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Are you a peanut butter freak like I am?

I realized yesterday that I didn’t eat any peanut butter at all?  WHAT, THAT”S CRAZY!?

So what did I do?  Of course after dinner I had to eat some straight from the Jar. And yes, I went back for a second scoop 🙂

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Lily stared me DOWN while I ate it.  Whose dog doesn’t love peanut butter!

 I think they like it more than humans.  She looks kind of angry actually.


I like Smart Balance Peanut Butter because it tastes great and:

All-natural, peanut butter
Deep-roasted peanuts for extra flavor
No hydrogenated oil
No partially hydrogenated oil
Naturally sweetened
0g trans fat

Excellent source of Omega-3 ALA
(320 mg per serving, 20% of 1,600mg daily value)
7g of protein per serving
0mg cholesterol

Here are some fun recipes for those peanut butter freaks out there:

Granola Energy Balls

Protein Power Balls

French Vanilla PB2 Protein Shake

Microwaveable Peanut Butter Cookie For One

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Healthy Apple Nachos

I never even used to eat peanut butter, and I stayed clear away when I was a kid…Now I love it.

Yesterday’s Breakfast:

Scrambled eggs before I drove to work. (I’ve been eating the heck out of some eggs lately)

At work I had plain oatmeal with stevia, and cinnamon.  Topped with blackberries and walnuts. This was a good one!



My snacks were not that fun …

Beverly International protein shake with some almonds.

Fresh broccoli with yogurt ranch dip, and a granola energy ball (which I am now out of.. tear)  😦



An apple on the way home to hold me over until dinner.


I was supposed to go to crossfit but I didn’t get out of work on time…plus I can barely walk normal since my legs are so sore from the snatches yesterday!  So I took the day off, much-needed.


I snacked on some crab n spinach dip with carrots while I decided on what I should eat…By the time I actually made my dinner I wasn’t even that hungry anymore.  O well I could still eat!

Grilled turkey and bacon wrap on low carb tortilla

Inside:  spinach, laughing cow cinnamon cream cheese, tomato, and chopped hard-boiled egg

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After dinner I had some plain Greek yogurt, which I just cannot get myself to like!

I even topped it with berries,  nuts, and a little honey….

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I still wasn’t a fan.. Maybe if I keep trying it I will learn to love it.  I ate about half and couldn’t finish the rest, sad.

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I went to bed feeling a little frustrated because I felt like I ate way to much right before bed…

Oh well, I guess it happens and I try not to worry about it too much.  I know I am not going to gain a fat roll over night  😉

Does this ever happen to you? 

Whats your favorite flavor of Greek yogurt?

Do your pets love peanut butter?

Fitcupcaker Weekly Meal and Fitness Plan:

I went grocery shopping with my mom on Sunday at Kroger.  They are building a huge Kroger by my house and I am so pumped.  I need to get over to Trader Joes sometime soon though, I miss that place!

Weekly Meal Plan: Jan 7th


Weekly Fitness Plan

  • Mon:  OFF
  • Tues:  Crossfit
  • Wed:  OFF
  • Thur: Gym- Cardio and muscle group? Depends on what we do at crossfit?
  • Fri:  Crossfit or Gym with my sister
  • Sat:  Gym
  • Sun:  Crossfit

Sunday’s Workout:

I love doing tabata’s when I don’t have a specific muscle group that I need to work on.  I hope you try this one!

Tabata’s are timed exercises that keep your heart rate up and keep you from getting bored 😉

I like to use my gymboss timer.

 I think there are plenty of app’s for phones out there with timers.

I just set it for 20/10 and 8 Rounds


My abs are hurting , which is a good thing!

For dinner I made

Kale, chickpeas, and Sausage Soup

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  • 1 cup celery shopped
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 2 carrots- chopped
  • 4 Chicken Sausage- Cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic- minced
  • 1 bunch of Kale (prob around 3 cups)
  • 2-3 cups low sodium (organic if poss) chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • Coconut oil, or EVOO
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Italian Seasoning


  • Heat skill with oil and cook onion and garlic for a few minutes.
  • Add celery and carrots and cook for about 7-10 minutes.
  • Add seasonings
  • Add chicken broth and water and bring to a boil.
  • Simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Add in cooked sausage, and kale
  • Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.

Top with Cheese if desired 🙂

I also made Granola Energy Balls. Yum!  I ate three before I even knew what was happening!

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Granola Energy Balls:


  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • chopped pecans


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Ground oats into flour using food processor
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  • Mix in one cup peanut butter and baking powder
  • Add honey
  • Mash carrots- or use food processor- and add to mixture
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  • Roll mixture into balls (I made 26)
  • Roll in chopped pecans
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  • Bake for 20-25 minutes
  • Let cool or they will fall apart 🙂
  • Enjoy!

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Nutritional Info (one ball)

  • 81 calories
  • 5g fat
  • 7g carbs
  • 3g sugar
  • 1g fiber
  • 4.5 g protein

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You won’t be able to only just eat one!

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Back to work! I hope everyone had a great weekend like I did!

What are your favorite exercises do to in tabata’s?

If you have never done a tabata, what routines are your favorite?

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