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Delicious & Healthy Summer Desserts

Summer is a great time to entertain and take advantage of the delicious fruits available.  Here are four yummy, healthy and simple desserts to make for your family and friends.  Enjoy!

Grilled Peaches with Yogurt and Honeygrilled-peaches

Ingredients: 

  • 4 medium ripe peaches, cut in half (pit removed)
  • 1/2 cup honey flavored fat free Greek yogurt
  • 4 tbsps honey
  • cinnamon (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Grill peaches cut side down on low or indirect heat until soft (about 2-4 minutes on each side).
  2. Combine yogurt and cinnamon.
  3. Pour 1 tbsp yogurt over each peach half.
  4. Drizzle with honey and serve.

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Ingredients: 

  • 4 ripe bananas frozen
  • Optional toppings: nuts, chocolate syrup, sprinkles, strawberries or blusberries

Directions:

  • Place 4 frozen bananas into the food processor and mix until creamy.
  • Scoop into individual bowls.
  • Top with whatever you love best.  My favorites include nuts, chocolate syrup, blueberries, strawberries or sprinkles.

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Ingredients: 

  • 4-5 cups sliced and peeled peaches (Tip – Lightly score the bottom of peach with an X and then blanch peaches for about a minute in boiling water.   Run cold water on peaches as you gently pull skin right off).
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4-6 tablespoons coconut oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat over to 400 degrees.
  2. Toss berries, fruit, lemon juice & 3 tbsps maple syrup in a shallow baking dish.
  3. Mix almond meal, oatmeal, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  4. Add the remaining 2 tbsps of maple syrup and 4 tbsps coconut oil and mix until just combined. More coconut oil can be added to get desired consistency.
  5. Crumble the mixture over the top of the fruit and then bake for 20-25 minutes, until top is browned and fruit is bubbling.
  6. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

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 Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups fresh ripe strawberries, cored and quartered
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup (maple syrup can be substituted)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup plain yogurt

Directions:

  1. In medium sauce pan, simmer the strawberries and agave until very soft, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Pour into blender or food processor, add lemon juice and pulse until fruit is pureed but not liquefied.  You should have about a cup.
  3. Chill and refrigerate until cool.
  4. Stir in yogurt into chilled mixture and combine.
  5. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 8 hours.
  6. When ready to eat, run warm water over the outside of mold and gently pull popsicle out.

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Drinking Your Greens

The explosion of green smoothies and juices is everywhere.  Within the last couple months, 3 new juice places have opened within one mile of my house and grocery stores and Starbucks are now selling pre-packaged juices.  Are they as good for you as they seem and what are the differences?  My friend, Elizabeth Girouard, a Certified Holistic Health Coach, wrote an excellent article that answers many of these questions and explains why we all should give green drinks a try.  We have posted a portion of her article below.  Read on to learn more.

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I am often asked:  What’s the rage with Green Smoothies? 

This is a great question.  Many of my Healthy Eating Challengers still start off their days with a Green Smoothie – and here are a few reasons why!

Green Smoothies are:

1)  an easy way to get in more than 3 servings of vegetables

2)  easier to digest since the blender starts the digestion process for you by breaking  down the veggies’ cell walls.  This means your body can quickly assimilate the nutrients.

3)  a great vitamin, mineral, phytonutrient and anti-oxidant infusion to start the day.

4)  a nutrient dense powerhouse that can improve your immunity to colds, flus and other potential bugs.

5)  able to help alkalize our bodies which reduces our susceptibility to disease

6)  filled with dark leafy greens that have a lot of chlorophyll which delivers oxygen to our bodies that can increase our energy levels.

7)  able to help diminish cravings and reduce hunger as it is providing nourishment to your body.

8)  able to help you lose weight as you are adding in more vegetables and crowding out the less beneficial foods for your body!

Other related questions that I often receive are:

What’s the difference between juicing and blending (smoothies)?  And, is one better than the other?  And, does juicing increase my blood sugar?

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Keepin’ It Light

As our name “Heels to Laces” suggests…a girl’s gotta put on her heels and have a little fun. With the holiday weekend fast approaching, we thought we would give you some great tasting,  “light” cocktail recipes for a little indulgence while keeping your calories in check.

If you have other suggestions, please comment at the end of this blog.

Cheers to all and a happy Memorial Day!Key-Lime-Margarita

Mojito
8 oz. club soda
1 oz white rum
Fresh Mint
Fresh lime
2 tbsp. of sugar (half the normal serving) prepared as simple syrup
Total about 150 calories.

Strawberry variation of the mojito:
8 oz. club soda
1 oz. white rum
10 mint leaves
4 sliced strawberries
4 lime slices (1/2 of lime)
1 tsp. agave syrup
Combine all ingredients, serve over ice.
Only 95 calories!

Skinny Peach Margarita
1 oz. tequila
1/2 oz. of peach nectar
Few squeezes of fresh lime juice
Citrus zest for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and pour into martini glass then garnish with lime.
Approx. 95 calories.

Farmer’s Market Margarita
1 1/4 oz. Corzo Silver Tequila (or your favorite variety
2 sprigs cilantro
2 slices cucumber
2 slices jalapeno
1 oz. fresh lime juice
2 oz. distilled water
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1 lime wheel, for garnish
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and shake. Serve over the rocks and garnish with lime wheel.
About 164 calories.

Peach Tea
1 ½ oz. Vodka
4 oz. Cold Peach White Tea
Combine ingredients and shake vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass.
About 150 calories.

Negroni Sbagliato
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Vermouth
1 oz. Prosecco
1 orange wedge, for garnish
Build first three ingredients over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with orange wedge.
Only 95 calories.

Vanilla Burst
1 oz. vanilla flavored vodka
6 oz. soda water
Pour over ice.
Approx. 100 calories.

Can do the same with tequila – add a little lime for the taste of the margarita without the sour mix.

Sour Apple Martini
2 ½ oz. sour mix
1 oz. Vodka
¾ oz. sour apple liquor
About 160 calories

Wine
Red or white, it is approximately 120 calories for a 5 oz. pour

Gin & Tonic
1 oz. Gin
3 oz. tonic
Squeeze of lime
Only about 103 calories. 

Skinny Bloody Mary
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 oz. V8 light
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Dash of salt and pepper
Celery stalk & lime for garnish
A few drops of hot sauce (optional).
Combine all ingredients and serve over ice.
Only 117 calories!

Lisa’s Fav
1 oz. Vodka
6 oz. club soda
Lime
Splash of cranberry
Pour all ingredients over ice.
About 120 calories.

My Personal Favorite
Riondo Prosecco – light and refreshing mix between a cold glass of white wine and champagne, without the dryness (I buy it by the case.  15% off at A&P Liquors in Summit. Tell them I sent you 😉 )
Approx. 100- 120 calories per glass

I have also enjoyed a Skinny Girl Margarita now and again… the Sweet and Tart Grapefruit is my preference.

Cheers!

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