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My Pinterest feed has been flooded with life hacks for healthy(ier) snacks and desserts and I finally remembered to pick up the ingredients for one the other day! And, remarkably, all I needed was TWO things:

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Yup. That’s it. All I needed was an Oikos protein yogurt and a packet of sugar free lemonade drink mix!

I poured about half the packet of drink mix into the yogurt and mixed it all up!

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Then, I separated the mixture into to different containers. I topped one with some Reddi Whip and crumbled up half a graham cracker on top.

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This was pretty good! It tasted like a lemon meringue pie! It was tasty and it didn’t break the calorie bank! Look at these stats:

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And the cool thing about this is that you could pretty much use any flavor drink mix to shake things up! Have you ever tried this? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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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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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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Since I gave y’all a resolution-busting Try It last week, I thought I’d give y’all a healthy option this week! One of my goals this year is to get down to pre-Huff the Tot weight. I’ve been following a low-carb/semi-Keto “diet” (I don’t like the “D” word) Mondays through Saturdays and eating whatever I want on Sundays. Since January 2nd, I’ve lost two pounds! Yay!

One thing I’ve been missing in the mornings is waffles. I used to eat eggs and whole wheat Eggos in the mornings but, since waffles=carbs, I haven’t had one in a while. I’ve tried a high-protein/low-carb waffle before but it just wasn’t that great. I thought I’d try a new recipe and see if the waffles tasted any better! (Bonus! These are also gluten free!)

Here’s what you need:

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1 cup almond flour, sifted

1/2 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup heavy cream or heavy cream and a little water

2 tablespoons oil

3 eggs

 

In large bowl, whisk together almond flour, baking powder and salt.

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Stir in oil and eggs and mix until well blended. Then, slowly add the heavy cream until the desired batter thickness is achieved.

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After that, pour the batter into your waffle maker to cook.

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Wait for the waffle to finish cooking and serve!

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GUYS. These waffles were DELICIOUS! They also only had THREE carbs per waffle! This recipe yielded about 4 waffles, so I was able to freeze a few and reheat them throughout the week (like when my family had pizza for dinner and I had to resist the temptation)! You don’t even have to add syrup–top with raspberries (a naturally low-carb berry) and some Reddi Whip and you’re golden! Its filling, its Keto-friendly, and its DELISH!

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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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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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We all know I love trying new products, especially if they can help me (somewhat) stay on track with my healthy eating/weight loss goals. I found two new goodies this week at the grocery store and I can’t wait to share them with you!

I’ve actually talked about one of these before. Sargento has a great line of snacks, Balanced Breaks, that have a small serving of cheese along with nuts and berries. But NOW the company has launched a spinoff with–oh yes–CHOCOLATE! They’re called Sweet Breaks and they come in a variety of flavors. This is the one I chose:

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I really like the original and the new one did NOT disappoint! It was nice to have something sweet to offset the savory of the cheese and, at only 170 calories, it makes a great snack! These get an A+!

 

I know I’ve told you before that my all-time favorite dessert is cheesecake. I firmly believe that cheesecake was brought to this world as a gift from the heavens. Seriously. The only drawback is that it has so many calories. Womp, womp. That’s why when I saw this, I was SO. FREAKING. EXCITED.

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These cheesecake cups come in at only 170 calories and there are no artificial flavors or dyes used in any of the four flavors! I couldn’t wait to give this a try!

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This was…okay. I mean, it wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t the same as a piece of cheesecake (that would’ve been a miracle, actually). But it still satisfied my sweet tooth and kept me from pigging out on something else! I think next time I’ll crumble up a reduced fat graham cracker on top!

 

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