Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake: Less Than 8g of Sugar

I have a sweet tooth. And after the holidays I find myself craving chocolate like CRAZY! Instead of banishing all things sugar, I’m trying to work to find the right lifestyle balance. Tonight I embarked on creating my first mug cake and lord help me, I’m still sitting in my living room in shock at how good it was. There’s a 100% chance I still have hazelnut spread on my face…oh and apparently on my shirt, oops.

If you just HAVE to have a piece of cake, this is the way to go.

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What you’ll need:

  • A microwave
  • A mug
  • Cooking spray
  • A desire for cake
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour (or regular)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure honey
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate hazelnut spread (or peanut butter of your choice)
  • Sprinkles (optional)

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Directions

  1. Spray mug with cooking spray to coat bottom and sides
  2. Combine all ingredients except hazelnut spread or peanut butter (this will be the frosting) and sprinkles
  3. Beat together with a fork
  4. Pour into mug
  5. Microwave in 1 minute increments until top is fluffy and cooked through. It took my 800 watt microwave 2 minutes.
  6. Take out and pour onto plate. It should just plop right out and look like a cute little muffin and look something like this:

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7. Let cool for 3-5 minutes (this thing is a little hottie!)

8. Take 1 teaspoon of chocolate hazelnut spread and frost your cake muggy!

9. Sprinkle on some sprinkles!

10. Try not to moan as you eat it

Tips and suggestions:

  • As I spooned on the hazelnut spread, it began to melt which made it easier but you may find that melting the spread or peanut butter ahead of time and then drizzling it on is easier.
  • I used Barefoot & Chocolate’s ¬†hazelnut chocolate spread but try any kind you want! Regular peanut butter would work fine as well. Or White Chocolate Wonderful. I like Barefoot & Chocolate because they use all natural, fair trade, and organic ingredients.

IMG_2292I was amazed at how tasty, satisfying, and delicious this came out. Unlike some of my past alternative recipes (that have maintained the texture of sweets but not the taste) this actually taste like and felt like real cake!

The entire thing is under 200 calories and 8g of sugar. If you’re watching carbs it nets you 20g WITH the frosting. Below I’ve compiled the nutrition facts for my recipe and then some of the Betty Crocker cake mix and frosting. By the time it’s said and done, a regular piece of cake can be as much as 440 calories and 38g of sugar!

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Let me know how you like it!

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For the Ladies: How to Handle PMS Cravings and Let that Metabolism Boost Work FOR You

Some months are worse than others. It’s the week or a few days before your period and you’re a BEAR! *$%# my diet,¬† screw eating healthy I want everything dipped in cheese, chocolate, and wine and I want it NOW!

Before you give up and freak out, let’s take some steps to see WHY this happens to us, what we can do to help keep ourselves on track and why that extra metabolism boost once a month can really play in our favor.

Prevention: Before we even try to get into why PMS happens, realize the steps you can take to make it less bothersome. Eating healthy, taking fish oil, and evening primrose oil, can help reduce PMS symptoms. It’s also important to keep your exercise regimen going during this time. Aerobic activities can help stave off that depressed feeling and get you feeling more energized.

While it’s hard to find one particular study, research suggests that a week before a woman’s period, during the luteal phase, we will require an additional 100-300 calories/day. Some women’s metabolism can increase by as much as 15%. But this doesn’t mean you should go eat nachos and an entire bag of Dove chocolates (although what I’d give to do that guilt free). Instead, look at this as a reason for all these seemingly uncontrollable cravings. You were doing so well and not even THINKING about cake and now it’s all you want. Don’t start feeling guilty about this, just be aware of it. You got this.

Also – don’t you DARE go weigh yourself while you’re on your period. Water retention is a bitch and you’re going to fluctuate by about 2-5 pounds during this time. You may even feel gross or not be able to suck in your stomach as much, this is NORMAL.

Chocolate – when we’re on our cycles, our magnesium levels get way low. Chocolate is an easy way for our bodies to compensate, plus, it’s delicious! Magnesium deficiencies can cause a host of other issues, too, like depression, fatigue, insomnia, indecisiveness, confusion. OMG this totally sounds like PMS, doesn’t it! No wonder I’ve stood in the middle of the grocery store staring at cereal for 10 minutes thinking “there’s no way I’m going to be able to choose one, there’s just…sooo many.” A good way to combat this is to fuel up on magnesium rich foods before hand and throughout the month in general.¬† And let yourself have some chocolate, preferably dark for less sugar and more cocoa benefits.

PMS and periods are also going to reduce a woman’s iron, which means we crave high energy foods to compensate for the sleepy/drained feeling. Hormones also sway and can effect our blood sugar levels. Before you indulge on sweets however, realize that the more sweets you have, the more your blood sugar will spike, and when it crashes again, the more you’ll want. Sugar is very much like a drug.

The good news is if you can power through and stay on track during this time, you’ll have that added calorie deficit depending on your personal BMR. Power through!

Until then, I think I may need to put something like this in my kitchen…