Sweet Success

Sweet Success

A health and fitness blog by Sara Giboney.
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What you’ve missed on Sweet Success social media lately

Some of you may know that I post random food and fitness photos and updates on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

I recently realized that many of the things I post never make it on the blog. And some of those posts are worth a mention. (I eat some delish meals and say some funny stuff every so often!) So I’ll start sharing my social media posts here on occasion!

Fresh Berries with Homemade Chocolate Sauce and Coconut

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Make homemade chocolate sauce by combining melted coconut oil, unsweetened cocoa powder and honey. So much healthier than yucky bottled chocolate sauce.

Yep, this happened…

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National Peanut Butter Lovers Day: Choosing the healthiest peanut butter and delish recipes

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Happy National Peanut Butter Lovers Day!!

I LOVE peanut butter. Before adopting a healthier lifestyle, I would buy the reduced fat variety and just eat it right out of the jar with a spoon. Heaven.

I always thought I was making a healthier choice by going for reduced fat PB. (I knew devouring the jar wasn’t healthy.) While reduced fat peanut butter does contain less fat, the fat has been replaced with maltodextrin, a carbohydrate that is used as filler in many processed foods, according to Eat This, Not That.

Reduced fat peanut butter ends up having empty calories, more sugar and a 10 calorie savings compared to regular PB.

So go for the real stuff. Buy peanut butter with the following list of ingredients: peanuts.

I like Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter.

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Let’s Eat! Cauliflower “Rice” Stir Fry

This week, most of my meals have been omelets, my go-to quick and healthy meal, salads or leftovers.

I haven’t had a lot of time to cook. But last night, I decided to make some time to test out a new recipe. 

Cauliflower rice is a great alternative to brown rice or other grains. For those of you who eat gluten-free or for those doing the Paleo Diet, this is a great way to still enjoy stir fry without having grains.

This recipe was very easy and quite delish. I used the veggies I had, but you could add water chestnuts, carrots, peas or whatever you have. Topping this stir fry with cashews would also be yummy.

I ate this as a side dish to protein, but you could add a protein to your stir fry to make it a main meal.

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Let’s Eat! Fudge Chip Muffins

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Snow Storm 2013 (AKA Winter Storm Q) swept across the Midwest yesterday and forced schools and businesses to close down and kept people stuck in their homes.

I braved the storm and came into work - the news does not stop on snowy days. But, our office closed as soon as the paper came off the press and I got to come home a few hours early!

My snowy afternoon was quite wonderful - I caught up on my DVR’d shows and made hot chocolate and even wiped the dust and cobwebs off my treadmill and ran a few miles (I prefer the gym or the road).

I also made these amazing Fudge Chip Muffins. These gooey, chocolatey muffins taste absolutely decadent. But, of course, they are a treat you can enjoy without guilt!! My fave part about these muffins is the addition of almond extract. It adds such a lovely flavor.

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Let’s Eat! Spiced Breakfast Quinoa

This week is all about breakfast! That first meal you have really sets the tone for the rest of your day.

A healthy breakfast will help you feel energized and ready to conquer your day. Have you ever noticed how you feel when you eat a doughnut or cinnamon roll in the morning? You end up feeling sluggish, tired and moody. Who wants to feel like that?!?!

Yesterday, I compiled a list of make-ahead breakfasts and quick and easy breakfasts for those of you who need to get out the door quickly in the morning.

Today’s recipe is a slow cooking recipe for days when you have a little extra time. I actually made this breakfast quinoa this morning! I got home from spin class at 6:20 a.m., combined the ingredients and got the quinoa simmering, then hopped in the shower while it cooked. By the time I showered, dressed and dried my hair, my breakfast was ready. 

If you haven’t tried quinoa for breakfast, it is a great alternative to oatmeal. Unlike most grains, quinoa is a good source of protein. It is also loaded with antioxidants and flavonoids. You can find quinoa at Natural Foods at 3704 Second Ave.

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Off to a healthy start: Make ahead and quick and easy breakfast ideas

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Mornings can be hectic. Just getting yourself ready and out the door can be a challenge. Making and eating a healthy breakfast - even more difficult!

Sweet Success has teamed up with Table for Two, the Kearney Hub’s relationship blog. Table for Two blogger, Ashley Bebensee, said mornings are a huge challenge for her. She has to be at work between 4 and 5 a.m. on some days!!

Meet Ashley and her husband, Brett.

She grabs breakfast on the go and eats at her desk when she gets to work. Her usual breakfast consists of a Nutri-grain bar and a piece of fruit. 

While it’s great that Ashley is getting some fresh produce during breakfast, her Nutri-grain bar doesn’t provide the protein needed to keep her energy up and keep her feeling satisfied.

Although Nutri-grain bars recently eliminated high fructose corn syrup from its ingredient list, the cereal bars are still made of a long list of processed ingredients and don’t have enough protein and other nutrients to make them a worthwhile breakfast or snack.

Luckily, there are tons of make-ahead or quick and easy breakfast options that are filling and provide long-lasting energy.

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Since Valentine’s Day is coming up and you’re probably thinking about chocolate (OK, I’m thinking about chocolate), I created a delish chocolate oatcake recipe.

As I have said many times, oatcakes are one of my fave breakfasts. I made them yesterday with cinnamon, goji berries, pecans and pure maple syrup - soooooo good! They taste so decadent and are very easy to make.

Today I made Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatcakes. Chocolate + Peanut Butter = Magic.

I used an egg white to mix these together, but you can also use a mashed banana, which makes the oatcakes much sweeter.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatcakes

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

1 egg white

2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 tsp. chia seeds (optional)

1 tsp. ground flax seeds (optional)

2 tsp. coconut oil

1 tbsp. natural peanut butter

1-2 tsp. honey or pure maple syrup

Mix together oats, egg white, cocoa, vanilla, chia seeds and ground flax seeds.

Using your hands, form three balls and flatten them into oatcakes.

Heat coconut oil on a pan over medium heat. 

Place oatcakes on pan and cook until crispy and cooked through.

Top with peanut butter and honey or maple syrup.

Enjoy!

Most mornings, I try to make time to make a filling, healthy breakfast. But there are some morning that I just can’t get it together. 

These Veggie Quiche Cups are perfect because you can freeze them and heat them up for a quick breakfast.

The recipe uses egg substitute and makes 24 cups. I used 6 real eggs, which makes 12 cups (You could also use 6 whole eggs and 6 egg whites). Since my version made fewer cups, I reduced the amount of cheese in the recipe. I also skipped the carrots because I was feeling lazy about chopping and used fresh spinach because that’s what I had.

Veggie Quiche Cups

2 10-oz. packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

1 16-oz. carton liquid egg substitute

1 1/2 cups shredded reduced fat cheese

1/2 cup diced onion

1/2 cup diced carrots

1/2 cup edamame

fresh ground pepper

Line two 12-cup muffin pans with baking cups or spray with cooking spray.

Combine spinach, egg, cheese, onions, carrots, edamame and pepper.

Divide evenly among muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

*recipe adapted from the South Beach Diet on FabFitFun

Super Bowl Sunday: New Orleans party, lightened up

The BF had a brilliant idea for a Super Bowl party theme - a New Orleans party!

The Super Bowl is taking place in New Orleans, so a party to celebrate the city is perfect!

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