Dark Cherry Smoothie Bowl with Homemade Granola

I’ve always loved smoothies especially ones that make me feel healthy and energized. But I’m a creature of habit and often would make the same 2 or 3 recipes every morning. I have however recently spiced things up and tried not only some new recipes but I’ve also replaced my cup and straw for a bowl and spoon.

This dark cherry smoothie bowl with homemade cranberry almond granola, strawberries and dates is one of my new favorites!

If you decide to give this one a try (I highly recommend you do), please share your feedback and photos!

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Dark Cherry Smoothie Bowl
Dark Cherry Smoothie Bowl
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Place the yogurt in a single serving bowl. In a blender mix the frozen cherries and water. Blend until smooth. Pour the cherry mixture over the yogurt and mix lightly. Top with strawberries, dates and granola. Enjoy!
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Homemade Cranberry Almond Granola
Servings
8
Servings
8
Homemade Cranberry Almond Granola
Servings
8
Servings
8
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the coconut oil, honey (or syrup), almond butter and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  3. Add oats and almonds and mix until completely coated. Spread on a parchment paper lined baking tray and back at 350°F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
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Apple Peach Crumble in Just 25 Minutes

I adore making desserts with my kids….it’s one of my favorite things to do. They of course have their favorites, and this one happens to be one for my 6-year-old son.

This Apple Peach Crumble is dairy-free and gluten-free, making it a guilt-free dessert that’s easy on the tummy. It’s also fun to make and done in less than 30 minutes (a must for keeping the kids involved and interested).

Watch the video below to see the easy how-to steps for making the Apple Peach Crumble.

Apple Peach Crumble
Servings
2
Servings
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Apple Peach Crumble
Servings
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Servings
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Ingredients
Filling
Crumble
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. For the filling: In a medium bowl, combine sliced apples, cubed peaches, flour, sugar, cinnamon and water and mix until combined and fruit is thoroughly coated.
  3. For the crumble topping: Place oats, sugar, almonds, coconut oil, water and vanilla in a food processor and pulse until mixed well.
  4. Divide the filling evenly into two oven-safe ramekins. Bake the filling for 10 minutes. Remove the ramekins after 10 minutes, top with the crumble mixture and put back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
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Homemade Cranberry Almond Granola

There’s something very satisfying about making homemade granola. For starters, you know exactly what ingredients are going into the mixture, and you can make a big batch that can feed you and your family for days.

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I often make the granola during the weekend in preparation for the coming week’s breakfasts. My favorite morning meal at the moment in a Dark Cherry Smoothie Bowl (recipe coming later this week) sprinkled with this Cherry Almond Granola. But the possibilities of breakfast combinations are endless.

In addition to breakfast, this granola makes for a great afternoon snack. My kids love enjoying it right after school… the flavor and crunch is always a hit.

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I hope you enjoy this homemade granola…perhaps it’ll inspire you to create your very own favorite breakfast bowl combinations.

Homemade Cranberry Almond Granola
Servings
8
Servings
8
Homemade Cranberry Almond Granola
Servings
8
Servings
8
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the coconut oil, honey (or syrup), almond butter and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  3. Add oats and almonds and mix until completely coated. Spread on a parchment paper lined baking tray and back at 350°F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
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Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

I get excited about breakfast. I get even more excited when I have a delicious and nutritious breakfast that is really fast simple to make like this Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl.

I usually add almond milk when I drink smoothies, but for a smoothie bowl, I leave out the almond milk and use yogurt so it’s thicker and easier to eat with a spoon. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl
Servings
1
Servings
1
Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl
Servings
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Servings
1
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. In a blender, blend together yogurt and blueberries. Place smoothie in desired bowl and top with banana, coconut, and almonds.
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3-Ingredient, No-Bake Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brownies

It’s hard to believe that these three simple ingredients can turn into a beautiful, healthy dessert in almost no time. I love making these brownies with my kids – minimal ingredients and no baking makes it easy, with almost-instant gratification. Of course the best part of the process is eating them :)

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3-Ingredient, No-Bake Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brownies
Servings
18brownies
Servings
18brownies
3-Ingredient, No-Bake Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Brownies
Servings
18brownies
Servings
18brownies
Ingredients
Servings: brownies
Instructions
  1. Here's the recipe for the picture I posted of the quinoa and chickpea salad I had for lunch last weekend.
  2. In a 9x9 dish, press to approximately 1 to 1 ½ inches thick. Place in fridge for at least 20 min before serving.
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7 Little Choices That Helped Me Lose Weight

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Like many people, I struggled for years to lose weight. These are the habits that not only helped me shed my excess weight but also helped me keep it off for good.

1. Curbing late-night snacking

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a late-night snacker. Even if dinner was filling and satisfying, I always find myself wanting a sweet treat.

Cutting out my after-dinner snack showed immediate results on the scale. Another benefit of not snacking after dinner was getting a better night’s sleep. When I eat late at night — especially sugary or fatty foods — I have difficulty falling and staying asleep.

In order to lose weight, steer clear of after-dinner snacking during the week and only allow yourself an occasional evening treat on the weekends.

2. Keeping alcohol consumption to weekends or special occasions

Although I admittedly enjoy a couple drinks on the weekends or the occasional glass of wine with my husband, it’s undeniable that eliminating or reducing alcohol makes the weight loss process much easier.

We often only associate calories with food and forget that beverages can also be highly caloric. If you’re trying to lose weight, be smart about your alcohol consumption. Save the alcohol for special occasions, or drink only once a week.

Once you attain your weight loss goal, you should be able to drink alcohol in moderation without gaining back the pounds you’ve shed. When it comes to alcohol, moderation is key!

3. Cleaning out my pantry

Most of us have a few foods that always seem to sabotage our diets. For me, it’s anything containing chocolate, but my mom can’t resist anything salty.

I’ve learned from trial and error — some big errors, might I add — about how to cope with my trigger foods and prevent them from ruining my well-intentioned weight-loss plans.

To start, determine which foods trigger you to overeat. For example, I can keep a gallon of my favorite ice cream in the freezer for months without overindulging; I simply enjoy a scoop when I feel like it.

But I can’t keep a bag of chocolate candies or chocolate chip cookies in the house without losing control. Once you’ve determined which unhealthy foods prompt you to overeat, remove them from your kitchen.

Simply getting these unhealthy foods out of the house will allow you to make better choices and lose weight.

4. Moving a little more

Although you can successfully lose weight without exercising, you can accelerate your weight loss by incorporating a very manageable exercise program. Whenever I need to lose a few pounds, I simply add another 10 minutes to my exercise routine.

This 10-minute addition is a small change and is very manageable, but it makes a huge difference in how quickly I can lose those extra pounds and keep them off.

5. Journaling

Keeping a journal is an effective weight-loss tool. Journaling or maintaining a food log makes you more aware of what you’re eating so you can stay on track with healthier habits.

For me, recording my progress in a journal makes me more honest with myself and helped me lose weight.

Even today, when I gain a few pounds (as I did over the holidays), tracking my food for just a week or two can be enough to get me back on track and lose the excess weight.

6. Eliminating or reducing diet soda

Many people believe they are doing themselves (and their weight) a favor by using artificial sweeteners or drinking diet soda. But artificial sweeteners and diet sodas may actually work against you in the battle of the bulge.

According to Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity and weight-loss specialist at the Harvard-affiliated Boston Children’s Hospital, artificial sweetenersoverstimulate our sugar receptors and may change the way we taste food — making healthy foods less appealing and even making us crave sweet foods.

In fact, a study in the Journal of Behavioral Neuroscience shows that artificial sweeteners, which people often believe help prevent weight gain, actually induce hormonal and physiological responses that can have the opposite effect.

Trying to lose weight? Ditch the diet soda and opt for water or herbal tea instead.

7. Enlisting friends or family

Try to find a friend, family member, or coworker to eat healthy with you. Over the holidays, my husband and I both gained a few extra pounds. Although I only gained four or five pounds, the excess sugar and alcohol I consumed during the month of December left me feeling sluggish and heavy.

My husband and I decided to tackle losing weight together. Doing it as a team made it so much more fun. We were able to plan special dinners with each other and even made it a point to visit restaurants that offered healthy fare. Doing it together made it that much easier to stay motivated.

Want a little extra motivation to eat better and lose weight? Join me for my new mbg video course: A 14-Day Clean-Eating Program: How to Kick-Start Weight Loss in Two Weeks. I will personally walk you through the program and provide you day-by-day meal plans, recipes, and shopping lists!

Wheat-Free Decadent Chocolate Cake in 8 Easy Steps

When I have some free time to explore new recipes, I often find myself creating a healthy sweet treat. There is no denying that I am a chocoholic. This dessert is wheat free, but is so decadent and yummy!

As you can see from the video, the cake is made so easily and quickly. For more videos like this, visit (and subscribe) to my YouTube channel. And for the full recipe, see below.

Wheat-Free Decadent Chocolate Cake
Servings
2
Servings
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Wheat-Free Decadent Chocolate Cake
Servings
2
Servings
2
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Divide ingredients into two ramekins. Whisk until all ingredients are combined. Place ramekins in microwave and heat on high for 1 minute. (Or, if you prefer, mix together all ingredients in a medium bowl and divide evenly into two ramekins before microwaving.)
  2. Optional: top chocolate cake with a tablespoon of yogurt.
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Super Superbowl Snacks

Sports fan or not, the Superbowl is a classic time for friends and family to get together. Perhaps you’re cheering for a specific team or player…. Or if watching the game isn’t your thing, perhaps you’ll be watching for the hundreds of commercials debuting during the prime time spot. Either way, who doesn’t love an excuse for a gathering?

I love hosting and the prep before the party is a great way to spend some time in the kitchen with my family and create some fun meals and snacks for everyone to enjoy. For an occasion like this, I typically tap into my vault of favorite appetizers that always get rave reviews.  If you’re hosting at your house, or taking a dish to a friends’, here are some simple, yet delicious, recipes that you can show off.

Enjoy the game!

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These recipes can be found (along with 94 others) in “The Healthy You Diet: The 14-day Plan for Weight Loss with 100 Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating