Try It Tuesday

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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!

 

Try It Tuesday

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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!

 

 

Try It Tuesday!

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I have made my love of peanut butter and chocolate no secret over the years. I’m seriously a little obsessed. So you can imagine my glee when I saw this tweet:

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I have been waiting months, MONTHS for the new Reese’s cups to hit the stores. I mean, a Reese’s Cup filled with Reese’s Pieces?! I. COULD. NOT. WAIT. When I saw they were finally  out, this was my reaction:

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My sister picked up a few at a local 7-11 and texted me the joyous news. I immediately went to her house and tried them out!

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OMG, you guys. They looked like the Reese’s Cups we all know and love but they were better. Much, much better! With usual Reese’s Cups, the edges are hard and the peanut butter is a tad on the dry side. Not these, my friend. They were softer and the peanut butter was SUPER creamy! Suffice to say that if they take these off the market, I will protest! They. Are. DELISH!

 

Have you tried these? What did you think?

Try It Tuesday

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Last week, I decided to go “low carb” for the week. My weight loss had been plateau-ing for a while and I was getting frustrated. Plus, I’ve been doing this get fit summer challenge from Buzzfeed and was starting to see the scale creep up (because lifting weights is a hunger-inducing business, y’all).

 

Anyway, I needed to find some way to still have some treats while I was abstaining from carbs. And praise The Lord, I found this!

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They’re low-carb peanut butter cookies! Here’s what you need:

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~1 cup peanut butter (I used Jif Omega-3)

~1 cup Splenda (you could use Stevia if you like but it’s a little bitter for my taste)

~1 egg

 

That’s it! That’s all you need!

 

Preheat your oven to 350*. Then, toss everything into a bowl and combine.

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Scoop out about a tablespoon onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. I used a cookie scoop and it worked wonders! Then, dip a fork in Splenda and press down the dough rolls.

 

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Pop them in the oven for 12 minutes, and then let them cool.

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Then, devour!

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OMG, y’all, these cookies were DELICIOUS! They really helped me get through those cravings when I really wanted something sweet. And, to be honest, the low-carb thing wasn’t that bad. I mean, there was one day I really wanted some waffle fries from Chick-Fil-A, but for the most part, it went well. I think part of that was because I had a cold and it sort of took my appetite away. But it helped! I lost 3lbs and an inch off my waist! Yay!

My Favorite Things {To Eat}

Merry Monday before Christmas!

With the big day only a tad over 48 hours away, you’re probably starting to think about what you’re going to take to your many family functions. If you don’t want to actually bring something, I’ve got some great suggestions for you! Every year I look forward to this season because its when the best of the best foods come around my house. And my family does not skimp when it comes to holiday eating!

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Here’s my Top Four Favorite Holiday Treats!

 

#4. Jalapeno Poppers

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Full disclosure: my dad makes these almost exclusively in the summertime. However, we are preparing for Ultra Feast on New Year’s Eve and he has already said that these are totes on the menu. I am SO excited! The poppers may seem a little extreme, given that they’re made with a crazy-hot pepper, but they’re actually not as spicy as you might think. The cream cheese really helps to mellow out the kick! Plus, the peppers are wrapped in bacon. And everything is better with bacon! Get the recipe here!

 

#3. Fruit Pizza

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We haven’t had this dessert is sooooooo long! It used to be a staple for our New Year’s Eve partay’s, but sadly, its gone away. I’m hoping to revive it this year! Its a pretty simple recipe. All you need is sugar cookie dough (you can even use store bought!), cream cheese, powdered sugar, and your favorite fruits! Get the stats here!

 

#2. Chili Cheese Dip

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I love this dip because its always a home run when there’s a lot of people and its super simple to make! Its perfect for the colder months and can be tailored to fit your tastes! You add or subtract just about anything from this recipe and its still awesome! Get some ideas for your own creation at this site!

 

#1. Peanut Butter Ball

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My sister found this recipe on Pinterest and I have never before been so thankful for the internet. This sweet dip takes two of my favorite foods: peanut butter and chocolate and makes them edible with a spoon. (Well, I guess you could eat peanut butter straight out of the jar with a spoon, but this is SO much better!) Again, its a super simple recipe that looks like you’ve spent all day making, so you can totes impress your in-laws! This dip is good with sugar cookies, graham crackers, and apple slices!

 

 

Happy eating!

 

Try It Tuesday

Happy first day of Autumn, folks!

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Today was a BEAUTIFUL day in OKC! Huff the Babe and I even went outside and played! And we didn’t melt! Ahhhh, the sweet cool days of fall. I’m so happy they’re back!

 

Sadly, today’s Try It isn’t a pumpkin or caramel flavored treat (although I have pinned many ideas on Pinterest, so don’t worry; they’re coming!). However, today’s Try It IS healthy and yummy!

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Here’s what you need:

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~a banana

~peanut butter (or almond butter; basically whatever nut butter your heart desires)

~1/4 cup chocolate chips (I used chunks because its all we had)

~wax paper

~small cookie sheet

That’s it!

 

First, line a small cookie sheet with wax paper. Then, slice up your banana as such:

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Spread some peanut butter on a slice and make a “banana sandwich” with another slice:

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Keep going until all of the slices have been “sandwich-ified”. Then, place them on the wax paper-lined cookie sheet and stick in the freezer for about an hour. After the hour is up, melt your chocolate in the microwave:

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Grab the bananas from the freezer and dip them into the chocolate, covering half of them. Pop ’em back into the freezer for another hour and then voila! your healthy snack/dessert is ready to be devoured:

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Honestly guys, if these things last until Huff the Hubs gets home, it’ll be a miracle. These little banana bites were so incredibly tasty AND easy! I think I might make these my “go-to” snack to take to parties!

 

 

 

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Today’s Try It was actually tried today! I typically do my try its on the weekend, because I have more time. But this one was just too tasty-looking to wait for!

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In the words of Napoleon’s grandma, I “made myself a dang quesadilla” for breakfast! It was so easy–and nutritious!

Here’s what you need:

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~Peanut Butter

~A banana (I only used half so it would be too bulky)

~tortillas (I used whole wheat)

~chocolate chips

 

First, spread the peanut butter on your tortilla. I only spread it on half of mine so I could cut a few calories. Then, slice half of your banana and place the slices on the tortilla. Finally, sprinkle the chocolate chips.

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Fold over the tortilla and place in a pan over medium heat.

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I let the quesadilla cook for about a minute a side; I didn’t want the tortilla to burn (I also snacked on the other half of the banana–waste not, want not!). When I thought it was cooked enough, I took it out of the pan and sliced it up!

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This was a really good breakfast! And super filling! I didn’t have to eat my usual mid-morning snack, I was so satisfied!

Try It Wednesday

Hello all! Since my internet was acting crazier than Amanda Bynes on Monday, my blog posts had to be pushed back.

So today you’re getting a Try It!

OMG. When I saw this on Pinterest, my salivary glands went into overdrive. I love all things chocolate and peanut butter, as you well know, so I HAD to try it!

First, I gathered my ingredients:

Oooh yeah!

Oooh yeah!

That’s right! All you need is: chocolate chips, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and evaporated milk.

First, get a 9X9 pan (I had to use an 8X8 because that’s all I had). Line the pan with foil and spray it with cooking spray. Place the peanut butter cups on the bottom (I had to cut some in half to fit).

I had to really try not to eat ALL of these.

I had to really try not to eat ALL of these.

After that, crush up about 10-12 peanut butter cups to be used later.

It seriously looks like dog poo.

It seriously looks like dog poo.

Then, melt 3 cups chocolate chips and a 14oz can of evaporated milk until smooth.

Nom, nom, nom.

Nom, nom, nom.

Pour the chocolate over the cups.

Behold the chocolatey goodness!

Behold the chocolatey goodness!

Then, sprinkle the crushed cups on top.

Eat all the fudge!

Eat all the fudge!

Let the fudge cool to room temperature, then put I the fridge. I did, and after an hour, it still looked the same. So I put it in the freezer to help it firm up (that’s what she said). After I was able to cut it up…It. Was. DELICIOUS. I’m TOTALLY doing this again!

Try It Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, Tryers!

For those of you that know me (or follow this blog, or are within 10 feet of me at the grocery store) know that I L-O-V-E anything with peanut butter and chocolate. So it should come as no surprise that I love Butterfinger’s candy.

I also love puppy chow (some people call it muddy buddies, but I prefer puppy chow).

So when I saw this on Pinterest, I HAD to try it out:

Nom, nom, nom.

Nom, nom, nom.

 

This yummy dessert/snack/breakfast only has 5 ingredients! Woot woot!

All you need is:

Not pictured: vanilla. Oops!

Not pictured: vanilla. Oops!

6 C. Rice Chex Cereal
1 C. milk chocolate chips
1/2 C. peanut butter, smooth
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/3 C. Butterfingers or Chick-O-Sticks, crushed
Measure out your 6 cups of Chex and put it in a bowl to the side. Get your Butterfingers and toss them in a bag and take out all your aggression on the candy. I liked to pretend that the candy was my Braxton Hicks contractions. Needless to say, the bag ended up with some holes in it because I was a little overzealous.
There were no survivors.

There were no survivors.

 

After that, get your chocolate chips, peanut butter, and vanilla and put it in a microwave safe bowl. Melt in the microwave for about 45 seconds. Take it out, stir, and then heat for another 20 seconds.

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These are a few of my favorite things…

 

When you’ve stirred up your pb&c mixture, pour the yummy goodness (if you haven’t eaten it all already) onto the cereal in the large bowl and stir. Make sure you cover all of the cereal with chocolate/peanut butter. After that, pour the crushed Butterfinger over the top and stir.

Then, pour the cereal onto a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet and cool. OMG you guys, I am totes making this again! It was SO YUMMY! Definitely a new favorite of mine!

I may have eaten half of this before it completely cooled.

I may have eaten half of this before it completely cooled.

 

Try It Tuesday

In my life, there are three food groups:

1. Chocolate

2. Peanut Butter

3. Things made of chocolate and peanut butter

And thankfully, my sister has the same philosophy. Which is why today’s Try it Tuesday is from Bridget!

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Drooling yet?

Drooling yet?

Bridget gathered up the ingredients for the recipe:

I'd pretty much eat each one of these straight from their jars.

I’d pretty much eat each one of these straight from their jars.

And then mixed up the batter for the cake:

Nom, nom, nom.

Nom, nom, nom.

After that, she whipped up the peanut butter mousse and added it to the top:

OMG. I think my fetus is salivating.

OMG. I think my fetus is salivating.

Then, she got ready for an awesome episode of How I Met Your Mother and a tasty treat:

The perfect evening.

The perfect evening.

She said the cake was pretty good, maybe a little too rich/not as flavorful as other cake mugs from Hungry Girl, but still pretty good!