You Are What you Eat

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Hi lovelies! Ever since November I ditched my vegetarian diet, and began to eat meat again. All you animals lovers can hate me if you want, but I was at a point where my body was craving it so much, I took the cravings as a sign that it was a vital part of nutrients that I was missing. Today I’m going to talk about my past experience as a vegetarian and how I currently look at (and classify) my diet.


 

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Starting in 2008, little fifth grade me decided it was mean to eat meat; so I gave it up. Yeah, it’s kind of a sad reason to stop eating something so yummy. However, as the years went on, the more I learned about things like animal cruelty, lower risks for diseases, and factory farming. It also forced me to learn how to balance a healthy diet in order to get the nutrients I needed.

**Fast forward to today, February 2016**

After being a “semi-meat-eater” for the past 3 months, I’ve decided to stop eating it again (for the most part). I only say that last bit because I don’t want to limit myself to a diet that my body may not physically want me to follow, like my previous situation. For now, I’ve spent my days eating TONS of fruits and veggies– being similar to a vegan diet, other than my occasional honey for sweetener. Like I said, I’m choosing to not label my diet, and just make sure I’m getting the nutrition I need.

Along with this newfound health journey, I’ve been sticking with my daily exercise. It’s honestly so refreshing for my body and mind. With all of the organic foods I’ve been eating, I literally eat until I’m full. And because the foods are so enriching with vitamins and all its yummyness, I’m able to stay full for longer without the need to constantly snack.

If you want to keep up with my health journey, follow me on instagram 🙂 I’m constantly posting about my meals and fitness. Thank you for reading, and I hope you have an amazing day. Lots of love!

~Maddy

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Blogmas Day 2: 3 Holiday Treats

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Hey guys! I hope you’re all having an amazing Wednesday, and happy second day of blogmas!!! 🙂 Altough today’s post will be another quick one, I wanted to give you a little holiday inspiration! Being the food-addict that I am (as well as my recent compulsion to eat everything in my path), I’ve incorporated cute holiday themed snack that will get you in the mood for Christmas! 🙂


These Christmas Tree Brownies are SO EASY and they look adorable! Wouldn't they make a great treat to take to a Christmas party?!1.) Christmas Tree Brownies

It’s a well known fact that brownies are basically the way to anybody’s heart. And what better way to bring this homey treat into the winter season by adding this sweet (pun intended) twist on the recipe? 🙂

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2. Melted Snowmen Oreos

I’ve always had a minor obsession with snowmen, and when I saw these I instantly fell in love. Not only is this a new twist on cakepops, but it’s the cutest snowman treat I’ve ever seen ❤

Santa Crunch Popcorn - a fun Christmas treat. Sweet, salty, crunchy and delicious and it is so easy to make. It would be a great Christmas Party Food or a movie night dessert! Follow us for more fun Christmas Dessert ideas.

3.) Santa Crunch

I have not met one person who doesn’t like popcorn. Honestly, if there’s such thing, please let me meet them to know what’s wrong with them. But, for real? I love finding new ways to amp up my popcorn, and this recipe is super adorable (and yummy!).

Pink Cinnamon Rolls

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Happy Friday the 13th! I hope your week has been spectacular. As tomorrow is finally Valentine’s day, I wanted to give you a cute recipe to get you in the spirit. Not only does this perfect pink sustenance prove to be great for tomorrow, but it also shows support for cancer. It seems that a lot of people in my life are somehow affected by cancer lately; whether it be through friends, family, or both. I think it’s great to have a recipe like this because it’s simple, yet shows so much care and understanding for a higher cause. Anyways, whatever the reason may be, I hope you like this recipe.


PINK RIBBON CINNAMON ROLLS FOR NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

With the arrival of October, we also have the arrival of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I usually try to come up with a few unique treats to help my friend Jen with her Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising she always does.    It’s far more personal for her this year, as her mother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.   In addition to that, a friend of mine was also diagnosed this year.  It’s certainly brought it all very close to home.   So in trying to come up with something creative for fundraising and awareness, I thought why not make cinnamon rolls… PINK.

Not only could these be a great option for an early morning bake sale fundraiser, but also a great treat for so many of those who will be up early and walking in fundraisers this month.

I made these the same way I make all of my cake mix cinnamon rolls but with two changes.  I added a teaspoon of pink gel food coloring and instead of brown sugar in the filling, I used white sugar (mainly just to keep the filling from getting too dark in color).   I added the food coloring at the same time that I added the yeast/water mixture to the dry ingredients.

The color was a nice bright pink.  You could certainly back off a bit on the color for more of a pale pink.

Ah.  Cinnamon rolls.  The color pink.  Love it.

I was happy that they maintained their color while baking.   Ah, I have visions of Christmas colors in the future…

Add a frosting or glaze of your choice and some pink ribbon sprinkles, and you have some super cute cinnamon rolls to help in whichever way works best for you.

They taste just like the un-colored version of my birthday cake mix cinnamon rolls.

Some other pink ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness treats you may like are…

Pink Ribbon Funfetti Cupcake Jars

Pink Ribbon Cupcake Pops

Pink Ribbon Pink Velvet Cupcakes

And Pink Ribbon Cakesicles

Hopefully some of these ideas can help those of you that are fundraising this month.   And if you are looking to help someone who is fundraising, please head over to my friend Jen’s “Tutus for Tatas”  2012 Race For The Cure fundraising page and send even a dollar or two that way.

TO MAKE PINK CINNAMON ROLLS

And remember you can find the instructions and recipe for how to make the cake mix cinnamon rolls over in this post and you can find pink ribbon sprinkles hereI made these the same way I make all of my cake mix cinnamon rolls but with two changes.  I added a teaspoon of pink gel food coloring and instead of brown sugar in the filling, I used white sugar (mainly just to keep the filling from getting too dark in color).   I added the food coloring at the same time that I added the yeast/water mixture to the dry ingredients.  :)

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Happy Friday all! You’ve made it through another week 🙂 Now you can sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s recipe. It may only be the first week of February, but Valentine’s day is fast approaching. As a way to get into the spirit, I found a recipe on Pinterest (where else?) of strawberry chocolate chip cookies, and they look DE-LISH!


Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

The traditional chocolate chip cookies with a twist of strawberry flavour throughout.

Cookie Ingredients:

1 box strawberry cake mix                                  1 tspn baking powder

2 large eggs                                                        1/3 cup vegetable/canola oil

1/2 tspn vanilla extract                                1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cookie Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and baking powder. Set aside.

4. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, and vanilla by hand.

5. Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to form a dough- stir vigorously until all of the pockets of dry cake mix are gone.

6. Gently mix in the chocolate chips.

7. Drop rounded balls of dough, about 2 Tbls each, onto prepared baking sheet.

8. Stick a few more chocolate chips on top of the cookie dough balls if you want them for looks, if desired. Make sure the balls of dough are taller than they are wide, as they will expand.

9. Bake for 10 minutes – do not let the cookies get brown.

10. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes; they will be very soft at first.

**As they cool, the tops may settle down; press them down gently with your fingers if they are not sinking much. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins

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Hi lovlies! HAPPY FRIDAY!! I can’t believe we’re just about done with January already. I know Valentine’s day is quite a bit away, but it’s never too early to bring out some red foods. Today’s Food Friday post is a recipe on Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins. Hope they’re as scrumptious as they look!


Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins

Cream cheese flavoured muffins with strawberry chunks topped with fresh strawberries and streusal.

Muffin Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour                                   1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 tspn baking powder                                      1/2 tspn salt

1 large egg                                                      1/4 cup canola oil

1 cup whole milk                                              1 tspn vanilla extract

2 cups strawberries, chopped

Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients

4 oz cream cheese, softened                          1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 tbspof beaten egg                                         1 tspn vanilla extract

Streusel Topping Ingredients

1/4 cup all purpose flour                                 1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tspn cinnamon                                             2 tbsp unsalted butter, cold

Topping Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Add the cold butter and mix with a fork until the mixture looks like coarse, wet sand. Set aside.

Cream Cheese Filling Directions

1. Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until light and fluffy (about two minutes).

2. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Set aside.

Muffin Directions

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

2. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, canola oil, milk, and vanilla extract.

3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mixture. Stir until just incorporated.

4. Fill each muffin cup with 1 tablespoon of muffin batter. Add a few pieces of strawberries and a one teaspoon of cream cheese filling to each muffin cup.

5. Sprinkle with half of the streusel topping. Top the muffins with remaining batter so the strawberry cream cheese filling is covered.

6. Sprinkle the remaining strawberries followed by the remaining streusel topping.

7. Bake muffins until the tops are slightly golden brown and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 22-25 minutes.

8. Cool muffins in muffin tin for 5 minutes before serving. Serve warm.
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