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 #10: create flexibility for fun

This is the tenth article of the series, Healthy Foods Creating Healthy Relationships. See the ninth article now.


 

If you’ve read through the past nine articles, it might seem like eating healthy and living a more simple lifestyle can be stressful, complicated or boring. This is not the case, nor should it ever be! What is life if we are not enjoying it?

This last installment of my series is focused on the most important part of learning new foods, creating healthy habits and experiences with loved ones.

Make it FUN.

I am turning 25-years-old in about two weeks. For about three quarters of my life, I have lived pretty seriously. I never drank until going to college. I never really disobeyed rules (besides speed limits here and there). I never placed an emphasis on having fun.

That has been one of my biggest learning curves up to now. We must make time and create flexibility for fun.

Whether or not you are in a relationship, creating this balance is a necessary priority. If not, the following negative results can happen:

  • Increased stress
  • Decreased motivation
  • Loneliness
  • Narrowed mindset
  • Depression
  • Binge eating or undereating
  • Inconsistent sleep habits
  • All work and no play

Do you believe the point of life is to enjoy it? I’m finally making that a priority. I just went with my boyfriend to a boat party to celebrate someone’s birthday. The gentleman happens to be in his mid-50s. And he loves life! He works hard but balances time for fun and health also.


You can do this too. David and I knew we would be attending this party and planned most of our meals that day and both enjoyed a few drinks. We have since gotten back on track with healthy, nutrient-dense, macro-friendly foods. It can be done. And I want you to feel confident that you and your loved ones can do it too!

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Recipe: Caroline’s Healthy Beef Meatballs

Do you ever randomly crave a food you have not eaten in a long time? I do! This week, it was for spaghetti and meatballs. I have neither made it nor eaten spaghetti since my trip to Europe in 2015 because, let’s face it, pasta in the U.S. does not do justice to authentic, Italian pasta.

I have been spoiled with my family’s home-raised meat products. I’m fortunate to have my roots in agriculture because I understand first hand how cattle are raised for food production. Even this little guy has a bigger purpose in his lifetime. He still gets to enjoy a happy, healthy life on the farm too.

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The last time I was home at my parent’s farm in northwest Ohio, they insisted I take home some ground beef. So, I stuffed it in the freezer, trying to decide what to make with it. Well, here you have it, folks. That non-GMO corn-fed, no antibiotic or hormones added, local beef went to good use.

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