I have a confession to make! Most of the time I feel like "Weight-loss Mommy" instead of Maintenance Mommy.
There, I said it.
The truth is that I have probably lost and gained 300 pounds! I just so happens to be the same 5 pounds :)
Well, the 5 pounds are back on, and it's time they came off!
The first thing I have decided to do...and I mean REALLY do...is keep a food journal. Yup, every little thing that I eat. The scary part is that I've decided to make it public to YOU (and I also reveal my weight...yikes)!
People at my cooking classes ask me all the time, "So what you do eat,...I mean what do you REALLY eat?" Well, now you'll find out. I guarantee I don't eat as healthy as they probably think I do. Overall I would consider myself a very healthy eater, but one of my problems is that I am an OVEREATER, and the other is that sugar is my crack cocaine!
So I figured that a food journal would help me stay on track. Not to mention, studies say that keeping a food journal is a Keystone Habit, so I'm looking forward to the other improvements that will fall.
You can follow my food journal at charitylighten.wordpress.com.
Mostly, what I eat are recipes that will simply link you right back here. People also ask me if there are any cookbooks that I would recommend. Truthfully, I tell them this site is what I recommend, because only the good recipes make the cut here!
I recently discovered a fabulous site called chocolatecoveredkatie.com. And this recipe was completely inspired by her. It was her original idea; I just adapted it to my liking. I absolutely loved this treat and so did most of my kids!
Oh and on a total side note, I was thrilled to see that Costco has now started carrying their own brand of semi-sweet chocolate chips....and they are DAIRY-FREE! Nice work Costco :)
Cookie Dough Dip
1 can of white beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup of Almond butter
1/4 cup of Almond milk
3 TBS pure maple syrup
2 packets of stevia
1/2 cup oat flour (simply grind oats in a blender)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Combine all of the above ingredients into a food processor except for the chocolate chips. Puree it very well until the mixture is nice and smooth. Then stir in the chocolate chips. I serve this will pretzels and on whole wheat toast. My kids thought it was better with the pretzels, but I preferred the bread. Graham crackers would also be good.
I am pretty sure I am serving these at the next dinner party :)