Easy Margarita Cake Recipe

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Today I wanted to share a simple recipe for a fun, tasty margarita cake that you can bring for today’s celebrations! easy margarita cake for cinco de mayo

Ingredients:

  • Betty Crocker’s Super Moist Lemon Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 limes
  • Mini tequila bottle or 1/2 cup of tequila
  • Vanilla Whipped Frosting

Directions:

In a bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, water, tequila, and juice of 1 lime. Then pour into greased cake pan and bake on 350 degrees for 32 minutes. Once cake has cooled, cover with vanilla whipped frosting and use the extra lime to decorate.

Enjoy! What’s your favorite Mexican-themed homemade dessert?

Miss Delish Nadia

Weekly Meal Plans

Sticking to food resolutions can be hard when you come home exhausted from a long day at work. For me, having a meal plan has not only helped in those situations, but also when it comes to grocery shopping. No longer am I blindly shopping and wasting good produce and money.

I scoured the internet and found a Weekly Meal Planner that had enough space for me to list my 3 meals per day, plus a shopping list on the side. Once I did my grocery shopping, I stuck the planner side to my fridge. So now when I go to open the fridge I have a handy reminder of what I should be grabbing in there.

It also helps that I found my weekly recipes off of healthy websites that had already figured out the points/calories for me. This has helped me to stay on track by pre-counting the calories or points per meal so I am less likely to splurge and overeat.

weekly meal planner

Do you use a weekly meal planner? Which one is your favorite?

Miss Fit Nadia

Surviving Holiday Goodies

Looking for a way to make it through all those delicious holiday meals, sweets, and treats without packing on the pounds? Here are a few tips to help get you to the New Year in fab shape! Healthy Breakfast

1. Move workouts to the A.M. If you’re like me and typically work out in the evenings, you might want to consider moving it to the morning. That way you’re not missing a workout to go to that holiday party and vice versa. It will also help you feel less guilty indulging in a sweet treat or holiday cocktail.

2. Eat a healthy breakfast. Starting the day on the right foot with a breakfast high in protein can help you make better food choices throughout the day. This is especially important around the holidays when it seems you can’t hide from a bevy of delicious foods at every turn.

3. Don’t deny yourself an indulgence. It’s absolutely ok to treat yourself to dessert, just eat in moderation. Also, by allowing yourself a sweet here and there, you are less likely to break down and gorge yourself.

What’s your tip for making it through the holidays without adding on the inches?

Miss Fit Nadia

How Do You Avocado?

It’s not secret that avocados have great benefits. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, check out Subway’s latest commercial and avocado promotion. Avocados have antioxidants that protect your vision, good-for-you monounsaturated fats which keeps your heart healthy, and fiber to fill you up so you actually feel full. It’s a fantastic “flat-belly” food.

Sold yet? Well if you are looking for ways to incorporate avocados in your diet, here are our favorite ways to enjoy this super food.

1. Plain Jane: That’s right, eat it as is. Many people either slice it up or just halve an avocado and enjoy the natural flavor! If you want to switch it up, sprinkle just a tiny bit of salt on it for an added punch to the flavor.

2. Smeared: Try using avocado in place of mayonnaise or cheese in your next sandwich. It helps lighten the calorie content, while adding 20 vitamins and minerals to your meal. Not to mention the consistency could easily be mistaken for the goodies you replaced it for.

3. Smoothie: We’ve all seen those scary green shakes. In reality, they’re not that bad. Since they mostly contain green foods that have no distinct flavor of their own, whatever berry or fruit you add to the mixture dominates your taste buds. Mix up a smoothie of spinach, avocados, yogurt, and bananas for a snack or meal full of goodness!

4. Martini: You can either make this at home or see if your local martini bar can mix this up for you. It’s a combo of fresh lime, basil, mango vodka, rum, and avocados served ice cold.

5. Guacamole: Who doesn’t love a good guacamole? Just make sure it doesn’t have too many added ingredients and enjoy this delicious dip on your tacos, salads, or with tortilla chips!

What’s your favorite way to eat avocado?

PB & Banana Cold Oatmeal

We all know that the best breakfast for a flat-belly is oatmeal. But during those hot summer months, or if you live in Florida like me – every month, the last thing you want to eat is something hot. So why not make your oatmeal cold? This is a spin-off of my breakfast smoothie recipe. I love it because it’s easy to mix up the “toppings” so that you are able to keep breakfast interesting and healthy everyday.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 c Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1/4 c Low-fat yogurt (or yogurt of your choice)
  • 1/4 c Reduced-fat milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 banana
  • Spoonful of peanut butter
  • Small air-tight container

Directions:

Put your oatmeal, yogurt, milk, and peanut butter into your air-tight container and mix up. Seal and refrigerate overnight. In the morning cut up your banana on top of your oatmeal mixture and voila! Peanut butter and banana cold oatmeal – delicious and a great source of protein and fiber first thing in the morning!

You can interchange the peanut butter and banana for berries and honey, or just cinnamon if you’d prefer.

What are your favorite oatmeal toppings?

Olympic Torch Snacks!

Are you throwing an Olympics themed party to celebrate Opening Ceremonies tonight? Here’s a super simple Olympics-themed snack you can make in less than 5 minutes!

What You’ll Need:

  • Popcorn
  • Ice Cream Cones

Directions:

Pop a bag of popcorn, then fill the ice cream cones with it for a “flame” effect. If you want to jazz it up, you can throw some Cheetos or orange and red M&M’s in there to add a little color to your fire. Really, that’s it!

What are you favorite Olympic snacks?

Breakfast Smoothies

Lately, I haven’t been very hungry in the mornings so I’ve been looking for a light, easy way to get lots of nutrients in a delicious, healthy breakfast. Behold, the breakfast smoothie! Now I’m not usually one for smoothies, but I’ve yet to make one of these I didn’t finish.

What You’ll Need:

  • Blender
  • Handful of ice
  • 3 tbsp Rolled Oats
  • 2 tbsp Low-fat Vanilla Yogurt (or Greek if you prefer)
  • Fruits (I used a banana and nectarine)
  • 1/2 c of Milk (Your choice here: I used Light Vanilla Silk Soy milk)
  • 2 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 c of Water

Yields: 3 cups

Doesn’t matter what order you put it in, after you cut up the fruits of your choice, throw all of the above into your blender and blend for 2-3 minutes. If you would like your shake to be less thick, add more milk or water to help thin it out. I pretty much stick to this recipe, substituting with whatever fruit I happen to have on hand.

This smoothie provides you with a great source of fiber, fruit, and protein first thing in the morning. Can’t think of a healthier way to start the day. Remember, it’s always best when you drink it cold!

What’s your favorite breakfast smoothie recipe?