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Almond Joy Smoothie {Healthy & Dairy Free!}

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! :)

We, along with the rest of the world I’m sure, are trying to get back to healthy eating habits after the holiday — as well as trying to get back to our normal daily routines. It is sometimes a challenge, but I’m welcoming normalcy after the holiday weeks. This girl needs her routine! 

One of the things I struggle with the most is getting in a good breakfast before walking out the door. I know, I know. It’s bad. It really does throw off my whole day if I don’t eat a good breakfast and it it so important for good health. I’ve never really been a big breakfast person. I LOVE breakfast foods, and we have brinner all the time…I just sometimes have trouble eating earlier in the morning.

Since I am hypoglycemic {I struggle with low blood sugar} it is so important that I eat in the morning and make sure my breakfast includes protein. On those mornings that I’m struggling with feeling like eating, I like to make myself some kind of smoothie. I got a great response from my Coconut Smoothie, so I thought I’d show you a little variation on it that I love. 

Ingredients to make a healthy Almond Joy Smoothie - protein, fiber, omega-3's, cholesterol reducing, fat fighting, promote healthy skin and hair, promote heart health, energy booster, regulates blood sugar...these are some good ingredients!

This goes out to all of you chocolate lovers! ;) I call this my Almond Joy smoothie. It’s a healthy and delicious way to start the day. This smoothie is dairy free, has a good amount of protein and calcium, healthy fats, fiber and omega-3’s. The ingredients are known for fighting fat and cholesterol, boosting energy, regulating blood sugar, and promoting healthy skin and hair {among others}. It’s pretty fantastic. 

Healthy Almond Joy Smoothie {dairy free}

Really the only thing I did differently from the coconut smoothie, is swapping out the coconut milk for chocolate almond milk {yum!}. You can also make this a mocha by adding a little brewed coffee or instant coffee grounds. I highly recommend this option. :)

Enjoy! 

Almond Joy Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c Chocolate Almond Milk
  2. 1 Tbs Coconut oil
  3. 1 Tbs Maca Powder
  4. 1 Tbs Ground flax seed
  5. 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  6. 1/4 tsp Almond extract
  7. 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  8. Honey
  9. Ice Cubes
Instructions
  1. Ground your flax seed if it isn't already.
  2. Toss all ingredients except for the ice into your blender {the ice will cause the coconut oil to clump}. Run the blender until ingredients are fully mixed.
  3. Add ice and blend.
Notes
  1. Optional : you can add a bit of brewed coffee or instant coffee if you'd like a mocha taste. You can also add chocolate protein powder if you're needing an extra protein boost in the morning.
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Yum! I know what I’m having for breakfast today! 

Have a great Monday, y’all!

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Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

I have another easy, sweet Valentine treat to share with y’all today! This one is especially great if you’re trying to think up any last minute heart day gifts. We like to keep Valentine’s Day pretty simple in the Like a Saturday household. We get takeout and make it a night in {no crowds and no cooking — a win win situation!} and I make chocolate covered strawberries and pretzels.

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods : Like a Saturday

The easiest {least messy} way to make chocolate covered pretzels is to use the pretzel rods, instead of the usual twisty pretzels. I purchased a bag of Snyder’s pretzel rods, almond bark, and some Valentine themed sprinkles. You could also use crushed candies.

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods : Like a Saturday

I jerry rigged my own double boiler again; but this time, I melted the chocolate in a mason jar. Since the pretzels are so long, this was really helpful to be able to just dip the pretzel instead of trying to roll it in a shallow bowl or having to spoon the chocolate. Just tap the pretzel on the side to shake off any excess chocolate {excess chocolate? is that a thing?}.

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods : Like a Saturday

I had wax paper laying out and ready to go to set the pretzels. While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle the candies or sprinkles. I also drizzled contasting chocolates on the pretzels using my plastic bag method I talked about in my Oreo Truffles post.

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods : Like a Saturday

This is a really easy, tasty gourmet treat! How do you plan to commemorate the day of love?

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods : Like a Saturday

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Valentine Oreo Truffles

Do I have a tasty treat for you today! These Oreo truffles are so easy to make for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day {or for yourself! I know I could probably down a whole batch in one sitting!}.

valentine oreo truffles : like a saturday

The only items you need to concoct this deliciousness are : 1) a package of Oreos 2) a package of cream cheese 3) baking chocolate and 4) and food coloring or sprinkles of your choice to decorate with.

Twist your Oreos apart and stick them into a food processor {cream and all}.

valentine oreo truffles : like a saturday

Once you’re left with Oreo powder, mix in the softened cream cheese. I bought store brand Oreos, and the package was double the size of a normal Oreo pack, so I double the cream cheese.

valentine oreo truffles : like a saturday

Combine the mixture very well until it is the consistency of play dough. Start rolling to mixture into balls, or whatever shape you like. You could even use small cookie cutters to create hearts or other shapes. Place each truffle on wax paper or a silicone baking mat on top of a cookie sheet. Pop those puppies into the fridge for a couple of hours.

valentine oreo truffles : like a saturday

Here comes the fun/messy part. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler, or a makeshift double boiler like I did here. I put a little bit of water into a sauce pan, and balanced a glass bowl on top. Voila! InstaBoiler!

valentine oreo truffles : like a saturday

Dip each truffle into the melted chocolate and tap off the excess. Be careful not to burn yourself! Set the newly chocolated {it’s a word – promise} back onto the cookie sheet to dry. Once the initial chocolate shell has set, you can start decorating. I used white chocolate tinted with food coloring to add a little extra oomph. Put a little scotch tape on the bottom corner of a zip lock baggie, fill with melted chocolate, and snip a tiny piece off of the corner. You can use the back to pipe on your decorations.

valentine oreo truffles : like a saturday

While some of the decorative chocolate was still wet, I sprinkled on red sugar sprinkles for extra Valentiney love.

valentine oreo truffles : like a saturday

valentine oreo truffles : like a saturday

These are great to bring to parties! You can color the chocolate to coordinate with the theme, or do red and green for Christmas. The possibilities are endless for these little guys. Good look not eating the whole batch before party time, though! These are seriously delicious.

valentine oreo truffles : like a saturday

Have a great day everyone! It’s almost Friday and the weather here is gorgeous! It should be a happy day. :)

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