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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!
Author:
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

 

Grape Chia Seed Pudding

Grape Chia Seed Pudding

Grape Chia Seed Pudding

Do you find that when you indulge in a scrumptious treat it just sets you up for the kill and you end up eating far more of it than you should? Kiss those binges goodbye and say hello to this Grape Chia Pudding! One of the reasons that we love chia seeds (and other foods with soluble fiber, like veggies!) is that when these foods are soaked in liquid, they absorb the liquid they are in and act like a sponge—and they fill you up!

Grape Chia Seed Pudding

 

A fantastic thing about this scrumptious Grape Chia Seed Pudding is that chia seeds expand so much that while soaking (step 5 in the recipe below), the chia seeds form a gel-like texture. This delightful pudding-like texture takes longer to digest, fills you up, and helps to keep blood sugar stable, all which reduce cravings and binge eating. Have this sweet afternoon snack to give you long-lasting energy and keep you fuller, longer!

 

Ingredients (Serves 2):

1-cup whole seedless red grapes

1 tsp. honey

2 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk

2tbsp raw chia seeds

 

Directions:

  • Add grapes to food processor, (skin intact) blend until juice like consistency.
  • Add grape juice to small-medium sized bowl.
  • Add almond milk and honey and stir until evenly mixed.
  • Add chia seeds and stir.
  • Cover bowl and refrigerate for 5 hours (The longer you soak them, the more pudding-like, thicker consistency you’ll get—you can soak them for just 30 minutes if you’re in a crunch for time, or let them soak overnight, or all day!)
  • After optimal time for soaking, take the bowl out of the fridge, grab a spoon, and enjoy! (If you’re craving a crunch, try adding some oats or granola to make a chia pudding parfait!)

 

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Grape Chia Seed Pudding
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1-cup whole seedless red grapes
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
  • 2tbsp raw chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Add grapes to food processor, (skin intact) blend until juice like consistency.
  2. Add grape juice to small-medium sized bowl.
  3. Add almond milk and honey and stir until evenly mixed.
  4. Add chia seeds and stir.
  5. Cover bowl and refrigerate for 5 hours (The longer you soak them, the more pudding-like, thicker consistency you’ll get—you can soak them for just 30 minutes if you're in a crunch for time, or let them soak overnight, or all day!)
  6. After optimal time for soaking, take the bowl out of the fridge, grab a spoon, and enjoy! (If you're craving a crunch, try adding some oats or granola to make a chia pudding parfait!)
Nutrition Information
Calories: 135 Fat: 5.3g Carbohydrates: 19g Sugar: 17g Sodium: 57mg Fiber: 7g Protein: 4g Cholesterol: 0mg

 

Nutritional Information Per Serving (Recipe makes 2 servings):

135 calories, 5.3g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 57mg sodium, 19g carbohydrates, 7g fiber, 17g sugar, 4g protein

 

 

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National Apricot Day!

By now you know us—we’re all about feeling satisfied—and we love to conquer our sweet tooth with sweet, healthier and of course, lighter treats! If you’re trying to get more fruit (perhaps as part of your New Year’s Resolution), today is your lucky day! It’s National Apricot Day so we’re celebrating with these Apricot Honey Biscuits!!

While they are in season May thru August, there’s no need to wait to celebrate!

Apricot Biscuits 1

FYI:

This fruit is full of fiber and Vitamin A—which has an important role in the development and maintenance of skin and can help to help improve the skin’s texture, moisture and elasticity. Add thanks to its’ high water content, which hydrates the skin and apricots will leave you glowing!

Try this light dessert with your dinner tonight – Apricot Honey Biscuits!

Apricot Honey Biscuits

Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 6 cups sliced ripe apricots (1/2-inch slices), fresh or frozen (It’s OK to peel ‘em if you like)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar mixed with 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • Combine apricots, honey, lemon juice and cinnamon in a pot with a lid (10 inch pan works well).
  • Bring to a boil, uncovered, stirring frequently. After about 5 minutes, when you see mixture start to soften, bring the heat to a low simmer.
  • For the topping: In a small bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  • In a separate small bowl whisk buttermilk and oil . Slowly drizzle the buttermilk and oil over the dry ingredients. Then use a fork to toss the ingredients just until the buttermilk-oil mixture is evenly distributed.
  • Evenly distribute 10 (about a tablespoon) equal portions of batter on top of the boiling fruit. Lightly sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.
  • Cover the fruit mixture and cook, without taking off the lid.
  • Check biscuits after 15 minutes; if they’re are not set, put the lid back on and cook for another 5 minutes. When the biscuits are ready they should be firm and puffed.
  • Take the lid off and let cool before serving Enjoy!

 
Nutrition Facts Per serving: 119 calories, 2 g fat, 68 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 19 g sugar, 2 g protein
 

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