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One bowl of this decadent dessert is only 60 calories!

via Shape Magazine

Peppermint Cream Pudding

Low-cal ingredients come together in a minty cool creation that tastes like light whipped cream. Every mouthful of this holiday pudding is sinfully sweet without upsetting your daily calorie intake. To add a festive surge of antioxidants, garnish your 60-calorie bowl with ruby-colored pomegranate seeds.

Sweetener of choice
1/16 tsp. salt
Scant 2 1/2 tbsp. water
1/2 serving agar base
3 drops coconut extract (optional, but highly recommended)
5 drops pure peppermint extract

First, make up the agar base (follow this blogger’s recipe here). When it’s cooled, put half of it in a blender with all the other ingredients and blend away. Whip very well. Place in the freezer for a few minutes prior to eating, if you prefer yours cold. Optional: add fruit, cacao nibs, cocoa powder, or other add-ins.

Makes 1.5 cups.

Click here to see 9 more recipes for healthy, holiday puddin’s!


This week on More than Mary, I tackle my favorite pasta look-alike.

It’s true: There IS a healthier way to eat your favorite pasta dish — with spaghetti squash instead of empty carb-rich spaghetti. But before you get too excited, know that spaghetti squash doesn’t have the same texture,…

I’ve lived in Quebec my whole life, but aside from Poutine, I managed to avoid the fatty, oily goodness of our unique cuisine until a few short years ago. That’s when I met, tasted and fell in food-love with French Onion Soup.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, French Onion Soup is a buttery, brothy, cheesy, bread-y concoction of massive caloric proportions. On average (depending on the amount of cheese, oil & bread you use), you could be looking at 700 to well over 1000 calories a bowl! Not to mention off the chart sodium levels and the ooey-gooey goodness that could only be described as the stuff of Gods. Just thinking about it makes me a little food-horny.

Despite how much I love it, I tend to love my body more. And sadly, so sadly, French Onion Soup has stayed off the menu for a long ass time. In fact, it had been over 2 years since I’ve eaten one. Until NOW.

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Patty Lovera, assistant director of the nonprofit organization Food & Water Watch has reviewed Lynn Okura’s trip to the grocery store. She offers her critique along with tips on how to shop locally, ethically and organically.

Q: What are some of the things Lynn did right during her shopping…

Food- GASM. Doesn’t this look amazing????!!!!!!! Wishing the restaurant was closer! If you haven’t heard of Juicy Lotus in Montreal, visit the site here!


Quinoa w/ chickpea and fresh veggies

All you need:

1 cantaloupe chunks (frozen preferred)
2 cups orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
A bowl & a blender/food processor

Fit Villains Variations? (see below)

1/4 cup fat free yogurt OR

1 frozen banana

Makes 6 servings.

Calories: 69 per serving (without the variations. Add 100 calories for banana & 50-90 calories for yogurt, but read the label!)
Total Fat: 0.3gper serving
Cholesterol: 0mg (yay!)

What to Do:

  1. Peel, seed, & cube the cantaloupe (for easy blending).
  2. Place cubes & 1/2 cup orange juice in a blender. Blend until smooth. In a separate bowl, add in remaining ingredients & stir in blended cantaloupe.  Cover, and refrigerate for an hour or more. Serve & garnish with mint if you’d like.

Note: Some people used fresh squeezed oranges or clementines. Some also added in a cup of watermelon replacing 1 cup of orange juice in the blender You can use other fruit juices if you prefer. No sugar, as natural as possible.

Also, to cut the chill time, you can freeze the cantaloupe cubes for 10 minutes or so before blending.

* Substitutions may change the calorie content.


I played & added in a quarter cup of fat-free vanilla yogurt into the blender instead of the juice. Added a but more juice, but it was amaze-balls.

I played AGAIN and instead of yogurt, added 1 frozen banana. Again, amazeballs!

This was so yummy, I ate two servings and it STILL was under 150 calories.

- Chichi Kix

No soup for you? I might be able to change your mind.

When I find something new that I love, I tend to love it to death. Now, with this blog, I can love it AND share it with y’all. 

Firstly, if you’re not already following food blogger Snack Girl, you should be.

Second, since it is the season for weight-loss mayhem, people tend to look for foods & recipes that will fill them up, decrease their waistlines AND satisfy their taste-buds. Soups are an easy way to do all three. Plus, they’re cheap, DEAD easy to make or buy and they feel oh-so-good. 

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They Don’t Last.

They Make You Hungry.

They Make You Tired.

They Eat Your Precious Muscles.

Don’t diet. Make lasting changes. If you’re not ready to give up chocolate for life (and who the hell is!), you need to find a way to incorporate it IN your lifestyle in a healthy way.

Make smarter choices. Learn to eat better. Do NOT starve yourself. Exercise.

Some people like to diet the fat off first, then plan on hitting the gym. If you’re calorie restricting, you can end up with a metabolic meltdown and certain weight gain. Be smart.

I’m a whore for chocolate. I love it, want to bathe in it, could drizzle it on just about anything. I have a massive sweet tooth since I was a kid and although my tastes in a lot of things have changed, I’m still a sucker for sweets.

I’ve adopted some healthier approaches to my sweet problem all in the name of a balanced lifestyle. It’s a learning process, which occasionally means an extra workout or an extra healthy few days of eating. One of the ways I’ve learned to adapt is by finding healthier recipes for my favorite treats. Healthier recipes that DON’T suck.

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Food Baby

A phenomena that occurs when one eats too much, making ones stomach appear or feel as though preggers. This occurs more often during the holidays, and symptoms include lethargy, bloating, fatigue, cramps and snug pants.

Best way to deal with a food baby? Drink. H20 will help the digestive process. 

Best way to prevent a food baby? Don’t eat nearly so much (duh!). Save some of your meal for later, and wrap it up. It takes 20 minutes for the brain to feel that the tummy’s full. Eat slowly, and wait 10-15 minutes before going back for seconds.

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Let’s just take a moment to savor those words, shall we?

Hawt Chocolate. Mmmmmm…. that’s goooooooood.

Around a fire or in the cold, hot chocolate is the perfect prescription for winter warm fuzzies. It warms you from the inside, is synonymous with cuddly feelings and… can top over 600 calories a mug given the right set of circumstances (and whipped cream, marshmallows, whole milk, sugar… Mmmmm… where the fuck was I?).

Bottom line; it’s delicious AND it has the potential to be a caloric nightmare.

To keep your goals in check and still indulge, use this easy 5 minute recipe. You’ll satisfy your cravings guilt-free for just about half the calories.

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The holiday season is upon us. Time is in short supply, food is NOT, weight gain’s expected and stress is rampant. Bah!

For those of us trying to maintain or lose weight this season, it’s a virtual disaster. We are pushed to our limit with temptation and have even less time than usual to devote to working out & meal preparation. It’s one of the reasons why I hang on to my fat pants every year, just in case.

Two things that I hate. Feeling guilty for doing what I want to do, and feeling restricted in my choices. Now, you can’t expect yourself to be perfect. In fact, it’s the very last thing you should try to be. So instead of trying to be perfect, try to be a bit smarter.

Here are my tips, so you can avoid the bulge and still indulge.

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