Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wellness Wednesday: Low Calorie Greek Yogurt Bark


I'm not going to lie I'm still not feeling 100% from my week long sickness, but I managed to make myself productive to type up this blog post. As I've been lying in my bed I've been doing tons of social media scrolling, and came across a version of this recipe that immediately made me salivate. I eat really healthy, but when it comes to dessert I'm doomed. I love love love me some ice cream, and I am always looking for healthy/low calorie alternatives that will satisfy my sweet tooth. 

Since I'm still going dairy free I wasn't able to partake in the devouring of this greek yogurt bark, but my husband said it was delicious! I decided to choose strawberries and blueberries since they were on sale at my local grocery store, but you can honestly add any fruit! To sweeten up this dessert a little more I added drizzles of agave, and low fat graham cracker crumbles. #nomnomnom. This recipe is honestly so easy to prepare, and is the perfect "little something" to indulge in without feeling guilty.  


Greek Yogurt Bark Recipe

Ingredients

  • Sliced strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • 32 oz Chobani vanilla greek yogurt
  • Agave or honey
  • Low fat graham crackers crumbled
  • Parchment paper

Directions

  1. Clean and cut your fruit.
  2. In a pan place parchment paper, and spread yogurt over the paper. 
  3. Place fruit and graham cracker crumbles into the yogurt, and pressing gently so that it freezes into the yogurt. 
  4. Drizzle agave over the yogurt mixture. 
  5. Freeze for at least 4 hours, and then break the bark once fully frozen.
  6. Last but not least, eat, and enjoy!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Summa Yella

Dress: Shein (only $20, and comes in 2 other colors!) c/o / Bag: Amazon / Shoes: Free People / Sunnies: Quay / Necklaces: Baublebar c/o + Alixandra Collections c/o / Lips: NARS - Orgasim
Hi blog fam......

Yes I am still alive! I must apologize for a week long absences, but I've been sick in bed all week. When I get sick I cannot function, and unfortunately my blog suffers. Good news is I'm feeling better, and well! Wanted to stop by to share this outfit I wore a couple weeks ago. With summer coming to a close I'm sad to say bye to all my maxi's. Even though I haven't been a huge fan of living in Pennsylvania something tells me that I'm going to love fall here. Almost time to whip out the booties!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Living Our Most Interesting Life by Exploring Rickett's Trail

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After a month long of continuous rain we finally had a weekend where there was no rain! My heart has been longing to play outside since the 4th of July, and was beyond excited when the weather forecast read "clear skies" for the weekend. 

Todd has been wanting to go hike Rickett's Trail in Benton Pennsylvania since one of his fellow residents said it was a cool hike with tons of waterfalls. Since I love to stay active I was immediately down for the idea of hiking a trail full of waterfalls. 

We decided to wake up early on Saturday morning to head out for our adventure. Our first stop was at our local Target where we grabbed some vitaminwater to replenish our electrolytes, and trail mix to fill Todd's belly for our hike. I'm not normally into sports drinks because of all the calories, but the Zero squeezed lemonade has 0 calories in the bottle, and still has the added vitamins in it. 


Once we left Target it was then off to Benton. The drive took us about an hour to reach Benton, and I pretty much napped the whole time in the passenger seat. Once we got on the trail I felt immediately at peace with being back in the wild. The trail was filled with so many waterfalls, and all varied in size. If you live in Pennsylvania I highly recommend doing this hike because I have never seen a trail with this many waterfalls! 

If you have any suggestions of any more adventures in Pennsylvania I would love to hear about them so I can add it to our adventure list!


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Create a unique vitaminwater label. Have fun with it! Once you created your unique label share it on either Twitter or Instagram, and use the hashtag #vwlabelcontest. Here's an example of a label I created.





Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Quick and Easy Summer Treat with Häagen-Dazs

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Each day Todd and I are getting closer and closer to finishing our living room and my office.  I can't wait to share the finished product with y'all. Todd and I have been working day and night to get everything finished for fall. A typical night for us consists of Todd coming home from work, and us working in the garage nailing and painting away. When we finally hang up our tool belt for the night we rewards ourselves with a yummy dinner. We then spend the rest of our night indulging in a dessert I prepared while enjoying the summer weather as a way to reward ourselves for our hard work.

While I eat super clean, dessert has always been my weakness in life especially when it comes to ice cream, but life is too short to not indulge! Last month I decided to stop eating dairy to see if it can help clear up my adult acne, which has prevented me from eating my favorite summer dessert. I then started looking into alternative dairy desserts, and found that my new grocery store Giant has Häagen-Dazs® non-dairy ice cream! Click here to get $.75 off your purchase!




I decided to give the non-dairy Häagen-Dazs a try, and was so amazed how delicious and creamy the ice cream was! Other ice cream brands will use soy or nut based milk as the base causing the overall flavor to taste like the base despite other flavors added. Häagen-Dazs does it differently by using simple and pure ingredients for their base flavor resulting in a non-dairy ice cream that tastes like actual ice cream! For all my readers out there who are dairy free this is the answer to your ice cream prayers.

One night I decided to get a little creative after working in the garage, and made this yummy dessert for Todd. Little did he know that he was indulging on ice cream that was non-dairy ;)

Non Dairy Ice Cream Bites Recipe


Ingredients 

  • Häagen-Dazs non-dairy ice cream in the flavor of your choice ( I used peanut butter chocolate fudge and salted fudge truffle).
  • 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp of coconut oil
  • Peanuts chopped
  • Sticks

Recipe

  1. Take some wax paper, and place on top of a pan. 
  2. Let ice cream soften on the counter, and then use a melon baller to scoop out pieces. 
  3. Places balls onto the wax paper.
  4. Place pan in the freezer for the ice cream to harden for at least an hour. 
  5. Take balls out and place a stick into the center of each. 
  6. Put back in freezer for another 30 minutes.
  7. When the balls are ready microwave chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave for 20 seconds. Remove, stir, and repeat until chocolate has melted. 
  8. Take balls out, drizzle them with chocolate, and top with peanuts.
  9. Put the balls back into the freezer, and allow them to harden for an hour.
  10. One balls have hardened take them out to enjoy :)

 

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