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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! Sorry I was MIA last week. It was the last week of school at the Mother’s Day Out I where I work and it was IN-FREAKING-SANE. It was pretty much like there was a full moon, on the day before Christmas break, and it was every child’s birthday.

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But now that we’re out of school, I’m officially on summer mode and I’m back to blogging, yo! And today I’ve got two tasty Try Its to help you stay satisfied and feeling good this summer!

 

I’ve been looking for something to have for dessert that isn’t ridiculously full of calories or bad-for-me stuff. I love Greek yogurt and so when I saw these at Walmart, I had to try them!

 

These little Greek yogurt bars (dipped in dark chocolate–swoon!) are only 140 calories, have 8 grams of protein, and are FULL of probiotics (i.e., they’re good for your gut)!

 

First, I tried the vanilla one:

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It was pretty good! Its vanilla, so, it was a little plain. And you could really taste the “Greek yogurt tanginess” but it wasn’t bad!

 

Next, I tried the blueberry one:

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BRUH. So. Flipping. Good. I devoured this one! It was delicious! I also tried the strawberry one and it was very tasty!

These bars actually come six different flavors, but there isn’t a store near me that sells the espresso, hazelnut, or honey flavors–whomp, whomp.

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

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Hey y’all! Today I have two Try Its for you! One is so not healthy and the other is a great way to hit your macros and feel like you’re indulging when you’re really not!

 

Remember when Oreo had the mystery flavor and it was disgusting? Yeah, me too. Well they have officially redeemed themselves because they have a new special edition flavor out–kettle corn!

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I REALLY like this flavor! It truly tastes like kettle corn! I seriously couldn’t get enough of these and had to restrain myself from eating the whole package because they were THAT good! Kettle corn is just one of three flavors the cookie giant has released this spring! They also have piña colada and cherry cola!

 

While grocery shopping a week or so ago, I looked for something that would satisfy my sweet tooth but also had protein and not a lot of calories (I was trying to be good since I knew I was going to pig out for Mother’s Day weekend, lol). My search led me to this:

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One package of Think Thin’s protein cakes touts 12 grams of protein and only 170 calories! I was ready to try these! The other day after the kiddos had gone to bed, I decided to dig in.

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They were actually pretty good! They definitely had that “protein bar taste” but they did satisfy that craving for something sweet and helped me hit my protein goals for the day! They also come in chocolate cake and red velvet!

 

Have you tried either of these products? 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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It is now the season of pumpkin errything so I decided to do a Try It I actually saw on Facebook!

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Here’s what you need:

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1 tube crescent rolls

1 c. canned pumpkin puree

3 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1 egg

2/3 c. sugar, divided

3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, divided (not pictured; Imma tell you why in a minute)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

pinch of kosher salt

2 tbsp. melted butter

1/2 c. powdered sugar

1 tbsp. milk

 

First, preheat your oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a hand mixer, mix pumpkin, cream cheese, egg, 1/3 c sugar, 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix until the mixture is smooth and then add a pinch of salt. (Note: I didn’t have any pumpkin pie spice, so I made my own! It wasn’t that difficult, actually!)

 

Unroll the crescent rolls and pinch the perforations together to make a solid sheet. (I later saw that Pillsbury actually sells crescent sheets… really would’ve made this easier had I known about that!) Then, cut the crescents into 8 squares.

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Scoop a rounded tablespoon of the pumpkin mixture onto each square. Then, pinch up the corners together to create a ball.

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In a small bowl, combine the sugar with 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Brush the pumpkin balls with melted butter and roll them in the sugar mixture.

 

Place the balls on your parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving space between each one. Bake about 10-15 minutes. While the balls are baking, it’s time to make the glaze! In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar and milk until smooth, adding more powdered sugar or milk until the desired consistency is reached. You can drizzle the glaze on or use it as a dip!

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First, let me say that I am NOT a pumpkin pie person. Like, at all. But these were really good! I think they’d be great for a fall brunch or even dessert at Thanksgiving! My only complaint was that I had a TON of leftover pumpkin mixture. I probably could’ve made 16 more pie bombs. For reals. So if you make these, be sure to buy extra crescents–you’ll need them!

 

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

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Happy Tuesday, peeps! Today I’ve got a yummy treat for you courtesy of one of my students’ mom’s–fruit n’ nut balls!

Here’s what you need:

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~1 cup dates, pitted

~1 cup dried cranberries

~1 cup walnuts

~2 tablespoons peanut butter (you can substitute with almond butter)

~1 cup chocolate chips, melted (optional)

 

First, pour the walnuts into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Set aside.

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Then, place the dates, cranberries, and peanut butter into the food processor and blend to a paste. (No, that’s not my tiny hand–I had an assistant!)

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After you’ve achieved the “paste”-like texture, pour the walnuts in with the other ingredients and blend thoroughly. It will look a little crumbly, but that’s okay!

 

Roll into balls (or press into bars). You can also melt chocolate chips and dip them! If you do, place them on parchment paper immediately after and let them chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

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Y’all, these things are AMAZE-BALLS (hey-oh!)! They’re super yummy and I don’t feel bad eating them because they’re made with minimal ingredients. Here are the nutrition facts (this is for 1/22 of the recipe and I did not include the chocolate):

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These would make a GREAT pre-workout snack or a great dessert! Have you ever made these before (or something like it)? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

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Y’all know I’m all about the new products–ESPECIALLY when Oreo comes out with a new flavor of their classic cookies! Today I’ve got a two-for-one Try It with a healthy item and a not-so-healthy item!

First up, new Popped Salted Caramel Bites from Kind! I love this company’s snack bars, so when I saw this at the store, I was super excited to try it! These little bites are packed with whole grains: oats, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, quinoa, and popped sorghum as well as yummy popcorn, caramel, and sea salt!

At only 110 calories, this yummy treat is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Its salty, its sweet–its great! Two thumbs WAAAAYYYY up!

 

Up next, the newest flavor of Oreo: Dunkin Donuts Mocha middles Oreo!

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Y’all. OH. EM. GEEEEEE! These things were SO tasty! Oreos are basically delicious no matter what flavor (except that whole watermelon phase–bleck!) I love coffee and coffee-flavored stuff, so I thought these were DELISH! I really want to try it swirled in a cup of cappuccino-flavored ice cream! Mmm….

 

Have you tried either of these? What did you think? Share in the comments below!