Banana Nilla Snacks

So, what do you get when you combine bananas + nilla wafers? Simple deliciousness.

I saw this on Pinterest the other day and was shocked I hadn’t thought of it! Growing up, I ate peanut butter on nilla wafers almost everyday. Then adulthood happened and I branched off into the sophisticated world of PB&J. Well, I’m back to my senses and these little yummies are healthy adult snacks that will make me feel like a kid for a long time to come!

Banana Nill PrepBanana Nilla'sIt’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

1. Cut banana into small slices.

2. Place banana slices between two nilla wafers.

3. Refridgerate for at least an hour, then eat!

The longer these treats sit, the mushier they become. If you’re one of those who thinks the word “mushy” is like nails on a chalkboard, then eat quickly! They will only last about a week, tops.

For an extra treat add PB or nutella to the mix!

Coffee Scrub

I like soft, silky, and cuddly things, while D loves gritty soap. I have never been inclined to such things; although, I am a sucker for advertising, which D will gladly confirm for you! When I saw “coffee scrub = cellulite scrub”, I decided I could get a little gritty! We’ll see how true that claim actually is after a few more uses.

I don’t drink coffee at home honestly because I have no machine, but I had purchased this small cup of ground instant coffee death a while back after first seeing the pin for this scrub experiment. I used only what I had at home, so some adjustments were made to the recipe I initially found.

Scrub IngredientsSplit Scrub MixStorage Scrub

After the first use, my skin feels good. I was blessed with many epidermis issues – - excema (dryness) to hyperhydrosis (wetness), tinnie tiny bumps on the backs of my legs, etc… but I’m not complaining! Healthy and happy with that!

With winter on the horizon, my feet start acting out, shall we say. This scrub does a good job of getting rid of any scruffiness, and I can see the most immediate difference on my soles. As for the back of my legs, those small bumps I talked about were irritated for a few minutes. The oil in the mix did help to sooth that, though. Most recipes say you can wash off any residue left behind, but I think that’s the best part! I really liked the softness that the oil left behind.

Next batch, I will invest in a better coffee selection. Imagine if I actually had to drink that instant stuff?! I feel sorry for my drain. Plus, investing in a superior blend will just make the mixture smell better! Other additions to try could be vanilla extract or coconut oil!

Pretty Scrub

See how other people do it: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Ingredients:

1 Cup o’ Coffe

1/2 Cup Sugar

1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/3 Cup Cinnamon Sugar (substitue for ground cinnamon)

You will have to mix all of these ingredients together in a different bowl, but the finished contents fit perfectly into a mason jar!

Knowledge Nugget // Snacking

I’ve taken many rides on the weight-loss, healthy eating, get fit train. I can think of plenty reasons (which may sound like excuses to you) for why I am where I am… being tied to a desk from 9:00-5:00, our combination of busy schedules, exhaustion from not being in shape, which leads to more laziness. There it is, full circle! I’ve hit a low. I’m tired of being tired, of not enjoying my closet, of feelin guilty for eating what I know I shouldn’t. And I know I can change that.

I appreciate the lows, the wake up calls where our minds are changed and our desires get in line with our actions.

Along with other things, like waking up early, I am limiting my sweet treats, while also choosing healthy portions & snacks. Using MyFitnessPal makes it incredibly easy to scan the food I eat and keep track of what actually goes in my mouth! At the beginning, I easily become too focused on inputting food information, but I plan to allow this tool to help instead of hinder my process. Make the effot. Input what you can. Let go of what you can not.

As long as you are thinking about the effects of your choices, you’re on the right train.

So, snacking… My favorite! In order to avoid the growing, communal candy drawer at work, D came up with the idea to make trailmix! Individually packed, salty & sweet mid-day treats that are 2/3rd healthy and 1/3rd heck yes! So far, these little snack packs have been filling and just what the diet-doctor ordered!

Peanuts, cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, raisins, toasted wheat cereal, pretzel crumbles, semi-sweet morsels, yogurt covered raisins, m&m’s - which alternate between regular and peanut butter…

Trail Mix IngredientsSnack PacksMore snacking and healthy food ideas to come! If you can’t tell by now, we really like food.

Trying to learn to let the food love us back.