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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


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.


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


Cals- 315

Protein- 34.5g


Carbs- 26g

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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


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.


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


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)


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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