“How can I stop drinking coke!?!” HELP!

Making healthier choices can be hard sometimes.

I think the best way to have long term success with any lifestyle change is to find ways to enjoy things you love without it completely derailing your progress!

So when someone tells me “I know I need to cut down on Coke or Diet Coke – but I just really want that taste and experience!”

I like to be able to offer some options that are WAY healthier and better for you over all.

Maybe you’ve heard that drinking “Diet Soda” is better for you, but what we are learning about artificial sweeteners made me even more motivated to find a healthy alternative WITHOUT the use of artificial sweeteners. read more

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

I don’t know about your house, but some mornings it is really hard to get in a healthy breakfast.

Over the summer, my husband and I really focused on making sure we start our mornings off the right way! That’s when we started making this smoothie every morning. We love it because it only takes about 2 minutes to throw together, the girls love it too, and it gives us lots of protein and superfoods to start our morning.

Watch this video to see how to make your Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie:

Serves about 2.

Ingredients

1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder

1 Tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder read more

Sugar Free High Protein Hot Chocolate

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

The temperature is starting to cool off outside, Christmas music is on the radio, your favorite Holiday movies are starting to show on the TV, Christmas Trees are starting to be lit…  what is the perfect drink to make everything complete? 

Hot Chocolate!!

I love a good hot chocolate… but there is one thing that I try to avoid and that’s sugar – yuck!

What if you could enjoy your favorite holiday drink without the guilt?

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Summer Broccoli Salad

Summer Broccoli Salad

 

Summer is finally on its way! We are having a neighborhood cookout today to celebrate the warmer weather and longer days. I wanted to bring something somewhat healthy, because it is so easy to bring something unhealthy to parties and celebrations.

 

This is one of my favorite salads. Broccoli Salad filled with vegetables and satisfying cheese and dressing – yum!

 

This may be a crossover because of the carbs from the raisins, but it is still lower in carbs than most salads. My mom used to buy this salad at the grocery store, then we learned how to make it ourselves. read more

Sugar Free Peanut Fruit Dip or Topping

Sugar Free Peanut Fruit Dip or Topping

 

The Use on Everything Sugar Free Peanut Fruit Dip or Topping

 

I love this recipe! This has become a staple in my house. I put this sugar free dip/topping on my One Serving Cookie. I put this one my Peanut Butter Crunch Cake.  I put this on my Chocolate Chip Cookie Oatmeal.  I don’t know what I would do without it.

This is a wonderful fruit dip. I love it with apple slices and bananas.

This is also a wonderful topping. I put it on everything these days from chocolate muffins to oatmeal.

peanut fruit dip ingredients

If you don’t have peanut flour, you can use peanut or almond butter as a replacement. read more

Lemon Coconut Cheesecake Bars Sugar Free, Grain Free

Lemon Coconut Cheesecake

Lemon Coconut Cheesecake Bars

No Bake, Sugar Free, Grain Free, Gluten Free

 

We love cheesecake at the Parker house. My favorite place to celebrate is The Cheesecake Factory. Since going, grain free, sugar free, and lower carb… that is a dangerous place to go with all the sugar filled temptations.

This no bake cheesecake recipe filled a need for my love of cheesecake while staying in my diet and keeping me healthy.

Plus, it is easy to make too! 

I’m a mom of two little girls. I want to cook healthy and more importantly EAT healthy… So I love no fuss, easy to throw together recipes that I can feel good about feeding my family. read more

Low Carb Mint Chocolate Chip Dip

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Low Carb Mint Chocolate Chip Dip

 

I love mint chocolate chip anything. It is one of my favorite ice cream flavors. I was really wanting to create a dip that would go with my low carb Graham crackers that would be a good party food.

Who doesn’t love chocolate? 

Put chocolate in it, and I’m sold.

Cream cheese? Oh yes, please!

Mint… ah, so refreshing.

This dip is so yummy, no one will realize they are eating a low carb food.

Low Carb Mint Chocolate chip dip is sweetened with a combination of xylitol and stevia extract powder. If you don’t know where do buy these, you can pick them up on Amazon! read more

Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Homemade sugar free Dark Chocolate Candy can be easy to make at home. I started making my own sugar free candy a few month ago when I realized how much sugar was in even the dark chocolate candy bars. I love chocolate and wanted a way to enjoy it without all the sugar.

Why should you make homemade candy?

1) Cheaper

Good quality sugar free candy is expensive!

2) Quick and easy dessert

Dessert can be ready in less than 20 minutes!

3) Healthy

Using coconut oil and stevia, these candies are actually quite healthy for you… so no guilt if you happen to eat the whole batch in one sitting (not me of course, cough) read more

Apple Oatmeal Cream Pie

sugar free, gluten free, egg free, low fat

Apple Oatmeal Cream Pies

{Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free, Low Fat}

Oatmeal Cookies are a childhood favorite of mine. I love oatmeal cookies and cream together. These Apple Oatmeal Cream Pies are the prefect combination of both flavor and health benefits.

Apples are full of vitamins and minerals. They add a natural sweetness to the cookie as well. Oatmeal is a great food for fiber as well as for your heart. Oats are also good for stabilizing blood sugar because of its magnesium content.

Coconut milk is used for the cream to keep this dairy free. To create the full body of whipped cream, glucomanan is used to stiffen and keep the cream at a semi-solid. I love glucomannan and use it all the time. It is full of fiber and has been used for centuries in Japan. It can help fill you up, so you aren’t tempted to overeat. I buy mine glucomannan on Amazon. I love it as a thickener because, you can use it with cold foods. It doesn’t need to be heated to activate the absorbing properties. read more

Iced One Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie

minute cookie, one serving cookie, microwave cookie

Iced Chocolate Chip Cookie in 2 Minutes

Grain free – Sugar Free – Gluten Free

Iced One Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie {In 2 Minutes}… Miracles do happen.

I’m so glad I discovered this recipe. I really am in love with coconut flour. It is the perfect flour for making a grain free cookie. I also just started using cocoa nibs in baking. They are a wonderful substitute for filling my desire for chocolate chips. If you like dark chocolate, I think you will love these.

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? I think everyone gets that craving at night… but you don’t want to make a whole batch of cookies (and be tempted to eat them all – because none of us have ever done that *cough*). read more