Rose Apple Crisps

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Dear Diary,

Well, don’t these little roses look divine…ly tasty? Valentine’s Day calls for a little bit of flair when it comes to entertaining, if we do say so ourselves… Enter Rose Apple Crisps! These are the perfect little morsel to put out during a party, a Galentine’s get-together, or- if you’re anything like me- just to have around. They’re delicious and Instagram-ready, what’s not to love?

We’re sending you a little love of our own, darlings, in the form of this amazing apple crisp recipe. Want to make your girlfriends jealous of your #wifey skills? Let us tell you all of my secrets… because we can tell you, it’s a lot easier than it looks!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2 red apples
  • half a lemon
  • 3 cup of water
  • cinnamon
  • 1 puff pastry
  • apricot preserve

WHAT YOU DO:

  • core the apples and then slice them thinly into half moons
  • add apple slices to a bowl of water with lemon and warm in the microwave for 3 minutes (this will keep the apple from yellowing, while also softening enough to bend into a rose shape)
  • drain the apples
  • in a bowl place 2 tablespoons of water with 3 tablespoons of apricot preserve and microwave for 1 minute and mix well
  • take the thawed puff pastry and put plenty of flour on it!
  • roll out until thin and then cut into 6 strips
  • spread the preserve on each one and line one of the long edges with the apple moons (over lap each apple slice and make sure the skin of the apple is facing up (off the edge of the pastry)!)
  • Add a dash of cinnamon along the pastry/apples
  • then slowly roll the pastry up until it forms into a rose!
  • place the finished rose gently into a sprayed cupcake pan mold and back for 375 for 40 minutes!  ENJOY!

And, viola! You’re now the belle of this Valentine’s Day ball. And, if we do say so ourselves, we accept this rose… seriously, gimme! ;)

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Chia Seed Superfood Breakfast Pudding

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Dear Diary,

Hey!  Do you even remember me?  Ha… it’s been a while.  I’m sorry SFG’s but I promise I have a few REALLY good excuses… first, and I’d like to think most importantly, I’m getting MARRIED!!! AHHHH… I’m so excited, and hope to share some of the fun details with ya’ll very soon… but I have to tell you, getting married is just as much work as everyone warns you it is!  I feel like it’s been a roller coaster of planning– the minute you have one thing booked, there’s something else to worry about!  So between the planning, and some family-engagement fun, it’s been a busy holiday season!  Secondly, I just started a new job AND moved into a new gorgeous apartment in the middle of Manhattan’s West Village (AKA my DREAM-COME-TRUE neighborhood)!!! So between all these new changes– I’ve fallen off the blog posting wagon– but now that 2016 is here!  I am ready to be committed again to the SFG movement AND my healthy lifestyle… and after celebrating my month full of holiday and engagement celebrations– it’s time for me to say “no” to sugar, and “yes” to some cleansing, and natural superfood breakfasts like this one!  Chia Seeds are FULL of fiber and protein– so I’m adding them into my morning routine!

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This breakfast is SO easy to prepare– and is a great breakfast to take with you during your morning rush;  Just pack it in a mason jar and you’re good to go!  Somehow this breakfast makes me feel indulgent, even when I know it’s good for me ;) so what could be better than that?!

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

1 frozen banana

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I do vegan plant based)

1 cup of almond milk

1/4 cup of chia seeds

handful of blueberries

pumpkin seeds

handful of frozen raspberries

1 kiwi

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

over-night (or at least an hour)… combine chia seeds with almond milk in a mason jar and let it set in the fridge

mash up some blueberries (so it’s kind of like a jam!) and pour over the chia seed pudding once it sets!

then in a blender– combine the banana, vanilla protein powder, and just enough water so that it becomes a thick smoothie!

finally, pour over the blueberries, and then add a layer of raspberries & slices of kiwis and some seeds for crunch!

AND now ENJOY!!

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You can totally make this recipe you’re own… add some nuts, granola, or drizzle on some honey!  Let us know what combinations you come up with SFG’s!  We’d love to know and share! :)

Thanksgiving 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies!

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Dear Diary,

My stomach hurts, and sadly there’s no one to blame but myself… LOL… that’s what happens when I decide to eat my entire batch of peanut butter cookies in one day.  It started out innocently enough, I was experimenting with which dessert recipe to make for thanksgiving when I decided that these “Thanksgiving” 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies were the way to go!  They are simple and healthy while still feeling festive and indulgent.  Now I don’t recommend you follow my example and eat the whole batch in one sitting, but at least if you do, you can feel good about knowing that they’re non-processed, delicious and easy to make– so just make yourself another batch and enjoy! :)

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED/DO

Line a cookie sheet pan with non-stick parchment paper

In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of peanut butter with two eggs

Once completely mixed,  place individual peanut butter cookie scoops on the parchment (use an ice cream scooper so that they cook evenly)

press down on each cookie ball with a fork to create a leaner shape and interesting texture

cook in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes

While the cookies cool, combine 1 cup of dark chocolate with 1/2 cup of almond milk or half and half

place in a microwave safe bowl and heat for about 30 seconds

gently mix together until it is shiny and smooth (about 5 minutes), and add more liquid if needed

Lastly, place the chocolate ganache in a ziplock bag and cut one of the corner tips

then squeeze the bag (like a pastry bag), squirting out a thin line of chocolate sauce to coat the top of the cookies

lastly add your favorite festive toppings!  Sprinkles, crushed oreos, graham crackers… you like it, I love it! ;)

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So next time you’re overwhelmed with which thanksgiving dessert to make– remember that this delicious treat is an easy solution!

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Happy Holidays SFGs!

Pumpkin “Caramels”

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Dear Diary,

When I went searching for some sweet treat inspiration earlier this week, I was having some trouble.  Of course there are so many delicious recipes to try, but many seemed too complicated, or too processed… but then I came across Pumpkin “Caramels”, and I was immediately intrigued.  I love any recipe that stays true to the holiday spirit, and the best part is that there is NO ADDED SUGAR and only FIVE INGREDIENTS in total.  This recipe is easy to make, perfect for dessert or a mid-day snack, and are super delicious!

SFG Diary pumpkin caramelsThese are similar to my recent “Pumpkin Pie Bites” except there are fewer ingredients and and even sweeter!  These little caramels really do taste similar to the real deal– it is amazing how sweet dates can be, and the touch of pumpkin adds a perfect layer of fall flavor! They are so ooey-gooey and natural sweet– just like I like it! :)  I am definitely going to try to make these again this thanksgiving– because they definitely won’t last in my freezer– I’ve already had several today with my coffee LOL (but whose counting ;))

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED/DO

In a food processor combine:

  • 1 & 1/4 cups of dates
  • 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (make sure it is in liquid form)
  • add 3 large dashes of cinnamon spice & clove spice
  • add a few tablespoons of hot water to smooth out the “caramel” mixture

*keep processing the mixture until it is shiny and smooth– the texture of caramel

then put in the freezer for several hours (any where from 2-6 hours is great!)

The mixture will be soft and fudge-like, but a lot easier to manipulate

use a spoon to scoop out small amounts of the caramel and the roll into a ball or square using your hands

finally– roll in salted pumpkin seeds and enjoy!!!

** leave in the freezer to keep fresh and enjoy anytime!

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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!

 

Chocolate Chia Pudding

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Dear Diary,

I have a pretty great breakfast routine– it’s a meal I never like to miss.  Weekdays, it’s usually a green smoothie, and on weekends I crave avocados on toast, or some steel cut oatmeal.  But this Sunday morning, I decided to switch it up with a Chocolate Chia Pudding!  This recipe takes some preparation, but is very easy to do… it’s sweet, revs up your metabolism, and its the perfect excuse to have chocolate in the morning!

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The dish is great anytime, but it definitely is nutritious enough to be your starter meal of the day.  The chia seeds are the star of the show, they are superfood nutritious, and provide a terrific texture and thickness to the dish!  This recipe also has actually ZERO chocolate in it… yup, that’s right, ZERO.  Now don’t get me wrong… if you want to add some chocolate… I say go for it!  :)  But this way works great too! … and it’s definitely an even healthier way to go!

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I prefer plant based protein)
  • 2 tbsp of cacao powder
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • agave (2 squeezes)… add vanilla extract as well if you have it around :)  I didn’t and it still came out delicious! (1 tsp)

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • combine all ingredients in a sauce pan, and constantly stir until completely combined
  • continue to stir over medium heat until it has been boiling for a few minutes
  • then take off the heat, set in a bowl (or mason jar) to set… put in the fridge for at least one hour (or over night)
  • when cool… add a dollop of protein-filled greek yogurt and sprinkle organic raspberries on top!
  • And viola!  You’ve got a breakfast parfait like you’ve never had before!

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Enjoy SFG’s!!! And let us know, what’s your favorite breakfast food?!

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DIY Holiday Sugar Scrub

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Dear Diary,

Today on Lauren Conrad, we featured one of our favorite homemade sugar scrubs perfect for the holiday season!  But we weren’t quite finished yet ;), we have a couple other unique recipes up our sleeve that we just couldn’t wait to share!  Not only do these sugar scrubs add the perfect extra boost of beauty protection our bodies crave during the cold and dry winter season, but they also act as the perfect present/stocking stuffer!!!

During the winter months, our bodies crave moisture.  Dry skin is an every day occurrence, and the need to smooth out dead skin is a necessity.  These sugar scrubs are made with simple and natural ingredients that provide your body with the moisture it needs, without breaking the bank!  And during the holiday season, us SFG’s are trying to save every penny!  Here are three unique takes on the sugar scrub!

PEPPERMINT SUGAR SCRUB

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COMBINE:

 * 2 cups sugar

* 1 cup coconut oil

* Several drops of peppermint essential oil

**Boost your mood and get into the holiday spirit with this perfectly festive scrub!

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CINNAMON SUGAR SCRUB

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COMBINE:

* 2 cups of sugar

* 1 cup of coconut oil

* A handful of cinnamon

** This spicy treat feels like fall and winter in a bottle!
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ROSE SUGAR SCRUB

** This scrub is perfectly sweet and delicate!  The feminine scent provides the perfect ambiance to any relaxing bath time!  Check out LaurenConrad.com for the recipe!  ;)

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And that’s it!  These recipes are really THAT simple!  But don’t be fooled, these sugar scrubs are worth their weight ;)  Bottle it up and keep it by your bathtub or sink– you only need a small spoonful at a time (the size of a penny), so one scrub will last you all season long!  Use it every other day for perfectly smooth, soft and healthy skin!  Enjoy SFG’s!  :)
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Summer Salmon Tartare

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salmon tartare 6Dear Diary,

The SFGs are planning to hit the beach this weekend, and while I usually follow the mantra “be confident and flaunt what you got!” Lately, my nightly cravings for chocolate, and the many party-filled weekends of alcohol and nachos has me second guessing myself :/ I’ve been staying active– hitting the gym, doing yoga… working hard so that I feel positive and healthy inside and out!  Yet despite all my downward dogs… I’ve been sabotaging my healthy progress with some binging… So when I’m feeling doubtful, it’s time to pick myself up and take back control.  This week, I’ve tried to be more aware of what I’m eating and how much I’m eating of it… But in the spirit of still indulging, when eating out I’ve opted for one of my favorite and healthier foods: sushi.  Simple sushi has to be one of the healthiest things for you– and one of the tastiest in my opinion.  I decided to bring my love for sushi home with me, and create some raw fish tartare… with a spicy twist. :)

Have you had tartare before?  It’s usually made with tuna and salmon and you can find it at plenty of restaurants. It’s one of my FAVORITE THINGS to order when it’s on the menu… while it’s not considered sushi– I consider it sushi inspired :)

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It may not be pretty, but we all know that raw fish is full of nutrients, protein and antioxidants that keep us slim, our hair shiny, and our skin glowing… and now that summer’s in full swing, I realized I should save money (and put it towards happy hour :)) and instead create sushi concoctions at home!

I never knew how easy it would be!

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The toughest part of this task is hacking away at that salmon filet.  Make sure that you have a sharp knife!  I also wanted to use the best ingredients possible; so high grade salmon is key!

Chop the salmon into tiny, tiny pieces!  Then add the other ingredients!

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Here’s the recipe!  But taste-test as you go and customize to your liking:

* 1 lb. of salmon filet (skin removed)

* 2 tablespoons of sesame oil

* 1 tablespoon of soy sauce

* 1/2 teaspoon of honey

* 1 teaspoon of sriracha

* sprinkle of salt

* 1 avocado

 and/or

* cucumber slices

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Some people want to add tortilla chip for some crunch, but if you ask me, it’s not necessary…

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Mold the avocados and cucumbers into a salmon sandwich and enjoy!  The avocado/cucumber and salmon is such a killer combination!

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Here’s to delicious summer with ZERO settling!  Good food, active lives and a healthy physique!

healthy take on a french classic… in 15 minutes or less!

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Dear Diary,

Can you pronounce basque piperade?  Have you heard of basque piperade?  Have you had basque piperade?  If you haven’t… you should.  It’s a classic French/Moroccan dish that is a mix between a stew… and, uh… breakfast?! haha… whatever it is, it’s delicious.

I am regularly caught drooling over amazing-looking, decadent, fattening  and complicated dishes I find online.  It’s almost as good as eating them!  (just kidding)… and recently, I was inspired by buzzfeed’s post: 44 classic french dishes you must try before you die.  While all of the dishes looked so delicious… very few of them looked healthy (not surprising since french food is known for butter, butter, and butter…), but also I didn’t feel capable of recreating any of them…UNTIL I saw BASQUE PIPERADE.   Immediately I was nostalgic for the time I spent abroad…  I had eaten this dish before in France as well as Turkey, oddly enough, and it stood up to dishes with twice the calories and twice the work.

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When I traveled abroad I was living by the motto go big or go home.. big travels, big nights, lots of drinking… lots of eating… I had the time of my life.  But big living has its consequences… 10 lbs. BIG…  and while I still indulge, we all know that I try to eat a little healthier and moderately now a days… but you all also know that for me, that never means sacrificing big taste…

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Instead of sticking to the original recipe– I made this dish as simple, and healthy as possible… the dish is usually served with terrific toasted baguette… but knowing me, I’d end up eating the whole loaf… so instead I used quinoa…

p.s. this dish has ZERO BUTTER people… do you believe it?!

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the recipe is so simple & fast… this means that there are actually no excuses for not eating healthy… instead of reaching for the cheddar & grilling… I am going to reach for these ingredients instead:

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2 cups of your favorite organic tomato sauce

1 cup of chopped basil, 1 cup of chopped spinach
1cup of your favorite bell pepper

pinch of salt & pepper

1 cup of quinoa

2 eggs

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what you do:

 cook quinoa as directed in a separate pot (boil 2 cups of water, add quinoa once water is boiled and simmer for about 10 minutes)

in a separate OVEN SAFE sauce pan, heat the tomato sauce; add spinach & peppers

then crack two eggs right on the top… sprinkle salt & pepper

heat oven to 350 & place pan in the oven for 5-10 minutes (until egg whites have solidified but yolk is still soft!)

lastly, sprinkle some basil on top… and enjoy!

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Have dinner be memorable.  Enjoy!

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Try it & tell us what you think ;)

 

What the hell do you do with an artichoke?!

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Whoa!  Look at this cool flower thing I found!  What a great prop!!!

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Hmmm… looks tasty, should I eat it?

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NO NO! Whatever you do, do NOT eat it RAW… so what exactly are you supposed to do with this weird flower-looking vegetable?!?

Dear Diary,

I did it people!  I finished my first year of grad school– and now without books and class to distract, my focus is back on ME!  It feels pretty awesome to be able to sit back, relax and reconnect.

My first day of break started off with a bang– I decided to go out all day and night with my bf & friends to celebrate, and I was excited to get dressed up for the first time in what feels like months of solitary confinement in the library. I was feeling fun, flirty, and hot– until I looked in the mirror.  Holy crap!  It had been a while since I had taken a good long look at myself, and while my boyfriend would still say I was looking great (I’ve taught him well)… I realized those months of eating junk food and “working out” once a week, had taken its toll… it was time to regain control… with the help of vegetables!

Trader Joe’s is the best and most fun place to go grocery shopping– just by walking in, you immediately feel like you saved a fortune!  And that you’re healthier and cooler than anyone at a “normal” supermarket. I’m well aware this is all a sick illusion, but I was happy to be a dreamer that next morning as I roamed down the aisles placing whole wheat pizza dough, and Trader Joe signature hummus dip in my cart.  Of course, I didn’t forget about adding some great vegetables too. You know, for my new-found healthier lifestyle… (I carefully chose vegetables, that if I caved under health food pressure, could easily be piled on top of a pizza) and this is when I found it… an artichoke!

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Artichokes are low in calories and fat, and high in fiber; they also contain several nutrients crucial to a healthy body!

I’ve had artichoke dip and some other concoctions at restaurants… but I’ve never attempted to make a healthy artichoke dish at home.  It’s such an intimidating vegetable– it’s like this massive pine cone; it’s rough, pointy and kinda weird looking… what would I do with it!?

I decided that I had to conquer the artichoke if I had any hope of being a healthier me this summer… so this is what I did:

First, I cut the tips of each artichoke’s prickly leaf (sounds time consuming, but I promise it will take you less than 2 minutes…)

Next I placed a slice of lemon, a bay leaf, and a garlic clove in a pot of water and added in the artichoke.

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I let it come to a boil and then simmer for a little less than an hour (you’ll know it’s ready by poking a leaf with your fork… if it comes right off, you’re good to go!)

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And that’s it– you’re completely done with this filling and delicious artichoke dish!  Now to eat, you just remove the petal and scrape its goodness into your mouth– sounds weird, but it’s oh so classy and decadent!  To make this dish a little tastier– many people add dips.  I created my own HEALTHY dip recipe to compliment the artichoke!

Combine: Greek yogurt, lemon juice, chives, kale and salt and pepper!  I just kept adding each ingredient until it tasted just right and it was the perfect addition to this healthy treat!

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Try it out for yourself… and don’t be intimidated by the artichoke any more!

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