Eat This, Not That

So I went to Sonic last weekend and I was going to order a tea to drink, but when I saw all of their shake flavors I instantly wanted their peanut butter and jelly shake. I mean, how good does that sound?! Trust me, it was heaven in a styrofoam cup.

When I got home from work last night, I was craving another peanut butter and jelly shake. Luckily, before I decided to go get one at Sonic, I looked up the nutritional info. The mini has 700 calories! That’s insane! The mini is soooo small. It was good, but geez, I don’t think it’s worth 700 calories.

I knew I had to come up with an alternative so that is why I came up with an “Eat This, Not That.”

Eat This

My PB&J Chia Seed Pudding-292 Calories

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Not That

Sonics PB&J Milkshake-700 Calories

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Of course, it’s nowhere near tasting like ice cream, but the chia seed pudding still has the same delicious flavor of peanut butter and jelly that I was looking for. And although it’s far from actual ice cream, the pudding is seriously delicious!

Peanut Butter And Jelly Chia Seed Pudding

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 and 1/2 tablespoons almond butter
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup (not pictured)
Stevia (sweeten to taste)
1 and 1/2 tablespoons jelly or jam of choice

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Mix the almond milk, chia seeds, peanut butter, maple syrup, and stevia together in a small bowl with a lid.

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Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, but preferably overnight. It may need to be stirred again after the first hour of refrigeration. When ready to eat, add jelly and stir. Then eat.

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I used a local wine fruit spread, Toasted, which you can get here. It’s amazing because it’s got a great wine flavor with real chunks of fruit in it!

This pudding is awesome! It’s definitely something I’m going to make again. The flavor possibilities are endless, kind of like the milkshake combinations at Sonic. 🙂

You can easily cut out some calories by using PB2 instead of almond butter. I would have done that, but I’m out of PB2. You can also skip on the maple syrup and just use stevia to sweeten it. So this pudding could easily be dropped to only 180 calories depending on what ingredients you use.

I’m sure you’ll be seeing other chia seed pudding recipes in the future. I’m thinking about making a coconut mango pudding tomorrow. Yum yum!

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I’ve got some fun plans made so I’m excited for the weekend to get here! As always, I’m sure there will be some delicious, blog-able foods eaten over the weekend as well!

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My Newest Obsessions

Liquid Stevia
It’s perfect to sweeten tea, overnight oats, or really anything. It’s simple because you just squeeze it out, so there’s no measuring needed.

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Extracts
I love flavoring healthy stuff to make it taste indulgent. With extracts, I can transform my peanut butter into something unique. Or, I can turn my overnight oats into banana bread. Uh huh, I made my oats taste like yummy banana bread. Keep on reading to get the recipe!

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Thai Sweet Chili Pop-Chips
These things are addictive. If you HAVEN’T tried pop-chips, you should. And if you HAVE tried pop-chips but not this flavor, you should. It’s like Chinese food in a chip. A healthy chip at that. We all know Chinese food is generally not too healthy (depending on what you get) so these chips really hit the spot when I want some Chinese food.

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My Grocery Shopping
I went grocery shopping today and I realized how different I shop now than how I used to grocery shop. I once heard that when you grocery shop, you should be shopping the perimeter of the store. I didn’t intentionally do that, but I just realized today that that’s how I shop. As I was checking out, I noticed I had fresh vegetables, multiple lettuces, frozen vegetables, milk, meat, yogurt, cheese, and cereal. All but a few items came from the perimeter of the store. I was pretty impressed with myself.

China Mist Tea
I went to lunch with a friend today and we went to Old School Bagel Cafe. They had some great flavored teas there. I had an unsweetened orange blossom black tea. I loved it! Later while out shopping, I came across the China Mist brand teas and of course had to buy some.

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Lunch was a total success! Not only was the tea great but Old School Bagel Cafe has some good bagels and a surprisingly delicious salad too. I had the 1/2 bagel sandwich and 1/2 salad combo. I got the el fuego bagel, which has cayenne pepper in it. It was spicy and delicious. On my sandwich I had turkey, guacamole, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato. For my 1/2 salad, I chose the Asian salad. It had shredded lettuce, green onions, mandarin oranges, sliced candied almonds, roasted chicken, and Asian vinaigrette dressing.

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It was soooo good! I also saw on their website that you can make a bagel “skinny” by having them scoop out the inside of it for you. I wish I had known that when I went, but there’s always next time!

Ok, as promised, here is my recipe for Banana Bread Overnight Oats:

1/4 cup steel cut oats
2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 Tbs chia seeds
1 and 1/2 Tbs PB2
1 or 2 squirts of liquid stevia (or more depending on how sweet you like it)
1/2 tsp banana cream extract (or more, depending on how strong you like the banana flavor)
1/3 of a banana cut into slices

Mix everything together in a cup or bowl really well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Eat in the morning.

I absolutely loved this recipe. I am having a lot of fun experimenting with extracts and my overnight oats. I just bought 6 new extracts today so be watching out for new creations! 🙂

THE Best Overnight Oats Recipe

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but when I like something new, I become pretty obsessed with it. When I discovered the different things that could be done with zucchini, I wanted zucchini all the time. When I found out how cool it was to stuff squash, I wanted to stuff every variety of squash out there.

Well, my newest obsession is overnight oats. I love them! I want to eat them everyday. And the cool thing about them, is that you can flavor them any way you want. I love experimenting, so I tried out some flavor combinations and I came up with something AMAZING!

I call them….

Almond Joy Overnight Oats! They taste just like you’re eating an almond joy. Seriously. Like, for real.

Here’s the recipe.

Almond Joy Overnight Oats

1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 Tbs chia seeds
1 Tbs cocoa powder
2 Tbs PB2
1/2 to 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 or 2 squirts of liquid stevia (depending on how sweet you like it)
4-5 drops of coconut extract

Mix everything together really well in a small bowl or cup. Cover and then refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, you just take them out of the refrigerator and let them sit for maybe 5 minutes just to take the chill off. If they’re too thick, you can add a couple splashes of almond milk. And if needed, you can add a couple more drops of coconut extract, depending on how strong you want the coconut flavor. Then you eat them.

The most important part of this recipe is the steel cut oats. You HAVE to use steel cut in this recipe for it to taste like you’re truly eating an almond joy. The steel cut oats are chewier, so when combined with the coconut extract and cocoa, it resembles the texture of the coconut from an almond joy. Yummy!

Another thing that makes the overnight oats so great is the chia seeds. Chia seeds really do make you feel full, so I think they’re a perfect add in for the oats.

This is a great breakfast for me because it keeps me full for at least a few hours and it’s only 300 calories. If you haven’t tried overnight oats, this is a perfect recipe for you to try. It’s easy, healthy, and most importantly, it’s delicious! 🙂