Vegan Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

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On our way home from the movies yesterday I was craving something sweet and went to find out if the new vegan Ben & Jerry’s ice cream was available near me yet.

And it was!!!

All 4 flavors are now available at my local Target, so with 20 minutes to closing we ran in, picked up this flavor, because peanut butter and oreo-like cookies are my weakness, and ran home. IMG_3340

First of all, it’s made with almond milk, which is my favorite milk alternative. It looks like ice cream, the texture is the same, but it tastes amazing because it’s got that nice, light almond-y flavor underneath the peanut butter and cookies.

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Also, there was like a whole, entire cookie buried in my ice cream. I ate about a quarter of it before I had to put it away because my ice cream loving cat was trying to steal it from me.

So if it can fool a cat who can’t even taste sweet things, it can probably fool a non-vegan. But as far as vegan ice cream goes, this is good. I really like So Delicious coconut ice cream, too, but I had to try this out. It did not disappoint.

Tortilla Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza? It’s delicious. It’s amazing. And it can be really terrible for you.

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But it is so good!!

After our treat day last weekend we knew we had to find a suitable replacement for pizza. So I did some googling and some thinking and came up with tortilla pizza!

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Your own personal pizza on a whole wheat tortilla. Packed with protein, fiber, and less sodium and weird chemicals than your average Dominos or Pizza Hut pizza. It was the perfect replacement.

First, I preheated the oven to about 400 degrees. I kept seeing different temps on different recipes so I picked one in the middle.

Then, I pulled out a cookie sheet and lined it with foil. A lot of other sites will tell you to use a cast iron skillet but I didn’t have one so I improvised and it worked great! If you do have one I hear it can make the tortilla crust crispier, but mine wasn’t soggy at all so I’m not worried.

Then, take as many tortillas as you want pizzas and put them on the surface you’re using. I used whole wheat tortillas.

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I spread about 1/4 cup of marinara sauce but found out I didn’t need that much. Probably about 1/8 cup will do if you are using average sized tortillas. Leave some space around the edge for the crust.

IMG_1384I put about half a cup of mozzarella cheese on each. I’m a cheese fiend, so you probably don’t need as much.

We’re both fairly vanilla when it comes to food so we just had cheese pizzas, but you could top yours with anything from here: pepperoni, bacon, olives, mushrooms, red and green peppers, turkey sausage, pineapple, the options are endless!

I baked them for 10 minutes and then took them out and let them cool another 10. For some reason this is a really important step for flavor. Letting them cool a few minutes makes them taste so much better than just eating them straight out of the oven.

Tortilla Pizzas

  • whole wheat tortillas
  • 1/8 C sauce for each tortilla
  • 1/4-1/2 C mozzarella cheese for each tortilla
  • various toppings of your choice
  1. preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

  2. top your tortillas with the 1/8 C sauce. Leave about half an inch around the edges for the crust.

  3. top with the 1/4-1/2 C cheese.

  4. add any extra toppings

  5. bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until you see the cheese start to bubble.

  6. remove and let cool another 5-10 minutes

  7. cut and serve!

The Actor absolutely loved them and he’s not big on the “healthy replacements” bandwagon just yet. We’re getting there. They are definitely a suitable replacement for pizza, and possible tastier since there isn’t a bunch of grease and carbs to weigh you down and tire you out. All the fun of pizza without the repercussions.

PB&J Overnight Oats

Since my recent obsession with overnight oats has taken off, I thought I’d experiment with some recipes of my own.

I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. When I was in recovery that’s pretty much all I ate. I figured, if I have to eat it might as well be something I like. When I started working in college and didn’t have time for lunch between work and class I would pack a pb&j sandwich in my backpack to eat while I ran to the other side of campus. And then, who doesn’t love to just grab a spoon and eat the peanut butter straight out of the jar?

So, I thought, why not try to make peanut butter and jelly overnight oats? Turns out, it’s delicious in oatmeal form, too.

What you need

  • 1/4 C nonfat vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/4 C nonfat milk of choice (I use regular milk, but it would probably be fine with soy or almond)
  • 1-2 T peanut butter (would probably work with 1/4 C peanut flour, but I haven’t tried it. I used 2 tablespoons, so the nutrition facts below reflect that)
  • 1 T jelly of choice
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Cellucor’s whipped vanilla whey)
  • 1/2 C dry rolled oats

Mix them all together and refrigerate in a sealed container or jar for 4 hours or overnight. Grab a spoon in the morning and dig in!

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You could probably add some berries, peanuts, almonds, or even peanut butter chips to it if you wanted to get crazy.

Nutrition Facts

478 calories

20 g fat

52 g carbs

28 g protein

*using 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, cow’s milk, and protein powder. Any variations will give you different results

Trying New Things: Overnight Oats

I’ve been a part of the online healthy living blogging community for a while. Not really in my blogs, since my past blog was dedicated to my recovery, but I read a lot of those blogs and commented. I learned a lot about how living healthy was doable and what it took to do it. I saw a lot of good recipes and beautiful pictures, and just kept wondering if I would ever get to join that community where I can keep up a healthy lifestyle without my eating disorder getting in the way.

I think I’m finally getting there.

I’m a huge fan of green smoothies. I don’t like eating kale or spinach in salads, so getting them in smoothies is great. For a while that was my go-to breakfast.

But in the past few days I’ve decided to try another healthy living staple: overnight oats.

I’m not a fan of regular oatmeal at all, but this stuff I can actually kind of get behind. So I bought the oats, and went on Pinterest to find some good recipes to try. These are the ones I found that looked good to me. Since I’m not a fan of oatmeal I thought I’d start with stuff that tasted more like dessert than oats so the flavor can help me overcome the texture which is what gets me.

If you click on the pictures they should take you to the recipes!

from freshfitnhealthy.com

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from chelseasmessyapron.com

from cincyshopper.com

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from domesticate-me.com

Do you eat overnight oats?

What’s your favorite combination?