Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

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MATCHA GREEN TEA SMOOTHIE

Dear Diary,

Coffee is great.  Really great.  Some might even call it a miracle drug! (that some one is me, most mornings)… But I have to say, coffee’s got NOTHING on Matcha.  Why you ask?  Well Matcha not only has a lot of the caffeine you crave, but it takes the health benefits of coffee, like antioxidants, to a whole other level…  Matcha Green Tea’s health benefits include high fiber, loads of necessary vitamins, and tons of antioxidants.  What set’s Matcha apart from other green tea’s is that it comes in powder form–  To keep fresh, store it in your fridge, and just add a spoonful to hot or cold water!  Matcha Green Tea has a bright and sweet flavor that’s perfect in smoothies (you can also find Matcha flavored ice cream ;))… so I decided to make a Matcha Green Tea Smoothie today to brighten this cloudy Los Angeles morning.  Try it out and let us know what you think! :)

SFG DIARY GREEN TEA SMOOTHIE

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

1 tablespoon of matcha in a cup of water (mix together before adding into smoothie)
1 ice cube
1/2 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
Packet of vanilla protein (or spoonful)
1/2 mango
Sprinkle of chia seeds (for garnish and texture)
Add more water to reduce sweetness

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

COMBINE in a blender until smooth (DUH. :))

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This smoothie is so sweet but super healthy– but it tastes so good (like ice cream), I kind of feel a little guilty eating it first thing in the morning! LOL.. Enjoy SFG’s!  And let us know what you think!

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Beauty Hack: Revive Your Mascara

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Dear Diary,

Ever run out of your favorite mascara when you really need it the most? I don’t know how many times I’ve left my house to do my makeup on the go only to find a dried up mascara tube. Ugh. They say by pumping your mascara wand it forces more air inside the tube which dries it out, so a good way to prolong the life is to swirl the brush inside instead.

This next tip will have you awestruck and might possibly change your life! By adding a couple drops of any eye solution to your tube you will automatically give it new life! Just squeeze 3-5 drops into the tube, then swirl the brush around to mix the eye solution with the mascara. You will give yourself several more uses and be amazed with your crazy MacGyver skills…

Here’s how to bring your mascara back to life!

Need: 

* Old Mascara

* Eye Drops

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Directions:

1. Mix in several drops of eye solution.

2. Swirl the wand to mix the drops with the mascara.

3. Voila! You have yourself a practically new tube! Woohoo!

 

Here are some other fun at home beauty tricks:

DIY Bronzer // Sock Bun // DIY Sea Salt Hair Spray // DIY Flavored Lip Balm

What beauty tricks do you have? Let us know in the comments below…

 

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Lighten Up Guacamole…!

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Dear Diary,

I know Cinco is over, but I don’t think the fiesta has to end..! First off, I’m tequila’s biggest fan and chips are near to my heart. Guacamole, however, I have only recently come around to liking. I used to fear both the fat and calorie content of avocados. I know it’s GOOD fat! But still it’s a lot of fat…

However, since I refuse to not continue to celebrate the joys of tequila, tacos, guacamole and chips. I use this trick to lighten up my guacamole, but keep my irrational fears at bay. My secret ingredient – sugar snap peas! They add a sweet creaminess and make the guacamole call for less avocados; cutting the calorie content, but not the flavor. This is one recipe you have to try! Let’s keep the celebration going.

 

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Here’s what you need:

- jalapeno, diced with the seeds removed

- 1/4 cup chopped red onion

-  one avocado

- 2 cloves of garlic

- 20 sugar snapped peas, shelled

- 1/4 cup cilantro

- 2 limes

- salt to taste

Directions:

Shell the sugar snap peas, then bring 3 cups of water to boil and place the peas in for 2 minutes. Cook until they are bright green and place aside to cool. Dice the garlic, scoop the inside of the avocado and place in a mixing bowl. Then add chopped red onion, cilantro and lime. Mash together, then add peas and jalapeno.  Put as much or as little jalapeno as you like. I tend to like it hotter, so I put about half of the jalapeno in. :) Salt to taste and then serve! I served the mine with flax seed crackers. A snack packed with good fat.

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Yogurt Bark #onthego

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Dear Diary,

This weekend, my boyfriend and I have big plans– we’re road-tripping up the California coast to visit with friends in San Francisco, explore Yosemite National Park and to just enjoy all the scenery that the state has to offer.  While this trip is going to be nothing short of amazing, we’re trying to keep our budget low… and with 8 hours of driving a head of me, I’m trying to plan a head for some budget-friendly snacks that will keep me full, happy and healthy!  Yogurt Bark is the perfect snack for #onthego eating… they’re delicious and satisfying, and are so healthy and easy to make!

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

  •  1 cup of greek yogurt
  • *optional 1 tsp of agave syrup
  • fruit/nuts/coconut/chocolate chips/carob chips or whatever else your heart desires (and what you have in your pantry ;))!!

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • on parchment lined cookie sheet
  • spread out the yogurt (mixed with agave if  you so choose) to about 1 in. thick
  • sprinkle on your healthy snack favorites
  • place in the freezer for at least 6 hours to set

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It’s that easy SFGs!  :)  Now I’m all ready for my California road trip– but I should probably make a few more of these bark bars before we head out– eeeekkkk the road trip isn’t until Friday and they’re almost gone!  LOL

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Cinco de Mayo – Healthy Fiesta Dip

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Dear Diary,

Cinco de Mayo is almost here! Woohoo! We’re getting excited to nosh on all our favorite Mexican recipes (healthy enchiladas anyone?!) and of course wash it down with our favorite – margaritas! This dip is actually a take on the classic 7 Layer Dip, but with a healthier twist! But I couldn’t actually call it a 7 Layer Dip, because I’ve added a couple extra ingredients… Oops. My bad. So I’m calling it the Healthy Fiesta Dip! 7 layer dip or not, this appetizer is goooood and you need it in your life! Especially with the festivities in store this week…

Who remember’s Lauren’s Fiesta Bachelorette last year?! This healthy bean dip would have been the perfect starter to kick off a fun meal with a fantastic group of girls!

 …here’s what you need…

Ingredients for a healthy 7 Layer dip, fiesta party dip

INGREDIENTS:

* 2 Cans of Black Beans, pureed

* 8 oz. Low-Fat Greek Yogurt

* 3 Organic Tomatoes, chopped

* 3 Organic Avocados, mashed

* 1 Bag Mini Sweet Peppers, finely chopped

* 1 Package Cheese, shredded (Mozzarella is healthiest)

* 3 Small Cans of Black Olives, pitted + sliced

* 1 Bunch of Green Onions, chopped (Optional Garnish)

* 2 Tsp. of Salt-Free Taco Seasoning (I used Mr. Dash)

* 2 Tbsp. Lime Juice

* Salt + Pepper (to taste)

* Healthy Baked Chip Option (I used Food Should Taste Good, Multigrain!)
All the ingredients that make up the healthy fiesta dip for Cinco De Mayo. Check out the full recipe on Skinny Fat Girl Diary!

DIRECTIONS:

1. Wash, rinse and chop all your ingredients so they are ready to go!

2. Puree the black beans until they look like creamy refried beans.

(They have the same texture and are so good, minus all the sodium!)

3. Spread a layer of pureed black beans on the bottom of your cup (I used personal cups for this one, but a Pyrex baking dish works well for groups too! Just maybe not as cute… :)

4. In a separate bowl, mash your avocados until they’re a lumpy, yet creamy consistency. Add in the lime juice and a dash of salt and pepper.

5. Add a layer of the mashed avocado mixture (or guacamole if you prefer), spreading out evenly to match the same height as the first layer.

6. Using another bowl, mix in taco seasoning with the Greek yogurt. Then, add that into the serving dish to match the other layers.

Mr. Dash Salt-Free Taco Seasoning with Low-Fat Greek yogurt makes for a healthier 7 Layer Dip. Lose the mayonnaise and sour cream! Check out the full recipe on Skinny Fat Girl Diary!

Make sure to use the salt-free package so you don’t over do it on your sodium intake.

Don’t forget, there’s so many other amazing flavors that will be mixed in too!

Tablescape for a Cinco De Mayo Party with The Little Market dish ware! Check out the healthy dip recipe on Skinny Fat Girl Diary!

7. Add a layer of chopped peppers and tomatoes.

8. Then, sprinkle a light layer of shredded cheese. Top off with olives and green onions as a garnish.

9. Add a chip or two into your personalized cup to get the dip started! And have a bowl of chips, veggies or whatever you want to dip in close by!
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The Little Market dishes serving a healthy Fiesta Dip from Skinny Fat Girl Diary! Perfect for Cinco De Mayo!
Healthy 7 Layer dip for Cinco De Mayo with The Little Market dishes and Skinny Fat Girl Diary

What are you serving for Cinco de Mayo?! Whatever it is, I bet it would be a lot cuter on these beautiful Little Market dishes and linens!

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EASY HEALTHY PANCAKES

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Dear Diary,

Okay, so I lied a little when I named this post ” Easy Healthy Pancakes “… the pancakes are easy and healthy, but the chocolate sauce?  That’s up for interpretation ;) … I couldn’t help myself SFG’s!  Chocolate and peanut butter go hand in hand, so once I was committed to a peanut butter topping, I knew some chocolate was in order!  Have you guys heard of the simple and guilt-free pancake made of just 1 egg and 1 banana?!  It’s pretty incredible!  This recipe takes that up a notch by adding a scoop full of chocolate protein powder into the mix!  Yum!

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 1 scoop of peanut butter
  • spoonful of crushed almonds
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (less if you want!  Just the same amount as the almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • Mash up the banana into the bowl
  • add the scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • mix in an egg
  • mix together until combined
  • next…
  • scoop small batches of the mixture onto a hot sauce pan or griddle (I used an ice cream scoop)
  • cook on each side and flip until brown and cooked through
  • in another sauce pan…
  • combine equal amounts of dark chocolate (no sugar added) and almond milk and mix until smooth
  • place the pancakes on a plate, drizzle on the sauce, add a spoonful of peanut butter and add the almond toppings!

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DIG IN AND ENJOY SFGs!!! Will you make this for brunch or dessert one day?  Let us know!

 

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Thirsty Thursday: Rosemary Tequila Sangria

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Dear Diary,

With Cinco de Mayo on the horizon we can’t help but think of Tequila based drinks…but why limit ourselves to margaritas? We came up with this Rosemary Tequila Sangria and we were quite taken with the results. If you want to try something with a fun twist for Cinco look no further than this recipe!

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Here what you need:

2 ounces of Casamigos Reposado

1 ounce of Lemon Juice

.5 ounce of St. German

3 dashes of Angostura Bitters

Less than an ounce of Moscato Wine

Sprig of Rosemary

Directions: Place ice in a cocktail shaker, then add tequila, lemon juice, St. German and Angostura Bitters. Shake and strain over ice in a tall Collins glass, top off with Moscato Wine. Then slap the rosemary sprig to open the oils and garnish your most delectable cocktail!!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Dear Diary,

It’s that time of year again! Time to spoil Momma! You know she deserves it so check out some of our ideas to make her feel special all for under $100!

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Blooming Garden Candle

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Recipe Box

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Gray Infinity Scarf (on sale!)

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Palm Shopper Basket

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Colorful Clutch

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Art Print – Her FAV City!

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Craft Book

Have any other ideas for us? Leave them in the comments below…

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Eggs in an (avocado) basket

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Dear Diary,

This simple, adorable and delicious idea came to me in my sleep!  I was thinking to myself– how can I enjoy my morning eggs, even more, by making it even healthier and more fun… and then voila! I woke up with this GENIUS IDEA of an egg tucked within an avocado!  Okay, just kidding… I saw it on pinterest… haha but how adorable is this idea!!  It takes the comfort food of eggs in a basket (usually tucked in a piece of toast) to a whole other (healthier) level!  Enjoy these eggs in an (avocado) basket SFG’s– and think of us when you’re whipping up an adorable brunch with friends this upcoming weekend!

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • cut an avocado in half, remove the pit, and then scoop out some of the avocado in the middle to make room for the egg (you want as much egg white as you can in there– that’s where your morning protein hides ;))
  • sprinkle on a pinch of salt
  • then crack an egg on top of the avocado so that it is tucked into the whole you created
  • add extra salt, pepper, and pepper flakes
  • place on a baking sheet and bake in a 425 degree oven for about 15 minutes (or until the white is solidified)
  • sprinkle on some chives and red onion for extra flavor– and I love mango salsa and greek yogurt on the side– FINALLY, DIG IN!

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How easy, decadent and satisfying is that!?

Share with us your favorite brunch recipes and pics SFG’s!?  What will you make for breakfast this week/weekend?  We want to know!

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Wardrobe Refashion – DIY Feathered Hat

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Dear Diary,

I love having options, but even with an overflowing closet I sometimes feel like I have nothing to wear! Ugh. I keep myself away from making random online purchases and force myself to wait for sales to shop. Gotta love a bargain! I find that anytime I go on a shopping spree I wear the new clothes to death the first couple weeks and then I’m back to square one of being over my closet. It’s like when the radio overplays your favorite song…wwhhhhyyyy??

So when I’m in a fashion funk, I love to play with what I got to make it feel new and fresh again! If you can make the most of the wardrobe you already have you will be more satisfied and feel more creative!

…DIY Feathered Brim Hat…

DIY Hat Feather band Tutorial

Need:

* hat

* a couple packages of feathers

* ribbon the length of the hat base

* fabric glue

* double sized tape or needle + thread (to secure the band around the hat)

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Directions:

1. Wrap your ribbon around the base of your hat.

2. Cut the ribbon with a remaining 2 inches.

3. Starting at the end (think the bottom not top) of your ribbon add a couple strips of fabric glue the width of the ribbon. Wait a little bit for it to get tacky.

4. Next, add a layer of feathers to the glue. The pretty tail feathers should be facing downwards.

5. Repeat steps 3 + 4, adding another layer of feather on top of the last row but slightly up the ribbon so you’re covering the base of the feathers and adding length.

6. Continue this until your ribbon is completely covered in feathers.

7. I then used some intense double sized tape to attach the ribbon around my hat. You can also do a small little securing stitch or glue the ends of the ribbon together (make sure it’s big enough to fit around your head still) and slip it over the hat pushing your new accessory down to the crown of your hat.

Accessorize your old hat with this feather hat band tutorial

Need some more refashioning inspiration? (I apologize in advance for some of the OG posts that were shot with an iPhone)

 shoe dazzle 1 + 2 + 3 // swimsuit revamps 1 + 2 // graphic tee 1 + 2!

                                                                                          Hat: Janessa Leone – Rita

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DIY – Bandanna Bracelets #CoachellaVibes

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Dear Diary,

This week Coachella is the talk of the town in Los Angeles –everyone is finalizing what hat, ripped denim short and flowery blouse to debut in Palm Springs for the weekend. Accessories are also a big part of planning process. However, since wristbands are a must for admittance, we decided regular jewelry just wouldn’t do. So we made our own bandanna bracelets! They are totally old school, but being that it’s hot as hell they can also act as a sweatband.  We, also, wouldn’t be upset if we lost them in the wee hours of the night. They are seriously the perfect way to accent a wristband… just sayin’

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Here’s what you need:

– 2 -3 Bandannas depending how many bracelets you want to make

– Scissors

– Beads

Directions:

Rip or cut them the bandannas into long strips.
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Then tie 3 strands together and braid them or knot them

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We braided one, knotted another and bedazzled a third. It really is up to you on how creative you want to get! It’s also a great way to pass the time on the drive!

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Have a great weekend!

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Stuffed Pepper Quiche

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Dear Diary,

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I have been craving quiche, like no other… It’s the kind of dish that you can have for breakfast, lunch or dinner and be completely satisfied… plus it is so easy to make. Lately, my only hesitations have been that I could do with out all the butter that usually goes into it, as well as the dense and fattening pastry crust. But with a Stuffed Pepper Quiche, I don’t have that problem ;)

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Don’t get me wrong, I love a good crust, but when I’m consistently eating healthy, why not find a delicious alternative? And I think I have…

This quiche is so light and tastes decadent, but is full of vegetables and protein… plus the crust is a guilt free bell pepper. Sweet and crispy from being perfectly broiled.

SFG Diary Healthy Quiche

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

5 eggs
1/4 cup of skim milk
dash of salt and pepper
1 tsp of garlic powder
1/4 sweet onion finely chopped
small bundle of chives
couple of crumbles of goat cheese
2-3 bell peppers of your choice
a small bag of steamed broccoli (nuke it in the bag for 4 minutes for perfect steam!)

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

combine all the ingredients (except for the peppers of course ;)) in a mixing bowl
cut the tops off of the peppers and remove the inside seeds
pour the mixture into the peppers and place on a sheet pan
place into a 325 degree oven for 60-70 minutes until the mixture is cooked through, golden brown on the top and smells amazing!!!!

 

Enjoy SFG’s!

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DIY Flash Tats – Festival Fashion

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Dear Diary,

Headed to Coachella this weekend?! Or just ready for an awesome outdoor music festival?! Then you’re gonna need your best festival fashion! (aka. Flash Tats!)

I somehow narrowly escaped the poorly placed, ironic tattoo during my teenage years… Phew! But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to fully part take in the temporary tattoo craze!! However, I also find it difficult to spend $25 on something that only lasts a couple days. Enter my DIY solution – Homemade Flash Tats!

Flash Tattoos with Friends! Festival Fashion

These puppies are the real deal, and they’re pretty uh. mazzze. ing!

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Need:

* Lace, stencil, eyelet material

* Non-toxic Neon or Metallic Paint

* Paint brush or sponge

DIY Flash Tattoos

 DIRECTIONS:

1. Place the piece of lace on your desired location.

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2. Use your paint or ink pad (FYI – this didn’t work as well, and I went back over with paint.)

3. Let the paint dry. Lift the lace up and free hand any spots that need sprucing up!

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DIY Flash Tats at your service!

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1. Take another piece of lace or stencil and place it on your body.

2. Brush the neon paint in the holes. (Yay! It’s like paint by numbers!)

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3. Let body paint dry, then remove lace or stencil.

4. Touch up any messy edges of your design. Have fun with it!

DIY Neon Flash Tatts!

For more DIY fun check out my jazzed up Cowboy boots I made for Stagecoach a couple years ago! Don’t have time to make your own?! My girlfriend over at Old Smokey Boots got you covered!

Make sure to share your festival fashion with us this weekend on Instagram and Facebook!

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Sweet Spring Strawberries & Cream

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Dear Diary,

This week, I’m all about keeping recipes bright for spring!  Sweet Spring Strawberries and cream sounds indulgent but it’s actually healthy! This simple treat will satisfy your sweet tooth but keep your waistline slim ;) There is one commonality I have at the end of every meal, and that’s dessert!  Usually it’s a full scoops of chocolate chips with peanut butter (I will forever be a reeses girl), and while that never gets old, as the weather heats up here in SoCal… I am craving desserts less heavy and more refreshing…  Sweet Strawberries with cream sounds decadent and complicated… but it’s extremely easy to make and healthy…  “Sweet” strawberries are sweetened with zero calorie natural sweetener Truvia, and the “cream” is nothing more than greek yogurt!  Brighten up the recipe with fresh mint and lemon zest… and you’ve got a winning dessert in more ways than one!  ;)

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Strawberries (cut into halves)
  • 1.5 tbsp Truvia
  • 2 tbsp of red wine vinegar
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • couple of mint leaves
  • dollop of greek yogurt

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • mix together the strawberries, Truvia, 1/2 of the lemon zest and red wine vinegar
  • let sit (stir every once and a while for about 2 hours)
  • add some mint for fresh garnish and scoop a dollop of greek yogurt (add the zest of the rest of the lemonn) on top!

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And that’s it!  The strawberries are so sweet and gooey, but have a distinct refreshing taste… the lemon adds a pop of fresh citrus and the strawberries juicies are heavenly!  It’s a dessert I can eat all weekend and still feel refreshed, healthy and indulgent!

Enjoy SFGs ;)

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Chicken Pot Pie Make-Over

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Dear Diary,

I’m starting to traveling more and more for work, so I needed some downtime this weekend, along with some comfort food – and nothing is more comforting than Chicken Pot Pie!! However, most recipes are full of calories and would leave me feeling guilty after a weekend indulgence-  #thestruggleisreal! So, I took some liberties with the standard recipe to cut the calories and it was still so tasty! A couple things that cut the calories from the get go, eliminate the crust from the bottom. Also, instead of using crust I used biscuits. Yes, biscuits are not the least caloric thing available, but they are easier! Let’s just admit it, finding the time to make my own crust is on my list, but in the meantime these biscuits will definitely suffice!

Here’s what you need:

5 cups of vegetable broth

1 rotisserie chicken from the grocery store (ones in the hot cases

5-6 medium sized peeled and diced carrots

1 russet potato peeled and cubed

5-6 diced celery stocks

1 1/2 cups of peas

1 medium sized chopped yellow onion

2 1/2 tablespoons flour

1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 can of pre-made biscuits

salt and pepper

olive oil

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

2. Place chopped potato, carrots and celery into a large pot with 5 cups of vegetable broth, bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 – 15 minutes until vegetables are soft.

3. Place diced onion into a large frying pan – the pan should be the size of what you would use for stir fry, the bigger the better because you are going to transfer the broth and veggies to the pan.

4. Sautee the onions over medium heat with olive and then add flour, cook until the onions are coated. Transfer the veggies and broth to the onions, when they are soft.

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5. Add the almond milk to the this mixture as well as the shredded rotisserie chicken and 2 cups of peas, simmer on medium heat until it starts to thicken 10 – 15 minutes

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6. Add the mixture to a large casserole pan and place in the oven for 10 minutes. Then remove the dish from the oven and place your pre-made biscuits on top and cook for another 14-17 minutes, until the biscuits are a golden brown.

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Serve each portion with a biscuit and indulge!

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