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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A Few Things

I’ve got a few things I wanna talk about but first things first….

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I did it! I successfully got under 300 pounds! I couldn’t be more excited about this!

So what’d I do to celebrate? Well, I went to jazzercise class and then, I ate. I ate pretty poorly this weekend. I had pizza on Saturday for lunch and also a dessert after the pizza. Then today for fathers day, I made filet mignon with big baked potatoes and asparagus for lunch.

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Although the steaks and potatoes were delicious, I definitely ate more than I should have.

My dinners both nights over the weekend weren’t too healthy either. :-/

So, I’m hoping I don’t get on the scale in the morning and see a 3– something number, but if I do, I wouldn’t be surprised.

Luckily, I’ve got some delicious, healthy lunches and dinners planned this week to get me back on track so you can expect to see a “what a ate” post later in the week.

The next thing I wanted to tell you about is that I have the bestest BFF in the world and she brought me back a few of my favorite things from Trader Joes this weekend!

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Starting from the left, the coconut oil spray is awesome! I use it all the time instead of using olive oil. I had her bring me back 3 cans of it because I love it so much.

The second item is mango voodoo hot sauce. It’s not from Trader Joes, but Megan actually got it for me while she was in Louisiana. I’m excited to try this hot sauce because it has no sugar, no fat, and no calories. Woohoo! I’m a huge fan of mango and spicy stuff so Megan knows me well. I think I’ll use it on some griddle grilled chicken this week. Yummy!

Next is the Trader Joes enchilada sauce. I used this to make my chicken and green enchiladas. Loved the sauce so I had to get more of it.

I got the marinara sauce because I just didn’t feel like making my own this week. I wanted to be able to just open up a jar and pour it on my spaghetti squash. Call it lazy. Call it convenience. But hey, it’s what’s working for me.

Next thing is the edamame hummus. This stuff is weird (but in a good way) because it definitely tastes like hummus. It uses all the flavorings of hummus such as tahini, lemon juice, and garlic but it’s puréed edamame instead of garbanzo beans. The only bad thing about it is that it has 90 calories for 2 tablespoons. So as long as I eat it with a vegetable and not chips, it should be an ok snack.

The voodoo kettle chips are also something Megan picked up for me in Louisiana. I ate these last night and they were great! They had a nice spicy kick to them with just a hint of sweet. Yum!

The Thai lime and chili cashews from Trader Joes are sooooooo good! They’re a little spicy and nutty and just downright addicting. If you haven’t tried these and you like Thai flavors, you should definitely go out and get yourself some. You won’t be dissapointed!

The last thing is the PB&J chocolate bar.

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It’s a chocolate bar filled with peanut butter and jelly. Does it get any more delicious than that? I can easily portion this out to get 4 servings out of it. One bite of something sweet usually hits the spot for me. Even though it’s about 200 calories for the whole bar (or 50 calories for a square of it) it’s worth it to me. 🙂

Thanks again Megan for picking up all of these great things for me! You’re the best!

The third thing I wanted to talk about is my new kitchen table I got. I haven’t had a dining table since I moved into my current apartment which was about 2 years ago. So, it’s nice to finally have one again! I can actually eat dinner at the table, not that I do, but I could! 🙂

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Isn’t it pretty? And I’ve got my painting from Pinot’s Palette hanging on the wall in the background. My apartment just looks so homey now with the dining table and the art work hung. Love it!