Since I've joined the gym, I've gotten in the habit of liking smoothies. The problem is they are $4 a piece which tends to add up if you're going to the gym 4 or 5 times a week. So, I bought Cassandra and I smoothie makers to save money and make delicious smoothies at home. I made two recipes. The first included a cup of frozen pineapple chunks, 1 packet of splenda, one container of coconut vanilla yogurt, 1/8 cup skim milk and 1/8 cup water. It was tasty and loaded with protein and nutrients. It tasted kind of like a pina colada. The best part is that it was under 200 calories. The second was a bit higher in calories but still under 300. I used chocolate covered strawberry yogurt, a cup of frozen strawberries and the rest of the ingredients were the same. Both of them were delicious and filling. It's was easy to throw the ingredients in and just go. I plan on trying some more recipes, I just grabbed stuff at the store and threw it in there. I'm sure there are many recipes that have different benefits. There are probably better-working, more expensive drink blenders out there but I think it works pretty well for the price.
My mom and I drove to Kentucky last year for an Alabama game and stopped at an Amish grocery store on the way. While we were there, I bought some pesto flavored noodles and I'm just now getting around to using them. They are about 200 calories per serving. I fixed them up two different ways (both times using the light alfredo sauce you can pick up at any major grocery store). The first time I just mixed the sauce and pasta with chicken and olives. The second time I mixed it with a can of green beans and Morning Star Crumbles. Both times I added garlic, salt and pepper. It was nice to eat a bowl of pasta without feeling too guilty about it.