So it’s November?
Can someone please explain how that’s even possible?!?
How was your October? More importantly, how have your explorations in pumpkinpalooza been? I’ve heard from some of y’all about kicking butt with my Pumpkin Chili, as well as some of y’all getting a little heavy handed with the cayenne in that Mexican Hot Chocolate Pumpkin Shake.
Even though October is behind us, there’s still weeks of pumpkin love ahead of us. Though now that Thanksgiving is approaching, you’ll start seeing my countdown of 12 festive recipes popping up week after week.
I’ve traded out the witches and mummies for turkeys and pilgrims, and I’m starting to experiment with recipes that would be perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all things festive in between.
Think crowd-pleasing apps, drinks, and desserts along with easy meals that feed a crowd with minimal effort.
Hello cranberries and citrus, chocolate and mint, red velvet, sage and thyme…all those flavors that scream holiday glee.
When will this magic begin?!?! Next week, my darlings!
In the meantime, let’s roll back to what made this past month even more awesome in my world.
Happy Halloween, my little pumpkindoodles!!!
I already know what y’all are thinkin…I have that ability to read your minds…
Why is she serving up oatmeal on Halloween?! This is a day of candy and candy and more candy. Michelle, you= no fun.
I know, and, to a degree, I actually agree.
Dressing up in fun costumes+getting mountains of free candy= what Halloween is all about…I’m not going to tell you to not allow a single piece of candy to enter your body today.
That’s exactly why I shared my homemade Butterfinger bars with y’all last week along with my homemade candy round-up.
Have some candy. Have a little too much candy. Just stick with candy that’s made with better, cleaner ingredients…you won’t feel nearly as sick.
But, being the planner that I am, I’m already thinking ahead to tomorrow, mainly tomorrow morning, when some of y’all may be waking up from a rough candy coma and in need of some serious nutrition.
Never fear! I’ve got a fiber+protein+vitamin loaded breakfast recipe that you can go ahead and make tonight after you’ve eaten one too many protein peanut butter cups and your own goblins and ghouls have gone to bed. That way, if you’re stumbling through a Hershey’s-induced hangover, you’ll have breakfast ready to devour (with a cup of strong black coffee, I imagine).
Roughly 1 minute.
What have you got to lose?
It's hard to believe just a few days ago I was comfortably jump roping outside in shorts and a tank top seeing as it's about 38 degrees outside this morning!!!
That's Texas for ya, huh?
Am I complaining? NO WAY, JOSE!!!!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE X 1,000 the cold. In fact, I signed up to do a 5K here in a few minutes solely because of the weather...sure supporting the local Humane Society is a solid cause, too. But bundling up and hitting the pavement= heaven.
It's just so darn refreshing and invigorating.
Plus, I know it won't last for long, so I gotta take advantage of it while I can!
How's your week been? Amping up for Halloween? Or dreading it?
Well, if you want 6 easy ways to ensure you'll have both a sweet yet healthy holiday, head over to my homemade chocolate candy recipe round-up to get 6 simple (we're talking melt chocolate in microwave simple)+paleo+vegan recipes to keep all your little ghoulies and ghosties appeased come All Hallow's Eve.
Head here for the full round-up.
And once you've enjoyed one too many homemade Reese's cup OR Butterfingers OR Chunky Monkey bites, you may wanna spend a few minute in the gym.
I've got y'all covered there, too! So maybe we can be proactive this Halloween and get in plenty of activity during the day to minimize the impact of the extra sugar we may be noshing on later that night.
Need some workout ideas to ensure those treats don't play tricks on your jeans the next day? Keep reading, my friends! I've got your backs there!
Can we get real for a moment, y’all?
I think we’ve been through enough over the years that we’ve established a circle of trust here. Am I right?
So, confession time, I am a former lunch hater.
Yup, I used to absolutely hate lunch.
Why would I say such a thing? So hear me out… it’s usually stuck with boring soup-salad-sandwich options. Plus, it’s kinda inconvenient to stop in the middle of the day and eat.
Breakfast gets pancakes and cinnamon rolls and bacon.
Dinner gets meatloaf and chicken pot pie and enchiladas.
But what about lunch? What do we usually allow at lunch?
Egg salad sandwiches and canned tuna fish and carrot sticks and microwaved tomato soup in a plastic thermos.
With all that said, though, I’ve overcome my lunch hatin’ status with one simple trick: make lunches worthy of looking forward to.
When planning meals for the week, I plan out my dinners that I enjoy with Mr. HHT, maybe one breakfast item to have on hand like a granola or quiche, and one fun lunch dish to enjoy all week.
Yup, y’all, we’re all about lovin’ those leftovers today, cause I’m gonna show y’all how fast and easy it is to make your own veggie+protein-packed lunch packets that you can prep and cook in under an hour but enjoy nearly all week!
Let’s get movin, y’all!
Good morning my lovelies!
Let’s get straight to it.
I haven’t been to Wal-Mart since last Wednesday.
Therefore, in exchange of a few Paleo discoveries at your neighborhood Wal-Mart, I’m sharing a round-up of 6 homemade+healthy candy recipes that would be perfect to whip up and serve at any Halloween partays you might be having this weekend or early next week.
And when I say partay, a gathering of just you+microwave popcorn+double feature of Corpse Bride and Bettlejuice would be equally acceptable. In fact, that sounds absolutely perfect, and if you are doing that on Halloween, please invite me.
So to the treats...
Even if you don’t have a strong sweet tooth, these homemade chocolate nomnoms aren’t waxy or nauseatingly sugary. In fact, some of them border the fence between sweet and savory.
Have some kiddos under your roof that plan on going trick-or-treating or somehow bringing loads of processed junk into your home?
You could trade them their garbage for a batch or two of these wholesome, they-won’t-know-they’re-paleo treats.
Kids are always up for negotiating.
They just might take you up on it.
Even if they don't, you can let them have their nasty junk and you store some of these in the freezer tucked under the frozen broccoli. They'll never find them.
Halloween, my friends, is ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!!!
Between watching The Nightmare Before Christmas, dressing my infant up as jack’o’lantern, and passing out candy to the neighborhood kiddos, it’s going to be a wild night over here.
And I know what y’all are thinking…no, I am NOT that lady that passes out pencils or raisins or pennies.
Trick-or-treating is a cherished part of my Halloween memories. I don’t want to take that away from any child today.
Nonetheless, does that mean YOU, a responsible, law-abiding adult, have permission to raid your kids’ stashes once they go to bed or gobble the leftover candy you purchased for the trick or treaters once you turn off your front porch lights and call it a night or send yourself into a fun-sized sugar coma?!?!
No, no, and no.
Come on, y’all, you know better!
So you have the candy in your house, and you know you can’t control yourself around it.
What are you to do?
Y’all, I’m a realist. I’m not going to tell you to just eat some apple slices when you get a craving for some of that processed, sickeningly sweet stuff and it will magically disappear.
I've been addicted to sugar before. It's not that easy.
Instead of eating the junk that will make you feel sick and guilty, I’d much rather you make a healthier version of the treats to enjoy while watching Hocus Pocus.
Today, my friends, I’m going to share a recipe for homemade Butterfingers that is:
Like Bart used to say in those commercials from the 90s,
Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger!
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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