Let’s talk about the holiday months shall we? From Thanksgiving to New Year’s it’s an endless couple weeks filled with gatherings and soirees meaning cocktails, treats and more! I must say it’s a curse to be pregnant during this time of year, but no one judges you if you have an extra helping or two. To top on to all the holiday festivities, my mom, dad and I all have our birthday between the 8th and 17th of the month. That’s 3 cakes people. Did I mention on top of this, my aunt send her infamous holiday cookies and the bowl of holiday Reese’s we have in our house? I don’t know why I do this to myself when we know there’s no control.
So this year, my parents have been working on their eating and didn’t want a birthday cake. WHAT?! That’s like a 5yr old saying to me they don’t like Santa. Not allowed! Thanks to my friend Jake, I remembered this cake he made a while back while on a diet. Apparently it’s a Weight Watchers cake, but I cannot find the recipe. (can someone send if they see?) I went from memory of what he told me and added a little extra touch to make it pretty. Everyone was amazed once they learned what was in it!! It’s delicious!
1 box white cake mix
12 oz Diet 7-up
3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
1 box sugar-free strawberry Jell-O
1 container sugar-free/fat-free whipped topping
In a large bowl add 3 tablespoons of applesauce to your cake mix.
Next add 12 oz of Diet 7-Up. Mix, mix, mix.
Pour into a 13×9 pan and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.
As soon as the cake comes out poke holes all throughout with a straw.
Use one cup of Jell-O mix (follow box) and pour all over the top.
Let the cake cool!
Use the entire container of whipped topping as your frosting. Place in fridge.
Add any decor and candles to celebrate!
One of my all-time favorite breakfast dishes is “Egg in a Hole”. I first learned about this simple recipe at a summer school cooking class in first grade. I vividly remember them having us write down the recipe for using a cup to cut out a piece of bread, then adding an egg to the middle. So fancy right? Well I decided to have some fun and channel my inner 7-year-old self by using holiday cookie cutters instead.
The steps are simple.
Use any cookie cutter of your choice.
Cut your shape while heating a pan with butter.
COnce the pan in sizzling, add the bread in. Butter the top side.
Add in your egg or egg whites after 30 seconds or so.
Add some salt and pepper.
It’s no secret that I have a sweet tooth, as I was given the nickname ‘Sugar-Sugar’ at a very young age. Throughout this pregnancy however I am trying to do a better job on not having too many sweets, but sometimes cravings call. Randomly I decided that I wanted a root beer float. (I wish I could say this wasn’t a normal occurrence but it happens quite frequently.)
The past two years I’ve grown particularly fond of the “diet” float introduced to be by my mother-in-law. It’s a way to have a dessert without feeling too guilty. All you need is diet Root Beer (or any soda), a Carb Smart or low calorie ice cream and a frosty mug.
I’ll have you know this Hooters mug is one of my most priced possessions.
Any diet treats you enjoy?