Svelte Giveaway and Recipe

Yesterday, I ran into Francie Healey, who wrote our Sept/Oct Peggy’s Kitchen, when I was picking my son up from kindergarten. Her article has a collection of truly delicious meals for pregnancy, including Salmon-Sweet Potato Cakes. It was so good when we recipe-tested the dishes in the office that I realized later that I had Salmon-Sweet Potato Cakes on the brain. Laura doesn’t care for fish, but I went ahead and made it anyway, because she had a big, creamy, deliciously oozy Croque Madame for breakfast. Right?

Pregnancy and way-post-partum (like try 6 years postmartum moi) nutritional needs are so different. I adapted the recipe to make it lighter; I also worked with what I had on hand. So here’s my (1.5 WW points) version.

Sweet Potato Salmon White Bean Spinach Cakes

Fill a pot of water with about 6 cups. Put it on the stove to boil.


1 large sweet potato, cubed

1 6 oz. can boneless skinless salmon (or 6 oz fresh salmon). I get mine from Trader Joes.

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup of chopped frozen spinach

1/2 can white beans, drained and rinsed

2 egg whites

1 tsp. smoked paprika (if desired)

salt to taste

3 tablespoons flax meal

1.5 cups bread crumbs (I put 2 pieces of millet bread in the food processor to make mine. You could use any bread you desire)

After the water reaches a boil, drop in the sweet potato pieces and the chopped onion. A few minutes before you take out the potatoes, add the frozen spinach pieces.

Once the potatoes are relatively soft and forkable, drain all the veggies in a colander. I decided to pull off the potato skins at that point because they seemed like they would gum up the process later.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Place the veggies in a medium-sized bowl, or into your automatic mixer bowl. Add the salmon, white beans, bread crumbs, ground flax. Mix until everything’s whipped and fluffy. Add the salt and paprika, mix more, taste, adjust as desired.

Once you’re happy with the flavor, add the 2 egg whites and mix throughout. They provide a lot of loft once the cakes are baking in the oven.

Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray, or olive oil, or whatever you like to use.

Get out your 1/3 cup measure. Fill and drop the salmon cakes onto your cookie sheet, about 1/2 inch apart. Flatten them a little bit. (Okay, if you were feeling really anal-retentive about them looking uniform, I’d say put the mixture in the fridge for a half hour so that it would be less gloppy at this stage. But I’m a Sagittarius (need I say more?) and I did not.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Makes 11 salmon cakes. They’re so awesome; light, yet flavorful and definitely HEALTHY without tasting like some kind of awful dutiful hockey puck. You can have this with a salad…you can have it with side dishes…you can have it as a patty between two pieces of bread…I think it would be divine with a shmear of aioli, which defeats the purpose a tad bit : ). I ate 2 and froze the rest individually in my reusable glass container. This morning, I grabbed two and brought them to work for lunch. I already ate one at 10:30am, I couldn’t help myself. I was going to take a picture but I ate it too fast.

Clean Plate, Happy Belly

Clean Plate, Happy Belly

So now on to the CalNaturale Svelte Giveaway. What is this I speak of? It’s a truly decadent-tasting sustained energy protein drink that comes in flavors like Chocolate, Spiced Chai, Cappuccino, and French Vanilla. I love them all. Each bottle has 16g of organic protein from organic soymilk, plus organic complex carbohydrates. Svelte is low-glycemic, with only 9 grams of sugar per full bottle. It’s also a good source of fiber, and is dairy- and gluten-free. As I have shared, it doesn’t take much to mess up my digestive rhythm–but Svelte is very harmonious with my system.


Svelte would like to give some lucky A la Mama readers the following:

1. Grand Prize: Winner gets a case of each flavor of Svelte (12 in a case)

2. Runners Up: Two runner-up winners would receive a case of their flavor of choice

3. The first 30 people who enter: Win a $1 coupon when purchasing their next case of Svelte

So please leave a comment below with the flavor you’d most prefer. And if you have time, please share your favorite healthy homemade mama snack (along the lines of my recipe up there).

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88 thoughts on “Svelte Giveaway and Recipe”

  1. Chocolate is my first choice! How yummy does that sound!

    I live off this recipe:

    1 can butter beans

    1 can garbonzo beans

    1 can red kidney beans

    Pour into bowl, mix olive oil, red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper.

    Let sit over night to soak in flavors.

    Enjoy a high protein, tart cold dish any time of the day!
    .-= Maggie M.´s last blog ..Cloth Diapers- Why We Use Them =-.

  2. I am interested in the French Vanilla flavor. As far as snacks goes, well during my last pregnancy (twins) I ate a lot of raw almond butter and jelly sandwiches in ezequiel bread (original). It was fast and very filling.

  3. I have never seen this, it looks wonderful! I love that it is soy since I am lactose intolerant. Would love to try the cappuccino or spiced chai! I can’t decide!

  4. cappuccino would be yummy!!!

    Our favorite snack is cauliflower mashed potatoes! Steam up some cauliflower and mash it up. Makes a yummy snack and a better healthier alternative to mashed potatoes!

  5. LOVE the Spiced Chai!!!!

    Dilled Kale Chips

    one bunch of kale

    2T oil of your choice

    1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped

    salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 275. Wash kale, tear into pieces. Toss with oil, dill, salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Bake for 1.5-2 hours.

  6. chocolate!

    after gastric bypass, i’m supposed to drink a protein shake everyday, but most of the pre-mades either have too much sugar, or just make me gag. 9:16 sugar to protein is pretty good, I’d love to give it a try!
    .-= Lureta´s last blog ..Fresh as a puppys bottom =-.

  7. Definitely the Spiced Chai….yumm!!! My favorite snacks were organic raw vegetables dipped in hummus. SO good! For extra yumminess I sometimes swirled some pesto on top of the hummus.

  8. I have a 13-week old and 2-year-old, and recently sustained stress fractures to both legs while trying to get back into shape. I’m on bedrest for 6 weeks and need a new source of protein! I am bf my son, who is intolerant to dairy, so these svelte shakes would be perfect (LOVE that they are low sugar too)! Anxious to try all flavors, especially cappuccino.

  9. definitely the Cappuccino – yum!

    a homemade mama treat for me (and my family) is a healthy granola.. so delicious! so many great recipes out there, we always seem to have it around.

  10. I’d love to try the chai!

    Along with the beans mixture & dilled kale chips from the other mamas!

    In my 2nd trimester, I lived on homemade hummus and organic apples as snacks (but not together!) If anyone wants to look at a “different” type of salsa or bruschetta, find a recipe for Turkish Ezme. Some call it mid-east salsa but it has tomatoes, parsley, lemon juice, pomegrante juice, walnuts, zucchini. Absolutely fantastic with pita bread & side dish of hummus.

  11. Oh they all sound so yummy….vanilla?

    and one of our fave snacks around here is almond butter and granny smith apples, carrots and celery.

  12. CHAI! I worked in coffee shops for years and I miss chai! One of my favorite snacks is grabonzo beans with Basalmic vinegar and olive oil. Yum!

  13. The cappuccino or chocolate sound wonderful! My favorite snack is a peanut Butter Ball. Its a mixture of oatmeal, honey, and peanut butter -rolled into balls then dipped in melted chocolate…. yummy!

  14. Hey Mama, I’d love that spiced chai flavor. That sounds so yummy.

    My favorite easy Mama snack is pretty simple. I take one small sweet potato and poke it with a fork a few times. Then depending on how much time I have I either put it in the microwave or the oven. Then I saut̩ some red chard in orange butter. I serve the buttery chard on the sweet potato with salt and pepper to taste. Simple, but very yummy.
    .-= rosie´s last blog ..When you open yourself to it =-.

  15. I would love to try the chocolate.

    My favorite snack is a peanut butter and banana sandwich! Oh so yummy and easy to make for busy mommies!

  16. Big fan of chai particularly this year for some reason if I was the lucky winner I’d go for the Spiced Chai. Been wanting to try Svelte since I read about it in VegNews heard nothing but good things. My son is 8 months old now but when I was pregnant I ate miso almost every night. Also had an intense desire for chocolate hemp milk. Coconut water was also a favorite drink even during labor! I’d probably recommend Earth Cafe to any mum’s to be (or anyone who wants a healthier sweet treat) they make the best living (raw), vegan, wheat/gluten free Cheesecakes in like 10 different mouth-waterin flavors!
    .-= Zenimue´s last blog ..Haute-Paiute- &9829 Je suis un homme by Zazie lastfm- http-bitly-xUzqi amazon- http-bitly-hq2Qe =-.

  17. The cappucino one sounds wonderful! My snacks usually consist of grabbing a handful of almonds out of the freezer or making an egg sandwich. That’s about all I have time to do. I wish I had something more elaborate to tell you mamas about!

  18. I think I would like the cappuccino flavor! But I’ve never tried them and think I would love them all.

    A favorite healthy snack I like is laughing cow spreadable cheese spread on carrots or celery. Another yummy snack that was in my kids cookbook when I was little that I still like to make 20 years later is to take half a bagel ( so maybe for the healthy aspect use an English muffin), slice a green apple across the middle ( so you have a nice think round slice) place on top of the bagel or english muffin then take a piece of cheddar cheese and place that on top of the apple then sprinkle a little cinnamon on top of the cheese. Place in the microwave for 20 seconds or until the cheese is melted, and enjoy! It may sound like a strange combo but it’s yummy! If you are not a fan of melting, it is yummy cold but I would toast the bread! 🙂

  19. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE Spiced Chai! What a decadent and healthy treat! Can’t wait to try all the flavors, really!

    My favorite low cal snack is a pumpkin muffins. I take one cheap-o box of spiced cake mix and a 20 oz can of pure pumpkin, mix together in a bowl until mostly smooth, pour into a muffin tin and bake at 375 until the tops are solid and slightly browned… These muffins smell sooo good when being baked and are a tasty high fiber treat! I have even been known to eat them with frozen yogurt! Yum~

    I hear you can add one egg to the recipie and make dough-y cookies, too!

  20. I think I would enjoy the spiced chai the most!

    A favorite snack of mine is homemade granola complete with craisins, raisins and almonds…over a little yogurt! Yummy!

  21. They all sound delicious, but the top flavor that I’d like to try is the Chai!

    I, too, like the Garbanzo Crunches recipe, found on I also like to throw some blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries in a bowl… topped with some Greek yogurt. 🙂
    .-= Andrea W.´s last blog ..foto friday =-.

  22. This stuff sounds great! I’d love to try them all, but especially the cappuccino. My favorite Mama snack is homemade granola. So easy to make and the kids love it.

  23. All of the flavors sounds yummy, but since I am a coffee lover, I would love to try the Cappuccino flavor the most!


  24. Ooh, I’m doing the Insanity exercise program and have been needing a good protein drink to keep up with my workouts. Chocolate or cappuccino 🙂

  25. they all sound good… maybe cappuccino….or chai! i just dont know!

    my healthy mama snack is realyl anything with hummus… celery, toast, apples….

  26. I would love to try them all!!! Chai sounds delicious! My favorite Mama snack right now is simple- tomatoes, avocado, cottage cheese and crazy salt!!! Delish!

  27. Spiced chai for this girl!!!!! I’ve recently discovered red quinoa and stir fry it with several veggies and yummy garlic…..mouth watering good and so good for you!

  28. I love Salmon, its healthy and slimming food. I have been looking for better ways to prepare this dish for a while. These days I make sure that the Fish that I buy is from sustainable fishing sources. Not mentioning Sushi made with raw Salmon.

  29. All about the chocolate!

    My favorite snacks are smoothies. Here’s a good one:

    2 leaves of kale, center vein removed

    1 banana

    1/2 cup maple yogurt -or-

    1/2 cup plain yogurt and maple syrup to taste

    Blend until there are no longer flecks of kale and it is smooth and creamy.


    1 peach, cut up

    3/4 cup frozen pineapple

    1/2 cup yogurt

    Enough soymilk to make everything blend smoothly

    Blend until creamy!

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