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Banana Chocolate Breakfast Smoothies

We don’t normally keep chocolate milk in the house, so when I had some left over from making Monday’s chocolate soufflés, I knew I had to do something special with it. Chugging it was my first thought, but since I’m on this health kick, I decided I’d throw some potassium and fiber in the mix and make myself a nice breakfast drink. I blended the chocolate milk with a banana, oatmeal and some ice, and the results were really tasty. That’s pretty much all you need to know to copy this, but if you, like me, enjoy learning about the obvious, please follow along.

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Individual Skinny Chocolate Souffles | fortune goodies
The recipe dry spell is over, you guys. But before you get too excited, I have to share that I rejoined Weight Watchers (desperate times, desperate measures), and the recipes to come may be quite a lot less decadent than we’d all like :(. Still, let’s try our best to keep things both health-conscious and tasty, starting with this recipe for Individual Chocolate Soufflés. 

This one’s straight from the WW playbook as I try and figure out the new points system. Because if you haven’t already heard, Oprah isn’t the only exciting new thing going on at Weight Watchers central, they’ve introduced their new SmartPoints plan, too. It used to be that food points were based on a calculation of fat, carbs, fiber and protein. With the new system, they’ve thrown calories, saturated fat and sugar into the mix as well, making things that much harder, and I suppose “smarter,” hence the name. Now more than ever, Weight Watchers is nudging users to adopt healthier, more nutritious diets, and one of the first things I noticed is that lean proteins like chicken, fish and eggs are now fewer points than before. On my first day back, I was loving it. The second day was a different story.

That first day, I was eagerly reaching for the better-for-me foods without giving them much thought anyway #firstdayonadiet. It was pleasant surprise after pleasant surprise as I added things up in my points calculator. “Oh! Healthy Food X is even healthier now!” But on that second day, my sweet tooth woke up with a vengeance, and I was horrified to learn that just as the healthier foods saw a decrease in points, the delicious foods that make life worth living (cake, candy, more cake) were now twice as bad for me. Right away, I wanted to give up, but after some much-needed counseling from friends in the same boat, I’ve somehow managed to stick with it, mostly thanks to dessert stand-ins like these soufflés. At 6 SmartPoints a piece (compared to the 17-point Trader Joe’s Molten Lava Cakes I so love), I can keep myself and my diet happy. 

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Thick & Rich Italian Hot ChocolateHere’s a little something in honor of yesterday’s announcement. Not only is this hot chocolate “Italian” (thereby conjuring up dreams of sunny Positano), its warmth makes it perfectly suited to the dreary weather we’ve been having here in DC. So to boil it down for you (no pun intended), I can’t think of a better beverage recipe to share with you. But, more than just my good timing, what I find particularly remarkable and telling of just how tasty this is is the fact that I generally shy away from bittersweet/dark-chocolate anything, and yet found this minimally sweet, maximally chocolate drink to be quite delicious. I’m a milk-chocolate girl through and through, but even I can appreciate the beauty of a smooth and thick cup of bittersweet hot chocolate. 

Now, what makes a hot chocolate “Italian”? Follow along and I promise to tell you. 

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Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate - the best hot chocolate you'll ever have
I had every intention of posting a healthy smoothie recipe, because let’s face it, I need one and have no business making and drinking decadent hot chocolates. But it’s cold and I’m a baby, and with a recurring series devoted to fried food, you’re not coming to this blog for the leafy greens. So hot chocolate it is. And since I’m already throwing caution to the wind, I thought I’d share the richest, most delicious hot chocolate there is. Stop reading now if you’re trying to cut back on sugar and happiness. Proceed at your own risk, but I really hope you do.

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Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse

Why hello there, Monday. I’m definitely not ready for you, so in keeping with Friday’s slow and easy theme, I’m sharing yet another no-bake, no-fuss but perfectly delicious dessert that’s fit for a crowd. This one’s for you chocolate and cheesecake lovers. I hope that means everyone. 

Universal appeal is what came to mind when I first came across the original recipe from Alaska from Scratch. Maya’s a semi-sweet chocolate kind of girl, but milk is more my speed, so that was the one change I made. Otherwise, this is her recipe and I have her to thank for a light (in texture, not in taste, fat or sugar), chocolatey, cheesecakey dessert fit for both regular and fancy feasting. It’s easy enough to throw together anytime you’re craving it and refined enough to serve at a party. That kind of versatility is what I look for in my food and this one’s a winner. 

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Light and delicious Chocolate Kiss Meringues

Happy Monday, guys! I’m off to a late start today. I don’t drink and yet Super Bowl Sunday always takes it out of me. Eating your weight in pizza and Doritos can be exhausting, you know? Anyway, after all that junk food, I thought I’d share a slightly better-for-you recipe today. I was inspired to make these Chocolate Kiss Meringues after my trip to Hershey, PA (you can check our my similarly derived York Peppermint Pattie Milkshake here), and I have to say they’re pretty incredible. 

I’m a big fan of meringues. They’re crunchy like cookies, but because they’re made without flour or butter, they’re much better for you (as good as sugar and chocolate will let you be, anyway). So when I was looking to make something to remember my time at the “Sweetest Place on Earth” without cancelling out all of my recent workout progress, Hershey’s Kiss-shaped chocolate meringues dipped in Hershey’s chocolate seemed like the best use of my time and sweet tooth. Emphasis on best. Follow along to see how I made them. 

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