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Foods for the Soul
Peanut Butter & Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Apr 20, 2015
Peanut Butter & Jam Thumbprint Cookies

The iconic sandwich turned into dessert! Soft peanut butter cookies filled with raspberry jam. Sweet, irresistible & still secretly healthy!     The Christmas when I was seven years old, a combination of Santa, my parents, and my grandparents gave me the American Girl Doll Kirsten, along with some clothes and accessories. With her...

Foods for the Soul
Skinny Peanut Butter Banana Seven Layer Bars

Apr 17, 2015
Skinny Peanut Butter Banana Seven Layer Bars

Layers of melty chocolate, coconut & fresh banana held together with a sweet & creamy peanut butter drizzle. Incredibly addictive but barely 100 calories!     As a little girl, I almost always asked my dad to make my peanut butter sandwiches. I wanted mine to be just like his: soft yet hearty whole...

Foods for the Soul
The Ultimate Healthy Soft & Chewy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Apr 15, 2015
The Ultimate Healthy Soft & Chewy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

An easy recipe for the BEST gluten-free chocolate chip cookies! They have same tender texture as regular ones & don’t taste healthy at all!     In elementary school, my friends and I always looked forward to lunch. When that initial bell rang, we dashed out to the brown picnic tables, unzipped our brightly...

Guava Rose
Strawberry Rhubarb Piece of Pie Parfait

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Apr 14, 2015
Strawberry Rhubarb Piece of Pie Parfait

strawberry Rhubarb Piece of Pie Parfait, top sideThe thing about pies are that they usually take at least an hour to bake. To cut down on the time, and a bit on the calories, I’ve been enjoying a deconstructed “taste” of pie by making the filling and crust separately. Strawberry...

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Foods for the Soul
Skinny Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cheesecake Bars

Apr 12, 2015
Skinny Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cheesecake Bars

Lightened-up vanilla cheesecake bars with a pretzel crust & full of chocolate chips. They’re sweet, creamy & secretly packed with protein!     At least twice during each of my childhood summers, my parents crammed our minivan full of duffels, sleeping bags, a tent, and oversized Rubbermaid containers packed with nonperishable food. The next...

Foods for the Soul
Strawberry Oatmeal Cookies

Apr 10, 2015
Strawberry Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy oatmeal cookies full of juicy strawberries. They’re the epitome of summer, and despite being clean-eating, nobody can tell these cookies are healthy!     Last summer, I fell in love with strawberries. Again.   On a random Wednesday afternoon, I drove up the winding, narrow mountain roads edged by gigantic boulders threatening to...

Sac Foodies
Strawberry and Cashew Milk Smoothie

Apr 10, 2015
Strawberry and Cashew Milk Smoothie

Spring had definitely sprung during my recent visit to the Midtown Farmers Market, and with the warm midmorning air and sunshine, I couldn’t resist buying a flat of fresh, organic strawberries from Rodriguez Farms. An entire flat may seem like a lot to consume before my strawberries start growing fuzz, but I am a...

Foods for the Soul
Cookies ‘n Cream Protein Milkshake

Cookies ‘n Cream Protein Milkshake

An easy recipe for thick & creamy chocolaty milkshakes that taste like ice cream. But they’re secretly packed with protein & healthy enough for breakfast!     Every once in a while as a kid, I begged my mom to help me rearrange my bedroom to give it a little makeover. Although hesitant at...

Foods for the Soul
Skinny Chocolate Caramel Seven Layer Bars

Mar 27, 2015
Skinny Chocolate Caramel Seven Layer Bars

Layers of melty chocolate, caramel, nuts & coconut held together with a sweet & creamy drizzle. Incredibly addictive & still nice to your waistline!     Growing up, the only seven layer food I knew about was bean dip. And that was only because of my last year of Camporee.   Around when I...

Baked Bree
Chickie Chocolate Brownie Truffles [Easter Kid Crafts]

Mar 26, 2015
Chickie Chocolate Brownie Truffles [Easter Kid Crafts]

Every now and again I get an idea in my head and the outcome turns out even better than I envisioned. I thought that my Chickie Chocolate Brownie Truffles would turn out cute, but be a pain to make. Nope, not even a little bit of a pain. In fact, these chicks were...

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