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As some of y’all know, I’m trying to up my protein intake so I can build more muscle. Not that I’m trying to be the female version of Arnold Schwarzenegger or anything, I just want my protein intake to be substantially more than my carbohydrate intake. (Because lower carb + more protein = more fat loss.)

Anywhoo, its been kind of a struggle to find protein-friendly snacks and treats that aren’t beef jerky or meatballs. The other day I was craving a chocolate shake and I just didn’t have the energy to make a Keto-friendly one, so I went to Walmart to see what I could find. Enter this:

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I was a little nervous at first because I was afraid it would taste like a Slim Fast shake (of which I’m not a fan) but I was pleasantly surprised! This shake was sooooo good! The entire bottle was only 160 calories, 4 grams of fat, and 20 grams of protein! I haven’t tried any other flavors, but I seriously think I will because this one was so tasty!

 

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Finding yummy desserts that not only satisfy your sweet tooth but also help you stay on track are pretty hard to find. The other day I was on a mission to find something that would take the chocolate cravings away and not tip my calorie count over the edge. Dole Dippers came to the rescue!

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Dole has a line of chocolate-covered fruit available in the freezer section! Yes, I know I could probably make these at home for a lot less than what I paid but who has that kind of time?! Certainly not this woman! Anywho, I grabbed a box of the dark chocolate covered banana slices and they were AMAZING!

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Each box comes with 6 packs of 4 banana slices covered in dark chocolate. This is exactly what I was looking for! Its delicious, its only 100 calories per pack, and hello–its CHOCOLATE.

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Have you ever tried these before? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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I’m still working on shedding those last few pounds I’m still carrying from having Huff the Babe (yes, he’s two and a half; no, I don’t think I should have lost this a long time ago) but it gets a little frustrating to stay within my macros–especially in the summer heat–when I just really want some ice cream to chow down and cool off. Thankfully, I found a great dessert that won’t bust my macros and actually tastes good!

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I found this delicious dessert from the site Hip 2 Keto, which has a ton of Keto Diet-friendly recipes and food ideas! Here’s what the recipe called for:

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1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoons almond butter

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

5 drops liquid Stevia (I would actually use Splenda; the Stevia didn’t “sweeten” it that much and it was a wee bit bitter)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

First, mix up all the ingredients in a small bowl until soft peaks form. This took me about 2-3 minutes.

 

Then, place your mixture in the freezer for about 30 minutes to an hour. You want it to be *just* on the edge of freezing without being completely frozen. Then, remove from the freezer, stir, and place your mixture into a gallon size, zip top bag. Cut the corner off and pipe the frozen treat into three cups, distributing evenly.

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Then, enjoy!

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This was pretty good! It was a little bitter for my taste, but Huff the Hubs really liked it! I added some fat free whipped topping to mine and it helped the taste IMMENSELY! If you’re wondering, here are the nutrition facts for the “frosty”:

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Have you ever tried this before? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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Hey y’all! Its been a while since I’ve done an FGF, so I figured I’d make it a good one so you wouldn’t be *too* upset that you’ve missed out on so much nerdy awesomeness!

 

Get your passports and dress robes, people because I just heard that there is going to be a Harry Potter-themed cruise coming to England this year! *Cue the fangirl screams*

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Barge Lady Cruises will be hosting a six-day trip down the River Thames making magical stops at locations used in or as inspiration for the Potter films! There’s even a stop at the home used as “4 Privet Drive”! *Packs bag, grabs wand, and waits for an owl to arrive with instructions on how to use the floo network to get to London*

 

And speaking of the spectacle-wearing boy wonder, check out these Hogwarts-inspired clutches from Think Geek!

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The uniform-themed bags come in Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw colors!

 

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’m sure many of you fellas out there are trying to think of that perfect gift for your gal. Let me give you some advice: flowers are lame. They only stick around for a while and then they die. You know what doesn’t fade? The absolute A-DORK-ABLE-NESS of this Star Wars plushie bouquet!

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I mean, for reals, just LOOK at that Porg! And if a galaxy far, far away isn’t your lady’s “thing”, there’s many more to choose from including microbes, books,  and science-themed!

 

Sometimes its hard to start the day off in a good mood. Its tough getting out of bed on these cold, winter mornings. Make waking up easier with this unicorn pancake mold from Perpetual Kid!

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Breakfast: the most important–and magical–meal of the day!

 

As I mentioned, V-Day is coming up FAST. And whether you give this as a gift for someone special or gift it to yourself, there’s going to be one happy chocolate-lover come February 14th!

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This 36-piece chocolate gift set comes with a variety of chocolate infusions including: Baconluxious, Totally Tangy Mango, Orange-A-Go-Go, and Strawberry Waffle Wild! I may just have to buy one of these for myself!

 

Happy fangirling!

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I’ve been doing the low-carb/Keto thing for a few weeks now and seeing good results so I’m keeping this train going! I found an AMAZINGLY delicious dessert that is LC/K and I just gotta share it!

Here’s what you need:

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~4 oz.  cream cheese, softened (seriously, it needs to be super soft, but not melted)

~8 oz. Milk Chocolate Delight Atkins Shake (I used a Svelte Organic shake because that’s what I had on hand)

~1 box sugar-free chocolate pudding mix

~4 tbs. peanut butter

First, mix the cream cheese and shake in a large mixing bowl until it is well mixed and there are no chunks.

 

Then, add the packet of sugar-free pudding and peanut butter.  Blend well!

 

Line a plate with wax paper (I didn’t have any so I used foil; worked just as well!). Roll the mixture into little balls and put them on the foil or wax paper and place them in the freezer to set. (Note: My mixture wasn’t as “doughy” as the original recipes’, so I did spoonfuls of the mixture. They ended up looking like little piles of dog poo…Whoops!)

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After about an hour or so, pop the balls into a container and store in the freezer! You can enjoy these frozen or let them thaw for about a minute or two! They are sooooooo good!

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Each ball has about 35 calories, 2 carbs, and 1 gram of protein! Have you ever tried these before? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

 

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You would assume that, seeing as how this is the first Try It Tuesday of the year that you are about to read an uber-healthy post about something delicious and nutritious, sure to help you stay on track with your resolutions, right?

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HA! NOT TODAY!

Today I’m going to share one of my favorite sweet treats (that I actually learned from my sister) and I took to my family’s New Year’s Eve get together! Its called Tiger Butter and its amazing!

Here’s what you need:

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  • 1 bag vanilla chips (11 oz)
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

First, line a 9×13 glass pan with parchment paper or foil. I had to use tape to get the parchment paper to stay in place (which was super annoying) but I thought it would work better than foil.
Pour the semi-sweet chocolate chips into a small, glass bowl. Microwave for about a minute and stir gently until smooth. You may need to add a few extra seconds if it didn’t melt all the way. Then, set it aside.

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Next, pour the vanilla chips into a medium-sized glass bowl. Microwave for about a minute and a half. Stir gently until smooth. Add the peanut butter and stir until the mixtures is well combined and there are no lumps.

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Pour the vanilla-peanut butter mixture into the lined pan. It probably won’t reach the edges of the pan–don’t panic! Its totally fine. Once the mixture has settled, pour in the melted semi-sweet chocolate in lines.

After that, take a knife and run it the opposite direction of the chocolate lines you created to achieve a swirl pattern. Swipe your knife through the mixture however many times you want until you achieve the look you prefer!

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Let it cool either on the countertop or in the fridge. When its cooled and firm, cut it into small squares and store in an airtight containerIMG_7415

 

You guys, I could LEGIT eat this whole recipe if I did not exercise EXTREME self-control. Like, for reals. Its just sooooo good! Definitely “Cheat Day”-worthy!

Have you ever tried this before? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

 

 

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Losing weight is tedious and not very fun. So I’ve been looking for healthier versions of my favorite indulgences because, let’s face it, if I can’t have chocolate I”ll be one depressed Momma. Thanks to Pinterest, I came across this:

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I was instantly intrigued and decided to try it out!

Here’s what you need:

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1/2 cup – peanut butter, natural

1 large – banana

1 teaspoon – vanilla extract

2 tablespoon – coconut oil

2 tablespoon – maple syrup, pure

1 tbsp – cocoa powder, unsweetened

First, stir up the peanut butter until its creamy and smooth. I warmed it up for about 10-15 seconds to make it a little easier.

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Then, I put all of the ingredients into a blender and mixed until smooth. (I don’t have an actual blender–I had to make due with my smoothie maker. This was not easy and I do not recommend it!)

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Once the mixture is a smooth cream, pour it into an 8×8 pan. The mixture doesn’t need to go all the way to the edge. Then, place it into the fridge or freezer and leave it there until firm. Cut into squares and enjoy! (Store the extras in the fridge.)

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This was actually pretty good! It was just REALLY rich. But I will definitely be making this again!

Have you ever tried this recipe? What were your results? Share in the comments below!