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Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Cookies

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Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Cookie Recipe

I shared these cookies with you last year, but since then I have worked on a little tweak that I think you will love even more. Okay, I can’t take all of the credit for the recipe adjustment. It was my little guy’s idea to transform them from standard raspberry oat cookies into chocolate raspberry cookies- and hey, who am I to argue with that? I am never going to say ‘no’ to chocolate!

I decided to whip up a batch of these cookies to help cut down on the amount of added sugar my family has been consuming since the holidays. Why do we need a bit of a sugar detox? Since Joey was turning 3, I decided to crack down on our potty training efforts. We have made little progress over the past six months so I decided enough was enough. Since I am home with the new baby right now anyway, it seemed like a good idea to start an intensive potty training boot camp (note to self: potty training a toddler while trying to soothe a newborn is NOT a good idea).

So the potty training crack down began and of course motivation is needed, right? Well I had exhausted the use of stickers, dollar store prizes, coloring books, etc and nothing was motivating this child. Then my husband introduced him to the Oreo cookie. Yes- we have a winner! This child will apparently do anything to eat an Oreo. And he doesn’t actually eat the cookie- just licks the cream in the middle (I don’t blame him, that’s my preferred method of eating them as well). So great, the Oreo was working and he was going on the potty consistently. The problem was the Oreos worked a little too well. He was now using the potty consistently every hour, avoiding accidents, and almost diaper free. And yes, he was requesting MANY Oreos for his efforts. 

A cookie here and there I am fine with. There’s nothing wrong with a little treat every now and then. But no 3-year-old should be eating a sleeve of Oreos! So I had to wean him off by finding a healthier compromise and these Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Cookies were the perfect solution. They pack in real fruit, little added sugar, and provide a good source of whole grain and protein for less than 40 calories per cookie! You have to try them!

If you have a cookie-crazed child at home like I do (or cookie-crazed husband as well!) I definitely recommend making these together. Whenever you can get your child in on the action in the kitchen, they are more likely to eat what they have created. These cookies are so simple and fun to make, it’s the perfect recipe to get the whole family involved in making.

Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Oat Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Raspberry Yogurt Cookie

Ingredients:

1 cup oat bran

2 Tbs cocoa powder 

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

1 large egg

¾ cup plain low fat Greek yogurt

1/3 cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 F. In a medium bowl mix whisk egg and add in yogurt. Mix together dry ingredients and add into egg/yogurt mixture to create a batter. Mix raspberries into batter until evenly distributed. Place 1 Tablespoon mounds of batter onto a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until edges are lightly brown in color. Serve warm or cool (keep leftovers refrigerated).


 

 

White Christmas Sangria

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas… sangria… one that contains few calories …. Lalala….

 

Are you drinking of relaxing over this holiday with a delicious cocktail that won’t pack in the calories and sugar? Me too! That’s why I decided to combine my two favorite adult beverages (wine & rum) into a healthy slimmed down sangria that pairs perfectly with this week’s festivities. On top of it being Christmas Eve, it’s also Joey’s 3rd birthday (can you believe it- we have a treenager!!), so I figured I deserved some celebration time myself- you know to mark my almost 1 month anniversary of being a mom of 2! So yes, I need a drink!

You do have to prep a little to make this drink (it doesn’t take long, I swear) because you want to allow time for the fruit to defuse into the alcohol for a sweet taste. You can still make the drink with the fruit without allowing it time to defuse, but it won’t taste quite as sweet. So if you can, make this overnight tonight and it will be ready for you to enjoy all day tomorrow – of course if you start enjoying it too early it may lead to a very early bedtime for you. Hey, maybe that’s the solution to Joey’s sleep problems- just kidding!

I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas, a happy holiday, and of course a happy & healthy New Year! Enjoy!

White Christmas Sangria

Slimmed Down White Christmas Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Pinot Grigio (750 mL bottle)
  • 1/2 cup fruit infused white rum (I used Bacardi Razz)
  • 1 cup 100% white grape juice
  • 2 cups seltzer water
  • 1 cup sliced red apple
  • 1 cup sliced green apple
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries

 

Directions

In a large bowl, place sliced fruit, rum, and wine and chill for 2 hours. In a large pitcher, mix together the fruit & alcohol mixture along with the grape juice and seltzer. Add 1 cup of ice to chill. Serve by scooping some fruit into a wine glass and pouring liquid mixture on top. Makes 12 servings.

 

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

95 calories, 8gm carbs

 

*Remember if you have #diabetes, alcohol can increase the chances of hypoglycemia- drink responsibly, test blood sugar often, and never drink on an empty stomach

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DIY Kids Craft: Snowman Sock Craft

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Now that the temperatures have dropped below 20 degrees, it can be hard to get outside. As much as I want to bundle Joey up and let him run and play outdoors, it just isn’t safe to bring a two week old out into the bitter cold. I’ve been trying to do as much as possible to help Joey stay busy and burn off his never-ending energy, but he is still bouncing off the walls some days. One of the hardest parts about recovering from a cesarean section birth is that I am not allowed to exercise or lift Joey right now. He’s so used to me running around with him, I feel like we are both going a little stir crazy without being able to do our same activities. And while it can be easy to stay inside and watch his favorite cartoons, I’d really rather he isn’t camped out in front of the TV all day.

 

After exhausting activities such as coloring, play-doh, and painting, I turned to my awesome intern Kelly (of Kelly’s Knack for Cooking) for some fresh ideas. She never disappoints me! Today, she came up with the most adorable DIY craft that any toddler or young child would love. This Snowman Sock Craft is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and keep little hands busy. It only takes about 20 minutes to make and then provides hours of fun after as your child can enjoy playing with his new toy.

 

All you need are the follow materials below and the creativity to decorate a snowman.   You can really go multiple ways with designing your very own snowman, it really depends on the materials you find and use.

 

Materials Needed:                  

Directions: 

Pour rice into sock with funnel. Tie a knot with end of sock.  

 

Place pet costume on top of knot. Tie scarf around rubber band. 

Super glue buttons to make eyes and nose. Draw a mouth with sharpie or felt pen (have fun with it!) and sit your little snowman upright and enjoy! 

 

Note: Most items can be found at your local dollar store, helping to make this a low cost craft as well.  

 

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