Healthy Recipes

Skinny Starbucks Inspired Holiday Drinks

When it comes to coffee, follow this guide to find out what to Sip and what to Skip during the holiday season!
Skinny Starbucks Inspired Pumpkin Spice Latte
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Serves: 1
  • ¾ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1½ tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¾ cup strongly brewed coffee-I used Starbuck Veranda K-cup
  • light whipped cream and cinnamon or nutmeg for garnish (if desired)
  1. Brew coffee
  2. In a small saucepan combine pumpkin, almond milk, vanilla, sugar, and spice and heat over medium heat until steaming-do not boil.
  3. Pour pumpkin mixture over coffee and top with whipped cream and cinnamon or nutmeg if desired.


Skinny Starbucks Inspired Skinny Pumpkin Frappuccino


  • 1 and 1/2 cups (12 oz) cold coffee
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (10 oz) unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk)
  • 1/4 cup (57 grams) pumpkin puree
  • 3 Tablespoons pure maple syrup (or equal amount of honey, agave, or 4 packets stevia or other sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • light (or fat free) whipped cream, optional


  1. Brew the coffee. Pour coffee into a large mug and refrigerate overnight. Coffee MUST be very cold.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the milk, pumpkin, sweetener of choice, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg together until combined.  Pour into ice cube tray and allow to freeze.
  3. Once coffee is cold and pumpkin ice cubes are frozen, add everything to your blender and blend on high until smooth and icy.  Add more milk if your blender isn't blending it well.  Taste the frozen drink and add more sweetener or spices if needed. Top with whipped cream, if desired. Serve immediately.

Additional Notes:

  1. Instead of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves - use 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice.
  2. This drink is naturally gluten free. Keep it vegan by using non-dairy milk and exclude whip cream.
  3. If you're counting calories and want to use a different sweetener, you can use stevia. you can also use pumpkin flavor from pure pumpkin.


 Skinny Starbucks Inspired Eggnog Latte

  • ½ cup lite eggnog
  • ¼ cup non-fat milk
  • ½ tsp. stevia or 1 tbsp sugar (to taste)
  • ¼ cup brewed espresso or very strong coffee
  • Sprinkle nutmeg
Instructions: makes one cup
  1. Brew coffee/espresso and place in mug
  2. In a small pan, add eggnog, milk and sugar. Whisk together until heated and frothy, about 2 - 3 minutes. Pour into mug with coffee.
  3. Garnish with nutmeg and or fat free whip cream
  4. For a cocktail add ½ shot of rum ;)

Skinny Starbucks inspired Eggnog Frapp


  • ½ cup lite eggnog
  • ¼ cup non-fat milk
  • ½ tsp. stevia or 1 tbsp sugar (to taste)
  • ½ cup brewed espresso or very strong coffee, cold
  • 5 ice cubes
  • **Toppings**
  • 2 tbsp. fat free whip cream, fat free
  • Sprinkle nutmeg
  1. In a blender add all the ingredients except for your toppings and process until smooth. Pour into a cup and top with whip cream and nutmeg.
  2. Enjoy!

Skinny Starbucks Inspired Hot Chocolate, served cold!


  • 1/2 cup chocolate almond milk, frozen into ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup chocolate almond milk, cold
  • 1/4 cup fat free whipped cream
  • 1 tbsp. dark chocolate shavings


  1. Blend the chocolate ice cubes and the chocolate milk together until smooth (for a thicker frozen hot chocolate, use a higher ice to chocolate milk ratio).
  2. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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Chicken Avocado Burrito Wraps

I am a southern girl, thru and thru. So, ditching old habits, like Tex-Mex foods, aren't easy. The solution was to upgrade the 'burrito' with some healthy features!


2 cups of shredded chicken (grilled is good)

1 cup of low-fat Mexican Cheese

1 Fresh(medium size) avocado, diced

2 tablespoons of shredded Cilantro

4 Large Whole Wheat Tortillas (we pronounce the 'll' as 'y')

1 tablespoon of virgin olive oil


In a large bowl, mix shredded chicken, cheese, cilantro, diced avocado together. *it's ok to sample the goods before they go into the burrito ;0)

Put 1/4 of a cup (you can adjust portion as you go) onto one tortilla.

Wrap burrito style.

Prepare your pan by setting it on medium heat and put olive oil in. Carefully place burrito in the pan and cook on one side for 1 minute (or until it slightly turns brown). Flip burrito to finish cooking on the other side.

Remove from pan and ENJOY!

May be paired with hotsauce, but you should really taste it first!

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Win at Weightloss in the Kitchen

One of the greatest secrets (and easiest) to losing weight & KEEPING IT OFF is to give your kitchen a "makeover."

First, make a plan to overcome your unhealthy habits. This is an important step and you cannot "fudge" (no pun intended!) Seriously, though...throw out all the processed junk, the unwanted carbs lingering in your pantry, especially the sodas! Certain people in my household, in the past, would hoard sugary sweets in a drawer at work or by the bedside. Do yourself the biggest flavor, I mean "favor" and get rid of it, pronto! Clearing out the sugar and starches from your cabinets can make all the difference in YOUR success. Don't sabotage yourself! Fill your countertops with easy to grab fruits! Always have beautiful and colorful fruits/veggies inside your fridge and pair them with protein choices, like low-fat cheese and peanut butter.  Keep healthy snacks on hand inside your pantry. It really is that simple!

Secondly, for the person who has limited time during the day...preparing foods helps you avoid "pitfalls"! When you revive your healthy eating habits, limit yourself to how often you are eating out. In the beginning, it's simply too tempting. Make delicious lunches AND snacks. Make a menu plan to decide what's going to be for dinner Saturday night; or Wednesday evening (when the kids have practice and you come home late). Avoid the co-worker that has all the goodies stashed in the drawer at their desk (like my hubby did). Instead, try packing flavored (no calorie)carbonated waters, almonds, and a fresh apple for snacks instead.

Lastly, find super-easy nutritious meals (here!) that you can easily put together. Cooking can take less time than picking up food to go. This includes a variety of vegetables and fruit, low-fat dairy products, lean protein like turkey and tuna. Set some time aside to prep! This way healthy foods are ready when you're hungry!

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