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9 Slow-Cooker Oatmeal Recipes Under 350 Calories

Happy National Oatmeal Month! Rise and shine to a hot, comforting bowl of oats waiting for you at the table with these crock pot-friendly recipes. Rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber, oats help lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels and improve intestinal health. Make oats a pantry staple (if they aren’t already), and eat your way to a healthier you!

1. BLUEBERRY PIE CROCKPOT STEEL CUT OATMEAL | HUMMUSAPIEN

This recipe turns a dessert favorite into a healthy, tasty breakfast bursting with blueberries, vanilla and maple. What’s more, it only takes five minutes of prep. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 309; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 137mg; Carbohydrate: 54g; Dietary Fiber: 12g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 10g

2. OVERNIGHT SPICED VANILLA-PEAR OATMEAL | BOYS AHOY

Smooth cinnamon-vanilla oatmeal mixes with sweet pears in this overnight delight. Perfect for chilly mornings, make a batch of this thick porridge, and take your taste buds on a satiating and flavorful whirl. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 236; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 1mg; Sodium: 17mg; Carbohydrate: 44g; Dietary Fiber: 10g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 8g

3. CROCKPOT MAPLE CINNAMON STEEL CUT OATMEAL | FIT FOODIE FINDS

Start your day off right with this warm bowl of oats sweetened with the classic combo of maple syrup and cinnamon. Take this all-star recipe to the next level by topping it with bacon bits and pumpkin seeds — or peanut butter and banana! Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 229; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 174mg; Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 5g

4. SLOW COOKER APPLE PIE STEEL CUT OATMEAL | THE HEALTHY MAVEN

Set up this apple pie steel-cut oatmeal before you go to bed, and you’ll have a delicious, hot breakfast ready eight hours later. Recipe makes 5 servings at 1 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 180; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 135mg; Carbohydrate: 31g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 11g; Protein 5g

5. SLOW COOKER PUMPKIN PIE OATMEAL | EATING BIRD FOOD

Who wouldn’t want pie for breakfast? Thick and chunky, this dessert-inspired porridge is naturally sweetened with maple syrup and loaded with pumpkin. Top it off with pecans and almond milk for an even more wholesome breakfast! Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 242; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 205mg; Carbohydrate: 45g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 8g

6. CROCKPOT CARROT CAKE OATMEAL | COOKIE + KATE

Switch out fruit for veggies with this breakfast. Creamy, hearty steel-cut oats pair with carrots, coconut milk and spices for a morning meal that’ll stick with you until lunch. Add walnuts or pecans for additional energy and heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 313; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 194mg; Carbohydrate: 52g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 21g; Protein: 6g

7. SLOW COOKER BANANA-NUT OATMEAL | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES

Use your new breakfast bestie, the slow cooker, to make our simple banana-nut oatmeal. Just add pantry staples like oats, milk, nut butter, bananas and honey, and dig in to a satisfying breakfast. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 cup oatmeal, 1/2 banana, 1 1/2 teaspoons almond butter and 1 1/2 teaspoons honey each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 336; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 5mg; Sodium: 177mg; Carbohydrate: 57g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 20g; Protein: 11g

8. SLOW COOKER APPLE CRANBERRY STEEL CUT OATS | A BEAUTIFUL PLATE

On frosty mornings, snuggle up with this fall-inspired breakfast treat! Tart apples and cranberries, sweetened with a touch of maple syrup, are thrown into a creamy pot of almond milk-infused oats for a cozy dish you just can’t resist. Recipe makes 4 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 285; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 217mg; Carbohydrate: 50g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 16g; Protein: 8g

9. OVERNIGHT CROCKPOT GERMAN CHOCOLATE OATMEAL | I HEART EATING

Full of rich cocoa powder and smooth coconut milk, this is one for the chocolate lovers! This recipe keeps the sweet stuff at bay by adding the sugar at the end, forming a caramely sauce. Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 206; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 22mg; Carbohydrate: 32g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 8g

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11 Healthy Side Dish Recipes That Are Only 3 Ingredients

Finding the perfect side dish is tricky business. Since your main course is going to take up most of your time (and energy), you want the healthy side dish recipes you opt for to be extremely low maintenance. Therein lies the problem—how are you supposed to find dishes that are both totally delicious and easy to make?

Well, you don’t have to, because we found them for you. Each one of these 11 recipes call for just three ingredients (plus a dash of salt and pepper, naturally). Mix them up while your main is cooking, and they’ll be ready to eat when you’re ready to eat.

1. MINI STUFFED PEPPERS FROM A SPICY PERSPECTIVE

These peppers are as cute as they are delicious. A Spicy Perspective fills hers with an herbaceous goat cheese, but you can use whichever creamy filling you prefer (maybe even cream cheese!). Get the recipe.

2. 2-INGREDIENT ROASTED TOMATO DIP FROM THE FITCHEN

Roasting the tomatoes before blending them with goat cheese gives them a slightly deeper caramelized flavor. The Fitchen recommends serving this dip with toasted baguette slices. Get the recipe.

3. CREAM CHEESE WONTON DIP FROM CREME DE LA CRUMB

Sweet and sour sauce is the secret ingredient behind this tantalizing dip. Get the recipe.

4. BACON-WRAPPED DATES FROM GIMME SOME OVEN

Bacon + dates + blue cheese = perfection. In fact, this recipe is so good with just those ingredients, it doesn’t even call for salt or pepper! Get the recipe.

5. GRILLED PESTO CHICKEN SKEWERS FROM WELL PLATED

You can never go wrong with a side of grilled, pesto-y chicken. Bonus points for serving it on a skewer. Get the recipe.

6. ROASTED PARMESAN-PESTO POTATOES FROM TWO PEAS & THEIR POD

Back at it again with the pesto. These potatoes taste as delicious as they look. Get the recipe.

7. 2-INGREDIENT HUMMUS DEVILED EGGS FROM EATING BIRD FOOD

If you love deviled eggs, prepare to be obsessed with this simple recipe. By combining the yolks with hummus, you’re getting a zesty, creamy filling without a bunch of extra ingredients. Get the recipe.

8. HONEY-MUSTARD GLAZED CARROTS FROM JOYFUL HEALTHY EATS

Honey, mustard, and carrots—those ingredients (and an oven) are all you need to make this low-cal side. Get the recipe.

9. BARBECUE-SOY CHICKEN DRUMBSTICKS FROM CAFE DELITES

Barbecue and soy is the sweet and savory flavor combo we never knew we needed. Try it out in this chicken recipe. Get the recipe.

10. SWEET POTATO PUFFS FROM THE LEAN GREEN BEAN

A mix of baked sweet potato, goat cheese, and almonds creates a sweet side treat that will satisfy your sugar cravings. Get the recipe.

11. LEMON-GARLIC STRING BEANS FROM FANNETASTIC FOOD

This green bean recipe is delicate and tantalizing. Flash them in a pan with a bit of lemon and garlic and your whole kitchen will smell like heaven. Get the recipe.

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10 Easy, Chunky Chili Recipes Under 360 Calories

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There’s nothing like a hearty batch of chili simmering on the stovetop to kick off the fall season. Catering to meat-eaters and vegetarians alike, chili is the perfect foundation for loads of veggies, beans and warming spices. Whether you prefer your bowl sans the meat or packed with lean beef and topped with avocado, chili is a simple, comforting and totally customizable meal that’s sure to please all taste buds. To keep the sodium in check, go for low-sodium versions of beans, tomatoes and stock. Make one of these healthy chili recipes for dinner tonight, and enjoy leftovers throughout the week!

MEATY CHILIS

1. Beef & Sweet Potato Chili | Spicy Southen Kitchen
This slow cooker chili may not have beans, but it sure doesn’t skimp on flavor! The sweet potatoes help round out the robust spices and provide a hefty dose of vision-boosting vitamin A. Since it cooks in the Crock-Pot, you can start it in the morning and have a delicious, filling meal ready to go by dinnertime. Recipe makes 6 servings. Nutrition information calculated with 1 teaspoon of salt.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 314; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 93mg; Sodium: 861mg; Carbohydrate: 25g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 36g

2. White Bean Turkey Chili | Cooking Light
Looking for a real crowd-pleaser? This one-pot wonder uses cooked turkey rather than deli meat to boost the flavor and keep the salt content at bay. Feel free to use skinless boneless chicken breasts as an easy alternative. Recipe makes 8 servings at 1 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 281; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 40mg; Sodium: 623mg; Carbohydrate: 34g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 26g

3. Slow Cooker Turkey Chili | Skinnytaste
This mild, kid-friendly chili made with lean turkey, corn and tomatoes is great for big get-togethers or school lunches. It tastes even better the next day! Garnish with a couple crushed baked tortilla chips, a sprinkle of low-fat shredded cheddar cheese and cubed avocado. Recipe makes 5 servings at 1 cup each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 222; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 74mg; Sodium: 719mg; Carbohydrate: 20g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 32g

4. One Pot Beef & Three-Bean Chili | The Healthy Maven
This no-fuss, one-pot recipe makes dinner (and leftovers) for the whole family a breeze. It uses 3 different kinds of beans in addition to ground beef for a simple, filling meal. Try using beef stock instead of chicken stock for extra oomph. Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 357; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 50mg; Sodium: 846mg; Carbohydrate: 39g; Dietary Fiber: 11g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 27g

5. Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili Verde | Maebells
Store-bought salsa verde takes this simple, filling chili to the next level. For extra- fresh flavor, add a squeeze of lime juice when it’s done simmering. Top with baked tortilla chips or your other favorite Mexican additions. Recipe makes 6 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 358; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 88mg; Sodium: 744mg; Carbohydrate: 33g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 46g

VEGETARIAN CHILIS

6. Moroccan Chickpea Chili | Cooking Light
Who says you need meat to make a satisfying chili? This vegetarian chili is loaded with chickpeas, veggies and Moroccan spices for a fun and flavorful twist on traditional chili. Put the spices hiding at the back of the cabinet to good use! Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 1/2 cups each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 215; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 565mg; Carbohydrate: 36g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 17g; Protein: 8g

7. Fall Harvest Vegetarian Chili with Kale | The Roasted Root
Make the most of fall produce with this unique recipe. With four cups of kale leaves, this scrumptious chili makes eating more of the superstar veggie a walk in the park. The spices are well-balanced with sweet potatoes, apples and butternut squash. Recipe makes 5 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 248; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 399mg; Carbohydrate: 84g; Dietary Fiber: 11g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 12g

8. Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa Chili | Fit Foodie Finds
This hearty chili calls for roasted red peppers for extra-smoky flavor. Quinoa, northern white beans and kidney beans add a vegetarian-friendly protein punch and fiber boost. Don’t skimp on the pure maple syrup—it really brings out the different flavors! Recipe makes 8 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 249; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 673mg; Carbohydrate: 48g; Dietary Fiber: 12g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 13g

9. Hearty Crock-Pot Lentil Chili | Uproot Kitchen
Lentils in chili? You bet! Let this vegan chili simmer in the slow cooker all day for a ready-to-eat meal at dinnertime. Fire-roasted tomatoes and jalapeño add an extra spicy kick. Make a big batch to freeze, and reheat later! Recipe makes 7 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 305; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 236mg; Carbohydrate: 57g; Dietary Fiber: 11g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 27g

10. Peanut Butter Vegetarian Chili | Eating Bird Food
Some people swear by adding “secret” ingredients to their chili, from brown sugar and cinnamon to beer and lime juice. Peanut butter and cocoa powder may sound like funky additions, but they add a great richness to this “meaty” vegetarian chili. Serve with warm corn bread. Recipe makes 7 servings.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 340; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 719mg; Carbohydrate: 57g; Dietary Fiber: 12g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 15g

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10 Healthier Christmas Cookie Recipes Under 135 Calories

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It’s National Cookie Day! Get festive and make Santa Claus’s “nice” list with a batch of jolly holiday cookies! We know you have a lot of options so we’ve put together a list of cookies that trim down on the traditional high calorie, high sugar, high fat versions using nutritious ingredients like sweet potatoes, nuts and oats! Bake some of these healthier cookie recipes–they’re sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and will also make beautiful gifts for your friends. Each serving is less than 135 calories and each recipe makes a lot so be sure of share the love!

1. GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS TREE COOKIES | SKINNYTASTE

Make delicious gingerbread cookies using half the butter, but still keeping the same great flavor and texture. And, no cookie cutter required! These adorable gingerbread Christmas tree cookies are decorated with a smattering of green frosting and sprinkles on top. Recipe makes 30 servings of 2 cookies each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 104; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 9mg; Sodium: 49mg; Total Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugars: 11g; Protein: 2g

2. SWEET POTATO MOLASSES COOKIE | WHITE ON RICE COUPLE

Humble sweet potato plays a central role in this soft, festive cookie made with molasses and raisins soaked in rum. Yum! Buttermilk gives the cookies moistness, but if you don’t have any on hand, substitute with 1/4 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1/4 cup of whole milk then stir and let sit for 5 minutes. Recipe makes 24 servings at 1 cookie each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 123; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 18mg; Sodium: 194mg; Total Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 8g; Protein: 2g

3. SKINNY CUT OUT SUGAR COOKIES | KIM’S CRAVINGS

Cut out sugar cookies are a Christmas staple! You can make these light, vegan version with flavorful coconut oil and decorate them with icing made from raw cashews, vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup and almond milk. This recipe makes 18 servings at 1 cookie each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 103; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 145mg; Total Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 6g; Protein: 2g

4. HEALTHY DARK CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY OATMEAL COOKIES | ALL FOUR BURNERS

Chewy cookies decked with pieces of dark chocolate and cranberries are deliciously balanced. The bitter dark chocolate pairs well with sweet dried cranberries. Recipe makes 30 servings at 1 cookie each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 93; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 12mg; Sodium: 86mg; Total Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 7g; Protein: 1g

5. WHOLE WHEAT GINGERBREAD BISCOTTI | EVERYDAY MAVEN

Sweet and spicy gingerbread biscotti is delicious dipped in a cup of hot coffee or tea. These sturdy cookies travel well and can be mailed as homemade holiday goodies. Recipe makes 32 servings at 1 biscotti each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 75; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 6mg; Sodium: 51mg; Total Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 7g; Protein: 2g

6. NUTCRACKER COOKIES | OH SHE GLOWS

Hearty, nutty and vegan–these nutcracker cookies have a crisp, toffee-like exterior followed by a chewy, doughy middle. Mixed nuts, dates and ground flax give great texture to this holiday treat. Recipe makes 14 servings at 1 cookie each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 134; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 116mg; Total Carbohydrate: 15g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 9g; Protein: 3g

7. LINZER THUMBPRINT COOKIES |HEALTHY SEASONAL COOKIES

These bite-sized rendition of a linzer torte is a healthier holiday treat. Thumbprint cookies are made with whole-grain flour then baked with raspberry jam nestled in the middle for a gorgeous presentation. Recipe makes 24 servings at 1 cookie each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 121; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 18mg; Sodium: 162mg; Total Carbohydrate: 17g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 9g; Protein: 2g

8. RASPBERRY OATMEAL COOKIES | AMY’S HEALTHY BAKING

Want a cookie without refined sugar or refined flour? Make a batch of these soft and chewy raspberry oatmeal cookies. If you don’t have fresh raspberries available, frozen berries work equally well. What’s more, each sweet cookie is less than 100 calories! Recipe makes 15 servings at 1 cookie each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 98; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 12mg; Sodium: 108mg; Total Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 10g; Protein: 2g

9. NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BALLS | FOOD NETWORK

Quick and easy, this no-bake cookie recipe calls for just three steps: Combine all ingredients, roll dough into sweet balls and delight and bake. This no-fuss treat is a great way to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Recipe makes 24 servings of 1 ball each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 67; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 1mg; Sodium: 59mg; Total Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 6g; Protein: 1g

10. ESPRESSO CRINKLES | COOKING LIGHT

Sneak a little caffeine buzz with your holiday treat by making these espresso crinkles. The coffee adds a layer of depth to the chocolate cookie dough and powdered sugar creates a beautiful crackled look. Recipe makes 24 servings at 1 cookie each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 99; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 156mg; Total Carbohydrate: 20g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 13g; Protein: 1g

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