Rhubarb Chevre & Peanut Butter Cookie Icebox Bars

Rhubarb Chevre & Peanut Butter Cookie Icebox Bars

All I know is these are something different.

I had a really hard time deciding what to call them, because they’re like half cheesecake and half ice cream bar…. and half peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

They’re also high in protein, gluten-free, low-carb, and can’t really be eaten without a fork.

So what do you call that?

I guess the only thing that could sum it all up without being in paragraph form was Rhubarb Chevre & Peanut Butter Cookie Icebox Bars.  So there you have it.

To me, this is the dessert-embodiment of all the best things.  All the flavors and textures of my favorites went into this, sans the sugar-overload I would rather avoid but with the metabolism-boosting, muscle-fueling protein I need for my training!

It kinda even gives me a sneaky satisfaction at the thought of thwarting the traditional “sweets-are-bad-for-you” train of thought.

These are something different, all right!  But in this case, different really just means delightful!  Don’t you think?

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Cheesy Turkey Meatballs {+ Printable Meal Planner}

Cheesy Turkey Meatballs {+ Printable Meal Planner}

I came home for lunch the other day, starving.  I looked in my fridge… and found practically nothing in edible form.  Fortunately, I was armed with a few ingredients, modern technology, and an idea.

The resulting Cheesy Turkey Meatballs that I pulled out of my oven about 20 minutes later are actually quicker, healthier, and more delicious than just about anything I could have gotten elsewhere at that moment.  Plus, now they’re ready to grab for a meal or snack any old time I need it! 

Easy meal prep is so fun.

I’m sure you’re with me – making healthy food should not be hard!  These days, we no longer have to hunt down a wildebeest, coax a sweet potato out of the earth, make a clay pot, or start a fire in a cave during a snowstorm.

I’m not saying you can’t do those things if you really want to, but… it’s really not required.

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Protein Peanut Butter-Banana Tartelettes

Protein Peanut Butter-Banana Tartelettes

“If you’re gonna eat cheesecake, why not just eat cheesecake?”

Is a familiar question heard among healthy food bloggers across the country (or so I imagine) when confronted by foodies who either haven’t yet tried “alternative” versions of their favorite desserts, or have had an off-putting experience with such things.

Being that the first prepackaged vegan cookie that I ever knowingly ate was gummy and bland, I certainly didn’t have the #1 perspective on vegan baking right off the bat.  It took me trial, error, and Chocolate Covered Katie recipes to figure out that simply eggs and milk do not a cookie make.  A good cookie really just needs good ingredients!

Which is why I get the skepticism.  But if you love to bake, love to have little treats, and you still want to do right by your body as much as humanly possible, simply using great ingredients just might save you from diving into THAT cheesecake.

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Easy Thin-Crust Pizza {Low-Carb!}

Easy Thin-Crust Pizza {Low-Carb!}

Conundrum:  How to deal with carb-cravings when you’re trying to stick to a low-carb diet (or just eat less carby junk in general)? 

Technically, going to a bakery and inhaling deeply for five minutes contains zero carbs, and is super delightful.  On the downside, cravings often seem to increase after this, and when so near the main concern, this can be problematic.

Distracting oneself with kitten videos is usually less of an issue in the short run.  Still, it doesn’t take long for hunger pangs to come back, which need to be addressed some way or another…

Which brings me to the real solution.  Have pizza.  Low-carb, quicker than delivery, delicious, satisfying pizza, that is.

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