Homemade Vanilla + Vanilla Stevia

vanilla

I may have found a new signature cocktail. You see, I'm very much a red wine girl (if I drink at all), but sometimes the situation isn't quite right to say, "Pinot, please!" (See: Most sports bars, a dance club, etc.) My old M.O. was to order some variation of vodka and club soda, until I was recently introduced to the awesomeness that is the Moscow Mule. The classy cocktail uses the same mild-flavored alcohol, but mixes it with lime ...continue reading

Turkey + Hummus Cucumber Sub

Cucumber Sub

Please forgive me for the unannounced posting hiatus and all-around social media silence over the past couple weeks. In addition to my usual job, fitness classes and freelance projects (have you checked out my stories on Recipe.com yet?), I've been preparing to take my AFAA and NASM exams to become a certified group fitness instructor and a certified personal trainer. Yesterday, I spent 8 hours in a group fitness studio ...continue reading

Healthy Single-Serving PB&J Cake

pbjcake

When I was a kid, "hot lunch" was a steady rotation of rubbery pizza, turkey and gravy over white bread, purple-hued hot dogs and overcooked spaghetti. As a result, my Mom or I packed a brown bag nearly everyday. I can probably count the number of times I bought a hot lunch ticket during my K-8 career on one hand. Since sandwich + fruit or vegetable+ treat (chips, dessert, etc.) was on rotation 180 days per year for nine years, I was ...continue reading

Healthy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Banana Split

Banana-Split

 {Source} Amiright?! I've had many friends and even fitness pros exclaim the benefits of exercising on an empty stomach. I, for one, am strongly on team EAT! The latest research has found that even just a light nosh will help you work longer and harder. So eat dessert first! This clean recipe is healthy enough to be a pre-workout breakfast, but would also work as a snack or a bedtime snack. It packs more protein than ...continue reading

Healthy Homemade Apple Butter

Apple Butter

When it comes to nutrition, butter sounds bad, right? Well, not as bad as those much-discussed trans fats, but you get the idea. THIS butter is made with just four ingredients—and none of them are packed with saturated fat. Just the fruits of my apple-picking labor, a couple spices and some lemon juice! Not only is this a surprisingly light condiment, but it's also super-versatile. As you can see below, I've tried it ...continue reading

Easy, Elegant Hors d’Oeuvres: 13-Calorie Caprese Crackers

DSC_0070

Happy Emmy Awards day! As we speak, TV stars are getting glammed up to make a splash on the red carpet and potentially take home a shiny new trophy. I say, why let the celebrities have all the fun? Host a viewing party tonight and serve these easy, elegant hors d'oeuvres, inspired by the classic Italian Caprese salad. They look fancy but it's as much of a facade as that double-stick tape on your favorite starlet's dress. In all ...continue reading