sweet (potato) treats

guest blogger: laurel house, quickiechick

when it comes to love, food plays a major role.

love: food can be very sexy. hot melted chocolate that fills your mouth decadent warmth then slowly drips down the back of your throat… sweet whipped cream licked off your fingertips…

heartbreak: food can be very comforting. after a bad date or a heart-ripping breakup, food can be there to console you.

problem is…then you wake up the next reality-checking morning and you’re faced with the diet-damaging remnants. of course, an occasional splurge is part of a healthy balanced life. however, sometimes you can take it too far and become a serial offender, seeking solace or celebration out of calorie-loaded treats that love your ass as much as you love them.

time to edit your temptations. you can still feel like you’re splurging without devouring a day’s worth of calories in a single sitting… with popchips. ok, yes i am obsessed with these crunchy, flavor-overflowing, low calorie snacks. i’m not sure if my 3 fave new desserts further drives that insane obsession home or instead supports the root of my insanity- that they are just so delicious and versatile that they deserve to be obsessed over. regardless… these desserts are so simply delicious they might actually be genius!

after a bad date: churro’ish popchips heaven

  • bag sweet potato or original popchips
  • 1 packet of sugar
  • 1 packet of cinnamon
  • shake in bag (eat if you want immediate gratification- clearly (as the quickie chick) i’m all about it… or wait just 20 more seconds and microwave them and you will be happy you did! you will swear these popchips taste fatty and fried- but they are lean and fab! don’t be embarrassed to stick your fingers in the bag and lick ‘em (that’s what i do). (116 calories)

make with your date: s’mores

  • 2 sweet potato popchips with above churro recipe
  • ½ big marshmallow
  • ½ chocolate kiss
  • microwave 20 seconds. they are perfect bite-sized s’mores – total gems. (40 calories)

after a break-up: sweet & spicy dessert nachos

  • 1 bag of sweet potato popchips with above churro recipe
  • 2 tbsp light whipped cream
  • 2 tbsp non-fat chocolate pudding
  • cayenne pepper
  • sprinkles…
  • now this is a decadent dessert that is perfect- i mean, total post-break up perfection. it might almost be worth breaking up with someone just so you can have this dessert… ok, so maybe a little extreme. but still, you’ve got to indulge in this ultimate popchips dessert!

remember – love (and even heartbreak) should always be sweet.

why laurel pops: i’m laurel house, a lifestyle author, expert, writer, and the “quickiechick.” no, not the late night booty call kind of quickie. my “quickies” are all about making the most out of every moment- whether it’s a saddlebag-burning “quickie workout in bed,” a metabolism-boosting “bites with benefits” meal, or how to get a $150 spa-quality skin peel out of a $1 tomato and lemon at-home refrigerator facial. my youtube videos have received over 6 million views and now you can get even more quickie tips in my new book “quickiechick’s cheat sheet to life, love, food, fitness, fashion and finance on a less than fabulous budget” (st. martin’s, may 2012).

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