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Featured Blogger: Createlive

You might have spotted her in our froCHO roundup, and here she is, back for more! This week’s Featured Blogger, Carly from Createlive, believes good food can also be good for you. And that’s where we come in; these recipes are so drool-worthy, they’ll convince even the toughest critic that delicious really can be healthy and low-fat. Check out Carly’s creative recipes below, and hop on over to her site for more inspiration!

I might be in my 20s, but my relationship with yogurt is turning one and a half. Let’s have a moment of silence in honor of this momentous occasion, shall we? …Perhaps you’re wondering why we should have a moment of silence over yogurt. I suppose the reasons are three-fold. First, it’s fun to say. Yogurt. Yo! Gurt. Second, yogurt is a major power tool in the healthy eating fight. Third, Chobani yogurt is darn delicious.

A while before I started my website, Createlive, I had begun to cook and eat creatively. I’m a long time fitness buff who loves experimenting with food… but I just couldn’t bear to cook with the butter, cream, and oil that often comes along with (or is somehow crammed inside of) delicious cooking. I was adamant that food should be able to taste good while also being good for you.

This, my friends, is where Chobani enters the picture. CHello… finally, an easy way to CHOose healthy food that tastes fabulous as well and helps make you look fabulous by eliminating the overabundance of fats that are in most foods. Can I get an Amen?

“Healthy Eating 101: The Chobani Effect” 

We’ve got some sweet (like 100 Calorie Skinny Oreo Dip and Reese’s Cupcakes), some savory (like Skinny Spinach and Asparagus Dip), and a power-house-metabolism-boost (Chia Muesli Breakfast Pudding). Welcome to class, kids!

Photo courtesy of Createlive

100 Calorie Skinny Oreo Dip

(Recipe originally from Createlive)

We all love Oreos (admit it!). We don’t love the ringing up of massive amounts of calories upon each bite. Somehow, knowing you can eat it without guilt makes this dish so much more delicious…

Prep Time: <5 Minutes

Refrigeration Time: 30 Minutes

Servings: 8

Calories Per Serving: 100

Ingredients:

-1 Package Instant Oreo Pudding Mix

-2 cups Skim Milk

-1 cup 0% Vanilla Chobani Greek Yogurt

-1 Graham Cracker (for crumbling)

-Additional Graham Crackers (for dipping)

Directions:

1. Combine Oreo Pudding mix with 2 cups cold milk and stir. Once it begins to solidify, refrigerate for 30 minutes.

2. Take out and spoon/pour Oreo Pudding along one side of a long dish.

3. Spoon/pour 0% Vanilla Chobani Greek Yogurt along the other side of the dish.

4. Use a spoon to glide back and forth, mixing them slightly into each other but not entirely.

5. Crumble one graham cracker on top and use the rest for dipping!

Photo courtesy of Createlive

Reese’s Cupcakes

(Recipe originally from Createlive)

Everyone loves candy. Why not hide it in a cupcake? This recipe uses seltzer water and Chobani yogurt so that you can serve your friends a candy-filled cupcake that still feels light and healthy (despite tasting utterly indulgent!).
Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Servings: 18-24

Calories Per Serving:

Ingredients:

-1 Bag Peanut Butter Cups, frozen

-1 Box Devil’s Food Cake Mix

-3/4 Can (8 oz) of Sparkling or Seltzer Water

-1/4 cup of 0% Plain Chobani Greek Yogurt

-1 8oz tub of Cool Whip or Whipped Cream substitute

-3 tablespoons of Peanut Butter

-3 teaspoons of Brown Sugar

Directions:

1. Mix Cake mix with 8 oz sparkling water. Add 1/4 cup of 0% Plain Chobani Greek Yogurt.

2. Spoon into paper-lined cupcake tins. Unwrap frozen Peanut Butter Cups and drop into cupcake batter. (Don’t push down, as the Peanut Butter Cups naturally sink while baking.)

3. Bake in oven according to cake box (~24 minutes).

4. For icing: Mix cool whip and brown sugar. Add peanut butter and beat on high until well blended, scraping the sides of the bowl as you go.

5. Spread on top of cupcakes or spoon into piping bag.

Photo courtesy of Createlive

Skinny Spinach and Asparagus Dip

(Recipe originally from Createlive)

We’ve all been tempted by the spinach dips at franchise restaurants. This is a perfect substitution, using Chobani as the base instead of sour cream, butter, or mayonnaise, meaning we kick the calories to the curb. A fabulous side dish or appetizer, this dip is wonderful for dinner parties or solo nights!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Servings: 8

Calories Per Serving: 60

Ingredients:

-10 spears Asparagus

-2 cups Spinach

-2 cups 0% Plain Chobani Greek Yogurt

-2 tablespoons Fat Free Feta Cheese

-2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese

-2 teaspoons Greek Seasoning (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, 1/2 teaspoon onion salt, 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper)

-2 teaspoons minced garlic

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. On the stove, saute or grill asparagus. Feel free to lightly coat with olive oil or add water to keep them moist as you cook them.

3. Place spinach in a bowl and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute to wilt the spinach leaves.

4. Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix well. Note: You may have to mix in batches if you have a smaller blender. Additionally, for less powerful blenders, chopping the asparagus and spinach first will make blending faster and smoother.

5. Transfer to an oven-safe dish and heat on 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

6. Garnish and serve!

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Chia Muesli Breakfast Pudding with Chobani Greek Yogurt

(Recipe originally from Createlive)

This is the breakfast of the champions. Eat this for breakfast for a week and you will not only have enough energy to make it to lunch and through a grueling workout, but you just might have to invest in a new pair of jeans if you drop a few pounts… Get ready to rev your metabolism!

Prep Time (Night Before): 2 minutes

Prep Time (Morning Of): 2 minutes

Servings: 4

Calories Per Serving: 215

Ingredients:

-2 cups Skim Milk

-3/4 cup Muesli-Old Country Style

-4oz 0% Vanilla Chobani Greek Yogurt

-1/4 cup Dried Cranberries or Craisins

-4 oz Chia Seeds

-1/4 cup raw Blueberries

-1/4 cup Strawberries (cut)

-1 tablespoon Natural Peanut Butter

-1/8 cup Finely Diced Walnuts

Directions:

1. Combine Muesli, Chia seeds, and Milk and soak overnight.

2. Heat over stove or microwave.

3. Add other toppings and serve!

Digging the idea that food can BE good for you, TASTE good, and make you FEEL good, all at the same time? Stop by Createlive for more recipes and fitness tips!