Food Review Friday- Pancakes, Pitas & Protein Powder

I almost didn’t post all of these products at the same time, because the alliteration felt a little ridiculous, but these are my three favorite finds of the week, so forgive me. I’m so excited to share these with you, especially since so many of you were asking about the pita I posted on Wednesday!

food review friday pita protein and pancakes

Kodiak Pancakes

My favorite breakfast of late has been the pancakes I made from the Kodiak Pancake mix I received a few weeks ago. (Disclaimer: I did receive this free of charge, but all opinions are my own.) You seriously need to check out this mix. I think it’s sold at Target in every state except Vermont. Vermont, you should jump on the bandwagon because this stuff is awesome. The ingredients list is full of things you can pronounce, but all you need to mix with it is water. Just water! Not to mention these are whole grain, packed with protein and fiber, but don’t have the dry chewiness of most whole grain mixes.

pancakes from kodiak

Seriously, get on it. This stuff is delicious. We mixed in a little bit of chocolate and I ate mine without anything else. Perfect just the way they are. New weekend favorite.

Joseph’s Pita

I mentioned these on Wednesday, and lots of you asked what brand they were. Here you go! It’s a new-t0-me brand called Joseph’s. Check out the website here. (No, I didn’t get these for free, I just really like them.)

Lunch Hummus and Pita

The pitas are giant, only 80 calories (per half), and don’t taste like cardboard. What more could you want from a pita? Oh protein and fiber? Yeah, 5g protein and 4g of fiber. They also have medium pitas, where the WHOLE pita is only 60 calories! (Look for the flax seed ones!) Not bad, not bad at all. I foresee lots of pita in my future.

Protein Powders

I tried a couple new brands of protein powder after this protein powder review round up. Laura sent me some samples of Arbonne protein powder. I really liked the flavor of this protein powder. It had a very strong vanilla taste, perfect for covering up all the kale I tossed in my smoothie. FYI, Laura will be handing out samples at the Richmond Vegetarian Festival, so keep an eye out for her if you’re in Richmond!


I’m also loving Sun Warrior’s Vanilla protein powder. If you’re in the market for a vegan plant-based powder, look no further. This stuff is delicious and mixes really well. Most vegan protein powders contain soy, but this one is soy-free! It’s a little on the expensive side, but the bag has lasted me a really long time. I just add half a scoop to my smoothies in the morning. So delicious! I’m sure this would also be great in a protein donut… 

What foods are you loving lately?

Homemade Eats + Mellow Mushroom

Despite dragging my camera with me everywhere I go, it’s been awhile since I posted a full day of eats. That’s partly due to often eating leftovers, and partly because I’ve just had so many other things to share with you! But yesterday I was able to snap photos of (most of) what I ate. So here’s a little What I Ate Wednesday recap of yesterday’s eats!

I’ve been much more relaxed about my eats lately. I’ve realized that a slice or two of pizza won’t “ruin” a day of healthy eating, and that my body is actually pretty awesome at telling me when I’m hungry and when I’m full. I’ve tried to make an effort to drink more water, to be sure that I’m not confusing thirsty with hungry, but overall, I’ve really started listening to my cravings.


I had planned on having a smoothie, partly because I had some kale in the fridge which is a great “green” for a green smoothie, but when I woke up, that wasn’t what I was craving. Instead, my stomach was set on a bowl of Greek yogurt.

breakfast chobani and granola

I had a bowl of 0% plain Chobani, covered with some Apple Pie Granola. I just perfected the recipe on Monday, so I’ll be sharing that soon. Super simple. I also added in some blueberries and strawberries. Yum!


Lunch Hummus and Pita

I packed this lunch in the morning, and ate it just before a noon meeting. A giant pita, some carrots, and a glob of hummus. I’m loving these pitas so much, they deserve a full review. They’re only 80 calories, but taste awesome! I also munched on a few honey wheat pretzels. Later in the afternoon, my stomach was growling, so I had a TLC Dark Chocolate Coconut bar, and a pear. Those TLC bars are delicious. Maybe I’ll add it to my next snack bar review?


I’ve been so excited to finally try Mellow Mushroom! While I realize this is a chain, it’s a chain I’d never tried before, and now that it’s in Richmond, I had to give it a shot. I’d heard such great things! Kate and Lindsay and I planned a dinner date last night and it took over an hour to get seated and get our pizza, but it was worth the wait!

mellow mushroom carytown

I settled on this “Kosmic Karma” pizza, topped with feta, tomatoes, and pesto. It was delicious, but really oily. The flavor was awesome, but I think next time I’d try to pick one that was a little less oily. I still ate half of his pizza, though! Needless to say, I was definitely full the rest of the night.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten this week?

Jillian Michaels Killer Buns and Thighs

It’s been a long, relaxing, yet active weekend here in Richmond, and despite the cooler temperatures, we were able to enjoy a lot of outdoor activities. We saw a concert on Brown’s Island on Friday, hit up the farmers market, Legend’s Brewery, and Mekong on Saturday, and then danced the night away Saturday night.

Live music on Brown's Island, a breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes, and a refreshing glass of pear cider

Live music on Brown’s Island, a breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes, and a refreshing glass of pear cider

Sunday was much more relaxing, but we did manage to squeeze in a workout. Since Alex was going golfing today, he requested a lower body workout… meaning I was finally able to talk him into trying the Jillian Michaels Killer Buns and Thighs dvd. (affiliate link) I think the title turned him off (and it didn’t help when Jillian talked about fitting into your skinny jeans). But he’s quite agreeable, so we rolled out our mats and gave it a shot.

Jillian Michaels Killer Buns and Thighs

It was my first time trying this one, but it might be one of my new favorites. I like that it really did focus on lower body exercises (and cardio) unlike some of her other dvds. (I felt like the “Six Weeks, Six Pack” dvd was a lot more lower body than abs.) This one really was all about buns and thighs. The exercises were challenging, but not so challenging that I couldn’t keep up. We only did level 1, but I was excited to see a lot of new exercises. Sometimes I like new workout dvd’s just to get some new ideas for circuit training. This one definitely had a lot of great ones.

Here’s a 5 minute clip from Jillian Michaels Killer Buns and Thighs, if you want to see what the circuits are like:

Each level is about 30 minutes long, so it’s easy to squeeze in, but you’ll definitely work up a sweat. Ever since the “Butt Bible” videos disappeared from the free On Demand workout videos, I’ve been in search of a workout like this. Definitely check it out! For more workout dvd recommendations, click here!

What’s your favorite lower body workout?

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna

I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought to try this before. But I’m pretty happy the light bulb went on. I love finding new ways to use ingredients I always have on hand, and this recipe is a fun twist on the TVP tacos I’ve been loving lately. It’s also helping my grocery budget, since I had all of these ingredients. (Except for the black beans. Thanks, Alex!) In fact, the salsa was the salsa that I canned way back in this post. Thank goodness for canning.

 mexican lasagna ingredients

Yes I dirtied a lot of extra dishes, just to take that photo. But doesn’t it look lovely? This dinner came together so quickly and easily, I couldn’t believe it. And something about baking it makes it feel a little more special than tacos. I’m telling you. Try it.

Mexican Lasagna

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna
Prep time
Cook time
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Based on the Hungry Gir Mexican Lasagna Recipe
Serves: 4
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 5 small corn tortillas
  • 1 cup TVP (textured vegetable protein) or soy crumbles
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup canned fat-free refried beans
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the corn and tomatoes.
  3. Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Prepare the TVP (rehydrate with water according to the package) or heat the soy crumbles over medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Remove the soy crumbles and add the pepper and onion to the skillet, and cook and stir until slightly soft, 6 - 8 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and stir in the beans.
  6. Spread half the mixture in the bottom of the pan.
  7. Layer with half the tortillas and enchilada sauce.
  8. Add the rest of the mixture and second layer of tortillas.
  9. Cover with cheese.
  10. Bake until lasagna is hot and cheese has melted for about 25 minutes.

And if you’re not into TVP, you could sub in ground beef or ground chicken. I might even make this again over the long weekend, in between our weekend activities. Or maybe I’ll just stock up on deliciousness at the farmer’s market. Who knows? Either way, I plan on soaking up some sunshine this weekend.


Grocery Budget Progress

I’ve really made an effort over the past couple of months to cut down on my grocery budget. Everyone has a different idea of what’s reasonable to spend, but lets just say I was spending way too much money on groceries, especially when you consider how often I receive free products to review. It was time to get things in order.

So I made a few of the usual changes, planning meals, packing lunches, but I did find a few things more helpful than others. I mean, we all know what we need to do… but it’s not that easy, now is it.

grocery saving money

This is a sample of groceries for the week:


Stop trying to be perfect

You’re not going to pack your lunch every single day. You’re not always going to use all of your produce before it goes bad. Sometimes you’ll have to take an unplanned trip to the grocery store (oops, impulse buys!) it happens. But it’s not that big of a deal. Just like healthy eating, it’s about balance. If you forget to pack your lunch on Monday, don’t throw everything out the window for the rest of the week. Just pack it Tuesday.

If you don’t know what to do with it, don’t buy it

Eggplants are on sale? Awesome. But if you have no idea what to do with it (or if you don’t really like eggplant) don’t buy it. It’s like buying clothing because it’s on sale. You’ll always avoid it, you’ll let it sit in the fridge, and then eventually you’ll have to throw it out. This is where planning comes in handy. Think about what you could do with leftover ingredients. Think about new ways to revamp leftovers.

Be realistic

Yes, dried beans are cheaper than canned, but are you really going to soak them over night? Don’t get too ambitious, otherwise you’ll just end up ordering take out. Keep in mind things like pre-cut vegetables (you know, the ones wrapped in plastic wrap) are way more expensive than veggies you’ll have to chop yourself. But sometimes things like pre-packaged/washed lettuce will make dinner come together much easier. Decide what you have time for, and plan accordingly. I personally love kale that is pre-cut and washed, but I don’t mind dicing my own peppers and onions. (They also keep a lot longer that way!)

Know what things cost (+You get what you pay for)

I’m not saying you need to go to every grocery store in town for the best price, but decide what is worth your money. I love certain things from the farmers market, so its worth it to me to pay a little bit more. Check out some of your staple grocery items and see if there is a store brand that costs a little less.


That said, in college I lived of Kroger Carbmaster yogurt. It’s like $0.40 a cup. And it’s full of a bunch of random preservatives, chemicals, and flavorings. It’s worth it to me, to pay a little bit more for Greek yogurt that doesn’t contain things I can’t pronounce. Know what things cost and why you’re paying more or less. 

What does all this mean? Well for me, I’ve basically cut my grocery spending in half this month, saving me about $150 bucks. That’s $150! That’s a lot of money, my friends. But I’ve still been able to cook dinner for friends, try out new recipes, and pick up my favorite local groceries at the farmer’s market.

What are some of your money-saving tips?

Eats in the City

It was a gloomy weekend here in Richmond, and when the weather is like this, all I seem to want to do is curl up in bed and drink coffee. Of course, after an hour or so, I can’t sit still, and I’m like a child who needs to be taken out of the house. So Alex and I stayed busy enjoying some of the wonderful things that Richmond has to offer.

Friday night, we went to the soft opening of Kitchen on Cary. (Full disclosure, we were provided dinner free of charge.) The food was delicious, and it was fun enjoying dinner together downtown. Kitchen on Cary officially opened on Saturday, and I’d highly recommend you check it out. The food was great, the atmosphere is nice, and the chefs are culinary school students, which I think is so awesome.

Kitchen on Cary dinner

The full review of Kitchen on Cary is on my Tumblr page, here, if you’re interested in hearing more about our experience. I’ll take more of that risotto…

Saturday was another dreary day,  but we managed to go to the South of the James farmers market without getting rained on. Is there anything better than leisurely wandering around a farmer’s market on a Saturday morning? We picked up some produce, cheese, and pasta to eat throughout the week. I’d never tried Bombolini pasta, but we grabbed some of the spicy tomato pasta, as well as the roasted garlic.


Last night, we cooked up the roasted garlic pasta with olive oil and salt, and then topped it with roasted tomatoes and sauteed onions.


It might be the easiest dinner ever.  Seriously, the olive oil + salt thing is underrated. Next time you’re out of pasta sauce, give it a try. And since this pasta was infused with garlic, it had an amazing flavor.

Overall, it was a great weekend despite the rain. Now bring on the sunshine. Please?

What did you enjoy this weekend?

Cleansing: Featuring Lianna & Morgan

Fair warning, this is the longest post I’ve ever written, mostly because I had help from two lovely friends who are also sharing their thoughts on cleansing. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

I’ve always been skeptical but curious about cleansing so when the folks at Kaeng Raeng offered me a free 3-day detox kit, I figured I had to try it. I wasn’t sure I wanted to do the full 3 days, but I thought a 1 day cleanse could be a fun little experiment.

And so I began.

When I opened up the box, I was a little confused because there were 9 packets, 3 of each kind, but it didn’t say which was breakfast, so I just grabbed one. I blended it up with just water and ice and it tasted… kind of bland. Then I noticed if you were a “first-timer” they recommend yogurt and fruit be added to the smoothie. I didn’t have any yogurt but I added half a banana and a cup of blueberries, as well as a little almond milk and stevia. After that, it was pretty good.

Next up was lunch.


This was the blueberry banana smoothie, which, coincidentally tasted like my breakfast thanks to the fruit I added. I blended this one up before I went to work, adding in a whole banana and blueberries, plus almond milk and stevia again. That made it pretty decent, but it tasted just like breakfast. Oddly enough, I could only finish about half of the shake before I felt so full. I’m not sure if I just didn’t have an appetite for the rest of it, or if this stuff is super filling. Either way, I put the other half in the fridge and munched on an apple.

By the time dinner rolled around, I didn’t feel like myself. I wasn’t particularly hungry, (the shakes really did fill me up) but I felt hazy, tired, and unsatisfied. I realized I needed food. So Alex and I went to Chipotle and I felt completely satisfied, even after eating just half the bowl. Epic fail? I don’t think so. I’m not trying to lose weight, I didn’t feel the need to “reset” my system, and my only goal was to just try it out and see how I felt.

Even though cleansing didn’t seem like the answer for me, it didn’t feel right not to share other prespectives on this. So after a quick twitter poll, I connected with Morgan and Lianna who had both recently cleansed, and had different experiences with it. Their stories are below.

I think I first met Lianna at a Tumblr meet up, and then again at an RVA Comedy Show, and once more when she came to speak at my workplace. She’s so awesome, and spends her days keeping the Tumblr support office in line! When I tweeted about cleansing, she tweeted back that she had a slightly different perspective on it, which she shares below:

lianna and fruit

I decided to do a cleanse for the typical reasons: feeling bloated, wanting a jump start on healthy eating, and more energy. I was eating a lot of snacks on the go and lunch-meeting pizza at work, so I needed a change, but not a time- or money-expensive one. I decided to go with a variation of Rose Cole’s 21 Day Sugar Detox. No gluten, sugar, dairy, alcohol, chemicals, or high-sodium foods. Also, I don’t like poultry, so I stuck to seafood.

The first two days were great– I was really mindful, I wasn’t craving anything, and I’d planned my meals wisely. By the third day I was very jealous of people visiting the candy bowl on my desk. I’m not really a lover of sweets at all, but I was thinking about the fact that I “couldn’t” eat it and had to switch my thinking to, in the words of my nutritionist, “I can eat anything whenever I want, but I’m choosing to not eat it.” I even recruited a coworker who said a cleanse “sounded fun.” I said, “it is!” but I only sort of meant it. Other friends were already planning a cleanse, so they were great for support too. I recommend doing a cleanse with at least one friend to whom you can gchat, “OH NO I desperately NEED cake today, damn all of these people who are eating cake!” Because they will understand, while all of the people eating cake will say, “oh, just have some.”

By the second week, I was eating huge amounts of almonds and salmon, and drinking more water than ever. A typical day included black coffee on occasion (I tried to kick this habit completely during the first week and was too spacey), eggs for breakfast, brown rice or quinoa and beans with salsa and whatever veggies I had on hand for lunch, almonds (cocoa, cinnamon, and plain) for snacking, and fish and kale or salad for dinner. I did room-temp and hot yoga and various cardio things at the gym. Really rough days meant an almond latte from Lamplighter was in order.

By the third week, I was really craving a strong drink (or ten), a giant pile of spaghetti, and a swimming pool full of chocolate, so I added in some fruit to the cleanse, which definitely helped with the cravings and my extremely low energy levels. Overall, I felt really great about holding out for the full 21 days despite minor slip ups. My biggest achievement was picking up dozens of Country Style donuts for my coworkers without even opening a box. Oh, thank you for your applause, you’re too kind. My lowest point was when I wouldn’t let go of an apple pie candle because I wanted to keep smelling it— inhaling deeply with closed eyes– despite my friends attempting to have a conversation. You win some, you look crazy sometimes. The whole experience was eye-opening. I thought I was a fairly healthy eater and someone who didn’t care about drinking all that much, but three weekends of ordering water when all of your friends are enjoying cocktails or staying in to cook another dinner of fish with a tiny bit of olive oil while new restaurants were opening made me more aware of just how intertwined my social life and food are!

Would I do it again? Definitely. Maybe. Probably. The rewards are worth it! My energy levels were way up, I dropped 19 lbs. total (which was completely healthy for my body and fully backed by my nutritionist), I felt great physically, and I was proud of myself. In fact, writing about it is motivating me to start another cleanse soon!

Morgan, aka RVAYogi is a local health and fitness enthusiast, who recently completed a juice cleanse (this girl has willpower!) and I’m excited to share her positive experience below:

morgan and cleanse juices

 I recently did a three day cleanse using juices from Cooler Cleanse. Each day consisted of six juices which you’re supposed to drink in order, from 1 to 6. You’re advised to drink your first juice in the morning and then drink one juice every two hours for the rest of the day. They recommend an early bedtime which is a good idea if you want to avoid hanger pangs and late night snack cravings.

Here are the six juices and my thoughts on each one:

1) Sweet greens: Your basic no frills green juice with a hint of sweetness
2) Grapefruit & mint | Pineapple Ginger | Watermelon Lime: All were equally tasty.
3) Essential green: Sadly, this juice lacked the sweetness of juice #1. My tastebuds definitely detected some bitterness.
4) Young coconut water | Spicy Lemonade: The lemonade was decent. However, I’ve never liked the taste of coconut water. Lucky for me that they only included one bottle of coconut water. Despite not enjoying the taste, I drank it anyway to keep my hunger pangs at bay.
5) Essential red: Very tasty juice made from carrots, beets, apple, and lemon.
6) Almond Milk: Ahhh…This was a really satisfying and decadent tasting sweet nut milk made even sweeter with vanilla bean and dates. Of all 6 drinks, this was the tastiest, most caloric, and most fat laden. What a treat to end each day with!

I managed to get through all three days of this juice cleanse without eating solid foods or snapping anyone’s head off. I suffered through hunger pangs throughout the entire three days. Fortunately, the growling tummy sensations grew less intense the further I got into the cleanse. I doubt if anyone actually likes the sensation of intense hunger, but feeling this degree of hunger made me  realize how lucky I am to have food available to me whenever I want it.

When I stepped on the scale after the cleanse was over, I was surprised to see there was no change in my weight. This was disappointing, but some of my clothes were looser. Having my clothes fit a bit more comfortably was one of my main goals for this cleanse, so from that perspective, I consider it a success.

I might consider doing Cooler Cleanse in the future. If so, I’ll to ask them to substitute the spicy lemonade for the coconut water. I found out by emailing customer service that they’ll give you two substitute juices per cleanse. Their customer service team deserves a shout-out for really being on the ball. I emailed them a question at 7:30 am, and within three minutes I received a friendly reply.

Lianna & Morgan, thank you for sharing your cleanse thoughts!

 So with all that in mind, if you’re interested in trying this out, leave me a comment and let me know. The folks at Kaeng Raeng have offered to send one person a cleanse kit of their own. Please indicate in your comment that you’d like to try it. I’ll only draw a winner from the people that actually want to try it out. Then you can let me know what you think! I’ll choose a winner on Tuesday May 21st.

What are your thoughts on cleansing?

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup [Vegan, Gluten Free]

Remember those black bean fritters? We had a few leftover for Monday night’s dinner, but in an effort to spruce them up a bit, I served them alongside something new. I was in the mood for soup, but couldn’t decide what kind to make. Since the black bean fritters sounded like they could go with a Mexican inspired soup, I began looking for tortilla soup recipes. Sadly, so many of them are made with chicken, that I decided I ought to make my own.

This recipe turned out to be pretty simple, and it might be one of my new favorites. It’s also really healthy, meaning you can eat two bowls 😉

tortilla soup


Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 24 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp chipotle chili pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Preheat the oven to 450. Slice the corn tortillas into strips and lay on a greased baking sheet. Spray with olive oil, if desired. On a second tray, spread out your grape tomatoes. Pop these both in the oven. The tomatoes will take about 15 minutes, the tortillas will only take about 5 (or until they start to brown). In a large pot, heat the olive oil, and then saute the chopped onion until it begins to soften. Add in the veggie broth, crushed tomatoes, chili pepper and garlic powder. Simmer for 10 minutes. Once the grape tomatoes are roasted, roughtly chop (I sliced them length wise, but they don’t need to be perfect) and add into the pot. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes. When you’re ready to eat, dish up the soup, and top with the toasted tortilla strips and fresh cilantro. You could also add avocado, greek yogurt, or cheese, but we just ate it as is.

After dinner, Alex and I took a walk around Carytown, and as we were getting close to home, he asked if I wanted to go to Sweet Frog. I think he was half joking, because it obviously wasn’t a question. I’m not sure that I’ve ever said no to frozen yogurt. (Of course, a little bit of guilt might have kicked in when I discovered that I was now the mayor of Sweet Frog on Foursquare…) We decided to just split a cup, and Alex put me in charge of the selection. Naturally, I crammed in as many different types of chocolate as I could.

frozen yogurt

Isn’t that a lovely sight? A perfectly sweet way to end the day.

What have you been cooking up this week?

Black Bean Fritters

A few weeks ago, some girls and I went to Station 2 for lunch and I had some delicious black bean fritters. I’ve had them on my mind ever since and I figured they couldn’t be that hard to recreate. So I grabbed some ingredients that I had on hand, and attempted my own version of these.

Then I invited some friends over, because food is best shared with friends and this was the perfect way to wrap up the weekend. Alex and I had spent Saturday in Maryland at the SweetLife Music festival, (followed by a night in DC, where I had late-night falafel, which might be my new favorite thing). By Sunday, I just wanted to stay in. So after church, this meal hit the spot.

Ah, a set table makes me happy.

 dinner setting

But back to those fritters. Here’s what I did:

Black Bean Fritters

Serves 4-6

  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1/3 cup carrots
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup + 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp season-all
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Olive oil for frying

I tossed all the ingredients (except for the extra 1 cup breadcrumbs and olive oil) in my food processor (i.e. the Vitamix) and blended until it was combined but still lumpy. I shaped them into 10 small cakes, and then coated those in the leftover breadcrumbs. In a large non-stick pan, I heated up a little bit of olive oil and lightly fried the cakes over medium heat for about 3 minutes on each side.

black bean fritters

I served these with a side of roasted red potatoes I picked up at the farmers market earlier in the day. For these, we just quartered them, tossed them in olive oil, garlic and salt, and roasted at 450 until the potatoes were tender.

Have you ever tried recreating a restaurant meal?

Healthy Mozzarella Sticks

I had a different post planned for today. I started (and ended) a new cleanse yesterday, and it was very interesting. While I decided that the cleanse was certainly not for me, Alex suggested that I take a look at the other side of things. Maybe some people have had a great experience with a cleanse, and I shouldn’t throw them all out the window just because this one didn’t fit me. So I’m doing a little more research, and gathering more information before I make a final decision about how I feel about cleanses.

And so with that, I thought I’d share an old recipe that I made last year, but still love.

So here’s a little throwback recipe that is healthy enough to compete with those oven baked zucchini fries!

Healthy Mozzarella Sticks

  • 2 sticks of light string cheese (I used the Weight Watchers brand)
  • 2 tbsp bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp fiber one, blended into a powder (or just substitute more bread crumbs)
  • 2 tbsp egg whites
  • Oregano, chili powder, basil, garlic
  • 1/4 cup marinara or pizza sauce (for dipping)

Cut the string cheese in half, and then length wise (or you can keep it long, I just wanted mini ones!) and pop them in the freezer for a couple of minutes. This will keep the cheese from melting all over the pan. Once it’s cold, dip into the egg white, and coat with bread crumbs. Sprinkle with seasoning and pop into the oven on a greased cookie sheet at 400 for about 8-10 minutes, turning half way through.

Served hot with marinara sauce, these healthy mozzarella sticks can easily knock out a cheesy craving! With recipes like these, I barely miss fried food. Barely.

These would have been perfect along side the pizza we ate with my brother and his wife on Wednesday. Did you know Whole Foods has buy one get one free take & bake pizzas on Tuesday nights? I definitely need to take advantage of this more often.

whole foods pizza

We obviously loaded ours up with peppers and onions. You know I love sneaking in vegetables wherever I can.

What’s your favorite healthy version of a fried food?