Fresh Fruit Salad

Fresh Fruit Salad

If you want something that will be consistently devoured by your family, you’ve come to the right place.  I make a large batch of this fresh fruit salad for every family gathering and it’s a hit each time.  Who would love juicy pineapple, crisp apples, and crunchy sweet grapes? Although a 3 ingredient fresh fruit salad is quick and easy, you don’t want to skip out on my tips. First, wash your grapes and apples!  And by washing, I don’t mean rinsing with water. Scrub those babies! Here’s a post on washing vegetables where you can see the difference between washed and rinsed grapes. I’ve used a few vegetable washes in my day.  I keep coming back to Fit Fruit & Vegetable Wash.  Big BIG fan! For grapes, I pluck them and place them in a large bowl.  I pour a cap full of Fit Fruit & Vegetable Wash over the grapes and fill the bowl with cool water until all the grapes are covered.  Let them sit for about 3 to 5 minutes and use your hands to gently scrub the grapes while still in the water in a circular motion.  Drain and rinse with water. For apples, spray each apple 2 to 3 times with wash.  Scrub the apples with your hands for about 15 to 20 seconds.  While rinsing under cool water, scrub the apple with your hands until you feel the residue wash off.  You’ll oooh and aaah over how great they feel!   After you finish cutting your fresh pineapple into chunks, don’t throw away the rind just yet!  Those crisp delicious apples need the juice from the rind in order to prevent them from...
Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

Delicious and packed with nutrition?!?! Absolutely possible and just happened with this Morning Glory Muffin recipe. Once you’ve recovered from DYING over these unbelievable Morning Glory Muffins, come try my Banana Muffins (super popular right now) and my Pear Apple Muffins.  Warning: I will feel no regret for facilitating your muffin addiction. A friend emailed me recently with a recipe for ‘healthy’ Morning Glory Muffins.  She wanted my opinion on whether or not the recipe was actually healthy.  Oh. my.  They were made with 1 and 1/2 cups sugar, vegetable oil, and white flour.  Ugh… definitely not healthy.  Just because morning glory muffins have carrots and apples thrown in does not automatically make them healthy. When I create healthy recipes, I think about each ingredient added.  I play around with naturally sweet foods like apples, bananas, and of course pure honey or maple syrup instead of adding sugar.  I choose oils with rockin’ benefits like coconut and olive oil.  White flour?  Forget about it.  Once you try whole wheat pastry flour, you’ll kiss white flour forever goodbye. So… I’m loving the health sneakiness of chia seeds.  They. are. awesome.  Fiber, protein, omega-3s, calcium, and the list continues of vitamins found in chia seeds.  They also soak up excess liquid assisting in creating the absolute needed fluffiness of a muffin.  Someone commented that the batter is really moist.  No worries.  Between the whole wheat pastry flour and chia seeds, the morning glory muffins will turn out fluffy while keeping slightly moist.   PrintMorning Glory Muffins Ingredients2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 2 Tbs chia seeds 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 2 Tbs...
Pumpkin Apple Bread

Pumpkin Apple Bread

It’s full blown holiday season where plenty of time is dedicated to eating!  I’m assuming you love to eat as much as I do.  So, I have two goals for you and I.  First, our waists and thighs will not increase with the holiday spirit because of my recipes.  And second, our mouths and stomachs will not be punished for not wanting our waists and thighs to increase!  I definitely achieved both with this easy, moist Pumpkin Apple Bread.  If you want to skip the apple, check out my very popular Pumpkin Bread recipe.     I checked out the ingredients on a couple popular apple and pumpkin bread recipes.  Most had 2 to 3 cups of sugar!  I have a sugar rush just thinking about it.  There is no need for that much sugar.  There are plenty of healthy substitutes that will keep your bread sweet and satisfying besides sugar.  My favorite sweeteners are honey, agave, maple syrup, bananas, and applesauce.  I do use brown sugar in this recipe, but only 1/2 cup.  Brown sugar is a combination of molasses and sugar which is still slightly better than straight sugar.  With my combination of healthy sweeteners, you won’t miss the bucket of sugar that is used for other pumpkin apple bread recipes.     Have you ever tried Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour?  I’m hooked!  I no longer bake with any other flour.  Regular whole wheat flour can leave your baked goods more like baked bricks.  WW pastry flour keeps your breads, muffins, waffles, and everything else light and fluffy without removing the health benefits.  I...
Apple Fruit Sandwiches

Apple Fruit Sandwiches

I’ve seen lots of different variations of an apple sandwich. I love keeping it simple with juicy apples, sweet bananas, and flavorful strawberries.  I’ve also seen where you can top your apple slices with peanut butter and granola, almond butter and raisins, or you can just try my way. Remember how I’m a fruit-aholic?     You begin by washing your apples and fresh strawberries. Seriously… scrub those babies.  I know I keep talking about it, but I seriously am in love with Fit: Fruit and Vegetable Wash.  Anyways, then thinly slice your apples (I did both organic Fuji and Granny Smith). To prevent them from browning, lightly coat slices with lemon or lime juice (makes it a little tart) or pineapple juice (a sweeter option). You can use the same method for your banana slices. Top your apple slices with banana and strawberry slices. Viola! Definitely full of complimentary flavors and super easy.       PrintApple Fruit Sandwiches Ingredients1 large Fuji or Granny Smith apples, washed and sliced thinly 1 banana, peeled and sliced thinly 10 large strawberries, washed and sliced thinly InstructionsOnce fruit is washed and sliced, layer beginning with apple slice, banana slices, and topped with strawberry slices. To prevent them from browning, lightly coat slices with lemon or lime juice (makes them a little tart) or pineapple juice (a sweeter option). Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve...
Fresh Fruit Cake

Fresh Fruit Cake

  This Fresh Fruit Cake is NOTHING like the horrible, fruit-from-a-can fruit cake you’ve had in the past.  I’ve had horrible experiences with nasty fruit cake too.  I’m here to transform it from the ‘worst’ to the ‘best’ Christmas tradition.     Just like my Cranberry Orange Muffins, this cake is bursting with flavor.  It’s tangy, citrus, sweet, and packed with some of my most beloved fruits.  Fresh cranberries are quickly becoming one of my favorites to bake with.  They turn from tart to slightly sour.  Oooh, I love them!   My sweet neighbor always brings us something fresh from the oven on Christmas Day morning (love her!).  I’m planning on returning the favor this year with this fruit cake.  I’m going to bake and give it to her in this silicon bundt pan or this awesome loaf pan. PrintFresh Fruit Cake Ingredients2 and 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 2 Tbs ground or whole flax seed (optional) 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/4 tsp salt 1 small orange, peeled and pureed 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 large green tart apple, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 cup fresh cranberries, washed and coarsely chopped 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberriesInstructionsPreheat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl, combine and stir flour, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In Vitamix blender, blend orange until smooth. Add applesauce, honey, oil, and vanilla. Blend on low until mixed. Pour orange mixture into dry ingredients and stir. In blender, place quartered...

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