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Collar Me Pretty & Hiking My Way To A Foodie Paradise!

The other day we (Roxy and I) got the most awesome package from our Bestest (Suzanna & Razzle). I think it’s safe to say that it was a prezzy for Roxy for MY 30th bday. ¬†That bitch is always stealing my thunder. ūüėČ I guess Razzle didn’t want Roxy to feel left out of the spotlight, heaven forbid. Can I just say (again), It is the most awesome hand painted/embossed gorgeous leather collar. Susan’s sister, Nicole, owns the shop – Four Robins – where she custom makes all different kinds of hand crafted leather dog collars! So freshy cute. ¬†They size them perfectly to fit the girth (such an obnoxious word but it was fitting-ish) of your pupster’s neck! We Love Love Loved. Roxy will be rocking her sugar skulls like you wouldn’t believe. Putting the Rox in Roxstar!
Check her stuff out if you have pups!
http://www.fourrobins.com/
http://www.etsy.com/people/FourRobins?ref=pr_profile

Hand painted Sugar Skull Collar - Four Robins, Ltd.

On that note, I’m uber excited to take Roxy hiking up Fryman so she can showcase her new collar. ¬†It’s a fantastic & new favorite hiking spot. ¬†I’m pretty sure it’s only new to me – which has had me kicking myself that I’ve spent the 1-2 years stuck in a Runyon rut. Although it’s quick and easy and was fun at first – Runyon isn’t really as ‘amazing’ as it’s cracked up to be. ¬†I say that now – HA! ¬†I suppose It’s partially because I take the boring part, that being said – again – it might just be me. ¬†A few weeks ago my twin (Amy) told me about her awesome hike up Fryman in Studio City. ¬†We went last weekend and BAM! ¬†It had me at beautiful trees, wide looping trail, gorgeous views all around, an intermix of moderate and intermediate levels, the LACK of urine, dust, mobs of annoying people & off leash dogs plowing into me…Runyon is a thing of my past. ¬†HELLO to FRYMAN HIKE! ¬†It rocked. ¬†A nice cherry on top was being spit out into a neighborhood of gorgeous homes on a tree lined street that I didn’t even know existed in LA. ¬†It felt like I was in Northern California again. ¬†Sigh of delight.

Amy stretching w/Frank-Kay b4 Fryman Hike last weekend

Me and Amy halfway point at Fryman last weekend.

Tomorrow morning my memories of last weekend’s hike-a-pades, will soon become a reality again. I have a date hike w/Twin (Amy) and Frank-kay! ¬†YAY! ¬†A gorgeous calorie burn with our pups and hanging with a besty- can’t beat that.

And then, let there be cake…cake ingredients…or any baking/cooking ingredients of the sort. ¬† I’ll finally be hitting SURFAS in Culver City to go check out their packaging supplies so I can package up my brikkle & Fro. ¬†I have a few other specialty items on my list like cheesecloth and coffee extract and from what I hear, I’ll end up with a lot more than what’s on my list if I’m not careful. ¬† Brandy told me that I had to check this place out, ‘divine’ she said. ¬†It’s been hard to get over there – Culver City is so close yet so far away. ¬†So I’m really excited to finally check it out and start the creative packaging ideas flowing for TID BITS: A Choice Morsel; which by the way – has locked on a logo. ¬†Woot woot.

Getting back to Surfas…it’s a hybrid store that caters to restaurants, gourmet foodies, and home chefs. ¬†Bulk spices are ridiculously cheap, and there is also an extensive selection of professional bakeware along with kitchen appliances. Chocolates, cheeses, cured meats… I’ve been told that this is a great place to go to if you are making cupcakes, candies, favors, for weddings, baby showers, or bridal showers. ¬†I wish I would have known that when I was juggling the bridesmaid duty in 5 weddings last year – wah wah. ¬† I’m so excited to go there as they also have a cafe (looks divine) to break and feed our bellies, a test kitchen where they have classes/demonstrations galore and I can’t wait to find all those specialty chocolates and cheeses that are damn near impossible to get anywhere else. ¬†The jackpot will be hit – ¬†you betcha by golly.

The word on the street is that this place is dangerous…for your wallet! ¬†Uh oh. ¬†Go with a list and a friend to help lock it up and regulate – that’s what I am doing. ¬†I plan to hopefully report back with good finds & Adventures in TidBits Shenanigans. ¬†Until then, enjoy your weekend – I know I will be ūüôā

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A TID BIT of FIT BITS

Work it!

I have a little bit of an obsession (no it’s not just Fro Yo) it’s with all things food and exercise which has me constantly searching out and successfully retaining random Tid Bits of information. ¬†There’s only so much I can blab to my friends and family about before they want to sock me. Except for Amy-my Twin, but that’s because she’s just like me, however, much taller and not as crazy ūüėČ ¬†Whom, btw, will soon be co-blogging food and fitness Fit Bits on TidBits – so stay tuned. So since my friends and family are constantly telling me to quit my jibber jabber (yes, that was a Mr.T reference) and because I’m single and ready to mingle, I’m basically left with my dog or my blog. ¬†And let’s face it, my dog pretends to care but I can sense she doesn’t want to hear it – plus, I’m not one of those dog owners;). And since my pup has been straddling the fluffier side of the fence these days, I’m sure she doesn’t care about my stinkin’ FIT BITS

That being said, here’s some random fun TidBits that I’m throwing out into the blogosphere – catch it if you can.
#1. So you want to get lose a few lbs? ¬†It’s hard to know how much you need to cut out or make sure to eat in order to drop it like it’s hot. ¬† I’m a firm believer in sticking to a healthy lifestyle as a way of life instead of dieting just to lose weight for weight sake. ¬†However, here is a basic formula that puts you in the ‘area’ of how many calories to eat to help get you losin. Remember, it varies by amount of exercise and each persons body type.
FIT BIT: Your weight x 18 – 500 = about how many calories you need to loose a pound a week – if exercising.
#2.  Need to stay on track with eating and exercise?  Want motivation and tips? Need a Fit tool that does it all for you? Done and Done!

Myfitnesspal

FIT BIT: My absolute favorite app – hook line and sinker and perhaps has me more obsessed than Facebook is MYFITNESSPAL (also – myfitnesspal.com). ¬†It helps me keep track of my calories/fat/carbs/protein, exercise, recipes and allows you to talk to network/friend other people on the site so you can share tips and motivation. Nothing’s more motivating then seeing a post that your bff ¬†did 60 min of awesome cardio while you slept in – makes you want to get out of bed and one up that biatch ūüėČ Some friendly competition never hurt anyone.¬†¬†It’s absolutely my favorite thing – I think I’m more disciplined with Myfitnesspal than I am with balancing my checkbook. ¬†Knowing you can look up any food and see the nutrition info and track what you’ve eaten, input ingredients of a recipe and have it tell you the serving calories – all is very empowering and allows you to control what you put in your mouth. ¬† ¬†Needless to say, I’ve gotten a ton of friends & co-workers (and guys) addicted to it as well. ¬†Check out this great tool.
#3. Want to rev up your metabolism and lose weight? ¬†DON’T SKIP BREAKY!! ¬†You will hear it time and time and time again – EAT BREAKFAST. ¬†It’s true. ¬†I didn’t start to finally lose weight until I started eating breakfast. ¬†Trust, I used to think it was awesome that I could hold out until 3pm to eat because I wasn’t hungry – until I realized it basically shuts down your metabolism – hindering you from losing weight!
FIT BIT: Regularly skipping breakfast increases the risk of obesity by 450%.  Yeah, how about them apples!
#4. Lifting Weights is KEY to losing weight – period. ¬†No you will not look like the incredible hulk – well, if your lifting heavy amounts you might. ¬†I’m prone to looking like the mini hulk (seriously) so I just make sure to keep it at 5-8lbs and do a lot of reps. ¬†I was doing tons of cardio and the weight wasn’t coming off very fast – a turtle was burning more lbs then me. I thought lifting weights would make me thicker and weigh more. But when I noticed all the skinny bitches at the gym were, I took note. ¬†Finally, I started eating breakfast and lifting combined with cardio and eating healthy. ¬†The pounds started melting off.
FIT BIT: Weight training is an ultimate fat fighter.  Research shows a single weight training session can spike your calorie burn for up to 39 hours after you lift.  The more muscle you have, the better your body uses nutrients you consume and less likely to store food as fat.
#5. Eating your veggies doesn’t just make you taller (trust me I have first hand experience – all lies;)) However, here’s a fun FIT BIT: Did you know that carrots can clear up breakouts? Kinda cool huh.
Just don’t over do it or you run the risk of looking like an umpa loompa and they are also a veggie that’s high in sugar – too much and your calories will sky rocket.
#6. Wanting it isn’t enough. FIT BIT: You gotta do the work to lose the weight. ¬†When you retrain your brain and have a different mindset – you’ll kick yourself when you realize it’s a lot easier than you thought to lose the weight. ¬†All those times when you ask – how did you do it? What’s your secret? ¬†There is none. ¬†It really is basic math of what you put in your mouth and what you exert. ¬†Put good things into your body and keep moving = Weightloss. ¬†I struggled with that mindset as I did with the weight itself my whole life – be that 10lbs or the freshman 40 (they lied when they said it was only 30). ¬†My dad would always say – “you gotta wanna and you don’t want it bad enough!” I wanted to smack him every time he said that – oh how I did! I wanted to lose the weight more than anything. ¬†Then It clicked while watching Bob Greene on Oprah. ¬†He said, you can want it all you want – but you HAVE TO BE WILLING TO DO WHAT IT TAKES to lose the weight. ¬†That was my Ah Ha moment!
I can proudly say I’ve lost about 55lbs since 2004/2005 – it took over a year to really get a good chunk of it off – but officially 2007 was my golden year of getting to where I wanted. ¬†I’ve kept it off for over 4 years and I live a healthy lifestyle full of good indulgences (okay, maybe my froyo addiction has gotten out of hand) but I will now always remain FIT 4 LIFE! If you ever need advice or more tools to help you to get Fit 4 Life – please post a comment!
Random FIT BITS from Mens Health, Women’s Health, Fitness and my basic experiences.

Tid Bits…and Pieces

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These days, it seems like everyone is looking for the cliff notes to even the most basic breakdowns. ¬†Or maybe it makes me feel better to believe that is the case. ¬†Regardless, new information is constantly changing, in and out, hot and cold, yes and then no…you get the picture. ¬†I can barely get through a magazine fast enough before the info I’m reading is already old news on a blog somewhere. ¬†All that being said, I like it short-sweet-and-to-the-point! ¬†I retain information better that way. ¬†Reading through my Dad’s, Men’s Health Magazine – I jotted down some fun random Tid-bits that apparently I thought were worth repeating. I guess you could call it, the cliff notes on fun ‘shawna’ facts.

I actually think Men’s Health Magazine is one of the Best magazine for ladies – You get all the tips, advise and priceless information that just might help in understanding this insane creature we love to hate called ‘man.’ And let’s not forget to mention that there are really hot gorgeous men throughout AND guys always seem to have the best fit tips and exercises.

Take a gander and a mental note – you’ll have random fun tid-bits to talk about this weekend instead of the usual “how bout them apples?…I mean Dodgers!” :

Food For Thought:

  • For all you beer drinkers that want healthy options…really? ¬†Well in case you are one of them, heres some knowledge that will help quench your thirst…If you want a healthy beer option, stick to a STOUT. ¬†Guinness is a great option – Rich taste and helps reduce blood clots and heart attacks. ¬†What’s not to love, bigger bang for your buck.
  • Did you know that once you hit the point of being thirsty, you’re already dehydrated? ¬†Which means that once you are dehydrated, the amount of water in the body has already dropped below what’s needed for normal body function. ¬†So make sure to grab your Water Bobble and suck it down! ¬†My personal trick – Try adding part of an EmergenC vitamin pack for ¬†a light great taste that will give you energy, ward off the flu and help you drink up faster!
  • Unnecessary weight gain isn’t about eating too much food, it’s about eating too much food that’s NOT food.
  • Wednesday is the best day to shop for groceries. ¬†Besides the fact that running into Trader Joe’s on a Sunday or Monday evening will make you want to cause bodily harm – Wednesdays can help save your wallet and your insanity. ¬†Most promotions start on Wednesdays, less people do their shopping mid week which results in more to choose from and faster in/out . ¬†There’s also an interesting study that showed people using a credit/debit card spend 70% more on junk food.
  • Try eating a meal in silence. ¬†People eat more when distracted and the quality in taste goes down. A food quality study showed diners who ate in noisy settings reported that the food TASTED less appealing. Hmmm…
  • If you really think about this, it totally makes sense and works: Planning responses to hunger help you stick to your diet. (ie. ¬†If I get hungry in 5 minutes, I’ll have gum. ¬†If I get hungry in 15 minutes, I’ll eat some carrots)

Fun Facts:

  • Put those phones down texty mctextersons! Apparently, frequent texters are more likely to be lonely and more anxious – according to a recent study.
  • 33% of married women think their pets are better listeners than husbands. ¬†Is this why I’m still single? ¬†Is it because I can picture a lifetime with my dog Roxy and can be somewhat okay with that? ¬†Oh geez. ¬†Not only Fro Yo Girl but I’ll add Dog Lady to my resume ūüėČ

Until my next Friday night in (that I love and often prefer over a night on the town) of stuffing my face with a big bowl of air popped popcorn, Roxy at my side, watching David Tutera’s ‘My Fair Wedding’ and Say Yes to the Dress and then stuffing my face again with my 8cal/oz AHH MAY Zing FRO YO, all while sifting through a stack of magazines collecting random tid-bits for you – I bid adieu!


Brown paper packages tied up w/strings…These are a few of my favorite things!

I’ve been on what I like to call a blogging haitus ever since the holidays. ¬†Desperately seeking time to just relish in my thoughts, organize them in sensical yet witty jargon and post in a timely fashion. ¬†None of the above happening as I had hoped which has led to some damn good abandoned tid bits.

I have a lot of favorite things I’ve been happening upon, hearing about, and/or acquiring and I must spread the love!

Having so many great finds on the brain can be overwhelming and detour me from posting – so I’m gonna take it one or two shout outs at a time.

Check it before you wreck it!

#1

BOBBLE WATER BOBBLE – It’s genius and why haven’t I thought about this? ¬†You know you’ve been there…So thirsty but all that you have access to is that questionable sink water or perhaps a cloudy stream while hiking up Griffith Park. ¬†Have no fear, your Bobble is here!!!

Water Bobbles Complete me

 

 

While on my way to Palm Springs this past weekend, I quickly stopped in at one of my all time favorite super freshy fab wine/gift store, Venokado. ¬†Oh how I love thee. ¬†Venokado first. ¬†Owners/Sisters Susan & Molly second. ¬†Bobble Water Bottle third ūüėČ They seriously have the best new fresh products – I begged incessantly to be allowed on their next buying adventure. ¬†Neither here no there – so I run in, start chatting with Susan to enlist her in client gift shenanigans. ¬†Before we get too far into it, what does my wandering eye see…this fabulous water bottle with a built in filter.

My Water Bobble of Choice

It’s uber cute, clean and sleak ¬†design/packaging. ¬†Easy to Grip and squeeze. ¬†The lightest thing ever. ¬†And it freakin filters your water no matter where you decide to fill it up. ¬†Affordable! ¬†Good for environment. ¬†GENIUS! ¬†One for you, one for me and one for all my other friends with birthdays coming up. ¬†I brought mine to Palm Springs to hydrate me on our weekend shenanigans of saying “yes to life” our awesomely silly campaign motto to raise money for a charity. ¬†It was a hit – so much so – my cousin just texted me that she had to have one and bought. ¬†Yay!

Venokado Clutch Gift

Venokado packaged it up so fantastically – color matching all of the ¬†items of course ūüėČ Pairing it with a fun wine and good smelling treats made for a well rounded basket. ¬†Stop in or check them out online: tell them I sent you and give them a high five for me.

Rachel just recently gave me the heads up of some awesome deals online at the BOBBLE STORE. ¬†Buy a few and all different sizes at some great prices. ¬†Gifts gifts and more gifts. ¬†Even great for corporate gifts. ¬†It really does make water better. ¬†Just don’t text me asking me how to clean it (rachel;)) read the instructions.

#2

S’MUFFINS!!!!! ¬†GOTTA HAVE S’MORE!

Yes, you heard me. ¬†When S’mores, muffins and cupcakes have babies. And throw in the option to dip them in chocolate and you’ve died and gone to S’Muffin Heaven!

AH MAY ZING!

Ok, if you are over Sprinkles cupcakes and every other same old same old cupcakery around town then you MUST taste these! All I ask is to note they are Not cupcakes! ¬†They are S’MUFFINS! ¬† Worth every last calorie. ¬†They are my new favorite gift to get delivered. ¬†When you want to give the gift that keeps giving straight to the ass but will be thanked for later and worth it…Try, buy, lick your sticky fingers and save the gym for the day after! And that is coming from me….So you know it’s worth it!

S'MUFFINS

S'MUFFINS

Customer service was amazing.  They specialized my order, under promised at my last minute change of plans and Over Delivered! I was so pleased.

I kid you not when I say within 5 minutes of the confirmation email that they had been delivered I received messages that these cupcake like muffin things arrived and were AH-MAY-ZING!  I was told they lasted a hot second and asked to Gimme Gimme More!

Done and Done.

Check S’MUFFINS out. ¬†It’s a totally fresh new spin on some tasty treats. ¬†I love love love and am planning my next S’MUFFIN Attack!


Done & Done!

So FRESH it’s Supernova fresh!

A Wink, A Flutter…sign, sealed, delivered! I’m SOLD!

You may remember a recent post of mine claiming my dislike for a certain brand of mascara. ¬†I was fed up after continuously being let down on the quest for the perfect mascara. ¬†So I turned to what I thought was one of my classic reliable brands and turns out I was more disappointed then ever. ¬†I won’t name bash it again, just look back in past posts.

Seeing was believing…so one of my sexy plexies, Amy, suggested her favorite mascara (Givenchy Phenomen‚Äôeyes)¬†and let me have a trial run, I obliged. ¬†Granted, it was on Halloween where my clown eyeshadow literally overshadowed my lashes and on top of that, I was having a leaky eye fest. ¬†So my experience was a tad tainted. ¬†I actually didn’t hate it at all and although the wand is in fact a ball, I managed to use it with ease. Amy’s lashes always look fantastic, so Givenchy is a home run for her.

Here’s some shots of my sexy plexy, Amy, her smokey eyes all decked out. One for Halloween and ¬†another time for her Elvis 50’s Gold Wedding in Vegas:

 

 

 

 

 

However, I still didn’t love the Givenchy mascara for me personally. ¬†It didn’t provide the length combined with thick fullness my lashes craved.UNTIL NOW. ¬†YAY! ¬†I finally found it. ¬†You COMPLETE ME! ¬†A mascara so Fresh & so clean. ¬†(I am not getting paid for this either, although they should really consider giving me ¬†a ton for free and I’d be sure to rave around town) Thickness, Fullness (is that the same…nah), length, no clumps, no fuss, long lasting, doesn’t get stuck to my eyelids or take forever to dry. ¬†It’s small and compact so travels well but lasts a longtime. ¬†It’s got all the qualities I have decided are important to me in a mascara. ¬†It had me at Hello!

Brand: FRESH Type: SUPERNOVA

DONE and DONE!

Me with my new found love of a mascara. Sorry it’s a little in your face – literally:

My Mom actually introduced the brand (Fresh) to me – she swears by their makeup. ¬†I actually don’t think she’s tried their mascara but we will have to change that. ¬†I have never tried any of their makeup prior, especially because I’m convinced I can get great makeup at drugstore prices…so basically I’m cheap when it comes to purchasing makeup. Except now I’m opening my eyes to the possibilities.

I finally found my mascara light.  HALLELUJAH! Feel free to stock my stocking this Christmas with products from Fresh, including this mascara of course.

 

 

On another note, well actually, the same note. ¬†I just got back from a fantastically fun girls wine weekend getaway in Solvang where I was introduced to a new fabulous product! ¬†Another sexy plexy of mine, Jinnie, showcased her absolute most favorite eyeliner EVER (all while in a gas station bathroom for a pit stop)…

LORAC Line Pro Waterproof Eyeliner!

6 of us ladies huddled around Jinnie as she demonstrated the awesomeness of this eyeliner. ¬†We oooh’d and Ahhh’d ¬†as we were immediately convinced and¬†can pretty much guarantee that we all ran out and bought it. ¬† I haven’t yet – but I plan to. ¬†You can bet on that!

Sexy Plexy, Jinnie, on our wine weekend looking fabulous as always:

 

 

 

 

 

Another Done and Done for the road home.

Thanks ladies for being so fantastically chic and always suggesting some amazing beauty products! ¬†What would I do with out you? ¬†Well for now, my eyes would be naked! ¬†I’m just saying.

xoxo


Don’t be TARTy for the Party

This just in…TARTIST LA.

One of my bestie’s had forwarded me a link today to check out this website – her note “Did you see? Super Healthy Tarts!” That’s all I needed to get my attention and hook me in! ¬†I immediately checked it out!

Done and Done! It takes an amazing tart to win me over but if looks could kill, I’ve died and gone to heaven. ¬†They look mouthwateringly (is this a word b/c it is now) divine – Tartist, X√°rene Eskandar¬†has gotten rave reviews on taste & presentation. ¬†She uses seasonal notes of¬†saffron, cardamom or orange blossom water with a single fruit beautifully adorned atop light, creamy filling and a rich, delicious crust (ie. ginger crust & rice cookie crust – what the!!!). ¬†The catch, she only uses the freshest fruit & herbs from her garden and then poaches from her friends gardens. ¬†Sharing is caring and she’s taking it to a whole new level. My kind of gal. To add a fig on top, literally, she’s also a Tartist after my own heart: No preservatives, artificial coloring or flavoring either. Gluten-free possible, by request. ¬†Ba-da Bing! Ba-da Boom!¬†She’ll even use your own fruit if your so inclined;)

I’m on it. ¬†You can bet that I will be toddling over to find her secret location and camping out until I have a few in my possession for Thanksgiving celebration. ¬†As the holidays are fast approaching and the parties and functions go into overdrive, I like to attend with a sweet treat in hand. ¬†It really does add extra excitement when you are greeted. ¬†I’m an aries, I rest my case. ¬†That being said, I gotta keep my peepers peeled for the newest, fantastically freshest, tastiest bakers of the town. ¬†One that is not only beautiful but one that is unique, delicious and hard pressed to find anywhere else. Who’s the dessert hero, It’s Me! It’s Me! ¬†Well I will be once I have the Tartist on speed dial.

I cannot wait to taste the FIG and Pumpkin and Chocolate and Pear, oh hell, all of them…and I will be having more than just a bite – believe you me. ¬†I’ll let you know how it goes when I bring them to the Thanksgiving festivities. ¬†If you check her out before me, please oh please let me know the details.

Yum Yum in my Tum Tum!  Happy eating.

 


Shake It Up, Bake It Up…Then…Devour!

Since my obsession for Fro Yo still holds strong and as I finish off the last of my freezer stash of peanut butter flavored fro yo goodness, I start to think that maybe I should look into some substitutes to keep my taste buds guessing. ¬†Or perhaps, to hold them over until I make another trip to my Fro Yo Dealer, Carmelita. ¬†Mmmm, maybe she has a pumpkin flavor ready for me soon? ¬†Until I can get over there, I’m feeling like making some homemade recipes. ¬†Funny, because for some reason I’m getting up close and personal with my inner susie homemaker. ¬†Am I nesting because it’s fall? ¬†Regardless, I can’t get enough. ¬†I screen grab recipes like it’s my job with the intention to have a bake off and then give up when I’m missing more than one ingredient.

However, while searching through some of my favorite sites, I came across some easy healthy frozen treats on FitSugar that sound super delish!  I must try and I must share.

For a Fall Time Frozen treat Рtry this Pumpkin Spice Smoothie from Eating Bird Food. I also now love this blog and I am so excited to try out more of her healthy fun recipes.  Check it out.

Drink This: Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Eating Bird Food

Drink This: Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Ingredients

1/2 cup pumpkin (canned or freshly cooked)
1/2 frozen banana
3/4 cup almond milk
1/2 scoop (or approx. 2 T) vanilla protein powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
pinch of ground ginger

Directions

  • Put all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Aprox: 165 Cals |  3 g Fat | 10 g Protein | 28 g Carbs

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As much as I am a sucker for a frozen treat, I want a treat that doubles as a healthy vitamin packed tasty pick me up that is low in calories.  I stumbled across this recipe on FitSugar:  Peachy Green Smoothie and thought it would be perfect to try out this weekend for an AM jump start.

Summer Delight Smoothie Recipe
Victoria Boutenko’s Green for Life

Ingredients

6 peaches (without the seed; frozen is OK)
2 handfuls of spinach leaves
2 cups water

Directions
Blend all the ingredients together until well mixed.

The recipe yields one quart, which is perfect for four full 16-ounce servings. With each sip, you’re getting a dose of fiber, niacin, potassium, folate, and manganese. The smoothie is also rich in vitamins E, A, C, and K, which will add an extra boost to the immune system. And, if you need to add some more flavor to the drink, try subbing a banana for two of the peaches.

90 Calories | 0.5 g of Fat | 3.5 g fiber

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Now for the BAKE OFF! ¬†I finished making my first batch of my mom’s banana bread over the weekend. ¬†Success! ¬†Amazing! ¬†Totally guilty but worth every tasty calorie. ¬†The office gobbled it up and so did my neighbors which were my guinea pigs. ¬†Truth, I had to borrow sour cream and sub the walnuts for candied pecans because it was all my neighbor had. ¬†I’m still getting used to this baking thing and I have a habit of getting started before I realize I am missing ingredients. ¬†My next indulgence will be somewhat of a healthy one and perfect for the on going theme, Fall. ¬†I got this fun baked doughnut recipe off of¬†FitSugar – posted by CookingErin.

Baked Apple Cider Donuts
original recipeBaked Apple Cider Donuts (makes 1 dozen regular size) ‚ÄĒ¬†inspired by Health magazine

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour mixed with 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (alternatively you could use 2 cups all purpose flour)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup unsweetened plain applesauce
1/3 cup low fat buttermilk
1/3 cup apple cider
1/8 cup honey mixed with 1/8 cup maple syrup (alternatively you could use 1/4 cup honey only or just 1/4 cup maple syrup only instead of a maple syrup/honey combo)
1 tbs melted butter
extra sugar for coating the pan

Directions

Prepare your doughnut pan by spraying with cooking spray and sprinkling sugar into each doughnut cavity ‚ÄĒ shake to coat. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Combine the first five ingredients in a small bowl, stir to combine.  Combine the egg through butter in a large bowl, whisk together. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until the batter just comes together.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the donuts spring back when touched and are golden brown on the bottom. Remove from the pan and set aside to cool . . . . or take a bite of one while it’s still scorching hot like I did.

 

This undertaking could be so bad it’s good. ¬†I’ll see if my neighbor and taste tester extraordinaire is up for taking incriminating baking photos that could hinder my baking rep! ¬†Let’s be honest, if anything I attempt to bake (using all my low cal/healthy substitutions) actually comes out edible, I’ve succeeded! ¬† ¬†I often find myself calling on healthy low cal cook/baker/friend, Nancy Fox, of Skinnykitchen. Nancy has been so helpful emailing me back with tips and ways to troubleshoot around recipes. ¬†She knows every trick in the book.

Up on Skinny Kitchen there is this recipe up that looks divine and is just waiting to be made for that perfect rainy fall day, which should be coming up this weekend! Check it out:¬†Hearty Beef & Barley Vegetable Soup, I would have to make it without the beef, but I’m sure I can bug her with a million questions trying to figure it out ūüėČ

 

Skinny Kitchen Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And lastly, before I forget…I’ve been dying to make these sinful looking, mouthwatering (or drooling) healthy, Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows! Posted on another one of my favorite blogs, the¬†neverhomemaker. ¬†OMFG! ¬†How divine do they look. ¬†I bet you will need a huge glass of Almond Milk to go with.

 

PPK'S Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows

 

 

This one, I will need assistance from my two favorite besties, Amy & Kira.  These girls are practically professional and I know they will guide me when I crash their Thursday nights filled with cooking, girl chat and vino!  I cannot wait.  Yum Yum Yum in my Tum Tum Tum.

Seriously, I want to make them now! Daddy I want a golden goose, I want it nowwwww! okay, I think it’s time I wrap this post right about now. ¬† Hope your inspired for a fall bake off like I am. ¬†Good luck and let me know how it goes.


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