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Healthy Meal Delivery Services by bistroMD

Meal Delivery Plans - Diet, Health, Weight Loss - bistroMD Balance by bistroMD is the first meal delivery service to offer chef-prepared meals a-la-carte, without minimums, memberships, or recurring orders. The top-rated diet delivery and weight loss program, bistroMD, created this subscription-free service to provide healthy meals with convenience and flexibility.
October 24, 2017 |

Fruity Spa Popsicles

frozen fruit popsicles Taking a cue from nature, Lake Austin Spa has perfected these recipes for healthy spa popsicles to include summertime ingredients of fresh herbs, yogurt, fruit, coffee and avocados. They are simple to make and free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and dyes that are typically found in store bought varieties.
July 8, 2017 |

Light Pear Cobbler

Pears Make the most of this sweet fruit with a light Pear Cobbler made with brown sugar, reduced calorie spread and buttermilk. Just as delicious with stone fruit, like summer peaches and nectarines.
June 6, 2016 |

Egg White Berry Crepes

Oaks at Ojai Egg White Berry Crepes Christine Denney, the chef for the Oaks at Ojai health spa in California, created these guest-favorite Egg White Berry Crepes, in a very unique way. Forget the butter and flour, these use egg whites and milk powder for a thin, light, and very spa like crepe, the perfect vehicle for your favorite berries or fruit.
May 15, 2016 |

Quinoa Walnut Brownies

Rancho La Puerta Quinoa Walnut Brownies One seldom needs an excuse for chocolate, but with Valentine’s Day around the corner, these Rancho La Puerta Spa Quinoa Walnut Brownies are a tasty, hand-crafted, chocolatey, and gluten free bit of deliciousness for your favorite Valentine.
February 11, 2016 |

Red Mountain Spa Pumpkin Mousse

Pumpkin Mousse Red Mountain Did you know that the majority of fat and calories in a slice of pumpkin pie actually comes from the crust? If this holiday treat is one of your favorites, cut the calorie count down a few notches by whipping up this flavorful, velvety, light and airy Pumpkin Mousse.
October 14, 2015 |

Banana Chocolate Mousse

vegan-chocolate-mousse-recipe[1] This fruit filled dessert is a tropical take on traditional Chocolate Mousse, and is suitable for vegans and those avoiding dairy and soy. It’s very creamy and satisfying — a little goes a long way.
July 6, 2015 |

Miraval Trail Mix Cookies

Miraval Trail Mix Cookies This recipe for a hearty and chewy trail mix cookie is courtesy of Mirval Resort in Arizona and appears in Sweet & Savory, the resort’s newest cookbook. This is a family favorite version of a cookie that is packed with ingredients more nutritious than your average chocolate chip recipe, although it does have some chips, too. Each cook has 2 grams of fat.
April 21, 2015 |

Chocolate Dipped Rice Cakes

Chocolate Dipped Rice Cakes This dessert is so simple, and isn’t restricted to the holidays. With just three ingredients (and sometimes 2) you can have a crunch, sweet, low-fat treat. Use your favorite rice cake or puffed corn cake, melt semi-sweet good quality chocolate chips (or your favorite carob or peanut butter chips), add a drop of two of extract if desired, and you’ve got a light, satisfying dessert.
November 23, 2014 |

No Bake Avocado Chocolate Pie | Eden Health Retreat

avocado chocolate pie This is a creamy, delicious and rich avocado chocolate pie recipe courtesy of the Eden Health Retreat Destination Spa in Queensland, Australia. It’s easy as can be with ingredients made in your food processor, and relies on dates and almonds for the crust, and avocados, coconut oil and cacao for the rich filling.
November 2, 2014 |

Low Sugar Low Fat Berry Pavlova

Berry Pavlova Dessert A Pavlova dessert is always a show stopper, is fairly low in refined sugar and fat calories even before it is adapted for low fat and low sugar preferences, and honestly isn’t that complicated, if you have patience.
March 25, 2014 |

Salted Brownie Baked Oatmeal

Salted Brownie Baked Oatmeal Oatmeal is one of our favorite comfort foods. It is delicious savory or sweet, thick or thin, sweet or unsweetened, and can be used in a myriad of different recipes to add fiber, texture, and heft. Is it a health food? Yes. The number of benefits afforded by incorporated oats in your diet would require a lengthy post, indeed.
March 16, 2014 |

Low Fat Coffee Creme Brulee

coffee creme brulee This recipe for low fat coffee creme brulee is worth the effort of baking and caramelizing with  torch.   It incorporates both instant coffee granules and Kahlua, skim milk, eggs, reduced fat cream cheese, and more.  Perfect for a romantic dinner.
January 24, 2014 |

Oatmeal Cookies

oatmeal cookies It’s hard to go wrong with this classic cookie, and this recipe is especially easy — just five ingredients, including sunflower oil instead of butter, which means less saturated fat.
November 25, 2013 |

Raisin Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Cookies A healthful cookie for breakfast? Sign us up! Orange juice and prunes or applesauce, rather than butter, play the major role in moistening these cookies, which have enough fiber to be satisfying. And enough flavor to disappear fast.
November 25, 2013 |

Amaretti Cookies

amaretti Try another Italian dessert staple, this one a sweet flourless treat — with 5 grams of protein, thanks to the nuts. You can substitute hazelnuts for the almonds in these cookies, which freeze well, so make a big batch
November 25, 2013 |

Biggest Loser Raspberry Sorbet

Biggest-Loser-Raspberry-Sorbet[1]  The sky’s the limit for flavor possibilities with this frozen sorbet recipe, because you can use different berries or fruits, such as peaches or mango. We think it’s best as it is, but for a variation we added one big dollop of sugar free fat free non-dairy whipped topping to the blender to make a dark pink “ice cream.” You could do the same with a few spoonfuls of fat free half and half (it does have it uses) or even soy milk or creamer.
June 11, 2013 |

Kiwi on Snow

Kiwi Recipes on Spa Index This is a creamy, low-fat but high flavor cream cheese dessert with a lovely texture. Golden Door created it with Kiwi as a garnish, but it’s great with any fruit.
June 7, 2013 |

Strawberry Parfait with Orange Custard Sauce

parfait Spring and Summer is the time for strawberries.  One glamorous way to show them off is in a parfait.  You can make a Strawberry Parfait with frozen yogurt, ice cream, pudding or custard — all relatively easy and pretty to serve.  This version calls for a made-from-scratch soft custard.  We’ve given a stovetop or microwave method.
June 7, 2013 |

Pear Apple Honey Souffle

Pear-Souffle This was a guest favorite dessert at Hart and Hind Fitness Ranch in Texas, which is now, sadly, closed.  “Hands down, the favorite dish of the week at Hart & Hind – a vote that ensured it would become a staple – was a pear, apple, and honey soufflé. The striking dessert couldn’t be easier to prepare. Organic pears and apples are peeled, cooked down, then blended into a thick puree (imagine the world’s best apple sauce). The mixture is flavored with a drop of Mexican vanilla, then folded into whipped egg whites and baked. It’s a revelation to discover…
March 14, 2013 |

Mascarpone Sorbet Recipe

mascarpone sorbet Mascarpone, while not fat-free, very low-carb cheese which can be made into this rich dessert, at 225 calories per serving.  Serve with sliced strawberries and crumbled graham cracker crumbs for “frozen cheesecake.”
December 19, 2012 |

Mocha Almond Ice Milk

Mocha-Ice-Milk This ice milk, with only 4 ingredients, relies on a carton of chocolate almond milk to get started.  It is a popular flavor combination, and may be made in an ice cream maker or frozen into pops.
August 6, 2012 |

Grilled Angel Food Cake with Berry Salsa

Grilled-Angel-Food-Cake-with-Berry-Salsa Serve this delightful warm cake on a night you are gilling steak, chicken or fish on your outdoor grill.  The salsa is prepared ahead of time, and when you are ready for dessert, grill the angel food cake on your still warm coals, top with salsa and a creamy topping, and dessert is served.
June 18, 2012 |

Grilled Pineapple Skewers with Raspberry Sauce

Biggest-Loser-Grilled-Pineapple[1]  This recipe for Grilled Pineapple is the best summer dessert when you are cooking outside. No fancy ingredients, quick and easy, and a great ending to a grilled chicken and vegetable meal.  Grill the pineapple with your entrees, and then let them cool while you enjoy your dinner.  Once cooled, the grilled fruit is topped with sauce. Delicious!
May 14, 2012 |

Almond Red Tea Custard

almondcustard This custard of red tea, almond milk, eggs and egg whites is adaptable – it may also be made with black, green or white tea, and may be topped with berries or diced peach, nectarine, kiwi, or lychee instead of mango.   It was developed by the Portfolio Eating Plan, which creates recipes designed for lowering cholesterol. 
May 3, 2012 |

Citrus Pots de Creme

Citrus Pots De Creme Consider using tangerine juice, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, pineapple juice, or grapefruit juice for your favorite flavor of “Citrus Pots de Creme.” Keep in mind that orange and pineapple juices are sweet and you’ll need less sweetener. Perhaps none!
April 4, 2011 |
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