Would you eat a cheesecake made without cream cheese? You might if you knew it wasn’t loaded with saturated fat and sugar. In fact, this lightened-up version is packed with protein and fresh fruit. If you ask us, it sounds more like a nutritious anytime snack. Read more →
Category: Vitacost Recipes
Easy, healthy and delicious recipes compiled from Vitacost foodie bloggers and nutritionists.
Bacon makes everything better. This is a inalienable truth. If there is a way to add bacon to a recipe, I will find it. I’m especially enamored with desserts and the way the salty perfection of bacon can highlight the sinful sweetness of, well, everything. But the combination of fat and sugar, though delectable, is not so great for you.
Whether your diet is paleo, gluten-free or vegan, zucchini pasta is the perfect way to still have fun spinning noodles without the flour, carbs or eggs that come with traditional spaghetti. A spiralizer is a fancy tool that turns out long, thin ribbons from your favorite veggies, which can be served raw or sautéed with coconut oil for tender texture. Don’t have a one? A plain-old vegetable peeler will do. In this recipe, zucchini pasta is topped with a rich, creamy sauce made from avocado, spinach, cucumbers and basil for a gorgeous, entirely green meal.
Tart yet sweet, with a creamy texture and a delicate, oat-flour-based crust, these lemon bars are light on the lips and on the hips, with just 130 calories per serving. The one thing this dessert lacks is sugar, using the natural plant-based sweetener Swerve (erythritol) instead. Read more →
Whether a cold wind is blowing, a sleety rain falling or bone-chilling snow piling in the driveway, nothing warms you up like a bowl of homemade chicken soup. If you’re on a low-carb diet, you know that it can be tricky finding one that steers clear of pasta. This low-carb version is made with veggies rather than noodles for a diet-friendly and delicious dish.
Someone broke your heart. You walked by a bakery. It’s three o’clock and you’re staring at a computer. Whatever it is that flips the switch, you want chocolate and you want it now! I have just the thing. No loco-cocoa craving can stand up to a mousse pie whipped with rich cacao powder and dark chocolate chips. Spread it into a homemade graham cracker crust, and in less than 10 minutes you’ll have a creamy, low-calorie treat. Now wipe the drool from your face and get to mixin’! Read more →
Why wait all week for a diet cheat day when you can savor something sweet, without the calorie and fat splurge, right now? Keep the mixing bowls and measuring cups in the cabinet. This melt-in-your-mouth, single-serve “cheat”—er, cheese—cake can be whipped up quickly in an ordinary mug. Add your favorite fruit for extra fiber, or keep it simple with just three ingredients for more authentic cheesecake flavor.
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