Ciabatta, the Italian flat bread popular in toasted sandwiches, makes a handy pizza base. You can reduce the carbs and calories slightly by pulling out some of the soft interior.
Carrot Oat Bran Muffins
Applesauce adds moistness without fat. A non-nutritive sweetener also cuts the calories.
- Do-It-Yourself Trail Mix
Toss wheat cereal and cashews with raisins, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, or chopped dried apricots.
Fresh Cranberry Applesauce
Cook chopped apples and cranberries in the microwave for four minutes. Then stir in sugar or sweetener and mash with a fork to desired consistency.
All Red and Ready-to-Go Pizza
Put the flat bread spread with the toppings on a toaster oven tray and use the "top brown" setting. It's ready when the cheese bubbles, in three to five minutes.
Base for a Variation on Hummus
Keep this on hand for a quick meal, or prepare in batches to give as gifts.
Blueberry Banana Smoothie
Bananas that are getting past ripe work perfectly in smoothies. Peel them, wrap them in plastic, and freeze them.
Healthy appetizers for you and your guests.
Just three ingredients: pineapple chunks, vanilla yogurt, and ice. Quick and yummy!
Turn your lemonade pink with fresh, ripe strawberries.
Pitcher-Perfect Iced Tea
You can use regular, decaffeinated, or herbal tea. Let it steep for five to seven minutes.
Raspberry Mustard Dip
You can buy ready-made raspberry mustard, but you won’t find the depth of flavor you get when you mix your own.
For a cool, summer drink, mash kiwi and strawberries and mix with plain seltzer and ice.
A healthy topper for toast, waffle or pancakes.
Vegetable Dip Mix
These ingredients are in the right proportions for one batch of dip mix. For a gift jar, keep adding a round of all five ingredients until you have enough to fill the jar.
Whole-Grain Party Mix
You can make a healthier party mix by using whole-grain cereals, olive oil instead of butter or margarine, and soy nuts or wasabi peas rather than the usual mixed nuts.
Peach Berry Crisp
Fresh peaches and blueberries are nestled under a topping flavored with ginger and lemon.
Peach Melba Smoothie for Two
Put peaches, yogurt, ice and all but six raspberries into blender and puree. Serve in tall glasses. Garnish with reserved berries. The smoothie will be thick enough to float them on top. Add fresh mint leaves if you have them.
Quick Apple Crisp
Each serving contains about 134 calories, 1 g protein, 3 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 28 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, and 44 mg of sodium.
A quick English dessert of cooked berries layered with whipped cream.