Try It Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday, peeps! Today I’ve got a yummy treat for you courtesy of one of my students’ mom’s–fruit n’ nut balls!

Here’s what you need:

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~1 cup dates, pitted

~1 cup dried cranberries

~1 cup walnuts

~2 tablespoons peanut butter (you can substitute with almond butter)

~1 cup chocolate chips, melted (optional)

 

First, pour the walnuts into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Set aside.

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Then, place the dates, cranberries, and peanut butter into the food processor and blend to a paste. (No, that’s not my tiny hand–I had an assistant!)

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After you’ve achieved the “paste”-like texture, pour the walnuts in with the other ingredients and blend thoroughly. It will look a little crumbly, but that’s okay!

 

Roll into balls (or press into bars). You can also melt chocolate chips and dip them! If you do, place them on parchment paper immediately after and let them chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes.

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Y’all, these things are AMAZE-BALLS (hey-oh!)! They’re super yummy and I don’t feel bad eating them because they’re made with minimal ingredients. Here are the nutrition facts (this is for 1/22 of the recipe and I did not include the chocolate):

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These would make a GREAT pre-workout snack or a great dessert! Have you ever made these before (or something like it)? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

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The other day I was reading about the health benefits of pomegranate seeds. It was then that I realized I had never tried pomegranate before! True, I’ve had pomegranate-flavored stuff (mostly candy-ha!) but never true pomegranate seeds. I decided to rectify this and went to the grocery store and bought one!

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I won’t lie, I was a little nervous. But, the health benefits kept playing over in my head and I decided to just dive in! I wasn’t sure what to expect so when I sliced it open, Huff the Hubs laughed at my gasp:

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After watching a YouTube video (yes, I had to do that) I learned an easy way to separate the seeds from the rind– just add water! It worked great!

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Y’all, these were SO good! This is definitely my new, go-to healthy snack!

 

Have you ever had pomegranate seeds? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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Last week, a friend of mine sent me a picture of a dessert she made. I immediately wanted to eat all of it, it looked so tasty! She graciously sent me the recipe from Pinterest and I whipped it up last night!

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Nummy-looking, right?! Here’s what you need:

Try It Tuesday 2-23-16~Two packs of crescent rolls

~Pineapple tidbits

~Corn starch

~Cream cheese

~Any fruit you’d like to add! I used bananas, kiwis, and frozen blueberries/strawberries (mostly because that’s what I had on hand and thought I’d save some cash by using what I already had)

~Granulated sugar (not pictured)

First, light your oven to 350 (or 375, depending on what cookie sheet you use–i.e., non-stick, dark, light, etc.) Then, unroll your crescent rolls onto a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet and bake 9-12 minutes.

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While the crust cools, strain and drain the pineapple tidbits and save the juice.

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In a bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the pineapple juice, the cream cheese, and 1/2 cup of sugar.

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Then, spread it onto the cooled crust.

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Next, add your fruit! After you’ve added your fruit, take the remaining pineapple juice and pour it into a small pot. Add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until the mixture thickens up.

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Then, drizzle it over your fruit pizza and voila! 

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OMG, y’all. I seriously could’ve eaten the entire thing! It was DELISH! I think next time we go to a family function where I have to bring food, I’m totally bringing this!

 

Have you ever made a fruit pizza before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

 

 

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Today’s Try It Tuesday is brought to you by the letter “S”.

“S” is for: Sick…which I am.

Technically, I don’t have bronchitis. Though, I keep coughing, my throat is a little tender, and my head hurts every now and then. But other than that, I’m perfectly fine.

But, though I may not be as spritely as I was last week, I am still here to bring you a tasty treat from the {web}pages of Pinterest!

Today’s letter doesn’t just stand for “sick”, but also “smoothie”!

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Since I’ve been feeling under the weather–and given the long line at CVS Pharmacy, I figured others were as well–I thought I would do a Try It that is packed with vitamins and good-for-you food!

Here’s what you need:

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~V8 Fusion 100% juice (whichever flavor you want; I chose Strawberry Banana because I’ve tried it before and knew I liked it and I chose light because I am still trying to lose a few lbs!)

~baby spinach

~frozen mixed fruit

 

(In the original pin, the Mommy Blogger uses a larger measurement than I did. This is simply because she made it for herself and her kiddo and her blender is MUCH bigger than mine.)

First, drop the spinach in the blender (I used a cup of spinach). Next, I poured in 3/4 cup juice, and 3/4 cup frozen fruit.

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Then I blended it and got this lovely mud-colored concoction:

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I transferred it in to my Snackeez (AKA, the greatest invention known to man) because, 1-like Iggy, I’m fancy; and 2-I was able to pour some almonds into the top part for my snacking convenience.

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This was DELISH! I couldn’t taste the spinach (which, I used to drink spinach/banana/peanut butter smoothies ALL THE TIME, so I knew the spinach would not be taste-able) AND this entire recipe was only 110 calories! Perfect for a snack and you get a serving and a half of fruits and veggies! Perfect!

 

My Favorite Things {To Eat}

Merry Monday before Christmas!

With the big day only a tad over 48 hours away, you’re probably starting to think about what you’re going to take to your many family functions. If you don’t want to actually bring something, I’ve got some great suggestions for you! Every year I look forward to this season because its when the best of the best foods come around my house. And my family does not skimp when it comes to holiday eating!

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Here’s my Top Four Favorite Holiday Treats!

 

#4. Jalapeno Poppers

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Full disclosure: my dad makes these almost exclusively in the summertime. However, we are preparing for Ultra Feast on New Year’s Eve and he has already said that these are totes on the menu. I am SO excited! The poppers may seem a little extreme, given that they’re made with a crazy-hot pepper, but they’re actually not as spicy as you might think. The cream cheese really helps to mellow out the kick! Plus, the peppers are wrapped in bacon. And everything is better with bacon! Get the recipe here!

 

#3. Fruit Pizza

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We haven’t had this dessert is sooooooo long! It used to be a staple for our New Year’s Eve partay’s, but sadly, its gone away. I’m hoping to revive it this year! Its a pretty simple recipe. All you need is sugar cookie dough (you can even use store bought!), cream cheese, powdered sugar, and your favorite fruits! Get the stats here!

 

#2. Chili Cheese Dip

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I love this dip because its always a home run when there’s a lot of people and its super simple to make! Its perfect for the colder months and can be tailored to fit your tastes! You add or subtract just about anything from this recipe and its still awesome! Get some ideas for your own creation at this site!

 

#1. Peanut Butter Ball

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My sister found this recipe on Pinterest and I have never before been so thankful for the internet. This sweet dip takes two of my favorite foods: peanut butter and chocolate and makes them edible with a spoon. (Well, I guess you could eat peanut butter straight out of the jar with a spoon, but this is SO much better!) Again, its a super simple recipe that looks like you’ve spent all day making, so you can totes impress your in-laws! This dip is good with sugar cookies, graham crackers, and apple slices!

 

 

Happy eating!