The other day I had a hankering for some sort of different snack and I happened to have a huge bag of pecans from my mom’s yard in south GA. So I started thinking I could do a sweet candied pecan but I didn’t want the typical sugar coated. So after some research online I modified a recipe to make this!
Drunk Honeyed Pecans
- 1/2 c bourbon honey
- 1/4 c granulated sugar
- 1/4 c whiskey
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 c pecan halves
Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium saucepan, stir together honey, granulated sugar, whiskey, and salt. Cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a slow boil. Add pecan halves. Stir to coat. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring, until syrup begins to bubble up and turn a light brown in color. Remove from heat and drain liquid through a strainer.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place coated pecans onto parchment paper in a single layer, separating as much as possible. Place in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes (watch closely so they don’t burn). Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cooled, separate pecans from each other and use to top salad or as a tasty snack.
Well, it’s another icy morning here in Maryland but since I’m working at home today, I took advantage of my blender and whipped up a smoothie. I didn’t have much to use in one so I threw some things together but it works. Perhaps it’s a little sweet for a breakfast smoothie but I’ll be keeping this one in mind for a sweet treat in the future.
Caramel Apple Cherry Protein Smoothie
1 Grove Square Caramel Apple Cider K-cup
1/2 c unsweetened applesauce
1 c dark frozen sweet cherries
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Blend it all up!
Mine made just over 1 serving of my smoothie cup so you could easily make 2 smoothies out of this I think.
Calories – 260
Carbs – 37
Fat – 0g
Protein – 27
Sodium – 235
Sugar – 27
It’s that time again. Time to share my favorites. I only have 3 this month because 1. I don’t know where the month went and 2. many of my favorite things this month were events/activities I did with loved ones.
Completely addicted to this stuff. Not everyone likes seaweed chips. I don’t like every kind of seaweed chip. But this? This is incredible. Plus, this whole pack is only 100 calories. It’s low fat, low carbs. It’s a perfect snack for me because not only does it take a while to get through the pack, it doesn’t stack up calories.
Essie’s Bikini So Teeny is a great color. Not only is it tame enough to wear on my fingers at my job, but it’s light enough that when it started to chip on the edges, it wasn’t overly noticeable. It’s a great summer color and I can’t wait to experiment with it.
I can’t get enough of this salad. I must eat it every week. Sometimes I eat it 2-3 times a week. Seriously. I get it with no dressing. It doesn’t need dressing when there is cheese, bacon, eggs, avocado, and tomatoes! It’s even better when paired with a unsweet Hibiscus Tea.
I discovered this peanut butter a few months ago. I love it. It’s a healthier peanut butter with not that many ingredients. I have the 3 jars shown. The Coco Bananas is my favorite. It’s banana peanut butter with a touch of chocolate. Perfect for a scoop straight from the jar or spread on a slice of bread.
I was recently introduced to this snack mix. It’s definitely a favorite of mine. But I have to portion it out into a small bowl for myself otherwise I could eat the entire box.
Hands down my favorite Luna bar. Luna bars aren’t the best things in the world for me to eat but they’re certainly not terrible. And this flavor is delicious. It keeps me powering through my workout but cuts a sweet craving fast.
I don’t know about y’all, but I have some major trigger foods. Foods I simply can’t keep in my house as much as I love them. Foods that once I open them, I can’t leave the box alone. The whole box will be gone in a matter of days…and I’m talking like 2, maybe 3 days. Hell, I’ll be honest, if I open some of these things early enough in the day, they won’t make it through the day!
What made me think of these foods is this article on BuzzFeed: 17 Foods You Can’t Freaking Stop Eating.
A major one for me is number 2 on the list: Triscuits. Man, do I love Triscuits. I don’t know what it is, but I can’t get enough. I don’t want flavored ones…just the plain ones. I can’t stop with them. Not far behind is number 7 (Cheez-Its) and number 13 (Wheat Thins). I love them all! They used to be staples in my house but I can’t control myself around them so I just keep them out most of the time. I’ll buy them on a rare occasion but typically I just avoid them. Another thing I love but that isn’t on the list?
Seriously, those guys above? Cannot have them…I will eat the entire bag in one sitting. Every. Single. Time. But I only like the cheddar cheese kind, I could do without any other kind of rice cake.
While I have a big sweet tooth and a big salty tooth, I don’t overeat on sweets typically. I’ll make myself uncomfortably full on salty food. So either I won’t keep them in the house or if I buy them, they go to work. I’m less likely to overeat at work. It’s harder to be productive and mindlessly eat.
What are some of your trigger foods? What do you do to overcome them?
Well, I had a longer night away from my house and laptop than expected so I only have my breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack to show you. I ate my dinner before taking a picture because blogging wasn’t the focus of my meal tonight…a friend in need was. Life happens, right?
I had Dunkin Donuts for breakfast, Panera for lunch, Nilla Wafers for a snack, and Baja Fresh for dinner.
Pretend I didn’t scarf down the mac and cheese from Panera before I remembered I was supposed to take a picture. I know mac and cheese from there is a lot of calories and WW points but some days, you just need it. Not my best day overall, but I had a good Curves workout followed by a fun Zumba workout and I feel good about the day.
Want some granola to top your yogurt or just to eat? Try this kind.
Peanut Butter Almond Granola
2/3 c peanut butter
2/3 c honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 c rolled oats
1 c sunflower seeds
1 c slivered almonds
Mix the peanut butter and honey together. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts and cinnamon. Stir in oats and nuts. Spread evenly onto a baking pan and bake on 325 for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally or until golden brown.