All posts tagged: dessert

Mint Cantaloupe Smoothie

Good morning! Here’s a healthy breakfast that will get your day going. It’s packed with nutrients to help keep you focused and working hard so that you can finish up work and start off your weekend early. Since my handy Ninja blender needed washing, I lugged my chunky food processor down from the cupboards to make today’s smoothie. Definitely worth the muscle—it’s that good! Cantaloupe is hands-down my favorite ingredient to add to smoothies because it’s not too sweet and provides juicy goodness so that you don’t have to add a lot of liquid. In addition, it’s loaded with nutritional benefits. One might call it a “wonder-fruit”. Here’s why: High vitamin C = protects your cells from oxidation, prevents diseases Ample amount of vitamin A = promotes cell growth, healthy skin Good source of Potassium = increases metabolism Natural diuretic = Reduces water retention Below is the recipe for Mint Cantaloupe Smoothie, but you can easily swap out the cantaloupe and peach with any of your favorite fruits. Enjoy your Friday morning boost—cheers! Recipe 10 minutes | yields 1 serving 1/4 Cantaloupe 1/2 Peach 1/2 Frozen …

4 Ways to Get Your Daily Dose of Avocado

I’ve made it my practice to have an avocado every day, and fortunately for me, my doctor encourages me to continue my healthy obsession. Particularly with diet restrictions, like gluten- and dairy-free, it can be difficult to find healthy foods that keep you satisfied. When I went on an elimination diet, it became more important to eat vegetables and fruits that were the most nutritious. Although 21g of fat per avocado may scare anyone at the drop of the word “fat”, avocados contain good cholesterol that benefits you by removing the bad, artery-clogging cholesterol. The Mediterranean diet shatters the fundamentals of the trendy, fat-free diet by including plenty of healthy fats from olive oil, avocado, fish and nuts. Not only do avocados contain healthy fats, but they also contain nutrients that help decrease inflammation, blood sugar, blood pressure, and help prevent cancer. [Click here to read about these benefits.] Meanwhile, they promote a healthy heart, skin and brain function. Wouldn’t you want to eat what makes your body healthy, gives you shiny hair and beautiful …

Brownie Torte

Get out your baking pan, it’s time for brownies! These are special, rich chocolate brownies, made with the best ingredients like raw cacao. Recently, I’ve been following Purely Twins’ blog, written by a set of twins that eat healthy, who are certified personal trainers and address health challenges with nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. I admire their approach to cooking, making food variations that fit any dietary needs. If you follow my blog, you may not be surprised that I added chocolate chunks to this recipe—more chocolate the better! I also dusted the brownies with powdered sugar, giving them an elegant look. Cacao vs. Cocoa Usually, I’ll grab Hershey’s cocoa powder, but today I’m using the very best quality cacao. So, what’s the difference between cocoa and raw cacao? They’re both made from cocoa beans, but raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans, whereas cocoa roasts cocoa beans at a high temperature. Cold-pressing keeps all the nutrients and enzymes alive, making raw cacao the very best kind of chocolate you can eat. The brownies are gluten, dairy and grain free. Apple sauce …

Summer’s Frozen Delights

Summer is just around the corner and these tasty treats will satisfy your frozen dessert cravings! Somehow when it starts getting warmer, everything seems new and exciting. After surviving the cold for about 7 months, the sun seems sunnier, flowers seem prettier and frozen treats taste yummier. My sister and I have been on the lookout for a healthy frozen dessert that is naturally sweet without fake sugars. Since we love the creaminess of frozen yogurt and the richness of chocolate, we knew this chocolate banana recipe would be just right. Recipe Slice up bananas and simply freeze those babies up! I like cutting them up into small pieces to eliminate that painful “brain freeze.” Make them extra tasty by dipping them in melted dark chocolate. (Note: freeze the bananas before dipping to keep the chocolate from sliding off). Then add sprinkles or crushed nuts for a little more dazzle. Tip: If you let the bananas warm up a bit before you take a bite, the consistency is more like the creamy Trader Joe’s Ice Cream Bon …