Life is Short – Eat the Zeppole!

We are having our yumminess a day late, because I was too full yesterday!

Baby will enjoy his or her first zeppole, and so won’t mom and dad!

Would I eat this every day? No (but I could, easily!) but I look forward to this splurge every year and I enjoy every bite with absolutely ZERO guilt.

I’ll take some extra insulin and enjoy every morsel – Diabetic or not, life is short; you DO have to live a little, dontcha know?! 😉

Did you enjoy a zeppole this year?

Advertisements

Treat Yourself Thursday – Turtle Popcorn

… when one of your best girls sends you gourmet popcorn from an awesome store in Michigan (that you didn’t have time to visit when you were there!), and it takes all. your. willpower not to empty the bag for breakfast 😇

Can’t wait for a snack later, thank you Sara (the popcorn addict herself!)

 

Thirsty Thursday – Califia Farms Salted Caramel Cold Brew Coffee

Sometimes treats are nice, and I am big on allowing myself to enjoy them guilt free (within reason), because I have found for my personality type, depriving myself really sets me up for a disaster at a later date.

A fellow teammate had mentioned this and how delicious it is (she is lactose intolerant, so has been on the hunt for tasty, dairy free items), and being a sucker for caramel, it caught my eye (I know, how cruel that Caramel is not diabetic-friendly!), so I wanted to give it a try.

It was pretty good, a nice little treat – nothing I would drink on a regular basis because despite being soy-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO, this little 10.5 oz bottle does boast 18 net grams of Carbs and 16 grams of sugars – a lot more than I would like!

But as I said, it is a nice treat to enjoy once in a great while, or split it up and use 1/2 of it in your shake/smoothies.

Have you tried this before?

califia-farms

Friday Fun – Halloween Candy

Are you like me? I love candy… I know it’s bad, and full of badness, and super processed… but I still like it.

I can normally do okay because I don’t buy much of it at all, so it’s not around me to tempt me (except in the vending machine at work but I keep my desk full of healthier alternatives and so I never fall victim to the snack machine…), but Halloween presents a unique set of challenges and opportunities – candy is EVERYWHERE.

I don’t have children yet so I am not confronted with pillow cases of the stuff, but its at parties and in the office kitchen (because people bring in the extra so THEY won’t eat it!), and it just seems omnipresent.

Truthfully, most of us enjoy a few pieces. Not the end of the world! Here are some exercises you could do to “offset” the calories brought on by these sugary splurges. If you have the willpower to avoid eating any, my hats off to you – you are AMAZING. But if you aren’t quite there yet – don’t fret. You are human, we all make mistakes.

Go burn it off 🙂

ate it negate it

ps, if you can get the kids to join in on these activities with you, they could burn theirs off too!

Try It Thursday – Justin’s Nut Butters

Ohhhh my gosh, this stuff, seriously… they are addictively good! I actually first discovered this by accident (as in, I apparently put it into my cart without knowing, and paid for it, and then got home and was like… huh?), but I mean since I had it I decided to give it a try as like I have said, I have REALLY come around on Peanut Butter in the last couple of years, but I am also aware that it’s not something I should be eating daily.

This stuff… whew! It’s delicious, it’s responsibly and sustainably sourced, AND it comes in individual serving sizes (which helps those of us who THINK we can eyeball a proper serving properly, but actually can’t…), and it’s just amazing.

Have you ever tried this? Thoughts?

Tasty Thursday – Greek Yogurt Cookie Dough

So, I LOVE when I can find a tasty replacement for an otherwise overly indulgent snack. Don’t get me wrong, I splurge and treat myself here and there because as I have said, I feel like that’s the best way to keep myself from overdoing it. But I ALSO love when I can enjoy something that FEELS super indulgent, but isn’t quite as bad for me.

This is one of those recipes. I don’t think its smart to eat it every day, but boy if it doesn’t hit the spot when you are craving something like this…

Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 5.3 oz Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tbs Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Mini Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Pinch of Salt

Directions:  Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and enjoy your cookie dough greek yogurt!

Modifications –

-If you do not like honey, you can substitute 1 tsp of stevia

-You can use vanilla flavored Greek yogurt instead of adding vanilla.  I prefer to use plain Greek yogurt to avoid the sugar content of vanilla flavored Greek yogurt.

I certainly hope you enjoy 🙂

Thirsty Thursday – Aloe Gloe Organic Water

It was easy to drink this, imagining myself on a sandy beach, with warm temps… despite the fact I was actually at work, in mid-30 degree temps. But hey, at least Spring is finally coming!

Not ashamed to admit I enjoyed this while gazingly longingly at some of the artwork in my office… You aren’t going to judge me, right? 🙂

gloe 1 gloe 2

This tasted delicious but wasn’t overly sweet-coconutty. I drank half of it by itself, and added the other half to my Shakeology (which also was very tasty). I mostly prefer plain water, but every once in a while its nice to jazz it up a bit!