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Strawberry Lemonade Pops

Strawberry Lemonade Pops- These truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family.
These truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family.

Hey there! Im baaack! Well I hope so anyway. Its been a busy year and was challenging to find time to work on my blog. During my last post, my daughter decided she was protesting nap time (the only time I could cook and photograph for the blog) so that put a big damper on things 🙁 She fought those for quite awhile and hasn’t taken scheduled naps since.

Since then we have also welcomed our second baby Owen into the family! He is such a ball of cuteness and we are beyond blessed to have him in our lives. 🙂

I’ve been wanting to get back on here again so I quickly attempted to photograph these mouth watering Strawberry Lemonade Pops I have been making this summer. We all LOVE taking them out by the pool with us, and are absolutely necessary in 100+ degrees!

They are super easy to make and the kids will love helping. All you need is water, sugar, lemon juice and strawberries (or any fruit you prefer!). Just stir the water and sugar together then add in the lemon juice and strawberries. Puree together with an immersion hand blender or regular blender. Pour into your popsicle molds according to the directions or place molds into the freezer until completely frozen. We use our Zoku popsicle maker and love it!! They are done in less than 10 min.

I didn’t add much sugar to these since the fruit brings out its natural sweetness which compliment the tart lemonade. They truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family. Enjoy!

Strawberry Lemonade Pops
Yields 12
These truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups water
  2. 3 tbsp. sugar
  3. 4 oz fresh lemon juice
  4. 4-6 strawberries, rinsed and tops removed (amount dependent on size and how many you'd like- could also sub for other fruits!)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or blender, mix together water and sugar until combined.
  2. Add in lemon juice and strawberries.
  3. Puree with an immersion hand blender or regular blender.
  4. Pour into your popsicle molds according to the directions or place molds into the freezer until completely frozen. I use a Zoku popsicle maker and it takes less than 10 min.
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Rustic Apple Blueberry Galette

Rustic Apple Blueberry Galette- One of the easiest yet most impressive fruit tarts you’ll ever make.  This partial whole-wheat pie crust is rolled out flat, filled with crispy sweet apples and blueberries, folded over then baked until tender and golden.
One of the easiest yet most impressive fruit tarts you’ll ever make. This partial whole-wheat pie crust is rolled out flat, filled with crispy sweet apples and blueberries, folded over then baked until tender and golden.

We finally moved into our new house last weekend! I managed to photograph this blog post before finishing up on packing the kitchen. I am so ready to get settled into the new house and for life to slow down a bit before baby #2 makes his arrival in Sept!

Lots of projects and things going on over here. We put new floors and paint in the house a few weeks ago. Here’s a little peak on how it was looking before we moved in 🙂 I am loving the lightness, open space and gray walls.   

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PB2 Banana Greek Yogurt Parfait

PB2 Banana Greek Yogurt Parfait- A healthier, high protein and lower fat treat made of PB2, fresh banana, greek yogurt, dark chocolate, peanuts and crushed graham crackers.
A healthier, high protein and lower fat treat made of PB2, fresh banana, greek yogurt, dark chocolate, peanuts and crushed graham crackers.

The recipe I am sharing today was thrown together real quick after a failure on my attempt to make PB2 Banana Greek Yogurt Popsicles in my Zoku popsicle maker. It was an error in my part because I accidentally over filled the popsicle maker… so they were completely stuck in it and wouldn’t remove 🙁 No worries though, because A) I promise I will re-do and share some super delicious, healthy popsicle recipes soon and B) This yogurt parfait is equally as scrumptious! Besides, the PB2 Banana Greek Yogurt Parfait has basically the same ingredients as the popsicles I had in mind, but in parfait form!!

So what is PB2? If you haven’t tried it before, it’s basically powdered peanut butter. I saw it at Costco a few months ago for a really good deal and thought I’d give it a try (like $5-6 for 16 oz). The concept of it intrigued me. The packaging says its made from “superior quality peanuts that are first slow roasted then pressed to remove 85% of the fat and oil”. It suggests to add some to yogurt, shakes or vegetable stir fry for some extra with 85% less fat calories than traditional peanut butter.  You can also just add 1 tbsp. of water to 2 tbsp. PB2 to create instant peanut butter.

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Chunky Monkey Cookies

Chunky Monkey Cookies- Banana, chocolate and peanut butter heaven!  They’re also packed with oats, walnuts and whole-wheat flour for extra crunch, flavor and wholesomeness.
Banana, chocolate and peanut butter heaven! They’re also packed with oats, walnuts and whole-wheat flour for extra crunch, flavor and wholesomeness.

Oh my! I didn’t know it was possible to make this oh so addictive cookie recipe taste even better! I love making these Banana-Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies, but was inspired by Recipe ReDux’s theme of the month “Favorite Chocolate Matches” to add some peanut butter. Wow that totally brought them up to the next level!   

Nothing tastes better with chocolate than bananas and peanut butter! I love making smoothies with that combination too. Sooo good.

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Skinny Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate

If you are a chai tea and dark chocolate lover, this drink is for you! This hot chocolate has the perfect balance of cocoa, spices and sweetness, yet made healthier without any white sugar!
If you are a chai tea and dark chocolate lover, this drink is for you! This hot chocolate has the perfect balance of cocoa, spices and sweetness, yet made healthier without any white sugar!

I’ve been slacking lately! It seems like things haven’t quite slowed down yet since the holidays. Between that, covering at work, possibly buying a house and trying to keep up with a toddler, this little momma hasn’t had a lot of time to blog!

For the past few months I’ve wanted to post this fun and healthy Skinny Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate. I suppose its not too late since I’m sure its still somewhat cold where you are, unless you live in Australia.  Here in Arizona we actually had some light snow on New Years Day. Crazy I know!! So that made for a perfect hot chocolate day. Now our temps are back to the 70’s…perfection! I wish it stayed like this all year long. That doesn’t stop me from still making a yummy cup of hot chocolate though.

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Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread

Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread-The most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread ever!  No butter or oil! It makes a perfect snack or breakfast for the holidays.
This whole wheat Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread is the most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread you’ll ever have! No butter or oil! It makes a perfect snack or breakfast for around the holidays.

Looking for a quick and easy recipe for those extra cranberries sitting in the refrigerator? I’ve got you covered! The Recipe Redux theme of the month is: A Food Memory for Which You Are Thankful. We were asked to share a favorite food memory and the healthier “redo” of the recipe.

I’m thankful for the amazing homemade banana bread my mom used to bake for us as kids. There’s just something so comforting about it. Warm, moist banana bread fresh from the oven.  mmmm.

I know everyone claims to have the best banana bread recipe…but this recipe is definitely the best, most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread! You’d never know it doesn’t have any butter or oil! I typically make it with just some chopped nuts but this time I decided to add some fall ingredients in honor of Thanksgiving. Cranberries and pecans!! It turned out so good!

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Lightened Up Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Lightened Up Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars- You’d never know these rich, creamy delicious bars are lightened up with Greek yogurt and are butter free!
You’d never know these rich, creamy delicious bars are lightened up with Greek yogurt and are butter free!

It’s been a little while! We were visiting my brother in Austin, TX for a week and it’s taken some time getting back into the routine. We had so much fun hanging out with him, exploring Austin and eating our way through the incredible restaurants and food trucks! I bet you’ve never imagine a dietitian would eat Lucy’s Fried Chicken, a “Pumpkinator” cupcake from Hey Cupcake or Texas BBQ  When in Rome, right?  Seriously though, when you find food that is authentic, homemade and looks amazing you must give it a try! (or at least share!) It’s always fun to discover new places and cuisines that you’d never find at home.

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Pumpkin Pie Granola Bars

Pumpkin Pie Granola Bars
Soft, chewy pumpkin granola bars with out any butter or oil. Your house will smell amazing like cozy fall spices when these are baking in the oven. 

Well it’s officially pumpkin season in my house, even though the first day of autumn is next Monday! It is my favorite season! Maybe because it follows our long hot Arizona summers. Wish we had a real fall season here in AZ with colorful leaves and chilly weather. But if it is at least cool enough to go outside, it’s all good with me! I suppose we can always take a 2.5 hr trip up to Flagstaff for some fall weather in a month 🙂

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Energy Bites

Energy Bites
Nut butter, oats, nuts, dried fruit, honey and other mix-in’s of your choice rolled into a delicious yet healthy bite size treat. There’s just enough healthy fat, protein and fiber to give you long lasting “energy” and help curb your appetite. The perfect pick me up breakfast, snack or desert for both adults and the kiddos.

I am so addicted to these no bake energy bites! Imagine being able to eat peanut butter cookie dough without all the guilt 😉 Well this isn’t exactly cookie dough (no flour here), but they do have a similar nutty, sweet and scrumptious taste. These energy bites require no baking, can be made in minutes and put in the freezer for a quick snack when needed (or to help satisfy that sweet tooth). There’s just enough healthy fat, protein and fiber to give you long lasting “energy” and help curb your appetite.

They also make a great and healthy snack for your kids or babies. Our little Noelle just loves munching on them.  🙂  I typically give her some that are easier for her to chew with less nuts and she does great with them.   Easy to pack up in a snack bag and go! They’re also perfect for the lunch box and much cheaper than packaged bars. What makes them fun is how versatile they can be with whatever flavors and fillings you like. Get creative! I’ve seen some other recipes for Nutella, Almond Joy or Trail Mix energy bites. Yum yum!

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Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies- Ooey goeey brownies given a healthy makeover with double dark chocolate, hidden zucchini, whole-wheat flour and no butter or oil!
Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies- Ooey goeey brownies given a healthy makeover with double dark chocolate, hidden zucchini, whole-wheat flour and no butter or oil!

Oh do I have a treat for you! Let me introduce you to these ooey gooey, double dark chocolate zucchini brownies.

 With dark chocolate being one of my favorite sweets, I knew I had to give this recipe a try! Plus it makes you feel a little better indulging in them when you know they’ve got some hidden zucchini, wholesome whole-wheat, dark chocolate and no butter or oil! Honestly I can’t even tell the zucchini is in there, although if I did I probably wouldn’t care because zucchini bread is delicious as well!

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