Monthly Archives: June 2013

Celery Pear Healthy Green Juice

This Healthy Green Juice Recipe is a delicious way to help fight cancer, eliminate the body of toxins, lose weight & pack tons of vitamins into every day!

Celery Pear Healthy Green Juice

This juice contains celery which is great for weight loss! Celery is reported to be a negative calorie food, which means it takes the body more calories to digest it than the food itself contains.*

The pears in this juice give it a nice sweetness, while also providing more than your daily supply of fiber!

One pear has 6 grams of fiber, this juice contains 6 pears, i.e. 36 grams of fiber from the pears alone! The suggested daily requirement of fiber is 25 to 30 grams.

Obviously I don’t even have to get you started on kale!  We all know that kale is the superfood sweeping the nation packing tons of Vitamins A, C and K with health benefits ranging from reducing the chances of developing cancer to bone health as well as aiding in blood clotting.

The mint in this juice gives it great flavor while also helping to soothe stomach issues, clear your skin and eliminate your body of toxins.

What are you waiting for?  It’s time to get healthy juicing!

Healthy Green Juice Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6 pears (sliced and de-seeded)
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 3 cups kale
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint

Juice all of the ingredients together.

Healthy Juicer Green Juice

Chill and serve.

Kale and Pear Healthy Green Juice

*Source: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/33-tips-tricks-and-health-benefits-of-celery.html#ixzz2XFgSRvlD

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Celery Pear Healthy Green Juice

This Healthy Green Juice Recipe is a delicious way to help fight cancer, eliminate the body of toxins, lose weight & pack tons of vitamins into every day!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 glass juice (12 oz)
Calories 722 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 6 pears sliced and de-seeded
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 3 cups kale
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint

Instructions

  1. Juice all of the ingredients together.
  2. Chill and serve.

Shrimp Mango Arugula Salad

This Shrimp Mango Arugula Salad combines mango, papaya, avocado & lemon pepper grilled shrimp for a fresh, flavorful salad that is perfect for summer!

Shrimp Mango Arugula Salad

My most recent summer salad creation was inspired by my favorite dish at Queenstown, San Diego. If you live in the area and haven’t visited this fine establishment, you are seriously missing out!

The food is amazing, service is delightful and drinks are delicious!  To say that I’m a regular here would be an understatement!

Mango Papaya Arugula Salad

While I’ve grown fond of a number of dishes on their menu, this salad is my go to for weekend afternoons when I’m craving something light and refreshing, yet still filling.

I created my own version of the salad on Friday with a little extra shrimp I had lying around.

The result was a light and refreshing salad that was packed with flavor!

Shrimp Mango Arugula Salad Ingredients

Lemon Pepper Grilled Shrimp Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 8 shrimp (peeled & deveined)

Mango Arugula Salad Ingredients

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/4 cup mango (diced)
  • 1/4 cup papaya (diced)
  • 1 avocado (diced)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint

Prepare the marinade for the shrimp by combining the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and black pepper.

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Marinade

Add the shrimp to the marinade.

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Recipe

Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes then fire up the grill to medium heat.  Grill the shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side, then prepare the salad by adding the arugula, mango, papaya and avocado to a large bowl.

Arugula Mango Shrimp Salad Recipe

Next, squeeze the tbsp of lemon juice and olive oil over the salad.  Add the shrimp and toss well. Top with the fresh mint.

Lemon Pepper Shrimp Salad

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Shrimp Mango Arugula Salad

This Shrimp Mango Arugula Salad combines mango, papaya, avocado & lemon pepper grilled shrimp for a fresh, flavorful salad that is perfect for summer!

Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 29 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 526 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

Lemon Pepper Grilled Shrimp

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 8 shrimp peeled & deveined

Mango Arugula Salad

  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/4 cup mango diced
  • 1/4 cup papaya diced
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint

Instructions

  1. Prepare the marinade for the shrimp by combining the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and black pepper.
  2. Add the shrimp to the marinade.

  3. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes then fire up the grill to medium heat.
  4. Grill the shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side, then prepare the salad by adding the arugula, mango, papaya and avocado to a large bowl.

  5. Squeeze the tbsp of lemon juice and olive oil over the salad.

  6. Add the shrimp and toss well.
  7. Top with the fresh mint.

Homemade Buffalo Cheese Ball

This homemade buffalo cheese ball recipe is super easy to whip up in 10 minutes for a party and will be a favorite amongst guests!

Buffalo Cheese Ball Recipe

If you haven’t been following me on social media, you may be wondering where all of the new recipes are! Don’t you worry, there will be plenty of new recipes coming next week.

Why the reason for the lack of new recipes the last two weeks?  It’s not because I’ve been slacking in the kitchen, actually quite the opposite!

I signed a contract two weeks ago for my first cookbook deal! Woo hoo!

The cookbook is called Buffalo Style: Ditch the Wings, Keep the Sauce! I decided to go with a cookbook based around recipes including buffalo sauce because I’ve been known as the “Buffalo Sauce Queen” ever since I started food blogging! I love recipes with buffalo sauce, and you all seem to also! 😉  So, Buffalo Style it was!

Yesterday I asked on Facebook which recipe you’d like to see from my upcoming cookbook. The response was overwhelmingly in favor of the Cheese Ball!

You said it loud and clear and I listened, so here it is, the latest recipe from my upcoming cookbook Buffalo Style for your viewing, creating and devouring pleasure!

Buffalo Cheese Ball Ingredients

Buffalo Cheese Ball Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp blue cheese dressing
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp buffalo sauce
  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • ½ cup pecans (chopped)

Buffalo Cheese Ball Instructions

Mix the first six ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.

Buffalo Cheese Ball Recipe

Form the mixture into a ball then chop the pecans in a food processor and spread the crumbs onto a sheet of plastic wrap.

Roll the cheese ball in the chopped pecans.

Buffalo Cheese Ball Recipe

Wrap the plastic wrap around the ball and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Serve with vegetables or crackers for dipping.

Homemade Buffalo Cheese Ball

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Homemade Buffalo Cheese Ball

This homemade buffalo cheese ball recipe is super easy to whip up in 10 minutes for a party and will be a favorite amongst guests!

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 202 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp blue cheese dressing
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp buffalo sauce
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ cup pecans chopped

Instructions

  1. Add the blue cheese dressing, onion powder, garlic powder, buffalo sauce, cream cheese and cheddar cheese to a medium mixing bowl. Combine well.

  2. Form the mixture into a ball then chop the pecans and spread the crumbs onto a sheet of plastic wrap.

  3. Roll the cheese ball in the chopped pecans.
  4. Wrap the plastic wrap around the ball and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with vegetables or crackers for dipping.

Top 10 Kitchen Essentials: Your Ultimate Buying Guide

Kitchen Essentials Infographic

While I’ve always been interested in cooking, there is no shortage of recent college graduates who have lived the past four years surviving on top ramen and making very good friends with the pizza delivery guy! There are also those people out there that may not be recent college graduates, but somehow missed that moment when they were supposed to delete the local Chinese restaurant number from their “favorites list” on the iPhone!

Now that we’re in “the real world”, it’s time to start cooking REAL food! Learning to cook, and I mean cooking that doesn’t involve placing a bowl in the microwave, can be both daunting and confusing. More than that, the last thing anyone wants to do is dish out hundreds of dollars on kitchen items that will barely get used! That’s why I’m here. This week, Little Leopard Book has compiled a list of our top kitchen essentials to make even the most novice cooking experiences run smoothly. While these items vary in price depending on how fancy and high-tech they are, by purchasing the most basic option of each item, everything on the list can be added to the kitchen for under $200! Combine our list of essentials with our delicious recipes and anyone can fall in love with cooking and all that homemade has to offer!

Cutting board: I don’t think I could survive in the kitchen without a cutting board. Not only does cutting directly on the counter create a mess, I would argue that it’s not even socially acceptable! My advice is to have a couple on hand, this is especially useful when cutting both veggies and raw meat. The two should definitely not mix! I recommend using a wood cutting board for veggies, herbs or bread and a plastic cutting board for preparing raw meats.

Chef’s knife: This item goes hand in hand with a cutting board. Life in the kitchen is much easier when struggling to saw through food is not an issue! A good knife cuts down on time, reduces the probability of slicing fingers, and makes it easier to chop food evenly, ultimately making the end result more appetizing.

Measuring Cups: While the experts may not rely on exact measuring, when learning and trying new recipes it is necessary to do so. With correct measurements, new recipes are much more likely to turn out delicious the first time around!

Measuring Spoons: Like measuring cups, these make sure a new dish turns out perfect on the first try. Use these to measure seasonings for that extra pop of flavor in recipes!

Colander: From my experience pasta is one of the easiest dishes to make, but only if there’s a colander around to help the process! Pasta dishes can be prepared a number of ways depending on the type of sauce used, the veggies or meat added, and the cheese inside or atop the dish. Experiment with different ingredients and flavors to find your favorite! My favorite is our Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne! A colander can also be used to rinse fruits and veggies quickly and easily.

Blender: Even though we’re growing out of our “college phase” in the kitchen, that doesn’t mean we have to ditch our friend, the blended margarita, after all, we’re never too old for margaritas!  And of course after those margaritas over the weekend, a blender is an awesome item to have on Monday morning for a delicious Lean and Green Superfood Smoothie to prepare for the week!

Garlic Press: I have my mom to thank for my obsession with the garlic press. While ready-to-go minced garlic in a jar can be purchased, I highly suggest taking the route of buying fresh garlic cloves and a garlic press. The flavor is much better with fresh garlic and a garlic press is simple to use. Many recipes give ingredients in the number of garlic cloves, which can be hard to measure with jarred garlic. Most importantly, this will save money!

Baking Stone: I may have lied at the beginning of this post, pizza is still allowed in “real life” but why not make your own? Baking stones are perfect for making pizzas and baked goods. They help in creating a more even temperature, prevent burning, and are non-stick. I love using mine to make Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies 😉

Zester: No matter how easy a dish is to make, a zester gives the impression of mad cooking skills! Use it with lemons, limes, and other garnishes for a pop of color and flavor. Easily grate fresh parmesan on top of pasta or pizza or use the zester with a little chocolate to amp up any dessert!

Cast Iron Skillet: A cast iron skillet is durable and will last forever! It can be used on the stove, grill, or in the oven. I love using mine for our Cast Iron Skillet Rustic Potatoes.

 

Gluten Free Lemon Dessert Cups

This gluten free lemon dessert recipe requires only 4 ingredients to be layered in small mason jars for a fresh, delicious and simple summer dessert!

Gluten Free Lemon Dessert Jars

Last week I picked up a box of delicious gluten free lemon wafer cookies with the idea that I could use them as a base for a new fresh and light summer dessert recipe!

Gluten Free Layered Lemon Dessert Recipe

I decided that I didn’t want to go with a pie or bar recipe (since I’ve been going kind of bar crazy lately!) It was then that I remembered “Dirt Dessert”, one of my favorites as a kid!

There was a cool creamy layer, then a delicious chocolate Oreo layer. I decided I could make a similar version, but with a lemony twist!

Lemon Layered Dessert Jars

I was preparing this delicious dessert for a girlfriends birthday dinner, so I decided these individual mason jars would be an adorable way to present the light and refreshing treat!

Gluten Free Raspberry Lemon Dessert Jars

I topped them with fresh mint and raspberries for a little POC (pop of color)!  The result was an adorable, delicious, simple, light and refreshing gluten free dessert!

Gluten Free Lemon Dessert Cup Ingredients

Ingredients

Add the lemon wafers to a food processor.

Glutino Gluten Free Lemon Wafers

Blend into a fine crumb mixture.

Glutino Gluten Free Lemon Wafer Crumble

Whip together the cream cheese and cool whip.

Creamy Lemon Filling Recipe

Then add the zest and juice of two lemons.

Creamy Lemon Filling Recipe

Cream together then begin preparing the jars.

Place a large spoonful of the creamy filling in the bottom of a ½ pint jar, then add a layer of the lemon wafer crumbs.

Gluten Free Lemon Layered Dessert Cups

Add another layer of creamy filling, then top with another layer of lemon wafer crumbs.

Gluten Free Lemon Dessert Cups

Zest the third lemon on top of the jars and serve.

Fresh and Easy Gluten Free Lemon Dessert Cups

Add fresh fruit or mint if you prefer!

Gluten Free Layered Lemon Dessert Recipe

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Gluten Free Lemon Dessert Cups

This gluten free lemon dessert recipe requires only 4 ingredients to be layered in small mason jars for a fresh, delicious and simple summer dessert!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5 dessert jars (1/2 pint each)
Calories 442 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add the lemon wafers to a food processor.

  2. Blend into a fine crumb mixture.
  3. Whip the cream cheese and cool whip together.

  4. Add the zest and juice of two lemons.

  5. Cream together then begin preparing the jars.
  6. Place a large spoonful of the creamy filling in the bottom of a jar, then add a layer of the lemon wafer crumbs.
  7. Add another layer of creamy filling, then top with another layer of lemon wafer crumbs.
  8. Zest the third lemon on top of the jars and serve.
  9. Add fresh fruit or mint if you would like.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

These delicious gluten free peanut butter chocolate chip bars are a quick and simple dessert recipe, perfect for parties!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

A few years back I was part of a co-ed softball team. So I never actually held a bat or caught a ball, but I did cheer on the team and make fresh baked goods for every game!

And lets be real, having a cheering section and fresh baked goods is an essential part of an adult co-ed softball league so you might just say I held the more important role on the team! 😉

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

These bars were the absolute favorite of everything I made for them!  They were requested on the regular by the team!

I hadn’t thought about them, much less made them, in years. After making these Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake Bars last week, they came into my mind and I knew I had to whip some up!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

This time around I used gluten free flour to make these babies gluten-free!  They were just as scrumptious as I remembered with no gluten in site!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Bar Ingredients

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 oz chocolate chips (divided)

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars Instructions

Begin by creaming together the butter and peanut butter.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Bar Recipe

Add the eggs, vanilla and sugars.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Bar Recipe

Beat well then add the flour and salt.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Bar Recipe

Mix until combined well and creamy, then hand mix in 1 cup of chocolate chips.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar Recipe

Pour the batter into an 8 x 11 baking dish.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the additional chocolate chips.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Wait 5 minutes for the chocolate to melt, then spread it across the top of the bars.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Allow to cool for 15 minutes.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

Slice into squares and dig in!

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

These bars and so simple to make and great for taking to summer cookouts and parties!

Make this gluten free version of the bars to make sure that everyone attending the party can enjoy the delicious treats! 🙂

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars

These delicious gluten free peanut butter chocolate chip bars are a quick and simple dessert recipe, perfect for parties!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 474 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Premium Gold Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 oz chocolate chips divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to at 350°F.

  2. Cream together the butter and peanut butter.

  3. Add the eggs, vanilla and sugars.

  4. Beat well then add the flour and salt.
  5. Mix until creamy, then hand mix in 1 cup of chocolate chips.

  6. Pour the batter into a greased 8 x 11 baking dish.

  7. Bake for 25 minutes.

  8. Remove from the oven and top with the additional chocolate chips.
  9. Wait 5 minutes for the chocolate to melt, then spread it across the top of the bars.
  10. Allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  11. Slice into squares and dig in!

Paleo Infographic: Everything You Need To Know

FinalPaleoInfographic*

A few months ago, a friend of mine started dating a guy who swore by his Paleo lifestyle. Initially, we could not understand why anyone would choose to follow such a strict diet. Many questions arose even one as simple, and stupid, as “does he actually hunt and gather his food?” While this question may seem ridiculous, the hunter-gatherer methodology of our ancestors largely builds what the Paleo diet is all about. I have not tried the Paleo diet yet and do not in any way claim to be an expert. However, when I have attempted to look up what the Paleo diet consists of, I have found a bunch of different viewpoints, making it confusing and difficult for one to start their own Paleo venture. Between the above paleo infographic and the following post I’m going to simplify what Paleo is, why one should consider the diet, and how to get started. Consider this your go to guide for all the Paleo basics.

For more Paleo information and great Paleo recipes for the grill, check out our very own Whitney Bond on the San Diego 6 Morning News Show!

What is “Paleo”?

The Paleolithic (Paleo) diet craze, often called the caveman diet, began as early as the 1960’s shunning products of the agricultural revolution and the creation of the highly processed foods that exist today. The basic premises of the Paleo diet are simple, eat as if you were roaming the earth more than 10,000 years ago before junk food and heavy pasta meals existed.

What can I eat?

Foods allowed on the Paleo diet all mimic what would have existed in the Paleolithic period. This includes grass-fed meats, fish, seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, nuts and seeds, and healthful oils (olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut). Any type of food that was produced as a result of the agricultural revolution technically cannot be included. This includes grains, legumes, potatoes, refined sugar, dairy, salt, processed foods, refined vegetable oils, and alcohol. If it could not be hunted or gathered by our cavemen ancestors, don’t eat it! Sound too difficult? The leading specialist of this natural diet, Dr. Loren Cordain, offers three “levels” of Paleo in his book The Paleo Diet. These levels enable dieters to slowly transition to full Paleo or stop at whichever point works for them.

Why would I want to be Paleo?

The claims of the Paleo diet all surround themselves with the idea that you’ll live a healthier, fitter life. Paleo research claims it is the only nutritional approach that works with our genetics and ultimately prevents, and can often remedy, the ills and diseases caused by modern day food production. Through their research, Paleo enthusiasts blame refined foods, trans fat, and sugars as the root of many degenerative diseases including obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression, and infertility. In terms of weight loss, the Paleo diet is much more about maintaining a healthy lifestyle rather than shedding pounds, but by ditching processed foods, many do lose weight as a result. This diet plan does not cater to vegetarians, although it can be modified. It is naturally gluten-free, satisfying another degree of healthy eating.

Is Paleo really the healthiest way to eat?

Critics of the Paleo lifestyle emphasize that humans have evolved to be able to eat modern day food. The wild game that existed during the Paleolithic period is not the same as the meats available today, and the sustainability of Paleo is currently not as realistic as it needs to be. Critics claim nearly every fruit, vegetable, and animal is drastically different from those that our cavemen predecessors consumed. Furthermore, our cavemen ancestors ate the way they did out of necessity, not out of want. There is little research on the actual proven benefits of the Paleo diet. These reasons aren’t necessarily an end all for Paleo, the diet is all about how you feel on it and responding to what your body tells you.

Interested in exploring what it means to be Paleo? Check out our most popular Little Leopard Book Paleo recipes including our Chipotle Lime Chicken Fajita Skewers, Grilled Pineapple Tomatillo Guacamole, and Caribbean Mango Avocado Ahi Lettuce Wraps or visit our Paleo page to explore more options!

 

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

This metabolism boosting breakfast smoothie is packed with superfood protein and fruit for a healthy, slimming drink filled with vitamins!

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

When the booking producer over at the San Diego 6 Morning News Show asked me to come on this week to talk about juicing and smoothies, I couldn’t wait to share some of the drinks I’ve been mixing up over in my kitchen every morning!

Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

While I’ll be juicing up some of my favorites like the Green Detox Juice and Antioxidant Immunity Juice, I also wanted to throw in a new drink.

Metabolism Boosting Smoothie Ingredients

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 6 oz greek yogurt
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp beaming Superfood Smoothie Blend
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1/2 cup ice

Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie Instructions

Add the strawberries, blueberries and banana to a blender.

Metabolism Boosting Smoothie Recipe

Add the greek yogurt, coconut water, honey, ginger, cinnamon, superfood smoothie blend, flaxseed and ice.

Metabolism Boosting Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Blend well.

Blueberry Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Metabolism Boosting Smoothie

This smoothie not only helps speed up your metabolism, it also reduces nausea and aids in digestion.

Blueberry Superfood Smoothie

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Metabolism Boosting Breakfast Smoothie

This metabolism boosting breakfast smoothie is packed with superfood protein and fruit for a healthy, slimming drink filled with vitamins!

Course Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 smoothie (24 oz)
Calories 460 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 6 oz greek yogurt
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Beaming Superfood Smoothie Blend
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Add the strawberries, blueberries and banana to a blender.

  2. Add the greek yogurt, coconut water, honey, ginger, cinnamon, superfood smoothie blend, flaxseed and ice.

  3. Blend well.

Lean and Green Superfood Smoothie

This lean and green superfood smoothie combines flaxseed, spinach, avocado, banana, coconut water and more for a delicious and nutritious drink recipe!

Banana Avocado Flax Seed Smoothie

This smoothie was inspired by my first trip to bBar Superfood Vitality Bar in Del Mar!

bBar Del Mar

I tried the Sexy Mayan and Lisa’s Daily Lean & Green and was immediately addicted to the lean-ness and green-ness of Lisa’s smoothie!

bBar Del Mar Smoothies

After meeting with bBar’s social media guru Dustin Towery, he sent me home with a bag of bBar’s Beaming Organic Superfood Protein Blend with Greens so that I could re-create their amazing smoothie in my kitchen!

Banana Avocado Green Smoothie

And that I did!

Green Superfood Smoothie Ingredients

Lean Green Superfood Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp beaming superfood protein
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Lean Green Superfood Smoothie Instructions

Add the avocado and banana to a blender.  Add the almond milk, coconut water and spinach, then add the protein and flax seed.

Green Flaxseed Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Top it off with the honey and cinnamon.

Green Superfood Smoothie Recipe

Add ice and blend well.

Green Superfood Smoothie Recipe

bBar Lean and Green Smoothie

This energy packed smoothie is loaded with vitamins, nutrients and protein!

Lean and Green Smoothie

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Lean and Green Superfood Smoothie

This lean and green superfood smoothie combines flaxseed, spinach, avocado, banana, coconut water and more for a delicious and nutritious drink recipe!

Course Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 smoothies (16 oz each)
Calories 307 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp beaming superfood protein
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Add the avocado and banana to a blender.

  2. Add the almond milk, coconut water and spinach, then add the protein and flax seed.

  3. Top it off with the honey and cinnamon.
  4. Add ice and blend well.

Mediterranean Crab and Couscous Stuffed Mushrooms

This recipe for Mediterranean Crab and Couscous Stuffed Mushrooms combines lump crab meat with red peppers, garlic and feta for a fresh, healthy dish!

Mediterranean Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

This weekend I had the serious craving for fresh crab. Instead of making crab cakes, I decided to combine the crab with couscous and some of my favorite Mediterranean flavors, then stuff it into these large portobello mushrooms.

Couscous Stuffed Mushrooms

I then grilled the mushrooms for a fresh, healthy take on stuffed mushrooms!

Crab Couscous Stuffed Mushroom Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked couscous
  • 1/2 cup fresh lump crab meat
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp green onions (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large portobello mushrooms

Combine the couscous, crab, parmesan, feta and garlic.

Crab and Couscous Mushroom Stuffing

Add the red peppers, green onions and combine well.

Mediterranean Crab and Couscous Stuffing

Clean out and de-stem the mushrooms, then brush each side with olive oil.

Garlic Olive Oil Brushed Portobellos

Stuff the mixture into the mushrooms.

Mediterranean Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Grill over medium heat for 15 minutes, then serve.

Mediterranean Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

These can be served as a light meal or as a deliciously filling appetizer!

Gluten Free Mediterranean Stuffed Mushrooms

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Mediterranean Crab and Couscous Stuffed Mushrooms

This recipe for Mediterranean Crab and Couscous Stuffed Mushrooms combines lump crab meat with red peppers, garlic and feta for a fresh, healthy dish!

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 Stuffed Mushrooms
Calories 316 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked couscous
  • 1/2 cup fresh lump crab meat
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbled
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers chopped
  • 1 tbsp green onions chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large portobello mushrooms

Instructions

  1. Combine the couscous, crab, parmesan, feta and garlic.

  2. Add the red peppers, green onions and combine well.

  3. Clean out and de-stem the mushrooms, then brush each side with olive oil.

  4. Stuff the mixture into the mushrooms.
  5. Grill over medium heat for 15 minutes, then serve.

Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

This recipe for no bake frozen strawberry cheesecake bars with Nutella graham cracker crust is easy to make and the perfect summer treat!

Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake Bars

Warm summer days deserve the perfect summer dessert! And that’s where these Frozen Cheesecake Bars come in! They’re super simple to make and a great cool treat to beat the heat!

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Strawberry Peach Guacamole

Strawberry Peach Guacamole

This strawberry peach guacamole gives a sweet & fruity summer twist to the dip that everyone loves!

Strawberry Peach Guacamole Recipe

I made this dish last weekend for a Memorial Day BBQ and it was a hit with all of my friends!

I served it along side it’s spicy counterpart, Buffalo Sauce Guacamole, which will appear in my cookbook, Buffalo Style, out this fall!

Strawberry Guacamole Recipe

The combination of juicy pieces of strawberry and peaches mixed with fresh basil and lemon juice make it difficult to put down the chips!

Strawberry Peach Guacamole Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados
  • 1 tomato (chopped)
  • 1 cup strawberries (chopped)
  • 2 peaches (peeled & chopped)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)

Mash the avocados together in a medium bowl, add the tomatoes, strawberries and peaches.

Strawberry Peach Guacamole Recipe

Mix all of the ingredients together then juice the lemon into the guacamole and add the fresh basil.

Strawberry Peach Guacamole

Serve with your favorite chips for delicious dipping pleasure!

Strawberry Peach Guacamole

You could also serve this fruity guacamole with apple crisps for a fun and healthy twist!

Strawberry Peach Guacamole

 

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