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Dark chocolate // sea salt // trail mix bark

This.

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This right here? Game changer.

That’s really all I have to say.

This recipe is not only super delicious, but it was proooobably the easiest thing I have ever made! I used trail mix in this recipe, but you could add anything you want. Cookies, nuts, candy, sprinkes, whatever! I am going to make this recipe for coworkers christmas presents!

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  • 8 oz. dark chocolate chips
  • trail mix (i used a planter peanuts mix)
  • sea salt

Melt chocolate in microwave at 15 second increments until fully melted. Pour in pan lined with parchment paper. Top with trail mix & sea salt. Place in the freezer for 90 mins.

Enjoy! 🙂

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Coconut Peanut Butter Vanilla Protein Bites

Happy Hummmmp day! 

I’m a huge fan of on-the-go snacks. I always look for something to grab on my way to the gym, or when I get home from work. And, well. I found the perfect snack. Protein balls! Not only are they super healthy, they absolutely delicious! I grab one on my way to the gym, and I freeze some and eat them as desserts! They’re fantastic, and satisfy even the most severe sweet tooths (not that I would know 😉 ) 

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• 1 cup oats

• 1/2 cup peanut butter 

• 3 tbsp honey

• 1/4 cup applesauce

• 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

• 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

• 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

 

 

Pumpkin Everything, please // weekly roundup!

Happy Sunday, ya’ll! Tonight as I sit in bed, sippin’ my hot chocolate, with the aroma of cinnamon and vanilla candles around me, I feel quite accomplished and satisfied!

Today I woke up all ambitious about my plans for the day. I don’t know why, but as I laid in bed this morning scrolling through Instagram (don’t act like you don’t do it. No, but really, I have a problem. Like, a bad addiction), I decided I really wanted to rearrange my room. Im the kind of person who hates change, except when moving furniture/new furniture/decor is involved. So, that happened. Living alone is fine and all, until you need heavy lifting help.

Despite my built-in-heavy-lifting/using my butt to push furniture around my room today, I dragged myself to the gym for a real workout. The gym on Sundays is like, a bar on Monday night. Completely empty and weird. But, I like it. (I also like bars on Mondays). I wanted to switch my workout up a little, but not get TOO crazy (remember, I don’t like change?) so I went upstairs to the cardio theater and ran 2 miles. In the dark. While watching “Employee of the Month.” I actually reallllllly like this movie, for whatever reason. Dane Cook is hilarious. And Jessica Simpson is a terrible actress. Good combination for a giggle.

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The cardio theater is cool and all, the only down fall is, ha, well, I thought I was going to fall the entire time. I used my handy dandy cell phone light to get myself situated ON the treadmill, and the entire time kept looking down to make sure I wasn’t about to fly off the back of it. Near death experience, really. I live my life on the edge (hahaaa, I’m not even trying to make these puns they just keep happening!) IMG_7050

Anyway, so it’s September. Which means it’s Fall… okay, not really. BUT its not Summer anymore (hallelujah). Annnd the weather is cooling off a bit. But most importantly, Starbucks has pumpkin spice lattes, bars are serving pumpkin beer on tap, and the grocery stores have pumpkin yogurt, cream cheese, coffee creamer, and lots of other goodies. OBSESSED. SO OBSESSED.

Today I purchased:

• Pumpkin Yogurt & Apple Crisp Yogurt… CAN YOU BELIEVE THESE FLAVORS EXIST? HOLY COW I AM SO HAPPY

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• Pumpkin spice cream cheese… holy punnnkin’. I was eating it with my finger the second I walked in my door. What? no I wasn’t…thats…gross…….(yes i was.)

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Things Im loving this week:

• THIS SMOOTHIE, MAH GAH. From Cup O Joe. It is a Vanilla, honey, banana smoothie and it is SOOO good! Ive had like 3 in the last 2 weeks and Im really not sorry about it.

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• Foodles. Because I am a child. And if loving Disney til forever is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Also, these are delicious and a quick, fast snack. I maaaay have finished it on my way home from the store….

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• Victorias Secret workout clothes. I just recently bought these running capris and this top, and I love them! So comfy and just darn wonderful.

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• Breadless Sammiches. (Or unwiches as Jimmy John calls them.) Or Lettuce Tacos…Basically putting things I would normally put on a sammich, into a romaine leaf. I dont always have the time to chop up veggies for a salad, so this is essentially like eating a salad just in a different form. I even put cottage cheese in one for a post work-out snack. Delicious, easy, and fun to eat!

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• Fall things 🙂 Sorry for the selfie, but I was really excited to bust out my scarf and sperrys this week!

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More pumpkin talk…. I made pumpkin overnight oats. Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 pumpkin yogurt
  • a dash of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tbps chia seeds

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So excited to nom this bad boy in the morning!

Now, its time for hot chocolate, a movie, and bed! IMG_7063

Gooey Chewy S’mores Cookies

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First. I am absolutely ashamed to admit that I have no had a SINGLE Smore this entire Summer. It’s August. This isn’t fine. As I realized this the other day, and had a sweet tooth the size of Texas, I just knew I had to suffice my smore craving by making something ooey gooey and chewy. Do you ever just get in the mood to bake? It seems every Friday night that’s all I want to do (old). Whatever, there’s nothing better than a glass of wine, chick flicks and baking!

I found this delicious recipe here. I must say, these cookies turned out delicious and made my entire apartment smell uh-maze-ing…however, they don’t look as pretty as I would hope 😦 oh well. Ugly cookies are cookies, too! No cookie left behind! To avoid ugly cookies — I would definitely suggest refrigerating your dough overnight. That way when you bake the cookies they don’t melt into flat pancakes like mine did. Just some food for thought!

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped graham crackers, about 4 full-size cracker sheets
  • 2 cups (one 12-ounce bag) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cups Marshmallow Bits (regular mini-marshmallows may be substituted; if using, shelter them with some dough and don’t let them bake directly on baking sheet to prevent scorching)

 

Directions:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-creamed, light and fluffy, about 5 minutes (or use a hand mixer and beat for at least 7 minutes).
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the graham crackers, chocolate chips, marshmallows and beat momentarily to incorporate, less than 1 minute, or fold in by hand.
  4. Using a medium 2-inch spoon form heaping two tablespoon mounds (I made 26). Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly with your palm, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet, spray with cooking spray. Place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for 8 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if slightly undercooked, pale and glossy in the center. Do not bake longer than 9 minutes if you want ooey-gooey Smores-like cookies because they firm up as they cool.

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Workout: Today started bright n early with a trip to the gym. I hopped on the treadmill for my favorite: interval running. I shifted between speeds and inclines for about 25 minutes. Something about changing the pace really keeps me going! Then I finished up with 20 minutes on the elliptical.

Healthy and easy: my 2 favorite words when it comes to dinner time. It’s easy to get sucked into the appeal and convenience of fast food after a long day of work, but stay far away! There are plenty healthier options out there. I know after work the last thing I want to do is prep a meal and wait for it to cook for a few hours so I try to find quick meals that I know aren’t bad for me! I try to make simple healthy dinners as much as possible. And honestly, it isn’t hard! Plus it is soooo much more worth it.

Growing up my favorite thing ever was buffalo chicken sandwiches from Subway, or Penn Station, etc. Wherever! I couldn’t get enough. But once I grew older and realized how many calories are in the delicious sandwich, I immediately went cold turkey and didn’t order them again. (Some buffalo chicken sandwiches have up to 1,200 calories!)

I knew there haaaad to be a way to make this sandwich in a healthier way. And I am definitely not disappointed 😉

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Cook & Shred chicken

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Mix franks red hot, greek yogurt, chili powder, salt and pepper and chicken stock.

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Spread on sandwich bread of choice, and top with choice of cheese. (I chose an 100 calorie sandwich thin, and blue cheese!)

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Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, or cheese is slightly melted and chicken is slightly browned.

Recipe: 

• boneless chicken (shredded)

• 1/2 cup franks red hot

• 1/4 cup greek yogurt

• 1 teaspoon salt & pepper

• 1 teaspoon chili powder

• dash of garlic salt

• blue cheese for topping (I also mixed a little in)

• 1/4 cup chicken stock

• Whole wheat 100 calorie sandwich thins

Directions:

• Mix together ingredients in large bowl

• Top sandwich thin with mixture

• Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

Easy peezy! Hope you enjoy 🙂

Sneak preview at dessert

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Can you guess what it might be? 😉