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32 No Sugar Added Desserts

32 No Sugar Added Desserts

Move over fat, there’s a new culprit in town. Sugar is now the ingredient to avoid. Do you know how much added sugar you consume in one day? I didn’t. My “healthy” dessert habit got out of control. I was obsessed with the one minute mug cakes, homemade magic shell, and single servings of chocolate chip cookies. After almost every meal I’d make myself a little treat. I used maple syrup or honey as the sweetener and I tricked my brain into thinking they were “nutritious” sugar. Well ALL swee[...]
7 Fruit-Free Smoothies

7 Fruit-Free Smoothies

I dream of smoothies in yoga class. The room is 105F degrees with 60% humidity and pools of sweats are making an island out of my yoga mat. I love every minute of the intensity. And after working that hard I want a reward. On the really tough days, visualizing myself sipping down a cool, refreshing smoothie is the only thing that gets me through class. I also wouldn’t hate one poured right over my head. There is an issue with smoothies though. Loads of sugar from the fruit. It is naturally [...]
Juicing vs Smoothies: Which is Better?

Juicing vs Smoothies: Which is Better?

To juice or to smoothie? Both are exceedingly popular and both have their pros and cons. Let’s first become clear on one thing, juices and smoothies are not meals. All the weeklong juice cleanses touting health benefits are a nutritional disaster. Our bodies were designed with teeth for a reason. Biological needs are met when food is chewed. Yes, it’s true there is a lot of nutrition packed into one cup, yet the human body cannot run on a liquid diet. The act of chewing food actually begins [...]
8 Best of Summer Non-Alcoholic Drinks

8 Best of Summer Non-Alcoholic Drinks

So many sweet summertime, summertime days to be celebrated! Warm nights call for backyard gatherings, weekly barbecues and maximizing al fresco dining. Get out your fancy glasses and cheers to longer sun-filled days. Take advantage of the season’s freshest fruits and blend up a drink to keep you nice and cool. I like to think of these festive beverages as parties in their own right. With their bright colors and fun garnishes, how can something so gorgeous not make you happy?! I wanted to hig[...]
Non-Alcoholic Peach Bellini

Non-Alcoholic Peach Bellini

Peaches will soon hit their peak and there is only one drink to make with them. Bellinis! Traditionally made with champagne and peach nectar, I recreated it with fresh peaches, sparkling water and yummy tart cherry juice. Enjoy!  [...]
28 Uses for Coconut Milk: The Ultimate Dairy Alternative

28 Uses for Coconut Milk: The Ultimate Dairy Alternative

Coconut is a dairy-free girl’s best friend. It’s that huge sigh of relief when you realize creamy ice cream can still be a part of your life. I did a little dance the first time I tasted coconut whipped cream. I wanted to shout, “Yay! My tastebuds are no longer deprived!” Coconut makes a delicious alternative that’s rich in key nutrients. High in magnesium, 1 cup of coconut milk contains 88.8mg and this combined with it’s content of calcium keeps muscles and nerves functioning properly. It is [...]
Peachy Chia Smoothie Bowl

Peachy Chia Smoothie Bowl

The smoothie bowl was inspired by two things. 1. Juice Revolution. I had the Amazing Greens Acia Bowl on my birthday this year instead of cake (with coconut substituted for bananas). It's THAT good! 2. Clean Food Dirty City. This woman has serious gorg-factor on her site. Check it out if you want to be wowed. There is a certain satisfaction in eating a smoothie rather than drinking it. Using a spoon extends the smoothie moment. I tend to slurp it down in a matter of minutes when [...]
Broccoli Avocado Soup

Broccoli Avocado Soup

Texas really did a number on me. Beef barbecue, beef burger and hearty tex-mex meals left me feeling heavy. Don't get me wrong now, it was AH-mazing and I enjoyed every bite of that southern goodness. I can verify that every meal is definitely bigger in Texas. And some of that bigness came back with me. So this week, I'm cooking up extra vegetables and laying off the beef. It's time for the reemergence of my favorite summer soup. I adapted this recipe after a soup in Gwyneth Paltrow's&nb[...]
Almond Milk

Almond Milk

For all of us in the world who cannot tolerate traditional dairy, we must turn to some sort of alternative. I choose to be soy-free, cow-milk-free, and grain-free. The only option left then is nut milk. Once I took my first sip of chocolate almond milk, I was hooked! That stuff is dee-lish! Then I looked at the ingredient list. All that sugar! Ahh! No good for this gal. I had to make my own. Almond milk is simply almonds and water. You soak the almonds in water and then blend it together.[...]
Watermelon Granita

Watermelon Granita

My childhood summers were spent doing anything possible to stay cool. Most of the time that meant turning on the sprinkler in the backyard and running around until we were too exhausted to stand. Then my mom would bring out giant slices of fresh watermelon. With that first bite, the juices would run down my arms and then my legs. My mom knew watermelon was an outside food. Now that I live in a Brooklyn apartment, I had to find a way to make watermelon indoor friendly. Watermelon Granita was t[...]

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