Homemade Cranberry Sauce – no sugar added!

Healthy Cranberry Sauce

Healthy Cranberry Sauce

I have made this Cranberry sauce for the last two Thanksgivings, and it has been a hit each time. It’s sweet, but not TOO sweet. That’s what the pie is for after dinner! Another bonus is that this recipe is SO simple. 2 ingredients..that’s it! So, without further adieu, here is my super simple and super healthy Cranberry Sauce recipe!

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In honor of Arrested Development…Chocolate Covered Bananas!

"I'd like a Gob, please."

“I’d like a Gob, please.”

In honor of Arrested Development season 4 starting on Netflix this weekend, I decided to make some Bluth Frozen Bananas! And man, they were tasty! No wonder there was “always money in the banana stand”.

There’s really not much of a “recipe”… but I felt they were delicious enough (and healthy enough) to warrant their own post.


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Birthday FRUIT “cake”!

 

FRUIT cake! yum!

I got the idea from pinterest to make a birthday cake for myself completely out of fruit!

 

It was pretty fun!  Although, you have to put it together just hours before the party so that the fruit doesn’t start looking weird. haha.

Well, there is no real “recipe” for this.  There are a myriad of different fruits you can use to decorate the outside, though the main part should probably always be a watermelon… just because they are so big.   Here is what I made mine with.

Real Fruit “Cake”

1 large watermelon
1 c. green grapes
2 oranges (cut up with the skin off)
1 lb. strawberries
4 kiwis
2 peaches

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Healthy Fruit Jigglers!

fun little orange juice jigglers

I made some awesome healthy fruit jigglers, and let me tell you… They are so much fun!  They jiggle hard-core and my kids think they are great!  This is a great healthy recipe and I actually got it right off the Knox Gelatine box.  I can’t believe I haven’t tried it until recently.  I have done a couple different varieties: 100% grapefruit juice and this time 100% orange juice.   Fairly plain for now while I am figuring it out, but I think it will be fun to mix up juices and add chopped fruit to it as well.   There are a lot of fun possibilities.

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Easy Homemade Fruit Roll-ups!!

all rolled up and ready to go!

There’s just something about summer that makes me think of dried fruit. Probably because my mom would always buy huge cases of fruit in the summer from local farmers and then we would can and dehydrate the fruit.  This summer I have been making a lot of fruit strips.  The kids love them, and my husband likes to take them in his lunch for work.

My kids go crazy for fruit, and of course they LOVE fruit snacks and fruit roll ups.  I am not a fan of those and I don’t like to give them the kind from the store because generally they are full of sugar or fruit juice.  Not that fruit juice is horrible, but if I can make my own fruit roll ups at home without any added sugar or fruit juice?  Um, yeah!  awesome!
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Baking Tip – Silpats!! (and sweet potato chips!)

sweet potato chips!

Best invention ever!!!!  Okay, that might be a SLIGHT exaggeration, but I’m not sure…. because I LOVE MY SILPATS!!  I am so happy that I read about them when I was learning how to make sweet potato chips in the oven.   Before I found out about silpats, I was using parchment paper.

Now, that I have silpats, making my homemade potato chips is so much easier. I also use them for pretty much all my baking needs.  NOTHING sticks to the things! they are great!

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Cucumber Salad – Yummy & Healthy Side dish!

 

yummy! cucumber salad

I love this salad! It is easy, quick, and VERY healthy! It is pretty filling as well, so it can actually pass as a main dish too, if you are looking for a light lunch. I like to have it for lunch a lot. It is light and crisp and doesn’t leave you feeling all gross and digest-y (new word i made up – when you’ve eaten too much and your body wants you to shut down completely so it can digest. lol!).
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Fruits and vegetable composition parallel our bodies – interesting!

I found this info on another blog and I thought it was really interesting. Most of it seems pretty factual, though I’m not positive about all of it.  My awesome commentary is in italics… because I know that everyone loves to hear my opinions.  haha!

A sliced Carrot looks like a human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like a sliced carrot! and Yes science shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow and function of the eye. “Eat carrots to see in the dark”, remember that?

hmm… an orange eyeball, huh? I can see that .

 


Tomatoes and Capsicum have four chambers and are red. The heart is red and has four chambers. All of the research shows tomatoes and bell peppers are indeed pure and important blood food.

too bad tomatoes aren’t also in the shape of our heart, cuz that would be extra cool

 


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