Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Spiked Hot Chocolate

Deck the halls and decorate for the holiday season serving Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate made with Smirnoff Vodka. All you need is two ingredients: Smirnoff Peppermint Twist and hot chocolate to make this warm creation. This is so fun to make for an intimate holiday party. Start with your favorite hot chocolate mix and top it off with nonfat dairy whipped topping, crushed peppermint and mini marshmallows for the ultimate warm dessert cocktail.

5 Amazing Healthier Cookie Recipes

Trail mix cookies

If you are looking for something to satisfy your sugar cookie, check out these 5 amazing healthier cookie recipes starting with my recipe for Trail Mix Cookies on Fitness Republic and 4 others that I have tested and tried. These are great for those looking for flourless, Paleo, or to fill your child’s lunchbox. They also make a great afternoon snack and of course, dessert.

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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie on Bakerita

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Two Ingredient Cookies on Naturally Ella

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Tofu Oatmeal Raisin Cookies via Ingredients, Inc.

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

Flourless Chocolate Cookies via Ingredients, Inc

5 Ingredient Fudge Brownies

5 Ingredient Fudgy Brownies

I have been craving something sweet for about a week now, and my sister, Natalie posted a picture last night of brownies that made me have to go make some too. I went to my pantry and gathered the last of my semisweet chocolate chips, Nutella, eggs, butter and flour, whipped it all up (with no mixer) in a mixing bowl and here you go: 5 Minute Fudge Brownies. These are fantastic with ice cream or a glass of milk, and so easy! My kids are going to love these to take to school on Monday. Have a great week ahead!

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chia, known as a superfood is wonderful in this Chocolate Chia Pudding recipe. Packed with potassium, fiber and magnesium, these seeds are great for energy, endurance and digestion. While it’s easy to toss them in lemon water (see my recipe for Lemon Water with Chia Seeds). Chia seeds are a great addition in this dessert (or as a healthy breakfast). I used cacao powder which is also a healthy superstar, rich in antioxidants. Make this recipe the night before, and you’ll have a nutritious nondairy creamy chocolate dessert. Happy Friday!!

Spiced Chocolate Covered Fruit

Chocolate Covered Fruit

I admit it. I have been MIA! Life got a little crazy buying and moving into a new house, but I am back! We are iced in today, so my kids and I made this Spiced Chocolate Covered Fruit recipe. It’s so easy and only 3 ingredients! Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which have heart-protecting properties and are rich in antioxidants.  The protective factors are only seen in dark chocolate that contained at least 60 percent (preferably 70 percent or more) cocoa. There’s nothing better than a healthy snack with only 3 ingredients!

Valentine Healthier Molten Lava Cake

Tofu Molten Lava Cake

Who is ready for Valentine’s Day? If you’re trying to be “good and healthy try this Valentine Healthier Molten Cake. Although it’s lightened up, it will satisfy your sweet tooth! Combine eggs, flour, sugar and semisweet chocolate with House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Medium Firm to create a rich, yet nutritious indulgence. It is so divine, and your loved ones will have no clue is made with tofu. Thanks to Alexander Weiss, one of the season’s winners from the FOX’s hit cooking competition series for kids, “MasterChef Junior” for allowing me to share this chocolate favorite with my followers. Happy Valentine’s day and have a great week!

Crunchy Maple Shortbread Cookies

Crunchy Maple Shortbread Cookies

Your family and friends will be so so excited when you share these tasty treats! Beautifully delicious Crunchy Maple Shortbread Cookies are a fantastic gift, and guests will love them. The maple crunch packs a flavorful punch, and these cookies become a delicious addition to your go-to holiday recipes. For added indulgence, dip them in melted chocolate and allow to cool. These are made with Nature Path’s Crunchy Maple Sunrise Cereal (which my kids and I love). These crowed-pleasing treats are so yummy I strongly suggest keeping a few for yourself! Check out how low in calorie there are too!

Calories per serving: 116, Fat 8g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 8mg, Carbohydrates 12g, Fiber 1g, Sugar 6.5g, Protein 1.5g

Expresso Fudge

Espresso Fudge

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday! I did! I completed a huge amount of holiday shopping (I am so thrilled, and we had amazing family time!) Now it’s time to get back to the grind and think about work and kids (and more holiday organization). I made this recipe today for Expresso Fudge form the Cooking Channel Stars and mixology duo, Alie Ward & Georgia Hardstark. I will be making this homemade fudge recipe for teacher gifts and holiday get-togethers. This recipe is made with NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Espresso Intenso pods which adds to it’s great coffee flavor.

DIY Chocolate Mask

Chocolate Mask

Looking to hydrate, reverse sun damage or simply firm and tone your skin? Try chocolate! Why? Chocolate is considered by many to be the ultimate aphrodisiac because it puts you in a good mood simply by just the scent alone.  Chocolate is a natural way to exfoliate with essential vitamins. This delicious ingredient also contains rich antioxidants that help to combat free radicals, which are responsible for our cell aging.  Elizabeth’s Secret Beauty Bar in Miami uses only natural ingredients to ensure this service gives the ultimate experience. Now you can try this DIY Chocolate Mask at home for yourself or on your significant other. Enjoy this recipe below!

Valentines Chocolate Chip Pancakes Recipe

Where has January gone? Valentine’s Day is right around the corner so how about an easy breakfast or brunch recipe? This Chocolate Chip Pancake recipe (adapted from allrecipes) is ideal for your favorite person or for the kids. My daughter, Leigh, enjoyed them so much that she made them for me recently (love her always). You can’t go wrong with chocolate chips in anything–especially in pancakes. So, who has fun Valentine’s plans? Let me have it!!