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Just in time for St. Patrick's Day!

No-Dye Healthy, Festive, Delicious and GREEN Recipes Just in time for St. Patty's Day!! 

Whether you have kids or not, St. Patrick's Day is such a fun excuse to get creative with your food by making it green.  Sure, you can go the easy route and buy green food coloring, but why put all those chemicals in your body when it can be SO easy to use fresh, nutritious ingredients and have the same effect? I have compiled a list of my favorite No-dye green recipes to celebrate this fun day!

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bark

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bark

This healthy holiday treat is sure to be a hit at your next party or gathering.  The dark chocolate and pomegranates serve a powerful antioxidant punch, while the nuts or seeds provide some protein and/or fiber. Happy Holidays and Enjoy!

Ingredients:
  • 7 ounces dark chocolate
  • ½ to 1 cup of pomegranate seeds
  • OPTIONAL: ½ cup of chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds

Directions:
  • Melt the dark chocolate (about two bars worth) in the microwave or a double boiler

Just in time for Thanksgiving - Pumpkin Pie Truffles

Looking for a new recipe for Thanksgiving that will satisfy your sweet tooth, but not throw you over the edge?  These pumpkin pie truffles will provide you with antioxidants from the dark chocolate, and fiber, potassium and vitamin C from the pumpkin! See ... indulgence can be healthy if you slightly alter it (instead of going for that giant piece of apple or pecan pie) and indulge in moderation!  I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

Pumpkin Pie Truffles

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

MONDAY MOTIVATION: It's Smoothie Season

MONDAY MOTIVATION: Smoothie Season

Looks like the sun and heat is coming out this week and that gets me really excited for some cold beverages this summer (and I don't mean beer ... well, maybe in moderation)!  I am talking SMOOTHIES today!  Smoothies are such an easy way to pack some great nutrition into one glass without too much effort.  I like to prep them on the weekends by putting all the ingredients (minus the liquid) into a zipped plastic bag and storing it in the freezer.

MONDAY MOTIVATION: Fitness Ideas for the Whole Family

MONDAY MOTIVATION: Fitness Ideas for the Whole Family

With the burst of warmer weather coming it's been exciting to think about getting outside again, but it also makes me think about how so many people become sedentary during the cold winter months including kids. Being sedentary is one of the worst things you can do for your body.  It can be defined as any waking behavior characterized by a low energy expenditure while in a sitting or reclining posture. Many people, especially those who work in an office can find themselves sitting for more than 12 hours per day!

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Healthy Valentine's Day Recipes

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Healthy Valentine's Day Breakfast

Want to impress your loved ones with some healthy and fun recipes for V-Day? Start out the day with a heart shaped egg in a basket with sprouted grain or whole grain toast and heart-healthy avocado!

Heart Shaped Eggs in a Basket
Serves 2

Ingredients:
4 Slices of organic sprouted grain or whole grain bread
4 organic eggs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2 of an avocado, pitted and sliced thin
Salt and pepper to taste
Coconut oil, for cooking

Directions:

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Raspberry Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Raspberry Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl

Ah breakfast ... the most important meal of the day.  I just love breakfast.  What I love even more is that you can pack SO much nutrition into your breakfast that it can really set you up for a great healthy day ahead.  I've been really into smoothie bowls lately and I decided to see if my kids would give it a try and low and behold ... THEY LOVED IT!!! My daughter even said it was like eating ice cream for breakfast ...

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Pumpkin Apple Soup

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Pumpkin Apple Soup

It's going to be COLD out this weekend here in MA.  What better way to warm up than with a delicious cup of hot soup with fun fall flavors! This soup has a tangy flavor from the apples and richness from the pumpkin and it's packed with fiber, Vitamin A and C and other key nutrients to nourish your body!  Warm up and enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

We all need a little indulgence here and there! This delicious banana bread recipe brought to you by SpoonUniversity.com provides both the satisfaction of a delicious treat, as well as some great nutritional value! The kids will love this one too and you can feel good about them eating it!

Ingredients:
1 2/3 cups 100% whole wheat flour
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
1/3 cup applesauce
1/3 cup water
3 egg whites
3-4 bananas mashed
1 teaspoon baking soda

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Berry Chocolate Trifle

RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Chocolate Berry Trifle

Looking for a Thanksgiving dessert that will be light and relatively healthy, but also be a crowd pleaser? Trifles are such an easy dessert with so many variations that you can really make it your own.  My favorite is this berry chocolate trifle using a light angel food cake and vanilla pudding.  

Ingredients:
  • 2-3 cups of mixed berries of your choice (my preference is strawberries and raspberries for this)
  • Organic Angel Food Cake (either store bought or make your own)