Posts tagged with "fruit"

How to make delicious flavored water

Posted May 20, 2014 in water, hydration, fruit and 6 more

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I don't mind drinking plain old water, but I love water that has been infused with fresh fruit, herbs or vegetables.

If you find it difficult to drink enough water throughout the day, I highly recommend trying infused water. It adds a hint of delicious flavor.

You also get an added nutrition boost because the minerals, antioxidants and nutrients from the produce you use, gets infused into the water!

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Raspberry Passion Fruit Smoothie

Posted July 17, 2014 in smoothie, drink, fruit and 5 more

I have this habit of impulse buying produce that I 1) have never tried before or 2) have never heard of before or 3) have no idea how to prepare.

When I see something new in the produce section, I get excited and things go in my cart.

My latest produce impulse purchase was a passion fruit!

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The easiest fruity cocktails you'll ever make

Posted August 29, 2014 in smoothie, cocktails, drinks and 5 more

*My local Hy-Vee provided me with Fruchi Real Fruit Smoothies, but all opinions are my own.

I don't know about you, but I'm not quite ready to let go of summer. People are already going nuts over the Pumpkin Spice Latte! It's still in the 80s with crazy high humidity!

I'm going to hold onto summer for just a bit longer. I still have maxi dresses that need to be worn! 

One of my fave ways to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine is with a fruity cocktail.

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What are aronia berries?

Posted October 10, 2014 in aronia berries, superfood, smoothies and 9 more

A couple of months ago, I was having a Twitter convo with another blogger about acai berries. I've been dying to buy acai berry smoothie packs to make acai bowls.

Well, Whole Foods Omaha chimed into our conversation and suggested that we try aronia berries because they are also a superfood and they are grown more locally - in Iowa.

I added them to my Whole Foods list, but I haven't been to WF since the recommendation.

Well, I just happened to spot aronia berries at Hy-Vee! I was so excited to try this new fruit.

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Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Dip

Posted February 5, 2015 in Valentine's Day, chocolate, fruit and 5 more

Valentine's Day is around the corner, so all I'm thinking about is chocolate!!

This may be hard to believe (it is to me), but I haven't had a single bite of chocolate in nearly a month!! What?!?!

I eliminated sugar during my elimination diet, and I haven't reintroduced it yet. The crazy thing is that I haven't been having nearly as many sweet cravings as I did before. It was seriously magical giving up sugar!!

When I do reintroduce sugar, I'm going to stick to natural forms or healthier dark chocolate.

This dark chocolate almond butter dip is one of my favorite easy and healthy ways to satisfy my sweet tooth. I'm sure I've mentioned this little concoction on the blog before, but I had to share it again. That's how much I love it!!

And this is the perfect recipe for Self-Love February! It is full of protein and antioxidants, and if you have it with fruit you'll be adding tons of extra nutrients!

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How to make your own smoothie packs

Posted March 18, 2015 in smoothie, fruit, vegetables and 6 more


How was your St. Patrick's Day?

The BF made corned beef and cabbage in the crock pot all day, I made a turkey shepherd's pie and my parents came over for dinner. I also enjoyed a Guinness and a mini salted caramel cupcake while we listened to Irish music on Pandora. It was a fun night!


Today I wanted to share how I make smoothie packs. This is something I recently started doing, and it's a huge time saver!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo + Margaritas

Posted May 5, 2015 in cinco de mayo, margarita, healthy living and 4 more


Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

The BF and I have plans to make tacos for dinner tonight. I'm hoping guacamole is involved. I haven't told the BF yet, but I have plans to make a margarita!

Homemade margs are my absolute favorite (besides champagne cocktails, of course). They're just so simple and delicious.

Before I get to the good stuff though, I'm going to vent for one second. Mexican restaurants around here don't make margaritas from scratch. They only use margarita mixes, which are usually made with high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors, and contain upwards of 800 calories. Ugh! I also just don't like them. They're way too sweet.

The BF gets annoyed with me because EVERY single time we go to our fave local Mexican place, I ask them if they can make a marg from scratch. They always say no (even though they have ALL of the ingredients behind their bar!!!). The BF doesn't understand why I ask every time, but you never know if they got a new bartender or someone learned how to make a margarita!

Anyway, whenever I'm out of town and I see a fresh made margarita on a menu I order it. Or I just make margaritas at home.

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How Greens Can Reduce Your Sugar Cravings

Posted April 20, 2016 in greens, sugar cravings, healthy eating and 6 more


Yes, eating more salads could help get rid of your out of control sugar cravings! 

At one point in my life, I was surviving off of Life cereal, doughnuts, pasta, breadsticks, Pasta-Roni and soft serve ice cream. 

My all carb all sugar diet left me craving sugar all day long. My cravings were caused, in part, by the roller coaster my blood sugar levels were on all day. 

But I was also craving sugar because there was something incredibly important missing from my diet - adequate nutrition.

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