Healthier 3-Ingredient Cookie Dough Dip

Like a lot of people, I gained a few LBs over the holidays. So, I am still all about the “New Year, New You” mantra. But, I kind of HAVE to end my night with something sweet. Which my BFF and beautiful meal planner, Zoe, knows all too well.

This week she gave me a dip to eat with bananas for my evening snack. I honestly wasn’t too pumped about it, but since it was only three ingredients I gave it a go. Let me just say…I could eat the whole container in one sitting. Obviously that would defeat the purpose so I won’t. But I could.

I call it cookie dough dip, but clearly it’s not as rich as the real thing. That’s just too good to be true. But if you mix everything together and let it cool in the refrigerator for a few hours, you get the same texture. Plus, it’s peanut butter and chocolate chips so I don’t really know what else you could ask for in a healthier dessert/snack.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I prefer unsweetened, all natural)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix that ish together and let it chill for at least a few hours. Unless you want more of a fluffy texture, then just eat it right away!

The actual recipe is from Listotic, but instead of adding honey, I used plain yogurt and added mini chocolate chips. I also adjusted the amount I used since I bought two plain yogurt cups. It’s pretty easy to eyeball—just add peanut butter to the yogurt until you get the consistency you want.

 

Revisiting My Bucket List From 2012—Did I Check Anything Off The Past Five Years?

Way back in grad school—not sure how it’s already been five years since I packed up everything I owned and moved to Portland—I made a list of goals. I didn’t exactly label it as a bucket list, just more like some cool things I wanted to do that year.

Riding a horse, fostering a dog, and being in a pie eating contest were NOT on said list, but all three are things I’ve always wanted to do. And I got to check them all off my list in 2017. I’ll eventually make post dedicated to each of those. But for now, I thought it would be fun for 31-year-old Jenna to check in on that list she made back in December of  2012 at the tender age of 26.

So, here we go!

Jenna’s Sort of Bucket List from 2012

1. Get Nick Lopez to Dropbox me Mumford and Sons Road to Red Rocks. 

I am pretty sure I made this happen. It was a pretty easy one. But, I only ever listen(ed) to like four songs from it.

2. Go see a show at Red Rocks. (This has been a goal of mine since Live at Red Rocks came out my senior year of high school. If the show could be Incubus, that would be even better. In fact, I would count that as TWO goals accomplished.) 

ACTUALLY DID THIS! And it WAS Incubus and it WAS memorable. But, I also went to Sasquatch in 2013 and 2014 and I have to say the Gorge slays Red Rocks. I’d happily catch another show at either though.

3. Go to a new country. Again, poor and pressed for time so Canada it is! Might as well mark it off the list while I live relatively close to Vancouver. 

Canada is STILL on my list. And I think we might make this one happen in 2018. However, I did go to Thailand last spring, so that’s another one checked off!

4. Get a part time job. Hopefully this one is accomplished in January. Momma needs money. Dave Ramsey would NOT be proud of the fact that I spend more money than I make. Jenna’s bank account is not happy about this either. 

This one didn’t take very long. I actually got hired at Entercom in sales. I was planning to weasel my way into programming but Alpha Media actually picked me up a week after I accepted the first job and it was straight to the airwaves. Then I moved to LA and it was a slew of temp and part time work for the better part of a year.

5. Learn to sew. This one can happen after I get a part time job. No money, no hobbies. 

Welp, we are at the first one that I didn’t accomplish. My mom got me a sewing machine in 2016 and it’s still in the box. But, I did take a sewing class before that. I just need to find one a little slower-paced for my exceptional skills of whatever is below beginner.

6. Don’t get fat. Yes, not lose weight, just don’t gain any. I like where I am now but I also really like cheese and chocolate so I must learn to balance this.

I’d say I kind of stuck to this one. I hover in a 10-pound range that I find healthy. I am a little outside of it right now but that’s what January is for, right?

7. Camp at a national park. 

Thanks to Jesse and Archana this one happened in 2016. We only got to camp for one day due to the weather at Yosemite, but it counts. It was a very interesting trip…in more ways than one. Maybe someday I will share that story here. But probably not.

I’d say this is a pretty good showing for never checking back in on my list. I still need to learn to sew, and I have a few other items to add to my updated 2018 list. So, expect to see an updated bucket list post from me soon.

Cheesy Sweet Potato Sloppy Joe Casserole

This week’s dinner is brought to you by Skinny Taste, however I altered it slightly for my tastes and sanity. It seemed easier this week to make a casserole rather that individual baked potatoes, and it’s fall so the more casseroles the better!

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I spiralized my potatoes with my handy dandy Vegetti so they cooked/softened faster. I also omitted the mushrooms and carrots because I’m not about that life.

If you go the casserole route, pop it in the oven at 375 while you cook the turkey, then mix it all together, add cheese like a normal human and bake an additional 10-15 minutes.

And if you don’t have the handheld spiralizer, you should get one. It really is an essential. Find it here.

Have You Heard of These Things Called “Podcasts”?

Podcasts—they are the gift that keeps on giving. There’s literally one for everything and you can always find a new one. In fact, I now pretty much HATE doing anything without listening to a podcast.

But I was so late to the game on this one. For some reason I thought you had to pay to download them 💁🏻. Guess what? You totes don’t. When I caught wind of this I downloaded a bunch for a flight to OR and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since.

I thought I’d share what I’m into right now in case someone out there is in the same boat as I am and looking for new series. I’m an uber true crime creep, so the majority of my favorites are in that genre. But I’m always trying to find new pods to dive into. If you have any recommendations, please let me know.

My Favorite Murder

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This is by far my favorite. It combines true crime with humor and is hosted by two badass ladies (and a Stephen) who share the same sense of humor as myself. Some people hate their opening banter, which can be half the episode, but I enjoy it thoroughly. Stay sexy, and don’t get murdered my friends.

Pod Save America

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I am more politically aware right now than I’ve ever been, which probably isn’t that weird considering the climate right now and my age. This is my main way of keeping up with what’s going on in the world. Again, it’s the added humor that gets me. Just make anything funny and you’ve got me.

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect

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I love the production quality of this podcast and the cases that they cover. They weave in narration with real audio clips and experts in specific cases. It’s very interesting to hear why we have some of the laws we do and how the originated.

Sword and Scale

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Another true crime pod, and this one is not for the faint of heart. It uses a lot of original audio from court cases, interrogations and press conferences. Details are not spared and many of the cases featured include crimes against children. It’s not super gorey, just very in-depth.

Casefile

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More true crime, but this one is narrated by an Australian guy which makes it more fun to listen to. Like Sword and Scale, cases do involve younger victims often, so listeners beware.

Someone Knows Something

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There have been three seasons of this podcast so far, which is narrated and produced by David’s Ridgin of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It’s kind of like Serial (I recommend the first season of that one) in that it’s an investigative piece that’s trying to help solve a case. But these cases are cold or unresolved. The second and third season are best, in my opinion.

Stuff You Missed in History Class

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This one is part of the Stuff Your Should Know family and spans the gamut. I can’t listen to all of them, but if the topic is something that strike my fancy than I’m in. These have included a history of SPAM, the sinking of the SS Eastland and a summary of the Tuskegee Experiment.

I’m always down for another true crimpe podcast, but obviously I could use something outside of that genre. That’s where YOU come in. Comment below with your favorite podcasts and suggestions for new ones that I should check out!

My first boyfriend…and I didn’t even know.

First of all, ha. It’s been a crap ton of time since I blogged. I should catch you up on my life, but in Jenna style, I will wait 10 months.

To the point: I was driving to work today and thought about my first real crush. It started in 6th grade on the bus and lasted until Freshman year. Of high school, I’m not THAT lame.

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The Pros and Cons of Breathing

I figured since Fall Out Boy and Panic! At the Disco (no !? With !? WHO KNOWS ANYMORE) are notorious for naming their songs after movie lines, I could take one of their song names and make it a blog title. If you didn’t guess from said title, this blog is about exercise. Uh duh.

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So, I have a gym membership. I haven’t used it in over a month. It was convenient because my old workplace would not let me work through lunch and leave early, so I just went to the gym during lunch.

Now I don’t have a job and my apartment complex has a crappy exercise room. But, it is so much easier to cross the street and work out than to drive to a crowded gym and work out.  So, here are some reasons I haven’t canceled my membership:

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall…Wait, is that My Identical Twin?!

So, this might be weird, but whatever. I think the strangest things at night and last night I found myself wondering if I would recognize my twin? Clearly, I would know I had a twin if I was raised with her. But, what if something crazy happened and we were separated at birth and never knew the other existed? Continue reading “Mirror Mirror on the Wall…Wait, is that My Identical Twin?!”