Wednesday, January 9, 2013

January Workout Challenge (and a recipe!)

I still have no idea where the year of 2012 went. It flashed by like a lightning bolt right in front of my eyes. Before I knew it, the holidays arrived, baking began, and wrapping presents happened. December was also a time where I completed the squat challenge. I still cannot believe that 1,975 squats were completed! Congrats to everybody who rocked this test!

Yet, December has come and gone and now the month of January is upon us. I decided that every month I am going to find a daily challenge that works on a specific part of the body. This month: abs.

I know it says March, but January has the same amount of days so it works out perfectly. Every morning I wake up and complete that day's specific tasks. I love working towards a final goal. The end results are always fantastic! Rock hard I come!

As promised in the title I also have a scrumptious fudge recipe for you that I adapted from Martha Stewart! This dessert is incredibly easy to make and being the health nut that I am, I lightened it up a bit by using fat-free sweetened condensed milk and light butter. This fudge combines the two tasty treats of chocolate and pretzels. Bring this dessert to a party and it will surely be a hit!

Salty + Sweet = Deadly Combination

Easy Chocolate Pretzel Fudge
Nonstick cooking spray
2 Tbsp light butter, cut into small pieces
3 cups (16oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can (14oz) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups miniature pretzels, roughly chopped

The ingredients!

-Coat an 8x8 square baking dish with cooking spray and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2 inch overhang on all sides.
-Place butter, chocolate morsels, condensed milk, vanilla, and salt in
a medium heatproof bowl set over (not in) a pot of barely simmering water.

-Stir occasionally until chocolate just melts and mixture is combined and warm but not hot (about 8-10 minutes).
-Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups pretzels.
-Transfer mixture to pan and smooth top.
-Press 1/2 cup pretzels on top.
-Refrigerate until set, 2 hours (or up to overnight, wrapped).
-Using parchment, lift fudge from pan and cut.

I kept the fudge in the freezer after cutting it into pieces. I would take them out and eat as is and found it to be extremely satisfying with my morning coffee.

Best mug ever!

Question of the Day

Pepsi or Coke?

I very rarely pretty much never drink pop. I may have it once a month but that's pushing it. However, if I had to choose, I'm a Coke girl all the way. I feel Pepsi leaves an extremely syrupy feeling in my mouth and is super sweet. Pepsi: no thank you.

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  1. Thanks for linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday with your Chocolate Pretzel Fudge. It looks so yummy! We love your monthly workout challenge! Awesome!! -The Six Sisters

  2. Hi,
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