Tag Archives: healthy recipe

How To Make My Favorite Butter Lettuce Salad

I love me a good salad. If you have been part of the community on my blog for sometime, you know this. However recently,  I have been getting more adventurous with flavor combos and ingredients. Today I am sharing my most recent creation, which has become a favorite for my lunches at work. It’s so easy to throw together the night before or in the morning before you leave. I know you will look forward to eating this salad as much as I do!  Continue reading How To Make My Favorite Butter Lettuce Salad

Red, White & Blue Berry + Butter Lettuce Salad Recipe [Vegan, Gluten Free]

Product for creating this recipe was provided by OrganicGirl, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting brands that contribute to my blog. 

Summer usually means warm weather, BBQs and lots of fresh product. I love to create yummy salads all year, but in the summertime it is especially easy to be inspired to create a salad with all the fresh veggies available. Plus salads are something that can be enjoyed despite the heat.  I partnered with OrganicGirl to share with you s delicious and patriotic salad recipe using their newest lettuce blends. 

OrganicGirl just launched True hearts butter and butter, plus salad blends which are unlike any other butter lettuce youโ€™ve tried. If you haven’t tried butter lettuce, you must! It is smooth, buttery, hence the name, and delicious! The blends feature butter hearts only (no need to peel away the large outer leaves), which are harvested whole and gently separated by hand. These tender, sweet, crispy leaves are perfect for making a salad fast and healthyโ€”just in time for summer! 

The patriotic berry salad I created using the “butter, plus” blend is vegan and gluten free. It’s great as a side salad or on it’s own. Of course you can add some grilled chicken for protein if you would like.  Below the recipe,  be sure to snag a buy one, try one coupon for OrganicGirl!! 

Red, White & Blue Berry Salad

Ingredients:

1 clamshell  organicgirl “butter, plus” lettuce blend
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
organicgirl lemon agave dressing

Directions:

1) In a large bowl, combine butter lettuce and the lemon agave dressing. Use the amount of dressing to your liking. I like lighter dressing, so I used 4T of dressing for the whole clamshell of lettuce. 
2) Wash berries and throw into salad bowl.
3) Top with slivered almonds.
4) Enjoy!!

Coupon

Grab your buy one, try one coupon HERE

Eat Your Hearts Out Tour

Seattle readers, organicgirl is stopping in Seattle as part of its six-city Eat Your Hearts Out Tour!! They have partnered up with local cookbook author and nutritionist, Sarah Adler of Simply Real Health, for a salad bar take over featuring her new herbaceous babe simple summer salad at your local grocer. Join me on July 17th! 

How to Make Delicious Summer Spritzers – Stay Hydrated!

Summer is finally heating up and there is nothing like a cold drink on a hot day!  Here in Seattle, the weather is still trying to make up it’s mind, but even with a cloud cover, the sun and warmer temps are here! It’s time to fire up the BBQ and enjoy summer! If you are like me, you don’t like to drink your calories. Since I avoid artificial sweeteners & diet sodas, the options can seem limited. That is where these delicious summer spritzers come in. They are tasty without any added sugar or calories! Best part: they are super easy to make & perfect to enjoy solo or take to a party.IMG_4469

One of my favorite parts of summer is all the fresh fruit which is featured in these spritzers. While these are perfect for summer, you can enjoy these any time of year. I’m sharing 4 different recipes, but the sky is the limit with the different combinations you could mix up. IMG_4468

Not only do they make drinking water tastier and easier, they also look beautiful! These spritzers are huge hits at family get togethers and BBQ with friends. They always gets lots of compliments. ๐Ÿ™‚ Like I mentioned before, I also love that I can enjoy a  delicious and lightly flavored  drink without any added sugar or calories!IMG_4466Aren’t these glasses adorable?! Get them here. Only $10 for the set!

Summer Spritzers 

The base recipe for these is very simple:
Fill a large pitcher with water OR sparkling water. Then add fruit combination of your choice (listed below). Let is sit for a least one hour so the flavors infuse into the water. It is best to drink this within 24 hours as the fruit can start to get mushy. 
The amounts listed below are for a full pitcher. They can be adjusted according to your taste preference. While you can make these in individual servings, I prefer to make a lot at once. Trust me, you will drink it quicker than you think! 

Blackberry + Cucumber

15 blackberries, 1/2 cucumber, peeled and sliced. IMG_4472

Watermelon + Mint

1 cup watermelon, 10 mint leaves. IMG_4473

Pink Lemonade

2 pink lemons. 1 sliced, the other squeezed into water for extra flavor boost. If you cannot find a pink lemon, use regular or meyer lemons. IMG_4470

Strawberry Citrus 

1 lime, sliced. 12 strawberries, tops removed, sliced in half. 1 orange, peeled and sliced. IMG_4474

For a beautiful presentation, place a few pieces of fruit into each glass. You can also add a garnish on the side if you wish & serve in a  cute glass.IMG_4480

How to Make a Healthy Version of Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

It’s no secret that I love coffee. It is very rare that a morning goes by without me enjoying a cup or two. I also live in the coffee capital, the birthplace of Starbucks. They are on almost every corner & as you probably know, they are constantly launching new seasonal drinks. The lastest one that caught my eye was the vanilla sweet cream cold brew coffee.

my Starbucks version of the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew
my Starbucks version of the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

I usually order very ‘boring’ drinks. I get a black americano, iced coffee or cold brew. Last week I was in Starbucks between personal training clients at the gym and wanted something more than black coffee.  I decided to give the vanilla sweet cream cold brew a try. I asked for very light vanilla sweet cream. I just wanted a splash. Even with the light sweet cream, it was too sweet for me. As I sat there sipping on coffee, I realized that this drink could easily be ‘re-made’ in a healthier version to save on calories & sugar!

My healthy version!
My healthy version!

This healthy makeover also saves you some money & makes it a diary-free drink. I actually liked this healthy version much better than the Starbucks drink. Best part – it’s really easy!!How to make a healthy version of

Healthy Version Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Ingredients

  • cold brew coffee concentrate
    • my favorites: Chameleon Cold Brew (available at Costco or Target) OR Trader Joe’s Cold Brew (my favorite is the new French Roast – blue label)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
    • my favorite:  Silk unsweetened Cashew Milk
  • vanilla flavored liquid stevia – try this one 
    • OR substitute 1 packet stevia + 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup ice (add more or less according to your preference)

Directions

  • Mix up cold brew according to directions. Usually they have to be slightly diluted with a little water.
  • Add in 1/4 cup of unsweetened cashew milk & a few drops of vanilla stevia OR 1 tsp vanilla extract & stevia to taste
  • Add ice 
  • ENJOY!!!

This makes a 16oz beverage. Increase amounts to 1/2 cup cashew milk,  1.5 tsp of vanilla extract and 3/4 cup of ice for a 20-24oz beverage. You can also play with amounts according to your taste preferences. IMG_5240

In the graphic below, compare the nutrition facts for my healthy version to Starbucks. No sugar in my version and only 12 calories! 

Starbucks Version

With this recipe you can enjoy a delicious coffee that doesn’t pack a ton of calories. Perfect for summer or to change up your daily coffee routine!