Looking for a delicious cookie, ideal for any time of day. Mid-day snack or dessert and healthy enough to enjoy as a special breakfast treat. These cookies are crispy on the outside yet chewy in the center. Perfect combination of sweet and salty with s mixture of oats, nuts, coconut, dried cranberries and mini chocolate chips. And they are VEGAN and GLUTEN-FREE. Click continue for recipe!
HEALTHY & DELICIOUS FROZEN POPS for summer fun. As a kid, I remember running excitedly down the black asphalt chasing the sound of the ice-cream truck. Those hot Los Angeles summer days brightened as the tunes crackled out of the painted and stickered “food truck”. It was the bright, multicolored Firecracker that kept me running with coins falling out of my pockets. Today, our neighborhood is missing ice-cream trucks but similar brightly-colored frozen treats are plentiful in grocery stores. Unfortunately, most are filled with unhealthy additives, preservatives and food dyes. I knew my kids could not be deprived of this summer bliss and that I needed to create a healthier dye-free and refined-sugar free option for them.
This Red, White, & Blue Frozen Pop recipe uses fresh fruits (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries), maple syrup, and unsweetened yogurt (dairy-free options are great too) instead of the food dyes, artificial flavors and sweeteners. And, these pops have fiber and protein too! It’s perfect for pool parties, BBQ’s, 4th of July celebrations or just about any warm spring or summer day. And, my kids love making them. Don’t worry about this favorite melting too fast…it’s too good not to inhale!
SALTY, SAVORY, SPICED NUTS with a HINT OF SWEET! Can’t decide between sweet or savory? This Party Nut Mix is the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and spicy! Add fresh herbs for the extra pow! Delicious served right out of the oven or room temperature. And a great hostess gift too.
REPLACE YOUR TRADITIONAL SUGAR-LOADED CRANBERRY RELISH with an antioxidant, superfood- rich Pomegranate-Mint Relish. With ZERO added sugar or sweeteners, you can now enjoy that extra piece of pumpkin pie guilt free. Fret no more about removing the seeds from your pomegranate. If you don’t have child labor at home or the time to de-seed your pomegranates, most grocery stores now offer containers of pomegranate seeds. Trader Joes, Pavilions, Wholefoods and Bristol Farms offers them, however most are not organic.
SWEET, SWEET, SWEET VINAIGRETTE WITH ZERO REFINED SUGAR. That’s right, no sugar, no honey, no agave, nothing other than the sweetness from fruit! This recipe uses both types of persimmons: Hachiya and Fuyu. The Hachiya persimmons are elongated and oval-shaped and must be eaten when very ripe with a soft, jelly-like flesh. The Fuyu are flat-bottomed and more squat-shaped and may be enjoyed crisp and firm like an apple.
I’VE MANAGED TO GET BOTH MY HUSBAND AND KIDS HOOKED ON GREEN SALADS so I included this Avocado Cilantro Bibb Lettuce Salad because it’s incredibly easy to make and is packed with good fats. And, for those kids who don’t like avocado, don’t worry – it’s so blended into the dressing and they won’t have a clue! I’ve managed to add in some additional fiber too with broccoli stems!