National Rice Krispie Treat Day || Eat Up

You may have seen me post about my beloved Marshmallow Dream Bars (aka “MDBs,” because we’re tight like that) one or two…or a hundred times! 😉 So naturally, National Rice Krispie Treat Day is a holiday I MUST celebrate. I feel like I’d be going against my religion if I did NOT pay tribute to these delicious, crispy, gooey, DREAMY bars of heaven.

So many people have asked why I have such a massive love affair with these treats and how often I fit this “cheat” into my nutrition plan? To be totally honest, I “cheat” every single day…if you can even call this macro-perfect treat a “cheat.” Believe it or not, this gluten-free indulgence is low in fat and high in carbohydrates, which our bodies need to build and maintain muscle mass as well as keep our metabolic rate sky high. Not only do I fit this into my daily nutrition plan, but you can fit it into yours as well! Chris and I even made sure it was included in our TRANSFORM App programs too. 😉

Having a “daily hug” can help you stay on track, fight cravings, and eat healthy the rest of the day just by allowing yourself one little daily reward. Depriving ourselves of anything—whether it’s that delicious pepperoni pizza with the golden, buttery crust or that fudgy brownie with cream cheese frosting—will only make us want it more!!! Oftentimes, this leads to us obsessing over those exact foods. And we should NEVER give food that power over us!

My key to success? Indulgence…in moderation. Creating a plan that allows me the freedom to occasionally (okay, once a day) enjoy the foods I love has been a game-changer for me. This has helped my relationship with food turn from one where it controlled me, to one where I control it. While this may not be the key for everybody, it sure has worked for me, and I invite you to give it a shot if you are one of the MANY attempting (and most likely failing at) the “deprivation game.”

Although MDBs are my go-to, there are several other brands that I stray to to spice things up! Here are a few delicious rice krispie treats, some healthier than others, and you need to get your hands on them! 

If you are curious about the stats on my highly recommended, heavenly, Marshmallow Dream Bars, here they are! Calories: 240, Fat: 4g, Carbs: 43g, Protein: 2g. I do have one disclaimer (and you probably know what I’m talking about if you have loved MDBs as long as I have): Starbucks recently changed the recipe! While they are still my go-to “hug,” they are not quite the same as the sweetness level is now a bit overpowering. Once I found out about this change, I may or may not have made a quick trip to my local Starbucks (and any Starbucks I can find) to stock up on the original recipe, and I’ve loaded up my freezer to make them last as long as possible!! That being said, I will forever be loyal to the MDB, and I will certainly be “indulging” today in celebration of National Rice Krispie Treat Day!

Xoxo,

Heidi

Related reading:

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14 Comments

  1. Shannon Hunter - October 15, 2017

    You are so fun to follow!! Love all of your posts because you are just a real mom😁!!! LOve Starbucks+marshmallow dream+Target( with my two daughters in tow filling the cart with things we didn’t come for but are cute)= my happy place😍 Love enjoying the little things that make us happy🛒☕️🍡

  2. Stephanie - October 12, 2017

    I love love rice Krispy treats. You are awesome!!!!
    Love your app.

  3. Stephanie - October 12, 2017

    Omg I love love rice Krispy treats. They are the best!!!!! : )

  4. Joy Woods - October 12, 2017

    Hello Heidi! You are the reason I am hooked on the Starbuck’s MDB’s!! My love affair with them started over a year ago when I saw something you posted about them! I too, noticed when they changed the recipe (they got sweeter and seemed to have more marshmallows… in fact I didn’t notice the marshmallows before the change!). I wish they didn’t change it but I will just start making my own especially now that I know I can freeze them! I LOVE that these are incorporated into the Transform App! I have one once a week on my HC day! THEN! I saw your latest “live” post with the hubby and you said you have it with your breakfast every day! After watching you both during the last “live” talk, I now think of them as the hammer that is pounding my protein nail in!! Whooo hooo!! Someday, I hope we meet!

  5. Moon - September 28, 2017

    I am from Holland sorry aboit mn english
    I am so sad
    I have also alopecia why do you recomend the laser cap
    Its only for the rich People. ..not for us normal People
    Feel sad en mad
    I also woud my hair back?
    Hope you replied

    • Team Powell - September 28, 2017

      Hi Moon: As with any medical issue, it’s best to discuss the proper treatment for you with your healthcare team and then follow their recommendations since what is best for one person might not work for another. We wish you all the best! 🙂

  6. Victoria - September 26, 2017

    Hello there!!

    How do you guys feel about working with a bikini competitors diet post competition?? I am constantly battling my genetics and love a good carb slide. However I cannot seem to find a realistic one. I would really love to download and use the transform app I just don’t know how you feel about that.

    • Team Powell - September 27, 2017

      Hi Victoria: The app can definitely do this for you! Here’s a post with more information on each of the programs available in the app, and you can change programs at any time: http://heidipowell.net/12104. There are different goals within each program too, which I think can work for you. We hope you love the app! 🙂

  7. Lori - September 20, 2017

    Hey hedi! I love u and everything about u! Im wondering where do u find the dream bars?!

  8. Kristan Crass - September 20, 2017

    This may be a dumb question, but I cannot seem to find anyone with a straight answer. Here goes…
    I am losing weight the carb cycling way. It is working for me, but I’m a bit confused as to total calories for the day. I’m staying between 1200 and 1500 a day. But I am doing aerobic dance classes, too and according to my weight and how long I exercise I am burning between 500-700 calories. Now does my total calories need to be 1200 AFTER the exercise? I can’t seem to pose the question correctly. Ok, If my total calories eaten is 1200 and I burn 600 of those through exercise, do I need to eat that 600 back or stay at 1200 no matter how much I exercise? Does that make sense? I am just having a hard time finding the exact answer. I have been staying at 1200 even after I exercise and am not feeling very well. Just wondering if I’m not eating enough. Thanks so much

    • Team Powell - September 20, 2017

      Hi Kristan: If you’re trying to lose weight, then you want a calorie deficit every day – burn more calories than you eat. For example, if you eat 1200 calories, then with the calories you burn every day just living + your calories burned while exercising, you’ll have a calorie deficit. The short answer to your question – eat 1200 calories and subtract any calories burned during the day from that number. And you might not be eating enough either. Try aiming for 1500 cals a day and see if that helps. 🙂

  9. Jennifer - September 20, 2017

    When counting your macros do you watch your sugar number? If so, what is a good range? The coach at my gym said not to worry about / look at the sugar number but I find that hard to do. Not worrry about the high sugar number?🤷🏻‍♀️

    • Team Powell - September 20, 2017

      Hi Jennifer: When counting macros, you only track proteins, carbs, and fats. But if you’d like to also keep an eye on your sugar, that’s a great thing to do too! And the right amount depends on you current weight/height, so there’s really not a one-size-fits-all number. Just try and limit the amount of added sugars, and you’ll be good to go! 🙂

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