Trying Out a Chocolate Covered Katie Recipe

For those of you who haven’t heard of the genius that is Katie of Chocolate Covered Katie, allow me to post her blog’s bio.

The Healthy Dessert Blog

This isn’t just any dessert blog: it’s the healthy-dessert blog!

The recipes featured here are healthier versions of your favorite naughty treats: Cookie Dough Milkshakes, Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, Brownie Batter Pancakes…

What will you find on this website?

Healthier versions of all your favorite desserts. My aim isn’t for people to say, “This is good… for a healthydessert.” I want them to say, “This is good. Period.”

For the actual recipes, see: CC Diet Recipes.

This site is for anyone who wants to be healthy but refuses to give up eating delicious desserts in the name of health. Happiness and health go hand-in-hand, and how can you be happy if you’re not eating what you truly desire? My favorite food is chocolate, and I eat it at least once a day. I’ve never been happier. Or healthier.

The ultimate “does not taste healthy” dessert: Chocolate Bar Pie.

Healthy is the new naughty

So go be naughty! And enjoy every chocolate-covered minute of it!

Don’t miss a single recipe:

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I never imagined this blog would grow to be so popular, and I’m thankful every day. In other words, if you’re reading this, I’m thankful for YOU! Please feel free to leave a comment on any of my posts. I lovecomments.

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Isn’t she a doll?! Anyway, now that you know a little bit about her blog, I expect you all to head on over (after finishing this post, of course) to check out some of her amazing recipes. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Anyway, I’ve been wanting to try out some of her recipes using dates, but I’ve always managed to forget to add them to my grocery list. So on Tuesday, I hit the store and made sure I picked up a package of Dole dates. This afternoon I was on my usual 3rd cup of coffee, when I realized I wanted something sweet. I grabbed my iPad, pulled up this recipe and go cooking. I did modify the recipe a little, but they still turned out fabulously. In fact, they were so good, I had two.

Here is my modification:

  • 1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup dates
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp almond butter

After I blended everything, I rolled them into small and medium sized balls. The recipe only made about 6 balls, but they’re so filling, two felt like way too much for me.

I highly encourage you try these bad boys. I felt like I was eating some sort of rich brownie batter. YUM.

My Healthy Tip of the Day: In the mood for a rich dessert, drop by Chocolate Covered Katie’s blog and check out her many, many options.

 

WIAW: Garden Veggies!


I received another deposit of veggies from my wonderful Greg back home. He sent with me five enormous tomatoes, around 8-10 potatoes, five green peppers, three Hungarian wax peppers, and about 8-10 onions. Whoa. Combine that with the three zucchini and three squash I have sitting in my fridge and you’ve got delicious dinner and lunch options for the next two weeks! Hello tomato, onion and green pepper omelet Saturday!

Fresh veggies aside, I’ve recently given the Lärabar brand a try. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste, but a little put off at how hard it was for me to digest it later. It sort of sat in my stomach for 30 minutes or so before leaving me full and satisfied. I tried the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip flavor, but also grabbed these guys to try:

Chocolate Coconut Chew Coconut Cream PieChocolate Chip Brownie

After paroozing their website, I discovered a cappuccino flavor that I’ve got to find. If anyone in the northern West Virginia area knows where I can find this flavor, let me know pronto.

Lärabars aside, I’ve also found myself hitting the strawberries pretty hard. Last week I bought two cartons and finished them off today. I’d say I’m a fatty, but they are strawberries. I definitely didn’t share them, though. 🙂

What I Plan to Eat Wednesday:

Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Herbs and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 3 zucchini (about 1/2 pound each), sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 ounces reduced-fat soft goat’s cheese (I’m subbing ricotta cheese)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced parsley leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves (omitting)
  • 1/3 cup basil leaves

Directions

Discard the outermost slices of zucchini and brush the rest of the slices with the oil on both sides. Season with salt and pepper. Place on a preheated grill or grill pan for about 4 minutes on each side, or until tender.

In a small bowl combine the goat cheese, parsley leaves and lemon juice, mashing with a fork.

Put 1/2 teaspoon of the cheese mixture about 1/2-inch from the end of a zucchini slice. Top with a few spinach leaves and 1 small, or half of a large basil leaf. Roll up and place seam side down on a platter. Repeat with the rest of the zucchini slices.

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How yummy?! I’ve got to figure out a way to cook all of these veggies somehow!

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Although opting for a salad at dinner may sound like a good idea, steer clear of these 12 salads and save yourself some major fat, calories and sodium! I personally was heartbroken to see my favorite Applebee’s salad, the Asian Grilled Chicken Salad, on this Shape Magazine list. Perhaps I’ll be ordering a side size from now on!

WIAW: More Than Two Bites of a Meal

With the surgery and recent stomach bug, I’ve been pretty “off” foods lately. So I was pretty happy to have a decent meal (or two) this week.

The omelet had West Virginia grown green peppers and onions in it and the pumpkin muffin was homemade. Yum. The Snapple, well, that’s my new favorite drink! Highly recommend. (10 calories? R U SERIOUS?!!?!)

 

Pumpkin Oat Muffins

I got bored last Sunday and started fishing around for stuff in the kitchen to mix up. I had pumpkin, oats and a longing desire for it to be fall. I did a quick search online, found a pumpkin muffin recipe and started improvising. (The improvising stemmed from the fact that my mother threw out my baking soda two months ago when she helped me moved. I never forget.) Here is what I came up with.

Pumpkin Oat Muffins

  • 1 3/4 cup of oats 
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 stick of butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar (or other sugar substitute)
  • 1 large egg
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grab a standard 12 cup muffin pan and spray with a light cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients, including the oats. Whisk together lightly.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the egg, butter and pumpkin. Combine with the dry ingredients and mix until blended.
  4. Spoon the batter into each cup of the muffin tin and bake for 12-14 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

These muffins are very dense and are best served with butter or your favorite jam. I highly recommend an apple butter!

My Nimbus

An incredibly unproductive week I’ve had! On Tuesday, I had plans to run, but didn’t follow through. On Wednesday, I thought about some Pilates, but that didn’t happen either. Luckily, I did manage to get 30 minutes in Monday and 25 minutes last night. To my defense, I still haven’t felt quite up for cardio and I did only  just get the medical glue removed from my mouth on Wednesday.

In nerdy news, my dentist recently gave me a soft bristle toothbrush for the area where the graft was placed. Easily excited, I hurried home to unwrap my new toy. As I was tearing off the plastic, I realized that I wasn’t opening just  any ordinary toothbrush; I was holding the Nimbus toothbrush! The bristles were the softest I’d ever felt and it took everything in me not to attempt a Quidditch match with it.

All joking aside, if you have sensitive or thin gums, or if you’re just a vigorous brusher, I highly recommend investing in one of these. You can either order them directly from their website or ask your dentist if they can order one for you.

That’s all I have. See what I mean about the lack of productivity?!

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Minimize red meat Substitute fish or chicken whenever you can, and when you do eat beef, mix it with whole grains and veggies in stews, stuffed tomatoes, and similar dishes. –AARP ‘Miracle Diet’

Veggie Couscous Mash

For lunch today I decided to recreate the veggie mash I made on Monday.

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Are you seeing those veggies? I mean seriously. Best. Garden. Ever. Anyway, I went through the same, very basic steps, but this time, I used couscous. The couscous actually overcooked and turned into a sponge-like rectangle, but I think it actually made for a better glue to hold the veggies together.

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After I finished, I realized this would be the perfect mix for a zucchini and squash falafel-like dish! This mix could be easily fried or baked into little balls of veggie heaven. The couscous would have be substituted for some oats and quinoa, but I think it would work.

While in the kitchen, my girls were enjoying the rare occasion where I leave the porch door open. Although it’s a million degrees out, my building is in the shade and doesn’t seem to catch as much heat as other areas.

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Grace had her usual terrified expression, while her mom caught some zzzs on her pillow. Please ignore the couch. I still haven’t found a cover for it.

Ok, I’m off to get some reading done. (And by reading I mean watching Gilmore Girls on DVD.)

My Healthy Tip of the Day: Opt for veggies with a little bite to keep yourself from reaching for the salt. Onions and garlic are the best natural flavor savors I’ve found to work with. Just keep a mint handy for after dinner. Smile

FTF: Healthiest Frozen Desserts

1. Edy’s Slow Churned Caramel Delight

I love the mini cups of ice cream you get at the grocery store because it really helps control my portions. Although a little higher in calories,  it’s full of flavor and completely satisfies my sweet tooth. Plus, it’s real ice cream!

Caramel Delight

Calories: 180 per container
Total Fat:  3.5 g
Sugars: 26 g

2. Weight Watchers Giant Latte Bars

I’m addicted to coffee flavored anything, but these these bars are as close to perfection as you can get. At only 90 calories and 1 gram of fat, these bad boys take the cake. Even Grace can’t resist.

Calories: 90 per bar
Fat: 1 g

 3. Edy’s Fruit Bars

Ok, so it’s not ice cream, but these frozen fruit bars will make you forget all about your love affair with chocolate. Any of the flavors will make your head spin, but I particularly like the pomegranate ones. Plus, they give you red lips, which eliminates the need for lipstick. Score.

Pomegranate

Calories: 70 per bar
Fat: 0 g
Sugars: 16 g

4. Blue Bunny Frozen Yogurt Praline Crunch

This was actually the most dangerous purchase I’ve ever made. I kid you not, I think this carton of froyo lasted three days. I can say nothing else except that this is the perfect combo of sweet and salty. Yum.

Calories: 120 per 1/2 cup
Fat: 4 g
Sugars: 17

 5. Arctic Zero Frozen “Yogurt”

Rightfully earning it’s name, Arctic Zero is gluten free, dairy free, artificial color and sweetener free, and only 150 calories per pint. That’s right: per pint. (Some of you may remember the time I drove 50 minutes to pick up this stuff.)I’ve only had the Pumpkin Spice, Vanilla Maple and Coffee flavors, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. You won’t get the rich, creamy texture you’d expect with a frozen “yogurt”, but it definitely helps satisfy your frozen dessert craving.

Calories: 150 per pint
Fat: 0 g
Fiber: 14 g of whey protein

 


WIAW: Cocoa Oats, AGAIN!


I love chocolately hot oats, but never thought about how I could take them to the next level. When shopping for some soft food options, I came across something wonderful: unsweetened chocolate almond milk! It wasn’t in the freezer section, but rather the condensed milk section right across the aisle.

Almond Breeze® Chocolate - Unsweetened

The stuff doesn’t taste great to drink, but it’s perfect for making chocolately oats!

Almond Breeze also makes regular chocolate almond milk that is much more suitable for drinking. Either way, I highly recommend trying this!

Care Package

Does anyone else think vegetables from a local garden taste so much better than from the store? Yesterday I received an amazing care package from my wonderful neighbor Greg (via my parents). He is the one who let me stay with him during the year my parents were building their house. Anyway, he has a really great garden and usually always shares his goodies with me. This time I received yellow squash, zucchini, cucumber, tomato, Hungarian wax peppers, green onions, and the little bulb onions that smell awesome. I can’t express how delicious these veggies were. I chopped up some of the squash, zucchini, pepper and bulb onion, sautéed it in a pan, and then chopped it up in my food processor. I mixed the whole thing with some quinoa for a healthy bowl of mush. I was jonesing for a healthy dinner!

After that, I met my friend Brianna at Naticakes to catch up on our summers thus far. She listened to me slur stories through my retainer and didn’t once judge me for getting two kinds of frozen yogurt: cake batter and white chocolate macadamia. Remind me again why I can’t eat frozen yogurt for all three meals?

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Post-Naticakes was filled with 30 minutes of Downton Abbey (Season 1) and two full hours of the Bachelorette. Before I weigh in on the Bachelorette, does anyone else love Downton Abbey? I borrowed the DVD from Alex’s dad, only to discover I actually have access to it on Netflix. I’ve been trying to set aside at least 30 minutes an evening for half an episode, but I’m having trouble resisting the urge to watch them all in one sitting! If you haven’t heard of this show, here’s a brief synopsis, courtesy of PBS.

The Downton Abbey estate stands a splendid example of confidence and mettle, its family enduring for generations and its staff a well-oiled machine of propriety. But change is afoot at Downton — change far surpassing the new electric lights and telephone. A crisis of inheritance threatens to displace the resident Crawley family, in spite of the best efforts of the noble and compassionate Earl, Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville, Miss Austen Regrets); his American heiress wife, Cora (Elizabeth McGovern); his comically implacable, opinionated mother, Violet (Maggie Smith, David Copperfield); and his beautiful, eldest daughter, Mary, intent on charting her own course. Reluctantly, the family is forced to welcome its heir apparent, the self-made and proudly modern Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens), himself none too happy about the new arrangements. As Matthew’s bristly relationship with Mary begins to crackle with electricity, hope for the future of Downton’s dynasty takes shape. But when petty jealousies and ambitions grow among the family and the staff, scheming and secrets — both delicious and dangerous — threaten to derail the scramble to preserve Downton Abbey. Created and written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), Downton Abbey offers a spot-on portrait of a vanishing way of life.

Well, have a Happy 4th of July tomorrow and remember to be safe if you’re going to be handling fireworks!

Soft Foods and Power Outages

I’ve been away from Cat Hair for quite some time now for a few reasons. First, I had a gum graft procedure on Thursday of last week and have been spending most of my spare time trying to keep this graft alive.

Sorry, gross. Anyway, I braved the world and headed to work the day after to find that I actually felt fine. When I arrived at home that evening, ready for a couch potato session, I was greeted with a massive storm front that knocked out my power for several hours. Thankfully for me, it was back on within the night, but others in West Virginia were not so fortunate. I’ve received word that some are just now starting to regain power and cell service. Poor West Virginia!

Anyway, that’s my excuse.

So, since I’ve had this surgery, I’ve been restricted to a soft food diet for two weeks. Now most of my diet actually already consists of soft foods (cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream), but I’ve been quickly learning that I’m rapidly losing the nutrients I normally get. So, my solution has been to combine quinoa with any vegetable I can puree. Two nights ago it was a spinach puree and tonight, I’m hoping for a zucchini and squash mix. It sounds sort of gross, but it’s actually pretty good. Couple this with a helping serving of Naticake’s frozen yogurt and I’m set!

Another downside to this procedure is that my activity levels are restricted. For instance, yesterday was the first day I’d actually gone out for a walk and I was literally exhausted afterwards. I walked at a brisk pace for about 50 minutes, but felt seriously winded and light headed. I know I’m supposed to take it easy, but I really needed some movement! Maybe tonight I’ll just stick to a light Yoga routine.

My Healthy Tip of the Day: If you’ve had any type of surgery, stay off your feet for the recommended amount of time. If you feel you’re ready to exercise, start off with a light walk for 10 or 15 minutes a day and then work your way forward. Pushing yourself too hard too fast is the easiest way to falter your recovery.