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Sunrise Smoothie

Sunrise Smoothie

We are in the thick of winter here in Chicago. The holidays are long gone and spring still seems so far away. My spirit and my attitude need a little taste of sunshine and summer. I’m craving flip flops, sunshine and swimming pools. I am a summer girl – I’m not cut out for this winter stuff! Yet, I’ve lived the last 15 years in one of the coldest parts of the country. What the?… If you too are stuck in a deep freeze, let me help brighten your day with this smoothie. The flavors of mango, pineapple and orange juice taste like summer. This smoothie is so bright and happy and refreshing. I just love it! I don’t have one of those fancy, powerful blenders so I like to let the frozen fruit thaw for a bit to make sure my blender can handle it. I put the fruit in the blender when I wake up and by the time I’m finished getting ready for work I just add the rest of the ingredients and blend everything right up. No problem. Depending on how large your serving is, this makes enough for about two smoothies – my daughter and I usually share – or enough for one large smoothie and a little snack later. You can easily double this recipe if your blender is large enough. On a side note – you can now sign up to receive emails about new posts and content here on my blog! If you knew how long it took me to figure out how to set that up, you’d sign up out of pity. And...
Skinny Hot Chocolate

Skinny Hot Chocolate

Winter has officially taken hold of Chicago. After an unseasonably mild December we are in the midst of a brutal cold spell. The sub-zero temperatures, biting winds, snow and ice have me yet again questioning why I choose to live here. Every year around this time I seriously question my sanity. The dangerously cold temperatures caused schools to close for three consecutive days last week and this morning my daughter was diagnosed with strep throat. To say we were in need of something warm, rich and comforting is an understatement. After spending the day quarantined at home we treated ourselves to homemade hot chocolate. I’ve been staying away from sugar (my ultimate weakness) for the month of January but decided to make an exception today in a show of solidarity with my ailing daughter. 🙂 To keep the calories and sugar in check I use skim-milk and Splenda but you can easily substitute whole milk and sugar if you’re feeling decadent. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. Feel free to add more cocoa powder or sugar substitute to your taste. Cocoa powder doesn’t like to mix with cold liquid so be sure the milk is warmed before adding the cocoa powder. Skinny Hot Chocolate   Save Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 15 mins   Serves: 2 mugs Ingredients 2 cups skim milk 2½ tablespoons cocoa powder 2 packets sugar substitute, such as Splenda ¼ teaspoon vanilla Dash of cinnamon Instructions In a medium saucepan heat the milk over medium heat until hot but not boiling, stirring occasionally. Add the cocoa powder,...
Which Yogurt Makes The Best (and Healthiest) Strawberry Banana Smoothie?

Which Yogurt Makes The Best (and Healthiest) Strawberry Banana Smoothie?

    I’ve been really into smoothies for breakfast lately. If made correctly, they’re super healthy and they keep me full until lunch. But if you’re concerned at all about your sugar or caloric intake, you need to be careful about what kind of yogurt you use – so many of them are loaded with sugar! I almost bought a brand that I thought looked healthy but when I read the nutrition label it had more sugar than a Snicker’s bar! No thanks…. If I’m going to eat that much sugar I’d rather just have the Snicker’s bar.  🙂 If you want to be super healthy, use plain Greek yogurt but I just can’t stomach that stuff. I have to have some flavor in there. I use the Chobani 0% Vanilla greek yogurt. Instead of buying the fruit flavored yogurt – which is loaded with sugar – I buy vanilla yogurt and add fresh fruit to the smoothie. Choose whichever fruit combination you like. Lately I’ve been doing strawberry-banana or strawberry-mango – my recipe is below. Enjoy!   Strawberry-Banana Smoothie   Save Print Ingredients ½ cup 1% low-fat milk 1 cup non-fat Greek vanilla yogurt 1 cup fresh strawberries 1 whole, ripe banana Instructions Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add more milk. 3.2.2310...


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