.

If you’re looking for an Oreo, this probably won’t really cut it.  I mean, I don’t see anyone really dunking the bar into a cold glass of milk. 

There are 100 calories (duh) and 2 grams of fat.