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Frozen Yogurt Bark with Blueberries and Pomegranate

As registered dietitians and personal trainers you may think that since we eat a healthy diet, exercise and love veggies that we automatically must just not like sweets. Ha! If only!

The truth is we love chocolate and frozen desserts—and have a long love affair with fro-yo. It started in high school when one our best friend’s worked at a Fro-yo store and she’d give us all the fro-yo we wanted—free! As students on a budget we weren’t shy and ate A LOT. Roughly four small frozen yogurts each! And we’d skip a healthy lunch and would end up eating those instead—Oy! Thank goodness we don’t do that anymore (yes, we didn’t feel so good the rest of the afternoon) but that doesn’t mean we love fro-yo any less! 🙂

 

You may also like:

Skinny Strawberry Mint Ice Cream

Skinny Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches 

Dark Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

 

And if you love fro-yo (or other frozen ice cream-like desserts) the way we do, you’ll completely get why we’re super excited to introduce our latest love… Frozen Yogurt Bark with Blueberries and Pomegranate…and it’s only 18 calories per piece of heaven!

 

If it’s a hot summer day, and you’re craving a bowl of your favorite ice cream but you don’t want all the sugar that comes along with it, or you’re jonesing for something quick, light and refreshing to squash a sweet tooth, this bark will be your new bestie– right in the convenience of your freezer when you need it most!

Not only is this bark only 18 calories for each 2-inch piece– and low in sugar too– it’s also packed with lots of beneficial nutrients. Yogurt is filled with probiotics, helping to keep your gut healthy and helping to boost your immunity. Both blueberries and pomegranate arils are antioxidant powerhouses, helping to protect your body from harmful free radicals that damage your body and your skin and that speed the aging process. Consuming these antioxidants helps keeps your cells healthy! And healthy cells = happy you! And fro-yo (in any form) = a happy us! 😉

 Frozen Yogurt Bark with Blueberries and Pomegranate

 

Serves 15 (about 2×2 inches, each)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups non fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp. slivered almonds

Instructions:

  1. Combine the yogurt and honey in a medium-sized bowl and then stir in the chocolate chips and pomegranate seeds.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the mixture on top. Then spread the mixture so it is approximately ½ inch thick.
  3. Sprinkle the blueberries, coconut and sliced almonds on top.
  4. Put the baking sheet in the freezer, and allow the yogurt mixture to freeze completely (should take a few hours).
  5. Once frozen, you can cut the bark into desirably sized pieces and place them into separate bags or a combined container. Then place them back in the freezer so you can enjoy a frozen treat later!

 

Nutrition facts: 18 calories, 1 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 1 mg sodium, 6 mg potassium, 3 g carbs, 3 g sugar

 Preparation Tip: when consuming these treats, they work best when served in a bowl. They melt fairly fast, so this will help prevent a mess to clean up!

Frozen Yogurt Bark with Blueberries and Pomegranate
 
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Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 2 cups non fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp. slivered almonds
Instructions
  1. Combine the yogurt and honey in a medium-sized bowl and then stir in the chocolate chips and pomegranate seeds.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the mixture on top. Then spread the mixture so it is approximately ½ inch thick.
  3. Sprinkle the blueberries, coconut and sliced almonds on top.
  4. Put the baking sheet in the freezer, and allow the yogurt mixture to freeze completely (should take a few hours).
  5. Once frozen, you can cut the bark into desirably sized pieces and place them into separate bags or a combined container. Then place them back in the freezer so you can enjoy a frozen treat later!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 piece Calories: 18 Fat: 1 g Saturated fat: 0 g Sugar: 3 g Sodium: 1 mg

 

 

 

 

Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats

We have a long love affair with orange creamsicles that dates back to elementary school. While our cook-everything-from-scratch, granola baking hippie (minus the drugs) mom, who had the best intentions to keep us healthy, gave us her low-sugar, home-cooked dessert every night, she did give us money to buy ice cream at school every Friday for a special indulgence. We’d look forward to it all week long, and we’d dream of the Orange Creamsicle we’d often choose (the Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bar took a close second! 🙂 ). Now, as registered dietitians with a sweet tooth that we work hard to keep in check, we still love the flavor of orange creamsicles, and this healthy rendition of an orange creamsicle is inspired by our childhood Friday ice cream special!

 

Psst… looking for more healthy recipes? Please feel free to search this site. And here are a few to try…

Coco Chia Granola Balls

Strawberry and Citrus Salad with Avocado 

 

 

Every feel rushed in the morning?! We hear ya! These are for you! And because…

 

we can’t all be morning people, and for those of you who aren’t – these Orange Creamsicle overnight oats will be your wake-up call! Not only can they be fully prepared the night before, but they also provide the nutrients you need to get your day started on the right foot, no matter what side of the bed you got off of.

 

We call this our Shake, Rattle and Roll breakfast! Simply put all the ingredients in a jar, shake them, rattle ’em if you please 😉 and refrigerate! Roll out the door with them in the morning!

 

Healthy Bonuses:

The oats are rich in energy-revving whole grain carbohydrates to keep you fueled. Plus, their soluble fiber helps to lower cholesterol and fight heart disease.

 

 

 

Packed with oranges which are a great source of vitamin C, this breakfast will help to bolster your immune system, and as an added bonus it helps with the formation of collagen – so you can look forward to healthy and younger-looking skin! And oats combined with oranges are the perfect match, since the iron in the oats is more easily absorbed with the help of vitamin C!

Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats

Preparation Tip: When preparing this delicious breakfast make sure to use a container/jar that allows room for the ingredients to be shaken – a mason jar works perfectly! And for added flavor and nutrients feel free to toss in a few more of your favorite fruits. Blueberries, raspberries or strawberries are the perfect addition!

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 orange, peeled and sectioned

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon ground flax

1/4 cup nonfat milk

 

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a jar or container with life. Shake to combine, then place into fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning!

Nutrition facts per serving:

315 calories, 5 grams fat, 0 grams Saturated fat, 47 grams Carbohydrates, 69 grams Sodium, 8 grams Fiber, 22 grams Protein

 

Orange Creamsicle Overnight Oats
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 orange, peeled and sectioned
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax
  • ¼ cup nonfat milk
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a jar or container with lid. Shake to combine, then place into fridge overnight. Enjoy the next morning!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 315 Fat: 5g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 47g Sodium: 69g Fiber: 8g Protein: 22g

 

 

Super Berry Weight Loss Smoothie

If we had a dime for every time we heard… (oh my gosh, clearly, we’re turning into our parents who loved this cliché—a bit unsettling!) But honestly, do you know how many times we’ve heard someone say that there just aren’t good ways to get satisfying amounts of protein in smoothies unless you can tolerate dairy?

 

Here are a few of our smoothies, in case you’re lookin’

Apple Flax & Pomegranate “Detox” Smoothie

Green Grape & Matcha “Detox” Smoothie

Blueberry Lemon Morning “Detox” Smoothie

Truly, we get it, when you’re looking for at least 15-20 grams of protein in a meal to help you to stay satisfied so you don’t end up looking for something else to eat a few hours later, Greek yogurt is a great way to help you to achieve that protein. But if you’re looking for a dairy-free or vegan option, it can be a bit more challenging.

(Psst… while they do make lactose-free whey protein powders, some of our more sensitive lactose intolerant clients have noticed that even these affect their stomachs.)

Over the years we’ve felt the pain our lactose intolerant, vegan and dairy-free clients when they want to enjoy a smoothie that would actually promote a healthy weight loss, rather than promoting weight gain…

That’s why we’ve been so thrilled to see pea protein burst into the market and become mainstream! It’s one of the easiest, healthiest and one of the best ways to get protein into your weight loss smoothie—whether you’re lactose intolerant or not!

We love that you don’t have to worry about it spoiling—and it can help you to make a smoothie into a healthy protein-packed meal!

Here’s why pea protein rocks—and why it’s so great in your weight loss smoothie!

It contains both fiber & protein: If you’ve spent any time on our blog, you know that the magical combination for weight loss is a meal that contains both protein and fiber, to keep you satisfied, your energy on an even keel and keep your blood sugar level stable.

o Power to Pulses! Not many foods contain both protein and fiber, and peas, like all pulses (the delicious, protein-packed, sustainable foods you know as dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas) contain this weight loss friendly combo!

• Pssst….fun fact: In 2016 Pulses were named International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations.

• Research show that pulses (like pea protein), aid in weight loss even when calories aren’t restricted. Check out this 2016 study1, that found that it was just 3/4 cup of pulses per day that worked!

Super Berry Protein Smoothie

The combination of the antioxidant-rich strawberries and blackberries pack a fiber-punch while making this smoothie delightfully sweet and refreshing.  The unexpected superstar weight loss ingredient is the protein-packed pea protein, as like all pulses, can aid in weight loss even when calories aren’t restricted and it was also found to be more effective than whey protein at fighting against hunger

Servings: 1 serving = 16 ounces

Ingredients
• 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
• 1/2 frozen banana
• 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
• 1/2 cup frozen blackberries
• 1 scoop (27 grams) pea protein (We used Garden of Life’s Organic Raw Protein & Greens)

Directions
1. Blend Ingredients

Nutrition facts per 16 ounce smoothie: 256 Calories, 35 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 23 g protein, 0 g saturated fat, 10 g fiber

As you happily sip this Pea Protein Weight Loss smoothie, sip on this…
o A study published in Nutrition Journal found that pea protein was more effective at starving off hunger than whey protein; improved satiety can potentially lead to weight loss. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3295702/

1 Kim SJ, de Souza RJ, Choo VL et al. Effects of dietary pulse consumption on body weight: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27030531 

Photo courtesy of pulses.org 

Super Berry Weight Loss Smoothie
 
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Ingredients
  • • 1 cup almond milk
  • • ½ frozen banana
  • • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • • ½ cup frozen blackberries
  • • 1 tbsp pea protein
Instructions
  1. Blend Ingredients

Yogurt & Almond Topped Plum Bites –the ultimate plum-back!

 Just call it a plum-back! If you had a rough weekend or day yesterday, eat this delish treat for the ultimate plum-back! 😉 These tasty, juicy nips are the perfect combination of Greek yogurt, plum and nuts and they’ll have you feeling your best in no time as they flood your body with antioxidants and nutrients to get you back on your healthy A-game!

One medium sized plum, aka a potassium-rich, bloat-buster– because it counteracts sodium and the puff that comes with it– has just 30 calories and is rich in vitamin C, as well as other antioxidants, like beta carotene, that protect your body.  These powerful phytonutrients fend off damage from stress, pollution and even from poor food choices!  So after a rough go on your body, eat this for the perfect plum-back! 😉

Looking for some healthy salad recipes with similar benefits? Here are a few to try!

Crunchy Zesty Cucumber Cantaloup

Watermelon Mint Detox Salad

Veggie Bean Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette 

Spinach Berry Balsamic Glazed Chicken Salad with Raspberry Chia Vinaigrette

Citrus & Avocado Salad

We grew up eating plums all summer long—dry (yes, in the dry form, they’re prunes!) and fresh!

Did you know that plums are relatives of peaches and nectarines and that The United States has up to 100 varieties that vary in shape, size, color and taste?!

We like to call these little plum-bites ”refresher bites” since they perk you, your taste buds and your mood.

Yogurt & Almond Topped Plum bites

 

 

These refreshers make the perfect snack or guilt-free dessert!

Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients:

 

2 plums (approximately 2-1/8″ diameter)

2 oz, vanilla, non-fat Greek yogurt

1/2 Tbsp (15g) slivered almonds

Cinnamon, dash

Honey, for drizzling, optional

 

Directions:

Slice plums in half and remove the pit. Place a dollop (about a tablespoon) of yogurt in the center of each plum half. Sprinkle each with almonds and cinnamon and a drizzle of honey, if using.

 

Nutrition Information: 74 calories, 2 grams of fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 1mg cholesterol, 1 gram fiber, 9 grams sugar, 4 grams protein, 11 grams carbohydrate

Yogurt & Almond Topped Plum Bites --the ultimate plum-back!
 
These refreshers make the perfect snack or guilt-free dessert!
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 plums (approximately 2-1/8" diameter)
  • 2 oz, vanilla, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ½ Tbsp (15g) slivered almonds
  • Cinnamon, dash
  • Honey, for drizzling, optional
Instructions
  1. Slice plums in half an remove the pit. Place a dollop (about a tablespoon) of yogurt in the center of each plum half. Sprinkle each with almonds and cinnamon and a drizzle of honey, if using.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 74 Fat: 2 g Saturated fat: 0 g Fiber: 1 g Protein: 4 g

 

Skinny Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

As registered dietitian nutritionists, we don’t typically go for the latest food craze, but we’ve fallen for another trendy health food.  Iced matcha green tea. And guess what? Sometimes we make it a latte! 🙂 Don’t worry; we’ve got a flat-belly version (below) for a drink that may otherwise set you back quite a few calories.  So add this sipster to your list — and you’ll have the perfect anti-inflammation, love-your-liver go-to drink for busting toxins! So perfect if your summer (or any time of year!) has been packed with a lot of partying. 😉

If you’ve been wanting to add green tea to your life, we think it’s worth going for its’ superstar sista, matcha.

Matcha green tea comes from the same tea leaf that green tea comes from—only with matcha, the tea leaf is steamed, dried, and then ground into the fresh green powder and is even more powerful than green tea because instead of just getting the benefits and the antioxidants that leach into the tea, when you drink matcha, you drink the entire ground leaves and 100% of the nutrients in the leaf, so you get more potent antioxidants and benefits. 

 

Matcha…

That means you consume more of the catechins—and EGCG (epigallocatechin),  the main catechin, a disease-fighting flavonoid and antioxidant that is associated with everything from reducing cancer and blood pressure to protecting your brain against aging. EGCG/catechins appear to speed up liver activity and increase the production of detoxification enzymes.  Yasss! 🙂

While green tea is antioxidant-rich, matcha tea may contain 2-3 times more EGCG than green tea, along with trace amounts of vitamins and minerals (A, B-complex, C, E, and K).

 

Matcha is delicately grown, harvested, and processed.  It has a deep, earthy, rich flavor without being overly bitter.

 

30-Second Iced Matcha Skinny Green Tea Latte (and non-iced) Bonus:

This matcha detox drink combines nutrients to help your liver in its detoxification process, antioxidants to help your body fend off the damage from toxins and free radicals that occur from everyday living while also providing some anti-bloat and possible metabolism boosting benefits.

 

More benefits to this Detox Drink:

The matcha green tea:1

  • Promotes fat loss
  • Protects against a myriad of cancers
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Fights the flu
  • Keeps the cardiovascular system healthy
  • Improves insulin sensitivity in type-2 diabetes
  • Helps build strong bones
  • Protects the liver

30 –Second Iced Matcha SkinnyGreen Tea Latte

At home, this is how we make our quickie Iced Matcha:

Ingredients:

1 cup ice

2 teaspoons matcha powder

1/2 cup cold water

2-3 ounces of chilled unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Dash of vanilla or chai spice, orsome fresh mint

Directions:

Pour ice in a bottle or shaker and sift 2 teaspoons matcha powder into shaker.  Add one-half cup cold water, shake the mixture well and pour into a glass filled with ice. (The tea doesn’t brew or dissolve, but simply mixes in.  If you let it sit for a while after shaking, the tea will fall to the bottom, so simply stir it or shake it again to get it to mix back in!) When we make this a latte, we pour 2-3 ounces of chilled unsweetened vanilla almond milk into the glass and often stir in a dash of vanilla or chai spice–or some fresh mint, depending on our mood!

 

All for 20 calories and one refreshing anti-inflammatory mood booster!

 

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Traditional Matcha Skinny Green Tea Latte

 

Traditional Matcha Skinny Green Tea Latte

  • 1 tsp Matcha
  • 2 ounces hot water
  • 2 ounces Milk (cow, almond, soy or rice – we recommend almond)

 

Optional:

  • Add vanilla, almond or mint flavors
  • Sweeten with honey or agave nectar

Directions:

  1. Sift Matcha into a cup.
  2. Adding 2 ounces hot water and stirring matcha with whisk (like seen in photo below/ abov) until matcha becomes a smooth paste.
  3. Pour matcha tea into a tea cup
  4. Pour milk over matcha tea
  5. For fun! Add almond flavor, honey or mint or sweeten with honey or agave nectar.

Skinny Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 2-3 ounces of chilled unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Dash of vanilla or chai spice, orsome fresh mint
Instructions
  1. Pour ice in a bottle or shaker and sift 2 teaspoons matcha powder into shaker. Add one-half cup cold water, shake the mixture well and pour into a glass filled with ice. (The tea doesn’t brew or dissolve, but simply mixes in. If you let it sit for a while after shaking, the tea will fall to the bottom, so simply stir it or shake it again to get it to mix back in!) When we make this a latte, we pour 2-3 ounces of chilled unsweetened vanilla almond milk into the glass and often stir in a dash of vanilla or chai spice--or some fresh mint, depending on our mood!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 20 calories

Berry Burst with Dark Chocolate, Almonds & Coconut

As veggie and chocolate lovin’ twins, registered dietitians and personal trainers, what’s a girl (or two 😉 ) to do when dessert is to be had?!  We’ve made life simple for ourselves and for you!  This may just become our go-to celebratory indulgent, waist-line friendly sweet! After all, it’s so easy to make, it’s pretty and who doesn’t like a sweet, delicious pile of antioxidants after overindulging?  Nothing like a little burst of anti-inflammatories to help your body to kick some toxins that have entered to the neutralizing curb!

While we’re at it, here are a few more healthy, waist-line friendly desserts (and feel free to search this site for many more!):

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

5 Minute Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Strawberry Mint Ice Cream

 

Pssst… in the photo below the dark chocolate balls are covering blueberries.  #Perfect for our 4th of July celebrations –and for our craving to squeeze in a lil’ brain boosting power whenever we can from the anthocyanins in the blueberries! 😉

 

Best thing about this delicious sweet treat?

Other than it’s only got 65 calories per servings and tastes AMAZING?! 🙂

There’s no wrong way to make this!  You don’t have to use the same ingredients that we did–and you can add your personal favorites instead.  We used raspberries (use your fave berry!), slivered almonds (use any slivered or chopped nut!), dark chocolate covered blueberry balls (go for dark chocolate covered nuts, if you prefer!), and coconut flakes (you can omit these or use chocolate shavings!).  Then just toss on a pretty plate and let the good times roll!

 

Berry Burst Bonus:

All berries, not just raspberries fight inflammation and they’re low in fat and calories and high in antioxidants. They have anti-inflammatory properties—likely thanks to their anthocyanins, the powerful chemicals that give them their vibrant color.

Go for all berries: Research has shown that blueberries can help protect against intestinal inflammation and ulcerative colitis; women who eat more strawberries have lower levels of CRP (a substance produced by the liver that increases in the presence of inflammation in the body) in their blood; and red raspberry extract has helped prevent animals from developing arthritis.

Try this:  Berry Avocado Salad with Yogurt Cilantro Dressing

 

Berry Burst with Dark Chocolate, Almonds & Coconut

Serves 6

Ingredients:

3 cups fresh raspberries

1-1/2 tbsp slivered almonds

1/4 cup chocolate covered blueberries

1 tbsp coconut flakes

Dash of Cinnamon, optional

 

Directions:

Lay berries on plate. Top with chocolate blueberries, coconut flakes, almonds and cinnamon.  Serve!

Nutrition Facts:  65 Calories, 2g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 12g carbohydrate, 1 g protein, 4 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 8 mg sodium

Berry Burst with Dark Chocolate, Almonds & Coconut
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Serves 6
  • Ingredients:
  • 3 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1-1/2 tbsp slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup chocolate covered blueberries
  • 1 tbsp coconut flakes
  • Dash of Cinnamon, optional
  • Directions:
  • Lay berries on plate. Top with chocolate blueberries, coconut flakes, almonds and cinnamon. Serve!
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Lay berries on plate. Top with chocolate blueberries, coconut flakes, almonds and cinnamon. Serve!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 65 Fat: 2 g Saturated fat: 1 g Carbohydrates: 12 g Sugar: 3 g Fiber: 4 g Protein: 1 g