Month: February 2018

Party Time: Rummy Bears Recipe

Rummy Bears are such a quick boozy treat all your friends will go crazy about at the party! 

College was a time of discovery for me, like it was for many others. I discovered what subjects I liked. I discovered a little about who I am as a person. But the most valuable thing I discovered was fun, boozy treats (just kidding…kind of). These are the Jell-O shots with vodka, pudding shots, shot syringes, and my favorite, rummy bears with—you guessed it—rum.

I love a good party, but what I love more is making these fun little boozy treats for my friends! And this is my most requested out of them all! (even though I made some bangin’ pudding shots for Halloween :/ )

I used to be savage about it and make all the gummy bears in one Tupperware container and one spoon for all of us to share. This past time making them, I got a little more professional and bought the little shot ramekins to store them in. You can find these at some liquor stores and Target. I found mine at Target near the plastic cutlery and paper plates.

What to Get

For this recipe, you want to get two bags of gummy bears. Now I’m talking the large bags, not the ones you can snag for $1 hanging up on the shelf. This quantity is perfect for the amount of alcohol being added to it, but you can always cut the recipe in half if you don’t want to make as much.  

For the booze, use your preference in rum. Personally, I like these to actually taste flavorful without being like alcohol overload. My go-to is Malibu, specifically Malibu mango flavored. This time, I was so disappointed and heartbroken because they didn’t have Mango!! I opted for the Passion Fruit flavor and it didn’t make too much of a difference. I buy a fifth of the rum.

These will take you all about 5 minutes to prepare, then it’s a matter of letting them soak for 48 hours.

How to Make

Dump out the 2 packages of gummy bears into a large Tupperware container. Pour about ¾ of the bottle of Malibu into the container. You can use the entire bottle but be cautious because they turn out super boozy. I just did this because I was like why not?! It made a difference though. It went from tasty to just tolerable and you want these to be tasty!!

Stir the bears into the alcohol so that they all get equally covered. Put them in the fridge. You want to make these at least 48 hours before consuming them or before your event.

Continuously check on them every 8+ hours and stir them each time. You’ll notice the bears will get fatter each day – they will start to soak up the alcohol.

The reason you want to soak them for at least 48 hours is to get them nice and soft. I was in a hurry and only soaked them for about 36-40 hours and the centers were still very chewy. It was like the opposite of a Gusher because the outside was so soft.  

After the bears have soaked, divide them between the plastic ramekins. I fill it to the top and leave some of the remaining alcohol in each one so it gets extra time to soak it all up!

Enjoy responsibly!

PSA: I know I preach a healthy and fit lifestyle, and that’s just what this is: a lifestyle. Enjoy a drink now and again! Have fun with your friends and drink socially (and responsibly) if that’s what you want to do on the weekends! It’s okay to indulge every now and again, just don’t go on a bender every night. That’s not good for anyone.

Physique Update: 1 Month

One month into my new fitness routine. Updates, results, physical changes, and what I plan to work on this next month. 

Update

February 2nd marked one month from getting back into my consistent training routine for the new year. A month ago I stepped on the scale to measure my weight, body fat percentage, and skeletal muscle mass. My results were shocking to me. I didn’t think I had that much body fat in me! This really motivated me to start working hard in the gym and in the kitchen again.

I decided that January was going to be the month I focus on keeping a consistent gym schedule and to work on creating a workout schedule that worked for me and what I want to achieve. February is when I’m going to kick it into gear with the foods I eat.

Each month I was told to weigh myself and check my body fat percentage. The trainer at the gym told me I should get down to 19-20% body fat, from my original weigh-in at 28% body fat.

Results

I stepped on the scale and my weight remained the EXACT SAME down to the decimal. I still weigh 133.7 lbs. I’m 5’4″. My body fat percentage is now 24.9% so I already lost 3% body fat. I was pleased with these results because like I said, I haven’t been as strict with my nutrition as I want to be.

I’ve been really lazy about meal prepping my lunches for the week and rush around in the morning grabbing a protein shake or a complete cookie as a meal replacement. But not anymore!! I want to be mindful about what I’m putting into my body and what nutrients I need throughout the day.

Physical Changes

I haven’t noticed many physical changes but with my body fat decreasing only 3%, I’m not surprised that I can’t see a lot of results. I do see that my thighs are starting to get more defined than they were.

Dropping the 3% really motivated me! It’s just proof from all the hard work that was put in over the past month. I want to preach this as much as I can: this just goes to show that the number you see on the scale shouldn’t be the sole reflection of your progress! Take pictures, measure your body fat percentage, assess how you’re feeling mentally and physically. There are so many changes occurring on the inside before you can see it on the outside.

REVIEW: Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookie

Here is my personal opinion on many different flavors of Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookies. I am not biased and again, this is only my personal opinion – everyone is entitled to your own! I hope this helps if you’re trying out a new flavor or are straying away from certain flavors because of other bad reviews.

What is Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookie?

Lenny & Larry’s cookies are a godsend! They’re great for anyone who’s watching their weight, maintaining their macros, or trying to cut back on dessert. In my opinion, it’s one of the best alternatives to a real dessert that I have come across. And I am a dessert addict!

The Complete Cookie is filled with protein and fiber, which makes it a fast and easy way to get in additional protein and fiber into your day. They’re vegan and kosher, too. They’re free of dairy, eggs, and soy and are non-GMO. They’re made with no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial sweeteners, and no sugar alcohols…it’s amazing they actually taste good! I honestly don’t know how they do it.

Flavor Reviews

Below are the flavors I have tried and rated on a 5-star scale, with 5 stars being the best and 1 being the worst. And yes i know, I haven’t gotten to try all of the flavors they offer, at least not yet!

Birthday Cake

I was hesitant for awhile to try this flavor because I read a lot of bad reviews online. This actually tasted exactly how I expected it to taste! The biggest complaint against these guys is that it doesn’t scream birthday cake flavor when you bite into it. I’ll give them that. So get rid of that expectation. But, this doesn’t mean they taste bad!!

It tastes more like a sugar cookie with sprinkles and a very good one at that! This is one of my absolute favorite flavors by far! I’m glad Lenny & Larry decided to add sprinkles to it instead of just coming out with a plain sugar cookie. They don’t overly taste like protein and keeps you full for awhile! I would grab these in a pinch when I was running late for work and needed something to hold me off until lunch. Who doesn’t want a cookie for breakfast??

I strongly recommend giving this one a try if you’re back and forth about it. My only regret is that I didn’t try it sooner! Sometimes reviews are way too critical of the product because people’s expectations are very high.

These smell and taste incredible! 5 stars!

Snickerdoodle

The snickerdoodle flavor definitely tastes like a snickerdoodle and magically has the same sugar coating as their not-so-healthy counterparts do. This one isn’t the worst, but also isn’t my favorite either. That’s why I gave it 3 stars. I feel more indifferent about this one. It’s good but you can taste the protein more so in this than in the other flavors.

Still a staple flavor that I recommend trying! Others like this one a lot!

Chocolate Chip

I was very disappointed by the chocolate chip flavor. Being such a staple cookie flavor, you’d expect them to master this one right?! It had little flavor besides protein, it was very dense, and nothing like I hoped for it to be. I gave it 1 star, my lowest rating.

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter is a good flavor, sold 4 star rating! Along with the peanut buttery taste we all expect, there are bits of peanuts throughout the cookie. The extra peanuts give it a bit of a crunch and make the cookie more substantial.

White Chocolate Macadamia

Another 4 stars for the White Chocolate Macadamia flavor! It tastes verrrrry close to the original flavor without all the fat or the guilt! The white chocolate brings the sweetness as the nuts keep it crunchy. A good flavor to try!

Double Chocolate

Saving another best one for last. My other favorite Complete Cookie – 5 stars for this one! If you’re a chocolate lover, you NEED to give this one a try! This definitely hits the spot if you’re craving brownies or chocolate! (especially if it’s that time of the month ladies!) I suggest giving this a try but only if you like chocolate, of course.

Let me know if you try any of the flavors above or want me to review the others that didn’t make the list!