Healthy Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Shake

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

Today is my last full day of work before SUMMER BREAK!!!  We have a half day tomorrow, and have to go in for a short amount of time on Friday.  Wahoo!  Sorry, just a little excited here.  I love my kiddos, but I love my baby William more and being able to spend lots of time with him, relax in the sun, pool time, and hang out outside!  So close, I can taste it.  Speaking of tasting… let’s talk food for today’s WIAW.

// breakfast // healthy chocolate banana peanut butter shake

chocolate banana peanut butter shake

I know I posted this last week, but I can’t get enough of it.  And with the warm weather and summer right around the corner, it’s even more perfect.  The ingredients are listed on the photo, but I must give a mention about Skoop A-Game.  Basically, it’s ten servings of veggies and a whole lot more.  You can take the five-day challenge for just $10.  And don’t forget, until May 22nd, you can save 25% on all Skoop products. Enter code ‘MAY25’ at checkout to apply the 25% discount.  Stock up for the summer! Click HERE to shop.

// snack // nugo fiber d’lish bar

fiber d'lish

NuGo graciously sponsored our wellness treats at school, and my coworkers were so appreciative as this is the third year in a row they’ve done this!  Everyone LOVES these bars as the flavors are amazing (coconut macaroon is my favorite!).  Each bar has 12 grams of fiber, which is 48% of your daily needs.  They definitely don’t taste like fiber bars.  Nine of the flavors are vegan, and all of them are non GMO, don’t contain soy or artificial ingredients, and help with heart health, weight management, and regularity.

// lunch // panini

panini

A few weeks ago, my team at school began a new tradition.  We each take turns cooking lunch one day a week.  It adds a little fun something to the week, and you’re only responsible for preparing lunch for the team once every couple months.  We hope to continue this next year!  Yesterday, Katie brought in panini presses, bread, and all the fixings for us to build our own panini. What a fun idea!  I made a panini with turkey, cheese, tomato, spinach, and avocado.  Watermelon and chips on the side.  I’m actually usually more of a cold sandwich kind of gal, but I was really impressed by the panini.  Now I see what all the hype is about paninis and warm sandwiches!

// dinner // chicken, egg, and biscuit casserole

egg biscuit chicken cheese casserole

Ok, so I actually made this for breakfast over the weekend, but had so much left that I’ve been eating it for dinner, too.  No complaints there, it’s awesome.  I want to tweak the recipe before sharing it with you, but basically it’s biscuits, eggs, ground chicken, spinach, and cheese.  And it’s seriously fantastic.

// after dinner snack // dark chocolate roasted almonds

dark chocolate almonds

Oooooh my goodness, Blue Diamond has done it once again.  They have the absolute best flavors. They recently sent me a package of dark chocolate roasted almonds and sea salt roasted almonds.  They’re both great, but these dark chocolate almonds are THE BEST!  They make the perfect after-dinner snack as they’re sweet, but filling.  They are made with real cocoa and loaded with rich chocolate flavor, blended with just the right amount of sugar and naturally no-calorie stevia extract.

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And sometimes it’s fun to play with the almonds when taking pictures.  Each serving contains five grams of protein and three grams of fiber. They are cholesterol free and rich in antioxidant Vitamin E. The chocolate taste is so creamy, it’s hard to believe these are considered “healthy,” but they are!

What do you like to eat after dinner? I need something filling, otherwise I eat all night. Another reason why Blue Diamond almonds make the perfect after-dinner snack!

d’Lish GIVEAWAY (closed)

Oh hey there!  Missed ya yesterday because some handsome little man decided to take an hour and a half to get to sleep on Monday evening.  By the time he finally went down, this momma headed to bed herself.  Sleep > blogging.  True story.  Last night was considerably shorter (yay!), which I’m happy about because it means I get to come here and tell you about some tasty food I’ve been eating lately.  So here we go:

Breakfast: Heart-Shaped Pancake in Honor of Valentine’s Day 

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In the mix for the pancake: Love Grown Foods super oats with quinoa and chia, two eggs, flax seed, cinnamon, milk, and baking powder.  For the topping I microwaved frozen strawberries with a little water, mashed them up, mixed in Mamma Chia seeds, and let it sit to thicken up.  I slathered coconut oil on my pancake, topped it with this strawberry mixture, and then drizzled syrup on top.  It was fantastic.

Lunch: Chicken, Sugar Snap Peas, Orange, and Babybel Cheese

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My mom made the chicken and sent me home with a couple.  She makes the best baked breaded chicken.  I steamed a bag of sugar snap peas, and every time I do, I am reminded just how much I love them.  I think they are a very underrated vegetable.  I seriously love them.  I made them in the morning as I was getting my lunch together, and kept eating them.  It was seven o’clock in the morning, and I hadn’t even had breakfast yet!  I literally eat the whole bag in one sitting.  My grandma gave me a few Babybel cheeses, and the white cheddar flavor definitely doesn’t disappoint.

Yes, my family always gives me a lot of food.  I guess they know how much I like to eat. 🙂  Dinner was courtesy of my sister.

Dinner: Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches and Asparagus

bbq chicken

There is a little dollar roll underneath all that meat.  I went back for seconds.  Jacob, my nephew, couldn’t believe how much he liked the sandwiches, too.  I feel like everyone loves barbecue chicken sandwiches.

Dessert: Hot Chocolate and Special K Brownies

special k brownies

The Special K brownies are supposed to be a healthy snack because they are pre-portioned in reasonable 80 calorie sizes.  However, after taking so long to get William to sleep, I needed a major chocolate fix.  So I had two.  And some hot cocoa.

Snacks: NuGo Fiber d’Lish Apple Cobbler Bar

fiber dlish

You might have seen that Gnu Foods FiberLove was recently acquired by NuGo Nutrition, and renamed NuGo Fiber d’Lish.  Same great bars, same great taste, same great flavors, same great fiber, just a new name.  These are honestly the best fiber bars I’ve ever had.  They’re so soft and chewy and the flavors are amazing.  Quick facts:

  • Entirely natural
  • Heart healthy
  • Promotes natural regularity with 12 grams of fiber per bar (48% of your daily needs!)
  • Only 140 calories per bar
  • Contains 6 grains and seeds
  • No trans fat, no high fructose corn syrup, no hydrogenated oils
  • Soy free
  • Vegan friendly
  • Flavors: Chocolate Brownie, Peanut Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Raisin, Banana Walnut, Blueberry Cobbler, Orange Cranberry, Blondie Bar, Apple Cobbler, Coconut Macaroon, and Carrot Cake

And now, to help spread the word about their new name, NuGo Fiber d’Lish wants to send TWO of you a box with 16 bars of your favorite flavor!

nugo fiber dlish

To enter the giveaway, visit NuGo Fiber d’Lish and comment on this post with which flavor sounds best to you (mandatory).  For additional optional entries:

Be sure to leave a separate comment on this blog post for each entry. This giveaway will be open until Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 8:00 pm CST. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, February 20th, 2015.  CLOSED!

Congratulations to #14 Maggie and #46 Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet! We will be in touch to get your flavor of choice shipped out! Enjoy!

Disclaimer: NuGo Fiber d’Lish sent me a box of bars, free of charge.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

creamy crunchy parfait

You all are the best, you know that? I really appreciate all the advice on my post from yesterday on what I still need to do before Baby Itz’s appearance. Let’s just say that things are getting very real very quickly and lil man will probably be here before his expected due date. I’ve been crazy busy and will continue to be until he comes with all of the preparation that still needs to be done. Deep breaths… Deep breaths…

Food lately has been…. undocumented (unlike my pregnancy – ha!).  I’ve eaten lots of good food recently, too; I just haven’t been snapping the camera. Last Friday, Jonny and I went out to a terrific little Jamaican restaurant with Jonny’s parents. Saturday night included barbecue at my parents. Sunday was my baby shower and Sunday night was a delicious dinner out with my family.  And this week? Well, itz been whatever is fast and easy.

Breakfast: Oatmeal with bananas, cinnamon, and peanut butter.

oatmeal

Itz comforting, easy, delicious, filling, need I say more? And itz a recycled photo, but it all looks the same anyway!

My snacks at school yesterday morning included an orange and popcorn. Random.

Linking up to Peas & Crayon’s What I Ate Wednesday!

I felt like I’d been eating pretty heavy lately, so yesterday for lunch I wanted something on the lighter side. That’s how this delicious creamy crunchy parfait was born.

creamy crunchy parfait

Creamy Crunchy Parfait

  • 1st layer: cottage cheese & walnuts
  • 2nd layer: strawberry yogurt & hemp hearts
  • 3rd layer: plain Greek yogurt, honey, & almonds

Itz creamy. Itz crunchy. Itz healthy. Itz delicious. ‘Nuff said.

I order the hemp hearts from iherb.com. Use my referral code VAJ523 to save money!

Fiber Love Bars recently came out with two brand new flavors: Coconut Macaroon & Apple Crisp and sent me a couple of each to try. Yesterday while I was hooked up to the baby monitor, I was feeling a little snacky, so I opened the coconut macaroon bar.

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LOVE! I love love love coconut flavor anyway, and this bar was the bombdotcom, like seriously. (All is good with Baby Itz, by the way!) It reminded me of the inside (the good part) of an almond joy. It was super moist, and honestly just so good. I haven’t tried the apple crisp, but if itz as moist as the coconut macaroon, then itz gotta be great!

Dinner was brinner last night. I made eggs for Jonny and I had a bowl of cereal. I wasn’t super hungry since after my doctor appointment I went all snack-monster at my parents’ house. When hunger rolled in later in the evening, I had a bowl of frosted mini wheats. Can’t really ever go wrong with cereal, eh?

cereal

Yes, I use a lot of milk. And yes, I even let my cereal sit a bit so it gets soggy. I like it.

What’s your favorite cereal? Are you a soggy cereal eater like me?

Cheesy Buffalo Bean Dip Recipe

I’ve got a delicious post for you today! Let’s jump right into it. After all, itz What I Ate Wednesday over at Peas & Crayons, so make sure you pop over there.

Breakfast: Plain Chobani Greek yogurt with Muesli Fusion & peanut butter

chobani muesli fusion

Healthy blend of fats, protein, and carbs! Itz mighty tasty, too!

Lunch: Peppers & celery with cheesy buffalo bean dip & roasted red pepper hummus

veggies

Lots of snacks were eaten before and after, which is why lunch was on the smaller side.  But it sure is pretty, isn’t it? Colorful meals are the best! (And the healthiest!)

Cheesy Buffalo Bean Dip Recipe is below!

Snack: Fiber Love Bars for Wellness Wednesday at school

fiberlove

Wellness Wednesday at school is back which means I find different sponsors to provide healthy on-the-go snacks for our staff. We need to lead by example as we teach the kiddies, and properly fueling our bodies is definitely important. Fiber Love Bars are my favorite fiber bars ever. Not only do they provide 48% of your daily fiber needs, but they come in absolutely AWESOME flavors!  Check it out: Peanut Chocolate Chip, Banana Walnut, Blondie Bar, Blueberry Cobbler, Chocolate Brownie, and Cinnamon Raisin.

Mmm, so good!  Also, they’ve got a Fiber Love Club that you can sign up for free to receive 30% off regular priced bars and free shipping.  Fiber Love bars are also kosher and Non-GMO Project verified. All Fiber Love bars – except Blondie, which contains whole milk powder – are also vegan.

Dinner: cheese tortellini with peas and Parmesan cheese

tortellini peas

The tortellini came from Trader Joe’s and I feel like peas and parm compliment tortellini so well.  There were about fifty-five bowls of this eaten last night. 😉

And now for that recipe….

The Superbowl may have passed, but our love for dips certainly has not!  This cheesy buffalo bean dip recipe is sure to please – itz packed with protein, flavor, and spice!

Cheesy Buffalo Bean Dip Recipe

cheesy buffalo bean dip

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 package (4 oz.) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 can (16 oz) refried beans
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese mix

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in small pot.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat, pour in serving dish, garnish with additional chili powder.
  4. Serve hot and enjoy!

Itz so easy to make!  (Those are always the best recipes.)  And it can be considered lightened up.  I used light cream cheese and Mexican cheese.  (I would not recommend nonfat cream cheese or Mexican cheese.) I used nonfat plain Chobani Greek yogurt, and I suppose low fat or full fat would work just fine, too.  Use more or less chili powder and buffalo sauce depending on your preference of spice.

What would you dip in the cheesy buffalo bean dip? (Face or fingers don’t count!) 😉