Clean Eating: Granola Fruit Bowl

Motivated and determined to keep up with my new year’s resolutions this year, I have been experimenting with different foods in my kitchen to create delicious and healthy snacks.

I am a huge fruit eater, I love almost any kind of fruit, and wanted to create a healthy low-calorie snack that combines fruit with other healthy foods that I like.  With that in mind, I chose to combine banana, blueberries, granola, and vanilla greek yogurt to create a delicious low-calorie snack, good for any time of the day.

Granola Fruit Bowl Ingredients:

  • 32 oz. Tub of Chobani Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Pack of Honey Bunches of Oats Crunchy Honey Roasted Granola
  • 1 Pack of Blueberries
  • 1 Banana

Instructions:

1. Gather ingredients, a bowl of your choice, and a spoon.

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2. With your spoon, get 3 scoops of greek yogurt and place it into your bowl.

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3. Grab three small handfuls of granola and sprinkle it over the top of the yogurt to your satisfaction.

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4. With a knife, cut half of a banana into smaller slices and place on top of granola.

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5 & 6. Grab a couple of blueberries and place them over the granola to your liking.  Once completed, sit down and enjoy!

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The Meat & Carbs Diet: Following the Food Pyramid

We’ve all heard over and over again to keep a balanced diet by following the food pyramid, and incorporating more greens and other vegetables into our daily meals.  But lets face it, that’s pretty unrealistic.  I know that as I am getting older I should pay more attention to what I eat, but what if all I want to do is just binge eat a burger and fries at restaurants once a week (or 2 or 3 times a week)?  You’re still getting your intake of meat and carbs, right?  My theory is that when you do get older you won’t be able to eat this kind of food, so why not enjoy as much of it as you can now? (Thank god for having a high metabolism).

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BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse is probably one of my favorite restaurants that makes the best thin cut fries and burgers that are so much more fancy than the McDonald’s drive-thru.  Of course I’ll admit that McDonald’s french fries can do no wrong, but BJ’s has to be the runner-up.  I would recommend BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse for those foodies out there, or for those wanting to try out a restaurant you’ve never been to before.

 

Finding the Perfect Summer Drink: Roasted Peach & Strawberry Fizz

Thanks to BuzzFeed Food and Pinterest, finding the perfect summer drink is even easier than a cookbook.

Just recently, I stumbled across the perfect link on BuzzFeed to a list of refreshing, non-alcoholic summer drinks (https://www.buzzfeed.com/realsimplegood/10-light-and-refreshing-non-alcoholic-summer-drink-2cs3v).  Out of the ten recipes, the one that caught my eye the most was the recipe for Roasted Peach & Strawberry Fizz.  It sounded so unusual and different due to the fact that it had the word “roast” in it, but it only intrigued me more to want to make it and try it for myself.

Spoiler alert: it’s actually really good.

(Link for the recipe: http://www.useyournoodles.eu/roasted-peach-strawberry-fizz/)

Ingredients:

3 Peaches

600 g Strawberries

1 1/2 Cup of Apple Juice

1 1/2 Cup of Sparkling Water

Crushed Ice

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 (degrees fahrenheit)

2. Cut peaches and strawberries in half (and remove the pits from the peaches)

3. Place the fruit on a baking tray with foil and bake for 25 minutes

4. Take out tray and let cool for 10 minutes

5. Remove the skins from the peaches and and blend the peaches together with apple juice in a blender

6. Blend the strawberries separately 

7. Combine both blends together into one glass with ice, and enjoy!

 

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After gathering all of the ingredients, and placing them on the baking tray and into the oven, bake for 25 minutes and then allow 10 minutes for cooling.

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Once cool, remove the peach skin and blend the peaches and strawberries separately.

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Once blended, combine into one glass and enjoy!

I would highly recommend this recipe, as well as the nine others on the list for those who want to enjoy a new drink recipe for the summer and try something new.

Fruit Lovers: Go-To Smoothie

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Throughout the intense heat of the summer, and pretty much any other time of the year I am constantly craving fruits and smoothies.  As a lover of smoothies and almost all fruits, I can’t help but get creative with making my own smoothie recipes and blending my favorite fruits into one top-notch smoothie.  Below is one of my go-to smoothie recipes that is quick, easy, and refreshing.  After one smooth blend, it’s as if you’re sitting pool-side in Hawaii with your fruity, tropical smoothie in hand.

 

Fruit Lovers Smoothie:

1 Cup of Fresh Strawberries (Safeway)

1/2 Cup of Frozen Cherries (Trader Joe’s)

1/2 Cup of Frozen Mangos (Safeway)

1/2 of a Banana (Safeway)

1 Cup of POG (Passion Orange Guava) Juice (Safeway)

1 Cup of Simply Lemonade Raspberry (Safeway)