On Friday night, with the decision to launch the blog on Saturday made, I was stressing. I headed to Walmart to peruse some options for a (relatively) healthy treat. I was able to find a pint of Artic Zero (vanilla maple flavor), which is 7g carbs, 5g sugars, 0g fat and 36 calories for ½ a cup. It actually doesn’t taste horrible. I’m not huge on the maple flavor but the other one they had was chocolate and I hate chocolate ice cream. Weird, huh? I also purchased a box of Good Humor birthday cake ice cream bars, which sound a lot worse (but better at the same time) than they are. One bar is 20g carbs, 15g sugars, 5g fat and 130 calories because they’re made with light ice cream. Obviously, the Artic Zero is better for me by miles but I’m 100 percent confident the birthday cake bars have crack in them. Good doesn’t even begin to describe them. I will warn you that if you have an issue with control DO NOT PURCHASE these bars! The old Sarah would have eaten all 6 in the box by now but it’s been two days and I only had the one on Friday…in the car on the way home from the store. :)
This Good Humor bar was not enough to curb my anxiety over the launch of the blog. I basically can equate the “going public” with standing outside my apartment naked. A person’s weight, to a heavy person, is an incredibly private number. The fact that I let my closest friends and possibly strangers in on that detail as well as a lot of my hang ups is insane. For those of you who know my mother, Momma Stew, you would probably use the word brownie to first describe her. My momma is famous for her sweets and treats. When I first came to college and would go to parties, kids from my high school who were older than me would ask me if I had any of my mom’s brownies on me. Basically, she and her brownies were more well-known than I was. I could NEVER top my momma’s banana pudding but I’ll be damned if I didn’t try this weekend. I usually don’t eat bananas because they are higher in sugar than other fruits but let’s face it, people, I didn’t get fat because of bananas. I scoured the cookie aisle at Walmart to find the perfect substitution for ‘Nilla Wafers. I decided upon some honey graham crackers, which were pretty comparable to the wafers and Teddy Grahams I considered using. More research is needed to find the perfect sub but honestly I had to get out of the aisle because the Oreos were staring at me. Side note- they now have cookie dough flavor crème Oreos, caramel apple Oreos and I also saw some Chips Ahoy stuffed with Oreo cream. SHUT UP, I KNOW! I might need to put more research into those babies, too.
To make the pudding, I layered sliced bananas with banana cream flavored sugar-free Jell-O pudding that I made with heavy whipping cream. If you’ve never made it with heavy whipping cream instead of the milk you’re seriously missing out. This does up the fat and calorie count of the pudding significantly but the fluffy, creamy outcome is worth it in my book. With the pudding mix, heavy cream, 1 serving of graham crackers and some math, I totaled the whole batch at 81g carbs and 8g sugars. I’m not counting the 2 bananas I used because, again, bananas are something I could normally eat throughout the day. I got 6 servings, making it 13.5g carbs and 1.33g sugars per serving. When you add in the 2 tbsp. of whipped cream on top, it adds 2g carbs. If you leave out the graham crackers, it would be 0g sugars for all of it. Again, more research needed. It sure wasn’t my momma’s banana pudding and it definitely wasn’t the Not Your Momma’s banana pudding that Paula Deen makes but it was delicious!
I’m always on the hunt for great substitutions so please feel free to share any that you have! You can also follow me on Pinterest and see all of the great recipes I pin (and dresses for my fictional wedding, too!) by clicking the link on my right banner. Finally, I want to say how seriously awesome all of you have been with your comments and messages about the blog. It was incredibly intimidating to me and to be met with such words of encouragement means more to me than you’ll ever know. This all started as a whim and I never thought anyone would read it. I had nearly 50 readers between today and yesterday and I want to personally thank each and every one of you. Love you guys!!!