Monday, March 20, 2017

LiveLovePop Review

If you know me, you know I love popcorn. I've tried many brands, even skinless popcorn! I can't really say I've hated any! However, I do have my favorites. One brand that caught my eye taking the social media world by storm is LiveLovePop! 
What's really awesome about this brand is that they're a mission based brand so each flavor gives back to a different charity. You can learn more about their mission on their website:
They also use simple, wholesome ingredients for healthy snacking you can feel good about! 
Not to be forgotten is the medley (yes, cornucopia, if you will) of flavors! The current flavors are honey bbq, lime fresco, sea salt, truffle salt, and salt and vinegar. So far I have tried honey bbq, sea salt and truffle salt but lime fresco may be my next victim!
Mix up of Honey BBQ and Sea Salt
The truffle salt flavor has a nice subtle truffle flavor lightly salted. At first bite, I will say I wasn't blown away but it definitely is addictive. The more I ate it, the more I liked it! 

The sea salt, again did not astound me, and is comparable to other brands that offer a sea salt flavor. There's really only so much one can do with sea salt but it's a classic flavor that I'm glad they offer! 

The honey bbq is a different story! I have never tasted popcorn like this! The flavor hits the nail on the head like a honey bbq chip but in the form of popcorn! I loved it so much, but sadly, so did my dad! lol! 

I can't wait to try the other flavors! 

Have you tried this brand of popcorn? What's your favorite popcorn? Sweet or salty?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Mini S'mores Bites!

Want a s'more?

S'more what?

"You're killing me, Smalls!"

-The Sandlot

If you haven't watched the Sandlot, I recommend you go do that right now and then come back, read this recipe, and make some (healthier) s'mores bites!

They are seriously so easy, I'm not sure it even counts as a recipe! These little bites have all your basic components of a s'more: graham, chocolate, and mallow - without packing a calorie punch!

Here's how:


  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp imitation butter flavor
  • 1-2 packets stevia or sweetener of choice
  • 5 tbsp graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tbsp brownie batter Gbutter spread (the gbutter spread is a very unique spread so may not be substituted - learn more about it: gbutter review)
  • 18 mini marshmallows (I used My Dandies vegan mini marshmallows but you may use any brand)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a mini muffin pan (you will only use six compartments). 
  2. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, egg white, butter flavor* and sweetener. Press this mixture into six compartments of the mini muffin tin. 
  3. Scoop half a tablespoon of gbutter spread on top of each.**
  4. Place three mini marshmallows on top of each. 
  5. Bake for 5 minutes, then broil until the marshmallows puff and become golden. 

*If a richer base is desired, you may use melted butter in place of the egg white and butter flavor. 

**For an alternative, you could try mini chocolate chips. 

Macros per bite:
68 cal 2.1f/8.9c/3.4p

Let me know if you try these! What's your favorite way to have a s'more? Are you a marshmallow burner?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mocha French Toast

French toast is one of my favorite breakfasts! Does it have to be an unhealthy calorie bomb? No! Does it have to be delicious? Yes!

I actually came up with this idea because I ran out of milk but I wanted French Toast! I used cold brew coffee as liquid in the batter and it came out delicious! Instead of using syrup or sugary toppings, I used a mocha peanut spread and Nunaturals Cocoa Syrup (stevia sweetened) for a guilt free, indulgent, and caffeinated breakfast!

Mocha French Toast 😍•2 slices @daveskillerbread •1 egg or 2 egg whites • about 1/4 cup @highbrewcoffee (I used bold and black) • sweetener to taste • Mix the batter ingredients. Soak bread in the batter. Cook on medium heat in a skillet sprayed with cooking spray. Topped with mocha @epicspreads and @nunaturals cocoa syrup! So good! Let me know if you do it! P.S. I invented this because I ran out of milk 😂


  • 2 slices whole grain bread 
  • 1 egg or 2 egg whites
  • about 1/4 cup coffee (I used cold brew but you could use any coffee)
  • sweetener to taste 
  • 1-2 tbsp mocha EpicSpreads peanut butter
  • NuNaturals Cocoa Syrup 


  1. Heat a pan to medium heat and spray with cooking spray. 
  2. Whisk the egg, coffee and sweetener. 
  3. Dip the slices of bread in the batter until it is completely soaked up. 
  4. Cook the bread in the pan. Flip when golden brown. 
  5. Top with mocha peanut butter and cocoa syrup! 
Macros vary based on toppings, coffee, eggs and bread. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Cake Batter No-Bake Fudge Cookie

In my opinion, cake batter is exponentionally better than it's cooked counterpart. Is it because it was the forbidden fruit as a child or is it just better? Who can tell? Regardless, I have created a no bake "cookie" with that sweet, sweet taste of cake batter.
Close Up!

I put cookie in quotations because this is no bake and has more of a fudge-like texture! I used a new to me flour, green banana flour! It doesn't have a banana flavor because it's made from green bananas, so they're underripe and less banana tasting. Why banana flour? It's gluten free, organic, and it contains resistant starch. Resistant starch is not digested by the small intestine and feeds healthy gut bacteria. Gut health is, like, all the rage right now. (Kombucha craze, anyone?) For maximum benefit, it should be consumed raw like in a smoothie, juice OR no bake cookie! For more information on banana flour and the brand I used check it out at They're an awesome company with healthy sweeteners and baking products.

Now for the recipe!

Cake Batter No Bake Fudge Cookies


  • 1 scoop Slappy Birthday Slap Nutrition protein powder (may substitute protein powder of choice) 
  • 1 tbsp honey 
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp imitation butter extract
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum 
  • 3 tbsp banana flour 
  • 1 tbsp sprinkles 
  • Additional sweetener to taste (I used about 10 drops of vanilla nunaturals)


  1. Combine protein powder, xanthan gum, and banana flour. 
  2. Add in wet ingredients and thoroughly combine. (I used my hands.)
  3. Form into cookies and press a teaspoon of sprinkles into each cookie. 
  4. Store in the fridge if you can resist eating them right away. 
Makes 3 cookies. 
Macros per cookie: 196 cal 10.4f/18c/9.5p

Monday, February 27, 2017

Vacations and Working Out? How to work it out!

So you're going to the beach for a quick getaway, yay! Right?

What about your workout routine? You've been so consistent; you don't want to just throw that all away! Rest assured, a short vacation will not undo all your progress! You will not "lose gains" overnight or even over two nights? And to be quite frank, if you did, so what? It's perfectly okay to take some time off!

What about those of you who are worried about gaining weight from lack of exercise? Simple answer: Be active! Often times, when I go on vacation, my step count is way higher than normal! This is considered NEAT (non exercise activity thermogenesis), basically energy used through daily activity versus an exercise program. NEAT can be very effective at burning some calories!

That's my step count from a recent beach trip; The day before was even higher. 

You can also enjoy activities like swimming, riding bikes, hiking, playing ball, etc. Living a fit lifestyle does not need to be a chore, especially when you're on vacation!

If you really want to do a quick workout, there's plenty of body weight exercises you could try, all you need is Google! But remember to enjoy the little things and the relaxing time with family and friends!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Oh Yeah One Peanut Butter Pie Protein Bar Review

Peanut Butter Pie and just one gram of sugar? Oh Yeah! But how does it hold up in terms of taste, texture and nutrition?

 Macros: 220calories 8f/23c/22p

As you can see, this bar is very high in protein and relatively normal for fat and carbs. It is sweetened with sucralose, non GMO and gluten free. Some people aren't a fan of sucralose but I'm honestly a bit ignorant on the subject and still consume it occasionally.

The flavor was ehhh. It was peanut butter-esque but not straight up peanut butter. The texture was dense and chewy which I enjoy. It has some sort of smooth coating which I also like. The flavor also seemed to have a bit of an aftertaste to me. This was most definitely NOT my favorite Oh Yeah! One bar. I really enjoyed the Birthday Cake, and Almond Bliss. I look forward to trying their new flavor, maple glazed donut!

Overall, I'd rate this 6/10.

Texture Shot

Have you tried this bar? What did you think?

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Game Day Recipes and Tips!

Game  Day is upon us! If you're like me, you may not be super excited about the actual Superbowl, but maybe you're having a party or having friends over anyway! So that means, snacks are important!

But don't fret, you don't have to dive headfirst into a bowl of nachos to satisfy your game day munchies. First of all, here are a few basic tips to stay on track with your nutrition goals for any party type scenario:

  • Eat your veggies! Many gatherings have a vegetable tray so hit up the veggies so you're not starving for other things that may not be quite so healthy. 
  • Hydrate! Staying hydrated is always important but it can curb cravings and is also important if you're going to be drinking alcohol. 
  • Be mindful! Many times, people graze mindlessly from a buffet throughout the night. Try to be mindful of what you're consuming. 
  • Focus on spending time with friends! That's what it's really all about, right?
  • When you choose to enjoy something, do so in moderation. If you're being mindful, you'll find you're much more satisfied with one serving versus mindlessly chowing down!
Now if you're in charge of the snack situation, here are two fun recipes I tried and I think would be great for a Superbowl party!

Sriracha Sweet Potato Tots


  • 1 cup sweet potato, mashed
  • 3/4 cup oat or almond flour
  • 1/4 cup crushed Enlightened Sriracha roasted broad beans
  • 1 egg
  • red pepper and salt to taste
  • Carrington Farms sriracha coconut oil


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. 
2. Combine the flour, crushed roasted broad beans, spices, sweet potato, and egg in a bowl or blender. You can blend it or use a hand mixer to blend. I used a hand mixer. 
3. Form into tots and drop on lined pan. Drizzle the sriracha oil over the top and maybe a sprinkle more spice. 
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes and enjoy!

Peanut Butter Maple Bacon Cake Balls


  • 1/2 cup Kodiak cakes protein pancake mix
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Devotion Nutrition maple bacon flex flavor
  • Additional sweetener to taste
  • 1/2 cup powdered peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 strip of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • Additional syrup to taste


1. Preheat your cake pop maker and spray with cooking spray. 
2. Whisk together the pancake mix, water, egg white, flex flavor, sweetner (I used just a small bit of Nunaturals simple syrup) and baking soda. 
3. Drop by spoonfuls into the cake pop maker and cook per the instructions for your cake pop maker. 
4. Allow the balls to cool, maybe even pop them in the fridge. 
5. Combine the liquefied coconut oil, powdered peanut butter and maple syrup. 
6. Use toothpicks to dunk you balls into the peanut butter sauce. Sprinkle bacon bits on top and store in the fridge to harden the peanut butter coating. 
7. Remove from fridge and drizzle with additional syrup to enjoy!

Do you have any super bowl traditions or favorite recipes? Let me know!