Simply Protein Chips

February 22, 2017

Hello my Loves!

I am excited to introduce one of my new topics " YUMMY FINDS"

I dont know about you guys but I am ALWAYS on the hunt for a healthy, yummy, feel good treat.

I am constantly seeing my Instagramers posting and endorsing  yummy protein loaded traditionally "junky" meals or snacks. Mac and cheese, muffins, pancakes, ice cream, peanut butter, and bars to name a few.

Unfortunately for me and most of my fellow Canadians most of these delicious items are only available in the U.S. However you do have the option of having them shipped to you. But with our luck by the time you pay the exchange rate, shipping and possibly customs its just not worth it.

So this brings me back to my new and exciting topic of "YUMMY FINDS"

Along my get healthy and fit journey I have found some really great healthy food/snack items that meet my daily diet needs. So I welcome you to try out some of my Yummy Finds!

For My first find I am excited to share that this past summer I have discovered Protein Chips!

I was up north doing some grocery shopping for the weekend. I was strolling the healthy option isle at the local Super Center when I found Simply Protein Chips.

They where available in 3 flavors at the Midland location. Spicy Chilli, BBQ Tomato and Sea Salt and Cracker Pepper.

These delicious snacks have a low glycemic index, which helps balance blood sugar levels and don’t contain any sugar alcohols which can cause some major stomach issues. The Best part is that one serving is packed with 15 grams of protein.  They are high in Iron, not fried and they are made from Non GMO Pea Protein.
If we have any Keto friendly dieters out there these babies have 9 net carbs per serving, but with the 15 grams of protein they are a great satiating snack.

I have found them at my local Metro, Sobey's and Super Center.  If you are a Amazon junky you  can also find them HERE for sale.

Happy Snacking! 



Dark Chocolate Chip Keto Cookies

February 15, 2017

Today we are going to talk about cookies. Chewy. Delicious. Golden brown little bites of heaven. I would have to say cookies are my guilty pleasure. Unfortunately, Mr. Christie doesn't cater to my lifestyle,or the cookie isle at any store for that matter.

This past month I have been experimenting with coconut and almond flour. I have been successful in creating delicious little choke bombs. Each one of my creations have been tasty, but both flours have the tendency to absorb liquids and be quite compact. I wanted chewy, airy and moist cookies. Lets be honest, what I really wanted with a fresh baked Chocolate Chip cookie from Tim Horton's.

But I, Joana Rita, master of the healthy rendition am not quitter. Also, my cravings were wicked intense. So I googled my little heart out and created a mash up of what I had tried before with what I was finding online.


I was so excited. I know I say that about everything, but I'm honestly just a firecracker of energy when I'm happy. If rainbow vision was a thing, I would be classified a unicorn.

Also, can I just say how frustrating it is when you are trying out a diet specific recipe online and you feel like you need to go on a spiritual journey just go get the ingredients. 1 cup of Grass fed, grain fed, organic, non gmo, free range, vegan friendly, soy free "insert random ingredient here" . I'm all for being diet specific, but my baking ingredients need to be convenient for me. I dont want to have to go to 4 different stores to make a batch of goodies. BUT I encourage you to swap my ingredients for their "cleaner"counter parts if that is what you're more comfortable with or have any dietary restrictions.

Now for the moment you've been waiting for.

Dark Chocolate Chip Keto Cookies


1 Cup of Almond Flour

1/4 cup of Coconut Flour
1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
3 Tablespoons of Butter
3 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
6 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
1/4 cup of Sweetener/Brown Sugar.
Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Eggs
15-30 pcs of Dark Chocolate split in halves.(see notes)

  • Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  • Blend together, Fats, eggs, peanut butter and Vanilla until you have a smooth, well blended mix.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients into the blender.
  • Break Chocolate chip half and add to batter.
  • Makes 6- 12 cookies
  • Bake for 10 mins at 350.

Recipe Notes
  • I used a 50/50 ratio with my fats( butter/coconut oil). When I first made these cookies I just used butter. I did find with the 50/50 ratio they came out a bit softer. I say use either or. If you dont have coconut oil, butter will do just fine. 
  • I've tried PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter and Regular Peanut butter. Didn't notice any may differences. So I say use your nut butter of choice. I think Almond butter with be just as delicious.
  • As far as sweetener goes, I dont particularly like the taste of it. I used 1/4 of a cup and found it sweet enough. If you dont have any sugar restrictions in your diet use your sugar of choice.
  • I used CHIPITS Dark Chocolate Chunks. It has 4 grams of sugar per 15 pieces. Feel free to use regular milk chocolate. Again I was trying to keep this recipe as Keto friendly as I could. 
I have made this recipe a couple times. I find you can make LARGE cookies, and or 12 snack sized cookies. It honestly just depends on how much you willing to share. :) 




Joana Rita

Charmed, I'm Sure.

February 10, 2017

Is it just me, or is everyone else just as excited and curious about the Charmed Aroma craze?

I'm not going to lie, I have been creeping the website ever since I found out about the company. I absolutely LOVE the idea of it.

Want to skip to the reveal? SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM :)

For those of you who have been living under a rock *cough MEN. Charmed Aroma is this beautiful, deliciously fragrant candle. The fun part is that hidden within the wax is a RING! Every ring is different. Different style, size and worth. If that wasn't already amazing, if you splurge a bit more on their Crystal Collection  you can reuse the "jar"as a jewelry box or keep sake.

My dear friend Tania surprised me this year for my birthday with a Charmed Aroma Candle. Which was perfect. I had been eyeing them for some time now. Had my online cart filled with Vanilla Bean, Velvet Peach and Coconut Vanilla. They all sounded so delicious. But my indecisive nature could never quite commit.

Just to give you an idea of my love affair for candles I am the woman who struts into Winners, by passes the purses, cosmetics and cheeky lingerie and heads straight to the candle section. I spend, what seems like endless hours smelling each and every candle. I even create little groups of them on shelves. I section them off  from favorite to least desirable. I proudly horde a handful in my shopping cart and take joy in selecting which lucky winner gets to come home with me while I browse the other isles.

If you ever in Winners and find candles scattered through out the store, you are welcome. :)

So back to my lovey birthday gift. I received the special edition Apple Cinnamon Vanilla Crystal Collection Candle. Most of you would assume I went home and lit that candle asap. But quite the opposite. I waited. I'm not sure for what exactly. But I felt like a special candle needed a special occasion. To my surprise the candle was so fragrant that even as it sat on my dresser the delicious smell filled the air in my room.

On a cold Friday afternoon I found myself snuggled up in bed, Charmed Aroma lit, glass of wine in hand devouring a good 50 shades of Grey inspired read. I know, I know, my Friday nights are WILD.

To My surprise and annoyance the candle took FOREVER to burn down. I have to say the entire experience was magical and worth the $30.00 a pop.  Charmed Aroma candles are great quality, smell amazing, are long burning and you get some bling at the end.

Check out  Charmed Aroma for more info. They also have charmed bath bombs and body butters.


Joana Rita

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