This recipe for black bean brownies will definitely help you get back on track this year!
I don’t know about you, but I decided back in November that this holiday I was going to take some time off from blogging and work to focus on family and other things that are super important to me. While I was off, I wound up eating a lot more than I normally do — which did nothing for my waistline.
After taking some time off, it was really hard to get back on track with both my eating and my working, so I decided to do something about it.
I traded in some of my old habits for some new ones, so here are a few ways that I am trying my hardest to get back on track.
How to Get Back On Track
Balance Your Sweet Intake
For starters, getting back on track to me and balancing things out means eating better. I am one of those that will NEVER give up desserts or sweets, so I have to find a way to make them where they can fit into my new balanced lifestyle. I love being good to myself like that 🙂
I start with the following ingredients to make these amazing Black Bean Brownies.
Add all of these ingredients into a blender (with the exception of the dark chocolate chips) and puree them.
Start by pureeing the beans with the oil and eggs first. Then add in the other ingredients and continue pureeing until you get it chopped up good. You will not be able to see any chunks of beans at this point.
Then pour it all into an 8×8 pan.
Be sure to spray your pan first with nonstick spray to keep your brownies from sticking. After you have added all your brownie mixture to the pan, set it aside and chop your chocolate pieces into different size chunks. I like mine to look all rustic.
Once you get the chocolate chopped, then sprinkle it on top of your brownie mixture and then place in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 30-35 minutes.
When they come out, you can cut you a slice and have it with your lunch.
- 1 15.5 ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 3 eggs
- 3 tablespoons of coconut or vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
- 3/4 zero calorie sugar like Splenda or Monk Fruit in the Raw
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch of salt
- 8 dark chocolate kisses chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8 pan and set aside. Place beans in a food processor along with oil and eggs. Process until all smashed together.
Add vanilla, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, sugar, and oil. Process until smooth.
Pour into pan and sprinkle chocolate chunks on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Which brings me to the second point about getting back on track.
Balance Your Meal Time
You have to eat.
If you are the type like me to skip meals, you are doing your body a bad disservice. Eating is what gives your body fuel to move. If you fill it up with bad choices, you will feel sluggish and tired.
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Balance Your Family Life
The third thing that you can do to help keep your life balanced is to take time for your family. I know if you are a blogger like me, you can easily let work consume you all hours of the day. Don’t do it. Don’t let working online take up your family’s time.
Get out of the house, go walking, even go grocery shopping! My daughter and I have this weekly date with our favorite coffee place when we go grocery shopping at Walmart (which is where I picked up those tasty new LEAN CUISINE® Frozen Entrees).
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So remember — there are 3 things you can do to get your life back in balance —
1) Cut back on sweets by adding in unusually good for you foods
2) Make sure to eat and not skip meals
3) Spend time with your family — don’t let your online work life consume all of your time
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What is your favorite way to get back on track?