Food

I love cooking and baking.  I also love sharing recipes along with some of my favorite foods and snacks!

Jacqueline’s Sweet and Spicy Cantaloupe Salsa Created using Joy Bauer’s “Joy’s Simple Food Remedies: Tasty Cures for Whatever’s Ailing You.”

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       Hello! If you are new around here I want to welcome you to my page! I am so excited you are here and if you are here for my delicious recipe I created using Joy’s new Cookbook “Joy’s Simple Food Remedies: Tasty Cures for Whatever’s Ailing You,” then you have come to the right place. I had the opportunity to meet Joy 2 years ago when I was invited to be on The TODAY Show for the Joy Fit Club series.  Since I lost over 300 pounds and going through skin removal surgeries and I am sharing my journey with all of you and hope that I can help you to never give up on yourself or your dreams and to know that anything is possible when we work hard, believe in ourselves and never give up! After losing over 300 pounds naturally, I am in the process of having several skin removal surgeries. My body is not only going through so many changes, but it is also going through a lot of swelling and bloating. Since I have lots of loose skin, my body holds onto everything and can get very swollen, especially if I eat the “wrong” foods and it will hold onto it for a long time. Also with all of these surgeries, it can take up to 6 months to get rid of all of the swelling and bloat. There is nothing fun about feeling bloated, puffy and swollen. Not only does it hurt and make…


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Three “Healthier” Holiday Baking Recipes for 2017

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         I love baking.  Kevin and I are actually bakers and so my love of baking runs deep.  I have always loved baking since I was a little girl, especially baking around the holidays.  After losing over 3oo pounds, I had to come up with something so that I could still enjoy the treats I bake, but with less guilt.  I do have treats every now and then, but I wanted to try out some “healthier” versions of my favorite holiday treats and I  think these recipes are perfect!  They have the same great flavors of regular treats, but with less guilt!  I hope you try these recipes out and enjoy them just as much as I do.  If you try them, let me down below which one was your favorite!  Happy Baking and Happy Holidays from my kitchen to yours! Recipe #1 Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Holes Recipe Courtesy of Joy Bauer   INGREDIENTS: Doughnuts • 1 package extra moist vanilla or white cake mix • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce • 1 cup water Cinnamon-Sugar Topping • 2 tablespoons sugar • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon (sprinkle more if you prefer a stronger cinnamon flavor) • 1 teaspoon butter INSTRUCTIONS: Doughnuts: Preheat oven to 325˚. In large bowl, mix together cake mix, unsweetened apple sauce and water. Spray doughnut hole pan (or mini muffin pan) with oil spray. Spoon the batter into the pan, then bake according to pan’s instructions. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until doughnut holes are golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. Cinnamon-Sugar Topping: In small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. In a separate small bowl, melt butter for about 10 seconds in the…


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My Thoughts and Feelings about eating Thanksgiving Dinner 2017

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              I hope you all had a very happy Thanksgiving!  My Thanksgiving was so nice.  Kevin and I worked out first thing in the morning and burned off our calories before we ate them…not sure if it works that way but I am just going with it haha.  After out workout we went over to my parents house and helped prepare everything for our family to come over.  It was very nice and very chill.  We also had some friends join us for our meal and it was so nice to spend time with them too.  I am going to be honest with you guys and let you know what happened for me on Thanksgiving this year.  Normally I don’t eat anything my mom or family cooks.  I always bake the pies and I never ate any of that either.  I ate my own food and my own dessert.  I was very extreme and thought I would gain weight back if I ate, and the thought of the scale going up at all scared the hell out of me.  So I deprived myself all together and did not even take a bite of anything.  That is no way to live.  I am not saying our goals do not matter and we should just go “off plan” every time there is a holiday, or food around, or special treats and throw all of our goals out the window.  But what I am saying is being extreme, in both ways, is not…


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Three “Healthier” Dessert Recipes For Thanksgiving 2017

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          I don’t know about you, but when the holidays come around, it is very hard for me to stay on track and remember my fitness goals.  I do not have much of a sweet tooth, but there is just something about the holidays that all of my teeth become sweet teeth and I want all of the cookies, pies and cakes.  While I was on my weight loss journey, I never allowed myself to have Thanksgiving food, and I definitely did not allow myself to have dessert.  But as I continued on my journey, I found that I  was still able enjoy Thanksgiving without depriving myself of everything, at the same time not eating EVERYTHING to a point where I would make myself sick.  I am sharing with you guys 3 simple and delicious recipes that are perfect for when you are craving something sweet, as well as perfect for a Thanksgiving treat!!  I really hope you guys enjoy these recipes as much as I do and let me know which one is your favorite!  Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Baking!!   Recipe #1 Low Calorie Crustless Pumpkin Pie Recipe Courtesy of Foodie Fiasco   INGREDIENTS • 1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin • ½ cup half + half or coconut milk • 2 egg whites (or 2 eggs’ worth of egg replacer) • ¾ cup erythritol or sugar • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch pie pan and set aside. I use…


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