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Reach your New Years goals without giving up your favorite sweet treats with Halo Top all-natural ice cream
Reach your New Years goals without giving up your favorite sweet treats with Halo Top all-natural ice cream
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Reach your New Years goals without giving up your favorite sweet treats with Halo Top all-natural ice cream

Happy New Years! I'm so happy to be back with y'all for another year. For the first post of 2016, I couldn't think of anything better than a new healthy food brand!

I'll be the first to admit my serious addiction to anything sweet. I don't care what it is, if there is an excessive amount of sugar in it, I'll be all over it. Ice cream is no exception. I can remember spending hours as a kid in the freezing snow, only to come inside and eat ice cream! As I've grown older and try to live a more health conscious lifestyle, I've had to cut back on all of the ice cream. I've tried to substitute popsicles, but nothing is the same as a good pint of the cold treat.

When Halo Top reached out to me to try their product, I knew I couldn't pass it up! Not only does it satisfy my sweet tooth, but it is actually pretty good for you. Each pint is packed with protein, low in carbs and sugar, less than 300 calories, and made with all natural ingredients. Seems too good to be true, right? Wrong! 

I can't even tell you how many "healthy ice creams" I've tried. Some of them are better than others, but none of them have the same sweet creaminess as the real thing. Halo Top proved all of them wrong! Not only does the consistency match the real deal, but it taste just like it as well. I picked out three flavors to try- chocolate, vanilla, and birthday cake. I'll be honest with y'all - the chocolate wasn't my favorite. But not to worry, the other two flavors more than made up for it! The vanilla flavor really did taste just like vanilla, and the birthday cake was off the charts good. I especially loved the sprinkles in the birthday cake flavor!

Whether you're trying to work off the holiday weight, keep a New Years resolution, or just have a sweet tooth like me, Halo Top is a must try! You can click

here

to see where to find some near you.

I would love to hear what you think of it if you give it a try! What's your favorite flavor? Let me know in the comments below.

xoxo

fall inspired: tiger stripe cake

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Disclaimer

: There is absolutely nothing healthy about this recipe whatsoever. I normally try to modify unhealthy desserts to be a little bit healthier, but this is one of those recipes you just have to try as is! 

Growing up, tiger stripe cake was my absolute favorite dessert. The combination of decadent chocolate cake and the quintessential fall pumpkin bread made the sweet treat irresistible. My mom had a small baking business, and Mizzou fans always loved this treat as a cute way to celebrate football games. 

We usually make this recipe in a bundt cake (

which looks precious

), but I thought putting it in individual mason jars would be perfect for fall! Not only are mason jars super cute and trendy, but it makes it easy to give out as gifts. By adding a little bit of ribbon to the jars, it's the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season with your friends and family. 

I have to confess, when my mom and I make this, we use her homemade pumpkin bread recipe. To make it easier on y'all, I would suggest just buying a boxed version. Because I make the homemade version, I'm not sure how much the boxed kind will make. I halved our recipe for pumpkin bread, and there was still enough left over to make a small loaf of the bread. When layering, use your best judgment for how much to add on each layer. I added measurements as a guideline, but it really just depends on how large your mason jars (

or other containers

) are and how full you want them to be! You can see from the picture above how much batter I layered in the jars, and it actually was a little bit too much! Unfortunately, the cakes fell after I took them out of the oven, but they were still at the brim or over. 

Before baking the cakes, I wanted to make sure it would be safe to bake in the mason jars. One recommendation was to place the jars in a baking dish filled with hot water. I started off doing that, but when I saw the batter overflowing into the water, I decided to switch them onto a cookie sheet. The water will definitely change the way the cakes bake, but if you're afraid of baking in mason jars, that may be a good route to go!

Thanks so much for reading! Let me know what your favorite fall recipe is in the comments below!

xoxo