Okay, okay, since you won’t stop flooding my posts with comments about my cake dilemma, I present you with evidence of its (perhaps inevitable?) conclusion.
Oh, and before the two of you that can’t stand unsubstantiated claims go combing through my posts looking for all of these supposed comments…I made that up. I have been wrestling with the cake demon all on my lonesome (other than a few *helpful* Facebook suggestions to “just eat it already!”).
But here’s the best part. After stomping on my baking urge for two whole days, it occurred to me that my beloved boy-munchkins were coming home on Saturday, and to prove my undying Mama-love, I owed it to
myself them to bake up something extra-special scrumptious. That’s the scrumptious right there in that ridiculously cute little cake-keeper (Goodwill – $1.99, by the way).
I also went to the Dollar Store and loaded up those gift-bags with goodies, which leads me to a fun (read: worrisome) side story: my 5-year-old was the one who had to inform me that the huge rubber “beatle” that I thought I’d bought him was actually—wait for it—a cockroach. Yes, that’s right, folks. I bought my firstborn an enormous, disgustingly realistic facsimile of my bug arch-nemesis as a welcome home present…and he loves it! I, on the other hand, might need therapy.
So, what does all this have to do with Move-it Monday?
Well, after tantalizing you both today and last week with images of highly caloric goodness first thing on Monday morning, I thought I might follow it up with a confession:
I have a MAJOR sweet tooth and eat at least one dessert-ish thing pretty much every single day, but I am not one of those people who can down a Snickers + a cheesecake chaser and not gain weight. (Don’t bother telling us if you are one of those type; we don’t want to know).
So, today, I thought I’d share with you a list of my 5 favorite treats that I can actually eat on a regular basis without feeling the need to hit the pavement running right after (it’s waaaay too hot for that, y’all):
1. Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches
I’ve never quite understood the appeal of the name (that may just be because I’ve nursed babies for a good portion of the last 5 years and don’t need to feel any more bovine—skinny or not—than I already do) or how something so wonderful and surprisingly filling could only set me back 140 calories, but the truth is, I don’t really want to know. Just keep the icy-cold, creamy deliciousness coming, and I won’t ask a thing.
2. Stretch Island Fruit Leather
At only 45 calories each, these rectangles of tangy, chewy awesomeness are just the thing I need to help me head off a major sugar-bender (my fave is Orchard Cherry).
3. Red White and Blue Mini-Cheesecakes
They’re ultra-tasty, uber-easy to make, and will make you feel patriotic the year-round. Oh, and at only 165 calories each, you can knock a couple of these cuties back, no extra treadmill miles required. Recipe here.
4. Braum’s English Toffee Light Ice Cream in a Sugar Cone (say that fivetimesfast!)
I’m not a big fan of diet food, preferring to eat smaller portions of the “real thing,” but I’ve had both the full-fat and the “cheater” version of Braum’s English Toffee, and, honestly, I prefer the light. And with a 50-calorie cone (I find mine at Brookshire’s), you get to blast the soft, crunchy, and cold cravings all at once for a whopping 200 calories (tops) and 6 grams of fat. Win, win, and…WIN!
5. Home-made Popsicles
Downing an 8-oz glass of real fruit juice may not do much to quell a craving, and it could set you back anywhere from 110 cals (orange/apple) to 160 cals (grape) in practically one big gulp. But pour it in an ice-cube tray, plunk in a few toothpicks, and, an hour later, you can enjoy TEN frozen treats for the caloric price of one 8-oz glass, and you’ll have sunk your teeth into one of your daily recommended servings of fruit. Holla!
Watermelon – 50 cals/cup
Skinny Cow Fat-Free Chocolate Milk (I promise they’re not paying me to shill for them) – 150 cals + 0 fat grams/8 oz. glass
Peanut Butter Apple – 1 medium Gala + 1 TBSP of PB = 200 cals/8 grams of fat (mostly the good kind)
Real Fruit Smoothie – 1 medium banana (100 cals) + 1/2 cup of Braum’s Strawberry/Banana Fro-Yo (100 cals) + 4 oz. of apple juice (55 cals) + 1 cup frozen strawberries (50 cals) = 305 cals.
Trident Layers Green Apple and Golden Pineapple Sugar-Free Gum – 5 cals/piece
What about you?
What’s your go-to fix when you must pacify the sugar-monster without breaking your calorie bank?
Oh, and if you must know the recipe for that sinfully fantastic chocolate cake I made, you can find it here. I made mine a layer-cake with homemade strawberry jam spread between the layers and cream-cheese icing. ‘Scuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin.
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Thanks for the suggestions, Kelley! The key-lime sounds yummy! And I may have to give cottage cheese another go. I ate it a lot as a kid, but I haven’t much of it in recent years and had sort of forgotten about it.
Kelli, blueberries are always a winner! One of my favorite treats when they’re really good!
Braum’s is ALWAYS a winner with me !! Also wonderful in their light ice cream… pomegranate cheesecake … key lime pie… and blackberry almond light yogurt ..YUM !!
Do ya like cottage cheese? If yes, add it to any of your favorite ff yogurts and ya just made a high protein sweet snack – double whammy !! Love your blog, Abbie ♥ Keep writing !!
My favorite low-cal treat recently has been the plump blueberries that have been in every grocery store in my area. Yum! Since sugar loves my thighs even more than fat, I really enjoy the sugar-free ice cream options. I believe it is HEB that has a store-brand sugar-free low-fat fro-yo (that’s a lot of hyphens!) that even my hubby loves.
I am going to have to check out the Trident gum- sounds yummy!