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Veggie Ranch Cups

Sometimes it can get a little old putting out the same veggie tray at every party. But at the same time, you want to have some sort of healthy option for your guests (and sometimes yourself). Well, fillo cups to the rescue again. Although these have most of the same ingredients you would find in a regular veggie tray, these are a little easier to handle in a party setting. Instead of using bottled ranch dip, the seasonings in the ingredient list makes a ranch dressing without the extra sodium or fat.

Ingredients
15 mini fillo shells
1/2 cup finely diced celery
1/2 cup finely diced red pepper
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1/4 diced tomatoes
1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Directions
Arrange the fillo shells on a plate or cookie sheet.
Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and spoon into the fillo shells.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 15
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 30.4
Total Fat: 0.7 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 19.8 mg
Total Carbs: 5.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.8 g
Protein: 1.6 g

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Green Smoothies

Sometimes the hardest meal to get my husband to eat is breakfast. Part of it is that he doesn’t have much time in the morning, so whatever he eats needs to be either quick or portable. I started making smoothies for myself awhile ago and then I heard about green smoothies. It was all over from there, not only are they packed with good for you stuff like calcium, iron and vitamin c. Plus you can alter them to your own taste, changing the fruits to suit your tastes (or whatever is in your fridge). If you like them thicker you can use frozen fruit. For us, I use fresh so it’s easier to drink them from the to go cup the hubby has. I suggest putting either the liquid or the fruit pierces closest to the blender blades and the spinach the furthest away, it blends a lot easier that way.

Tropical Yogurt Smoothie

Ingredients

1 container greek yogurt with honey
1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup mango chunks
2 clementines, peeled and seeds removed
1 cup fresh spinach

Directions

Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth.

Nutritional Info
•Servings Per Recipe: 1
•Amount Per Serving
•Calories: 313.9
•Total Fat: 0.6 g
•Cholesterol: 25.0 mg
•Sodium: 145.7 mg
•Total Carbs: 59.1 g
•Dietary Fiber: 5.2 g
•Protein: 21.9 g

Peach Berry Smoothie

Peach Berry Smoothie (No Yogurt)

Ingredients

2 peaches, chopped into small pieces
6 oz fresh raspberries
2 cups fresh spinach
1 scoop vanillla protein powder
1/2 cup water

Directions

Layer the ingredients in a blender, raspberries closest to the blender blade, peaches next, then spinach. Mix the protein powder and water together and pour over everything. Blend until smooth.

Nutritional Info

◦Servings Per Recipe: 2
◦Amount Per Serving
◦Calories: 140.7
◦Total Fat: 1.2 g
◦Cholesterol: 20.0 mg
◦Sodium: 123.7 mg
◦Total Carbs: 25.8 g
◦Dietary Fiber: 9.9 g
◦Protein: 9.8 g

Tropical Smoothie (No Yogurt)

Ingredients

1 mango, peeled and diced
1 orange, peeled with seeds removed
3 kiwi, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup diced pineapple
2 cups fresh spinach
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup water

Directions

Mix the protein powder into the water. Layer the rest of the ingredients in a blender, starting with the pineapple and mango, then the orange and kiwi, with the spinach the furtherest from the blade. Pour the protein powder and water over everything. Blend until smooth.

Nutritional Info
◦Servings Per Recipe: 2
◦Amount Per Serving
◦Calories: 265.5
◦Total Fat: 1.8 g
◦Cholesterol: 20.0 mg
◦Sodium: 132.1 mg
◦Total Carbs: 57.7 g
◦Dietary Fiber: 10.8 g
◦Protein: 11.1 g