Kitchen Collaboration - Frozen Fruit Pops

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It's no secret that I like sweets as much as the next person but since I have been paying more attention to what I eat I have slowly been eliminating processed sugars from my diet.  So what do I turn to in the hot heat of summer for a cool treat?  Homemade frozen fruit pops!

My clever and crafty friend, Cerrissa sent me a stunning image of a frozen fruit pop last summer and it took me a year to actually make these delightfully cooling treats.  We collaborated on this idea and taste tested our pops in the park.  We were not disappointed and now that I know how quick, easy, and rewarding they are I will be stocking these in my fridge every week until Fall!

Flavors (clockwise): Orange mango, strawberry raspberry, banana cashew cream, & watermelon lime

Refresh Your Snacking with Fruit

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Snack Attack 
There’s no denying that everyone, at one time or another, has had a snack attack. Views on snacking differ. Some feel that snacking is bad and that eating between meals leads to weight gain. Others believe that eating many small meals and snacks throughout the day is healthy for maintaining energy levels and optimal weight. If there were one way of snacking that was right for everyone, we would all be doing it! 
To alleviate snack attack guilt, try to understand why you are snacking and what snacks work best for your body. Perhaps you snack because your daily diet is missing nutrition, or because you are eating too little at meals. You might be snacking to soothe jangled nerves when you are emotional, or to entertain yourself when you are bored. Whatever your reason, acknowledge it and start thinking about how to create a life that is nourishing and truly satisfying. 
Although snacks are no substitute for loving your life, they can be great energy boosters. Many convenient snack foods are highly processed and full of chemicals, additives, damaging fats and refined sugars. When a snack attack hits you, try foods that are filling and satisfying, but also nutritious. Here are some tips:

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