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Huff the Hubs has been doing this program called The Ketogenic Diet, so I’ve been trying to find ways to help him have low-carb dinners (homeboy is on his own at lunch) without putting more work on myself. One of our menu staples is spaghetti–its easy, its cheap, there are easy ways to make it healthy, and–BONUS–my kids will eat it (translation: I only have to cook ONE meal). But I needed to be able to make it low-carb for the hubs. I’ve used a spaghetti squash before but with two kids, its too much work. Thankfully, Target had my back! The kids and I were doing our weekly Target run and I spied this:

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A veggie that’s already spiralized, organic, and it only takes 3-4 minutes to cook? YES, PLEASE!

All I did was toss the entire container into a skillet with a teensy bit of EVOO and a dash of salt and pepper and stirred every now and then for 3-4 minutes. BAM. Done.

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I added a little to my whole wheat noodles because I was nervous about how it would taste…

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It was really good! I actually liked it a bit better than the whole wheat noodles! And check out the nutrition facts:

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You could eat the entire box of zucchini spirals and still eat three times FEWER calories than ONE serving of whole wheat noodles! Plus, you get all the health benefits from the zucchini!

 

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

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Y’all, I’ve got some AWESOME finds today for Try It Tuesday! A sweet treat and a new take on Lunchables! 

Trying to eat healthy and stay away from desserts is so difficult. Thankfully, I found something low calorie the other day while grocery shopping:

 

These are AMAZING, you guys! They’re crunchy but super tasty and oh-so-chocolatey! Four squares is only 120 calories! Woo!

I blogged about “adult Lunchables” a few weeks ago. Lots of folks tried them and liked them, but my sister said, “Ew. Salami is gross.” That made me think, “Why isn’t there a turkey version of this for grown ups that isn’t loaded with sugar and garbage. Enter, these bad boys:

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This was sooo good! And super filling! Plus, with no added hormones, no nitrites/nitrates, and no artificial colors or preservatives, it’s guilt free! 

Have you tried either of these? What were your thoughts? Share in the comments below! 

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Hey y’all! My cousin is getting married in less than 6 weeks and I’ve been trying my hardest to tone up and lose some poundage. I’ve actually lost three pounds in three weeks–score!–and lost half an inch on my waist and hips! *Happy dance* Let me tell ya, it has NOT been easy. But, totes worth it so I can look fab in my bridesmaid’s dress!

Anywhoo, I’ve been trying to curb my enormous sweet tooth (thanks for nothing, Easter candy) by substituting old faves with healthier options. I tried Halo Top’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and it was AH-MAY-ZING! So when I saw this brand, I got very excited!

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Only 150 calories for the ENTIRE pint?! YES, PLEASE!
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The package said to let it set out for about 10 minutes so the frozen treat could be at its creamiest. I let it set and then dug in:

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It was…interesting. 

 

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Maybe I got the wrong flavor. Maybe I should have let it set out longer than ten minutes. Maybe I should have saved my money and just eaten my kid’s fruit snacks. Either way, I wasn’t that impressed.

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

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With my kids’ picky pallets, its hard to get them to eat fruits and veggies (unless they come in a pouch!) so I have to get creative. I usually drink a spinach smoothie every morning so I thought I’d try to see what else I could sneak the leafy greens into to help my kids have more nutritionally sound meals. Thankfully, Pinterest has my back! I found an awesome spinach pancake recipe and decided to try it out on the kiddos!

Here’s what I used:

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  • 2 Cups Baby Spinach
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk

 

First, I mixed up the spinach and milk in a blender:

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Then, I added the spinach/milk mixture and the rest of the ingredients into a bowl and mixed well:

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After that, I poured the batter onto a pre-heated skillet and cooked as normal. Next came the hard part, getting the kids to eat them!

 

I don’t think Huff the Babe actually ate any. Pretty sure he just picked up the bits I gave him and threw them on the floor until I gave him his banana. Sigh. 

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Huff the Tot refused to eat green pancakes because, and I quote: “Mommy, its not Saint Patrick’s Day. I only eat pink pancakes.” Double sigh. I had to add pink food coloring to get her to eat them (sidebar: because pink and green don’t mix well, the pancakes ended up looking like off-brand bologna, lol.)

 

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But, whatever. it got her to eat them! She ate three pancakes! Mommy had two–ha! I even had some batter left over so I can reheat them in the morning. I honestly couldn’t tell that the pancakes had spinach in them. To be quite honest, I think you could probably just mix spinach and milk together and then add your normal pancake mix and it’d be okay, too.

Have you ever tried this? Have you snuck veggies into another dish? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

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The other day I was reading about the health benefits of pomegranate seeds. It was then that I realized I had never tried pomegranate before! True, I’ve had pomegranate-flavored stuff (mostly candy-ha!) but never true pomegranate seeds. I decided to rectify this and went to the grocery store and bought one!

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I won’t lie, I was a little nervous. But, the health benefits kept playing over in my head and I decided to just dive in! I wasn’t sure what to expect so when I sliced it open, Huff the Hubs laughed at my gasp:

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After watching a YouTube video (yes, I had to do that) I learned an easy way to separate the seeds from the rind– just add water! It worked great!

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Y’all, these were SO good! This is definitely my new, go-to healthy snack!

 

Have you ever had pomegranate seeds? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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When I was doing the low carb thing, I searched and searched for recipes for things that would taste good and not be just another cheese stick. I had some ricotta cheese leftover from my mini lasagna Try It and wondered if there was something I could use that in. I searched Pinterest and found this:

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A “milkshake” that’s low carb?! Uh, YES PLEASE.

 

Here’s what I used:

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~ 1/4 cup part skim ricotta cheese

~2-3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

~1 tsp vanilla extract

~2 cups Skim milk (the recipe said you could unsweetened almond milk too, but I already skim milk)

~3-4 tsp Stevia (you could also use Splenda)

~Ice

~Sugar free Cool Whip (to dollop on top)

 

All you do is pour it into a blender and bam! Its done!

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In the original pin’s blog post, the writer said she had enough left for two more milkshakes. Because of this, I halved the recipe…except I used the wrong amount of cocoa. I used twice as much as I should have which made it…not so great.

It was grainy and super bitter. I basically ate the Cool Whip off the top and called it a day. I may try to make this again (and actually get the amounts right) but I consider this Try It a fail. Womp, womp.

 

Have you ever tried this before? Did you have different results?

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Normally my Try Its are tasty treats or helpful tips for around the house. Which, are always a lot of fun (I mean, who doesn’t want to try a brownie baked with a chocolate chip cookie crust?!) but, I thought I’d think outside of the box this week!

Fitness is a big part of my life–I’m not trying to be “Mrs. Fitness 2015”, but I like to workout. I typically work out 4-5 times a week, switching up cardio and strength training.

I’m always looking for new routines to keep my regimen fun and fresh. Enter the following video.

This video is LEGIT. Its tough. Don’t believe me? Just watch (<– that’s a pun you’ll get in a second).

My sister and I (and Huff the Hubs) tried this. It was…interesting. There were a few moves I had done before in P90X and Jillian’s 30-Day Shred, but some of the moves were down right HARD!

We were all a little sore the next day, but it was a “good” kind of sore; like you knew it was working because you were sore.

My sister said her new fitness goal is try to do the entire workout without stopping. I think I’ll take that goal on, too!

 

Have you tried any new workouts? What have you tried? What do you like about it? What do you not like?