Monday, August 15, 2016

Healthy Key Lime Pie Popsicles

Happy Monday!  With the summer heat still raging on here in Austin, we decided to make some healthy (well, by my definition) key lime pie popsicles to stay cool this past weekend.  These popsicles don't have the sugar, butter or condensed milk you'll find in a classic key lime pie - but, the taste is spot on! They're a perfect treat to whip up and have on hand over the last few weeks of summer.  Austin is supposed to get a lot of rain this week, which will push temperatures down into the 80s!  I am so looking forward to the cooler weather.  Yes, 80 degrees in August is cool for a Texan :).  Find my guilt-free key lime pie popsicle recipe below!

Healthy Key Lime Pie Popsicles:
  • 1 can coconut milk, chilled
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • shredded coconut for topping
Put all ingredients (with the exception of coconut flakes) into blender and puree until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.  Top with shredded coconut if desired! Recipe makes about 8 smaller popsicles.

Do you have a go-to healthy (well, healthier) dessert recipe?  I'm always looking for guilt-free ways to satisfy my sweet tooth.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


Monday, August 8, 2016

Simple Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Happy Tuesday!  I can't believe it's already August and fall is just around the corner...although, I am definitely ready for the cooler months and all the seasonal food that comes with autumn.  Today, I am sharing an easy recipe for roasted brussel sprouts.  This dish is simple, healthy and has a bit of heat to it - would a Texan have it any other way?  While roasted brussel sprouts are perfect for the fall, I've been enjoying them this summer alongside salmon.  My take on roasted brussel sprouts is inspired by the Tone It Up nutrition plan.  If you're looking for mapped out healthy meals and fun workouts, I highly recommend checking out their site.  Alright, onto the recipe!

Simple Roasted Brussel Sprouts:
  • 1 lb brussel sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/8 tsp celery salt
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flake
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and trim/halve your brussel sprouts.  Trimming involves cutting off the stem and pulling any wilted or damaged leaves off of the brussel sprout prior to halving.  Mix olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings together in a medium-sized bowl.  Once mixed, add in brussel sprouts and toss until well-coated.  Place brussel sprouts onto a foil-lined baking sheet and pop in the oven at 400 degrees.  Cook for about 30 minutes, regularly stirring around brussel sprouts to ensure everything cooks evenly.  Makes 4-5 servings. 

Do you like brussel sprouts?  I must admit, I always avoided them growing up and only gave them another shot a few years ago - but, I'm glad I did!  On another note, I've been hunting for the perfect blue glasses to showcase in the open-shelving in our new kitchen.  I finally found exactly what I was looking for at HomeGoods - love these!

Thanks for stopping by!  What's your favorite way to make brussel sprouts?  Please let me know if you try the recipe!