Posts made in April 4th, 2012

protein-packed peanut butter eggs

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Posted on Apr 4, 2012 in Food

You know these things?

They are crack. Delicious, peanut butter-y, seasonal crack.

I don’t know what makes them so much more delicious than the regular peanut butter cup, but the eggs are on a whole other level. Since the second I saw them pop up the grocery store, I’ve been buying them up (along with Mini Eggs for Babyface). Part of me will be sad when they disappear off store shelves next week, but part of me will be glad to get rid of those 170 calorie packs of delicious, delicious junk food.

One of the things I love about learning how to be healthy is that I have the power to reclaim foods. So often, when you are losing weight or trying to eat healthy, certain foods are delegated to the black list—never to be seen again. But the truth is, if you have the knowledge you can make a healthier version of almost any unhealthy food. So instead of ignoring my love of Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, I decided to reclaim it. And make my own.

Of course, I’m not Reese’s and mine don’t taste exactly like those things in the yellow packaging and they are definitely still a treat, but I can feel a lot better noshing on these guys. There is something nice about knowing exactly what is in your food. And I know exactly what is in these.

I think these things would look adorable in a cellophane bag with a ribbon in an Easter basket. And I don’t know about you, but I certainly would feel better about gifting these than I would serving up all the candy with artificial colors and flavors.

That is, if they even make it to the Easter basket. These guys are goooood. So good.

Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Eggs

by Cassie Johnston

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Makes: 12 eggs

Print this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup natural, unsweetened peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup dry nonfat milk powder
  • 1/2 cup whole oats
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine peanut butter and honey. Microwave on high for 30-45 seconds or until peanut butter and honey are melted. Stir well to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine milk powder and oats. Pour in peanut butter and honey and mix until well-incorporated.
  3. Shape the peanut butter dough into a disc. Place between two pieces of waxed paper and roll out to about 1/4″ thickness. Using an egg-shaped cookie cutter, cut out as many eggs as possible. Gather scraps, reroll and recut. Repeat until dough is gone. If you don’t have an egg-shaped cookie cutter, use a circle biscuit cutter or glass and form the eggs by pinching one end and flattening the other.
  4. In another microwave safe bowl, add semisweet chocolate and butter. Microwave on high for 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds, or until the chocolate and butter are melted. Dip each egg into the chocolate, shake off excess and let cool on a wire rack. Decorate with sprinkles, if using.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
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What’s your favorite Easter candy?

I love Starburst jelly beans! But I think Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs are my favorite.

what i ate wednesday: feeling good

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Posted on Apr 4, 2012 in Food

Gosh guys, I am feeling fantastic!

I haven’t done a morning workout in what feels like months, but I bounded out of bed when my alarm went off and kicked some serious ass in my home gym. My training plan for the Avon Walk had me walking four or five times a week, but I’ve been craving the kind of sweat session that I can’t seem to get from walking alone. So I decided to rework my training schedule a little bit so I can sub in some more intense cardio sessions. I tossed around some kettlebells and did some treadmill sprints. It felt good to go fast!

Anyway, enough of me talking about how exercise is good for you (have you heard that before? exercise is good!). Let’s talk about my eats.

Breakfast

During my morning workout, I got a little dizzy, so I decided to take a few Shot Bloks to get some energy into my system. We always have Shot Bloks in the house. Not only are they great for long workouts (oh, you know, like the 4+ hours I spend out walking) but they were also awesome for whenever we got sleepy during our road trip. Who needs coffee when you have Shot Bloks?

After my workout and shower (and logging into my work station) I made a deliciously awesome bowl of cereal. Regular Puffins, banana, dried fruit and milk.

Lunch

I’ve said this time and time again, but if I worked from home all the time, I swear I’d be 30 pounds lighter. I worked hard all morning and by the time I realized I was hungry, it was past 1pm. I wasn’t constantly watching the clock for my snack or lunch. I did pull together a pretty large lunch because I’d skipped my snack. Reheated Pepperoni Pizza Mac and Cheese, some sweet peppers plus a bowl of unsweetened applesauce made by Babyface this past weekend.

Lunch dessert was a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. I’ve been eating way too many of these.

Afternoon Snack

Popped a chocolate version of these in while working hard all afternoon. Stay tuned to the Anytime Health Blog for the recipe.

Dinner

Remember what I said yesterday about batch cooking on the weekends and then munching on leftovers all week? Well, that’s what you can attribute this mish-mash of a dinner to. Potato soup, two light deviled eggs (recipe coming tomorrow), some applesauce and a corn muffin. I’m not a big fan of eating all one color, but this was delicious.

Dessert was the very last of a recipe you’ll see this afternoon—homemade healthy peanut butter eggs. These were so incredible. I’m actually glad they are gone because I could eat at least 50 of them a day.

After Dinner Snack

We’re catching up on New Girl (SO excited that Hulu Plus now has a Wii app) and I got a little snacky a few episodes in. I had a bowl of regular Puffins.

The Stats

What’s the best thing you ate yesterday?