Chocolate Peppermint Recipes

Chocolate Peppermint Week is closing out with more recipes than you ever expected! Bonus, they’re all from registered dietitians. I don’t say that because you need to make all of your holiday treats “more healthy”, but because dietitians have the best taste in food!

Best Chocolate Peppermint Recipes

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Black Bean Peppermint Brownie Trees

We’re here for day 2 of chocolate peppermint week (check out day 1’s baked oatmeal)! This recipe, I’ll admit, was a bit of a tough one to perfect, but I am now SO happy with how it came out. Brownies are one of those things that sometimes I will just crave in the winter – typically I want a warm gooey brownie, but I made an exception on these and eat them at room temp so we can enjoy the frosting and toppings without them running off!

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Chocolate Peppermint Baked Oatmeal

Earlier this fall I polled my Instagram audience on their favorite holiday foods and flavors. I had an overwhelming number of written responses indicate the chocolate-peppermint flavor  combo was their favorite and decided that’s what I’d focus on this holiday season. Today’s post is the first of a week of chocolate peppermint – yes, a full week! You’ll be getting simple indulgent recipes to share with family and friends this holiday season – or keep all for yourself, that’s up to you.

chocolate peppermint oatmeal bake

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Sparkling Elderflower Probiotic Cocktail

I’ve had such a busy couple of weeks, so a sparkling cocktail is just what this dietitian wanted this past weekend. In less than one week we had trip to Connecticut (Cooper’s first overnight) and another outside of Chicago {my first night without Cooper – post coming Friday}.

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Allowing Imperfect Perfection

Serious real talk alert. This post is a long one and an open/more personal one. This past weekend, a friend asked me if everything was going as good as it seems on Instagram with the little babe. I instantly felt a bit of guilt for potentially showing so much good that I seem like one of those people trying to only show perfection on social media. This virtual world is proven to make people feel bad about themselves and I want to do the opposite with my online presence. The reality is I just don’t have as much time in general to share on the channel as I used to as I navigate new-Mom-hood, and when Cooperman is being fussy it doesn’t even cross my mind to snap a pic or take a video. Continue reading

Pomegranate Ginger Sports Drink

Disclosure: I received free samples of POM Wonderful mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by POM Wonderful and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Alright readers, it’s pomegranate week! This afternoon while I was in the kitchen perfecting a delicious recipe that will be up later in the week, this one just came to me.

I also realized I had to post it right away because

  1. it’s SO unbelievably easy
  2. as a sports dietitian I somehow don’t have a sports drink recipe on this blog
  3. pomegranate juice has been getting me through “long workouts” the past few weeks

Homemade Pomegranate Sports Drink

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Don’t Diet This January {What to do Instead}

Why You Don’t Want to Go on a Diet

Very simply, diets don’t work.

To be more specific, over 90% of people who go on a diet wind up gaining all of the weight they lose back. Roughly 2/3 of them wind up weighing more than they did in the first place. Why? Well, diets aren’t lifestyle changes. They are restrictive and put your body in a state of mental and physical stress. They hurt your metabolism. They compromise your mood. They reduce your nutrient intake. They suck the fun out of your social life.

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