One hundred percent sweet. Zero percent sacrifice.
If you know me, you know I'm passionate about health and fitness. If you know me, you also know I have literally the WORST sweet tooth in the history of the world. Like ever. I'm not kidding.
Healthy eating is about longevity, it's about a maintainable lifestyle, and if you're constantly miserable and restricting yourself, your healthy habits aren't in it for the long haul. I could never give us sweets or sacrifice dessert, and I don't! I just make healthy and beneficial decisions when choosing what I'm going to munch on during my nightly dose of 'The Office' or 'This is Us'. It's all about balance! These are my go-to faves when it comes to the perfect sweet treat that won't hinder your goals.
1. Chocolate Hummus & Strawberries
Simple. Easy. Delish. I am hooked on HEB's chocolate hummus like my life depends on it. It's way cheap, way low on calories, and goes good with practically any fruit. I love to put it on bananas and raspberries as well, but strawberries have got to be my go to. What girl doesn't love chocolate covered strawberries?!
2. Chocolate or Caramel Rice Cakes
Rice! Cakes! I love rice cakes so so so much, and I think it's because they make me feel full even though they are so light on the tummy! I love eating the mini ones by themselves like popcorn or covering the big ones in peanut butter, banana slices, honey, or chocolate hummus. If I want something salty, a tomato basil rice cake with cheese is life! If there's a craving, there's a rice cake to solve it, I promise.
3. Protein Mug Cake
Have your cake and eat it too! All you need is:
One scoop of protein (my fave is pure protein), 1/4 c of the milk of your choice, 1/2 tsp. of baking soda, and 2 tbsp. of cocoa. If I want a hint of peanut butter I just do 1 tbsp. of cocoa and 1 tbsp. of PB2. Mix it all together in a mug and microwave for about a minute and top with whatever you want! A few chocolate chips, whipped cream, and Halo Top ice cream are all popular toppings in my kitchen.
4. Protein Brownie Batter
I saved the best for last. NO JOKE this stuff tastes like I'm at my grandma's house licking the spoon even though mom told me not to. In a mug or bowl mix 1 scoop of protein, 1 tbsp. of cocoa, 8g of sugar-free pudding mix (my fave is cheesecake), and 12g of PB2. Mix in milk as you stir until you have the consistency you desire. Some nights I want it super thick, other nights I want it creamier. This recipe will have you putting on muscle mass and licking your bowl clean.
A lot of people ask, sweets or abs? I say why not both?!?!