It’s been way too long since I have made a blog post. I honestly lost my mojo, my drive, my excitement for eating healthy and making good decisions. I do that sometimes, I “fall off the wagon” so to speak, but I always manage to get back on it eventually. I think I mentioned earlier that I decided to open New Way Health & Fitness while also trying to sell my house. That was beyond stressful, and it unfortunately left me drained and exhausted and I just wanted to sit on the couch and eat cookies. I won’t lie, there were a lot of cookies. A LOT. On top of all of that, I lost my beautiful, sweet angel Ellie a few days after my birthday back in July. One day she was fine, and then the next day she stopped eating, and within a week lost 6lbs (that’s a lot for a 25lb dog), and when we brought her to the vet we found out she had tumors all over her organs, so we made the decision to say goodbye. That sadness was filled with even more cookies, so so many cookies. However, we know she is at peace now, and we still have our crazy boy Arrow who has seemed to find a whole new burst of energy, so he keeps me plenty busy. So now that all the craziness and sadness is behind me, the motivation is finally back. We are all settled into the new house, and the business is in full swing.
Now that my life story is out of the way (sorry if that was a total snoozefest), let’s talk about my newest obsession: Dessert Hummus. I know, it sounds super weird, but it is DELICIOUS! I was recently watching an episode of Shark Tank and they had on a woman who had a brand called Delighted by Hummus and she made dessert hummus. All the sharks absolutely loved it, so I searched to see if they sold it near me and sure enough they were at my local Publix. They have four flavors: brownie batter, snickerdoodle, vanilla bean, and chocolate mint. I decided going all chocolate was the safest bet for my first time trying this oddly intriguing concoction, so I went with brownie batter. I know it sounds crazy, but it really did taste just like brownie batter, and the slightly gritty texture from the chickpeas really helped sell it. For a two tablespoon serving the brownie batter has 80 calories and 4 grams of sugar. For anything dessert, I would call that a win. Plus it’s all natural, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, and free from soy and peanuts. When my sweet tooth is raging (and you can guess from all those cookies, that happens a lot), this is a great way to help settle it. You can use it as a dip, but I personally like to just stick my spoon in there and go to town, it’s so good. Amy got the vanilla bean and she said it tastes just like cookie dough. Even our health averse husbands liked it!
After my colossal fall off the wagon, I have decided to embark on a little personal challenge/goal for the next few weeks to get me through Thanksgiving, my goal is to eat healthy 6 days a week with only one cheat meal/day. Normally I follow the 80/20 rule, but I need to be a little more strict after all the cookies. Seriously, after Ellie passed I am pretty sure I ate 50 cookies in the course of 4 days, it was a dark time. Having something like dessert hummus is going to be a game changer during these next few weeks. I am doing this as a quick, attainable challenge, because I find setting shorter goals, for me at least, makes it easier to achieve. Plus, I cook and host Thanksgiving at my house, so you better believe I will be eating everything I will spend hours to make, and there will be zero guilt about it. Bring on the cranberry sauce, oh man do I love cranberry sauce, but that’s for a future guilty pleasure post.
What are some of your favorite, weird, unexpected desserts, treats, foods? Do you suffer from a sweet tooth like me, or are you more of a salty person?