Happy Happy Friday Friends.  This week has felt extremely long and I don’t know about you but I am so ready for the weekend.  Tom and I will be working a 5k Color Run on Saturday morning then head into DC for the day/night to celebrate my birthday and cross off a few of my Birthday To Do’s.  Follow along on Instagram for all the fun.  Oh and also don’t forget to enter in this Quest Bar Giveaway I’m hosting on Instagram.  Quest recently came out with a new flavor, Mocha Chocolate Chip, it’s definitely one of my new favs!

The whole idea of this blog is to showcase how I balance my healthy lifestyle by working out, eating healthy, but also occasionally eat desserts or other foods that some might label ‘off limits’.  On my Instagram you typically see all the indulgent desserts I make myself or find from local places such as doughnuts, cupcakes, or pudding pie.  But during the week I usually try to keep my desserts small and clean, whether it be something I make myself or a grocery store find.  I want you to know that you don’t have to deprive yourself of sweets or anything labeled with sugar if trying to lose or maintain weight.  Because it’s something I enjoy so much I have a little treat every night, it’s all about making the right choices and portion size.

Today for Friday Favorites I wanted to share with you some Convenient Healthy and Tasty Desserts that I personally enjoy.  All of these items can probably be found at Target or your local grocery or health food store.  While I love making my own desserts, during the busy work week it’s much more convenient to have something prepackaged, but I try to choose options that also have quality ingredients

Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop

I’ve featured Angie’s popcorn several times before and they just keep coming out with more delicious flavors.  My most recent find is milk chocolate drizzle.  I love snacking on this on a Friday evening as Tom and I settle in to watch our shows on the DVR from the week.  Popcorn is light enough I don’t feel super guilty if I eat a large bowl and my sweet tooth is satisfied.  I also suggest the Sweet and Salty flavor.

Friday Favorites Angie's Milk Chocolate Drizzle Boom Chicka Pop

Lenny and Larry’s Cookies

I love splitting these cookies in half or in quarters.  They are so soft and chewy!  I usually find them at Vitamin Shoppe, but recently noticed Target had the Snickerdoodle and Double Chocolate flavors in the sports supplements aisle.  Or you could purchase online.  All their cookies are made with non GMO ingredients and are a good source of protein.

Friday Favorites Lenny and Larry's Complete Cookie

Halo Top

Usually when it comes to ice cream I want the REAL thing.  Not a low fat version or banana nice cream.  But I can’t get over how delicious Halo Top is.  It’s low in calories, high in protein, and low in sugar, and most pints are around 240 calories, yes the WHOLE pint!  My personal favorites are the Chocolate Mocha Chip and Oatmeal Cookie.

Justin’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Three of these mini dark chocolate peanut butter cups is my favorite dessert to have during the week.  Because peanut butter and chocolate, enough said!  These are a bit pricier than normal peanut butter cups.  But made with quality chocolate and ingredients, it’s totally worth it in my opinion!  Sorry this photo is from Halloween, lol.

Dark Chocolate

Eating a few pieces of 80% cocoa or higher dark chocolate is one of the cleanest desserts.  Most chocolate bars have added butter and/or sugar.  But the higher percent of cocoa, the less likely they are to have added ingredients.  I usually buy a Ghirardeli bar and have been wanting to try these Eating Evolved bars.

Larabar Bites

Larabar makes some delicious snack bars and recently came out with these dessert flavored bites.  They are in small bite size pieces and come in a variety of flavors.  I’ve actually tried and love them all, these chocolate brownie bites have to be my favorite though.  The only ingredients are dates, nuts, and chocolate.  Delicious clean treat!

Friday Favorite Larabar Bites

Fruit and Nut Butter

Not just any nut butter, I enjoy apple slices with Snickerdoodle Buff Bakes or eat Wild Friends Espresso straight from the jar just to name a few of my favorites.

Friday Favorites Wild Friends Nut Butter

Warm Quest Bar

If you haven’t tried warming up a quest bar in the microwave or oven you don’t know what your missing!  Just a few seconds and It makes it taste like a warm cookie.  I’m giving away a variety of my favorite Quest bars on my Instagram, all of which taste amazing plain or warmed up a  bit.  Quest bars are high in protein, gluten and soy free, and only contain 1-2 grams of sugar.

Friday Favorites Mocha Chocolate Chip Quest Bar

 

Yogurt with PB2

If I’m craving something like ice cream I also like to add 1-2 tablespoons plain or chocolate PB2 to vanilla Greek yogurt.  It makes it extra thick and I love the peanut butter taste.  Throw in a few chocolate chips to really satisfy your sweet tooth.

When doing some research I realized there are many other Convenient Healthy Dessert options I haven’t tried yet from this Women’s Health list and this Eat This Not That list.  I need to try  Yasso Frozen Greek yogurt bars, they have a new Toffee Caramel Chocolate Chip Flavor, yum!.

If I have the time to make a quick healthy treat, it’s usually always these Chocolate Caramel Protein Fudge Bites.  We easily eat a batch throughout the week, but they keep in the freezer so they last awhile.  For other tasty homemade healthy treats look at my Healthy Desserts Pinterest Board.

Chocolate Almond Butter 'Caramel' Protein Fudge

Convenient, Healthy, and Tasty Desserts you can find at your Grocery Store #Fridayfavs… Click To Tweet

Thank you Heather for todays Friday Favorites Link Up.  Be sure to check out previous Friday Favorites Posts here.  And have a great weekend!

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10 Comments on Friday Favorites, Convenient Healthy and Tasty Desserts

  1. Carrie this fit chick
    March 24, 2017 at 12:52 pm (1 month ago)

    Loving all the foodie finds this week. I want to try those lara bar bites- such a good idea.. I like Halo Top too, but I also like Arctic Zero– its “icier” than Halo Top, which I prefer! Lately, I’ve been loving peanut flour!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 26, 2017 at 6:51 pm (1 month ago)

      I have never tried peanut flour, what are some good things to use it with?

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  2. Allie @ agalnamedal.com
    March 24, 2017 at 1:02 pm (1 month ago)

    OMG I have not seen that Angie’s popcorn yet! I love all the other flavors, but this looks AMAZING! (Calorie count is MUCH different though than the rest!) Thanks for sharing!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 26, 2017 at 6:51 pm (1 month ago)

      Love having a handful of Angie’s popcorn to satisfy my sweet tooth!

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  3. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen
    March 24, 2017 at 4:53 pm (1 month ago)

    Thank you SO MUCH for pointing out that it’s possible to be healthy (and maintain a healthy weight) and still eat a little sugar now and then! I want to scream from the rooftops that in moderation the things you love won’t kill you! I’m so glad I read this post :); it’s total confirmation of everything I believe. Have a wonderful time in DC this weekend and happy belated birthday!

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 26, 2017 at 6:52 pm (1 month ago)

      YES! I really wish more people understood this and I think it would help them be a lot healthier! Thanks for the bday wishes Kelsie, hope you had a great weekend too!

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  4. Emily
    March 25, 2017 at 9:45 pm (1 month ago)

    I love all of these; except for some reason Quest Bars are a bit too sweet for me. I LOVE Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Kettle Corn, and that chocolate drizzle one sounds AMAZE-BALLS! I just finished a banana with PB; fruit + nut butter is always always good.

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 26, 2017 at 6:55 pm (1 month ago)

      You definitely need to try all of the Angie’s Seasonal Flavors, they always get me with that limited time 😉

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  5. Bethany
    March 26, 2017 at 6:38 am (1 month ago)

    I think these are all my favorite sweet snacks! Quest Bars are also on sale 20% off at Vitacost right now! I love the Justin’s dark chocolate mini’s with coffee…..maybe for a pre breakfast snack =)

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    • sweetandstrong
      sweetandstrong
      March 26, 2017 at 6:56 pm (1 month ago)

      Oh a dark chocolate pb cup with coffee sounds amazing! Love sweets and coffee together!

      Reply

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