Friday, October 28, 2011

Recipes You HAVE to Make

Like, right meow. 
Because they're fast, they're easy, and they're not going to ruin your waistline! 

Single-Serving Monkey Bread
Buttery, cinnamony, warm, yeasty, so good!
Thank you Katie from Dashing Dish!
I used calorie-free butter spray, so mine are even lower in calories, about 100 each.)

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are to-die for! The secret? Beans! 56 calories a pop and heavenly!
Thank you, Slender Kitchen!

Pumpkin Quinoa Breakfast
Protein-filled and gluten free? That's one happy bowl in my book!
This was my first ever experience with quinoa, and it was wonderful! 
Check out Makes & Takes blog for the deets.

100 Calorie Pumpkin Pie Tartlets
They taste just like pumpkin pie but without any of the guilt! And they're gluten-free. And they're super yummy to wrap and stash and munch on in the movie theatre while watching The Thing! Just sayin'. Check out this super easy recipe.

Pumpkin Sherbert
Holy moly. 
Go make this now. 
153 calories a serving, 100% natural, and just about 3 ingreeds.
Did you just fall out of your chair?!
Skinny Taste is where it's at. Holla atta girl.

I did something I haven't done in a long time today. I jumped on the Stair Climber! I was a little hesitant and embarrassed, to be honest, and I hoped no one from Crossfit spotted me bouncing along. I felt a little silly. But the workout was great. I watched Robin Meade and the morning news, while rockin' my favorite techno music on Pandora. I stomped away for a solid 60 minutes, climbed 352 flights of stairs and burned 550 calories. My average HR was 168 beats per minute. That's well above 80% of my max, and I reached a high of 188 beats per minute. So, to anyone that thinks cardio machines are boring, you just need to learn how to use them. I was gasping for air breathless and left an ocean rather small puddle of sweat behind, fosho. 

The best part of my day though is always my 8:00am spin class. :) On Friday's it's a party! Everyone crams in there to get one last heavy sweat session in before the weekend festivities and drankin' begins. 

On a final note, I am so MAD that my Rangers lost the World Series!

What is your go-to cardio machine?
I recently tried out the elliptical and the stair-master. Usually I jump on the treadmill, because all of the other gym cardio machines have kind of a bad rep. C'mon, we all know those girls that text and chat on their cells when they're on the elliptical. Not the crowd I want to be associated with.

Have you discovered a guilt-free holiday dessert for me?
Share, share!


  1. I'm drooling over the pumpkin pie tartlets! They look so good. (Pumpkin is my all time favorite kind of pie!) I'm not sure that I'd attempt to make them though. I'm baking-challenged and pumpkin pie is really intimidating.

    I'm also bummed about the Rangers. They should have locked it up in game 6!*

  2. Thanks for sharing these recipes! Looks like you have been busy baking!

  3. Busy baking is an understatement! :)

  4. Single serving monkey bread = the best invention ever. THANK YOU for introducing me, though my waistline might not say the same haha. Happy to have stumbled on your blog! xoxo {av}