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Skinny Pumpkin Muddy Buddies!

Oh YEA!

Today was pretty typical. I went to work, picked up some dinner, came home, walked the dogs and ate. Brent was planning on joining me for dinner so I chose one of our favs, Eden’s Fresh. It is a local restaurant that I am slightly in love with. It is a salad place that has just unbelievable salads. Nothing crazy or anything, just the perfect combinations of toppings that compliment eachother so well, that they seem to do flips in your mouth and you chew it. Sounds cool right??

I picked Brent up the Buffalo Chicken Salad and I had the Chitwood.

SOOOO for the main event! Skinny Muddy Buddies! If you ever hung out with me when I was in high school I was probably eating one of a very short list of foods. For a snack, normally a peanut butter flavored power bar, OR Muddy Buddies. Yes, I had a fantastic metabolism that I wish I had back now. People always said that it would just fade off one day and like a kid, I didn’t believe them. Welcome to your Mid-20’s Lauren!

Anyways, the Muddy Buddy lover in me spotted the wonderful Chex chilling on their shelf in the cereal isle and I had a craving for my long lost snacky friend. That thought led to the, what if there was a way to make them JUST a BIT lower in calories?? Which led to, OHHHH and Pumpkin!

An idea was born. I’m truly a fat kid at heart.

The idea, turned into THIS:

Ingredients:

4 Cups Rice Chex Mix 1 Cup Orange Chocolate Chips
2 Tablespoon Biscoff Spread 1/4 Teaspoon Pumpkin Spice
1 Package Vanilla Pudding Mix, Sugar Free, Instant

Directions:

1. In a microwave safe bowl, heat up the chocolate in 30 second increments until smooth. Mix between heating up. Once melted, stir in the Biscoff spread and pumpkin spice.

2. Place the chex in a medium or large sized bowl. Mix in the chocolate until all of the chex are covered.

3. Now transfer the covered chex in to a sealable ziploc bag. Add in the vanilla pudding mix, UNMIXED, and shake until all of the chex are covered. Refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened! And Done!

I am so excited about how amazing these came out it’s not even funny. They are perfectly pumpkin filled and fantastically ORANGE! I got the orange chocolate at Jo-Ann Fabrics at 2.99 for the bag. I used a little over half the bag and plan on starting another project with the leftovers. If you don’t want to swing by there, just grab some white chocolate chips if that is easier.

Biscoff Spread is my new discovery. After deciding to go with Muddy Buddies, I went to grab some peanut butter and on the top shelf, above the peanut butter I discovered Biscoff Spread. It is a cream made of Biscoff Tea cookies! Crazy good. It is also much lighter than the original peanut butter. And nut allergy friendly!

So, what exactly did I cut out?!

The original recipe::

9 Cups of Chex Cereal 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter 1/4 Cup Butter
1 Teaspoon Vanilla 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar

Delicious, but the Skinny version has NO Butter and NO Powdered Sugar. AND it’s pumpkin! Whoot Whoot.

I’m really happy with it. Give it a try! It’s a great little sweet snack and something surprising to put in a trail mix!

What was your favorite snack as a kid?? Have you done anything to mix it up since then??

Blueberry Cake Protein Shake and A Winter Park Boat Tour

This morning I actually got up and went for a run. It started off a bit rough, but ended strong. Not such a bad run and it felt good to get it out of the way.

When I got back, I mixed up this UNBELIEVABLE master piece. It tasted like Blueberry Cake. Legit. I couldn’t get enough of it.

Ingredients:

1 Frozen Banana 1 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1 Scoop Cake Batter Protein Powder 1/2 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
3/4 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk

That simple. Just put it in a blender and blend until smooth. I am beginning to absolutely love this cake batter protein powder because I feel like the options are endless with it. You can really turn anything into a sweet cake flavored treat and mold it into what ever kind of cake flavor tickles your fancy.

Anyways, the rest of the day was just work work work. When I got back, Brent and I went on a fun little tour! Not too crazy or anything but entertaining. It was the Winter Park Boat Tour. It leaves just about 2 blocks away from my house and is 12 bucks a person. You just ride a cute little boat around the lakes in Winter Park and learn all about the history of the area.

To be honest, being from Boston, I didn’t think that Orlando had such a rich little history, but it turns out Winter Park is more influenced by the north than I thought!

We run past these little canals connecting the lakes and it’s really just so pretty.

Some of the little interesting facts about Winter Park:

  • A whole bunch of land was purchased by a man who lived in New England. He named it Winter Park in hopes of drawing more northerners┬áto the area for the summers.
  • A few years later, the northerners in the area decided they needed to build a school and Mr Rollins donated 50,000 dollars of the 100,000 needed to start the school, and it was named Rollins College.
  • Mr Cornell was actually a huge contributor to the school and has several buildings named after him. This is the same Cornell that start Cornell University in upstate NY.
  • Rollins is the only university in Florida to have a Noble Prize winner alumni.

My favorite fact of the ENTIRE ride centered around this house:

This was the first Mr Roger’s Neighborhood! THE MR ROGERS attended Rollins college and was assigned a dorm. But he couldn’t fit his grand piano in the room so his parent found a room in this house for him to rent out. Definitely room for his piano in here.

I LOVED Mr Rogers as a kid! I always think of my brother when I think of that show. It was definitely a fav of his too.

WIth that, I leave you with a good night!

What was your favorite show as a kid??

There are so many goodies that we forget. Hey Dude. Pete and Pete. Angry Beavers. Ren and Stimpy. I really think that cartoons of today have NOTHING on what we had back then.