OH, Yes I Did...and I'm ok with it!

Yes, I did make boxed brownies and I'm truly ok with it! 

You must be scratching your head right now wondering what happened to me to be admitting and posting that's I feel okay about making brownies.

Well here's' the truth...

I eat sweets. Not on a regular basis but I do have them. I mean hey, I'm just a mid-western gal here, I get stressed and have cravings just like anyone. All I do is live by the 85-15 rule. Around 85% of what I eat or drink is whole food. The rest is whatever I want and today I wanted brownies. 

Ok, for those of you that know me pretty well you know I will try to healthy up the not so healthy treats. I do this so I can feel better about eating them! And here is how I feel ok about my current brownie indulgence, brownies from a box off the shelf even. :-0 

First, I compared ingredients of the different mixes looking for sugar content and so on. I chose the cheapest because they were very similar. At the end of the comparison, I saved several pennies. 

Second, I used farm fresh eggs. I am very lucky to live close to farmers that sell me fresh eggs throughout the year. 

Third, I switched out the oil for applesauce. Did you know you can do that? It's a great tip and you'll never taste the difference! Be sure to use the natural no sugar added kind. I swap it oz per oz. Meaning if the recipe calls for 1/4 c. oil I use 1/4 c. applesauce. Different baked goods may be better with a little less applesauce. Do your research. 

Fourth, I added dark cocoa powder, yes unsweetened organic which is what I have on hand. This makes it richer in chocolate flavor and cocoa has minerals like iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc. Flavonoids that reduce inflammation and blood pressure to help my body have something good in them it can use. 

Fifth, I added cayenne pepper. What!? yep, cayenne pepper.

Have you never seen the movie Chocolat? 

If not you should, it will heat you up ;-)  Back to how cayenne helps the body. It heats it up by increasing circulation which I need on these cold cold days here in Ohio. Next, it's an anti-inflammatory which helps with the symptoms of fibromyalgia. It reduces the acidity levels during digestion. Reduces cholesterol and so much more due to a chemical called capsaicin. Capsaicin is used in many topical pain creams too. 

If you want an extra bump of deliciousness have a glass of red wine...oh and put on the movie Chocolat. You'll be glad you did. 

There you have it! Why I'm OK with eating an occasional brownie made from a box. 

Give it a try and let us know how you like it! 

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