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The Health Journal: Nutella Peanut Butter Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream

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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup (8 tablespoons) Nutella 800 calories
  • ½ cup (8 tablespoons) peanut butter 800 calories
  • 1 cup 2% milk 120 calories
  • 1 ¾ cup whole wheat flour 700 calories
  • 1 cup sugar 720 calories
  • 2 eggs 140 calories
  • ½ stick of unsalted butter 405 calories
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 12 calories
  • optional: ½ cup of Edy’s Slow Churned Rich & Creamy French Vanilla Ice Cream ½ the Fat (100 calories)
  • 3,697 calories total
  • 20 servings, 185 calories/serving

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix together. Whole wheat flour will make the mix have a sandy look. Grease a pan with cooking spray (or butter or extra virgin olive oil, just make sure those calories are accounted for). Pour mixture into the pan and bake for forty-five minutes. Let the cake cool for five minutes. Cut into mini-squares (20 pieces). If you have really put in hard work to becoming a happier, healthier you, reward yourself by enjoying your piece of cake with an ice cold glass of 2% milk and/or a scoop of Edy’s Slow Churned Rich & Creamy French Vanilla Ice Cream with half the fat.

Snacking can be such a stumbling block on the road to healthy living. Whether salty or sweet, fat content proves to be consistently high. As a result, the calorie count is always a devastating number. This can be terribly detrimental to those seeking a whole and fit lifestyle.

The goal is to have one to two snacks a day. The total maximum of your daily snacking intake should be no more than 200 calories. I am quite the chocolate enthusiast; it is my kryptonite and poison of choice. Nevertheless, I find myself determined to unearth healthier alternatives to chocolate chip cookies, double fudge chocolate ice cream, and other chocolate delights. Nabisco 100 Calorie Packs have come in handy, but now I have a new favorite: Nutella Peanut Butter Cake.

I must admit, this recipe is not originally my own. I have to give credit to my 5-year-old daughter, Jalyn, and my 3-year-old nephew, Jason, for coming up with the idea to use Nutella instead of chocolate during a spontaneous lesson in home-made cake baking. Warning: This is not the healthiest dish. However, it is healthier than some other chocolate cake options, it is below the maximum snack calorie count, and your taste buds will definitely approve. So, without further ado, I proudly introduce to you the ingredients and directions for my Nutella Peanut Butter Cake.

Health Tip of the Week:

Fruit and veggies matter. Did you know that how many fruits and vegetables you are supposed to eat every day depend on your gender, age and level of physical activity? It’s okay; I didn’t either, but it’s true! According to www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov, “every body is different.” I learned that I am supposed to eat two cups of fruit and two and a half cups of vegetables. Visit the website and plug in your information to find out how much you should devour, too. Fruits and veggies can be great snack alternatives as well as the perfect side dish to any meal.

kforte@unews.com

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