Try It Tuesday

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The other day, I was picking up a few things at Walmart and I passed the gluten free section. I like to stop and look because my mother-in-law and a good friend of mine both have Celiac and whenever I see new, GF products I like to mention it to them.

 

One item in particular caught my eye. It touted that it was not only gluten free but vegan, non gmo, and grain free! Plus, it also had spinach hidden in it! Intrigued, I grabbed a pouch and tossed it into my basket.

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I was super excited to try these and test them out on my kiddos. I followed the instructions and baked those puppies ASAP.

When they first came out of the oven and cooled for a few minutes, I tried one.

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I wasn’t too impressed.

Huff the Hubs and Huff the Tot, however, LOVED them!

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Kid-approved!

 

It wasn’t until the next day when I tried a brownie without heating it up that I saw what they were talking about.

 

HOLY MACKEREL, THESE THINGS ARE DELICIOUS!

I think they just need time to cool, settle, and let all the ingredients “mush” together for a bit. I will absolutely be buying these again!

 

A few things I’ll do differently next time:

~Pour them into a bigger pan than an 8×8. The package said to bake them for 20-22 minutes. In my 8×8 pan (like it recommends on the package) it took 45 minutes and the middle of the brownies were still gooey.

~Add in 1 tablespoon Enjoy Life chocolate chips. The reason I say this brand is because they are still allergy-friendly!

~Make them without the intention of eating right away. These brownies were sooooo much better the next day. Next time I bake them, I’ll keep that in mind.

 

This company also makes other mixes too, such as carrot cake, chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, and a bare muffin mix (meaning you can add ANYTHING to them to make any kind of muffin you want!).

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After Valentine’s Day–or, as I like to call it, “Day Losing Count of all the Carbs”–I told myself to get my rear in gear and STAHP with the sweets and carbohydrates because they’re not helping me with my goal. Which is so incredibly difficult when the day after Valentine’s Day is Half-Price Candy Day.

Sigh. 

I figured I should have something on hand for when I want a carb (e.g., bread) but I don’t want to completely render all my hard work moot. Enter: cloud bread!

I’ve seen this innumerable times on Pinterest and have wanted to try it forever! The best part is: its only three ingredients!

Here’s what you need:

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4 eggs, separated

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/4 cup  cream cheese, softened

 

First, preheat your oven to 300°. Then, line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Next, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar in a bowl with an electric mixer on high until stiff peaks form. This will take about 1 to 2 minutes.

 

After that, beat the cream cheese in a separate bowl on medium speed until smooth. Add in the egg yolks (one by one) beating the mixtures until its completely smooth. This part is tricky: gently fold in the egg white mixture into your yolk mixture. Be sure to not “mix”.

 

When the mixture appears to be one color, use a 1/4-cup measuring cup and scoop batter onto your prepared cookie sheets about two inches apart. Then, spread each scoop into a small (about 4-inch) circle.

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Pop into the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and the centers are completely set. When they’re done, cool your bread on the baking pans for about 5 minutes and then remove and place onto wire racks to completely cool.

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Y’all, I REALLY liked this! I made a sandwich out of it for lunch (complete with yummy Quest protein chips!) and it was soooo good!

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The bread was light and fluffy but not “eggy”. It was great! And just check out the nutrition information for one piece:

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That’s what I’m talking about!

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

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After the fiasco of last week’s cheesecake in a mug, I was on the hunt for an easy, tasty Keto dessert. Thankfully, Pinterest delivered!
Here’s what I used:
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~One packet sugar free Jell-O cheesecake mix
~2 cups heavy whipping cream
All you have to do is mix the two together until it starts to thicken up. Then, either eat right away or divvy them up into individual containers and refrigerate!
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You guys, this was DELICIOUS! Seriously, it was so good! The calorie count was a little high BUT, it is Keto and it’s not bad for a dessert or a “treat”! Here are the stats:
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Have you ever tried this? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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While doing the Keto diet, I honestly haven’t missed bread *too* much. But there are days when you just want a little carby-somethin’ to satisfy a craving. I’ve made Keto rolls before and I REALLY like them, but I didn’t have the time to make them the other morning. Thankfully, after consulting Pinterest, I found this:

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I gathered my ingredients and set to work!

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~3 tbsp almond flour

~1 1/2 tbsp melted butter

~1/2 tsp baking powder

~1 egg white

 

Mix up all the ingredients in a microwave-safe mug:

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Then pop it in the microwave for 90 seconds:

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I waited a few minutes before popping it out of the mug and then I cut it in half–it actually looked like a real English muffin!

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I thought it was pretty good, but it was super dry. I smashed up a raspberry and spread it on top like a jam and that helped a lot!

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Was this absolutely delicious? Not really. Would it work if I was deep in the throes of a bread craving? Eh, maybe. Personally, I think I’ll stick to baking the Keto rolls!

 

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

Thriving Thursday

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Every Thursday this month, I’m going to be discussing various New Year’s resolutions along with tips and tricks to help you (and I!) achieve those goals. This week, we’re talking about health and wellness!

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Now, I’m not just talking about losing weight. I’m talking about all-around health. Maybe you want to try to drink more water in the new year or make one meal a day the epitome of health or you want to start hitting a certain number of steps per day. Whatever your goal is, start small and make a plan.

 

Nutrition Goals

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There are a ton of apps that you can use to track your nutrition, such as: Sparkpeople (that’s what I use), My Fitness Pal, and My Diet Coach. Water tracking apps like Plant Nanny make drinking water actually fun! This app gives you a virtual plant that you care for through how many cups of water you drink in a day. Its basically a Tamogachi with added health benefits! You can even find some great printables to help you stay on track here and here!

 

 

Taking Care of YOU

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If you’re wanting to make self-care a priority in the new year, Aloe Bud is great for that! It sends reminders throughout the day to get up and move, reach out to a friend, and helps you celebrate small victories. Another app called #SelfCare lets you pretend you’re able to stay in bed all day! Throwing mindless scrolling to the wayside, this app helps you take breaks throughout the day and just relax!

 

 

Mental Health

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As someone who has struggled with anxiety, depression, and OCD most of my life, anytime I find new, healthy ways to cope I’m totally onboard with. Apps such as HelloMind, Calm, and Headspace can help you make great strides if you struggle with anxiety or panic disorders and help you achieve some peace! Plus, never underestimate the power of simply writing out your thoughts/fears/worries/blessings in a journal.

 

Whatever your health and wellness goals are for 2019, I hope you achieve them and celebrate the fact that you are working to be the healthiest in body, mind, and spirit that you can be! Share your goals in the comments below!

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Try It Tuesday–er, Wednesday

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Last week, I told y’all that I bought some new cauliflower-based products. This weekend, I decided to try out another one: Green Giant’s cauliflower pizza crust!

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I wanted to see if I could make a pizza with simple ingredients and make it low-carb-friendly as well as have it actually taste good. Here’s what I used:

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~Green Giant Cauliflower Pizza Crust

~1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

~1 tsp Italian seasoning

~1/2 tsp minced garlic

~1/4 tsp Kosher salt

~1 cup fresh spinach, chopped

~3/4 cup fat free mozzarella cheese

~4 ounces grilled chicken

 

I mixed the spices and oil first and then spread it onto the pizza crust. I popped that in the oven for a few minutes and then took the crust back out, per the instructions on the box. Then, I added the spinach, cheese, and chicken on the crust and put the pizza back in the oven for about 10 minutes. After that, the pizza was ready!

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I think it turned out pretty good! The part of the crust that didn’t have any toppings on it was very “cauliflower-y”-tasting, but other than that, I liked this! I will definitely be trying this again!

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

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Last week, a friend of mine posted a picture of some new products she found at the grocery store. They were a part of the new riced cauliflower line from Green Giant! Intrigued, I bought one of the products to try–the riced cauliflower stuffing!

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This healthy version of the Thanksgiving staple is packed with cauliflower, carrots, celery, cranberries, and tasty herbs and spices! Its super easy to cook (and by “cook” I mean pop the bag in the microwave for like, 5 minutes) and its done!

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We had ours on the side of Keto chicken and asparagus! It was actually pretty good! I mean, I don’t think it will completely take the place of stuffing, but it was nice to have a healthier alternative!

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

 

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One of my goals for 2018 was to incorporate more veggies into my life. The only drawback with that means I have to BUY produce, which usually doesn’t get eaten and goes bad. Enter today’s Try It!
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(Yes, yes, I know…they’re Great Value brand. Huff the Hubs gives me a hard time whenever I buy that brand because he says it isn’t as “up to standards” as other stuff. I say, “Uh, whatever! It’s less expensive so I’m buying it!” Anyway, moving on…)
There’s actually quite a few flavors in these smoothie packs but I chose this one because it had spinach and avocados (healthy greens AND healthy fats!). Each bag comes with four packets that look like this:
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All you have to do is throw it in a blender with water, juice, or milk and bam! it’s done! I used 3/4 cup water and 1/4 cup apple juice, just to give it a little extra flavor.
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This was actually pretty good! I couldn’t taste the spinach or avocado and it kept me full! Most definitely trying this again!
Have you ever tried this? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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Sometimes, eating lower carb is a wee bit difficult when you crave your old favorites. The other day, I wanted tacos SO. FREAKING. BAD. and I didn’t think I’d be able to have them because, Keto. Then I saw a friend of mine had made taco shells with shredded cheese! You read that right: shredded cheese! And I HAD to try it out!

 

Here’s what I used:

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Yup. That’s it. Shredded cheese.

 

First, you’ll need to preheat your oven to 350F. Then, on a parchment-paper lined baking sheet, make 1/4 cup piles of cheese about 2 inches apart. Press the cheese down lightly so it makes one layer instead of a little mound.

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Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes or until the edges of the cheese are brown. Let the cheese cool for 2-3 minutes then place it over the handle of a wooden spoon or another utensil that is balanced on two cups.

 

Allow to cheese cool completely then remove—you’ve got yourself a low carb taco shell!

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I actually liked these MUCH better than the regular shells. Tortilla shells fall apart so easily and you lose all that yummy goodness on your plate (or lap, if you’re a messy eater like myself) and it’s so frustrating! These shells stayed in place and added a new flavor to the tacos! I LOVED them and will absolutely be making them again!

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I’ve been trying to shake things up with our dinners lately. Mostly because Huff the Hubs take chicken for his lunch EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. This means he gets really tired of meals that involve chicken. SO I haven’t made the poultry in a looooong time. We both like pork, but it can be hard to find new ways to dress it up. After some perusing on Pinterest I found a yummy (and low-carb) pork recipe!

 

Here’s what you need:

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6 thin boneless pork chops

1/3 cup dijon mustard

3 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

3/4 tsp garlic powder

3/4 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried basil

1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese

 

First, mix your mustard, olive oil, garlic powder, thyme, onion powder, oregano, 1/4 tsp kosher salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, and basil in a small bowl. This will be your marinade. Pour the marinade into a gallon-size Ziploc bag and add the chops. Let it refrigerate overnight. (I actually forgot to let this marinate overnight so mine only sat in the bag for about 15 minutes and still turned out great!)

 

The next evening, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Pour Parmesan cheese into a shallow dish and coat each pork chop on all sides. Place a flat roasting rack to a shallow dish or cookie sheet and then put the chops on the rack. (I didn’t have either of those so I borrow my sister’s turkey roasting rack, ha! I had to add foil to it so the chops wouldn’t fall through!) Then, season the chops with the remaining 1/4 tsp kosher salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper.

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Bake for about 15-20 minutes and serve!

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You guys. This was soooooo good! Huff the Hubs and I LURVED it! I will absolutely be making this again!

 

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