Bark Thins

Ok, I have to be reallly careful with these, but Bark Thins are my favorite new treat.

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Have you tried them?

My friend J. brought them to a potluck-style get-together about a month ago and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Bark Thins are described as “snacking chocolate,” a category of food that I was not familiar with but have since easily embraced.

The thing is, the dark chocolate is very rich, so one piece is really satisfying. Having just one piece is also fitting in and keeping me honest with my 100 Day Self-Improvement Project.

 

 

 

 

Fat Free Cheesy Ranch Dip

Lately I’ve been hungry for dips, as in the chips-and-dip variety.

The main problem is that many dips fall into the less than healthy category.

For a casual lunch yesterday, I decided to make a healthier version of a cheesy ranch dip that I’ve had in the past.

Full disclosure: I shamelessly ate this with Fritos, but it would work great with jicama slices, baby carrots or other crudités.

First, some gorgeous pictures for veggie inspiration:

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And now the recipe:

Fat Free Cheesy Ranch Dip

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. fat free cream cheese
  • 1 container (6 oz) plain fat free Greek yogurt
  • 8 oz. shredded fat free cheddar cheese
  • 1 packet powdered ranch dip mix
  • 3-4 T. fresh chives
  • 1 clove minced garlic

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in food processor.
  2. Pulse enough to break up shredded cheddar and combine everything together.
  3. Sample a generous amount.
  4. Thin with a few tablespoons of skim milk if the dip seems too thick.
  5. Eat!

 

 

 

The Best Popcorn

Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks, and one I can feel moderately good about eating (most of the time).

Hands down, I think this is the best popcorn maker out there:

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The Whirley Pop stovetop popper is a pain to clean, but the delicious popcorn it churns out makes it well worth the effort. I make mine with a tiny (tiny!) amount of canola or olive oil (less than a tablespoon, just enough to coat the kernels), and I find that once it’s done, it doesn’t need anything other than a (modest) shake of salt.

You can make your own healthy popcorn in the microwave, too. It’s as easy as popping kernels in a plain brown paper bag. Find the instructions here. This is so much better than the artificial butter stuff.

For a real treat, check out Quinn popcorn.

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Their mission is simple: To clean up the food we eat, which is why you won’t find toxic anything in their products. And with flavors like parmesan and rosemary or olive oil and herbs, it’s hard to choose what to make.