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I'm a 20 year old junior in college, trying to promote a healthy life style for myself and others, which can definitely be hard to do in college. In this blog, I'll experiment with recipes, blog about my own progress towards body wellness inside-and-out, and hopefully help some of you out along the way! Last summer, with a month of exercise and eating right, I lost my freshman 15. Over the past year, I have been maintaining my weight and continuing to hone my healthy cooking skills!

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Turkey Perky Jerky, for the healthy carnivore!

Not gonna lie, you guys. I have always been a HUGE fan of jerky. They were a staple for family road trips. Dad and I would always split a bag. Or we’d both get a “Slim Jim.” It was delicious. I was a mega carnivore for those things. Yet, sadly, I can’t even remember the last time I had some. When the first bit of health-consciousness sparked in me five or so years ago, I stopped eating a lot less of it. And then, none.

Those days are over, folks. Because I found the best jerky ever: Turkey Perky Jerky!

One serving of this delicious stuff is 50 calories [significantly less than beef jerky (avg. 100 cals) , and definitely less than a slim jim (130 cals)]. It has 0g fat, 2g carbs, and 9g of protein and contains no preservatives, no nitrates, and no added MSG. It’s great as a pick-me-up (or, “perk-me-up”) snack, and I imagine it would be GREAT on a hike. Not to mention, its smokey-meaty-spicy-sweet flavor just makes me want to gobble, gobble it up! Pun intended.

What’s more, this stuff even better is some of the proceeds go to a GOOD CAUSE—the fight against muscular dystrophy and down syndrome.

Where can you find it? Well, TARGET carries it, for one. Or you could buy it online. So go ahead, treat your inner carnivore. ;)

— 2 years ago with 8 notes
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Banana Peanut Butter Flour-less Pancakes! [Scrambled!]

So, although this Paleo recipe that I tweaked removed whatever kitchen-god-complex was forming in my head, it still made for a majorly delicious and nutritious scramble! Peanut Butter, Bananas, Egg whites, and the optional mix-ins of blueberries and walnuts—or whatever you want—, mine came out to be 225 calories, but without the mix-ins, it’d be around 175.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter [I used Peanut Wonder, basically the same thing as Better n’ Peanut Butter] (50 cals) (It would be 95 with normal peanut butter)
  • 1 medium banana (100 cals)
  • 1/4 cup egg whites (25 cals)
  • Optional: 2teaspoons crushed walnuts (about 30 cals), some blueberries (15 cals), and I also used a quarter cup of almond milk, but I don’t recommend that if you want pancakes—I think ┬áit diluted mine too much.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Mash banana. Whisk egg whites and peanut butter with a fork in a mixing bowl till well blended, add banana and mix in as well.
  • Pour mixture in increments onto a medium-heated skillet. Wait for it to cook (take a little longer than normal pancakes) on one side, throw additional toppings on uncooked side, and flip. (I should say “flip”, this proved hard to do for me. If you fail at flipping, just do what I did and scramble it like eggs. Not as pretty, but tastes the same!)
  • Enjoy! It’s very sweet already so there is really no need for syrup!

NOTE: I got this recipe from a paleo food site and majorly tweaked it. First I cut the recipe in half using 1 banana, then I replaced a 1/4 cup egg whites for one egg, and used Peanut Wonder instead of almond butter, and added almond milk (DO NOT)…maybe it would have held together better if I hadn’t made those changes. Who knows? Oh well, it was worth a shot, and it was tasty anyways!

— 2 years ago with 13 notes
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