Cookies & Cream Frozen Yogurt: Who Nu? Giveaway! (Closed)

8 Oct

I love cookies, but even more then that, I love cookies in ice-cream.  Cookies and cream ice-cream is definitely towards the top of my list.  I’m the girl who searches for the largest cookies while scooping through the carton.  They are just too good to pass up.

While searching through the healthy eating blogs, I came upon this wonderful, frozen recipe for Cookies & Cream Frozen Yogurt by Lauren and couldn’t pass up the easiness of this frozen treat!

Cookies & Cream Frozen Yogurt
Original Source: Healthy Food Living

yield: 8 servings, about 1/2 cup each

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups plain 2% fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp pure vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 8 all-natural chocolate sandwich cookies, such as WhoNu? Chocolate Cookies

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine yogurt, granulated sugar, and vanilla bean paste (or extract). Stir until the granulated sugar is completely dissolved.

Freeze according to ice cream maker manufacturer’s instructions; adding in the chopped cookies during the last few minutes of churning… OR place mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze.

I placed it in a freezer safe bowl after cookies were mixed in.

Serve immediately as soft serve, or spoon into a freezer-safe container and place in freezer until “ripened” (hardened).

Frozen Yogurt

Nutritional Information Per Serving:

159.9 calories, 4.2 grams fat, 1.9 grams saturated fat, 8.0 grams carbohydrates, 0.3 grams fiber, 17.4 grams sugars, 9.6 grams protein

Who Nu? Nutrition Rich Cookie Giveaway

Who Nu? Nutrition Rich Cookies hit the market in the past year or so and like many others, I was skeptic of their taste and quality.  After trying their chocolate chip cookies, I got in contact with Kayla at Suncore products and she sent me free coupons to try more of the great flavors.

Currently, Who Nu? Nutrition Rich Cookies have six great flavors to choose from.

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Soft & Chewy (Chocolate Chip)
  • Crispy (Chocolate Chip)
  • Vanilla Wafer
  • 2x Stuffed Chocolate

I have tried their Soft & Chewy and their Chocolate so far and they are pretty fantastic!  They taste just like the “real things”, only with healthier nutritional content in each bite.

  • As much Fiber as a bowl of oatmeal
  • As much Vitamin C as a cup of blueberries
  • As much Calcium & Vitamin D as and 8 oz. glass of milk
  • As much Iron as a cup of spinach
  • As much Vitamin E as two cups of carrot juice
  • As much Vitamin B12 as a cup of cottage cheese & fruit
  • Overall, 20 Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Now, I’m not saying that they cookies should replace any of the healthy foods above, but wouldn’t it be nice to splurge during the week and not feel like your “cheating” on your fitness goals or your diet?  I know I like a sweet treat at my midday meal every so often and these cookies are perfect to take the sweet edge off.

Kayla was kind enough to give 3 of my readers a chance to try their nutrition rich cookies too!  Enter to win a chance to try these delicious and nutritious snacks below.  Each winner will receive 2 FREE coupons for Who Nu? Nutrition Rich Cookies!  Please enter using the Rafflecopter link below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is for U.S. and Canadian residents only and is open until 12:01am on Sunday, October 14th . I will announce the winners on Tuesday, October 16th. 

Good luck!

Very Berry Fluffy Pancakes

7 Oct

Last night I came down with a late evening migraine which sent me and Ed to bed around 8:00PM.  The sleep aid I took led me into 12 hours of deep slumber and I woke up much better.

Ed and I decided we were going to have a lazy morning before church and all of our normal Sunday activities.  I found this recipe through Elaine’s Page through All Recipes and tweaked it with what I had in my kitchen.

Very Berry Fluffy Pancakes

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
3/4 cup Chobani Blueberry Greek Yogurt (I used 1 8 oz. cup)
1/4 cup skim milk
1/4 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and diced (I used frozen strawberries from my freezer)

First, whisk egg in bowl.  Add yogurt and milk.

Egg, milk, yogurt

Add dry ingredients (flour, sugar, powder, soda, salt) to wet ingredients and stir till combines.  Add strawberries and fold.

Heat skillet on medium high heat and place tablespoons of batter on hot skillet.  Flip after a minute or after golden brown.

Serve with fresh fruit, syrup, powdered sugar or desired toppings.  We ate ours with powdered sugar and maple syrup.

I sided my pancakes up with some hot pumpkin spice coffee with skim milk (I Love our Kuerig!).

Pumpkin Spice Coffee with Skim. Autumn in a coffee mug.

I found the pancakes a little difficult to flip with the fresh strawberries, but they came out very tasty.  The Greek yogurt gave the cakes a thicker consistency and much more staying power then the average pancake.  After three fluffy, berry cakes, I won’t be hungry for a while! 🙂

Nutritional Info (From Original Recipe)
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 74.0
Total Fat: 0.6 g
Cholesterol: 18.5 mg
Sodium: 18.1 mg
Total Carbs: 13.9 g
Fiber: 0.7 g
Sugars: 4.9 g
Protein: 3.3 g

After church I’ll be grocery shopping,  hitting the school books, Ed and I will be finishing up this weeks 40 Days in the Word study, Ed has a volleyball game at 5:30PM and then our small group tonight.

Happy Sunday!

What’s on your Sunday schedule today?

P.S. Come back tomorrow to take part in my first blog giveaway!  It’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth in a more nutritious way 😉

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

6 Oct

Last night, Ed and I ran to Target to tackle some birthday gifts and pick up something on my want list that I have been anticipating for awhile now.

It is now in my possession.

We popped up some homemade microwave popcorn and popped the blu-ray in for a date night in.  Ed had never saw this movie before and we both enjoyed the classic touches the movie had throughout.  I had to explain to Ed that the castle at Disney World was Cinderella’s castle and we would be running through her castle in January.  He had no idea.  🙂  I specifically enjoyed the orchestral music throughout the movie.  You don’t hear real, live instruments like this in movies anymore.  It was an enjoyable and nostalgic night.

This morning, Ed and I woke up and split up before 7:30AM.  Ed had a “Men’s Breakfast” (and yes, you should say this with a deep and manly voice at all times) at church this morning and I headed to the park for a different change of scenery.

A solid start to the morning.

Three miles of my run was spend on the trail head which made things a bit more challenging, but enjoyable.  Being in the trees away from the morning sun glare was helpful.

When I got home, I showered and made a fall inspired smoothie to cool myself from the sweat of the morning.  Even my hair was soaked when I took it out of the ponytail.

I was inspired by Julie’s Pumpkin Protein Smoothie and tweaked it with what I had in my kitchen.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

1/4 – 1/3 cup of pumpkin

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/2 cup milk

1 frozen banana

1.5 tsp. pumpkin pie spice plus some for sprinkling

5 ice cubes

Blend and serve.


The thickness was perfect and I opted for a spoon instead of a straw.  It tasted more like a pumpkin milkshake.  Yum!

Yes, I am one of many that includes pumpkin in my diet throughout the season and at points throughout the year too.  I love pumpkin flavors!  Thank goodness for all the health benefits!

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?  Are your pumpkin goodies sweet or savory?

I’m not the best baker around.  I do well, but there are few things that I do really well.  Pumpkin Iced Cookies are my specialty though.  They are requested throughout the season for both Thanksgiving and Christmas for events or bake sales and I enjoy making them.  The recipe came from All Recipes originally.  The cookies are light and cake like which always has people coming back for more.  (I’ve already made 2 batches for events this week.)  I am looking forward to sharing the recipe with you soon!

The Last Friday

5 Oct

After work I stopped at Wegman’s for a few things and was attracted by the juicy rotisserie chicken for $4.99 sign that caught my attention walking in the door.  As soon as I saw it I thought, “You’re right Wegman’s, I don’t feel like making dinner tonight.”

Caught!

They saw me coming.

The joke was on me though…it was not very tasty to say the least.  When I think rotisserie, I think juicy and flavorful.  Unfortunately, this bird was lacking in the flavor department.  The potatoes and broccoli stole the show.

The Last Friday

Today was bittersweet.

Great because its Friday and for many of us that means fun and/or relaxation.  It’s extra special for me because thanks to Mr. Columbus, I also have Monday off.  Woot for a long weekend!

Not so sweet of a Friday because our new classes opened today, which means we have 10 weeks of challenging coursework ahead of us.

Oh…if only this were true for this girl.  I started working at my “real world” job when I was 17 years old and 8 years later it has only progressed from temporary to permanent.  I didn’t have the typical “college experience” and I’m more then grateful for that.  I commuted though my whole undergrad and worked 32-40 hours a week, so working and studying is not new to me.  When I gradauted, I had no intention of ever going to graduate school…Ever.  I have solid references to back me up on that statement.  It wasn’t till I transferred jobs last year that I recognized my other interests and was encouraged to go on and get my graduate degree.  My best friend had just finished her graduate degree and my new husband was finishing his.  Both are huge, positive influences in my life, so I wanted to follow in their footsteps.

It’s true.

With all that said, I’m excited that the light is at the end of the tunnel (Graduation expected June 2013).  Each quarter is 10 weeks long and I have 5 courses left (2 this quarter, 2 next quarter, 1 capstone/internship).  Bring it on.

With all the time that studying takes up for Ed and I, we started a bucket list of “post-graduate school activities” to look forward to.

Post-Graduate School Bucket List

  • Go on another cruise vacation.  Top Picks: Europe, Alaska or Hawaii
  • Get 7-8 hours of solid sleep a night daily (Yes, please.  Yes, please.  Yes, please!)
  • Buy our first home (Wherever our “home” may be at that point ;-))
  • Get a dog
  • Read at least 2 books per month for fun
  • Decorate out home with DIY projects around the holidays/seasons

What is something you have been working towards that you can’t wait to complete?  Is it a house project?  Paying off debt?  How will you react when it’s all said and done?

P.S. Come visit on Monday when Sand Between My Sneakers hosts it’s first giveaway! It’s going to be nutritious and delicious 😉

Super Sweaty Elliptical Workout

3 Oct

When I work from home, Ed always tries to find things to keep himself busy.  Our place is so small that he can become very distracting once he is awake.  We talk, the TV is on, he is making something in the kitchen.  Every noise distracts me from my work.  So, he decided to sleep in and once he got up, went for a run at the park before work.

I get a call about an hour later.  Ed had dropped the car key somewhere on the path and he took my car.  I had no way to get to him since I don’t feel comfortable enough to drive his stick shift car by myself.  So, like a good wife, I told him to start walking 🙂  I know, I’m terrible, but the park wasn’t that far away and in my work mode mind, I just couldn’t think of anything else at that moment.  He eventually called his work and someone came to pick him up and drop him back off at the house.

Good news, Ed was happy to announce that he got 7 miles of running in when he had to add the extra running time for re-jogging the path to try and locate the key.  Way to go, Ed!

Moral of the story, if you want to increase your distance for the day, loose your keys!

🙂

Due to all the drama, I skipped lunch and was craving for 4:30PM to get to the gym for some cardio.

I have NEVER sweat so much doing an elliptical work out.  I opted for this machine since it was 85 degrees of humidity outside and I was in the need for a good interval sweat.  Either way, it was a great workout for below the belt, backside area.

After that sweat I came home, changed out of my sopping shirt (seriously, gross) and stretched.  I am really intrigued to find a yoga class in the area.  I have taken a total of one yoga class in my life and I think it would be great for running.  I’m also really intrigued by hot yoga.  What can I say, I love a good sweat 😉

Dinner

Dinner was quick since I was on my own tonight.

Garlic Butter Muscles, Brown Rice and Fresh Steamed Broccoli.

Simple and filling.  I was snacking all day long which called for a healthier dinner.  No snacking for this girl tonight.  I gave up my snacks to all the cheese sticks I consumed throughout the day.

My weakness.

Have you ever locked yourself out of your car?  

What are you snacking weaknesses?  How do you curb your appetite?

Cheese.  I love cheese.  My newest find is Munster cheese.  It tastes great melted over half an English muffin or waffles.  Yum!

Chilled Tomato Soup with Shrimp and Pesto

2 Oct

I can’t really catch a break this week with the weather and running so far.  It has been a down pour of rain since yesterday and massive puddles just everywhere.  I didn’t want to risk another short run in between rain spurts, so it was me and the treadmill today.  You know what though, it wasn’t that bad…

The last five minutes of this run was a slow cool down.  I was just under 6.2 miles when I hit 60 minutes.  I’m dangling on my goal of hitting a 10K in under 60 minutes this month.  We’ll see.

Chilled Tomato Soup with Pesto and Shrimp

Over the weekend, Ed and I teamed up and made one of our favorite dishes from our honeymoon cruise last year.  We had so much fun on our honeymoon that started as a Disneymoon and ended cruising the Caribbean.  We both had never been on a cruise before and were overwhelmed with all the delicious food at dinner to order.  We had so much fun testing our taste buds on some of the most delicious appetizers, main courses and desserts.

Formal night at our final dinner on the ship.

For our Chilled Tomato Soup recipe, I worked on the soup part after finding a recipe in All You Magazine and Ed made his homemade pesto sauce.  We broke out some shrimp we had in the freezer and dinner was on its way.

Chilled Tomato Soup with Pesto and Shrimp
Original Source: All You Magazine

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 28 oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Salt
  • 3/4 lb. cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. pesto (store bought or homemade)

Directions:

Warm oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add garlic and let cook while stirring until fragrant.  About 1 minute.

Stir in tomatoes with their juice, sugar, Italian seasoning and cayenne and bring to a boil.

Boil, boil.

Once boiling, puree the tomato mixture in batches.  I used my blender.

This made my blender HOT!

Chill in the refrigerator or over a large bowl of ice.  I chilled ours in the refrigerator for over 2 hours before serving.  Season with salt.  (If you just want a non-cream based hot tomato soup, this would be the perfect place to stop. ;-))

Freeze baby, freeze!

Once chilled, ladle soup into bowls and add shrimp and pesto sauce (store bought or homemade).  We used Ed’s Homemade Pesto which contained basil, extra virgin olive oil, garlic and sunflower seeds.

It was cold and a nice healthy option to add to our soup recipes!  Plus it brought back great memories of the yummy food we had each night while cruising the Caribbean.

Per Serving

255 Cal., 11 g. Fat (1 g. Sat. Fat), 130 mg. Chol., 2 g. Fiber, 21 g. Protein, 21 g. Carb., 2,001 mg. Sod.

Have a bite!

What was your favorite dish to recreate after your vacation?  Was it a success?

This is the first real dish I have ever “recreated” after a vacation meal.  It stood out because I wouldn’t normally order cold soup in a regular restaurant.  I do now though 😉

October Goals

1 Oct

Happy October!

Today was a crisp 72 degrees and I loved every minute of it.  It’s the perfect day for a run which is exactly what I did with Ed after work today.  Well…we tried.

About a mile and a half in, I ran into a little girl who fell off her bike.  Ed wasn’t far behind when we found that her shoelace was completely stuck around her petal.  Three other guys helped till her dad caught up and had nail clippers on him to clip her loose.

It never fails to amaze me what people have on them in time of need.  Nail clippers.  In his pocket.  On the running trail.  Sure.  It got her loose though and although a bit shaken up, she was riding again in no time.  Kids are so resilient.

Immediately after that, the rain started to pour down and we booked it to the car.  Did I also mention that I forgot my shoes at work today, so no lunch workout either.  It’s the workout that never was.  Sometimes, you just gotta do what you gotta do and hope for a better day tomorrow.

October Goals

I have a lot of goals lined up in my head for this month.  I’m really motivated to put a lot more cardio into my daily routines and lengthen my workout time for the month.  It’s challenging with working full time and be a full time graduate student, a wife, a friend, etc.  These are my tops goals:

  • Run 80 miles in one full month. I stole this one from Katie when she beat it last month.
  • Run the Marine Core 10K (October 28th) in under 60 minutes.  This is possible, but I’m not holding my breath.  I need to really commit to sprint training the next 28 days.
  • Finalize our Disney Budget and pay off our trip for the Disney World Half Marathon in January.  I’m looking forward to showing you all how we paid for this trip without touching our savings account even once!
  •  Stay committed to our 40 Days in the Word study with the addition of schoolwork next week.  Make it a daily priority instead of an afterthought.
  • Have a fantastic girl’s weekend in New York City!
  • Wake up by 5AM most weekday morning and 6:30AM on most weekends.  I really do love the mornings and feel the day is more complete if started before 8AM.  I think this will help with my extra cardio goals too.

What are your goals for this month?  Fitness?  Personal?  I want to hear them.  Let’s encourage each other!

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