Friday Favorites: ‘Healthier’ Snack Ideas

Happy Friday!!!

Bring on the weekend πŸ™‚

Considering all the candy that will be around this weekend, I thought I would share a few healthier options if you’re itching for somethings sweet…. not as healthy as fruits and veggies… but definitely better than candy!

These snacks are ones I reach for if I’m trying to be healthy but still want something sweet to munch on:

Friday Favorites

1.Boom Chicka Pop popcorn

I LOVE this stuff!!!! I usually go for the lightly sweetened kind or the salt and vinegar. There is just a handful for ingredients in this treat, and I can read and pronounce all of them! That’s a good sign πŸ™‚ And you get that sweet/salty combination. We always have a bag of this stuff around.

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2. Teapigs Rooibos Creme Caramel.

Hot chocolate is probably my favorite drink out there, but it packs a pretty strong sugar punch!! This tea is super yummy, one of those tea that is flavorful and sweet without you having to add anything to it. Its prefect for a cool day when you want that warm cozy feeling. It’s not hot chocolate and mini marshmallows… but you won’t get a sugar crash, and you still get a warm sweet drink.

image3. Vanilla Rice Krispies

Sometimes when I am looking for a snack I go for a bowl of cereal… usually lucky charms if we have those around. I found these vanilla rice krispies back when I was in university and they are actually really, really good and have a super strong vanilla flavor. YUM. This is my healthier ‘treat’ cereal option … not to mention significantly less sugar than lucky charms. Throw some berries in these and you’ve got a great snack πŸ™‚

Hope these spark some snack ideas for you if you are looking to avoid all that Halloween candy!!

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Wednesday’s Workout: Lower Body Tabata

Happy Wednesday!!

It’s starting to get really chilly out, a jacket is no longer optional!! Which means more indoor, at home workouts for me πŸ™‚

Wednesday's Workout

Time for Wednesday’s workout!

I am sticking with the theme of tabata drills for one final week! I figure its not fair to our legs to not include a ‘lowerbody’ tabata workout in this series.

Here’s a recap on what a tabata is: 8 sets of 20 second exercise and 10 second rest, which all adds up to 4 minutes.

The idea is to work as hard as you can for the 20 seconds and then you get a 10 second recovery, repeat this until you’ve completed your 8 sets.

This lower body tabata workout included 4 full tabatas, so by doing 1 round of each exercise it will all add up to 16 minutes of hard work. Your legs are going to feel it!

Complete a full tabata for each of the 4 exercises (jump squat, curtsy lunge, dumbbell squat, pulse lunge), doing that 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds rest, 8x.

Lower body tabata

Let me know how the workout goes for you!

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A Sweet Treat for your Tuesday: Reese’s Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

Reese's Peanut Butter and Chocolate CookiesAnother chocolate peanut butter combination; what could be better for a Tuesday treat?!

This is a cake mix recipe… which I LOVE for a few reason: its super easy and quick, and the cookies turnout so soft and chewy!

I’ve shared a few other cake mix dessert recipes, homemade oreos and baked donuts, and this one is another winner πŸ™‚

Not to mention the perfect colors for the season!!

You can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter, especially when we are talking about reese’s cups or reese’s pieces. This recipe includes both!! YES!

This is such a simple cookie recipe because of the cake mix, all you need is: 1 box of chocolate cake mix, 1 egg, 1/3 cup of butter (melted), 1 cup of reese’s cups (I chopped mine up), and 1/2 cup of reese’s pieces. That’s it!

Reese's Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

Mix all your ingredients, adding the reece’s pieces and cups last.

Your dough combine without getting too sticky.

Reese's Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

Roll your dough into balls and flatten.

I use a cup with a bit of non-stick spray on the bottom, works perfectly!

Reese's Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

Bake at 350 for 7-10 mintues. I like mine chewy and soft so I usually go closer to the 7 minute mark πŸ™‚

Reese's Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

And ENJOY!!! These are super tasty, you really get that peanut butter taste with the two types of reese’s candy. Y.U.M.

Reese's Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

Here’s my recipe:

Reese's cookies - Sweetnsimpleblog

Happy baking!!

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Simple Meal Monday: Spagetti and Meatballs

SweetnsimpleblogThe start of a new week!!

We had a super fun weekend, a definite highlight was carving pumpkins with friends πŸ™‚ So fun!

But now its back to the regular rhythm of the week… which means coming up with meals.

Do you ever have those times where you haven’t gone grocery shopping for a while and you need to make something for dinner… so you have to scrounge around to see what you can find? That was me last night.

I ended up finding some ground beef, tomato sauce, and pasta.Β  Everything I need for spaghetti and meatballs!!!

A major ‘go-to’ meal for us is pasta, its easy and always good.

In case you are looking for an easy meal for your Monday, here is my meatball recipe πŸ™‚

This is what you need:

  • a package of ground beef
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 4 tbsp of oats (I like to use oats instead of bread crumbs)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp BBQ sause
  • 1/2 an onion (finely chopped)
  • 5 tsp of spices (I used a mix of Italian spice, garlic and red pepper, steak spice)

Meatballs

Mix all of your ingredients together, and roll into balls.

Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-15 minutes or until they are cooked through.

Meatball recipe

Once your meatballs are all baked, add them into your noodles and tomato sauce. And you’ve got a yummy dinner!!

Spagetti and Meatballs

Happy cooking!

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Keeping Saturdays Simple: Micah 6:8

Saturdays are BY FAR the best day πŸ™‚

Resting, reading, relaxing. All a great excuse to hang out in my pajamas as long as I can!

I’ve been enjoying listening to this this morning, and here is what I’m reading:

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“…And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8

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