Watermelon Tropic Yogurt Bowl

Watermelon Tropic Yogurt Bowl

Yogurt and smoothie bowls are our favorite breakfast and after workout snacks so this weekend we created this 10 minute Watermelon Tropic Yogurt Bowl recipe with ingredients we had in our refrigerator and pantry. This recipe is super healthy, high in protein and full of vitamins and fiber. For health benefits of watermelon see my post on 5 health benefits here. Here’s to a great summer and another healthy and happy week ahead!

Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie

Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie

Have you tried cucumber in your juicing or smoothie recipes? I made this Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie, and my 3 kids loved it! Cucumbers are healthy and so low in calories. Here are a few health benefits of cucumbers:

1. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins.

2. Cucumbers are a valuable source of conventional antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese.

3. Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins.

4.  Cucumbers aid in digestion due to their fiber and water content.

Grilled Ambrosia

One of my kids favorite things to eat is grilled pineapple. Recently, I made this Grilled Fruit Salad, and it was devoured before I could turn around. This is an ideal healthy dessert option for Memorial Day, Father’s Day, baby or wedding showers, brunches or a light snack or dessert. Adding the coconut gives it a new twist similar to ambrosia, an old Southern favorite. Tune in as I’ll be on WMJJ Magic 96.5 FM Radio on Thursday at 5:40 a.m and 8:50 a.m and Monday at 5:20 a.m and 8:10 a.m talking about how to make this Memorial day healthier so tune in.

Start the New Year Right: Green Smoothie Recipe

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to drink more Green Smoothies.  I am having so much fun with my Blendtec blender, and I loved this recipe for Green Smoothie. Even my son, Zachary, who is 10 years old, drank an entire glass. If you’re skeptical, just try it. It’s my newest favorite recipe for breakfast or afternoon pick me up.

Check out 10 awesome health benefits of drinking Green Smoothies below:

1. It boosts your energy level

2. Adds fiber to your diet which aids in digestion and eliminates toxins.

3. Reduces mood swings

4. Promotes weight loss

5. Stabilizes blood sugar levels

6. Increased antioxidant intake which helps protect against diseases

7. Helps with healthy, radiant skin

8. Increased intake of fruits and vegetables

9. Reduces unhealthy food cravings

10. Enhances the immune system

Fresh Taste of Summer: Cantaloupe-Coconut Smoothie

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My last television segment on NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama” was such a hit, and the food topic was smoothies. Smoothies are wonderful to prepare for dessert, afternoon snack or breakfast for kids and adults. This is the best time of year to make them when fruits are so vibrant. Cantaloupe-Coconut Smoothie combines some of my favorites: cantaloupe, coconut and pineapple. My kids are huge smoothie fans, and every time I turn around the blender is out on the counter. I can’t wash it fast enough. Enjoy this recipe just in time for ripe cantaloupes. To choose a ripe cantaloupe, it should smell sweet, have an even coloring and be heavy for its size. If you tap on it, it will sound hollow if it’s ripe.

Individual Pineapple-Upside Down Cakes

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Since the buzz is that April 20th is “National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day,” I thought I would celebrate. The recipe for the cake part comes from Cooking Light, but I’m giving it a little twist (which is what I do best). I saw this cool, individual pan  (see below) to make individual Pineapple Upside Down Cakes. It gives this retro dessert new life. This pan is awesome and so fun and simple to use. Retro or not, this is a yummy dessert that everyone loves.

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Kids and Adults Favorite: Healthy Strawberry-Pineapple Smoothie

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We love smoothies at my house, and my daughter, Leigh, makes them all of the time. These Strawberry-Pineapple Smoothies have been a hit in a lot of kid’s cooking classes I have taught recently. This photo was styled by Lillian, the 7-year-old who I taught a private cooking class with after she prepared the recipe. It’s so simple and refreshing, perfect for breakfast, healthy afternoon snack or dessert. It’s also wonderful after the holidays are over when you want something light, filling and healthy.

If you’re interested in private cooking classes, let me know.