So I was watching Biggest Loser - but that show kind of has the opposite effect on me. I don't watch it and immediately throw away my junk food and head out the door running and crying and expecting to lose 15 lbs a week. Instead I kind of look at all their temptation and old, "bad" foods and just want them! Fortunately I also know that stuff makes me really sick, and I am also really broke so I can't afford to be spending my yeast and gas money on fast food right now.
So instead I did what any respectable college student/undercover housewife would do...I made junk food!!
I was thinking chili cheese fries, a milkshake, and chocolate chip cookies...but based on what I had in the house I had to compromise a bit and I ended up with chili cheese fries, tropical julius and peanut butter cookies :-)
|Fries before baking|
|Chili, ready to be stirred and cooked|
Glop it together, top with cheese, stick it back in the oven to melt and NOM!!!
|They may not be pretty, but they sure are tasty!|
Ok, Orange Julius I modified from several different recipes and again used what I had on hand (including a tip my old daycare lady gave me when she used to make these when I was a kid!)
|Cool and delicious|
1 cup Presby Punch (could also use water)
1 cup vanilla coconut milk
1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
1 raw egg (only use if you trust your eggs...this is the tip from daycare, it makes it really frothy and gives it a distinct "Julius" flavor!)
10-12 ice cubes
* blend and drink!
Super Easy but Crazy Delicious Peanut butter cookies
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
dash of vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 Tb. flour
*Mix everything together,
*Drop cookie size globs on a cookie sheet
*Lightly squish with a fork to get that pretty crosshatch look
*Bake at 350 deg for 10 minutes
*Let cool for a few minutes before removing them from the cookie sheet to allow them to set up
|Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies!|
So drawbacks to making your own junk food
- it takes a lot longer
- you have to do dishes when you are done
- it just isn't QUITE that same fat/sugar/salt hit that you would normally get
BUT benefits of making your own junk food
- it is freaking delicious!
- it is a LOT healthier
- it is a LOT cheaper
So I am happy that I decided to make it myself, as is my tummy, my tastebuds and my wallet :-)