So today is a “snow” day…

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really..? At this point I would’ve rather just gone to class, and not had my test postponed to the week right after springbreak…

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Anyway I wanted to post today for a couple reasons. To share my frustration noted above, as well as some awesome stuff i’ve come across.

First things first, I follow Undressed Skeleton. She’s so cute and she has a lot of great healthy recipes. I searched high and low for this so called PB2 she swears by. I finally found it at Whole Foods! (I’ve also gotten in from Mom’s)

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It. Is. Awesome.

45 calories & 2.5 grams of fat for two tablespoons…compared to 190 calories and 16 grams of fat for regular peanutbutter.

I will say, the taste is less pungent than that of real peanut butter, but it certainly satisfies my craving. It has the same texture as natural peanut butter. The chocolate one is awesome, too! I’ve been having it for breakfast every day on a piece of toast. I will drizzle a little honey too, the chocolate one doesnt seem to need it though! Pair it with some fruit and it’s the perfect breakfast!

The only downside is that it is really expensive…about $5.99 per jar of it. But you’d pay around that for say, almond butter or sunflower butter.

It actually works as a direct peanut butter substitute in baking too! I really thought it wouldn’t work. I made cookies! I mixed up a cup of PB2, some oats, some almond flour, 2 eggs, 2/3 cup brown sugar, vanilla, baking soda, and a few mini chocolate chips. Basically, I modified this recipe:

http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2013/03/peanut-butter-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies-flourless-no-butter/

  • 1 cup PB2 chocolate
  • 2/3 cup cane brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if desired)
  • 1/2 cup (roughly) almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

350 degrees, 9-10 minutes.

They baked up perfectly.

Be sure to refrigerate the dough for about 10-15 minutes before hand so it firms enough to for cookie dough balls 🙂

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Now I’ve made some crappy “healthy” cookies. These are actually really good. They have a slight rubbery texture , kind of like when you bake with applesauce, but the flavor is great. I did the math and switching to PB2 saves 50 calories per cookie!

I also just got new colorful mixing bowls so I HAD to bake SOMETHING right?

After I succeeded in that particular baking adventure, I decided to also make some of my favorite chocolate cookie dough that you can literally eat with a spoon…in mass quantities.

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I got it from Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog. Definitely check it out she has great ideas/recipes!

It’s made out of 2 cans of rinsed chickpeas, 1 tbs oil, mini chocolate chips, 1/3 cup brown sugar, a little vanilla and salt, and a food processor! Awesome! It actually feels like you’re eating something really terrible for you, and then you realize, wait…this is beans. Genius. Her chocolate chip blondies are awesome too, which is basically the result of baking this concoction.

Next, I found this really awesome stir fry sauce from Trader Joes:

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It is fantastic. It really does have a sweet, tropical, yet salty, taste and is perfect for stir fry. The past two weeks i’ve made chicken/shrimp stir fry. So easy! You just heat a little olive oil in a skillet, cook some chicken, add vegetables (TJ’s also a great variety of frozen vegetable medleys…i found a “stir fry” medley and it was perfect!), and rice! Then i just eye ball this Soyaki sauce and mix it all together. It has turned out great both times! It’d be even better if you marinated the chicken/shrimp over night first!

Another awesome find from TJ’s is:

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For sweet potato lovers…this is PERFECT!

I never know how long to cook a whole sweet potato, and boiling it takes forever, microwaving it makes for a weird texture…etc.

This is frozen, already mashed, sweet potato!

You take 5 “disks” out of the bag and microwave it for however long it says, I forget. It’s so easy! And the ingredients are simple: sweet potatoes.

This is also awesome for baking. I have made a mean, gluten free, sweet potato pie using this! I’ll hopefully be able to post that recipe later, because it is now one of my all time favorites.

I know this is a long post but I had a lot to say 🙂

One last thing:

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Look how small this clementine is!!!!!!!!

Have a great rest of the day! 🙂