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Courtney Caughey-Stambul

January 25, 2012

Courtney Caughey: It’s still a double-chocolate Brownie, just better for you

NEW CASTLE — I'm guilty.

I have fallen into that trap that every bride-to-be falls into, hoping to shed some extra pounds before the big day.

So far, I have been doing well. I have given up the soda, which is a huge deal for me, because I drank way too much of it. I've been consuming more water than I ever have before and I have started exercising.

Still, I don't consider myself to be dieting per se, just making better choices. I'm still going to enjoy a brownie every once in a while, but now I at least want a better brownie. Thanks to Ellie Krieger and the Food Network, I can have one.

Krieger's Double-Chocolate Brownies recipe cuts the amount of butter normally used in brownie recipes and instead, adds plain, low-fat yogurt to the mix.

Each brownie, including nuts, has 160 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 3 grams of protein. Compare this to a Starbucks Double-Chocolate Brownie, which has 410 calories, 24 grams of fat, and 6 grams of protein. You do lose a little protein.

Kreiger's recipe originally appeared in an issue of Food Network Magazine, but it can now be found on the Food Network website at Reviews on the recipe are mixed, but I definitely think it is worth a try.

If you're feeling really daring (not sure if I am yet) Glamour posted an idea for healthy brownies on its fitness blog at Their team suggested adding black beans to your favorite brownie recipe instead of butter or oil. The black beans add moisture to the brownie without all the fat. Reviewers claimed the brownies tasted good. If you try them, please let me know what you think.

On a side note, did you know that Dec. 8 is National Brownie Day?

It just makes sense to have a holiday for something so delicious.

Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself at



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