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Greek Yogurt High Protein Mac and Cheese

What if I told you that I could serve you a big ole bowl full of creamy, cheesy mac and cheese that was not only good for you but packed FULL of protein? And I'm not talking "high protein" where something says it's high protein and then you check out the nutrition facts on the back and it only has 10g in one serving (eye roll). I'm talking PACKED FULL of protein...like as much protein as you would have in a meal of grilled chicken and vegetables but instead of eating meat you just get to eat a bowl of this deliciousness?

Well my friends, today is the day I tell you that I can serve you a yummy dish of macaroni and cheese that has a whopping 44 grams of protein in one serving! The protein comes from a few places including greek yogurt, milk and cheese but I also have a secret weapon... CHICKPEA PASTA!!!!

I recently found out about the "Banza" brand of pasta (affiliate link) from a girlfriend of mine who also tracks macros and oh my gosh guys.  THIS PASTA IS A GAME CHANGER!

I've tried both the shells and elbows so far and it is SO GOOD! It tastes exactly like regular pasta to me (think of a whole wheat pasta taste) but it is made from chickpeas so it is packed FULL of protein. Plus, it's even gluten free!

Mac and cheese is my favorite food because obviously I am still 12 years old, but I have to eat so much protein for my diet plan that just sitting down with a big bowl of regular mac and cheese isn't really the best idea unless I want to be shoving egg whites in my mouth the rest of the day to get my protein in.  But now, that's not an issue! The rest of the dish is pretty healthy for you as well: I used NO butter and the cheese sauce is made with only greek yogurt, skim milk, and reduced fat cheddar cheese!

So go on, I dare you. Embrace your inner 12 year old and whip up a batch of this mac and cheese and enjoy every little bite with no guilt!

White Jeggings and Flowy Tank Outfit with Kiki La Rue

You know what I never imagined being able to do when I was 246 pounds? Wear a pair of WHITE PANTS and feel confident in them!!! I feel like white pants can be so unforgiving...depending on the brand and how thick they are I feel like so many kinds show cellulite through them and I just never found a pair that looked flattering on me when I was heavy.  So for like the first time in my life I FOUND a pair of white pants that I am ROCKING and think would look great on anyone else too!

These Everyday Jeggings from Kiki La Rue fit like buttah and I'm dying over how comfy they are to wear and how AMAZING they look on! They are a great thickness too: thin enough to still be jeggings and cozy but thick enough to not let any cellulite show though.

 Since it's still summer and warm out I paired these leggings with the Bogota Tank in Mint from Kiki La Rue because I think that mint/turquoise and white are just a perfect warm weather color combo.  I know summer is on the way out but this outfit gives me alllll the tropical vibes and makes me wish summer would hang around awhile longer :)

Oh, and of course the tank is flowy in alllll the right places to give you shape but it still has a relaxed feel to it. 

For this outfit I paired it with a mint and white statement necklace from Charming Charlie and some white sandal pumps from DSW. Confession: I went out and bought these pumps for the sole purpose of wearing them with these jeggings.  Oh, and because I had a $10 DSW rewards certificate that was just about to expire and LORD KNOWS I couldn't let that go to waste.

Your Whims Wednesday #269 {And Features}

Time for another Your Whims Wednesday Party!

Your Whims Wednesday

Here are some of my favorites from last weeks party!

Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies By Joy Food Sunshine
Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies! With only 8 good-for-you ingredients you can feel great about making special treats! Gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar free AND vegan!

DIY Perler Bead Citrus Fruit Drink Covers by Living La Vida Holoka
DIY Perler Bead Citrus Fruit Drink Covers
Garlicky Butternut Squash Chips by Sparkle
Garlicky Butternut Squash Chips
Strawberry Shortcake Moonshine by Pink Heels Pink Truck 
Are you a strawberry fan? How about strawberry shortcake? Then you are sure to love my take on this Strawberry Shortcake Moonshine cocktail. Bring on summertime!
Easy Braided Bracelet by The Crafting Nook
DIY Easy Braided Bracelet
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Now... onto this weeks party!

DIY Wine Glass Charms with Swarovski® Crystals

Today's project that I have to share with you all is a real winner because it involves two of my most favorite things in the whole world: beading and WINE!

Ok so technically this isn't really a jewelry making project, but more of just a general craft but it does involve CRYSTALS and it most definitely involves wine. Yup, we are making wine glass charms- whoop, whoop!

I whipped up these cute little wine glass charms after receiving a few of the new charms made with Swarovski® crystals from Cousin Corporation that are now available in Michaels stores!

I was immediately drawn to the pink and clear crystal charm sets because, well, OBVIOUSLY I love pink and sparkles.  I decided to connect the two sets to make a dainty little pair of wine glass charms.  This is pretty much the easiest DIY ever - you can make your own version in only five minutes with very little materials!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

It shouldn't seem strange that today is Sunday and I'm posting about protein pancakes since that is my norm...but this week it actually is strange because I was NOT supposed to be making pancakes today. Nope, this delicious stack of Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes was NOT supposed to have happened.

I was supposed to be driving home from Virginia after my week long vacation in Chincoteague. I stayed in a Sunday-Sunday rental so today was supposed to be the day I packed up my stuff and headed back home to PA and then set about unpacking, doing laundry, and overall getting ready to get back to the Monday morning grind that is sure to come bright and early tomorrow morning after having a whole week off. In all the hustle of unpacking and getting ready, I figured pancakes would be the furthest thing from my mind. Yup, pancakes oozing with chocolate sauce and peanut butter wouldn't have crossed my mind at all...

Alas, plans unfortunately changed and due to a bit of a medical emergency with a family member of someone I was staying with on vacation, we had to pack things up in a rush on Friday afternoon and drive home early.  LUCKILY the family member is fine now, but he was air lifted to ICU for an emergency procedure so getting back to PA was more important than spending another two days at the beach.

So I may not have been at the beach earlier this morning, but it wasn't all bad because I was able to get settled and unpacked yesterday and take today to get back into my routine which of course includes a Sunday run followed by protein pancakes! And guys...these pancakes were alllllmost worth driving home early for anyway because that's how delicious they were.

 As always they look decadently delicious but this whole stack is only 515 calories and packs a whopping 56 grams of protein. The chocolate flavor comes from chocolate protein powder mixed in with greek yogurt, a sugar free chocolate pudding drizzle, and a few mini chocolate chips.  The peanut butter comes from peanut butter flavored protein powder in the pancake batter and a chocolate peanut butter drizzle made using powdered peanut butter for less fat! Let me show you how all this deliciousness comes together :)

  Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes