February 21, 2017

Almond Butter Stuffed Dates with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt

Looking for a sweet treat without the guilt? You need to try these Almond Butter Stuffed Dates with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt! So many health benefits, so delicious.

Almond Butter Stuffed Dates with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt

Let’s face it. I love my snacks and I love my sweets. So when I can put the two together and still keep it healthy, I’m all in. Since Kim and I did a no-sugar challenge last month, I’ve focused on healthier treats that keep my sweet tooth at bay, but still give me a little something to nosh on. These right here are just that. They’re friggin delicious and totally guilt free.

I use dates pretty often, for energy bites/bars, smoothies, and sometimes even salads. But dates are pretty awesome on their own. Despite their oddly wrinkled, brown exterior, they’re satisfyingly chewy and flavorful. And healthy! Dates are full of fiber, iron, potassium, B vitamins, and Vitamins A and K. Copper, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin are also found in dates.

My favorite kind, hands down, are these medjool dates from Natural Delights. I did not know what good dates were until I found these. I don’t know how they do it, but these are the softest, most flavorful dates I’ve ever had. If you’ve ever had the dates from the bulk bins at Whole Foods, you probably think “eh, those things are dried out and hard.” Not these. They are nature’s candy. Do yourself a favor and find these quick. Thank me later. Almond Butter Stuffed Dates with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt

Almond Butter Stuffed Dates with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt

Almond Butter Stuffed Dates with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt

  • 10 medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 3 tbsp. dark chocolate morsels (I use these)
  • 1/2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • sea salt

Slice down the middle of the date and remove pit. Using a small spoon, stuff date with 1-2 tsps. of almond butter. Set aside. Place dark chocolate and coconut oil in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Melt chocolate in microwave for about 20 seconds, stir, then melt for another 15 seconds until smooth. Drizzle dark chocolate over each date. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Almond Butter Stuffed Dates with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt

Almond Butter Stuffed Dates with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t make these 3 times last week. Everyone at work loved them! I made a couple variations with peanut butter and milk chocolate, but everyone agreed that almond butter and dark chocolate was the winning combo. I also highly recommend using sea salt, or anything coarsely ground, so that you can really taste the sweet and salty contrast. (Table salt just gets lost.) They’re too easy not to try — so do it and report back! <3

February 17, 2017

5 Fun Things 2.17.16

1. Do you have a citrus squeezer? If so, you can be squeezing a lot more than lemons, limes, and cheeks. Kidding on that last one. This is what you need to do next: squeeze, squash, and mash those avocados. Perfect guac, here we come.

2. I work for Boston Burger Company and BurgaBox. It’s only natural that I get a burger beach towel, right?! Good grief, just look at this thing, so perfectly round and juicy.

Excuse me one sec, gotta text my boss and see if I can expense this…

3. I am straight up fascinated with this salad bowl. Did I just go from burgers to salads? Uh. Yes. 99% sure I need to buy one for home and one for work. Hunger strikes are real and this thing is badass.

4. Golden Girls is on Hulu now. These ladies have always been a big deal to me. I found out last night and immediately signed up for a subscription. This morning I said “Oh my god I just started paying $7.99/month just to watch Golden Girls when I already have all the DVDs?!” Then my roommate goes “Christina, that’s two coffees a month. Or a drink.” God I love her for being so rational. 

5. My Not Vodka water bottle. A way sassier version of a S’well bottle (which I also love). I have the mini bullet (17 oz) and it’s perfect for everyday use. It keeps water cold for 30 hours and hot for 12 hours. Non-toxic, non-leaching and BPA free. Use code CHRISTINA15 for 15% off your purchase.

HAPPY FRIDAY! Go kiss someone cool.

February 15, 2017

Out of the Box Healthy Snacks: VitaTops for the Win!

If there’s one thing people tease me about, it’s that I always have snacks. In my purse, in my car, in my desk drawer…um, even in my bedside table. You just never know when hunger will strike and God knows nobody needs to meet hangry Christina. I’m always on the lookout for products that are easy to take on the go, healthy, and full of protein and fiber to keep me satiated.

One of my long-time favorite snacks are VitaTops. These MuffinTops are individually packaged giving you a smarter way to indulge with mindful eating. One and done! No digging into the bottom of the chip bag like ooops, where did they all go? You get a snack with benefits to give you the feeling of that sweet treat without any guilt.

Easy breakfast, portable snack, better-for-you-dessert. What’s not to love? I like these for breakfast paired with a banana, a snack with Greek yogurt, or for dessert with a smear of almond butter & honey on top.

Flavors include: Deep Chocolate, Wild Blueberry, Superfood CranBran, Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Protein Banana Chocolate Chip. They’re all 150 calories or less, have 3-8g of protein, and 6-10g of fiber. My sweet tooth prefers the Deep Chocolate and the Banana Chocolate Chip (show above), but I love the Wild Blueberry for breakfast. With a side of fresh blueberries and dollop of yogurt, you’ve got a pretty darn satisfying breakfast.

I get my VitaTops at Stop & Shop and Target. You can also find them at your nearest Publix, Kroger, or Shop-Rite. Make sure you look in the freezer aisle, specifically in the natural foods section. Check out the VitaTops website for a coupon and to find stores that carry them near you. They won’t disappoint!

What’s your go-to snack? What’s your favorite way to indulge while still being somewhat healthy?


February 13, 2017

Thinking Spring

We’re on day 4 of snow up here. I think we are slated to get 12-18″ in Boston. Dear Lord make it stop. Since I’ve been holed up for most of the day, I’ve been doing some shopping. I almost booked a flight too. OY. Spring, please get here!!

Old Navy: 30% off with code HUG

Gap: 40% of with code FORYOU

Banana: 40% off $200+

Come on, sunshine!