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Easter Weight Loss Recipes

Happy Easter  Week End from your St. Pete Personal Trainer and Body Transformation Expert for men and women over 40 !

Here at Fitness St. Pete/Tierra Verde Fitness, Holiday Week ends usually send our private training clients and group fitness program members running to us for tips on maintaining weight loss while surrounded by food, friends and … more food and alcohol.

Now, onto the reason you are here…. my best weight loss Easter Recipes !

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Blue Berry Muffins

Anyone who has been around any length of time has heard me say 2 things repeatedly.

1,  Muffins are the enemy

2. Eat More Protein

This causes quite a conundrum for those of us who have little time or inclination to spend a lot of time cooking or eating

breakfast during a busy holiday week end and these are a perfect way to start the day and are one of my absolute favorite recipes from our weight loss programs.


Servings: 6 servings
Serving Size: about 1 muffin



1 Scoop sugar free, vanilla whey protein powder (should have 5g of carbs or less)

1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup applesauce
1 egg
3/4 cups almond milk
30 almonds, chopped
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey
1 cup oats preferably steel cut
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, mix together mashed bananas, blueberries, almonds, apple sauce, egg, milk, honey, and vanilla extract.
  3. In another bowl mix together the oats, salt, baking soda, cinnamon.
  4. Line muffin tin with six liners.
  5. Spritz with olive oil
  6. Add to muffin pan
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes

Wasabi Avocado Deviled Eggs

Cook & Prep time:
15 minutes

Chill time: 5 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Serves: 8 Serving Size: 2 halves


8 hard boiled eggs

2 Avocados
1/2 tsp Wasabi or horseradish paste (found at Asian markets) or 1/2 tsp wasabi powder + 1/2 tsp of water
Juice of half Lemon
2 Tbsp Hot Sauce
Sea salt and pepper to taste



  1. In a large saucepan bring water to a gentle boil over medium heat. Gently lower eggs in water using tongs or a slotted spoon. Allow eggs to boil gently for 15 minutes.
  2. Peel hard-boiled eggs and cut in half length-wise.
  3. Spoon out yolks into a small bowl and mash with avocado and remaining ingredients.
  4. Put mixture into zip-lock bag and cut corner off (hole to be size of a dime)
  5. Pipe into egg white halves.
  6. Sprinkle with paprika and serve.

24 grams protein, 2 Fats

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Bacon Lime Sweet Potatoes

Serves: 4



1/4 pound turkey bacon (225 grams)
2 large sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds/910 grams), cut into ½-inch (12-mm) cubes
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons coconut oil

juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 green onions, chopped
handful of fresh dill, roughly chopped
dash of red pepper flakes
dash of ground cinnamon
salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F
  2. Cook Bacon until it is slightly crispy.
  3. Drain, cool then roughly chop.*** BONUS POINTS if you cook it on your George Forman Grill
  4. In a roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, toss the sweet potatoes and garlic in coconut oil and roast for about 30 minutes or until slightly browned.
  5. While the sweet potatoes are roasting, whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Toss in green onions, dill, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, and salt and pepper and mix well.
  6. Once sweet potatoes are finished cooking, toss them together with the dressing and bacon.

Exchanges Per Serving : 1 Serving Equals: 8.5g Pro, 1 Br, 2 Fa

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Serves: 4, as a side



6 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into chunks
1 cup walnuts, chopped
½ cup full-fat coconut milk
1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tbsp vanilla extract;
1 tbsp cinnamon;
2 tbsp olive oil, butter or clarified butter;
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste;



  1. Preheat oven to 350F and then start by filling a large sauce pot with water and place all the chopped sweet potatoes in it.
  2. Place the saucepan over a high-heat on the stove top and bring the water to a boil.
  3. Continue cooking the potatoes for anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes, until they are tender when pierced with a fork.
  4. Remove from heat and strain the excess water.
  5. Return the sweet potatoes to the pot they were cooked in and drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil, butter or clarified butter on top of them.
  6. Using a masher or hand-mixer, mash the potatoes until smooth.
  7. As you continue to mash, slowly pour the coconut milk in, followed by the vanilla extract.
  8. Transfer the mashed mix into a baking dish, or better yet, a casserole dish and set aside.
  9. In a medium bowl, toss the walnuts in the remaining oil or butter.
  10. Sprinkle with the cinnamon and cocoa powder and then give it another good mixing.
  11. Evenly cover the mashed potato mixture with the topping, put in the
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Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

Serves: 8-10



1 cup smooth almond butter

½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
pinch of sea salt
1 cup Chocolate Chips, melted



  1. Place almond butter, coconut, coconut oil, honey and salt in a food processor and puree until smooth and well combined.
  2. Add a spoonful of the mixture into 8-10 mini muffin tins then pour melted chocolate on top of each spoonful. (no you don’t need to grease the tins)
  3. Place in freezer for 30+ minutes until set.
  4. Use a sharp knife to pop out each almond butter cup.
  5. Store in freezer and remove 5 minutes before eating to help soften the chocolate.

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Dianne Villano, Your Personal Weight Loss & Body  Transformation Expert

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Dianne Villano

Your Personal Body Shaping Expert

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