Things I’m Obsessed With!

I get into obsession mode sometimes when it comes to my favorite things.  I usually yammer on about my obsessions on Facebook, but today I was thinking why not just bring it to the blog?!  I’m going to try to keep it around 5 things each time I do one of these- because honestly I could go on and on!

So here we go…

Things I’m Obsessed With, Edition 1

#1 Taking pictures of my dog

I. Cannot. Stop!  She’s so darn cute!  And the look on her face is usually like “pleeeease stop!”  Haha!



#2 Iced Green Tea


Cannot stop drinking it!  Multiply this times like 5 in one day and you’ll understand just how deep the obsession is!


#3 Sprouted Grain English Muffins


LOVE!  English Muffin Pizzas?  Yes please!  Breakfast Sammies?  Yes please!  The ideas are endless and this particular brand is the best- so hearty and grainy! 


#4 Guittard Extra Dark Chocolate Chips



Oh my word these are insane!  I really don’t like the semisweet chocolate chips very much(they taste weird!), so when I came across these I was super excited!  Honestly, they are an extremely good quality dark chocolate- they’re better than a lot of the really expensive “fancy” dark chocolates I’ve had and they’re around $3 for the bag!  I like to keep a bag around and have some as an after dinner sweet sometimes.  If you stick to a serving, they’re pretty decent on the calorie budget- only 70 cals per serving!  Can’t beat that with a stick!


#5 Mama Peas New Cookbook


I cannot seem to put this down!  The recipes are fab- I made the teriyaki tofu last night!  And I can’t wait to try some of the desserts! (my oven is broken, so It will have to wait till I have time to go shopping for a new one!)  And it is SO funny!  Seriously if you don’t have this, you should really go out and get it- you will definitely not regret it!


Well, those are my top 5 things I’m obsessed with! What can you not live without right now?


Decadence and moderation

Let’s talk about moderation friends (this talk will be followed by a decadent recipe, so hang in there! Winking smile).

I’m a big fan of moderation.  I believe that’s what makes a healthy diet and a healthy life!  I can’t even imagine how sad my life would be if I said “sugar is evil and I will never ever eat it again!”  I love love love to bake (and eat said baked goods)!  Never eat a cupcake, brownie, cookie again?  No way!  That makes me sad just thinking about it!!

Decadence can be a part of a healthy lifestyle.  It’s okay to indulge your sweet tooth(or your salty tooth if you don’t like sweets- I have to say though, I don’t trust anyone who says they don’t like sweets or desserts! Winking smile (kidding!) )  Let’s NOT think of this as “cheating” or “being bad”!  Food is not the enemy and it’s not healthy to think of it as being such.  We’re not just talking about dietary health here, but mental health as well.  When we start demonizing food we’re playing a dangerous mental game!

On a daily basis I like to minimize added oils and sugars because that’s what makes me feel my best and healthiest (plus added fats tend to wreck my stomach if I don’t moderate them!).  But when I want to indulge, I indulge!  If there’s a decadent cake or cookie recipe I am dying to try I go for it!  Denying yourself the things you love is another one of those dangerous mental games!  I don’t do this on a daily basis so indulging in a treat occasionally is even more amazing because it becomes something special- I savor it and enjoy it!

Enough lecturing, let’s talk about this recipe!  Chocolate + peanut butter= true love forever!  The combination has never done me wrong and this recipe is no exception!  This is absolutely decadent and one of those things that you want to just sit and savor every single bite!  And this recipe freezes well, so it’s easy to portion these out and wrap them individually and put them in the freezer!  Let’s get to it, shall we?

Peanut Butter Chocolate Graham Bars
(Print this recipe!)

for the bars:
1 1/2 cups organic peanut butter
2 cups graham crackers, crushed
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup earth balance, melted
1 tsp vanilla

for the frosting:
1 cup chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons coconut oil (or use earth balance if you don’t have coconut oil)

Grease an 8 x 8 pan or line with parchment paper.

Combine grahams, melted butter, and peanut butter.

Stir in powdered sugar (slowly so you don’t get covered in it!) and vanilla.

Press mixture into pan.

Place in refrigerator while you’re making your frosting.

Prepare your frosting by melting together in microwave or double boiler the chocolate chips and coconut oil.

Spread frosting over the top of the PB mixture and place back in fridge until chocolate is firm.

Slice into small squares and enjoy!  P.S. be careful taking them out of the pan- they can be a little crumbly.





Don’t forget to savor every last bite!


Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins


Gooey melty chocolate.  There’s not much that’s better!




Usually when I’m playing around with recipes I have to make them several times, tweaking them each time before it turns out just right.  But this time it turned out pretty amazing on the very first try!

This is both a treat and a sweet, done in a more healthy way.  No oil or butter necessary.  Made with whole wheat pastry flour- all the nutrition of whole wheat flour without the density.  If you’re not already baking with it you definitely should be(I usually get it in bulk at my local health food store, but Arrowhead Mills, Bobs Red Mill, and King Arthur Flour are some brands to look for)!

These babies clock in around 133 calories and are super easy to make, so get in that kitchen and get to baking!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Muffins (makes 12 muffins)
(Print this recipe!)

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup organic sugar
1 cups unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Spray muffin pan lightly with cooking spray.

Combine dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.

Add wet ingredients and stir until just combined.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Divide batter evenly into the muffin pan.  You should get 12 muffins.

Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top of each muffin.

Bake muffins for 20-25 minutes until toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.




Mmmmm- melty chocolate!  Yes, they really are as good as they look!


P.S. I found myself thinking “work it baby!” as I was taking these pictures.  Ahh, I’m such a nerd!  Nerd smile