Giving up “The Bad Five” {and a recipe for Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies!}

Well, folks, it’s day two and I’m starving. Since we are in final countdown mode for the beach, we are giving up “The Bad Five” foods- white rice, white flour, sugar, fried foods, and creamy dressings/sauces. I’m not gonna lie, we had really fallen off of the eating healthy bandwagon that we were on the entire year of 2011. Trey’s still doing boot camp 4 days a week and I’m still working out, but we have not been consistent in our running schedule or eating healthy since the half marathon in December. Instead, we’ve been back in the habit of Chuy’s {at least} once a week and eating fast food {including french fries!} here and there- things we just did not do last year. So, here we go again, back at it. But it is only 7 weeks until the beach and I can do anything for that long, right?

Did you know giving up these five things includes my daily Sonic run for my Coke Zero with Vanilla??

And no Chuy’s for an entire month??

And no Yumilicious??

And no Golden Oreos?? Oh, how I already miss you. Like A LOT.

Oh my word, what have we done?

BTDub, did you know Golden Oreos are my kryptonite? {I don’t like chocolate, for those that are new!} I seriously cannot buy them or they’ll all be gone within a week who am I kidding 24 hours!

So, until the beach we’ll be eating some combination of grilled meat, veggies, fruit, whole grain bread, and the like. Not fun, but oh so necessary.

And once we get back in the swing of things, I’ll be good. It just takes a few days to adjust to no Cane’s or In-N-Out in my system. :)

I was going to post the recipe for the Tex Mex Chicken Caesar Salad {UPDATE: I posted the recipe here} we had tonight, but instead I think I’ll share what I wish I had right now. Besides Golden Oreos {obvi}, these are another one of my favorite sweet treats to snack on. They would be especially fab at the moment with a glass of milk while watching the NCAA basketball game. Instead, I’m having water. Yay.

So, here’s the {super easy!} recipe for the cookies I lived on right around when Jack came along. My assistant principal at my school made them for me before he was born, and I made no less than 5 batches after he arrived. Please, someone make these and tell me how good they are? At least I’ll know someone out there is enjoying them!


Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies {Oh, how I wish I could make you right now!}

  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c white Karo Syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 1/2 c. Captain Crunch Peanut Butter Cereal
  • 1 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter

Cook sugar and syrup only until a full boil. Take off of heat. Add vanilla, cereal, and peanut butter. Drop by spoonfuls on wax paper. Let cool. Enjoy them with a glass of milk. YUM!


  1. Jennifer

    Those cookies do look good, but please post the recipe for that salad. I am always looking for new salads to try because that is something we really need to eat more of at our house.

  2. Kali Bailey

    i feel your pain-we just started a no white flour, lots more veggies and fruit push. so PLEASE share your Tex Mex Chicken Caesar Salad recipe!!! i’m in desperate need of new things for dinner!

  3. Lisa Williams

    HaHa Bret and I have been so bad too this year! We were doing so great last year well until Hattie came. We need to get back to eating better too!

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