Healthy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Banana Split

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 {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

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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

Cinnamon Maple Bread Stuffed Apples

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A group of friends and I made the trek to a local pick-your-own farm, The Berry Patch, on Friday. It was a crisp fall afternoon—just right for apple harvest! So right that I left with six pounds ($7.50!) of honeycrisp, golden delicious and sweet sixteen apples. Oops. Time to get creative to put all of those picks to good use! I love biting into a plain apple as much as the next girl, but jazzing them up every once in a while is ...continue reading

Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits

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Pumpkin and cinnamon, peppermint and chocolate, peanut butter and jelly...What's your favorite flavor combination? PB&C (peanut butter and chocolate) is one hot combo this time of year, thanks to those ever-popular Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins! Inspired by that Halloween favorite, I set out to make a healthier dessert that was just as sweet and delicious. Could I do it? You be the judge. :) Chocolate Peanut ...continue reading

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

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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

Better Than Bagel Bites: Mini Pita Pizzas

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My go-to elementary school eats may have been as colorful as the ingredients above, but those colors certainly weren't natural. The "cool" after-school snacks came out of a box. Pop Tarts, Better Cheddars (anyone else remember those?!), Fruit Roll-Ups, you name it. Or what about Bagel Bites...those perennially popular mini pizzas that are marketed as "wholesome," healthy choice, yet somehow contain high fructose corn syrup and 15% ...continue reading