Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

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Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

Since I was a little kid eating scrambled eggs with cheese for dinner, I have loved traditional breakfast foods at not so traditional times.

Really, is there anything better than taking say Eggo Homestyle Waffles and Buttermilk Pancakes and making avocado toast?  I didn’t think so.

Getting ready to make avocado toast

Eggo Pancakes and Waffles now have a new formulation that is free from artificials with colors and flavors coming from natural sources, which I love because real food is awesome.  And the last week of February check out the Target Circular when Eggo products will be $1.99!  As if we needed another reason to shop at Target 🙂

Avocado Toast Toppings

Avocado Pancake

Adding the toppings

Once you stock up on Eggo products, feel free to let your creativity shine through, making different, fun things for breakfast, lunch, snack time, and even dinner.

You’ll definitely want to start with my Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast.  As if avocado toast couldn’t get any better, I went and put it on Eggo Waffles and Pancakes.  While this is an awesome snack, it can also make a fun dinner that is ready in a flash.

Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

I topped my Waffles and Pancakes with avocado (of course), radish, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, dried cherries, and pecans.  I loved this combination because it’s sweet and savory with lots of texture.  But the point of this dish is to use up all those leftover fruits and vegetables hanging out in the refrigerator and some of the nuts and dried fruit lingering in the pantry.

shopping at Target

Play around with flavor and texture pairings until you find the perfect Eggo avocado toast for you.  The best thing about this dish is that it can totally suit your tastes.  Oh, and that it takes practically no time to prepare and takes Eggo Waffles and Pancakes to the next level.  Plus, this is fancy enough to serve for a party.  Talk about a conversation starter!

Be sure to pick up some Eggo products and have some fun in the kitchen!

Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

Waffle and Pancake Avocado Toast

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

2 Eggo Homestyle Waffles
2 Eggo Buttermilk Pancakes
2 large Haas avocadoes, sliced
2 radishes, sliced
4 strawberries, sliced
4 Brussels sprouts, very thinly sliced
¼ cup dried tart cherries
¼ cup pecans, chopped
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat the waffles and pancakes according to package instructions. Once hot, top with avocado slices, covering almost the entire pancake or waffle. Arrange radish, strawberry, and Brussels sprout slices on top.
  2. Sprinkle with cherries and pecans, and season with black pepper. Serve immediately.
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Healthy Award Show Snacks

Healthy Award Show Snacks

The only thing that makes winter bearable are all the award shows that are on.  The Golden Globes, People’s Choice, and Screen Actors Guild shows are all past us, but we still have the Grammys and Oscars to look forward to!

The Grammys are actually this weekend. I never miss the show and have so many fond memories of the great performances.  It’s like watching the best concert of the year right from my home.  And with James Cordon hosting this year, I know it’s going to be better than ever.  I mean have you guys seen Carpool Karaoke?  OMG!  It’s the best.

Healthy Award Show Snacks

I have my favorites – Adele! Mike Posner! Lucas Graham! – that I will be cheering for all night long.  Luckily I have this handy ballot from SkinnyPop so I can keep track of all the awards I get right and many I will no doubt get wrong too.  Save the ballot and print it to play along while you watch the Grammys.

SkinnyPop Grammys Printable

I am not a huge snack person, but when I watch award shows and am in amped up party mode, seriously, award shows do something crazy to me, I enjoy a couple healthy snacks that I can feel good about eating and won’t leave me feeling stuffed and unable to sleep later.  I leave that to the songs stuck in my head.

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Snacks that are easy to prepare are paramount too.  I put together a vibrant spread full of colors and flavors that tons of nutrition.  I always have tons of fruit on hand, so it plays a prime role in my spread along with SkinnyPop Naturally Sweet popcorn which is always in my pantry, some crunchy walnuts and chewy, tart dried cherries.  Dried fruit is so underrated.

Of course you can mix up your snack platter with whatever fruit, nuts, and dried fruit you have on hand.  Whatever you choose, get excited for the Grammys with this fun ballot and your tasty, healthy snacks!

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Healthy Award Show Snacks

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark #SundaySupper

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

I like to challenge myself.  I mean clearly since I’ve chosen to be a writer and try to break into Hollywood.  Now that’s a challenge.

But sometimes I like challenges that I feel like I am much more able to accomplish.  Things that are under my control.  It keeps my brain and my body going to be challenged and it’s a very rewarding feeling to complete a challenge no matter how big or small.

Potato Chips and Pretzels

Like upping the speed or resistance on the elliptical or trying a new workout DVD.  Sure, there are moments when I think I won’t be able to finish, but then I do, and I feel ah-mazing!  I pushed through something I thought I might not be able to, and that shows me how strong I really am.

Then there are the batters I whip up by hand.  Unless I absolutely positively have to bring out the hand or stand mixer, it is by sheer force of will that I beat butter and sugar into shape.  I even whipped cream by hand recently.  There were definitely a few moments when it seemed unlikely the soupy cream would turn into fluffy, luscious whipped cream but it did and it was amazing.  What’s next?  Egg whites???

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

I have even challenged myself to write a screenplay in 30 days and done it.  I probably couldn’t write a novel in the same time span, but a screenplay is a bit easier for me to write.  Now selling it in 30 days, that is another story.

Do you like to challenge yourself?  How do you challenge yourself?

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

It is definitely a challenge not to eat all of this Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark because it is crazy addictively good.  And it’s so easy to make and gluten free since I used gluten free pretzels which are definitely as good as the real thing.

The goo of the toffee.  The crunch of the pretzels and potato chips.  The snap of the chocolate.  The pop of color from the sprinkles.  This is the ultimate snack or dessert.  It is perfect to whip up as a last minute gift or party treat because it makes a bunch.  This is one challenge you have to take on!

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

3 cups pretzels (gluten free, if necessary)
3 cups plain potato chips
1 ¼ cups packed dark brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (not the fake stuff)
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
12 ounces white chocolate chips
12 ounces dark chocolate or carob chips
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, divided
Brightly colored sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Spread pretzels and chips on foil.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring sugars, syrup, and butter to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Boil for 2 minutes while stirring. Immediately and carefully pour over pretzels and chips on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. After the tray comes out of the oven, allow to cool briefly while you melt the chocolate. Place white chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until fully melted. Set aside while you repeat the process with the dark chocolate or carob chips and the remaining tablespoon of shortening.
  4. Swirl both white and carob/dark chocolate on the pretzel and potato chip base, ensuring to leave streaks of both chocolates. Sprinkle with sprinkles of your choice and allow to set for at least two hours at room temperature. Break into pieces and serve. Toffee bark may be stored in an air tight container for up to 1 week.

Notes

Additional cooling time is necessary

Recipe adapted from The Cookies and Cups Cookbook via Brown Eyed Baker

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Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

When you’re looking at a menu do you ever spot a dish that sounds good and like it should be healthy, but you know it’s not?

It happens to me all the time.  Think about the salads loaded with bacon and cheese and creamy dressing.  The veggie burgers on the biggest bun ever, slathered with sauce and cheese.  The fish tacos, breaded and deep fried on double tortillas.  Spinach artichoke dip with more cheese than vegetables and enough chips to feed a family of four for a week.

Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

Really though something called spinach artichoke dip should be both delicious and healthy, so I made a version that is just that.

Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip doesn’t skip any of the things we all love about that classic restaurant appetizer, but it is also something to feel good about eating and serving your guests this holiday season.  I promise it will be a huge hit and no one will know that it’s healthy.

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One of the secret ingredients is Dannon Oikos 0% Plain Greek Yogurt.  I have eaten more than my fair share of yogurt in my life, but I hadn’t tried plain until now because it sounded so, well, plain.  But I was sooooo wrong.  This yogurt is incredible.  Not only does it add body and creaminess to this dip, but it is great in a variety of ways.  The other night I dolloped some on tacos and could not tell the difference between the Oikos and sour cream.  Except for the fact that I can feel so much better about eating the Oikos with no fat and 22 grams of protein per serving.

I love that is has balanced nutrition and quality ingredients.  Plus it is non-GMO and fuels every day health.  I really can’t imagine not having the plain Oikos in my refrigerator now because it is easy to use in recipes and inspires me to keep trying new recipes.

Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

The other heroes in the dip are frozen spinach and artichoke hearts, along with light cream cheese and skim shredded mozzarella.  We’re saving calories at every turn without sacrificing an ounce of flavor.  Plus, you can totally make and bake this dip ahead of time and reheat it for your party.

It is great served with cut up vegetables for dipper plus a few crackers and chips because life is all about balance and a couple chips are totally a worthy indulgence.

Be sure to head to Meijer and pick up some Oikos to make this dip and so much more.

Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

Skinny Spinach Artichoke Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

1 cup Dannon Oikos 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and very well drained
1 9-ounce box frozen artichoke hearts, thawed, very well drained, and coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 ounces light cream cheese
8 ounces shredded skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Carrots, cucumber slices, radishes, cauliflower florets, celery stalks, crackers, and chips for serving.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together yogurt, spinach, artichoke hearts, garlic, cream cheese, all of the mozzarella except ¼ cup, salt and pepper. Be sure to blend this mixture very well.
  2. Place the mixture into one large or two smaller oven safe ramekins. Smooth the top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for about 40 minutes, until golden brown on top and steaming hot in the center. Check a couple times in the process to ensure the top is not browning too quickly. If it is, cover loosely with foil.
  3. Serve immediately with the vegetables, crackers, and chips. Dip may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave for a couple minutes or a 350 degree F oven for 20-30 minutes.
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Under the Sea Snack Mix #SundaySupper

Under the Sea Snack Mix

As a rule, I don’t like sitcoms.  Sure some of the half hour, family friendly shows of my youth were great.  Home improvement.  Friends.  Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  Those shows were my jam and I sometimes still watch them unabashedly.

But the typical fare that airs on the networks these days trying to pass as comedy when they are nothing more than a laugh track and some unfunny jokes?  Those aren’t for me.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

That is until I turned on The Good Place.  I wanted to try it because fantasy elements fascinate me and often find their way into my writing.  Basically I wanted to try it because I wish I had written it.  Plus, who doesn’t love Kristen Bell?

So I tried it and I laughed.  Out loud.  This doesn’t happen.  Ever.  And I kept laughing.  I look forward to this show every week because it’s fresh, funny, and doesn’t rely on those sitcom conventions like a laugh track.  I can decide when to laugh for myself.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

While the basic premise may be a bad girl who gets into the good place, the characters are all likeable and the message of the show is stellar.  Life is about doing the best we can when we can.  It’s never too late to change who we are into who we want to be.

And while I watch my new favorite show and the only sitcom on my TiVo, I need a snack.  Enter Under the Sea Snack Mix.  This versatile, sweet and salty, totally addictive treat is perfect for a party or just chilling in front of the TV.  Plus, it will technically last a good week … not that I think it will hang around that long.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

We’re all about using up Halloween candy this Sunday Supper, so I added Reese’s Pieces, some white peanut butter cups (which have no chocolate – hooray!), and some white chocolate candy corn candy bars (again no actual chocolate), but add whatever it is you have on hand.  I think candy corn or any chocolate candy bar would be great.

Then I took a bag of Goldfish to add that salty vibe and a box of Finding Dory cereal and added them to the party.  They are the real stars here.  I had never made a Puppy Chow style mix with a cereal with marshmallows but it certainly won’t be my last.  Those marshmallows stay a little crunchy and totally bring the flavor.

I don’t know about you, but I think we could all use some more laughter and snack mix in our lives.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

Under the Sea Snack Mix

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Ingredients

1 box Finding Dory cereal
1 bag Cheddar Goldfish
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup white chocolate chips
¾ cup Reese’s Pieces
1 ½ cups assorted candy
3 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  1. Place peanut butter and white chocolate chips in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir until all the chips are fully melted. Add the cereal and Goldfish and stir until fully coated. Add the candy, Reese’s Pieces, and confectioners’ sugar. Stir until fully coated.
  2. Allow snack mix to set for about 30 minutes. Serve or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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SUPPER

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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

Choices are good.  It’s nice to be able to choose which movie to watch, what to wear, or what to have for dinner.  Our lives are based on the choices we make, both big and small.  Good and bad.

Think of all the choices we make in a day.  Some come naturally but others cause debate whether within ourselves or among those around us, even if they seem like simple decisions.  And all those choices and decisions build and build to make our lives, sometimes for better sometimes for worse.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

It’s easy to look back on the past and see where we might have chosen a different path.  But that’s not fair to ourselves because a different decision may have led to exactly the same place, no matter how hard we wish this wasn’t the case.

That is a difficult fate to face for me.  All those options and the ones I chose.  The ones that led me here.  What could have been, might have been, should have been.  It’s a lot to consider.  But now there is nothing I can do about it, so I have to embrace those choices and try to make better ones in the future, knowing years from now, I’ll have some of the same regrets.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

The best thing about choices is that there is always another one to make, another chance to do better.

When it comes to these Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches, I don’t want to make choices, but I have to because I made them several ways, although I do recommend trying each variety.

These are a breeze and a blast to make, almost therapeutic.  The base is a salty, crunchy pretzel, which I topped with either salted caramel peanut butter (I know!) or pumpkin pie cookie butter (oh yeah!), followed by another pretzel.  I also hid a mini marshmallow in the center of some for a nice surprise.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

Then half of this sweet and salty dessert sandwich is dipped in chocolate (or carob in my case) and drizzled in white chocolate.

These are great to serve at a Halloween party.  Making these is an easy choice!

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sandwiches

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Ingredients

½ bag mini pretzel twists
1 cup pumpkin spice cookie butter
1 cup salted caramel peanut butter
½ cup mini marshmallows
3 cups dark chocolate or carob chips
½ cup white chocolate chips
2 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

Instructions

  1. Spread the pretzel twists on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread 1 tablespoon of either the pumpkin spice cookie butter or salted caramel peanut butter onto a pretzel. Top with a couple mini marshmallows if desired, followed by another pretzel. Press together gently so the butter forms a seal. Repeat with remaining pretzels and butters.
  2. Once all the pretzels are filled, melt the chocolate or carob chips with 2 tablespoons of vegetable in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted. Dip half of each pretzel sandwich into the mixture and place back on the parchment to set.
  3. Melt the white chocolate chips with the remaining ½ tablespoon vegetable oil in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between. Using a fork or spoon, drizzle the white chocolate over the pretzel sandwiches.
  4. Allow to set completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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No Bake Almond Energy Bites #SundaySupper

No bake Almond Energy Bites

The kitchen had been my office for ten years, but recently I moved into the den, much more appropriate for an office.  It hasn’t been an easy transition.  It gets dark in there when the sun isn’t out and I have forgotten to turn the TV off more than once (oops!), but in general I like it.

It’s my own little space, off the beaten trail, where I can listen to mostly depressing music (nothing like Coldplay and Adele to perk you up), The West Wing Weekly podcast (I’ve been obsessed with The West Wing since I was 12.  If you don’t like it, we can’t be friends 😉 ), and work.

No Bake Almond Energy Bites

I have everything set up and it’s a productive environment.  Plus, when it’s too dark or hot, or I need some human interaction, I just pick up my laptop and move back to the kitchen.

I think the den is going to be my favorite as we enter football season.  I don’t mind having it on in the background while I work, but if I don’t want to watch it, I don’t have to.  Which is nice because I’m just not feeling it this season.

No Bake Almond Energy Bites

But for those of you who are, you need some game worthy snacks.  But snacks around my house are almost always healthy.  It’s nice to have an afternoon pick me up that is full of nutritious ingredients, easy to make, and totally addictively delicious.  Like these No Bake Almond Energy Bites.

They are gluten free and a breeze to make.  Plus, I bet you can’t eat just one of the gooey bites with crunchy walnuts and carob or chocolate chips!  And you don’t even have to feel bad about eating more than one with oat and almond flours and almond butter as the base.

While these aren’t too sweet, they have a nice natural sweetness about them that can make any loss (I’m looking at you Detroit Lions) just a bit sweeter.

No Bake Almond Energy Bites

No Bake Almond Energy Bites #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Yield: About 16 bites

Ingredients

2 cups oat flour (gluten free, if necessary)

1 cup almond meal

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2/3 cup creamy almond butter (Justin’s Maple is my favorite)

2/3 cup honey

½ cup walnuts, chopped

½ cup carob or dark chocolate chips

Instructions

Place the almond butter and honey in large microwave safe bowl. Microwave 1 minute, stir and then microwave an additional minute so the mixture is bubbling.

Add the oat flour, almond meal, and cinnamon to the honey mixture and stir until fully combined. Stir in the walnuts and chips. The chips will melt some, that’s okay.

Grab golf ball sized amounts of the mixture and form into a ball. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Once the mixture is all used, refrigerate bites until firm, about 30 minutes.

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature about an hour or in the microwave for 30 – 60 seconds. Melting marshmallows on top is never a bad idea either.

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5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

Yoplait® yogurt has been a staple in my house since before I can remember. Mom says it was a food she introduced into my diet early on because she knew it was an easy to eat, tasty, good for me food. And it’s a good thing she did, because I’ve been hooked on it ever since.

Their original varieties are my favorite. My refrigerator is always stocked with tons of those red lidded containers that I pick up at Walmart. They make a great breakfast, lunch, snack, or dessert. Personally I went through a phase when I ate a different flavor of Yoplait® with pretzels every day for breakfast.

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Now my tastes have matured a bit, although that is a pretty good combo, and I’m always coming up with new and exciting ways to jazz up my yogurt, and I have five awesome ideas for you to 1-Up Your Cup.

What does that mean? Well, it’s adding toppings and mix ins to yogurt to enhance the flavor and make it more meal worthy. Adding nutritious foods makes Yoplait® an awesome way to stay fit, whether you are continuing on New Year’s resolutions or getting ready for spring break.

5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

I love to have a different variety of yogurt every day and with Yoplait® that is so easy to do. I stuck with the original variety here, but they have light, Greek, and even lactose free available.

Chocolate Covered Cherry

Start with Cherry Orchard. Mix in 1 tablespoon carob or cocoa powder and top with a few fresh or frozen Bing cherries.

PBJ

5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

Mix 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter into Strawberry Banana. Top with a few slices of banana and strawberries.

Superfood Delight

5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

Stir 1 tablespoon chia seeds into Mountain Blueberry. Top with 1 tablespoon flaked unsweetened coconut and a few almonds.

Ice Cream Sundae

5 Ways to 1-Up Your Yogurt Cup

Mix 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste into French Vanilla. Top with a sprinkle of carob or cocoa powder. Garnish with a fresh or frozen Bing cherry … or two … and a few almonds.

Cheesecake Parfait

Top Strawberry Cheesecake with some crushed cereal of your choice and some toasted coconut. It’s a better for you version of graham cracker crust.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. I hope I have inspired you to jazz up your yogurt. How will you 1-Up Your Cup?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.

Green Tea Affogato + 5 More Bedtime Snacks

6 Healthy Bedtime Snack Ideas

While I’m not a huge snacker, sometimes the craving strikes, and it’s almost always near bedtime.  Being hungry at ten or eleven at night is going to lead to trouble sleeping all night long.  Instead of struggling through and waiting until breakfast or breaking into the stash of candy and cookies in the pantry, I have some go to snacks that are nutritious and satisfying without weighing you down.

My favorite is tea.  It is often just enough to give me a little something to comfort and warm me without adding many calories, if any at all, to my day.  And when I’m talking tea, there really is only one in my book: Lipton.

Lipton Tea

There are always a few boxes of Lipton tea in the pantry waiting for me.  Though I drink tea anytime, day or night, I do especially love it at night in the winter.  I turn the heat down and am cuddled up on the couch watching TV or movies or reading a book and tea is the perfect companion.

The improved Lipton green teas are my favorite.  They have light, fresh taste, bright clearer color and delightful aroma, and come in a variety of flavors like Purple Acai Blueberry that are available nationwide.  My mom loves the new black teas with bold aromas and unique flavors that are really unexpected.

If you are sensitive to caffeine, the herbal teas are great too.  I’m obsessed with the Apple Cinnamon, but they are all great since they use real ingredients.

5 Healthy Bedtime Snack Ideas

On nights when a cup of tea alone isn’t enough to satisfy me, I love pairing it with a handful of nuts like walnuts, almonds, pecans, or peanuts.  Keeping to a handful is a great way to make sure you are getting only a serving.  A piece of fresh fruit is another great option.  Pears and oranges are wonderful this time of year.

A homemade granola bar is another choice when perhaps I had a light dinner and am looking for something a little heartier.  Even a handful of a favorite cereal would be great to snack on with tea.  Cereal isn’t just for breakfast with milk!

Green Tea Affogato

My all-time favorite bedtime snack is definitely Green Tea Affogato.  You can use any of the Lipton teas and there are plenty to choose from, but the green tea is my go to.  I brew a cup, scoop some frozen yogurt in a bowl, and pour the hot tea over it.  It’s a melty, nutritious, light snack that feels like a real indulgence.

Tonight at bedtime, I know we are all going to be hungry and reaching for Lipton tea.  Check out the flavors here and tell me which one you want to try first!

Green Tea Afogato

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix #SundaySupper

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix - a gluten free treat the whole family will love!

Another football season is about to end.  It’s amazing how quickly the seasons pass, and how often the Lions don’t make the playoffs.  Oh well, at least there are two great teams competing this year.  Though I like both teams, I have really enjoyed watching the Panthers this season.

Whether you are hosting a party or just hanging out with family or even by yourself, I bet you are going to watch the big game, if only for the commercials and halftime.  And you definitely need some fabulous food to make the festivities … well more festive.

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix - a gluten free treat the whole family will love!

Sure you need a savory entrée and maybe a drink, luckily my Sunday Supper friends have you covered there, but I’ve got dessert locked down.

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix is one of those things that just screams football.  It’s an addictive snack that is easy to crunch on while you watch and cheer.  Plus, it makes a ton.  In fact, I halved the recipe and still have plenty of Chex Mix to share … or not.  Because you might not want to share this.

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix - a gluten free treat the whole family will love!

It’s crispy crunchy with Chex, pretzels, and pecans all coated in an addictive cinnamon sugar mix.  I even used Glutino pretzel twists to keep this mix gluten free and friendly for all special diets.  If you aren’t a fan of pecans, swap in walnuts, peanuts, or almonds.

Whether your team wins or loses, you will be cheering for this Chex Mix to go all the way!

Cinnamon Sugar hex Mix - a gluten free treat the whole family will love!

Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Varies

Ingredients

4 ½ cups Rice Chex

2 cups pecans

1 cup pretzel twists (use Glutino to keep gluten free)

¼ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup packed light brown sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 large egg whites

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

In a large bowl, stir together Chex, pecans, and pretzels.

In a medium bowl, stir together sugars, cinnamon, and salt.

In a small bowl, whisk egg whites until frothy. Whisk in the vanilla.

Add the egg whites to the cereal mixture and stir to coat. Add the cinnamon sugar and stir until all of the cereal mixture is fully coated.

Pour onto the prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake for about 35 minutes until crispy and golden brown, stirring halfway through baking. Cool completely on tray.

Mix may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

http://piesandplots.net/cinnamon-sugar-chex-mix-sundaysupper/

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