Instead of a ‘cheat day,’ or even ‘cheat meal,’ I’ve decided to try enjoying one ‘cheat item’ per week to keep myself on a healthy eating lifestyle track. Early last week I was trying to decide what my special Saturday treat was going to be and realized it wasn’t really a reward for hard work to ingest something that would take away from all my progress during the week! I wanted to trigger those foodie pleasure centers without derailing myself and going on a junk bender! I’m the type of person who can’t dip their toes in bad habits — I’m all in our all out. For me, forming good habits is as much mental as it is physical. I realized a ‘reward’ didn’t have to mean treating my stomach like a rubbish compactor! My first thought was to keep my ‘cheat’ treat at least gluten free, even if it had high fat and sugar content (baby steps!). I think I ended up truly enjoying a couple pieces of this cake because I knew it wasn’t chemical-ridden and damaging, which kept my mind-set on track for the following Monday. There’s no reason to purposefully torture yourself with something you know is bad for you. Why use unhealthy food as a reward at all?! While this cake is empty calories (there’s not enough of the right types of nutrition to keep your energy sustained, or your tummy full!), it was still a pleasure to eat (and isn’t that the point!?), and I can’t wait to make it again when I need a ‘little something’ to keep me going, and remind me what I’m working towards, without feeling guilty afterwards!
Gluten Free Chocolate Bliss Cake
A healthily decadent chocolate cake dessert that can be made for many different tastes and occasions!
Grease 9" x 13" glass baking dish with desired non-stick baking grease, oil or spray.
Place all dry ingredients in mixing bowl and stir gently to combine.
Add remaining ingredients to mixing bowl and blend until smooth.
Stir in desired nuts and baking chips (optional).
Pour batter into greased ban and smooth evenly.
Bake at 325F for 45 minutes or until fork inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
Allow to cool before serving.
I topped my cake with blueberries and added in the cashews and peanut butter chips for some added nutrients. However, you can choose any sort of add-ins that you'd like. I think next time I'm going to mix in chocolate chips to the batter and top with a strawberry compote!
I’ve been trying my darndest to add more cruciferous vegetables to my diet, but as a Southerner it’s imperative my food not be bland, so it’s been an adventure to produce dishes that not only taste good, but retain their health integrity! Another nutrition goal I have is to include as many macro nutrients in each meal as possible to make sure I’m eating enough of the right kinds of food. This Brussels Sprouts dish is not only flavorful but is also packed with protein, fiber, and the healthy kind of carbs and calories!
Baked Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Savory and lightly sweet, perfect for Sunday dinner and as a side to chicken, fish or steak. Pairs beautifully with a gutsy red Rhône or Languedoc wine.
When I was a kid my Nana used to make me a peanut butter based spread when I would visit to top my morning waffles! As an adult I still think of it as a treat but I’m a little more concerned about the level of sugar it contained! I’ve reinvented the recipe into something just as indulgent but a little less guilt inducing!
1 cup peanut butter (I used the kind that’s ONLY made from peanuts!)
3 Tbsp organic honey
1/4 cup raw cocoa powder
1/2 cup SoDelicious Mint Chocolate Holiday drink (it’s usually in the organic refrigerated section at Kroger)
OR chocolate cashew milk and a few drops of peppermint essential oils.
Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl and use a fork to make sure powder is thoroughly combined with wet ingredients.
Enjoy as a spread on rice cakes, waffles or toast!
If you want a smoother version for dipping fruits and vegetables in add a few tablespoons of mint chocolate drink until you reached the desired consistency.
What are you favorite Winter treats to make? Do you stick to the original recipe or do you switch out ingredients in an attempt to reduce your calories!?
You’re invited to dinner, betch. You better not be late.
Glad you could make it. But was it really ever up to you?
Now that you’re here we’ll start off with some Rosé.
It may look pretty now…
But we can’t guarantee it won’t be covered in blood…
…by the time dinner is over.
Eat up. There’s a lot more where that came from.
We’ll be serving Prune-X for dessert because you’re fat now… But somebody had to eat that betch. And you’re not leaving… until that entire bottle is empty.
Okay THAT was intense!!! Can you imagine being invited to a dinner party thrown by KKT?! We can — and this was our vision come to life! Ali Weber (of Oh La La Ali blog) and I collaborated to create the perfect Scream Queens Season 2 Virtual Premier Party! And YOU’RE invited! We’ll be live Snapping, Instagramming and Tweeting the premiere, so tune into social media September 20th at 9:00pm ET/PT to follow along and see our take on what happens!
Ali made that incredible chopped up, bloody “hand” in the fingerless glove, and it’s totally edible! Hop on over to her blog to learn how so you can plan your own Tuesday night party with this delicious treat! Make sure to invite your gal pals over for some bloody cotton ball rosé! I purchased a bottle of our favorite rosé, removed the label, and created my own DIY Scream Queens inspired label to replace it (to get that pink foil effect on the label I printed the design with a toner printer and ran it through a Minc). Next I popped some edible cotton candy on top to represent the Chanel’s favorite food group (cotton balls!) and splattered with some edible “blood!”
For props I pulled from my personal collection of home decór items and clothing everything I could think of that the Chanels might have in the KKT house, like my favorite satin robe (seen HERE before), Victoria’s Secret Bustier (see HERE before) & sleep mask (seen HERE before). Since the new Scream Queens season is apparently “Hospital” themed we decided to fill a few fake “syringes” with random candy like rock crystal, cotton candy and gummy eyeballs! The Chanels aren’t the brightest group of girls when it comes to the proper usage of food so it’s not crazily far fetched to think they might attempt to inject sugar instead of ingesting it (I mean, don’t we all wish we could skip those calories?!). The final “Hospital” touch was a fake bottle of pills (red and white candies) with a very fake looking prescription label that we could totally imagine a Chanel trying to use to poison her enemies. We found all our supplies at Michael’s, Amazon, Party City, Kroger & Target.
Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays, so I always have a huge menu, decorate my house and plan my outfit weeks in advance. Having been blessed with a long family military history, and being a Kennedy, means the patriotic blood runs strong through my veins! It’s so bad I actually start tearing up literally any time I see an American flag! Anyway, one of my favorite Summer dishes to make is chicken salad, and since this will be on my July 4th menu, it gets a makeover with a patriotic name (plus, it actually is red, white and blue!).