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Strawberry Lemonade

This recipe is a great sweet yet refreshing drink on a hot summer’s day! I know my mom will really enjoy this recipe! She absolutely LOVES lemons! All you have to do is say the word LEMON around her and her mouth starts to water! LEMON LEMON LEMON!!!! HAHAHA Actually, I’m being rotten. Just the mention of the word LEMON really does make her mouth water, but not in a good way…it makes her pucker…she hates lemons. Sorry mom, just in case you started missing me too much, that should fix it 😉

Seriously though, this is a fabulous drink if you like strawberries and lemons! You could also replace some of the water with ice and make it a frozen strawberry lemonade…and if you’re having one of those days, maybe a splash of rum 😉 just kidding

Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients:

1/4 c xylitol

1/2 c lemon juice

15 medium frozen or fresh strawberries (Use less if they’re large)

3 c water

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to blender and blend away until it’s all liquified.

Pour in a glass and enjoy!

Store remaining lemonade in a container in the fridge

Enjoy! 🙂

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

These little bars are so yummy! There are no added sugars of any type. The fruit is what makes them sweet!

These little snacks are great for when you’re on the go and need something to tide you over until you get home to a wholesome, healthy meal and they also make a great sweet treat!

I found this recipe here and adjusted it to a larger batch and removed the salt. Make sure you check the labels of your dried fruit!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars Recipe (Original recipe here)

Ingredients:

1 c dried cherries (I use Nature’s Harvest-nothing but cherries)

1 c pitted whole dates (I use the Medjool dates from Costco although I have to pit them myself but it’s easy)

1 c unsalted peanuts

2 tbsp creamy all natural peanut butter (I use sunland unsalted-just valencia peanuts)

Instructions:

Put dates and cherries in a food processor and process until it becomes like paste. It will form a ball.

Transfer to an 8×8 glass baking dish

Add nuts to processor and pulse until chopped small. Add peanut butter and process until well mixed.

Add nut mix to paste and knead with hands to blend. Press evenly into dish

Refrigerate to set and cut either into bar sized pieces or  what I do is cut in half that size because bar size is too much for me plus it’s portion control…these things are yummy!

Enjoy! 🙂

Strawberry Orange smoothie

So, yesterday I didn’t make any smoothie pops. Despicable, I know. But I wasn’t home most of the day and we’re running out of fruit anyway. We did have some strawberries left and a few oranges that desperately needed to be used. Oranges are summer fruit. Period. It looks nice outside today so oranges are acceptable. And strawberries are just always good. So here we go.

(This makes a lot cause I doubled what I originally wanted to do. Half this for 1 serving)

2 oranges, peeled
2 cups strawberries (mine were frozen and I microwaved them for 1 min per cup)
1 cup vanilla coconut milk or 1/4-1/2 cup water OR yogurt
1 spoonful of honey

Put everything in the blender and mix to your hearts content.
Enjoy:)

Banana Blueberry smoothie

I love banana. Like really love it. Every time I make a smoothie I usually end up adding more banana. But I also love it when smoothies are nice colors. So I made this! It’s actually not too banana-y (is that a word? I don’t care, it is now) it actually has a really nice blueberry flavor with just a hint if banana. And honey. Please don’t skimp on the honey.

1 frozen banana
1 cup of frozen or fresh blueberries
2 heaping spoonfuls of honey
1 cup of coconut milk, or 1/4-1/2 cup of water OR yogurt

Simply put everything in the blender and use the “crush ice” setting to break it up. Add more liquid as needed to get it going. Blend until nice and smooth.

Serve as is or freeze.
Enjoy!

Raspberry Banana smoothie

This recipe is my daughter’s (Kaela) recipe as she is the smoothie connoisseur! I have pretty much tasted all of her smoothies and they are awesome!

This is really just a variation on the strawberry banana smoothie but it’s just as good. I know some people don’t like raspberries because of the seeds in them but I actually really love them. This smoothie has a lot of seeds but I like to crunch on them 😉

1 frozen banana

a handful of frozen or fresh raspberries

1-2 spoonfuls of honey

1/4-1/2 cup of water, or yogurt

Put everything in the blender and use the “crush ice” setting to break it all up. You can add more water to get things going if you need too. Blend untill it has a thick consistency.

Enjoy!

Tropical smoothie

This recipe is my daughter’s (Kaela) recipe as she is the smoothie connoisseur! I have pretty much tasted all of her smoothies and they are awesome!

So this was the first smoothie I made using the protein powder and it was fantastic. It tasted just like that fluffy fruit salad with the Cool Whip and mini marshmallows. I was very happy. We had bought mangos from Costco and of course they came in a six-pack, and I couldn’t just get one (I tried). I ended up having to freeze four of them so looks like I can make this one again soon 🙂 too bad mangoes are such a pain in the butt to chop due to the large seed right in the middle. Worth it in my opinion though, and probably yours once you try this:)

1 mango, peeled and chopped

1 orange, peeled and sectioned

a handful of frozen pineapple

a splash of orange juice

1-2 spoonfuls of honey

(optional) scoop of protein powder

Peel and slice the mango and orange and put into the blender with everything else. Use “crush ice” setting to break up the pineapple and then blend until smooth. You can add more orange juice if it’s too thick.

I froze this into smoothie pops but next time I think I’ll just drink it. It’s too hard to wait 😉

Grapple smoothie

This recipe is my daughter’s (Kaela) recipe as she is the smoothie connoisseur! I have pretty much tasted all of her smoothies and they are awesome!

So a few weeks ago my mom got a membership to Costco and I went with her one time to do the grocery shopping. We were near the fruit and I saw these red grapes that were about the size of a golf ball, dead serious. So we got them and I tried one as soon as we got to the car. Turns out they were seeded not seedless. So there’s about four big seeds in them that make it annoying and unenjoyable to eat them. So I figured I’d be the only one to eat them, because they had competition (huge, black seedless grapes that were so much better). So I put the unwanted seeded grapes in the freezer to use for smoothies. But when I took the out to use I still had to cut the seeds out, crunchy smoothies are a no-no. So I put them in a bowl of hot water to make it a little easier to cut them and went to work de-seeding them. I don’t know how many I really had but it was a sandwich baggie full. I still have a quart size baggie of them in the freezer too so I’ll probably make this one again soon, cause it’s delicious.

1 large apple, peeled and chopped (you can color coordinate with the grapes if you’d like)

about a sandwich baggie full of frozen, or fresh grapes.

2-3 spoonfuls of honey, or to taste

1/4-1/2 cup of water, or yogurt

(optional) protein powder

If using frozen grapes, chop them in half first to make it a little easier on your blender. Put all ingredients into the blender and use the “crush ice” setting to break up the grapes, if using frozen. Blend it all together until smooth.

You can drink this straight or freeze them into yummy smoothie pops like I did.