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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
Halo Top all-natural protein packed ice cream review
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Halo Top healthy, high protein chocolate ice cream
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

gluten free homemade {healthier} brownies

I'm so excited to share with y'all this amazing recipe! I'm a sucker for anything chocolate, especially a good brownie! I love this recipe because it's a much healthier alternative to the classic we all know and love. Not only is it gluten free, but it's 100% homemade (aka no sketchy ingredients from a box) and uses healthy substitutes to make it even more guilt-free! It's the perfect treat to make for Valentine's day, and it won't ruin your summer-bod diet! 

GLUTEN FREE REDUCED GUILT BROWNIES:

3/4 cup all-purpose gluten free flour

3/4 cup cane sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

3 eggs

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup canola oil

1/4 cup water

1. Preheat oven to 350*

2. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, and baking powder into a medium sized bowl

3. Mix in eggs, vanilla, oil and water

4. Pour into a greased 8 x 8 pan

5. Bake for 20-25 minutes

Printable Recipe

[adapted from 

this

 recipe] 

I've only made this once, but it has easily become one of my favorite sweet treats. You would never know it wasn't made from a box, which is always a huge problem I have with homemade brownies. Even the batter tastes like Betty Crocker made it herself, and we all know that's the most important part! 

Substitutes:

I switched out canola oil for butter, but there are still even more healthy subs you can make! To reduce the sugar, both applesauce and medjool dates can be substituted. I personally have never found a recipe for brownies using applesauce that I like because I can always seem to taste the apple! Medjool dates, on the other hand, sound like an amazing addition! They would definitely make the brownies more dense, but it switches out cane sugar for natural sugars. Just make sure to pit the dates before blending into a paste! I measured 1/3 cup oil, and then continued to fill the measuring cup with water until it reached 1/2 cup. That way it cut out some of the oil but still added liquid! The next time I make these, I'll probably try 2 eggs instead of 3 to get a denser brownie, but 3 works for a more cakey dessert. Also, don't skip the sifter! I used to always think it was pointless, but if any of y'all have made homemade hot chocolate, you'll know how clumpy cocoa can get! Sifting (the cocoa especially) gets rid of those annoying clumps and creates a

much

 smoother batter!

I would love to hear what y'all think about them if you try them out yourself!

ps: there's still a giveaway going on on my Instagram for TWO winners of a $170 cash prize!

xoxo