The start of something great.

I always have this brilliant idea to step on the scale every time I’m at someones house, and I spot a scale in their bathroom. I regret it afterwards, of course, because seeing that number is a real let down, & can really ruin your mood for the rest of the day.

Image

Clearly weight is just a number on a scale, but seeing a high number is like a punch in the throat. It hurts.

Image

 

All jokes aside, I’m ready to eat healthier, get more activate & lose some weight. I’ve always been heavy, but not this heavy, & it’s toying with my emotions. I just want to wear cute clothes, & not hate myself when I look in the mirror.

I’m ready to start my journey, & I hope you guys will come along for the ride!

Advertisements

Fall into Love – Pumpkin Pie Mixed Nuts!

I’ve had this ridiculous craving from anything Pumpkin lately. I just want to eat or drink it 24/7.

I was browsing the internet on September 1st, when I stumbled up on these made by Planter’s. I asked around everywhere I shopped at, but no one had seen them yet. I couldn’t wait any longer.. I wanted to make them myself.

I read the ingredients on the can, from photos I found on the internet, & saw that not only were there Spices & Sugar to coat the nuts, but also Pumpkin Powder, which I had never heard of before. With a little research I figured out how to make it myself, instead of ordering it online. I really didn’t want to wait any longer to enjoy these!

So, before making the nuts, I cut my small Suger Pumpkin half, removed the pulp & seeds and then sliced it into thin slices, leaving the skin on.

I then threw the pieces in a steam basket, and steamed them for about 45 minutes, until they started to turn a deep orange color, & I could pierce the skin easily with a fork.

After they were done steaming, I patted them dry, & arranged them on my Dehydrator rack, & left them to dry all night. They took about 15 hours total to dry.

Once the pieces were completely dry and cooled, I threw them into my Food Processor & turned them into a fine powder. This took a little while.

Once you have your Pumpkin Powder ready, you can move on to actually making your Pumpkin Pie Mixed Nuts!

What you’ll need:

(1) 24oz can of mixed nuts. you can use any nuts you’d like. I used a mixture of Almonds, Peanuts, Cashews, Pecans, Pistachios, Macadamia Nuts & Brazil Nuts.

1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (I made my from Scratch using THIS recipe!)

1 & 1/2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Powder (Direction on how to make this are above!)

1/2 C. White Sugar

1 Egg White (I made a double batch which is why there are 2 in my picture!)

1 teaspoon of water

What you’ll do:

In a small bowl, beat egg white until frothy.

Add water; beat until soft peaks form.

Stir in nuts; toss to coat.

Combine sugar and spice; stir into nut mixture.

Spread nuts evenly on a greased baking pan.

Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cool on waxed paper.

Once nuts cool completely you can store them in an air tight container. Or just pour them into a bowl & enjoy!

Healthy Eats – Mini Chocolate Covered Pretzel ‘Ice Cream’ Sandwiches!

These things are AWESOME! A healthy, yet satisfying snack!

Mini Chocolate Covered Pretzel ‘ice cream’ Sandwiches

You’ll need;

  • 1 package 100 calorie chocolate or yogurt covered pretzels
  • 3-4 tablespoons Fat Free Cool Whip, frozen
  • Sprinkles

Directions;

  • Scoop a small amount of frozen cool whip in between 2 mini pretzels. You’ll most likely have 1 extra pretzel left over. Don’t be afraid to eat it. yum. 🙂
  • Roll into sprinkles
  • Freeze 1-2 hours before serving.

Makes 6 Mini Sandwiches

Calories Carbs Fat Protein Fiber Sodium
163 27 6 2 0 160