When You Wanna Shake

As I continue to challenge myself by making healthier choices I am becoming more aware of my weaknesses. One of my weaknesses is chocolate, and not the dark stuff. I’m talking MILK CHOCOLATE.

I remember when I was in graduate school I would go to McDonald’s and buy fries and a chocolate milkshake. Then McDonald’s came out with those darn frappe’s and I would get a mocha frappe and fries. I’ve weaned myself from the Golden Arches, but I will never let chocolate go. I just have to find healthier options to feed my habit (I won’t call it an addiction).

My friend Danielle told me about dark chocolate almond milk. Now, I must warn you. A serving is 17g of sugar. I can’t have a cup more than a few times a week, but when I do, I make it count!

When you wanna shake up your life, try a chocolate shake!

1 cup of dark chocolate almond milk, frozen banana chunks, and 1-2 TBS of peanut butter is all you need.

This will give you chocolate heads your fix. Enjoy!

I (re)Discovered Peanut Sauce

One of my favorite places to eat in Lake Mary is Jimmy Hula’s. They honestly have some of the best fish tacos I’ve ever tasted. They are known for their amazing sauces as well. I usually order the Wipeout taco. It has steak, shrimp, fries, jack cheese, salsa, avocado, and baja sauce. That taco is THE BOMB people. It’s the taco on the right in this photo.

14199736I went to lunch at Jimmy Hula’s with my significant other and was honestly pretty stressed about it because I didn’t think there was anything I could eat on the menu. As you know I’m working very hard to limit my sugar intake, eat less fat, etc. I usually order a wipeout taco and a baja bowl (white rice, black beans, salsa, grilled chicken, cotija cheese, and baja sauce).

Needless to say the options above would have caused some serious inflammation, so what was I to do!? I didn’t even want to look at the salad section because, let’s be honest, I’m getting bored with salads. I did anyway and to my surprise I found something I’d NEVER considered before!

It’s called the thai salad. It was simply leafy greens, mango, carrot, avocado, and peanut sauce, and I added grilled fish. This was LITERALLY the second best salad I’ve EVER had!

Who on earth thought it was a good idea to put peanut sauce on salad? I want to thank that person SO MUCH! It was so good I asked the staff to give me two small to-go containers of the stuff.

Now, when I got home of course I had to look up the ingredients, because a sauce this good can’t possibly be good for me. Most of the recipes I found online include:

  • Peanut butter
  • Soy sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Brown sugar
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Ginger
  • Garlic

My love for peanut butter is real, but I’ve been battling lately because the brand I love adds white sugar. How can I make peanut sauce without the refined sugars? Do you think the recipe would work with agave nectar? Help!

I think I found something here. I’ll let you know what happens when I try it.