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The Cherpumple

22 Feb

Sam recently introduced me to the Cherpumple pie-cake.  Charles Phoenix describes it as the dessert version of the Turducken.  On the bottom layer you have an apple pie baked into a spice cake, in the middle layer you have a pumpkin pie baked into a yellow cake, and in top layer you have a cherry pie baked into a white cake.  Then you frost the whole thing with cream cheese icing.  Sam says it tastes as good as it looks!

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Whip It!

03 Feb

One great food trick is that if something is whip-able you should whip it.


Light Bread (more air, fewer carbs)

You can save a little money and potentially look better in a swimsuit. And isn’t that the
American dream?

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Salad Cravings Cured!

31 Jan

All last week I was craving salad.  I usually don’t crave things like salad, but I really wanted a Quesadilla Explosion salad from Chili’s.  Have you had this?  It’s one of my favorite things there!  Sadly if you eat the entire salad, which I normally do, it is 1400 calories.  I wanted to try to make my own version of this salad and see if I could save some calories.

Ingredient List

  • 1 can of black beans – 200 calories
  • 1 can of corn – 171 calories
  • 1 bag of just lettuce – 75 calories
  • 1 medium sized tomato – 38 calories
  • 1 lb of lean and trim chicken – 86 calories
  • 2 tbsp light ranch dressing – 154 calories
  • 2 tbsp western dressing – 100 calories Read the rest of this entry »
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A Grocery Store No No

24 Jan

I love reading my Eat this, not that emails and I love watching morning news shows.  Sometimes those two come together to give me disgustingly helpful tips that you are going to want to see for yourself!


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Chicago Style Pizza Makeover

10 Jan

Last week I was watching a health segment on the news and they were talking about Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza.  Yum, right?  Did you know that some of these pizzas can cost you (on average) 380 calories a slice?  That seems like a bit too much, especially since I have to eat at least 2 pieces!  I found a pretty tempting recipe for a deep dish swap that saves on the calories.  Looks pretty delicious to me!

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Epic Sandwich!

05 Jan

So world, I just wanted to let you know that Cheryl gave me the best sandwich of all time earlier! At first I was scared, the ingredients just seemed too bizarre. It wasn’t until I cautiously took my first bite that my perspective on sandwiches changed forever. Before they could never be sweet and savory, sandwiches are just meaty or covered in jelly. Now everything is different. Finally the sandwich so amazing I inhaled it was a: turkey, cheese, mayo, and apple sandwich!!!

It was crazy tasting! Usually when I eat turkey sandwiches, I put potato chips on them because I like the crunch. You get the same effect, but it’s healthier and combination of the salty turkey and the sweet apple is perfection. This beautiful thing has inspired me to now make weird sandwiches. I know this isn’t some new thing, but it’s new to me which means it’s probably new to others too. Maybe I should experiment with some fruits and meats and other odd things, and try to make a sandwich that sounds strange but tastes incredible. If I continue on this food journey I will keep you posted on the great things I come up with!

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Posted in Fun with Food, Sam


Comfort Food Makeovers

20 Dec

With the Holidays fast approaching and the cold weather already over staying its welcome, it’s easy to turn to comfort food to satisfy that need for warmth and, well, comfort!  While comfort food is nice to fill our stomachs, it’s not very kind to our waist lines.  I’ve gone on a semi quest to find ways to revamp these delicious dishes so I can enjoy them (almost) guilt free!  I found some really great videos to start out with and from those I chose the great Mac & Cheese and Brownie Makeovers!

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15 Dec

In lieu of Christmas approaching and a strong desire to stay healthy, I have found and provided a delicious homemade Egg Nog recipe to keep your tastebuds satisfied, and one that won’t leave you feeling guilty and lookin’ to hit the gym.


6 beaten egg yolks (free range is best)

2 1/4 cups whole milk (raw, if available)

1/3 cup unrefined sugar, like Rapadura or Sucanat (I bet Coconut/Palm sugar would also work, though I haven’t tried it)

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup whipping cream (avoid ultra-pasteurized)

2 Tbsp unrefined sugar, or 1 Tbsp honey, or a few drops or maybe 1/2 packet of Stevia (just enough to add a touch of sweetness)

Ground nutmeg

(Note: You may want to begin the recipe the day before you want the egg nog- it’s an easy recipe, but does need time to chill properly)

1) In a medium pot, mix the egg yolks, milk and the 1/3 cup sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture just coats a metal spoon (see photo). Remove from heat. Place pot in a sink or bowl of ice water and stir for 2 minutes to cool mixture off a little. Stir in vanilla. Cover and chill for 4-24 hours.

2) When you’re ready to serve:

Beat the whipping cream and 2 Tbsp of sugar (or sugar alternative) until soft peaks form.

3) Transfer the chilled egg/milk/sugar mixture to a punch bowl. Fold in the whipped cream. Serve immediately. Sprinkle each serving with nutmeg. If you find it a little too thick or too sweet, simply stir in a bit of milk to thin it out.

Special Thanks to Stephanie Langford from for this delectable recipe!

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Posted in Fun with Food, Zach


These Were a Few of my Favorite Things

06 Dec

Oh the weather outside is frightful and my tummy wants something warm and delightful and with so many options of where to go, let’s get a giant peppermint mocha or pumpkin spice latte!

Maybe it doesn’t exactly rhyme, but this used to be my winter (and summer) habit.  Let’s face it, it’s cold out and for a few dollars we can get a delicious drink that can warm us up, if even for mere minutes, and it lets us forget that we have 10 people yet to shop for or 5 inches of snow to shovel at home or countless hours of work to get done by the end of the year.  It’s a great escape that also tastes good and with coffee shops popping up everywhere it’s easy to get a caffeinated liquid dessert whenever we want.  How can you say no to hot and creamy white hot chocolate with the perfect amount of whip cream and little chips of candy cane or a sprinkle of extra chocolate on top?  Sounds pretty good, right?

Unfortunately for every good and delicious thing we find, there has to be some consequence.  If you are just a caffeine or coffee junkie, you will be happy to know that having plain coffee isn’t that bad.  Downing 1 cup of black coffee will only cost you 2-15ish calories depending on the brand of coffee, but who really likes plain coffee?  Creamers were invented for a reason and it’s because coffee tastes disgusting.

Let’s get down to my favorites!  I love loved the following:

  1. McDonald’s McCafe Iced Mocha Frappe – 560 calories (16oz)
  2. Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino – 440 calories (16oz) Read the rest of this entry »
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Chicken with a Pretzel Twist

29 Nov

A few weeks ago I made a super simple and super yummy lunch for my fellow FitWits.  I got the recipe from a Hungry Girl email (which everyone should sign up for) and it turned out better than expected.  Below is the Hungry Girl recipe, but I had to make a few adjustments for myself because I was cooking for a hungry crowd.  Unfortunately I did not take a picture of my creation, but it was amazingly yummy and can be enjoyed at any time for any meal or snack!

Honey Mustard Pretzel-Coated Chicken Fingers
3tbsp. Honey Mustard
2tbsp. Liquid egg substitute, like Egg Beaters
5 oz. Boneless Chicken Strips
2  Dashes of salt
2  Dashes of pepper
1 oz  Hard Salted Pretzels (finely crushed)
2 tsp. Sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Mix honey mustard and egg substitute in a bowl.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper and then submerge in the mustard-egg mixture.  Set aside for 5 minutes to marinate.

Mix crushed pretzels with sugar and spread out on a plate

Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray.  Coat chicken with pretzel mixture and put on baking sheet.

Bake for about 20 minutes, flipping at the half way point or until chicken is cooked.

Enjoy with honey mustard, ketchup, ranch, or BBQ sauce for dipping!

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