Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup on a Diet

Kemps chocopanutbutter

There are just some days most of us crave chocolate and peanut butter. I am not sure how it gets a hold over us, but this sneaky craving must be satisfied. The coffee shop at the hospital, where I used to work, had an amazing chocolate peanut butter smoothie with a dash of espresso, which was always ordered with skim milk. The other day this treat popped in my mind,and the sweet (and salty) memory of clocking in and enjoying one last slurp of goodness lingered on my tongue. That was it. I had to find something that hit the spot. To the grocery!!

Lately if I don’t bake something I enjoy a cup of Kemps Low-Fat Black Jack Cherry Frozen yogurt or Kroger’s Strawberry Frozen Yogurt. Both of those options are around 100-110 calories/ serving. This is usually accompanied by a drizzle of chocolate, though. I was going to reach for my usual, when what did I see, but a possible craving quencher? There in the glowing freezer sat a carton of Kemps Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Frozen Yogurt. Many times a frozen yogurt that has indulgent flavors tends to be just as high in calories as ice cream. The nutrition facts sat on the borderline of acceptable for me. I decided that it had to be tested. In the cart and off to the house we went.

At the house, tea cup and scoop ready, I dipped the frozen yogurt into my cup. The texture was creamy and thick. I could hear some of the air bubbles from having been a frothy bath at one point. These were excellent signs. Anticipation floated me into the living room to get cozy for my first bite. The spoon dipped and brought the yogurt to my lips and yum. This base was some serious chocolate flavor. It really had the same texture and richness as Edy’s Rocky Road Slow Churn Ice Cream. After several bites of chocolate I finally got a bite of it. A large chunk of a chocolate peanut butter cup. The bite I had been waiting patiently for. The candy was well-made, but it lacked enough peanut butter filling to justify the wait. Slightly disappointed I finished the dessert. It really was quality flavor and the few bites with chocolate peanut butter cup were sufficiently large. It simply fell short of my expectations.

Though it fell short, I must say that everyone has a different preference of ratio of chocolate to peanut butter. It still was an outstanding frozen yogurt. The chocolate was really good. So if you only like a small bit of peanut butter in your ratio, then this is a perfect healthy dessert addition. If your ratio consists of higher amounts of peanut butter, you may want to make something yourself. The reason they probably made it this way is because peanut butter is so high in fat and when made desserty, it can have a lot of sugar. As an attempt to make a healthy version it was successful at making you feel as if you are eating a rich dessert. However, it could leave you asking, “Where’s the peanut butter?”

Check out their website for all their delicious frozen yogurt options: http://www.kemps.com/freezer/frozen-yogurt/

Rating: 3.7/5 Stars

Calci-yum!

cinched greens

Another reason to eat greens? We all have heard from milk commercials that low-fat milk can shrink your waistline. How is this possible? What does this have to do with greens?

In a study done by the University of Tennessee in 2000, the researchers found that calcium is the key. On a cellular level, calcium can regulate how fat in a fat cell is stored or used. In this study, they used non-fat dry milk. The calcium found in the fat cells caused an inhibition of fat storage by 51%. The more calcium in the diet the more fat the cells burn.

Simply adding more calcium to your diet will not be a quick fix. You need to still choose low-fat options, and incorporate it with an exercise program and sensible eating. Eating a block of high fat cheese will not help you lose weight. A pint of Ben and Jerry’s will not either. Other things to think about are variety in sources and getting the most out of your food. Taking a calcium supplement has been proven not as effective as getting calcium through dietary consumption. You also need to compliment calcium with Vitamin D in order to absorb it better.

The types of foods we choose makes all the difference. Frozen yogurt, low-fat cheese, and greens. Spinach, kale, collards, white beans, navy beans, white button mushrooms, salmon, almonds, and sunshine are things we can add to our day to get these nutrients. One combination you could try is a a spinach salad with salmon, ginger, and almond slivers. You could also make a bean salad with southwestern flares. There are so many options to explore.

I cannot say enough about how valuable it is to color your plate. Nutrients come from variety and freshness. Food cannot be that boring if you keep it vibrant and season your food. Think of how pretty a colorful plate is compared to a plate of pale colors. Local farmer’s markets are a great source for inspiration and freshness. So experiment and enjoy you meals