Healthy Doughnuts

Hello Friday – Nice to see you. Please, take your coat off and stay a while…

About 90% of you were wondering where the dress came from and I’m going to let you in on a little secret…The best secret EVER. If you’re anything like me (which most people aren’t), you like to wear new clothes to special events. But sometimes our bank account doesn’t allow us to purchase stunning dresses to rock at every event…. That’s where this website comes in. Rent the Runway is a site where you can rent a dress, jewelry or a clutch so you have the perfect look for your event. I can no longer justify wearing a 400 dollar dress once so instead I rented it for $50. They have AMAZING designers and styles…so if you haven’t checked it out before, now is the time! You can request 2 sizes and they will rent them to you for a price of $40-$200 (normally priced at $400-$5000). Total steal…and you’ll be the classiest, prettiest woman at your event (not that you wouldn’t be anyway). Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Checkin it outttt.

In related news, a recent study finds that shopping makes people live longer. So keep swiping those cards people, it’s for your own good πŸ™‚

Even MORE good news… I broke in my new running shoes today! I’m not sure if them being brand new had anything to do with it but I ran 4.9 miles in 34:30! Last year that would’ve taken me about 49 minutes so I’ve shaved about 15 minutes off! Personal record right there. And pretty darn proud of it.

That’s me πŸ˜‰

Yesterday we broke in the donut (doughnut, whatever) pan and made the cutest little donut’s that you ever have seen!

The plain one got iced. (side note: remember when bro’s were “icing” bros? – I hope that doesn’t continue this summer)

Whole Wheat Baked Doughnuts


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup stevia baking blend with fiber
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 container of fat-free vanilla yogurt
  • 2 extremely ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract


  • Lightly grease doughnut pan with cooking spray and preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Add whatever toppings you would like (ex: chocolate chips, cereal, granola, raisins, coconut, fruit etc)

  • In a bowl combine all dry ingredients (first 6)

  • In another bowl combine all wet ingredients (last 5)

  • Mix well

  • Move flour mixture to sides of bowl making a well and add wet ingredients
  • Combine well but do not over mix

  • Add to doughnut pan. Do not overfill or who will not have a doughnut shape.

  • Bake for 5 minutes or until toothpick stuck in center comes out clean.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes before removing

  • Feel free to ice the plain ones. We made some homemade peanut butter cream cheese. It needs some tweaking before I post the recipe.

  • Enjoy these guilt free snacks. Memorial day is right around the corner… Bikini time!!

Random question for you guys – Do spelling errors on Facebook irk you? I cannot stand when people post a status with simple words spelled wrong. My friend sent me a link to the 10 best obnoxious response to misspellings on Facebook and I was laughing so hard I was choking. Take a look at it if you need a good laugh πŸ™‚

Favorite Friday

Kate recently posted a bikini body challenge ab workout that has been KICKING my butt. Every time I do it I am so sore it hurts to laugh the next day! If you are looking for a new ab routine I highly suggest you try this! Below is the routine but if you go to her page she has pictures that will show you step by step.

#1 Plank Pose

Lie face down on mat resting on the forearms, palms flat on the floor.

Push off the floor, raising up onto toes and resting on the elbows.

Keep your back flat, in a straight line from head to heels.

Tilt your pelvis and contract your abdominal to prevent your rear end from sticking up in the air or sagging in the middle.

Hold for 20 to 60 seconds, lower and repeat for 3-5 reps.

week 1: 30 seconds 3 reps

#2 Bicycle

Lie on the floor and lace your fingers behind your head.

Bring the knees in towards the chest and lift the shoulder blades off the floor without pulling on the neck.

Straighten the left leg out while simultaneously turning the upper body to the right, taking the left elbow towards the right knee.

Switch sides, bringing the right elbow towards the left knee.

Continue alternating sides in a β€˜pedaling’ motion for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.

week 1: 3 sets 10 reps per side

#3 Single Leg Stretch

Lie back in the center of your mat with your knees bent. Lift your head and shoulders and curl your chin in toward your chest.

Inhale as you draw your left knee in toward your chest, placing your left hand on your ankle and your right hand on your knee.

Lift your right leg about 45 degrees off the floor.

Switch legs, extending your left leg while hugging your right leg to your chest.

Switch hand positions each time your switch legs, placing your right hand on your right ankle and your left hand on your right knee.

Do between 5 and 10 reps for each side.

week 1: 2 sets 12 reps per side

#4 Reverse Curl

Lie on the floor and place hands on the floor or behind the head.

Bring the knees in towards the chest until they’re bent to 90 degrees, with feet together or crossed.

Contract the abs to curl the hips off the floor, reaching the legs up towards the ceiling.

Lower and repeat for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.

It’s a very small movement, so try to use your abs to lift your hips rather than swinging your legs and creating momentum.

week 1: 3 sets 12 reps

#5 Side Plank

Lie on your side with your right hand on the ground or use an exercise mat. For beginners, it is recommended to begin this exercise on your elbow.

Lift yourself up to form a plank with your right arm straight and your left arm on your side.

hold 30 seconds 2 reps per side

week 1: 30 seconds one rep per side

#6 Β Side Plank Rotation

In a right-side plank position (A), brace your abs and reach your left hand toward the ceiling (B). Slowly tuck your left arm under your body and twist forward until your torso is almost parallel to the floor (C). Return to the side plank. That’s 1 rep. Do 2 or 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps on each side, resting for 1 minute between sets.

week 1: 12 reps each side 2 sets

#7 The Hundred

Sit tall on the mat with your knees bent by your chest and your hands at your sides.

Lie down with your knees bent and your palms facing down.

Exhale and raise your head and shoulders off the mat.

Vigorously pump your arms 6 inches up and down, reaching with your fingertips.

Inhale for 5 pumps, then exhale for 5 pumps. Be sure to curl your chin in toward your chest.

Do 100 pumps, or 10 full breaths.

Try to keep your lower back pressed in toward the floor and keep your lower abs pulled in toward your spine. You should keep your abs engaged this way throughout the workout.

week 1: 100 pumps was a struggle for me

#8 Torso Twist

Sit holding a medicine ball with knees bent.

Lean back slightly, engaging the abs and keeping the back straight and the chest lifted.

Rotate to the right, touching the medicine ball to the floor next to the hip.

Come back to center and rotate to the left.

Repeat, alternating sides for 1-3 sets of 10-16 reps (one rep is to the right and left).

week 1: 12 reps per side 3 sets.


Just a couple more hours til we can officially call it quittin time…. This weekend I have plans to visit the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC. I’ve never been and have lived here for over 12 years! What are your plans? Whatever you do I hope you enjoy them!

QUESTIONS: Have you ever rented the runway? Do you have a favorite AB routine? Tell me your plans for the weekend!


31 Comments to “Healthy Doughnuts”

  1. Thanks for sharing girl — totally going to check it out!

  2. Hahah I love the findings that shopping helps you live longer I hope grocery shopping counts. I need to get a doughnut pan asap those are freakin adorable! Glad youre doing the abs workout I love the burn πŸ™‚

  3. Wish I was going to the Cherry Blossom Festival with you! Off to see your baby brother in Morgantown! xoxo

  4. Those mini donuts look so yummy! My co worker actually sent me a pic of a box of Dunkin Donuts that was sitting at her desk and she’s trying to be good haha Thanks for sharing the dress website, can’t wait to take a look πŸ˜€

  5. HA! I’m laughing SO HARD about “bombing labia.” My poor roommate is going to think I’m crazy…!


    I found this recipe awhile ago and have been dying to try it out. I say I come over and we make a batch together!!! Yours look delish and I love how you always use creative add ins! You should help me plan a menu for my ladies brunch!

  7. So many good things in this post! First off, congrats on your running time! Geesh girl, you must have been running at lightning speed! I think I need to buy a pair of your running shoes! πŸ™‚

    I looove Rent the Runway! Such amazing deals! Who wants to spend hundreds on a dress they’ll only wear once or twice? Not me!

    Your doughnuts are making my mouth water…Breakfast #2?

    Have fun at the cherry blossom festival! xoxoxo

  8. Alright, I need to get a doughnut pan ASAP!
    Happy Friday, lovely! πŸ™‚

  9. I also need a doughnut pan, because yours look so darn tasty and adorable!

    Renting a designer dress has to be the smartest thing I’ve ever heard! I hate spending $400 dollars on an outfit I wear once! You’re one smart cookie, Alyssa!

    Enjoy the Cherry Blossom festival. I heard rumors that if they don’t get all this government stuff sorted out quickly, it might get canceled, although not sure how accurate this info it. Cherry blossoms are so beautiful – I wish they grew in Chicago!

  10. I also need a doughnut pan, because yours look so darn tasty and adorable!

    Renting a designer dress has to be the smartest thing I’ve ever heard! I hate spending $400 dollars on an outfit I wear once! You’re one smart cookie, Alyssa!

    Enjoy the Cherry Blossom festival. I heard rumors that if they don’t get all this government stuff sorted out quickly, it might get canceled, although not sure how accurate this info it. Cherry blossoms are so beautiful – I wish they grew in Chicago!

  11. Rent the runway omg!!!! I freaking love it πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your secret!!!! That post was hilarious on the facebook mis-spelling… great!

  12. Haha- are those fruit loop doughnuts? Looks like a fun project! I love the second dress pictured, the black one. Super hot!

  13. Those donuts sound so amazing!! What an incredible idea! I also love how you put the toppings in the bottom before you poured the batter in, I so would have never thought of that lol I really want to try and make these for when my brother comes out!

  14. Congrats on your run girl! That’s an amazing improvement from last year. Core workouts are my favorite, I love the burn. My favorites are plank, bicycles, and a plank lift move. I don’t know the name, but you start in a forearm plank, then lift to a full plank, then back down. It works your abs & your upper body!

  15. Definitely bookmarked this πŸ™‚ I run by a donut place sometimes and the smell just kills me! I need these!!

  16. So jealous of the cherry blossom festival- I LOVE that time of year up there! Please take lots of pictures πŸ™‚
    And, I totally want that doughnut with the fruit loops in it- lol! That is such a creative idea!
    CONGRATS on your run- DANG girl, you were flyin’ πŸ˜‰

  17. I have heard of Rent the Runway but have never had an occasion to rent anything. Yet. I’m working on it!

    Love the donuts – I need a donut pan but I wonder if it will just go the way of all the other things in my kitchen that I HAD to have but never used??

    Have a lovely weekend my friend!

  18. I’ve been sort of skeptical of the whole rent-the-runway thing so I’m glad to hear a review.
    These are all some of my fave ab excercises, but recently started doing planks where you alternate bringing your knees to your chest and it’s a killer on the obliques!! Planks are def. the best though πŸ˜‰

  19. whole wheat baked doughnuts! YUM YES PLEASE! I just told my siser (raven’s waves) that your recipes are always so fun and she said it’s because your a nanny thats awesome! You must have fun baking with the kiddies!

  20. I’ve never rented a dress before, but what a good idea!! That would save me all my shopping aggravation haha! Great job on that run!!! So fast!

  21. YUMMMM! love your recipes girl!!

  22. Ive never rented a dress before, but Im digging the idea! Congrats on such an amazing run!

  23. those dresses are all gorgeous! that’s a brilliant idea. πŸ™‚ and those donuts look fab!!!


  24. Oooh….Lily Allen recently opened a store in London where you can rent vintage fashion. I must check it out when I next go to London – love Lily!

  25. Those dresses are beautiful!!!! πŸ™‚
    Ahhh…. I NEED to find a donut pan!! Those are the cutes donuts ever! πŸ˜€


  26. those doughnuts are too cute! What a great idea!

  27. i need a doughnut pan now!! ADORABLE!

  28. I just (as in 30 seconds ago) ordered a doughnut pan! Too funny! I can’t wait to try it out! Yours look great!

  29. Those doughnuts look great. I need a doughnut pan.

    I took a look at that page. It is so funny! I hate spelling errors!

  30. I’ve heard of this website before, but I had totally forgotten about it! Man, this would’ve been such a good idea for bridesmaid dresses! I mean, granted they wouldn’t get to keep the dress, but it would cost less (and it’s not like the groomsmen get to keep the tuxes). Anyway, thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  31. HAHAHAHA. I love, love, love that facebook site. that’s hysterical.

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