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Sweet treats that help stay me on track without feeling like I’m on a “diet”

One of the most challenging areas of figuring out this healthy eating thing for me was trying to figure out how to stay away from sweets. When I stopped trying to stay away from them and figured out how have them it was a game changer for me.  This doesn’t mean I don’t indulge every once in a while with a nice hot fudge sundae or one of my moms homemade chocolate chip cookies but let’s be real here, to keep myself healthy and comfortable in my pants it’s really a good idea if I keep those as a once in a while thing.  Below you can find a little collection of some of the ways I feed my sweet tooth.

been a night time favorite for years.
layer berries (I use frozen triple berry blend & lately have been on a raspberry kick)
yogurt (dannon light and fit vanilla use to my fave for this but I have recently switched to plain greek)
some sort of crunchies (I like the aldi’s granola with dark chocolate chunks)
top with tru whip or cool whip and little drizzle of chocolate syrup

my favorite afternoon snack
fresh pineapple
sprinkle cocoa powder and top with truwhip

my apple pie substitute
slice apples (I like them thin) sprinkle with cinnamon (you may want to add a sweetener) nuke for a minute or 2. Spread out on an ole wrap roll up and bake on 350 for about 10 minutes. the white stuff is tru whip with a half a walnut

just plug the butt with a chocolate chip Yummm!!

Pumpkin mousse
2 small packages of instant sugar-free vanilla pudding
2 cups skim milk
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
15 oz can pumpkin
8 oz fat free cool whip
Make pudding first with 2 cups of skim milk
Fold rest of ingredients (spice, pumpkin, coolwhip)

An ole wrap
Strawberries sliced
1/2 cup vanilla Arctic zero
Roll up and top off with a little cinnamon

Angel food cake

the bag says it all!
I usually can only find these guys in August

Frozen treats
Rinse grapes and drain sprinkle with jello and toss in the freezer
Lime jello is amazing!!

Amazing Donuts
1 cup kodiak power cakes mix
1/4 tsp baking powder
1.5 tbsp sweetener (trivia, stevia, monk fruit)
1/2 cup natural applesauce
1/4 cup egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract
Bake @ 350 for 10 min.
serves 6

Ask for 1 turbo shot in a medium cup with ice and then add your Premiere

premiere and sugar free pudding and mix it up

Strawberry shortcake
2 1/4 cup kodiak buttermilk power cakes
2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
Drop onto cookie sheet
Bake 450 for 8 minutes
Serves 9

1/2 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1 tsp stevia
pumpkin spice
and a splash of vanilla
stir up and enjoy

Crustless pumpkin pie
30 oz Pure pumpkin (canned)
1 ¼ c 1% milk (ok skim or almond milk)
½ c Kodiak mix (or flour)
2 Eggs
½ c Egg Whites (or sub with 2 more eggs)
1Tsp stevia
1 T Pumpkin Pie spice
1/2 tsp Salt
Mix all ingredients together well.
Pour into a sprayed pie dish.
Bake at 350 for approx. 1Hr 20Min or until set.

3 eggs
3 cups plain nonfat Greek yogurt
One small box instant sugar-free /fat-free pudding I used cheesecake flavor
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon of Stevia
In bowl add eggs,vanilla, Stevia and lemon juice and beat well. Add yogurt and dry pudding and mix well. Spray pie plate and the. Pour in mixture. Cook at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely then cover and refrigerate.
Better when left overnight
Topped mine with frozen mixed berries

Quick. easy. filling and delish
1 egg
1 ripe banana
1 tbsp kodiak pancake mix
Vanilla and cinnamon to your liking
2 minutes in microwave

Who doesn’t love a banana split…
Plain fat free Greek yogurt
Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries
Mini chocolate chips
Whipped topping

so helpful when Im out with people who order dessert. I just ask for a cup of hot water

One of my absolute faves!!
Remind me of my Gram an the rip wraps” she use to make from pe crust
Ole wrap
Almond butter I use 1 tbsp and nuke for about 15 seconds to soften so it spreads easier
Add a Banana
Sprinkle with Cinnamon
Roll up and sprinkle with a little more cinnamon

My husband would eat ice cream every day. These guys work most of the time. My favorite is the arctic zero chocolate cherry chunk but there are so many good flavors



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Why I Love my Air Fryer

Have to say this is one of the best purchases I have made for my kitchen. So many things I love about my air fryer. I hesitated for a while but started to hear some good feed back. When I finally took the plunge I bought the smaller size but in no time passed it down to my daughter and went for the big one.

I’m able to enjoy many of the foods I enjoy without the all the fat and calories

I haven’t indulged in Fried Calamari in years!

One of the reasons I held off on buying one was the fact that I really don’t eat much fried food anymore but this thing cooks just about everything.

I have roast veggies (asparagus comes out fantastic!), an entire chicken, ribs a pork roast and chops, pineapple and made my little apple pies. It also cooks a mean porterhouse steak!

Cooks things so much faster then an oven and no need to wait 10 to 15 minutes to preheat.

Heats up leftovers in minutes! So much tastier then the microwave

I am not a big baker but the option is there and I may play around with it sooner or later

Clean up is so easy! I use my little smiley face sponge but it can be tossed right in the dish washer.

Looking forward to the summer and being able to make many of the things I would normally not make because I don’t want to heat up the house by turning the oven on. I usually bring my Ninja 3 in 1 cooker with me but I am definitely planning on bringing this guy with me to the beach this year as well.

 A big concern for me especially when I was thinking about going with the larger one was space (I have a little kitchen with not a lot of counter space) But its really not much bigger then my coffee pot

I use it 5 out of 7 days a week and many times more then once in a day so it has a permanent spot on the counter.

I love this one and chose it because it was there and on sale. The smaller one I had was a different brand and worked just as well, My daughter and her fiance are still enjoying it. I have really not heard any bad reviews on any of them. Both of the ones I got came with a small cookbook with ideas and some cook times to get me started. The internet is loaded with recipes and ideas and really I have just been playing with it and trying different things.

One thing I did do was purchase some silicone trivets to keep the basket from rubbing and scraping up the bottom when shaking it

I Absolutely LOOOVE french fries so I guess that would be my favorite thing about it. Perfect French fries in less then 20 minutes

So if you have been thinking about it I say GO FOR IT!!!

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Is it worth it? Why not interview your food

A few years ago in Weight Watchers we talked about interviewing our food. At first I thought it was a little silly but it is is something that has really stuck with me and helped me figure out what foods are worth it and what aren’t. Here are some of my go to questions.

When will I see you again?

Do you taste as good as you look?

Will I be able to stop once I start eating you?

How many points are you?

Can I afford you today?

Why do I really want you?

Will I regret you later?

How will I feel after I eat you?

and one I just added to the list…

Are you going to get me closer to or further from my goal?

This strategy has really helped me manage many Holidays, events and parties and I encourage you to give it a shot. Come up the the questions that make a difference to you. If nothing else it could definitely make you more mindful but if you stick with it it could become a habit be a real game changer for you



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PIZZA SALAD!! One slice can absolutely be enough




Pizza has always been a challenge for me. I am a volume eater and I LOVE pizza. That combo can be a killer for the waistline for sure. But giving up pizza? I don’t think so. Tried a couple different tricks… Ordering a salad with my pizza thinking it would fill me up… would usually wind up eating the salad and at least 4 slices of pizza. I love salad but when I’m eating pizza I want pizza and the salad becomes like a job or something I have to do. Another thing I tried was cutting a slice up into little pieces… problem there is I could do that with 4 or 5 slices real easy.

One day someone mentioned putting pizza on my salad. Sounded pretty weird but one thing I always say you don’t know if it works till you try it. Guess what? It totally worked!!! One slice and I am completely satisfied both physically and mentally. The salad fills me up and every bite tastes like pizza


Grab your favorite slice and make a nice big salad

cut pizza into bite size pieces and add to salad

cut pizza into bite size pieces and add to salad


Add your favorite toppings

Add your favorite toppings


I love balsamic vinegar and red pepper flakes and sometimes a little parmesan cheese



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