Low-Cal Ice Cream Float

Hellooo…I had to share this little gem. It’s super quick, low-cal and hits the spot if you have a sweet tooth! An ice-cream float for less than 200 calories. NO Joke. I already love Zevia and Halo Top, but the 2 together tastes like a real ice cream float! Zevia’s website also has various other float recipes as well that sound amaze! [Strawberry zevia + vanilla Halo top would also be great!]

Macros on 1 can of  cream soda +  1 cup of chocolate halo top:
130 calories// 30 carbs/7 fat/14 protein

You could also use arctic zero for even less calories, but Halo Top is definitely creamier and more like real ice cream.

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Do you have any go-to snacks when the sweet tooth hits??

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Recipe: Easy Protein Pancakes

I finally bought some Kodiak Cakes pancake mix (after getting a free sample), and I am loving how easy it is! I can’t even call this a recipe!

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for the pancakes:
1/2 c kodiak mix
1/2 c egg whites

topping:
1/3 serving protein powder
2 T PB2
enough milk to make a thin liquid

3/4 c frozen berries
sprinkle of chia seeds

combine the egg whites and pancake mix. cook over medium heat, flipping after 90 seconds. Combine the topping ingredients. Microwave berries, and then mash.  Add chia seeds to the berries, and allow to thicken for a few minutes.

Layer pancakes with toppings and enjoy!

Macros: 422 calories// 54 carbs//5 fat//42 protein

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On my radar…

Happy Friday! It’s daylight savings this weekend and that lost hour of sleep is SO worth that extra hour of daylight! Here are a few things on my radar form this week…

This article from Precision Nutrition…interesting read on willpower

Nicole from Pumps & Iron posted this delish acai bowl recipe this morning, and it’s been on my mind ever since! I LOVE acai bowls, and I need to learn to make them at home!
related: Good Mood Food via Into the Gloss

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I finally picked up these Lulu crops thanks to a bday giftcard from my mom…here’s a little fitting room selfie 😉 And my booty is growing even bigger thanks to squats #sorrynotsorry

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Not fitness related:
Rach is killing it with her pregnancy fashion- island style
Spring cleaning/redecorationg/freshening up is on my mind…so I’ve been spending a lot of time over here

and of course walks with my boy….can’t wait for springtime hikes!

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Have a great weekend!

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Perfect Breakfast Sandwich

My newest breakfast obsession is this beautiful little sandwich. I go through phases (see the last one here)….and I’m OBSESSED. It takes like 5 minutes to make, and is perfect for any meal. It keeps me full for a super-long time too thanks to the glorious fats from the egg and avocado.

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Ingredients:
english muffin
cheese
1 egg or 1/3 c egg whites
morning star veggie patty (could also sub turkey sausage, or whatever you want!!)
avocado

It’s pretty self explanatory, just make sure that english muffin gets toasted to perfection ❤
Macros depend on how much of eat you use. I usually do 1/3 c egg whites, 1/2 slice cheese, and 1/4 of an avocado with a 120 calorie english muffin it comes out to 335 calories- 35 carbs/12 fat/25 protein. Boom!

Have a great Thursday!

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10 Minute Meal Prep with Costco

In my opinion meal prepping can make or break you when it comes to staying on track during a busy week. It can also be intimidating to spend an hour or 3 on Sunday/Monday night. Enter my beloved costco. With 3 products and 10 minutes, a weeks worth of lunches can be prepped!

Meal Prep with Costco3 products:
Frozen steam-able broccoli (frozen veggie section)
Seeds of Change brown rice/quinoa packets (dry rice/pasta section)
Shredded Rotisserie Breast meat (deli section)

broccoli: 6 minutes
rice: 90 seconds
portion chicken: 3 minutes

While the broccoli is steaming, portion your chicken. I usually do 3 or 4 oz servings, but this depends on you and your goals/daily caloric intake you are aiming for. Any chicken you/you’re family won’t use in one week can be frozen. After the broccoli is done, allow to cool for a moment. While rice is in the microwave, portion broccoli. During this time you may also want to chop some extra fruit or veggies for snacks. After the rice is done, allow to cool and measure it into your containers. All done!

The great thing about these simple meals is that they can be seasoned in anyway and of course you can use any veggie you’d like. I like to put Franks on mine, or sometimes will make a quick peanut sauce with PB2 to throw on top.

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Peppermint Stick Cream Cheese Frosting #MadeWithChobani

Now that pumpkin season is over, I’m ALL about the chocolate-peppermint combo. So tasty and so Christmas-y. The greek yogurt/cake mix treats are pretty common on Pinterest, but I wanted to create a lower cal cream cheese frosting too. With a hint of peppermint, these were to die for. [and super easy. win-win] Be sure to check out Chobani’s website here for even more tasty treats!

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For the Frosting:

8 oz (1 block) of Neufchatel Cream Cheese
1 container of vanilla Chobani Greek Yogurt
1/2 t peppermint extract (add more to-taste)
3 packets of stevia
crushed peppermint sticks for topping

Beat all ingredients and refrigerate. Top with crushed peppermint sticks just before serving.

This was such a tasty and guilt-free topping that would be amazing on any christmas treat! [sugar cookies, muffins, brownies, cupcakes, cookie bars, french toast….a spoon??]

For the cupcakes I used a Pinterest fav- cake mix + 1 cup of Chobani + 1/2 c water + 1 egg. Just mix it all in a bowl, grease your pan, and bake at 350*. Simple as that! **note, remove from oven when they look a little under-done.

Check out more healthy treats by searching the hashtag #MadeWithChobani on social media.

What holiday goodies are you looking forward to? Do you have any healthier favorites?

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Fall Soup Round-up: 6 delish & healthy recipes for the Crock Pot

Happy November! Now that the weather is getting chilly and it’s nice and cold when I get home from school at night, I’m excited to fire up my Crock Pot! Sometimes slow-cooker recipes can be full of junk (cream of ___ soup, I’m lookin at you), so I thought I’d scour the web for some healthy and flavorful soups. I am so excited to try all of these!

Healthy Soup

1. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup– this looks amaze.
2. Creamy tomato basil soup. YUM.
3. Kale and Potato Soup with Turkey Sausage. This looks like a yummy take on the Olive Garden Zupa Toscana.
4. Crockpot Minestrone. [Another Skinnytaste recipe.]
5. Black Bean and Sweet Potato Turkey Chili from Our Best Bites. Love their site too!
6. Baked Potato Soup. This one looks SO good.

Have a great Monday! What are your go-to crock pot recipes in the colder months?

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