Skinny Faux Cookie Dough

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Protein Bites have gotten really popular. They are little rolled up balls of peanut butter & oats goodness that are small enough to just pop in your mouth! I found a recipe on Pinterest that I wanted to try out. The only problem was that the only oat type product I had in my pantry were a couple of little pouches of instant oatmeal (Banana to be exact). So I pondered whether this would work or not and figured what the heck! Peanut Butter & Bananas go great together! What I didn’t realize is that I was creating a Protein Bite that after refrigerated tasted exactly like COOKIE DOUGH!!!!

Here is how I made them!

1/4 cup coconut or olive oil

1/4 cup peanut butter

2 teaspoons honey or agave

Heat in a medium pot over medium heat until creamy.

Remove from heat and add in 4 pouches of instant oatmeal (any flavor!) 

Add sprinkles, chocolate chips, or shredded coconut for added texture & sweetness.

Mix until smooth.

Roll into bite sized balls, place on cookie sheet.

Refrigerate for at least 30 mins.

Voila! You now have guilt free cookie dough! 

Enjoy!

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BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad

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I could eat salad everyday but my husband isn’t too keen on the greensLuckily I discovered this BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad recipe! The combination of chicken breast, sweet corn, & black beans makes this a delicious & filling meal. I usually serve it with crushed up tortilla chips on top, but last night I went with something different! I made corn bread muffins with honey-butter (which were super yum!) 

Ingredients:

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

2 hearts of Romaine

1 can sweet corn

1 can black bean 

sliced black olives

BBQ sauce of choice 

Ranch dressing of choice

*cheese is optional*

Directions:

Toss chicken in BBQ sauce & grill or bake (I bake mine at 375• for about 45 mins)

wash & chop Romaine

empty cans separately into strainer & rinse thoroughly (especially the black beans) set aside (I keep them in separate Tupperware)

cut chicken into bite sized pieces

Layer your salad (Romaine, beans, corn, salt/pepper, chicken, cheese, and lastly the Ranch dressing!)

You can tweak this recipe to fit your familie’s likes & needs but as it stands it is one of the tastiest and most filling salads I have ever had! I hope my directions help you out and if you have any questions post them in the comments! I know you & your family will love this meal all summer long! 

Enjoy!! 

 

Kale Chips

My junk food guilty pleasure has always been potato chips! I love the crunch, I love the salt. I was a little bit skeptical to try Kale Chips but after hearing so many good things about them and ending up with a huge bag of leftover chopped kale I decided to give them a try!image

This Fool Proof Kale Chip recipe is quick & super yum! I used the already cut up bagged version but you can also use fresh (just wash, de-stem,& rip into bite sized pieces!) Make sure Kale is thoroughly dried before baking.

Heat oven to 350• Place kale in a single layer on cookie sheet. Drizzle with Olive Oil (or spritz with oil spray), toss to coat. Bake for 10 mins, toss, bake another 5-10 mins. Season to taste at the end! Enjoy the crunch!