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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites

Hey friends!  It is Thursday and today I would like to feature an easy breakfast ideas (or the perfect afternoon sweet treat).  I love making energy/protein bites because they are so simple and I don’t have to bake them. I don’t know how many times…

What’s for Lunch? Easy Lunchbox Idea

What’s for Lunch? Easy Lunchbox Idea

Hey friends! It’s lunchtime today!  Ok, sorry for all the exclamations but I do love this lunchbox.   A crunch and munch lunch that is my favorite.  Oh, and don’t forget to pair yesterday’s chocolate + almonds with this to-go lunch (#chocolateaftereverymeal). Here we have a carb-balance…

Almonds + Chocolate = The perfect pair

Almonds + Chocolate = The perfect pair

Hey friends!  For today’s Tuesday’s Simple Snack, I am sharing my go-to pick for satisfying my sweet tooth.  This has been the perfect combo to keep me from picking at all the Halloween candy.  However, I do have a secret ice cream bucket full of chocolate candies in the garage freezer from trick-or-treat that my kids do not know about. The idea was to use up extra candy for baking Christmas goodies, but honestly, frozen Snickers are even better frozen, gaah! We will see how many candies I have left by December, lol.

Anyway, I have found these cute little chocolate squares at Aldi for only $1.99.  The almonds I buy bulk at Costco (which I need to make a trip back because you can see we have almost finished up the bag).  These almonds always call my name when I am looking in my pantry. 

Dark chocolate and almonds offer many healthy benefits for an amazing treat after lunch or even as a simple snack with a latte for the afternoon (my favorite).  This snack shown above includes two chocolate squares plus 10 almonds for 130 calories; 8g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 2g protein.  (FYI:  Each chocolate square is only 32 calories and 3g carbohydrates)

   Enjoy this treat!  There is always room for chocolate!  DD

Monday Moves!  Ab Workout

Monday Moves! Ab Workout

Happy Monday!  I can’t believe that next week is already Thanksgiving.  This month has flown past me as I have been recovering from some sickness the past two Mondays, ugh!  I’m not here to draw sympathy, watching movies and old Office episode were great in…

My Secret to Eating More Veggies!

My Secret to Eating More Veggies!

Hey friends! I have shared this secret before but wanted to feature my vegetable tray that is seriously my go-to at the dinner table. I always bring out this container when I am making lunches in the morning.  This container keeps me a bit more…

The one snack I always have in my purse . . .

The one snack I always have in my purse . . .

Hey friends!  I can’t believe how cold it is already getting and it is only November!  It feel like it should be January with these frigid temps and inches of snow on the ground.  With the cold that also means sickness, ugh!  My family and I have been struggling with colds, coughs and sore throats – I am just not ready for this yet. I’ve been trapped in my fleece jacket, fuzzy sock and robe for last couple of days.  Yesterday, I finally put on a bra to go the doctor, ha!   Hopefully with more rest and smoothies we will all get better! 

On a second note, today is Tuesday and time share a simple snack idea.  Snacks are great and totally help control my hanger moments.  Smart snacks include a good balance of protein and fiber to help you feel satisfied.  I like to find at least 7 grams of protein and at least 3 grams of fiber for a smart snack.  The one snack I always have in my purse is Enlightened Bada Bean Bada Boom Roasted Broad Fava Bean Snacks. 

I like to buy the combo pack with three flavors (sea salt, mesquite bbq, sweet siracha) that come as individual bags at Costco (Amazon sells the variety box, too).   I have also bought a larger bag in one flavor at many other stores.  A single-serving bag contains: 100 calories; 3g fat; 0g saturated fat; 130mg sodium; 15g carbohydrates; 5g fiber; 7g protein.  This snack totally suffices my craving for chips.  They are packed with flavor and provide a great crunch.  And for the record, two out of three of my children approve (lol).

I have paired half an apple with one serving of the Bada Beans for very filling, yet, tasty snack! I do enjoy a good pink apple variety – can never go wrong.  

If you haven’t tried the Bada Beans, I suggest seeking them out!  I have sampled them in many of my classes and my clients go crazy for them.  I hope you enjoy this post and stay warm! Hugs! DD.

What are your favorite go-to snacks? 

Banana Walnut Muffins

Banana Walnut Muffins

Ahh . . . cold weather plus muffins and coffee is the best way to enjoy this season. Who’s with me?  Come on over and we can talk about it together ;).   I love this simple recipe, so let me share! These muffins contain a…