Category Archives: Fresh

Easy, no mess granola!

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You really can’t go wrong when making granola! It’s basically just toasted oats. You can doctor your recipe with any nuts that you prefer, leave them whole, or chop them up. If you are looking for more protein, just add more almonds, walnuts or protein powder.
Pick your favorite dried fruits and you’ll have a yummy topping to your Greek yogurt or cereal for a week!

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Since I need to stay away from nuts, here’s what you’ll need for my recipe:

•3 cups of old fashioned rolled large oats
•1/2 cup of maple syrup (or brown rice syrup)
•3 tbsp of vegetable oil (or coconut oil)
•4 tbsp of brown sugar
•1/4 tsp cinnamon
•1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds – chopped
•1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
•1/2 cup dried cranberries
•1/4 cup dried goji berries
•1 cup of shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 325•F
In a large bowl mix maple syrup, vegetable oil, brown sugar and cinnamon together. Stir in oats and seeds until they are evenly coated with the wet mix.

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•Line deep baking sheet with parchment paper.
•Fold over granola mix onto sheet and press down firmly with a spatula
•Bake for 30minutes
•Cool for 45minutes, break up the granola and add in your coconut and dried fruit!

Makes 6 cups

Enjoy!!

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Egg & Avocado Bowl

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My BF sent me a post of this yummy idea the other day. I had to try, add my touch and of course, share it!

If you are looking for a protein boost, and want a delicious, healthy and no mess brunch, you must try this yummy egg baked in avocado recipe! You won’t regret it!

What you need:
Avocado
Free run egg
Pepper
Lime

Extra:
Parsley
Gluten free tomato & cheese crackers
1 cup of berries

How to make:
Preheat over to 450F
Clean and cut ripened avocado in half
Remove pit, then scoop out about another 1-2 tablespoons of avocado
Squeeze a little lime juice in center of avocado
Crack egg over top so the yolk fits
Sprinkle pepper
Bake for 10-12 minutes (until white, and yolk is runny)
Garnish with parsley!

Enjoy!

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100% Fruit Sorbet

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I love sorbet… way too much!! I’m also looking for ways to cut out sugars and processed food.

A couple years ago I received the best gift ever! A Yonana! It’s an ice cream and smoothie maker. It uses only 100% pure fruit.

It’s a great little appliance to own, and it makes some great healthy and clean cold dishes.

How to make:

Freeze your fruit for a few hours or over night, then thaw.

I chose 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 cup of watermelon and 2 peaches (skin gone.)
I froze them all in separate containers overnight, then thawed on the counter for about 20mins before I was ready to make my sorbet.
Place each fruit separately or mix it up into Yonana or blender and press into a large bowl. Use an ice cream scoop to serve, and voila!

Fresh, real and healthy sorbet!

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Quick & refreshing Aloe Face Mask at home!

Summer is well into the swing of things, and before we know it, it’s going to be over!

Our skin is getting lots of sun exposure, wind (from out door activities, or recovering from winter) and my face in particular is just feeling a bit, well… blah! As I am starting to reach into my late, late 20’s, my skin is changing. Maybe… not in my favor. But, that’s just the way it’s going to be. I also love being in the sun, even though it can cause breakouts!

When ever my face needs a little pick-me-up, I always go for my favorite at home face mask! It’s never let me down, and really does refresh and re-energize my skin!

It’s the Aloe Vera Face Spa, with aloe & green tea. You can find it at Walmart or Shoppers Drug Mart type stores in the beauty section.
This mask is Vegetarian certified, and BUAV approved (Cruelty free.)

All you have to do is cleanse (I use the ‘Simple’ face wash or ‘Dove’, apply mask , leave for 5-10 minutes, massage and rinse!

Enjoy! Your face will thank you!

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Raspberry Flax Smoothie

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Raspberries are full of antioxidants! They are a good source of vitamin A, C and fiber! Organic raspberries carry more antioxidants, but using frozen ones will still give your benefits still too.
This great fruit helps manage weight loss and has many anti-cancer benefits!

Lets get smoothing!

1 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries
1/2 cup 90% lactose free plain yogurt
1 tbsp ground flax
1 tbsp organic honey

Add all of your ingredients to your magic bullet and blend until smooth!

Voila! Enjoy!

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*I am not involved with any health care studies, this information was found during extensive research.

Butternut Squash Soup

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What you will need:

Butternut squash
2 stalks of celery
1 large carrot
4 medium white potatoes
2 tbsp butter
1/3 cup diced onion
2 tbsp cinnamon
Ground pepper
1 chicken or vegetable bouillon cube
1 cup water
Low fat Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt

Makes 4-6 bowls

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Shall we soup?

Clean butternut squash, place in microwave safe dish and heat for 5 minutes. Let cool. Remove skin, seeds and cut into cubes
Clean and cut up your vegetables
In large frying pan heat butter and sauté onion
Add water & bouillon cube, bring to boil – simmer for 5 minutes
Add vegetables, heat until soft
In your Yonana, blender or food processor, slowly start blending your vegetables until they are a consistency you prefer
I like a little texture and for it to not be pure liquid
Add all the vegetables and the broth to your slow cooker.
Stir in cinnamon with wooden spoon. Cook on high for 3-4 hours

Let cool & divide into bowls and add a dollop of sour cream to each bowl! (This is a must, and it helps cool the soup down!)

Enjoy!

bss

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