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Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Protein Dessert

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These little beauties are a staple in my fridge every week! They are out of The Fresh Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook By Emily Frisella! Highly recommend this cookbook, it is the only reason I know how to cook and enjoy it! For more recipes like this and healthy tips head over to her website!

I have a crazy sweet tooth so this is definitely something that helps kick the craving! They have such simple ingredients and are super easy to make! I usually make a batch at the beginning of each week so that I can have them to help keep me on track!

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Protein Balls

1 Cup natural chunky peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 tbsp water

3/4 cup vanilla ice cream protein powder

1/4 cup honey

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS-

Mix together peanut butter, sea salt, water, protein powder, and honey until well combined

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Roll the mixture into 24 balls

Chill protein balls in the freezer for 30-40 min.

melt chocolate chips in a microwaveable bowl. Melt in 20-30 second intervals, stirring after each until smooth.

Using a fork, drop a ball into chocolate and roll until well coated.

Chill in the refrigerator for another 30-40 minutes until chocolate is set.

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Tips to Add Veggies to Your Diet

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I have always struggled with eating veggies. I like carrots…. with ranch. That is the extent of what my veggie intake looks like. You know how you know you should be eating certain things but don’t? Yup me too. I can tell a difference in my energy when I am lacking something in my diet. I always track my macros religiously and it was no surprise I lacked in fiber. I always pay attention to my protein, carbs, and fats, and never worried about one of the most important parts, micronutrients They play a huge role in your bodies operating, vitamins and minerals aka micronutrients are essential to living a healthy lifestyle.

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Because I suck at eating veggies knowing how beneficial they are, I make sure to take my Opti Greens every night that is a game changer for my bloating, and digestion, it has 11 servings of veggies, I highly recommend taking it.

Since I started working with a nutrition coach, she recommended starting slow and adding in more veggies to my diet. I started adding spinach to my daily protein shake. I always drink a protein shake for lunch just because it tastes great and is convenient. I wrote a blog post about when to use a protein shake if you want to check it out. Plus I knew there was no way I was going to be able to eat that much spinach if it wasn’t blended into a shake.

To my surprise it was actually unrecognizable when I tried it. I added 1 scoop of my Level 1 Ice cream Sandwich protein powder because it is the sweetest flavor and great for mixing into smoothies. I also added in some chia seeds to get my fats up, they add a little bit of texture but nothing to crazy. Mix that up in a blender with some almond milk and bam, a spinach filled smoothie where you can’t even taste it, winning in my eyes!

Smoothie Recipe I did-

8oz of unsweetened original almond milk

1 handful of ice cubes

2 tbsp of chia seeds

1 scoop level 1 Ice cream Sandwich protein powder

2 handfuls of fresh spinach

Macros-

Cals- 315

Protein- 34.5g

Fat-9.7g

Carbs- 26g

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When to Drink a Protein Shake!

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First off let’s just clarify that protein is not just for people looking to put on muscle. Protein is essential for every single person, It’s main role is to repair and grow muscle. It also uses more energy to break down in turn helping you feel fuller longer. Now that you know what it actually does, I wanted to share why I personally use it.

I have been on my fitness journey for 4 years now, being the picky eater that I am, I don’t eat a wide variety of foods. This means a ton of chicken, ground beef and more chicken and ground beef. Not to appetizing when you eat it every day. I started getting burned out eating the same food every day. I am talking lunch was some sort of chicken and dinner would be some sort of ground beef or turkey, weeks and months at a time.

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I started using 1st Phorm’s Greens powder to help supplement my lack of veggies, after getting great results with the greens powder I decided to look into other products that could help me. Insert Level 1, it is a meal replacement protein powder. It is made to mimic the digestion rate of a whole food. This blew my mind, I was only taking protein powder post workout for years because that’s what I always thought it was for.

I shortly figured out that cinnamon cookie batter sounded way better than freaking chicken or ground beef again! I ordered that shit real quick and I never went back. Level 1 and oats has been my go to lunch meal for over a year now. It tastes great, mixes with water and is super quick to drink.

Other ways it comes in handy is for busy mornings, I usually make eggs but when I am short on time or just not in the mood for those either I mix up a Level 1 shake and a piece of toast. I also make a smoothie every morning for my husband, I use ice cream sandwhich flavor and mix it with a Costco smoothie pack.

Protein can be used as a meal replacement, you do not have to be working out, it is made to help fill in the gaps where you are struggling and that is how I recommend it. If you have any more questions about Level 1 I would be happy to help!

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Shipt Grocery Delivery!

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I was so hesitant to try this, I have always seen the ads for Instacart and the car pick up but it never stood out to me as being convenient. I always thought it was so expensive and just not practical for me who is a stay at home mom. Like grocery shopping is one of my jobs, can you other mommas relate?

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My friend was always talking about how amazing it was, she would use it at hotels to deliver water, which by the way I did not know that the hotels charge for the water bottles in your room until I got charged for them. They even did a curling iron run when she forgot hers on a trip, I mean come on, someone will run to a target for you to grab stuff you forgot, sold. How hard is it to order an Uber and have to google the location then go and get the stuff. Or you can just oder it on the Shipt app and have it delivered right to your door.

I paid for the monthly membership because I wanted to test it out before I committed to the yearly subscription. I am now guilty of using it more than once a week now, I use it for recipe ingredients when I want to make something from the cookbook or the random stuff I forget at the store.

Here is how it works-

-If you pay for the monthly membership it is $14.00 per month. If you sign up for the yearly membership it is $99.00 a year.

-Once you create an account you can see what stores they service, for me it is Cvs, Target, and Vons. Not my usual grocery store but the one I do go to is 20 min away so I take the little higher price point for the groceries just for the convenience.

-Delivery is free if you spend more than $35.00. Which it is easy to get to $35.00, even if I don’t need that much stuff I still order it because I would rather put the cost of delivery into my groceries. If you do not spend $35.00 the delivery fee is $7.00

-You can add custom orders to your list. I was placing an order for some hot sauce that wasn’t coming up on the list, I added it to my requests and she was happy to grab it for me. They also text you the entire time with updates, they ask questions and let you know if the store is out of a product you requested.

- There is an option to tip them through the app and you can do cash, personally I just use the app to tip them each time but you go off personal preference.

I have had such great experiences with this company and I highly recommend it. I was meal prepping at home while I had the groceries delivered, it is such a time saver for me and I bet it will be for you as well! They have a referral program as well kind of like a cable company, if you refer someone you get a credit of $50 and they get a credit of $50 towards a yearly membership which is awesome because you get it for $49 instead of the $99 . I am not affiliated with them at all, I just love how easy and practical they make it. If you do end up getting it let me know so we can both get a credit, just email me and I can send it over! Hope this helps with making the choice a little easier, if you have used it comment below so we can see what you think!

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5 Quick Breakfast Meals For Busy Mornings

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Eating breakfast is the hardest meal for most people, especially mom’s. You have a bunch of kids to pack lunches for, they normally wait until 5 minutes before you have to leave to say they want to eat, which is the most annoying thing on the planet. Or you have a long drive to work and you barely have time to make sure your eyebrows are drawn on. Whatever the reason I get it. Mornings are what sets my entire day, by getting in a good breakfast packed with protein it makes the rest of my meals follow. Skipping it is the worst thing you can do, next thing you know your blowing $30 a month on Starbucks drive thru bagels.

Here are 5 easy Breakfast ideas for busy mornings

  1. Protein shake and oats- Take one scoop of Protein powder with 8 oz of water or almond milk up to you, and add in 1 packet of steel cut oats, shake and chug. Or if you have a little more time you can mix that same protein shake but heat up the oats in the microwave.

  2. Smoothie- I use the pre-made frozen fruit and veggie bags from Costco, add almond milk, Ice cream sandwich protein powder and 2 scoops of opti-greens powder to add in some extra digestive enzymes, pro-biotics and veggies. Blend and enjoy.

  3. Greek yogurt with granola- I like the Light and Fit Strawberry cheesecake flavor, Greek yogurt has way less sugar and more protein than the normal kind. It is a little rough on taste but trust me this one tastes the best. Top it off with some granola (watch serving size, granola is usually packed with sugar and calories) or fresh berries.

  4. Pre- make egg cups- I got this recipe from a friend who is a full time student. You pre-make a couple eggs or egg whites and a pack of sausage. Once the eggs and sausage are done put them into containers for the next couple days and sprinkle with cheese. They heat up well when you get to work and are the perfect morning meal.

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Jalepeno Poppers Appetizer Recipe

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Jalepeno poppers

Headed to a BBQ, housewarming, camping, fight night? Or if you are just in the mood for some jalapenos! Whatever the event, make sure you don’t show up empty handed. I certainly was that person for years, I know I know, it’s embarrassing

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To be honest, it never even crossed my mind to bring something. I never cooked, like never, ever cooked. So of course I didn’t bring anything to parties, what if my dish gave someone food poisoning? At my skill level this was a guarantee. Thanks to The Fresh Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook, I show up and know i’m going to get thank you’s!

When a hostess sees you walking in with a dish, you instantly feel a sense of gratitude, it makes them feel like you care and it adds a variety to the appetizer spread. Win win! Its one small thing that you can do to show appreciation, show that your thankful they are hosting so you don’t have to am I right? Because lord knows my baseboards are not prepared to have people over.

Shout out to Emily Frisella for sharing this appetizer recipe! They are always this easy and taste amazing!

Jalapeño Poppers

-8 Whole jalapeños, sliced in half and seeded

-8oz Cream cheese, softened

-1/4C Shredded cheddar cheese

-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

-1 Green onion, minced

-4 strips of bacon cut into pieces

Preheat oven to 400°

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

Mix cheeses, garlic powder, onion together in a bowl and fill the 16 halves of jalapenos then lay bacon pieces on top

Bake for 20-25 min until bacon is browned

Allow to cool 5 min before serving

Makes 16 servings

Nutrition per popper

Cal- 70,Fat- 6g,Carbs- 1.4g,Protein- 2.3g

Comment below if you make them, I would love to hear how they came out!

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Salsa Chicken Crock Pot Recipe

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Easiest chicken recipe ever! All you need is some chicken, salsa, taco seasoning and a crock pot. It’s Sunday night, you need to meal prep or you just need to feed your hungry family, you go to your freezer and all you have is chicken. You stop and think what the heck can I make with chicken? I am sick of boiling it, I don’t have time to grill it. What the heck am I going to do? Bust out that crock pot sister I’m about to blow your mind. From here on out make a note that every time you go to the grocery store you grab a packet of taco seasoning, a jar of salsa, and my good friend Uncle Ben’s ready rice. You’ll thank me later I promise.

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This recipe can fit any diet, any craving, any budget. My favorite ways to serve it is over tortilla chips, nacho style. You can also serve it over Spanish style Uncle Ben’s. Or roll it up into a taco or burrito. Either way you can make a ton of it for meal prep, or just enough to get you through that Monday dinner slump.

This recipe is from The Fresh Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook by Emily Frisella, if you click that link it will use my coupon code for free shipping! or you can simply type in “ReneeDick” at checkout.

Slow-Cooked Salsa Chicken

ingredients-

Nonstick cooking spray ( bro, I totally never used this step….making a note now)

1-1/2 C Salsa, divided

4 Chicken breasts

2 Tablespoons of taco seasoning

Lime; Cilantro to garnish (optional) (go ahead get fancy, show that family whats up)

Directions-

Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray

.Place 1/2C of Salsa in the bottom of the slow cooker and spread evenly

Place chicken breasts in slow cooker and sprinkle with taco seasoning

Top the chicken with remaining 1C of Salsa then spread over chicken

Cook on high 3-4 hours or low 7-8 hours

Once chicken is done, use a hand mixer on the lowest speed to easily shred chicken

Makes 4 servings 

Nutrition for chicken only

Fat: 1.5g,Carbs: 5.5g,Protein: 27g

Comment below if you make it, let us know how you served it!

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