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Berry Sweet Layered Loaf

This cake has a layer of sweet berry yogurt sandwiched between its two halves. The blueberry + strawberry yogurt adds a tangy flavor and a cool, creamy texture, making this loaf a great summer treat that’s also low in calories. There’s also no added sugar, and it’s very low in fat. Plus, you get a healthy serving of fruits while you indulge!

The cake portion is made using the recipe for my Low Cal Banana Muffins – same ingredients, but with added chopped strawberries, sweetener instead of the sugar/ honey, and a longer baking time (cakes require longer than muffins, FYI).

Step 1) Make the recipe for my Low Cal Banana Muffins. Switch the sugar/ honey for sweetener (Ideal/ Splenda/ etc.) for fewer calories. Mix in 4 large chopped strawberries when everything else is stirred.  I also add half a cup of milk when everything else is stirred to make the batter more liquid, because initially it is pretty lumpy and dry. 

Step 2) Pour batter into a round pan greased with PAM. Bake at 4000°F for 40 – 50 minutes.

Step 3) When cake is done baking, remove from pan and leave it on a rack to cool. While it’s cooling, make the yogurt filling. In a blender, just combine 1 cup chopped strawberries, 1 cup blueberries, 1 cup non fat plain yogurt and some additional sweetener. Blend and pour in a bowl, place in freezer for 5 minutes (while you cut the cake in half.)

Step 4) To cut the cake in half,  follow these steps by eHow. Allow both sides to cool on a rack for 5 – 10 minutes.

Step 5) Spread yogurt filling on bottom half of cake, and place top half on top. The yogurt is still quite liquidy and so, to prevent it from spilling over the sides of the cake, I put on one layer first and froze the bottom half for 5 minutes. I then put the rest of the yogurt on. 

Step 6) Refrigerate whole cake for 10 – 20 minutes.

Om nom nom

– 140 cal per 1/8 of cake – 

Turkey Burger with Cucumber Yogurt Dressing

With summer around the corner, people are firing up their grills and preparing the burger patties. But barbecues, although a fun social affair, can be detrimental to your healthy habits if you don’t know how to accomodate them into your eating plan. Beef burgers pack high fat and calorie content, and adding cheese and condiments makes it worse. So here is a super solution! Turkey burgers are much lower in fat content and have fewer calories, yet taste just as good and juicy. The Cucumber Yogurt Dressing is the perfect substitute for fat-filled cheese and condiments and had barely ANY calories. Put it all on half a whole wheat bun and you got yourself a light and refreshing entree that’s perfect for a hot sunny day!

FOR BURGER: 

Step 1) Place patty on George Foreman Grill.  I use the George Foreman because it’s so quick and easy and drains all excess fat from the meat, but you can put your patty on a pan or the grill with PAM non-stick spray. Just avoid using oil or butter. 

Step 2) Place half of whole wheat burger bun face down on a hot pan or grill until brown and crispy.

Step 3) Place lettuce on bun, add patty.

FOR DRESSING 

Step 1) Put all ingredients into a blender and blend for 1 – 2 minutes.

Step 2) Refrigerate for 5 – 10 minutes.

– 230 cal- This comes from the burger and the bun, the dressing has barely any calories. 

Pineapple Coconut Yogurt Cake

This loaf-cake contains no added fat, yet thanks to the yogurt tastes so superbly moist! The combination of pineapple and coconut is a classic, and the flavors come together wonderfully well. After I made this cake Saturday evening, the whole thing was gone by Sunday afternoon! My family enjoyed it for breakfast and mid-morning snack … and of course we snuck in a few slices when it was fresh out the oven 😉 It’s extremely easy to make and even a baking beginner can create this cake. My new favorite!

This recipe can  be modified to different yogurt flavors. For example, instead of Pineapple Coconut, you can use blueberry-flavored yogurt and fresh blueberries. Some other ideas are strawberry, coffee cake or plain vanilla. There are so many varieties of non-fat yogurts to try! 

Step 1) Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt  in a large bowl.

Step 2) In another bowl, mix egg whites, yogurt, and vanilla extract.

Step 3) Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients.

Step 4) Stir in crushed pineapple, coconut flakes (you can add as much as you want, depending on how much you like coconut) and honey.

Step 5) Spray PAM onto loaf pan and pour in mixture; sprinkle additional coconut flakes on top (they get good and crispy when baked, and give off a wonderful aroma)

Step 6) Bake at 400°F for 40 – 50 minutes.

– approx. 120 cal for 1/8 loaf –