- Author: Melissa -

Hi there! I'm Melissa & I am a firm believer in taking cookies out of the oven 2 minutes under the recommended cooking time. I also love to travel, cook, shop, craft, and live an all around positive lifestyle. Come say hi!
21 Day FIx, Recipe Box, Snacking, Sweet Tooth, Tailgating Must-Haves

Chocolate Walnut Protein Fudge – Super Bowl Goodies Series

Chocolate Walnut Protein Fudge

      And just like that, we've come to day 7 of my 7 days of Super Bowl goodies series! This week just flew by and really refocused my motivation to play around in the kitchen and post new recipes on a more consistent basis! As a series finale, I thought I'd end it on a sweet note while keeping it nice + healthy (not that I don't adore you, slow cooker lava cake) with some protein fudge! As far as protein powders go, I love the taste of chocolate Shakeology in baking. [I used it in these chocolate covered almond protein balls too!] I always go through a friend to buy Shakeo, and if you're looking to get some, you can find it HERE! If the price is a little too high…

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7 Layer Greek Dip – Super Bowl Goodies Series

7 Layer Greek Dip

        I'm the [self-proclaimed] queen of dips. I love them! I love how easy they are to make, how there are always tons of variations and new combos to try, and I am really a fan at how everyone seems to gravitate towards them at any social gathering. I tend to stick with the classic favorites. Like my recipes for: Skinny 7 Layer Taco Dip Classic Buffalo Chicken Dip Protein-Packed French Onion Dip Homemade Spicy Guacamole Creamy Roasted Hummus But I've been on a HUGE yogurt sauce kick, so I played around with the idea to incorporate it into a dish to this years Super Bowl, and wahhla! Greek Dip was born + I.Am.Obsessed. I tend to favor dips and foods that have multiple levels of flavor, so since this dip…

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Low-Sugar Strawberry Cucumber Cocktail – Super Bowl Goodies Series

Low-Sugar Strawberry Cucumber Cocktail

          It wouldn't truly be a super bowl series of recipes if I didn't add in a cocktail in here, am I right? I'm a big supporter of happy hour, but I also need to find a balance with cocktails. I love the fruity drinks, but absolutely hate the headache that comes with those fruity drinks. So, to cut back on that 'sugar hangover', I've started to make a lot of my own cocktails with swaps to lower them in calories, but also sugar. (When I go out to a bar, I swear by grapefruit vodka + water + a lemon wedge.) When I was up in South Carolina for my little sister's graduation, she got me hooked on Effen Cucumber Vodka. I love the subtle taste of cucumber mixed…

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Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake – Super Bowl Goodies Series

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

    I'm at a loss for words on how to preface this recipe. It's not even close to healthy (unlike these chocolate peanut butter brownies). BUT, it's good for the soul; and I'm all about those soulful indulgent once-in-a-time recipes. I have full on heart-eye emojis over here just thinking back on this slow cooker chocolate lava cake. It was seriously amazing; and knew, even though I try to center this blog around living healthy, that I had to share it with you all. Plus, a little lava cake is perfect for days that you save your treats for; aka: this years Super Bowl. I made this cake for a co-workers birthday. I'm huge on bringing crock pot recipes because I can prep the ingredients beforehand, but allow it to cook during the…

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Low Calorie Pizza Cups – Super Bowl Goodies Series

Low Calorie Pizza Cups

            Pizza is hands down my favorite food + biggest weakness.  I've found ways to make this dish lighter, like this roasted veggie flatbread pizza and even a skinny breakfast (!!) pizza, so I thought using similar "flatbread" material would allow for a lower calorie + lower carb Super Bowl treat while still having that staple pizza flavor. I love recipes that are customizable to specific taste buds + also those with a smaller ingredient list, and this low carb recipe falls in to both categories! By using tortillas, they give that crunch of a crispy pizza, but at a fraction of the calories! That's a win/win in my book. :) These pizza cups take only about 20 minutes to make, so they are perfect for a quick dish…

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Baked Cauliflower Wings – Super Bowl Goodies Series

Baked Cauliflower Wings

Ever since becoming a vegetarian, I've taken to the task of finding delicious alternatives to classic favorites, but these baked cauliflower wings just may take the cake. Since these "wings" are made from baked cauliflower, they take on a similar texture as chicken wings, but at only a quarter of the calories + fat. When I ran a test trial of these recipes, one of my friends + a huge chicken wing lover, asked for the recipe. It would be the perfect addition to a weekday meal prep, a snack to keep on hand, or, in this case, a great dish to bring along to a party [like the Super Bowl ;) ]. One of the best parts of this recipe is just how versatile it is. I made 4 flavors: bbq, sweet chili,…

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Mini Cinnamon Peanut Butter Protein Pancake Stacks – Super Bowl Goodies Series

Cinnamon Peanut Butter Protein Pancake

        You might be sitting here thinking to yourself, "whaaaat, pancakes for Super Bowl food?" But stay with me here! If you think about it, the Super Bowl is an all day event. Last year, we had friends over to our place, and people were showing up around 10:30 in the morning, Budlight + corn hole boards in hand. This year, we're heading over to my friend's mom's house to tons of food, a heated pool, and those same sets of corn hole boards. Since it's an all-day event, I get bored of snacking on the same foods throughout the day. These pancakes are the perfect solution because they're made with Kodiak Cakes (I buy mine HERE), which is a very healthy brand that makes PROTEIN pancakes! Healthy pancakes that actually…

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10 Super Bowl Party Food Ideas : Round-Up Post

Super Bowl Party Food Ideas

              This year, I'm doing 7 Days of Super Bowl Goodies! That means a new post will be hitting this blog starting Saturday, January 28th - Saturday, February 4th. It's sort of like the 25 Days of Christmas on ABC Family Freeform, but a little better because FOOD. And better yet, Super Bowl party food! Which is the best kind of food there is. (Minus you of course,  the best banana bread muffins ever). As a precursor, since all of these recipes will be coming to you bright and early on the said day, I've compiled a list of some of my #BlastFromThePast recipes that would also be pretty great crowd pleasers for the Super Bowl! So, I want to know, do you care about who wins the…