DIY Sock Bun Tutorial

I don’t know about you, but I try to wash my hair every other day because of its oily-ness. My roots get oily, but my ends stay dry and brittle, especially if I over-wash. Unfortunately, wearing my hair down isn’t always an option, whether it’s because I’m on-the-go, don’t have time to do my hair, or am experiencing a case of “second-day hair.” When this happens, I turn to the sock bun.

I love a well-made sock bun, because while it takes just minutes to complete, it looks chic all day, and is work, school, restaurant, gym, bar-ready. It’s one of the most adaptable hairstyles depending on the occasion, and is easily accomplished in just 3 easy steps. See for yourself and learn how to perfect the sock bun in my Step-by-Step video:

Step-by-Step Video Tutorial for a DIY Sock Bun

 

Pictures and Written Instructions

In order to create your sock bun, you will need the following items:

DIYsockbunneededitems

 

To create the sock bun cushion, follow the steps provided at the beginning of the video. You will want to cut your sock as shown in the following picture:

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The sock bun is so versatile, and can be achieved in three easy steps:

3 step sock bun

Step 1

Step 1 Put Hair in Ponytail

Step 2

roll bun with sock cushion

Step 3

 secure sock bun with pins

The Final Result

After these three simple steps, you should be left with a donut-shaped bun like this!

diy sock bun tutorial result

 

 

Let me know how it turned out for you, and what other hairstyle tutorials you would like to see! Stay tuned for more DIY tutorials to come! ūüôā

 

The Brilliance of Using Bedsider.org

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bedsider.org. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

“Hey Mom, I want to get on the pill.”

Levora Birth Control PillThis doesn’t seem like the typical thing one would openly say to their mother, especially when away at college and just-turned 21. But what an outsider may not realize is that my decision to start taking birth control was not for the typical desire to keep from getting pregnant, but rather for stability.

I was always very irregular then it came to my Time of the Month (TOTM). Sometimes I’d start at the end of the month, sometimes I’d have my TOTM in a three week gap, other times I’d go 2 months before starting again. This irregular cycle was crippling in my life. I would cramp up at random times, and be in extreme pain when I’d skip a month. I would get moody and irrational, and not realize until after the fact that this was due to PMS, as I didn’t know¬†when I was supposed to have PMS. And forget wearing white or khaki, I never knew if today could be the day I started when I put on clothes. I can’t tell you how horrifying it would be to be in the middle of cheering at a football game in high school, and after finishing a routine realize that I started, and had exactly 5 minutes to make it to the bathroom before I visibly stained my white cheer skirt.Read more

Review: Cajun Cafe at the Market in NOLA

Disclaimer: A Dash of Sarah was not compensated for this post by The Cajun Cafe at the Market in any way, shape or form. All of the following is of my own opinion, and does not reflect the opinion of those who work or own the establishment.
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The cafe itself was colorful and vibrant, while the food was delivered on basic dishes and plastic holders.
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Exceptionally priced, given the high-tourist area and high-quality food. However, you must pay separately for water.
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Coming out at a 4.5, Cajun Cafe is a great choice for cajun food in New Orleans, LA.

Cajun Cafe at the Market Review

Overview

In March, I visited a close and old friend Brooke in New Orleans (I know I know, why the heck does it take you so long to review a place, Sarah?! Forgive me, my head has been buried in the figurative sand that is college). During my few-day trip, we decided to eat any and all cajun/creole food I had heard was to die for there. While items like poboys and beignets were on the list, one obvious entree to be consumed during this road trip was jambalaya. The question was, where?

After a quick trip to Cafe du Monde (quick being the key word… Brooke and I only had a certain amount of time on the parking meter, and had to make our visit at the French Market FAST!), we headed to the French Market and began¬†browsing¬†fast-paced-walking around.

Atmosphere

Jambalaya sign

We suddenly stopped when we came up to this festive, bright little cafe on the side. In big bold words their chalkboard sign read: JAMBALAYA, CRAWFISH ETOUFFEE, GUMBO, and RED BEANS AND RICE. Although we had just consumed our share of beignets, we knew this was the place we had to stop at to get my real feel of New Orleans Cajun-Style food — The Cajun Cafe at the Market.

The little cafe is small and quaint, and colorful, which is probably what grabbed our attention so quickly. There were numerous chalk signs saying things like “Vegans Eat Here” and “Kids Burgers and Hot Dogs,” showing that this little place caters to any and all tourists, no matter how picky.

beverages displayAlong with the food suggestions, there was a cute little drinks display, bearing the words “ICE COLD WATER” among other terms like “sweet tea” and “can of soda.” How festive and bright are their displays? It just puts you in a happy mood to be sitting up at their little bar there.

They had every drink imaginable from the obvious water and sodas to Monster energy drinks, Minute Maid, sweet tea, Powerade, and little barrels of various-flavored fruit punch. Brooke and I had just enjoyed a latte over at Cafe Du Monde, so we decided on just having water, but I couldn’t keep from snapping a shot of the whole display! I love places that make their drink options visible like this. Especially in a fast-paced and busy atmosphere like the French Market. It makes the selection that much easier.

pulled pork and hot sauceWhile we were deciding on what we would eat, I checked in on FourSquare and noticed that quite a few people were recommending the Cajun Cafe at the Market as the go-to place for hot sauce. Apparently, while lots of shops on Bourbon street and around the market have a variety of hot sauces to purchase, the Cajun Cafe has a great selection at a reasonable price. Just look at the variety there on the shelves in that picture! I wasn’t in the mood to buy any since we were already sitting down to try a new cajun meal (and let’s be honest, my heartburn won’t allow for it), but I can see why people would come there for that specific purpose.

Cajun Cafe at the Market Food Review

Finally, by looking around at what others were eating at their small bar, we decided on an order of Veggie Jambalaya, and an order of Crawfish¬†√Čtouff√©e. While we waited for them to make up our food, we were in a prime spot for people watching. And let me tell you, the people watching is FABULOUS at the French Market!
Me and the MealsIn a decent amount of time, our plates were ready and presented to us. The Crawfish √Čtouff√©e came in a sturdy ceramic bowl, while the Jambalaya was delivered in a paper to-go carton, with decorative black-and-white paper wrapping around the delicious-smelling entree. The Crawfish Etouffee had a hearty scoop of rice placed in the middle, and both dishes were served with a wedge of bread.

I’m one for a kick of spice in each mouthful, so the Veggie Jambalaya was hands-down my favorite. Each bite produced the savory, spicy flavor that accompanies a jambalaya dish. It had enough heat to have me reaching for the water bottle every couple of spoonfuls, but not so much that I was sweating or breaking out the Prilosec. I was a bit apprehensive to get the veggie jambalaya (I chose this option as I wasn’t in the mood for sausage), but I’m so glad I did. The heaping helping of veggies was the perfect amount of food to keep me full, but not over-stuffed, while allowing me to enjoy the delicious flavors of the dish. Every bite I consumed reminded me I was in New Orleans and finally getting to grub on some real, downright authentic cajun food.

Brooke took a liking to the Crawfish √Čtouff√©e, partly because it was the milder entree of the two. However, I can’t blame her fondness over the dish. As I write this, I’m craving a serving, myself. The dish was creamy and flavorful, but without being as spicy as most cajun dishes. You have the flavor of the crawfish without it being too fishy (you know, that taste which gives it away that the meat in your meal used to swim in the water), and the spices soaked into the rice, which was cooked perfectly. Each spoonful screamed of the perfect cajun comfort food, and left you with a smile on your lips. We seriously couldn’t help but murmer “Mmm!” with each bite!

Overall

Brooke and Sarah at Cajun Cafe at the MarketBrooke and I left with satisfied stomachs and smiles on our faces after tasting the two dishes. I’m not sure that the employees at Cajun Cafe had seen two little blonde girls scarf down cajun food so quickly, but hopefully they took it as a compliment that we sincerely enjoyed our meal.

I definitely recommend trying out The Cajun Cafe at the Market if you’re in New Orleans and looking for some good cajun/creole food while taking in some sight-seeing. While it may have a busy, hurried vibe (depending on the time of day), and seating may be scarce (Brooke and I got lucky and grabbed someone’s seats as they were just leaving), the food is spectacular, and you can avoid the seating issue by getting your meal in the cute to-go cartons and taking walking to one of the many available tables along the French Market area. They’ve not only got their great food going for them, but they’re an ace on location, cooking up food smack dab in the middle of the French Market!

How many of you have been to New Orleans? Where was your favorite place to eat while you were there?

 

Starting the 30 Before 30 Challenge

Have you ever woken up one day and wondered where the last few years had gone?

Welcome to my current dilemma. Don’t get me wrong, I’m young. I’m just barely starting my twenties. But, I don’t want to use that as an excuse to wait and keep myself from living. I mean really¬†living. Experiencing new things and being able to smile back on all the crazy memories later on. There’s only so much time in our lives we have to do ALL the things we want to do, so why not start crossing those wishes and dreams off of our list and making them a reality NOW?

And thus, I decided to create my very own 30 before 30 list (at the age of 22 in 2013). Here goes!Read more

DFW Bloggers Spring Meet Up 2013

Remember how I talked about how much fun I had co-hosting and getting to meet fresh bloggy faces back in Fall? Well, I was lucky enough to do it allll over again with the DFW Blogger Spring Meet Up!

Strawberry Basil MashThanks to the lovely Nicole of Three 31 who put together this whole get together, we enjoyed a wonderful time bowling, mingling, and sipping delicious drinks at Lucky Strike in Fort Worth., a swanky bowling establishment that offers a full menu and a tempting drink list. See that Strawberry Basil Mash pictured there? It was DELISH.

We each took turns bowling the occasional strike and the ever-present gutter ball. Between turns we swapped blog stories and caught up on what we’ve all been doing both on and off the virtual grid.

Photo via Three 31
Photo via Three 31

Nicole was kind enough to provide cute little bowling awards for us to look forward to throughout our playing. I somehow managed to receive the top bowling champion award, which I find impossible since I’m typically the queen of gutters, but hey, I won’t complain! I guess these gals just bring out my beginners’ luck. ūüėČ

We finished off the good time with dinner at Brownstone Kitchen across the street. The decor of the restaurant was understated and classy, in my opinion.

Pomegranate ChickenAfter an extreme case of indecisiveness between sandwiches, crab cakes, and other mouth-watering choices, I finally decided on the Pomegranate brushed hen with roasted potatoes and green beans. The chicken was a bit over-cooked, but the seasoning and pomegranate glaze was uh-mazing. We were offered complimentary blood orange mimosas toward the end of our meal, which was delicious, as well.

For a more thorough review and more pictures, check out any of these ladies’ review of the event:

Taylor from Pink Heels Pink Truck

Nicole from Three 31

Heather from Dallas Single Mom

Sprummer WreathAs if it wasn’t enough to get to see this girls AND win top bowling champion, I also happened to be lucky enough to walk away with a super cute “Sprummer” wreath (Spring/Summer), made by one of Nicole’s church friends. How cute is it that she implemented flip flops into the wreath’s design? And it contains two of my favorite summer colors: Pink and green! I guess the “luck” of the night just rubbed off of me when I was drawn for that!

All of us ladies left with swag bags filled with goodies and blogging tidbits at the end of the night. My goodie bag contained some Scentsy products (car freshener and room spray), lotion, discounts on various online stores, and cute handmade “Hello.” stationary notecards from Airing Your Dirty Laundry!

Place SettingI seriously appreciate all the hard work and touches Nicole put in for this event (like the bag of socks for those [ahem, me] who forgot to bring some despite constant reminding, the notecards with our names and blogs on it for our place setting, the chevron/striped straws for our drinks). I had a much-needed wonderful time with these ladies, and still smile looking at all the photos. Now, the only question that remains is, when is the next one? ūüėČ

 

Sugar-Free Yogurt Popsicles – DIY Recipe

Tired of the same ‘ole yogurt and fruit routine? Follow this incredibly easy recipe for a quick, cheap, low-calorie snack that’s ¬†deliciously addictive! These sugar-free yogurt popsicles will be a hit for your little ones, or at any party this spring and summer season.

 

Sugar-free Yogurt Popsicles

Nutritional Facts Per Serving (Serving Size: 2 mini popsicles):

Calories: 44 — Sugars: 6g — Carbs: 6g — Protein: 3g

Ingredients Needed:

 

  • Fruit of choice¬†(personal favorite: 6 strawberries)
  • Greek yogurt of choice¬†(personal favorite: Yoplait honey greek yogurt)
  • Popsicle mold set¬†(I snagged a mini 8-popsicle set for $1 at the Dollar Tree! I did notice that they were out of stock when I went this last week, but there are several inexpensive popsicle molds available online on Amazon.com
  • ** Optional: Don’t like the tart yogurt taste? Add a packet or two of your sweetener of choice (I recommend Pure Via) for a sweeter, more traditional popsicle taste.

Directions: 


1) Place the greek yogurt and 3/4 of your fruit of choice in the blender. 

Blend well. Add last 1/4 of fruit toward the end and blend lightly, until only small particles of fruit are visible (for that “real fruit added” texture). DO NOT add water or ice to your mixture, as this will cause the popsicles to not harden the correct way in the freezer and make them more likely to break off in pieces when trying to remove them from the mold set. (Also, keep in mind that more fruit leads to a sweeter tasting popsicle!)

 

2) Prepare your popsicle mold set. 

Make sure it is clean and ready to go. (Be sure to double check the part that will be attached to your popsicle mixture when frozen, as any remanence may cause problems with attachment.


3) Pour your popsicle mixture into your mold set, making sure not to overfill. 

Overfilling can cause breakage when trying to pull your popsicle out of its mold later on, and can lead to a mess when trying to eat your icy-cold snack. Place the filled mold set in the freezer.

 

4) Leave your mixture to freeze for about 3 hours, and you’re set!¬†

Make sure your sugar-free yogurt popsicles are fully frozen by giving your holders a light tug. They should NOT move when being tugged on. If they give way in the slightest bit, your mixture is not firm, and should be placed back in the freezer for a while longer. When you’re ready to eat your popsicles, run the particular popsicle that you’re trying to get out under hot water. The heat will help the popsicle detach from the mold, and your home-made dessert should pop out easily when pulled by the handle after less than 30 seconds under the faucet.

Enjoy these mini delights! I tested the little smoothie ice poppers on both my roommate and my boyfriend. My roommate¬†loved¬†it, and though my boyfriend isn’t the biggest healthy-snack fan (he calls them “girly”), he enjoyed the flavors, as well! (Double win!) These sugar-free yogurt popsicles are the perfect cure to the terrible ice cream cravings that come over me while trying to eat right. They are¬†ESPECIALLY¬†perfect as a mini cool down in this God-awful Texas heat!

If you try this recipe (or even a different fruit/yogurt variation), be sure to let me know how you like the results!

 

DIY Thrifty Gift

No one likes showing up to a birthday party without a gift. But at times there are reasons beyond your control for not being able to have one. Perhaps you couldn’t find the coveted jewelry they wanted, completely forgot about the party until day of and didn’t find anything gift-able, or, worse yet, didn’t have the money to get anything. But what if you could make a sentimental, heartfelt, and enjoyable gift for just under $10?

Back in November of 2011, I had just started seeing my boyfriend at the time, J.S. We were planning to celebrate his 25th birthday with a low-key dinner and bowling night, but of course I wanted to get him something special as his girlfriend. In late September, I took a trip back to California for family matters. At the airport, preparing to go back to Texas, I realized that both my debit card and driver’s license were missing. I was fortunate enough to have enough information on me to make the flight back home. However, my two cards were still missing.¬†

I got that all sorted out eventually, but in the meantime, I had NO idea how I was going to get a gift for J.S. with just $30 cash in my name for the next week or so. I decided that I wasn’t to spend more than $15 on his birthday (gift and bowling included), that way I saved the other half for gas, food, and other necessities until my replacement debit card came in the mail. I did the math and decided I needed to save at least $6 for the bowling alley. But what could I get for under $9 at such sort notice that really meant something?¬†¬†

And so began the gift that actually impressed my boyfriend and showed him how thoughtful I can be:

 

The Thrifty Gift: Riddles and Rhymes

Total cost for this gift: $7.86

Total time spent: 1 day

Appreciation towards gift: Undoubted

 

The riddles and rhymes gift became a combination of¬†Pinterest¬†pins involving inexpensive gifts. I whipped them all together with a few of my own ideas for a 6-piece gift. Each piece had a numbered riddle attached. A note in the gift explained that he was to start with #1 and work his way to #6, trying to guess what each gift was based on the riddle before opening it. Each object inside was tailored towards a specific item he had mentioned liking in passing as we dated. It’s perfect for those celebrating their 6-month-iversary, 6 year anniversary, or a birthday with your significant other.¬†(Please forgive the terribly unfocused pictures. As you can imagine, it was a pretty hectic week, and I hadn’t quite figured out my phone’s zoom and focus features just yet! But an out of focus example is better than no example,right?)

 

Wrapping paper: $1 at Dollar Tree

Ribbon: leftover ($1 at Dollar Tree)

Greeting card covers used as numbered riddle cards: leftover ($2.50 at Staples Center)

I noticed that a set of thank you cards I already had somewhat matched the polka dot pattern of my wrapping paper. So, I used scissors to cut off the decorative front and pasted the riddles on the back of it.

 

J.S. had told me that he doesn’t drink much soda pop, but when he does he prefers Coke Zero. So, using this information, I added the soda riddle to a wrapped up single bottle of Coke Zero.¬†

Coke Zero: $1.32 at gas station

Total so far: $2.32

 

J.S. had also mentioned his fondness of pistachio nuts over others. I thought the cheesy but cute riddle was a great touch to giving him that snack.

Pistachio Nuts: $1.25 at grocery store

Total so far: $3.57

 

The boyfriend never mentioned liking Rice Krispy Treats, but I couldn’t help but add this one in!¬†

One Rice Krispy Treat: $1 at gas station

Total so far: $4.57

 

I was always stealing his gum, so I thought this was a great way to repay him for all the times he attributed to my minty breath.

Orbit gum: $1.29 at gas station

Total so far: $5.86

 

Alright, to explain this one I have to let the cat out of the bag. J.S. and I actually met on Plenty of Fish, a free online dating site. I had just moved from California and was looking to meet new people, friends or otherwise. He had been in Dallas from Michigan for some time with no luck in meeting the right person. And there you have it. I threw in some Swedish Fish candy to the mix in order to add this clever, personal riddle.

Swedish fish: $1 at Dollar Tree

Total so far: $6.86

 

 

 

This last one was by far my favorite item of the bunch, and actually the most cost-efficient! I found out through a random Pinterest posting that it’s possible to create your own, printable subway art at¬†Wordle. Using terms I knew about J.S. in the few months we dated and taking advantage of the extra Matte photo paper I had on hand from a previous photography course, I created a keepsake he still displays in his room.¬†

Photo paper: leftover ($4.99 at Amazon and eBay)

Picture frame: $1 at Dollar Tree

Total for gift: $7.86

 

The boyfriend was touched that I had put so much thought and effort into this gift; it didn’t matter the cost. I, personally, would be so appreciative if someone took the time to set up a gift like this for me. The ‘ole saying¬†“It’s the thought that counts”¬†really rings true in this case.

All of the riddles (save for #5 and #6) are available for print from The Dating Divas.

If you try this out, let me know how it works out for you! I’d love to see your completed gift sets! ūüôā

 

Sarah’s Aloha BBQ Chicken

Once in a while I try my hand at creating a new, exciting dish to spice up my home-cooking schedule. There is only so many times one can roast a chicken the same way before it gets dull!

Last week I struck some luck and created a recipe that was a sure winner in my book. I had been craving fruit all day and wanted to incorporate it into my dinner plans. Now, while I would be perfectly fine with a bowl of fruit for dinner, I’m pretty sure any nutritionist and my dear nurse of a mother would scowl at me for doing so. I love the mixture of tangy and spicy flavors, so I decided to pull out some seasonings to create my 5-step masterpiece:

Sarah’s Aloha BBQ Chicken

Ingredients (makes for two servings):

  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Can of Pineapple Rings
  • Juice from Can of Pineapple Rings
  • BBQ Sauce (I used Kraft Hickory Smoke BBQ)
  • BBQ Rub (I used Weber “Smokey Mesquite” Rub)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Oven-safe Dish

Directions:

1) After thawing and cutting off excess fat from your chicken breasts, apply your choice of BBQ rub liberally to your chicken, rubbing the spices in with your fingers. Place both pieces into an oven-safe dish (I used corning ware) and set aside. At this time, pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees.

 

2)¬†Open the can of sliced pineapple rings and empty the juice contents into a mixing bowl. Set aside the can and pineapple rings for later. Then, gradually mix in your BBQ sauce of choice until your mixture has a somewhat-thick consistency. You don’t want your mixture to be too soup-like (as a reference, I used half the bottle of BBQ sauce in order to achieve my desired consistency).

 

3) Cover the chicken breasts with the mixture you have just made, saving 1/4 cup of the mixture for later use. Cover the remaining sauce and place in your fridge. Then, slice the pineapple rings in half and place them over the chicken and the mixture.

 

4) Cover your oven-safe dish with aluminum foil, and bake in the pre-heated oven for one hour. Then, remove the aluminum foil, pour the remaining mixture over the pineapple rings, and cook uncovered for 15 more minutes. This will allow for the pineapples to caramelize and retain the savory flavors of the sauce.

 

5) Allow 10 minutes cooling time to give the chicken a chance to reabsorb its juices. Then, serve with corn-on-the-cob, baked beans, or your BBQ side dishes of choice. Bon Appetit! 

 

Mahalo¬†for checking out this recipe, let me know if you try it, and how you liked it! As always, I’d love to see pictures ūüôā¬†ALSO, if you liked this enough to want to try it later, PLEASE pin it! ūüėČ

 

PS:¬†I tried this same recipe out on my family. They all LOVED it! I used 8 chicken breasts (quadrupling the rest of the ingredients), and all but one-half ¬†of a chicken breast were gobbled up by the end of the party ūüôā I know YOUR family will love it to! It’s the¬†perfect¬†main dish for a luau/Hawaiian theme party.

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DFW Bloggers Meet Up Fall 2012

On Saturday, September 08th, Julie from A Beautiful Day, Taylor from Goings On in Texas, and I hosted the first ever Texas Bloggers DFW Meet Up at A Piece of Work in Fort Worth!

DFW Bloggers Meet Up – A Piece of Work

The hostesses of the night

The eventful night was filled with goodies to munch on…

Wine to be enjoyed…

 

… and paintings to be drawn!

 

I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with and getting to know my fellow DFW Blogging gals. We truly are a little blogging community. Every woman I talked to that night was so kind, gracious, funny, and downright sweet! We may be online blogging pals, but rest assured my friendships with these ladies were truly affirmed that night. It’s funny how bonds can be made through a little computer screen, isn’t it?

I had the pleasure of meeting the following ladies that evening:

Julie at A Beautiful Day

Taylor at Goings On in Texas

Nicole at Three31

April at Red Dirt Mama

Becky at The Java Mama

Crystal at¬†Mason’s Mama

Amanda at Princess of the Panhandle

Jill at Nokoikonomia

Holli at¬†Holli’s Hoots and Hollers

Kristen at Few of My Favorite Things

Lauren at The Crazy Life of LT

Samm at Little House in the Big D

Cynthia at Oh So Pinteresting

 

After a fun-filled night of blog talk, story swaps, painting, and wine, we all finally said our goodbyes and went our separate ways for the night… BUT, not before grabbing our take-home souvenir! Julie did a beautiful job decorating the keepsake boxes that held the homemade cupcakes I made for the event:

 

All in all, it was a fantastic time, and I can’t wait for the next one! Thank you ladies for making this past weekend one to definitely remember! ūüôā

 

Oh, and PS, just so it’s out there as photographic proof that I DID paint something in my life, here’s me with my attempted painting from the evening’s workshop… I think I’ll stick to my art skills on cupcakes! haha ūüėȬ†

 

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Dashing Dishes: Sarah’s Skinny Pizza

I’ve dedicated my time and efforts towards eating clean since January of 2012. I technically started over a year ago, but took baby steps. In January 2011, I began to cut out fast food restaurants from my daily routine. Then, I started portioning my desserts and snacks. In January 2012, I began to count calories and make a diligent effort to stay around 500 negative net calories each day. If you’re looking to do this, sites like¬†Calorie Count¬†and¬†My Fitness Pal¬†are great resources to use. While I have grown knowledgeable of most calories values in certain foods and no longer feel the need to watch the numbers, I still use the former website when logging my weight monthly.¬†

With that being said, often times my biggest “cheat” craving is pizza. I don’t know what it is about the delicious dinner pie that gets me wishing I had 500+ calories to fill for dinner, but I can get the urge to eat a slice at any time of the day. Since I know how costly pizza can be to one’s diet, I decided that there has to be a way to meet my craving and still feel good about it, too. And so, I introduce to you today’s Hearth-Healthy Culinary Creation:

 

Sarah’s Skinny Pizza

 

Nutrition Facts: 

202 Calories, 13g Protein, 27g Carbohydrates, and 100% Delicious! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 multi-grain tortilla
  • 1 slice fat-free cheese (I prefer Swiss or cheddar), cut into small squares
  • 2 tbs low-sodium marinara sauce
  • 1/4 green bell pepper, cut into slivers
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, cut into slivers
  • 1 slice low-sodium turkey ham, broken up into bite-size pieces

Prep Time: < 5 Mins 

Cook Time: < 5 Mins

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Build pizza ingredients on top of the multi-grain tortilla. Start with the sauce, adding the cheese squares, then the toppings you desire. To keep it low-calorie but extremely tasty, I suggest toppings like bell peppers, olives, and/or even some pineapple chunks.
  3. Place your pizza on a flat baking tray (a cookie sheet or pizza tray will do, as well.)
  4. Place pizza in the oven and cook for a few minutes (time will vary depending on amount of topping).
  5. Watch your pizza through the oven window. When the cheese is fully melted, the edges of the tortilla are golden, and the toppings look crisp but not burned, use an oven mitt and remove the baking tray.
  6. Let your pizza cool for 1-2 minutes, then enjoy!

 

Sarah’s Skinny Pizzas are perfect for a small lunch meal to fix your craving without compromising the calories. I typically enjoy them with a few pieces of fruit on the side and a glass of water or Snapple Diet Iced Tea with a wedge of lemon.

If you try it out and/or change any ingredients, let me know! I’d love to hear your feedback ūüôā Stay healthy and Bon Appetit!¬†

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