Healthier Peanut Butter Eggs

Hi there! Happy Monday! I’m a bit behind because life has been absolutely crazy lately. Saturday weekend we drove down to Virginia to visit some friends. It was a really quick trip but so much fun!

I was planning on sharing this recipe on Friday, but here it is being shared today. It’s another slightly less healthy recipe- the kind that I like to share right before the weekend, but oh well!

This is such a simple recipe and so delicious- it’s also perfect for Easter! Reece’s Peanut Butter eggs are an all-time Easter favorite. I think everyone agrees that they taste better than regular peanut butter cups. I also think we can all agree that they’re not the best for you, and they have tons of sugar in them. I have seen quite a few recipes for Healthier Reeces Peanut Butter Eggs- but this is by far the easiest way to make them. You only need five ingredients!

Healthier Reece’s Peanut Butter Eggs

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Ingredients:

Equal parts natural peanut butter and powdered sugar, depends on how many you want to make!

1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Mix the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla together in a bowl. Form into egg shapes- roll into a small ball then flatten into an egg shape- you can make large, medium, or mini eggs! Form them on a piece of wax paper and place them in the freezer for about 15 minutes or so.

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Next, pour the chocolate chips into a bowl. Melt them in the microwave or a double boiler. Add in the melted coconut oil to make mixing and pouring the chocolate chips a little easier. Pour the chocolate over the peanut butter eggs and place back in the freezer for a few minutes. And that’s it! They’re ready to eat!

Peanut Butter Eggs

I poured some striped eggs and some full chocolate eggs. The easiest way to make them look smooth and completely covered is to place the eggs on a drying rack with the parchment paper underneath and then drizzle the chocolate over top.

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These are so quick and easy to make and they’re perfect for an Easter party or get together. I think they taste much better than the original peanut butter eggs, but with much better ingredients and much less sugar!

Have a great start to your week! What’s your favorite Easter candy!?

Tropical Protein Bars

Happy Thursday! We’re on the downhill for the week! Yesterday was a gloomy, rainy, cold day. Even Clementine was snuggled up on the couch when I got home from work.

Sleepy PuppyToday I’m sharing a easy protein bar recipe that will have you dreaming of a tropical beach!

These tropical protein bars are really simple to make, they’re low in sugar, and gluten-free. Perfect for after a workout or to take to the gym! They may seem strange because they have beans as the first ingredient- but I promise they’re delicious!

Tropical Protein Bars

Ingredients:

1 can white beans
1/4 cup nut butter of your choice- I used sunflower butter
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup chopped pineapple- fresh is best, but I ended up using canned pineapple for this recipe, just make sure it isn’t canned with sugar
1/4 cup protein powder of your choice
1/4 cup almond flour
1 cup oats- gluten-free if necessary
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
A handful or two of raisins- these are optional
Slivered almonds- optional

If the mixture is too wet you can add a litte more oats.

Fully drain and rinse the beans and add them to a food processor. Process until they are smooth. Add in the pineapple juice, lemon juice and nut butter. Process again until smooth. Slowly add in the honey until fully incorporated. Then pour into a bowl and add the chopped pineapple. In a separate bowl add the protein powder, almond flour, oats, and shredded coconut together and mix. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Then add in the raisins. You could also add other dried fruits like blueberries, banana or mango.

Tropical Protein Bar Recipe

Pour into a lined 9×13 inch pan- or 8×8 pan if you want thicker bars. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Top with more shredded coconut and some slivered almonds.

Enjoy! Do you have a favorite protein bar recipe?

6 Awesome Arm Workouts

Handstand DrillsHappy Tuesday! Have you been practicing your handstands? A couple of weeks ago I shared some handstand tips from beginners to advanced, and things I think about when I’m upside down.

Today I wanted to share some great arm workouts that will get your arms toned for Summer, and tank tops, and sundresses and…ahh I just want to be able to wear something other than a huge winter coat.

Ok anyway! Here are some of my favorite arm workouts! I’ve also included some arm workouts that I’m excited to try! Especially as the weather starts to warm up!

1. Tone your arms in 15 minutes a day! : 15 Minute Arm Workout
For when you don’t have a lot of time and need to get a workout in during lunch or after work! All you need is two 5-8 pound dumbells, or soup cans, or water bottles- anything will work!

2. From the Healthy Helper Blog an awesome circuit workout:

Arms Circuit Workout

Great for when you want a workout that targets more than just your arms. 

3. A full upper body workout from Getting My Healthy On

Upper-Body-Dumbbell-Circuit

For when you want to tone your back and entire upper body. Can’t wait to try this one out!

4. The Push Up Pyramid :

Arm WorkoutFor when you don’t have any equipment and you want to complete a workout at home, or at your friends house, or while your watching tv!

And here are some awesome arm workout videos!

5. Arm sculpting workout from Healthy Hungry Happy, with a video!

6. Upper body pyramid and cardio workout from Veva.

 I hope these help give you some inspiration and ideas for great ways to tone your arms!

Do you have any favorite arm workouts?!

 …For your pinning pleasure! 6-Awesome-Art-Workouts

Mozzarella Basil Sandwich

Morning! Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. We were pretty low key because I was feeling a bit under the weather. haha Today I’m sharing a delicious sandwich recipe that we have been making quite a bit lately. My inspiration for this sandwich comes from Macri’s deli where they make a delicious mozzarella panini with similar ingredients. Theirs is made on a ciabatta roll and then grilled, but after a couple different tries we have found that this is the best way to make it at home.

Mozzarella Basil SandwichMozzarella Sandwich

Ingredients:

Makes Two Sandwiches

1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
4-6 Roasted Red Peppers
6 thin slices of fresh mozzarella cheese
6-8 leaves of fresh basil
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 whole wheat chiabatta rolls (or any bread you like!)

I like to toast the roll before I assemble the sandwich, but that is completely up to you! If you have a panini press that would work really well too!

In a hot frying pan pour in the olive oil. Throw in the roasted red peppers and let them heat up for a few minutes. If the variety of roasted red peppers you buy are jarred in olive oil you will not need any extra oil. After 2-3 minutes coat the roasted red peppers with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and take them off the heat.

Roasted Red Peppers

Pull off a few leaves of basil and layer them on top of the bread. Add the heated roasted red peppers. On the other side layer on slices of mozzarella and drizzle with more balsamic vinegar. And that’s it!

Mozzarella Sandwich RecipeYou could also use tomatoes instead of the red peppers for a caprese sandwich. I can’t wait to have fresh basil in the garden and be able to make these all summer long! We want to be able to make our own mozzarella and roasted red peppers as well! I love that wegmans has this hydroponic basil available to buy, and then we just keep it watered and in a sunny area and it lasts for a few weeks. I’m thinking I might try to plant it and see if I can get it to grow until I have basil in the garden!

Caprese Sandwich

Enjoy! Have a great start to the week. Think Spring!

 

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