TREAT YOURSELF… to this delicious, healthy spring treat!

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Dear Diary,

A good reason to celebrate:  SPRING is officially here!  Whether or not it looks like it yet is dependent on which area of the country you’re living in; in Los Angeles, the sunny skies have led me to whip out my short-shorts, but my friends in NY are still suffering from some late winter snow storms… but don’t worry east coasters–  warm weather is just around the corner!  Soon it will be time for bikinis and BBQ’s, until then keep the dream alive!  Shh… do you hear that?  That’s a margarita calling your name!  (skinny margarita of course…)

In order to prep for summer attire and activities, you’ve got to eat healthy and exercise– for all of you keeping track of the SFG’s on our facebook page, I just completed 7 days of straight exercise!  (quite a feat for a working woman!)  Of course it is crucial to maintain a healthy diet in order to slim down to summer size… but we all know, that there is NO WAY I’ll be able to do it unless I have some great desserts to indulge in as well!

Luckily for me, what will kick start my healthy eating is that Passover is here!  Passover is my favorite Jewish holiday… for those who are unfamiliar, all you need to know is that it’s full of great food, wine and merriment … celebrating our freedom from Egyptian slavery 3,000 years ago…

While Passover begins with a dinner party known as a Seder… the holiday lasts all week.  For seven days, one is supposed to give up all bread products (other than matzoh)… yikes!  (A tradition that represents the Jewish people’s struggle after fleeing from Egypt through the desert to Israel.)

As a child, that sad week felt like eternity!  No sandwiches, no cookies… I was desperate for just a crumb!  Now as an adult, the week is still a struggle… but I’m game.

This holiday gives me the perfect opportunity to add more veggies/fruit to my diet and lay off the bad carbs– a great kick start to the summer season– thanks Passover!  :)

At Seder tonight, I’m in charge of the dessert…duh!  What I’m making is an authentic Italian Lemon Granita!  This healthy treat is the perfect light finish to an enormous meal!

WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS… MAKE A GRANITA!

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This snow cone creation is healthy and decadent; all you need is: LEMONS, TRUVIA, LEMON EXTRACT and some TIME on your hands!

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In a small saucepan mix together 2 cups of water and 1/2 of  Truvia blend (the natural no calorie sweetener.)

Let the mixture come to a simmer, and then add another cup of water and a pinch of salt.

Let the mixture cool in the refrigerator for a half an hour, and in the mean time place a metal cookie sheet in the freezer.

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When the mixture has cooled, stir in one cup of lemon juice, 2 tsp of lemon extract, and 1.5 tsps of lemon zest into the saucepan.

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Then pour the mixture into the frozen cookie sheet to crystallize… NOW THIS IS THE TIME CONSUMING PART!  Every half hour for about 2-3 hours you want to stir the mixture so that it does not become a solid ice cube!  You want it to become a slushy!

Then serve!– The recipe is simple and DELICIOUS– try it out! :)

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