Easy Low Calorie Caramel Apple Salad

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I came across this delicious recipe on food.com and had to share!
Easy Low Cal Caramel Apple Salad
1 (8 ounce) container fat-free cool whip
4 large apples
1 (8 ounce) can pineapple tidbits
1 (6 ounce) box jello fat free sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix
1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)Directions:Cut up apples into small pieces.
Add in all other ingredients (pineapple juice included) and mix.
Chill for 1 hour.
68 calories per 1 cup
Yummy! 😀
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80 Calorie Mock Wendy’s Frosty

I love chocolate ice cream, I mean really, what girl doesn’t? But who hates the 900 calories that come with chocolate milkshakes or frosty’s? Yeah, pretty much every girl. So I have great news for you! Here is an awesome recipe, that is only 80-100 calories (depending if you use real sugar or stevia).

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What you’ll need:

1 CUP Nonfat (skim) milk
2 TBSP Sugar-Free, Fat Free Chocolate Pudding Mix
1 TSP Vanilla Extract
1 TSP Unsweetened Cocoa
1/2 TBSP Sugar or 1/2tsp stevia
2 TBL Cool-Whip Free (optional)
7 Ice Cubes

Blend until smooth and serve! 

That’s it! Super simple and yum! 🙂

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Winner winner chicken dinner! Loaded Potato and Chicken Bake

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This is what I made for dinner tonight and it was delicious! It had just the right amount of salty and spicy and yum yum factor. It took about 20 minutes to prep and an hour to cook. If you like loaded baked potatoes and tender chicken, you will LOVE this. Seriously, you need to go try it now. So good.

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Your worth isn’t measured in weight.

I’ve always been painfully aware of how much I weighed. My sister and brother were always thin, no matter what they ate they didn’t gain a pound. But then there was me, who could look at food and gain 5lbs. I remember being compared to my sister a lot, “Well Rebecca doesn’t gain weight, so why do you?” or “She’s just more involved in sports.” which wasn’t true, we played the same sports, there may have been one year where she did dance when I didn’t. “She’s just always active, Cherise, maybe if you were more active you would lose weight too. You’re nowhere near as active as her.” now as a teenager in high school I was 5’6 and 135lbs. I was not fat. I was a size 6, but that wasn’t good enough. Because I wasn’t thin enough. I could be “doing something more.” I was never going to reach that point of perfection because I was not built like my siblings (who in high school wore a 00 or 0). I always felt like “Why was I the one who was cursed? Why don’t I have the fast metabolism who could eat carbs all day long?”

“Cherise, you’re just lazy, that’s all there is to it. Stop being lazy and you’d start losing weight.” These are the things I’ve heard since I was 11.  I cannot leave my house without thinking about how much I weigh, what size clothes I wear and if people are staring at me thinking I’m a super lazy person who does nothing. I wonder if people think that I am capable of doing anything or if they look at me and think “you shouldn’t even try pulling that outfit off… you are way too fat to wear something fashionable.” or “you must be a terrible mom because you’re overweight. You can’t even care for yourself how can you care for a child?”

As a 26 year old married woman, I have realized that I have put my entire self value in how much I weigh. Asking my husband “Do you think I look good? Am I embarrassing you if I go out with you?” I have realized that I am portraying this to my 4 year old daughter, who now asks, “I’m skinny, right?” and I realized that I can’t keep thinking this way.  I am teaching her that her self worth is based entirely on if she is fat or thin and that’s just not right. Every day I have to look in the mirror and say “I am worth more than my weight.” I have to force myself to find something I like about myself and repeat it, over and over throughout the day. I have to make a conscious effort to not discuss weight around my 4 year old daughter. She should be concerned with playing with dolls, running outside, laughing and having fun, not with if she’s good enough because she’s skinny enough.

Your worth isn’t measured in weight. You are not lesser of a person because you weigh more, you are not a better person because you weigh less. It’s time we raised our children to be good human beings, kind, considerate and loving. Not children who grow up thinking their value is in how much they weigh  and what size jeans they can fit into. We are our children’s role models, they see how we live and will receive thinking how we teach them. Make a pact not to discuss your weight around your children, love yourself as you are. There’s a lot more to life than how much you weigh.

My new rule is that NO ONE is allowed to discuss weight around my daughter. No one is allowed to say they are fat around her. No one is allowed to say “You are so skinny! I wish I could be like you!” because value is in more than what you weigh.

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The 40 Minute Hamburger Bun

I came across this recipe a couple of years ago and I’m not entirely sure where it originated, but I’ve made it numerous times since then! It’s super simple and once you get the hang of the recipe you can really make them in about 20-25 minutes 🙂

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2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
3 to 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. Do not let rise. Divide into 12 pieces; shape each into a ball. Place 3 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Bake at 425° for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Makes 1 dozen.

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Hula Hoop for Fitness and Fertility!

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Once upon a time hula hooping was thought to be just a children’s toy. Something to keep them occupied as they had competitions to see who could make the hoop go round and round the most times. Well now, there are more and more benefits for adults to start using a hula hoop, specifically women!

I have a friend named Heather who has used Hula Hooping along with a weight loss product to go from a 52″ waist all the way down to a healthy 34″ waist, she sported a bikini for the first time this year!

So what kinds of benefits can Hula Hooping have for you? Well let’s take a look!

Hula hooping works out your hip, groin, back, lower belly and upper abs. It strengthens your entire core, which improves your posture and just 10 minutes a day can help you lose 2 inches a month off of your waist!

But a great benefit for women is that it can actually increase your fertility! According to some recent studies that have been done on the matter, they say because all of your reproductive organs are in the lower abs/hip/groin area, when you hula hoop it increases blood flow to these organs and helps to nourish them so that they work properly.

Pretty cool right?! Before you run out to buy yourself a hula hoop, make sure you get the right size! https://hoopnotica.com/ has all different sizes and even has a special one for pregnant women!

Have fun hooping your way to health 🙂

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P.S.

I am not a doctor! I am not giving fertility advice, if you have a fertility issue please check with your doctor!