Wednesday, July 21, 2010

(UN)Healthy Obsessions

Happy Hump Day!

I started my Wednesday off with coffee on the porch. Taking in the morning and sitting with my puppers...

For some reason, I woke up with an extreme case of the hungries, so I made myself a breakfast fit for champions--two scrambled egg whites, three slices of Morningstar "bacon" and two pieces of whole wheat toast with Smart Balance butter and local honey.

Morning aside...

Being as I'm not the most innovative cook/baker in the blogosphere, I usually wait until Friday to share a bada** recipe with ya'll.

BUT...

I saw this recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Rice Crispy Treats on The Brown Eyed Baker yesterday and I had to share TODAY!

I usually scout out recipes that fit ingredients that I have on hand. But for this one, I had to dash to the grocery store ASAP--they looked that damn good. I didn't even read the actual "blog" part until I had made the recipe and went to comment. It turns out she did the same mad dash for ingredients as moi!

I'm unhealthily obsessed with peanut butter. I know there are healthier "butters" are out there, but I just like my plain ol' peanut (I could eat Jif Reduced Fat Creamy by the spoonful!). Pair that peanut butter with chocolate and...voila! Perfection! I'm convinced that they eat peanut butter and chocolate for breakfast everyday in heaven.

I'm happy to say that these krispie treats DID NOT disappoint! WARNING: These treats are not for the faint-of-peanut-butter heart! They are incredibly rich, gooey and decadent. A little went a LONG way. You could probably make them with reduced-fat peanut butter, but I stuck to the recipe and used regular just to make sure they worked on my first attempt.

Here's some pics of my foray:

A whole bag of quartered Reese's Cups!

The Krispie Bar base

My dream version of "breakfast cereal" :)

These bars are "a little sassy but oh so classy"--just like B! :)




And now the recipe (drum roll please)...
Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispies Treats

Yield: 24 squares (or cut into smaller bars for a yield of 48)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

6 cups Rice Krispies
1 bag (10.5-oz) miniature marshmallows
¼ cup (2 ounces) unsalted butter
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 bag (12-oz) miniature peanut butter cups (about 40), quartered
1 cup milk chocolate chips (or 6 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped)

1. Butter a 9×13-inch pan and set aside.

2. Measure the cereal into a large mixing bowl and set aside. Melt the marshmallows and butter together in a medium saucepan over medium heat (or in the microwave for about 3 minutes, but keep watch so the marshmallows don’t puff over the sides of the bowl!). Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the cereal and mix well so the cereal is coated. Pour into the prepared pan and use a buttered piece of wax paper to press evenly into pan.

3. In the microwave, melt the peanut butter until thin, about 1 minute. Gently stir in the quartered peanut butter cups and then pour over the treats. Using the back of a spoon, gently spread the peanut butter mixture evenly across the top.

4. Again in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate across the top. Place the pan in the refrigerator to set before cutting and serving. Store in an airtight container.

(recipe from The Brown Eyed Baker)

I had two squares and sent the rest to work with Wes. I can't have sweets in the house because I'm *attempting* to get in better shape physically and mentally. Plus, I love sharing with others. I get more joy from the baking of the treats than the eating of them. Wes must have been stoked about the treats last night--enough to create the masterpiece I found on the dry-erase board this morning:


Speaking of UN-healthy obsessions...

Even though this is a health/fitness blog and I'm a group fitness instructor, I admit freely and openly that I'm no perfect example of health. It's important (and mentally sound) to acknowledge imperfections and celebrate them. If we lived life trying to be perfect, well, what kind of existence would that be? My guess is a miserable one.

It's okay to have a few vices. The key is to treat yourself to these vices and not let them overwhelm your health plans and fitness goals.

For example, Wes smokes cigarettes. I HATE cigarettes. But as long as he doesn't smoke them in my living or breathing space, brushes his teeth regularly and stays active I don't have an issue. It's HIS vice. No one's perfect.

I told you about my peanut butter obsession, but I'm coming clean...here's some of my other (UN)healthy obsessions:

Diet Coke


Caffeine, aspartame, artificial flavors and colors. So bad, but soooo good. I've been drinking Diet Coke as long as I can remember (a toddler, maybe?), so it's nostalgic and addictive. I limit myself to one or two a day and drink lots of water in between, but there's no way I'm giving up my D.C.!


Splenda


Yes, Splenda is potentially dangerous to your health and yes, it's molecules are akin to pesticides, but it tastes damn good in coffee. I mostly drink my coffee black, but when I want a little low-cal sweetener it's a good fix. Plus, I think it tastes better than the other artificial sweeteners. I tried PureVia and couldn't get past the aftertaste. *Sigh* maybe someday I'll give it up. For now, it's a guilty pleasure.


Cheese

Gimme some real sharp cheddar and crackers and I could eat that everyday for a week. I don't eat meat, but cheese doesn't bother me. :) I eat it in moderation and aim for flavorful cheeses, like cheddar, Parmesan and feta, so I get more bang for my caloric buck.


Wine

Grapes are fruit. Wine is made from grapes. Therefore, wine has fruit in it! Sort of. Anyway, reds are full of antioxidants, and that's a good thing.


Leather handbags
Please don't call PETA on me! A vegetarian who like leather purses?!?!? BLASPHEMY! It's true. Leather purses feel and smell luxurious (like this B. Markowsky one above I'm in love with!). That doesn't mean I buy leather purses (I'm currently unemployed. Shampoo is a luxury to me! lol). A nice synthetic leather purse is just as good as a real one. But, I've discovered that "good synthetic" leather purses sometimes cost just as much as the real leather purses. As long as cattle is being raised for beef, leather will probably continue to be worn.


Aerosol hairspray

I'm probably "killing" the oozone AND little animals just by typing this. But non-aerosol hairspray just makes my hair sticky. After all, I don't use hairspray everyday and I try to find cheap hairsprays that don't put off too many CFCs (according to the labeling anyway). Suggestions?


Overall, I think that it's OKAY to have a few "unhealthy" obsessions and vices. We're human! We can't be perfect 100% of the time :)


Q.O.D. (question of the day): What are your (un)healthy obsessions or vices? What (un)healthy foods or other products can you simply not be without? Do you execute moderation? How? Have you ever given up an (un)healthy obsession?

5 comments:

  1. Holy cow those look good. I haven't had rice crispy treats in probably 15 years. Need to find a veggie friendly marshmallow. Mine is definitely be wine, oh and these darn cinnamon graham cracker sticks (Kroger brand). Freaking addicting.

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  2. those bars look so good!

    I LOVE cheese, chocolate, ice cream, and sweet tea. I am getting hungry just talking about it! I try to drink sweet tea only on the weekends, but I have cheese everyday!

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  3. I love chocolate and I have an enormous sweet tooth, but I try to stay active to counteract those vices. :) Stopping by from SITS!

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  4. I am a beauty product junkie (thanks Mom!), love chocolate (Ritter Sport and Milka are my favorite), cookies (all kinds..can even be the store brand), peanut butter (or any nut butters),and beer.

    I try to exercise moderation with all of the above but very hard. I try to keep those particular items reserved for special occassions and out of the house. That is why I could never make those delicious peanut butter cup rice crispys. That pan would be gone in less than a day! lol

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  5. @Heather (Where's the Beach)--I've had those exact grahams you're talking about. mmm..mm...mmmmmm.

    @RunningWithSass--gotta love the cheese. Oh, and don't even get me started on the sweet tea! My boyfriend's grandmother is a true southern lady and I could drink GALLONS of her tea! If they invented a way to inject sweet tea intravenously, I so would :)

    @Lynn--Thanks for stopping by my Sitsta!

    @FoodExerciseExpress--I'm glad I'm not the only product junkie! Oh, Ritter Sport *drool* :)

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