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!

It’s not a #PattiPie.

My mother has been making sweet potato pie for decades. So did her mother, and her mother. This tasty dessert will be featured on many a Black Thanksgiving Day table this fall, and has been featured for probably a century. However, it was when a celebrity put her name on it and a video went viral (OMG 5M views and counting!) that the world seemed to have “discovered” something I’d been enjoying all my life.

The #PattiPie has been around for about 8 months, but I tried a slice for the first time last week. Walmart had a booth at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, and they were giving out samples.

Yeah, the pie was pretty good. It was very creamy, but it was not as good as my mom’s. #imjustsaying

I would NEVER knock anyone’s hustle. I wish someone would market my chickquinoa stuffed peppers. I’d gladly sit back and collect that check. I’m not writing this post to hate on the beautiful and talented Patti Labelle (come on Patti!). I’m writing this post to inform you about the nutrition information for this pie so that you know what you’re eating.

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Image from Amazon. They sell them for $28.94 + $3.99 shipping

One slice of pie is 440 calories my loves. It contains 29 grams of sugar! Let me tell you what you could eat for 440 calories:

I’ll stop there.

It’s not a #PattiPie, but I promise you your blood sugar and waistline will thank you if you substitute one of the above options for a slice of that sweet potato pie.

“But I want dessert, not an entree.” Okay fine-I hear you. Here’s a list of desserts with WAY LESS than 29 grams of sugar:

I could do this all day, so let me stop. I think I’ve proven my point!

Thoughts?