New Healthy Dessert Ebook!

Guess WHAT?!?! It’s been a few months coming and it is finally DONE.

 

I have published my first healthy dessert ebook! Over the past four years, I have been trying and practicing various baked good recipes. Some I figured out on my own with just one or two tries. Others it was… a process to say the least! Many did not make the cut. But, that just leaves room for continued improvement later on.

Strong Sweet Caroline 50 Healthy Dessert Recipes Ebook

I want you to check out these first 50 recipes I have shared. There is quite a variety from

…chocolate chia cookies

…brownie cookie dough cake

…whole wheat pie crust

…donuts

…protein puppy chow

…lemon bars

and so much more! Some are vegan, vegetarian, paleo, gluten free, nut free, dairy free, lower sugar and higher protein!

Valued at $29.99, the ebook will launch for a special discounted price of $14!

Click this button to order today. Let’s bake healthy together!
 

3 fresh flavors you’ll love this spring

If you are like me, you are mind boggled by how quickly this year is going! It seems like yesterday I was bundled up in sweatshirts and hoodies and now it is shorts and tank top weather.

Maybe I’m just fortunate I’m no longer in the cold spring weather Ohio typically shows. Atlanta has blessed us with a wonderful spring so far. Beside the normal working and training, I have gotten outside more to play some pick up soccer, explore some parks and enjoy nature. Additionally, I open up the windows and start baking and experimenting with some new recipes.

What am I cooking up lately? A lot of meals for Meals Beyond Athletes, but more importantly, I’ve made more time to experiment new healthy recipes and baked goods.

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to lose track of your daily enjoyments when you are caught up in the daily whirlwind?

I know that if I am not intentional about every priority, every action I take, I can get swept up by other people and their needs over mine. It can be difficult but setting boundaries can be one of the most beneficial ways to overcome this. I even have to do this to read and write each day. BUT, I LOVE IT and it COMPLETES ME!

So, why wouldn’t you?

To make this spring even better as you allot time for you and your daily enjoyments, I have three flavors I’ve been LOVING this spring. Whether it is for specific recipes, daily health or personal indulgence, check out these three and let me know what you think.

3 fresh flavors to try this spring by Strong Sweet Caroline

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Four things to do when you move to a new city

I have moved four times since graduating from The Ohio State University in May 2014. Each time, I have gone to a new city. Three of the four I never actually visited before moving there! A while back, I blogged about my largest move to Nebraska. Now that I have moved again (this time in Atlanta, Georgia), I’ve done some thinking on the trials and tribulations relocating can create. I think it can often be easier to do than we think.
Below are four things I recommend doing when you move to a new city. BONUS: I discuss one of my favorite healthier alternative ingredients to use when creating baked goods.
  1. Get acclimated with the area
When moving to a new place, especially a large city, it can be very intimidating. The first thing I like to do is pull up Google maps and see what the surround area, towns and roads look like. Then, hit the road. It serves you well to drive around, take in the local businesses and get a feel for your surrounds and directions. I even allow myself to get lost. Usually, that’s how I find new coffee shops, backroads and fun places to explore. When I lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana for my first job territory, I found a neat coffee shop called Firefly Coffeehouse. The more comfortable you can become, the more quickly the “new” factor will wear off and you can normalize your area.

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Creativity and a healthier ice cream sandwich

One of my favorite treats is an ice cream sandwich. When I was in Charleston, South Carolina for a the NPC Jr. USAs show in May 2015, that was one of my post-show treats. Me and a couple girlfriends found King Street Cookies and it was delicious.

Strong Sweet Caroline and ice cream sandwich

Honestly, I sometimes reflect on foods I have eaten and think about how amazing they tasted! Then I think about the ingredients and how they may have affected my body. Maybe I think too deeply about it, but was it positive or negative? This gets my creativity flowing.

When I’m facing challenges or changes, I spend a lot of time reflecting. This is the stage of life I’m in right now. I will dive into in with future blog posts. But to keep it brief, sometimes all these reflection and wandering thoughts can raise my stress and cortisol and must find alternative measures to overcome that. This is when I get creative and bake.

Summer is the core season for ice cream fans. Who doesn’t enjoy surround a big ole’ scoop of frozen dairy in between two soft and tasty cookies? I sure as hell do. Recently, I’ve found more satisfaction from foods I’ve made myself and used healthier ingredients. That’s where these homemade Chocolate Avocado Kodiak Cookies and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt came together as a healthier ice cream sandwich!

Strong Sweet Caroline Healthier Ice Cream Sandwich

This is for the person who loves chocolate, soft cookies, cool “froyo” and peanut butter. Is that you? Keep reading!

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Healthy Foods Creating Healthy Relationships #6: Meal Prep Managed through different cooking methods

This is the sixth article of the series, Healthy Foods Creating Healthy Relationships. See the fifth article now.


Now that you are ready to start your habit, you need get your “meal prep managed”. Does anyone else love Harry Potter? I read through the entire series in my teens. When Harry first came to public bookshelves, he and his crew were about my age. I grew up a Hermione wannabe. And for quite some time, thought boys just speak of rubbish. This is still true but I’ve just learned to accept or ignore some of it. 🙂

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We might think our partner or family is speaking “rubbish” when they critique how we make our food. It can be frustrating when you want to cook and the ways of working just aren’t working anymore, for either you or someone else. Here is where improvisation and creativity take charge!

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Recipe: Protein Sweet Potato Waffle

Life is like baking or cooking new recipes. We must take different ingredients, mix them together, alter the procedure and see what yields. If it tastes bad, either modify it or don’t make it again. Simple idea, right?

If I’m trying to come up with new recipes, it is usually pulling random ingredients out of my cupboard and fridge/freezer. Can you relate? No one likes the hassle of having to run to the store late in the day/night for that ONE ingredient the recipe author claims is necessary or the recipe will be a flop. The best thing about trying out new recipes is that if they fail, I can either improve the recipe or not make them again. I’ve attempted sweet potato waffles a few times. The first few were kind of dry… But this one, I think I’ve got it down.

protein sweet potato waffle

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Recipe: Oatmeal Creme [Protein] Pie

Last weekend, I visited my boyfriend in Atlanta, Georgia. He and I both have a sweet tooth but he isn’t as much of a chocoholic like me. Instead, I decided to try a different kind of protein-packed sweet curbing treat.

Behold, the oatmeal creme protein pie.

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The soft, yet crunchy cookies surround a yogurt-based filling. The recipe is easy to modify with add-in ingredients like chocolate chips, raisins, nut butters and more.

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I chose not to add any additional sugars, because the Greek yogurt and whey protein have some natural-derived sugars in them. But, you can definitely use honey, stevia, monk fruit, agave or maple syrup in the cookies and filling for some added flavor.

Ready for the recipe? Watch below or read further on.

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