Healthy Candied Almonds!

Healthy Candied Almonds

Healthy Candied Almonds

Almonds really are a super food, aren’t they?  Kind of like coconut.    You can use them in so many ways, and they are a great and healthy snack.  But, sometimes I get tired of eating them plain.    I love the flavored kinds you can buy at the store, though they are not as healthy.

Recently,  I had a greek yogurt that came with some candied almonds to put on top… and let me tell you,  it was delicious!  The idea was so simple that I thought, “I bet I could make something like this at home.”

They turned out great on the first try.   That doesn’t happen very often for me when I’m making things up, so I was pretty thrilled.   And, it’s a 3 ingredient recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to throw together.  Pretty awesome.  I will definitely be making these on the regular.

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Healthy Homemade Marshmallows!

marshmellows-plate

healthy marshmallows!

I feel so accomplished right now.  I made Marshmallows!!  I dont know why it seemed like such a huge feat for me, but marshmallows seem like they should be really difficult to make.  The reality is, they are very easy to make!

I found this recipe from Mommypotamus.  It has only 3 ingredients!  It kind of blew my mind and I didn’t think they would actually turn out like marshmallows.  Well, I was pleasantly surprised and I am definitely planning on making more.  I think these will be really fun to give out for neighbor gifts or at a party.   They are healthy, unique, and everyone will think you are a kitchen god. 😉

These turned out so great,  I’m so ecstatic about them!

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Birthday FRUIT “cake”!

 

FRUIT cake! yum!

I got the idea from pinterest to make a birthday cake for myself completely out of fruit!

 

It was pretty fun!  Although, you have to put it together just hours before the party so that the fruit doesn’t start looking weird. haha.

Well, there is no real “recipe” for this.  There are a myriad of different fruits you can use to decorate the outside, though the main part should probably always be a watermelon… just because they are so big.   Here is what I made mine with.

Real Fruit “Cake”

1 large watermelon
1 c. green grapes
2 oranges (cut up with the skin off)
1 lb. strawberries
4 kiwis
2 peaches

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Spinach Cubes! (and smoothie recipe)

spinach cubes!

Okay, so I am not the best at getting greens in my diet. (I know I’m not alone.  ahem, people!)   And, I like spinach alright in salads and stuff, but I can NEVER eat the whole bag of spinach from the store before it goes bad.  It goes bad so fast!  So… a little while back I had a bag of spinach in my fridge that was going bad.  I didn’t know what to do to use it and I HATE to waste.  BAM!  I came up with this ingenious idea!  I puree’d the spinach in my food processor with a little bit of water until it became a green paste (yeah, its creepy looking).

Then, I put the green goop in an ice cube tray and froze it.  The next morning, I had Spinach Cubes!!  I got the spinach cubes out of the tray and put them in a plastic ziploc bag and stuck them back in the freezer.  Easy, instant, serving size spinach!  I throw a couple cubes into my smoothies now and I can’t taste the difference, but I know I’m getting some green goodness!
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December = No Self Control

my awesome candy house! must eat all the SUGARS!

Well, December was a crazy month. (food-wise.) I could not stop eating Christmas goodies! I gave some away and I even resorted to throwing some away after Christmas, because I was so sick of having no self control around the stuff!

It’s shameful because I was even having a hard time controlling myself around candies that usually don’t tempt me so much. (hard candies, saltwater taffy, skittles, suckers, etc. I’m generally a chocolate girl)

Embarrassing story:
I told my husband to “hide” a bunch of the candy in his car, so that I wouldn’t eat it.  Well, the very next night I was out in his car scrounging for sugar.  He is not a very good hider, so it didn’t take much for me to find them.  (in the trunk.  good try, honey! )
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Halloween confession

I’m sure most sugar addicts like myself have a love/hate relationship with Halloween. I remember as a kid it was my 2nd favorite holiday (1st is Christmas) and I looked forward to it all year.  Now, it’s part dread… because I know of all the candy I will eat. (and the crappy-ness I will feel and the few pounds I will gain)  But, on the plus side… think of all the candy (FREE candy) I get to eat!! (see, I told you it was a love/hate relationship! haha)   I love dressing up and I love halloween parties and trick-or-treating (I get to go again because I have kids – yippee!!)

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Easy Homemade Fruit Roll-ups!!

all rolled up and ready to go!

There’s just something about summer that makes me think of dried fruit. Probably because my mom would always buy huge cases of fruit in the summer from local farmers and then we would can and dehydrate the fruit.  This summer I have been making a lot of fruit strips.  The kids love them, and my husband likes to take them in his lunch for work.

My kids go crazy for fruit, and of course they LOVE fruit snacks and fruit roll ups.  I am not a fan of those and I don’t like to give them the kind from the store because generally they are full of sugar or fruit juice.  Not that fruit juice is horrible, but if I can make my own fruit roll ups at home without any added sugar or fruit juice?  Um, yeah!  awesome!
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Sugar Binge – Emotional Eating

this looks like a good book.

Yesterday was a bad day.  I won’t go into details, but I ran to the store with the intention of buying junk food to “make me feel better”.    Guess what sucks?  It didn’t work!  I ate so much garbage and felt so gross and crappy last night.   I really don’t know why I do this to myself… after last night though, I feel more determined to stop.

I think I am going to try and convince myself that I am pre-diabetic (which could actually be true, idk.  a lot of crappy-food eating americans fall into this category.)  And when people offer me garbage food at parties and get-togethers and work,  I’ll just be like, “Sorry, can’t.  Pre-diabetic.”  haha!  I just really hope it helps convince ME at the store.  “Oh, you want that chocolate??”  *sad face*  “Sorry, you are pre-diabetic.  Guess you will just have to eat healthy!”   Getting diabetes scares the crap out of me and I know that I am headed down that road when I eat badly.

Anyways, I’ve realized that I need a new thing to do when I’m emotional/sad/depressed.  The food thing just isn’t working out for me anymore.  I’m not sure what to do.  I know a lot of people exercise… but sometimes that isn’t possible.  Too late/dark/cold outside.   Any suggestions?  What do other people do?

Healthy No-bake cookies!

that is my silpat in the background. LOVE IT!

My husband actually calls these my “desperate-for-chocolate cookies”. lol! He knows me too well! Yes, I did originally create these in a moment of desperation and I’ve been tweaking them a little bit ever since. Now, my 3 yr old asks for them! He thinks they are awesome “cookies” (we use that term loosely around here).

Here is my favorite version of the recipe. Feel free to make your own little changes here or there.

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Chocolate Confession: M & M’s

evil little things

We all know how addictive M&M’s can be. And personally, I don’t even like them THAT much. (not as much as REAL dark chocolate) But, the sugar addict in me keeps coming back for more anyways.

Well yesterday, I bought a bag of dark chocolate m&m’s just to try them… and because I wanted chocolate and sugar (of course).  I also convinced myself at the store that they might help me to get my toddler to actually TRY to use the potty. (no, it didn’t work by the way.  stubborn kid!!)

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