Ruby Red Smoothie

Hello, friends! Ready for a sweet-tart smoothie? Need some energy?

Ruby Red Smoothie
1/2 ruby red grapefruit
3 celery sticks
1 apple, cored
1 banana
Handful of ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend! Drink. Be energized.
Happy Monday!

Healthy No-bake PB Banana Pie

Oh. My. Wordy.

Thanks to Katie at Chocolate Covered Katie, we have a new, fun HEALTHY(ish) dessert! A no-bake peanut butter banana pie that even Elvis would approve of. Have 10 minutes? Let’s make it!

No-bake Peanut Butter Banana Pie
This pie is easy, pretty healthy and is a kid-pleaser, too. You can substitute the marshmallows for dehydrated fruit or a natural, sugar-free alternative. Enjoy crustless or with the flavor combination of sweet from the bananas, nutty from the peanut butter and salty crunch from the pretzels.
Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie 

STEP 1: In a blender, combine these ingredients:
1 1/4 cup peanut butter (you can use creamy, chunky, or a combo of both)
4 medium bananas (ripe is good)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons brown sugar or sweetener (optional)

STEP 2: Coat a pie pan with nonstick cooking spray/butter. Transfer the peanut butter mixture to a large mixing bowl. Fold these into the peanut butter mixture:
1 cup mini marshmallows

STEP 3: Using small pretzels, spread one layer into the bottom of the pie pan:
1 to 1 1/4 cups “waffle-style” pretzels (regular 2-inch pretzels from the chips aisle work, too)

STEP 4: Carefully pour the peanut butter mixture into the pie pan. Note: the pretzels will shift and move as the heavy peanut butter filling is poured in. Don’t worry about it. Put the pie pan in the freezer and let chill for 3+ hours. Slice and serve.

I have to work today, but this is a fun treat to look forward to after a long day! Hope you can enjoy this one, too!

Happy Saturday!


Easy Yogurt Dip

Matt gave me cheery flowers. Aren’t they cute? Thanks, Matt.

Yesterday was my lifelong friend, Melissa’s, birthday. We’re exactly 2 months apart, to the day. Weird, right? But I’m older. 🙂 She is such a fun, fabulous lady. Those around her love her and are grateful for such a selfless, caring, hilarious person. And Melissa, among her charming quirks, loves dip. All kinds of dip. And she likes the action (verb) of DIPPING. Not tobacco, mostly cheese, salsa, bean, chocolate, or any tasty snack variety. So here’s a dip for you, Meliss, and the rest of us that is fun and fancy free.

Now for a cheery snack…fruit and yogurt…the ultimate guilt-free, filling snack/dessert.

Easy Yogurt Dip
serves 2, but easily doubles/triples

  • 6 ounces plain, unsweetened yogurt (Greek or regular)
  • Drizzle of raw agave nectar or another honey/sweetener (1/2 teaspoon of agave)
  • 1 TB sunflower seeds
  • 1 TB flax seeds
  • 1 TB of __________ (Whatever you like…chopped chocolate, pecans, almond butter, etc.)–>optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon ( a dash or two)

Mix all of the ingredients together and serve cold. Cut up some fruit (bananas are divine with this), and serve!   

Happy eating!


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