5 Minute Peanut Butter Apple Crisp for One

I know what it feels like to get major cravings all of a sudden and desire immediate satisfaction.

I try not to keep unhealthy snacks or desserts around my house because I do not want the temptation.

Sure, I could make myself a healthy dessert but the thought of going through a lengthy process to whip up something is not always appealing.  Plus, what would I do with the leftovers?  Or, more likely, the problem will be that there are no leftovers.

Sometimes I have no self-restraint 🙈

Thus, I have created a treat to satisfy the quick snack cravings in a way that won’t leave you feeling yucky from an overindulgent dessert.

I cover all the sweet treat bases:

Warm

Crispy

Fruity

Peanut-buttery

Crunchy (Wait, is that the same as crispy? Nope!)

The most delicious crisp texture comes from broken down Ginnybakes cookies.  They are very firm, gluten-free cookies.  I  personally like microwaving them for a few seconds to soften them up, if I’m going to eat them on their own, but their hockey-puck like texture is perfect for adding crunch to this dessert snack!

Also, in the recipe, I used half of a large Gala apple but feel free to use an entire apple if you don’t want to leave half of an apple lying around.  Alternatively, double the recipe and share the snack-sized crisp with a friend! 😉

 

I’m aaaall ready to dive headfirst into this easy to assemble snack! Let’s go!

5 Minute Peanut Butter Apple Crisp for One
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A quick and easy apple crisp that is healthy enough for a snack and filling enough to satisfy a sweet tooth for dessert.
Ingredients
  • ½ tsp of Nutiva butter flavored coconut oil or plain coconut oil
  • ½ a large Gala apple or apple of choice, chopped
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Ginnybakes Coconut Oatmeal Bliss Cookies*
  • 2 tsp of peanut butter (I used Wild Friends Pumpkin Spice peanut butter)
Instructions
  1. In a small, nonstick pan, warm up the coconut oil over medium heat.
  2. Add chopped apples and sprinkle with cinnamon. Stir the apples around in the pan until warm. Pour apples into a serving bowl.
  3. Place the nonstick pan back on the stove, turning the temperature down to the lowest heat. On a cutting board, chop up the 2 cookies until there is a mixture of fine and medium-sized crumbs.
  4. Add cookie crumbs to the pan and turn off the flame. Let sit for 1 minute, swirling the crumbs every few seconds. The crumbs should already be crunchy so they just need to warm up.
  5. While the crumbs warm from the heat of the pan, add the 2 teaspoons of peanut butter to the cinnamon apples and stir until coated.
  6. Remove the pan from the stove and pour cookie crumbs over the apple-peanut butter mixture. Pat yourself on the back and eat!
Notes
*You can use another crunchy cookie of your choosing. The classic Nature Valley granola bars are the kind of firm, crispness that you’re looking for. Alternatively, you can sub 2 tbsp of pre-made granola for the cookie crumbs.

 

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Friday Faves: Five Healthy Habits That I Practice

Happy Friday!

I would like to try out an idea I’ve seen a number of other bloggers and youtubers do: Friday Favorites.  This will be the first installment of a series here on my blog where I take note of different things that I love.  The items I write about will span from activities that I partake in every day, to foods that I love, to TV shows or books that I’m hooked on. Yes!  My interests run the spectrum so I’m sharing it all here with you all 🙂

My daily activities may vary but there are some parts of my routine that I consider essential to my well-being.  I have practiced the following healthy habits almost daily for several weeks now and I can confidently state that I have seen positive changes since implementing them.  I notice great differences in my energy, mood, and overall health.  Read along to find out what my favorite healthy habits are. 😀

1. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

I find a lot of inspiration for healthy recipes from the Tone it Up Nutrition Plan.  One thing that the plan vouches for is the benefit of drinking apple cider vinegar in the mornings to jumpstart your system.

You can take between a teaspoon and a tablespoon of ACV and add it to some lemon water, a bit of fresh squeezed juice, or drink it as is.  You’re hardcore if you go the latter route.

The most important part is to take it in the morning.  You can read up on the nutritional benefits of apple cider vinegar elsewhere but I will name some changes I’ve seen in myself:

  • My metabolism seems to run more efficiently and steadily than pre-ACV.
  • My digestion process is smoother and faster.
  • I find myself cravings sugary sweets less.
  • My overall system feels better!

Organic apple cider vinegar is best but if you have plain apple cider vinegar on hand then give that a try.  Both will be effective and if you like the way ACV starts to make you feel then give the organic version a try.

I refill this 20oz water bottle 4-5x per day

2. Chug That Water

Okay, I promise not all of the items on this list are beverages but I could not write about my essential healthy habits without mentioning water.

I once heard that we should all be drinking at least half of our body weight in water DAILY.  If you have ever measured the amount of water you drink in a day then you might be surprised by how far you may be from that number.

When I first decided to try to reach half of my weight in water intake in a day, I literally felt like I was forcing myself to drink water.  I felt like I was not thirsty but after a couple of days I started to willingly reach for my water bottle—and frequently!

To begin drinking more water, you’ll want to have a reusable water bottle handy.  There are some reusable water bottles that you can buy with oz measurements listed on the exterior of the container.  Alternatively, you can measure out a couple of cups of water into your favorite clear bottle, or container of choice, and add tick marks with a permanent marker at every 8 – 10oz point.  If you can remember how many oz your bottle holds, you could also skip over the marking part but just make sure to refill it immediately after finishing it.

3. Break out the Foam Roller

The foam roller is not just a piece of equipment for runners or athletes.  Anyone and everyone can benefit from rolling out their muscles at the end of the day.  It helps to alleviate muscle tension built up in various parts of the body.  There are tutorials on YouTube that demonstrate how to properly use it though it isn’t difficult at all.

Foam rolling is the one thing on this list that I may not do every single day but I do use it at least 4-5 days out of the week.  My favorite part to roll out is my upper back and the backs of my thighs.  I especially like to spend anywhere from 5-20 minutes rolling before bed.  It relaxes my muscles and also encourages a more restful sleep.

4. Practice Gratitude

I can remember what it feels like to have a bad day and think that the world is against me.  I do still have bad days sometimes but what is different now is my perspective.

Oftentimes, I start my day with yoga.  That personally helps me feel centered and open to appreciate what the day will bring.  It is an activity that I find uplifting but there are other ways to go about creating gratitude.

If you wake up in the morning and dread the day ahead, I challenge you to think of one thing you are grateful for.  Just one.  It can be the love you have for a family member, your pets, the sunshine outside your window, heck—it can be the overnight oats you’ve got waiting for you in the fridge.  What? Is it just me who gets excited for oatmeal?  Well, basically, I’m saying you just need to recognize one thing you are grateful for.  It is a great way to start the day: with appreciation.  At the end of a particularly trying day I will also dig through my mind for a subject of gratitude.  All may not have been well in the day but there is still ________ .  Fill in the blank with whatever you are glad to have around or glad to have experienced.  It can be anything at all!

5. Find a Moment to Relax

I realize that time to relax sound like a luxury to some.  Moments of relaxation do not necessarily need to be time-consuming.  I like to find small moments throughout the day to do things I enjoy.  Some relaxing activities for me are: reading a magazine article or a chapter in a book, watching a video on YouTube, freestyle stretching or yoga, and my favorite—sitting down in a chair and simply taking 10 deep breaths.

These are just a few of the activities that I practice several times a week.  The only thing on this list that is 100% necessary to do daily is drink water.  I cannot stress the importance of drinking water enough.

The other items also make my days much more pleasant when I keep them habitual.  I feel like a happier person now because everything I do is for the betterment of my health.
Tell me: do you practice any of these habits?  If you have some other healthy habits that you’ve found to be helpful, please share them in the comments.

Xoxo,

Melanie

 

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Highlights of Scrappy Little Nobody

If you’ve been following celebrity news, then you might be aware of Anna Kendrick’s memoir titled Scrappy Little Nobody.  Alternatively, if you do not follow celebrity news then, perhaps, you might be like me and randomly stumble upon the above mentioned book at a local library or book store.

Here’s how it happened: I caught a glimpse of Kendrick’s sly smile from the shelf of the New Arrivals section at my public library.  I read the first page.  It seemed tolerable.  So, I checked out the book thinking that, at the very least, it would be mildly entertaining and make me laugh (at her or with her, who’s to know?).  I really think I must have been desperate for new reading material because I am not a fan of Anna Kendrick.

To my pleasant surprise, Scrappy Little Nobody has got to be one of the most hilarious and enjoyable celebrity-written books I’ve ever read.  That’s not to say that I’ve read many but…well, let’s get to the point.

If you are curious about what you can get out of this book, there is: drama, anecdotes from her youth, awkward adventures in dating, a voyeuristic look into awards shows, musical theater, and what goes into filming a movie, and much, much more!

The unexpected part about this book was that, even though the life Anna Kendrick has lived so far is not the life of the average person, it is still relatable.  She describes her stories and thoughts in a way that make you feel like she is right there in the room with you, having a one-on-one chat.  I’m not saying she’s the nicest person to chat with—(she’s not)—but she does have a unique perspective and insight.

I do not want to give too much away because what’s the fun in reading the book if I do that?  I will, however, state my 5 favorite things about Scrappy Little Nobody:

  1. Anna Kendrick looks much younger than she actually is.

I’m in the same boat so I can empathize!  It is a curse that also brought her a multitude of advantages, particularly in the acting world.

  1. She tells things as she sees them. No holding back.

I have always gotten the impression that Kendrick was a girl with a bratty attitude.  After reading this book, I now know Kendrick is a woman with a bratty attitude.

  1. She knows what it means to rough it.

I’ve got to hand it to her.  Even when fame seemed to be picking up for her, she was still living in a crumb of an apartment with roommates.  It was eye-opening to learn that not everyone from Hollywood lives in a mansion and owns expensive shoes (okay, I’m exaggerating, but the latter does describe her—see book for complementary story).

  1. The woman knows she isn’t “nice” and is completely okay with that.

She does not expect you to like her.  Though, in her defense, there are a number of characteristics that she does value and hope to improve.

  1. The Scrappy Little Nobody has as many talents as she does hang-ups.

I say this in a kind, joking manner because I feel like Kendrick and I are almost, kinda, sorta friends.  I did read her book after all.  She has mega vocal chops and has tried her hand in a number of roles but she has also gone through some challenging times to get there.  So, maybe it’s the rocky climb to the top that has made Anna Kendrick a feisty little squirrel or maybe she is just naturally gifted with those traits.  We may never know….

I learned a lot about Anna Kendrick and have a newfound admiration for her.  That’s not to say I would go up to her if I ever spotted her in public.  Heck no!  I’ll just keep my admiration to myself and here on this blog.

Have you read Scrappy Little Nobody? If not, have I piqued your interest? Let me know in the comments.

Xoxo,

Melanie

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The New Year in A Nutshell

At the start of a new year, aren’t you just ecstatic thinking of the possibilities of what you hope to do in the next year?  I certainly was.  Instead, I spent the end of December and all of the first two weeks of 2017 purchasing cold medicine and making my way through more cough drops than probably recommended for safe use.

Though, none of that matters now because my main goal for this year was to start a blog.  I have been dancing around the idea of starting a blog for over a year.  Finally, now, did I open up my wallet and purchase my domain name.  So, to me, that feels like an accomplishment in and of itself.

Let me now take this moment to say: Hello Everyone! It’s nice to meet you! 🙂

I am still trying to figure out how WordPress functions and establish what content I’d like to post to this blog.  For the moment, I’m just going to post anything that I am interested in—I hope that’s okay with you 😉

Stay tuned for a bit about me and other (hopefully) fascinating things!

Xoxo,

Melanie

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