With so much strife and friction and hostility brewing in our world, I think we can all agree on one simple yet profound truth:
Chocolate+peanut butter= bliss.
If you beg to differ, I’ll meet you out back. Be warned, though, I don’t fight fair and I’ve been doing a lot of kickboxing lately.
All kidding aside, obsessed doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about this salty-sweet combo.
And, if we’re being blunt, the mac daddy of peanut butter chocolately greatness, is, hands down, the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.
Whether they’re Halloween pumpkins or Christmas trees, Easter eggs or Valentine’s Day hearts, miniatures or one-pound behemoths, each and every form of Reese’s cup holds a near and dear place in my heart.
Or at least, they used to before I cleaned up my food act a few years back and set forth on a healthier, noncandy-lined pathway.
Sadly, if I plop one of those nostalgically magical morsels into my mouth today, they just don’t taste how I remembered…the chocolate too sweet and waxy, the peanut butter too greasy.
Yes friends, if you stay away from junk food long enough as I have, your palette will let you know loud and clear when low quality crapola comes your way.
So what’s a paleo girl to do?
I’m human. Those cravings do set in and I don’t wanna offset my health goals (workin on that squishpack) for a cheap piece of candy that isn’t that tasty anyway?
So kiddies, I've figured out a way to make my own.
And y’all, they couldn’t be easier.
And, bold statement alert, they’re WAAAAAAAY better than the ones at the store.
And, wait for it…..they’re 100% PALEO!
Well howdy folks!
How's your weekend been?
Magically delicious, I hope!
For me, I've been rollin' single mom style as baby daddy loyally serves the great nation of Texas and its state guard. Yes, it's like the National Guard, but only for the state.
With that said, I still make time for ME, even when I have less help around. I know I can't take care of this little nugget unless I'm feeling energized and strong, which my workouts enable me to do.
To make things even trickier, it's been scorching out there, so Lee bug and I have been having to get out to stroll either first thing in the morning or before he goes to bed in the evening. Nonetheless, we get out in the fresh(ish) air, which is healthy for both of us!
This week, I've got a mixed bag of workouts- a little jogging, a little strength, and a few classes in the mix- both at the YMCA and in my own living room. Yup, I get on YouTube and follow other people's classes that they've posted to it. I felt kinda dorky at first doing kickboxing and the like in my den, but I got over it pretty quickly.
Whatever it takes, right?
And with that said, remember to do whatever it takes to get in some form or fashion of fitness in every single day. Set that alarm a few minutes earlier. Head to the gym during your lunch break. Forgo happy hour for a spin class. The time in your day for fitness is there; you just have to get a little creative.
Here's what I've been doing to work on my squishpack. My body still isn't where I want it to be, but I'm remaining patient with myself. It took 9 months for my body to get this way, and I'm well aware it may never resembled what it was before Lee. And I'm cool with that.
We’ve all been there.
We see the new mom treading up the aisle avoiding eye contact with nearly everyone on board with a tiny human strapped to her chest and an apologetic smile upon her face.
Please don’t sit near me. Please don’t sit near me. That’s what used to race through my head. Cause I’ve seen one too many times that peacefully snoozing angel turn into a hysterically wailing banshee like a gremlin getting water tossed on it…
The poor mother is miserable. The baby is miserable. The passengers are miserable. Good thing it will all be over in the next 3.5 hours as we endure this misery together in such close quarters.
As someone who has now successfully completed TWO round-trip flights with an infant under 4 months, I feel like I am, more or less, a professional at air travel with a tiny one.
To my fellow new moms out there, I know it may be intimidating to head off to a crowded, germy airport with your young yet unpredictable bundle of joy. Will you have to be that mom whose infant screams bloody murder for 90% of the flight? Will you be left feeling desperate, anxious, and on the verge of a meltdown yourself?
Friends, that does NOT have to be the case.
We’re new parents, after all. We DESERVE to be getting out of the house and traveling somewhere other than Wal-Mart and the dry cleaners.
Today, I’m sharing with y’all 7 tips that will keep you and your little one cool, calm, and relatively comfortable as you brave the skies solo.
Once upon a time, in the magical land of Greenville, SC, a young, healthy, happy, not-yet Texan happened upon a local breakfast institution: Tommy’s Country Ham House. The name alone promises greatness, doesn’t it?
Since I’ve always favored a short stack over waffles or French toast, my eyes immediately traveled to the ‘Hot Cakes’ section of the menu. My eyes lazily scanned the options…I anticipated blueberry and wasn’t impressed by chocolate chip, but my heart pitter-pattered with glee when I saw sweet potato as an option. Now remember, this was almost 10 years ago, when the pancake world was still fairly limited to about a dozen flavors (as compared to today where it has NO limits).
When my plate-sized sweet potato pancake was placed before me, the aroma of the warm spices immediately ensnared my senses. Topped with a sphere of beautiful butter spreading and melting and sharing its glory with the pancake, I knew I was in for something special. Slightly sweet, impossibly fluffy, and loaded with spices reminiscent of the holidays, that hot cake didn’t stand a chance.
While I savor my memories of demolishing plates of sweet potato pancakes at that diner with sorority sisters and now husband, I know I wouldn’t be able to handle a short stack of those today. The menacing mishmash of gluten and sugar would leave me feeling bloated and gassy within minutes and then starving within an hour.
Fast forward to today…I still LOVE sweet potato pancakes, as my Instagram followers already know. They still have all the things I love about the original ones- subtle sweetness, warming spices, light and fluffy- but I’m doing things a little cleaner.
And, to make life even easier, my recipe is for one serving, so you can easily double or triple or quadruple it if you want to make some for the whole family, or just savor it solo as I normally do.
Today, let’s whip up a batch of my EASY PEASY, single serving Paleo Sweet Potato pancake.
Great gobbly goo, it is HOT!
Popsicles, ice cream cones, and Olaf beware. You won't last a minute here in Texas these days.
It's the kind of weather that makes you crave the days of scraping ice off your windshield while running late for work and the wind whipping your face numb. Yup, I'd trade 101 for 10 degrees any day of the week.
Oh well. Too bad, so sad...
How do I combat the dreadful, oppressive Texas heat? Easy! I just spend a few extra minutes in the frozen foods section at Wal-Mart!
You can always count on Wal-Mart for having some solid A.C. coursing through it.
A giant store filled with food+booming A.C.+no little McNugget strapped to my chest=my kind of afternoon.
Here's my round-up of paleo foodie finds from this week's Wal-Mart excursion. And, as always, if you're out and about grocery shopping and see something you think would rock my socks, snap a pic and either 1) tag me in it on Facebook 2) tag me in it on Instagram or 3) e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org ! I LOVE finding new paleo yummies.
Now, without further ado, I give the goods!
When the rare occasion does occur in which I consume a meal inside a Tex-Mex restaurant, I almost always go the fajitas route.
Why? They’re one of the healthiest choices on the menu. Cooked in a little oil, they’re mostly lean meat and veggies. While the flour tortillas and globs of sour cream can set you back, overall they’re a solid Tex-Mex choice.
Not only that, they’re juicy and loaded with all the smoky spices of Mexican cuisine.
And it got me thinking…why don’t I make it myself at home?
While fajitas are pretty simple already (meat+veggies in a skillet), I’ve made them EVEN EASIER today by throwing the whole fiesta onto a sheet pan and into the oven.
Yup, we’re doing another addition of sheet pan suppers, making steak fajitas quick, healthy, and, most importantly, a breeze to clean up.
Let’s get to it, y’all!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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