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Who cares about lemons when you have awesome fruit like pears in the fridge! I don't want lemonade, I want PIE!!! Hahaha, but really though, I love me some desserts and it's so hard to find ones out in the world that aren't going to kill my healthy eating style. Super sad face about that...so the solution: make it myself, I guess?

After a lot of random recipe reading and mental "healthy substituting" over the last year, I somehow just managed to wing this one in the kitchen last night. Luckily, it all worked out just fine, tee hee (I wouldn't bother posting if it had turned into a disaster, just so you know :P). Anywho, the recipe is completely "clean" as the health buffs like to put it, meaning that there are no processed sugars or chemicals added to this recipe. I think the most processed this in the recipe is the protein powder I used, but even that can be replaced if you don't have any. So have fun, make pie!


 
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YAY! I finally got my computer looked at! Aaaand...it turns out it was my internet being wired wrong and not my laptop that was messing my life up (>_>). Anywho, the point is that me and my posts are back in action! Although, I've realized that posting everyday is not something that can last...SO I'm switching to posting once every other day or so---less stress for me, less reading for you folks out there. (^_^)

Anywho, while my lil laptop was out of commission, the weather here in Hawaii has started transitioning from winter rainy season to sunny skies!! LOVE the weather shift because I dislike cold, windy, rainy days, and also because I love frozen goodies like the one in the picture: Banana Split Protein FroYo Popsicles! I love the strawverry, banana, and chocolate flavors all swirling around together, YUUUUM!!! XD 


 
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Love digging in when breakfast is dessert
I'm always on the look out for a protein filled breakfast to start my day off right. I recently tried out a coconut protein cake recipe I saw on Instagram from @angelamccaferty. If you decide to try it out, it kind of like coconutty pound cake-ish, just saying. Anywho, it's been a while since I had a loaf of any kind of bread that I haven't been cautious eating (normally too many carbs in exchange for not nearly enough fiber or protein or anything else), so when I found this recipe for protein bread and it didn't turn out too bad, I was all about trying to figure out what else I could do with it. Bread pudding was one of the first things I came up with (right after my initial idea and execution of slathering a slice with white chocolate wonderful peanut butter, hahaha).

Anywho, I was never really a huge fan of bread pudding as a dessert, but I always thought it would make a great breakfast, tee hee. AAAAAAND that's what happened: bread pudding for breakfast. I just sort of slapped together a recipe on the fly one night (I let my bread cubes soak overnight), and was really happy with the results the next morning.


 
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I love me some desserts, but balancing desserts with my new healthier diet is a pretty ominous area, not gonna lie. Thankfully, then I think up something like protein fudgsicles. It's not summer yet, but that doesn't mean I don't want the occasional frozen treat, right? Totally simple snack that literally only took me only 5 minutes to throw together (...even if I had to wait hours for them to freeze solid, grr).

I used a popsicle mold that I bought from Bed, Bath & Beyond for about $7, but you don't have to run out and find/buy them if you don't think you'll use it. Any old paper cup and some popsicles sticks will work just as well...but I gotta say I enjoy having real molds. ^_^ This time around, I made peppermint flavored fudgsicles by using peppermint stevia, but you can always mix it up however you like!


 
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Holding up some delicious desserts!
Not everyone owns real popsicle molds, and if they do, they don't necessarily have a lot of them....so when I decided to have friends over for dinner and saw this pin on Pinterest for some strawberry shortcake popsicles, I was so excited! No molds necessary, just a bunch of Dixie cups and popsicle sticks. :D

The original recipe is fairly simple and straight forward, but for the sake of my health, I substituted a few of the ingredients. For example, I thus far haven't found any box of Nilla wafers that I'm willing to eat, so I used fat-free graham crackers instead. Also, the recipe called for whole milk yogurt...what?! WHOLE MILK yogurt?! Who does that anymore anyways? So I definitely replaced that with greek yogurt (in my case, Fage 0% (fat-free) plain). I considered using stevia instead of the honey, but I ended up going with agave instead because I didn't want to change the consistency of the pops. BUT, if someone out there decides to use a granular stevia instead, let me know how it turns out! (^_^)


 
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I could barely wait to eat them!
There's nothing like peanut butter and chocolate and banana all mixed together! It might be one of my all time favorite flavor mixes. XD I also happen to love desserts, and thus this cookie was born with a little pinspiration from this pin that links to the original recipe on Watching What I Eat.

I made my own tweaks to the recipe, including cutting out the carob/chocolate chips and replacing it with cacao nibs. Cacao nibs are little bits of chocolate that are 100% cacao, meaning no sugar or milk have been cut in. They retain all the benefits that people talk about chocolate having, but it's less fattening because it hasn't been altered from it's original 100% cacao state.

The original also called for added chopped nuts, but I left that out in favor of using crunchy peanut butter. I know nuts are a healthy source of good fats, but calories are calories sometimes, and my needed nutrients at the moment didn't include needing that much fat, healthy or otherwise. I've been eating too much avocado, tee hee. Sacrifices, sacrifices.

I also used chocolate protein powder instead of the suggested vanilla because, come on, chocolate goes with peanut butter and banana WAY better than vanilla ever will, hahaha, but I'm biased. I'm a chocolate lover to the max. (^_~) I also doubled the amount of protein powder for the recipe so that it would be a more worthwhile snack.



 
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Avocados are definitely NOT in season right now (middle of January :P) in most of America, but I still have lots of avocado ready for use. "How?" you ask? By freezing it! It was one of the first Pinterest pins I actually tried out. Basically, it involved pitting, peeling, and mashing the avocado up with lemon juice, and then freezing it. And what that really means is that now that avocados are expensive and out of season, I still get to use them! Woot woot!

I took a bag out of the freezer yesterday to thaw with the intentions of making healthier brownies, but I ended up making a few other things instead. If you're confused by me saying brownies, just know that avocados make a good replacement for butter in lots of baking recipes! It's just as creamy but a million times better for you.


 
I'm always price comparing the things I need/want for my kitchen experiments. In fact, I have a whole memo on my iPhone to help me remember how much certain things cost (regular price) at certain stores or at online sites. That being said, I had just started thinking last week about how much I really needed to have spinach and about how much I miss having it in my fridge, but that buying those bags from Safeway were just not efficient because I always go through them way faster than I ever think I will OR I don't go through them fast enough and they just rot. Either way, it's kind of an inefficient way to buy spinach for myself. And then I went to Costco...
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I normally don't buy fresh veggies or fruits from Costco for two reasons: 1) how the HELL would I get through all of it?! I don't really throw dinner parties or anything like that, and when I do, there aren't that many people, and it normally ends up being a potluck, meaning there's plenty of food to go around without me making a ginormous portion of my dish; and 2) my previous experience buying fruits in bulk from Costco only proved to me that they aren't as flavorful as the smaller regular grocery store portions.

That's when I saw this HUGE 2.5 lb bag of baby spinach (I wanna say it's almost 2 ft. tall). (O_O) I didn't know what to do! I really wanted spinach, I knew I wouldn't run out of this one nearly as fast, but I was afraid of the spinach wilting/dying/rotting before I could use it all (I have a bad track record with that...). And then I noticed the bag was resealable and that I have more time to cook recently, and I was sold. Picked it up, brought it home, and realized that it actually tastes just fine!! (^_^) Good buy, yay!

Since I now have this huge bag, I'm pretty much trying to use it as much as I possibly can. Translation: I throw it in everything. Thankfully, it's a very versatile green that goes well with so many different dishes! I've also taken this chance to look up new spinach recipes to try out. Today's feature is a frozen dessert!