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Dear Diary,

It is my birthday week! Whoop wooo!  Sorry to burst any non-August birthdays out there, but August birthdays are simply the best!  I might be slightly biased, but think about it… August has gorgeous weather and relaxed vibes; the perfect backdrop for a festive atmosphere.   This  year I’m keeping it more low-key though, no crazy parties or epic getaways– just me, family, friends, and of course good food.  I’m meeting up with friends all week to celebrate, and there will be plenty of pretty cocktails and indulgent dishes… a few close girlfriends are coming over tomorrow night, and one sweet dessert I have up my sleeve to please the crowd is an easy no-bake Brownie Treat!  It’s only a few simple, all natural ingredients that comes together in a snap!  It’s fudge perfection!

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

  • in a mixing bowl combine 1/2 cup of cacao powder with 1/4 cup of honey and 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • combine until it is a thick fudge-like texture
  • then smash up 1 banana and add to the mixture– it should appear even more glossy and fudge-like when fully combined
  • to this mixture add 2 tbsp of peanut butter (I went for crunchy)
  • Next, taste test.  If you like, add another sprinkle of cacao for an even more indulgent chocolate flavor
  • Optional:   add flax seeds for fiber, crunch and anti-oxidants (about 1 tbsp)
  • Lastly– in a parchment lined container (for easy removal), scoop and mold in brownie mixture
  • sprinkle on top: organic dark chocolate chips and crushed almonds
  • place in freezer for at least an hour

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Enjoy!!  Whether it’s a birthday treat or just a girls night in treat– we’ve got you covered with this easy and delicious recipe!  What’s your birthday plans this year?!  Let us know!

CHOCOLATE COFFEE FLOAT

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Dear Diary,

It’s the best of both worlds– coffee and chocolate ice cream… enough said.  Kind to my waist-line?  Why yes, thanks for noticing!  Because when I use halo top (protein) ice cream and only a small (okay– medium size) scoop of whipped cream, it’s as close to a guilt-free summer treat as it gets.  Chocolate coffee floats are not a novel idea, but they’re a classic and almost adult take on a root beer float.

Since my move to NYC, I’ve noticed some positives and some negatives traits of this beautiful city.  The positive is that I am walking a TON.  I love to walk, and feel one with the city… as beautiful as Los Angeles is, I have to say, I don’t miss spending time in my car in bumper to bumper traffic.  Plus, it’s nice to get in some extra cardio.  The negative-  it is so HUMID outside, I literally have to keep myself hydrated all day long… So it’s nice to take a sip break from my H2O, and indulge in something sweet (and caffeinated) to keep me going mid-day.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • 1 scoop of chocolate ice cream in a glass (Halo Top ice cream for less calories and more protein!)
  • pour some warm coffee on top to melt that ice cream!!
  • finish it with a scoop of whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon (to boost your metabolism ;))

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Enjoy, it’s THAT easy!! This is a summer treat I’ll be indulging in all season long!

Will you try this SFGs?!  Let us know!

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! :)

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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!

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 ;)

Apple Pie Recipe

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Dear Diary,

I’ve been on a MAH-HEY-JOR sweets kick lately and have been craving good ‘ol All-American, APPLE PIE… But as you know, we always try to put a healthy spin on all our dishes. So when I saw the cutest apple pie with a twist on Pinterest I had to whip up my own version!

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 INGREDIENTS

* 4 Granny Smith apples (choose large apples that have even bases for a sturdy “pie”)
* 1/8 cup granulated sugar
* 1 tablespoon brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 package rolled pie crust
* Lemon juice (squeeze on the sliced apples to help from turning brown)

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Slice off the top of your apple and scoop out the inside. (I used a melon baller)
  • In a small bowl, mix the apple insides with sugar, cinnamon and a little lemon juice. Add the mixture into the hollowed out apple.
  • Unroll the pie crust and cut into 1/4 inch strips.
  • Lay strips of the dough on the apple.  Then, add one new strip at a time and weave it over and under the pie strips already in place. Until the apple is covered. Or you can also braid the dough!
  • Place the apples in a baking dish and add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown and apples are soft. Enjoy!

Unfortunately, I gobbled these puppies up faster than I could snap an after pic of them… Oops. But let me tell you, they’re as good as they are cute!

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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)

Chocolate Chia Breakfast pudding

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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Coconut Cream Cookie Sandwich

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Dear Diary,

Coconut cream cookie sandwiches were my go-to treat this Valentines!  This year, my boyfriend and I are celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend long… first with a romantic dinner out on Friday night, followed by a fun and casual night in on Saturday night… we’re going to drink cocktails, play games, and of course eat sweets!  This cookie is as healthy as a cookie can possibly be… no added sugar, whole wheat flour, oats and cashews… combined with a coconut whip cream?!  Now that’s a cookie you can feel good about!

Let’s be honest, this oatmeal nut cookie isn’t much to look at…  it’s consistency is similar to a scone– sweet and a bit dry, but the coconut whipped cream adds balance as a rich and creamy filling!  Turning cookies into a sandwich adds a casual and playful tone to a romantic night in!  Check out the recipe below to make this for yourself, your friends, or that special someone!  From start to finish this whole recipe can take you less than a half hour to make… so start preppin’ SFG’s!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

(for the cookie)

1 egg

1/2 cup agave

instant oats 1 cup

almond extract 1/2 tsp

baking powder 1.5 tsp

cinnamon 1/2 tsp

cacao powder 2 tbsp

salt 1/8 tsp

whole wheat flour 3/4 cup

2 tbsp coconut oil

chopped up cashews (a small handful)

(for the whipped coconut cream)

  • 2 cans of coconut milk (**important!  Make sure you place in the fridge over night to harden the milk– otherwise, the whipped-cream, will be more like cream-soup!)
  • 1 tablespoon of Truvia (natural zero calorie sweetener)
  • optional ** add a tablespoon of vanilla extract or an extra spoonful of Truvia for extra sweetness

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

(for the cookies)

  • mix the ingredients all together in a mixing bowl until thoroughly combined
  • place cookie sized balls on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper)… I like to use an ice cream scooper to scoop consistent cookie dough balls…
  • put the cookies in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes! … then allow them to cool off before icing them with coconut cream

(for the whipped cream)

  • take the cold coconut milk out of the fridge and open the can
  • there will be liquid on the bottom, but a thick coconut substance on the top– use a spoon and remove only the thicker mixture into a bowl
  • add tbsp of truvia into the bowl, and using an egg beater, whip the coconut milk until it becomes even thicker, creamier, and fluffier!

 LAST STEP– add the creamy coconut layer to the bottom of the cookie, spreading it on thick with a knife!  Then top it all off with another cookie! 

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ENJOY SFG’s!!!  What are you doing this holiday weekend? … and who with?!

Holiday Drinks

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Dear Diary,

Holiday parties are in full swing and as overwhelming as this time of year can be, it also brings everyone together! Also, most of those gatherings involve food + drinks, so you know this girl will be there!

When hosting a party, it’s always fun to put a twist on an old favorite or trend. This year, copper mugs are all the rage (mostly housing Moscow Mules), but why not use an apple? Or just garnish with one! I don’t know about you, but spiced apple cider in an apple mug cup sounds pretty sweet!

It’s all in the details people! Something to put your personalized stamp on the party and set you apart from all the rest…

Need more holiday hosting tips?! We got you covered!

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INSTRUCTIONS:

* Choose large, round apples that sit level/flat on the ground. We don’t want any wobblers… (that’s for the dance floor!)

* Use a melon baller or spoon to core out the middle of the apple in a bowl shape. Make sure not to dig too deep as it will puncture through the bottom.

* Pour your desired beverage into the center and add a garnish.

* Pssst… It can be difficult to actually drink from the apple rim, so a cute paper straw always works wonders and adds to the cuteness factor!
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What’s your go to holiday drink?

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PB2

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I love peanut butter! Like LOOOOOOOOVVVVEEEEE it. However, my love doesn’t even begin to compare to the way my boyfriend feels about it. When we first start dating I remember spotting a peanut butter maker in his cupboard (Yep, you heard me right! A. PEANUT. BUTTER. MAKER.) and thinking he might be a keeper. We had a romantic date over grinding peanuts – we couldn’t even hear each other over the loud grinder, but no words were needed. We were falling in love…in a tiny bathroom. Whaaatttt?! Yeah, we actually had to move our fun little operation into the bathroom to help mute the shrill sound.  Tommy used to live in a cranky building and he didn’t want a noise complaint. I’m not sure what they would have judged more… the fact that he had his own personal peanut butter maker or the fact that we were making it in his bathroom.

Despite our love for the spread, we don’t llllooovvveeee how many calories and fat it contains. Mainly because we can’t stop ourselves from eating the entire jar. Enter PB2…

PB2

 PB2 is powdered peanut butter. Yes, the idea sounds frightening but it’s just dehydrated peanuts which removes the oil and you add water back in. Plus, you can’t argue with 85% less fat and calories and three ingredients: peanuts, sugar + salt.

PB2 versus peanut butter

Nutritional breakdown for 2 TBSP:

* Laura Scudder’s: 210 calories, 16 g fat, 7 g carbohydrates, 7 g protein, 2 g fiber, 90 mg sodium.

* PB2: 45 calories, 1.5 g fat, 5 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, 2 g fiber, 94 mg sodium, 1 g sugar.

Instructions:

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1. Two Tbsp of PB2

2. One Tbsp water

3. Mix together

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The taste and consistency is exactly the same as regular peanut butter! And you can make it in the comfort of your kitchen. Ha! Don’t believe me?! Give it a whirl… PB2 will change your world!

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