#ImNoAngel

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Imnotangel campaignDear Diary,

I applaud the Lane Bryant #Imnoangel campaign and the others like it; Target did an ad with real women in bathing suits and you can’t forget Dove, who really started it all. They have called into question America’s unrealistic portrayal of women’s bodies and beauty in ads and isn’t it about time for some variety?

These models and most models, are genetic anomalies. This was told to me by freshman year science teacher and I’m paraphrasing here because it’s been awhile, “their height to weight ratio is on the extreme end of the bell curve for the population.” We are seeing ads with clothing modeled on bodies that are nowhere near how the average women is built. Under this logic, clothing ads could be considered false advertising and should have a disclaimer, “clothing does not typically look like this on most women.” This would explain why, I’m returning four out five of the bathing suits I purchased from Nordstrom.

I have come to terms, with no matter how may chicken salads I eat, “with the dressing on the side” and miles I run, I will never weigh 120 pounds and be 5’11 with a 24 waist…it’s not in my genetic make-up. However, as a young girl, I thought these goals were achievable and it led to some unhealthy behaviors. I was not alone among my peers when it came to struggling with body images issues.  I’m not suggesting these ads are the cause, but maybe they are the seed. So, when companies  started marketing a different narrative, I found it refreshing. It felt like a celebration of all different body types rather than putting certain ones on display.

At the end of the day, ads are about companies are about increasing their brand awareness and selling more of their products. Let’s be honest, models look better in clothing and a lack there off. So why would a company not want their clothing represented to a consumer on a body that’s perfectly proportioned? And as a consumer, are we more likely to buy clothing modeled by a model?

This was a very meta afternoon and I thought I would share…any thoughts?

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Light, Summer Pasta

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Dear Diary,

Pasta is good ALL THE TIME.  But when summer heats up, I crave lighter dishes– the kind that won’t make me feel sluggish in the humidity, and helps me to feel nourished and full without feeling heavy.    This Light, Summer Pasta dish is full of fiber, vegetables, and flavor– without the extra calories.  It is creamy and tangy (kind of resembling alfredo sauce), but with none of that heavy cream and butter.  Thank goodness for ricotta– it’s sweet and creamy and full of protein! The thought of eating pasta during the summer months, used to scare me– but I love that today I was sitting by the pool– and tonight, I can eat some delicious pasta and know that it is actually a well-rounded and healthy dish!   Bikini season, here I come!

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

  • pasta (I go with barilla protein pasta)
  • 3 handfuls of spinach
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • bundle of string beans
  • container of grape tomatoes (cut into halves)
  • 4 tbsps (big tablespoons) of fat free ricotta

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

  • boil the pasta until cooked (set aside)
  • in a large sauce pan add the olive oil and garlic cloves (minced) on a low heat
  • steam the string beans
  • when the garlic becomes translucent add the string beans, tomatoes and spinach cook until the spinach begins to welt
  • add in the ricotta and salt and pepper (a couple pinches worth)
  • mix together and add the pasta!
  • eat it all… :)

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Feel free to experiment/substitute with any vegetables your body is craving.  This pasta is so delicious and rich– but guilt-free for summer! You’re welcome SFG’s!  Tell us-  what are you craving this summer?!

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Ranch Cauliflower “Fries”

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Dear Diary,

Craving Fries?  Welcome to the club… I feel like since my move to NY, I’ve been eating out A LOT… while I’ve been busy celebrating, catching up with old friends and indulging just a little too much, I have been less healthy than I’d like to admit.  But SFG’s it’s time to get back on track!  I want to have an exciting, fun, and delicious summer, but most of all I want to feel good and CONFIDENT.  That’s where these Ranch Cauliflower “Fries” come in!

I’m craving the flavors, but could do without the excessive fat and calories– these cauliflower “fries” are so tasty– I’m always learning new ways to enjoy this diverse vegetable!

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

head of cauliflower (cut into small bite-size pieces)

packet of ranch flavoring

salt/pepper (duh)

handful of finely chopped parsley

olive oil (& if around, olive oil spray)

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

  • on a large sheet pan (line with parchment so it doesn’t stick!)
  • coat the cauliflower with a couple drizzles of olive oil, a tablespoon or so of the ranch, a dash of salt and pepper, and tbsp or so of chopped parsley
  • after mixing well, spray on another layer of olive oil and drizzle on some more of that ranch seasoning
  • place in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes and then flip cauliflower
  • add another layer of olive oil spray with some more of that ranch seasoning! (CAN’T GET ENOUGH ;))
  • place back in the oven for another half hour or so (until crispy)– flip the cauliflower occasionally
  • ENJOY!… with some ketchup perhaps!

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What summer flavors are you craving?  Let us know!  :)

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Walnut MEAT(LESS) Tacos

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Dear Diary,

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Week 2 in NY… and all I’m craving is some california-grown avocados!  For some SFG inspiration this week, I asked my brother what he would like me to cook for him, and fortunately he said, “any kind of tacos.”  The challenge was gladly accepted, and after Beyonce’s advertisement (oops, I mean, BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!) on GMA this past week, I decided to follow her lead, and stick to a vegan dish… and I have to say, this dish was surprisingly AMAZING.  Who knew Walnut Meat(less) Tacos could be good!? I hadn’t even heard of walnut tacos before this week– but the walnuts completely disguise themselves with taco meat flavor, and pairing it with a simple acidic purple cabbage “slaw”, makes this a winning summer dish!  Don’t believe me?  Try it for yourself ;)

walnut tacos (meatless)

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

walnut meat:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 5 sun-dried tomatoes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil drizzled in
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder

garnish:

cilantro

avocado

radish

for the purple cabbage slaw:

  • 1/2 purple cabbage
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 jalapeno chopped
  • 1 carrot
  • salt & pepper to taste

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

for the meat: combine all ingredients in a food processor until combined (a little coarse in texture)

For the slaw:  chop all ingredients and let sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before serving to allow all the ingredients to marry

place all ingredients on a slightly toasted (in broiler) whole wheat tortilla and enjoy!

SFG diary walnut (meatless) taco

Thanks for the inspiration, bro!  What else would you guys like me to make this summer?  Let’s inspire each other SFGs!  Let us know in the comments below :)

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Preserve Your Herbs

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Dear Diary,

Lately, I’ve really been trying to cook more at home! When you control what’s going in your dishes you’re able to eat healthier and that’s always a must for summer. (Which is already here!!!! OMG. Crazy!) But more frequent grocery runs and larger quantities also means more waste. :( At least for me. I need to learn how to shop more efficiently! (If you have any tips please leave them in the comments below.) I just never seem to go through everything I purchase, especially produce. Ugh. I know, I need to eat more greens… I always have the best of intentions and go all out in the store and then always avoid the veggie drawer once I get home. If only the thought could count for my health…

I will say fresh herbs make everything more flavorful and delicious. By adding a sprig or two of fresh herbs to my meal I instantly feel like I’m creating an inspired meal. And it helps me eat more veggies, but giving them more fresh flavors… I always get the mixed organic herb pack because my herb garden (and by that I mean a basil plant I got at Trader Joe’s that was already planted and fully grown. ha) tends to only survive for a couple months… What can I say, I didn’t inherit the green thumb gene. I like the mixed herb package because it gives me a variety of options, but there’s always something I don’t get to use in time and I feel bad throwing them out.

Our solution to preserving your herbs is something we’ve done several times on our blog. Use your ice cube tray!!

Kitchen Hack – Preserve Your Herbs

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Need:

* Ice cube tray

* Extra Virgin Olive Oil

* Herbs

* Freezer
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Instructions:

1. Separate the herbs from their stems and add enough greens to fill 1/4th of the ice cube tray.

2. Then, pour the olive oil over the herbs almost up to the top of the tray.

3. Add tray to freezer and wait until contents is completely frozen.

4. Pop the olive oil / herb squares out of the tray and add to a sealed container like a mason jar or Tupperware.

(I like to keep my different herbs separated so you know what’s what.)

5. To use, add one cube to hot sauce pan and add in your desired vegetable or protein once the pan is hot.
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After freezing it should look like this…

How to preserve your fresh herbs

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Spruce Up Your Wardrobe With Vintage Dresses

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Dear Diary,

Shopping in stores isn’t one of my strengths, but on-line shopping is a whole different ball game. I use Pinterest as my inspiration, then search the internet for this “said” image and purchase several renditions from my favorite on-line retailers. Of course, free shipping and hassle free returns are a must in this equation…There is nothing better than coming home to boxes of clothes outside my front door, it’s like Christmas in June. However, there are times when I find myself falling into a Pinterest rut and black is all I want to buy: dresses, shirts, pants and shoes, you name it – if it comes in midnight it’s in my shopping cart.

It was one of these, shall we say “dark periods” in curating my wardrobe that a friend recommended, Unique Vintage’s Dress of the Month Club. They send you a vintage dress each month and they choose the dress, depending on your style preferences. Having someone take control was out of my comfort zone, but I was on the path to having very monochromatic style or lack thereof. So I took the chance and asked Jackie and Valorie,to join me in this fashion adventure.

Our dresses arrived… and we absolutely love them! Jackie, was sent a fit-and-flare red dress. Valorie, always trendy and on point, a blush skirt with a floral crop top and for myself, a dress with a fitted bodice, in a delicate baby blue floral pattern. LOVE! If you need some inspiration in your closet, I would suggest letting Unique Vintage take a crack at it. You can never go wrong with Vintage… :)

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CHOCOLATE PROTEIN POPSICLE

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Dear Diary,

If you follow us on instagram, then you’re aware that we have BIG NEWS.  SFG Diary has officially become BICOSTAL #SFGinNYC– I have left beautiful Los Angeles (for now), and have moved to NYC!!!! Well, technically I moved-in with my parents in the suburbs– but that’s only temporary– so NYC here I come!!  It’s an exciting, but scary, change– but us SFG’s are fearless!  This adventure is just getting started– but I already miss plenty about the west coast… the weather for instance– since I’ve gotten back to New York it’s only been extremely humid or extremely cold– it’s June, NY, get with it… While I continue to settle in, I decided to make a recipe that would inspire warm weather, satisfy my sweet tooth, and keep me California dreamin’ of palm springs and beach life!  This chocolate protein popsicle is sweet and tart at the same time– This doesn’t taste like a normal, sweet chocolate popsicle– full of artificial flavor and tons of sugar– when you take a bite, you can immediately taste the chocolate protein powder, tart yogurt and pops of cinnamon and nutmeg; the complex flavors are rich yet subtle, and there’s nothing like a frozen pop in the heat of summer!

*use a regular table spoon to measure all of these ingredients– my stuff is still in boxes, so a kitchen tablespoon was my measurement tool! LOL… I’m so classy…

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1/2 scoop CHOCOLATE PROTEIN POWDER
  • 4 heaping spoonfuls of GREEK YOGURT (tons of protein)
  • 3 spoonfuls CACAO POWDER
  • 2 spoonfuls VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 2 dashes of NUTMEG
  • 1/2 spoonful CINNAMON (rev up the metabolism)
  • ALMOND MILK add until the mixture is smooth and soupy
  • POPSICLE MOLDS… AND A FREEZER ;)
  • *optional– 1/2 cup of granola and a few tsps of coconut oil (enough oil to make the granola sticky!)

SFG Diary chocolate popsicle

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix together until fully combined–TIP: leave the almond milk for last and add in until the mixture has a soupy texture
  • pour into the molds, add the popsicle sticks, and freeze for at least four hours
  • *optional– after two hours, take the granola and place in a plastic bag– seal the bag, and then pound the granola (with your hand or a rolling pin) until it’s crushed– pour in the coconut oil and then layer the top of the popsicle molds with the mixture and then continue to freeze for another 2 hours
  • carefully remove the popsicle from the molds and EAT!

chocolate protein pop

Will you try this recipe this summer?  Let us know SFGs!  ;)

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Fashion Hack – Fix Your Favorite Bra

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Dear Diary,

Not to sound cheap (alright I’ll admit it, I am), but I hate throwing out my favorite old bras. Even when they’re causing me pain…like nearly drawing blood, pain. YOU GUYS!!!! They’re seriously injuring me! The underwires get too close to the surface and sometimes even pop through the material and stab me in the ribcage. No bueno.

So, I have a way to help all my budget-friendly sistas out! And you only need three things…one being the bra! Sold.

NEED:

* Old Bra

* Scissors

* Mole Skin

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DIRECTIONS:

1. Cut out small strips of the mole skin to fit over the underwire.

2. Peel off the paper backing and place it over the sharp section of underwire. (I used larger sections because smaller ones might lift quicker)

3. Put your just-like-new bra back on and you’ll be amazed at the comfort! (I think it’s even better than before!)

That’s it!!

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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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Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

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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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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!

#onthego snacks

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 ;))!!

greek yogurt bark

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

 SFG Diary yogurt bark

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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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!

SFG Diary banana protein pancake

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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