Try It Tuesday

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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!

Try It Tuesday

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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!

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Hey y’all! With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I’ve been relying on my handy dandy Crock Pot more than ever! And, thanks to Pinterest, I’ve been able to find A LOT of awesome recipes, let this one for honey garlic chicken!

Here’s what you need:

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4 to 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (I used chicken breasts)

4 garlic cloves, minced

⅓ cup honey

½ cup low sodium ketchup

½ cup low sodium soy sauce

½ teaspoon dried oregano

2 tablespoons fresh parsley (I didn’t have fresh, so I used dried)

 

Place chicken in slow cooker. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk garlic, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, oregano, and parsley until thoroughly mixed.

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Pour the sauce over the chicken.

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Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or on high for 3.5 to 4 hours.

 

When the time is right, serve with your favorite sides!

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I liked this recipe okay. I mean, it wasn’t the greatest meal ever, but it most certainly wasn’t the worst. What I really liked about it was that it was low in calories. And, paired with our organic brown rice, qunioa, and steamed veggies, it made a pretty healthy meal!

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

 

Try It Tuesday!

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Y’all know I love trying new products–especially products that save me time as well as energy. Now that I’m working part time at a Mother’s Day Out program, I have to pack lunches for myself (as well as Huff the Tot) twice a week. Normally, I eat leftovers or Amy’s Organic meals when we’re at home, so making a lunch that’s portable has been a bit of a struggle. Especially when I don’t have easy access to a microwave and I pb&j’s only do so much for a breastfeeding momma’s hunger. While doing some grocery shopping, I came across some new products and thought I’d snag them for my lunch to see if they were any good!

First up, Hillshire Farms Snacking: Small Plates

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This little tray was DELISH! Its basically a Lunchable® for grownups! I didn’t realize there were other flavors and I can’t wait to try them all! I will say, the only place I’ve been able to find it locally is Target, but according to the HF website, they’re also available at Homeland stores! Woot!

 

For dessert the same day I had the snack tray, I pack some yogurt. I LOVE Chobani’s Flip yogurts, but they can’t count as a “dessert” at lunch if they’re 200+ calories (at least, for me that’s a tad too high). So I was SUPER excited when I saw that they now come in 100 calorie portions!

I tried the Strawberry Chocolate Truffle and man-oh-man, it was SO. FLIPPIN’. GOOD. I felt like I was indulging, but it was only 100 calories! HOLLA!

 

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

Mommy Monday

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Its been six weeks since I gave birth to Huff the Babe and I have been itchin’ to return to my workouts. I only have 10 pounds of the 30 I gained with Indy left to lose and I’m unbelievably ready for it to come of. However, since I’m nursing, my body is going to hold on to some fat stores making it dang near impossible to lose ANY weight.

But, I shall not fear! I know, in the meantime, I can work on strength training to build up muscle and endurance. But finding time for that? Now THAT’S dang near impossible.

Don’t believe me? This video perfectly sums up what its like to try and workout when kids are around:

Maybe I’ll get fit once the kids are away at college…

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Hey guys, now that I’m no longer feeling like an extra from The Walking Dead, I have a brand-spanking new Try It for you today! This Try It is actually one my sister did (because I was incapacitated).

They’re mini pancake bites!

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Here’s what you need:

~Your favorite pancake batter

~Your favorite pancake fillings (we used chocolate chips and blueberries)

 

Preheat your oven to 350°. Mix the pancake batter according to your favorite batter’s requirements (we used Bisquick) as well as ¼ cup syrup. Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray (we used a mini muffin tin) and fill 2/3 of the way full.

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Then, add in your favorite fillings:

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Pop them in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes and then serve!

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These were a HUGE hit! Huff the Babe actually ate ALL of her breakfast (something that only happens if we serve doughnuts) and I didn’t feel guilty about giving her more because I knew what was in them. Plus, there were so many that I could save them and have a quick and easy breakfast ready for her. These were AWESOME and I will DEFINITELY have my sister make them again–ha!

 

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As you know, I’ve been doing the low carb thang for a bit, just trying to melt off some of those stubborn pounds that won’t budge. It hasn’t been easy, but I have seen results, so I’ve been pushing myself to go just a tad farther. The other day I was really missing yummy breakfast foods (other than eggs and sausage) so I consulted Pinterest and found this: