Skinny Ice Cream Bites

Ok – so these may not be ice cream, but I swear they’re just as good! If you’ve ever frozen a banana and put it in a blender, you know that a cold banana has creamy, dessert-like features.

I came home one day to find a pile of these in the fridge, with everything from peanut butter to honey to marmalade in the center of little slices of banana. Turns out my sister is a skinny genius. My favorite combo is the kind with nutella, pictured here!

All you do is slice a ripe banana into thin pieces and make little mini banana sandwiches with whatever spread tickles ya!

Comment below! What flavor would you try? Any unique suggestions??

PS – betchya can’t have just one! I usually eat the whole batch in one sitting… but hey! it’s just a banana ;)

Cucumber Salmon Hummus Bites

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These little bites are too easy and delicious to be this healthy! As you know, I’m always looking for new healthy snacks that are guilt-free. These are perfect and quick, and even my non-healthy friends couldn’t get enough (tricked ’em)!

Slice persian cucumbers at an angle (slicing at an angle makes the surface longer so that you can load it with more content!). Next, spread with a dallop of hummus and top with a little piece of smoked salmon. These are also great with prosciutto!

Enjoy!

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Banana Nut Breakfast Muffins

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I’m back on my paleo grind, which means none of my favorite pastries for breakfast (tear, it was fun pretending to be Parisian with my pain au chocolat & espresso while it lasted). Desperate for a fun alternative to spoonfulls of almond butter, I spent this weekend in the kitchen in a trial-and-error kind of craze until voila! I perfected the world’s most delicious paleo breakfast muffin.

What you’ll need:
♥ 4 eggs
♥ 4 bananas
♥ 1/4 cup coconut oil
♥ 1/3 cup peanut or almond butter
♥ 1 tsp vanilla extract
♥ 1 tsp honey
♥ 1 tsp stevia
♥ 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
♥ 1 tsp baking powder
♥ 1 tsp baking soda
♥ 2 tsp cinnamon
♥ 1 tsp allspice
♥ 1 cup chia seeds, blended down
♥ Handful blueberries or dark chocolate chips (optional)

How to:
1. Smash together bananas, eggs, and nut butter using a fork. Add all remaining wet ingredients and combine in a large bowl. Melt down coconut oil & nut butters if needed. Use hand blender to ensure that all contents are evenly mixed!
2. Pulse chia seeds and walnuts in a blender. Add dry ingredients to your wet mixture, mixing slowly until smooth.
3. Spoon evenly into muffin tin with paper liners. Bake 20 minutes at 350°

Eat immediately while warm, or store for an on-the-go breakfast! If saving for later, keep in an air tight container, or refrigerate.

(And yes, in case you were wondering, fun cupcake liners DO make all the difference–find some here, here, here):
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Restaurant Review: California Donuts

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Restaurant Name: California Donuts
Location: 3540 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★☆
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: Dessert
Great for: Donuts

I’ve had my eye on California Donuts for the longest time! I’m downtown LA all the time but just never made it out becuase I was too busy/healthy/tired. But this weekend, it happened. Boy oh boy have I never felt less guilty about eating 4 donuts. Like seriously, I was so happy. MAPLE BACON donuts? Check. THIN MINT girl scout cookie donuts? Check. CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH, FROOT LOOP, REESE’S PIECES, SNICKERS, COCONUT… (must I go on?)… check, check, CHECKKK!

Yep, you can’t choose just one. You’ll eat 4. SO AMAZING AND WORTH IT!!

My favorite was the bacon and the reese’s pieces, but every flavor was divine.

Visit the website here.

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Chobani Grammy Guacamole

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There’s nothing I love more than an afternoon of oogling beautiful women in superb fashions! HELLO awards season! Of course, I love to indulge in my usual favorites (chips and guac, refreshing beer, hiii!). Here’s a healthy, fruity twist on my fave guacamole! And if you’re trying to stay healthier — yes, those tiny, beautiful women can have an inspiring influence — use thinly cut carrots or cucumbers instead of chips!

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The key ingredient here is (SHHH!) Chobani yogurt. Check it out here, or our fave peach flavor here! That’s right, we even went extra bold and used a peach Chobani, just to give our guac a little extra somptin somptin!

Here’s what you’ll need: 

♥ 1 cup peach Chobani yogurt
♥ 2 avocados
♥ 1/2 tomato
♥ 1-2 stalks celery
♥ sharp cheddar
♥ feta cheese

Finely chop the cheese, tomatoes, and celery. Combine in a bowl with avocado and Chobani yogurt. Mix well, using a fork to work the mixture in with the avocado. We add cayenne pepper and salt for extra flavor!

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Valentine’s Dessert

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This is seriously the most simple sweet treat! It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day because A. festive colors duh! and B. you get to look all fancy/sophisticated for a fraction of the price and effort. Now we’re talking! I honestly think Valentine’s day is silly and overrated (nobody wants to wait in those nasty lines for a rezzie at a crowded restaurant!). Soooo in my book, it’s all about pampering my friends/loved ones and baking delicious treats and writing goofy, meaningful cards to show everyone how much I love them. I know, I know, sorry. Really it’s about the sweetheart candies and Dora Explorer cardboard cutout cards that you buy last minute at Ralphs! SO FUN!!

But seriously, make these. They’re yummy and really pretty and the strawberries (and dark chocolate?) are good for you!

What you need:

♥ Marshmallows (pink and white for festive effect)
♥ Chocolate (dark is best, but get crazy and go for a white drizzle, add chopped almonds, etc!)
♥ Strawberries
♥ Toothpicks (or skewers if you want to make dessert kabobs!)

Roll the tip of a mallow into your yummy melted chocolate, take a taste test, and repeat. Kidding-not-kidding about the taste test part. I like to only dip the mallows because they’re amazingly easier to coat in chocolate than strawberries, but if you’re a profesh, go ahead and get a little fancy!  Then, skewer your kiddies together on a toothpick and lay cute-ly on a serving dish!

Voila!

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Beet, Pecan, & Goat Cheese Salad

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This has been my go-to lunch this week (I’ve had it 3 times now…). I bought a giant bag of spinach and those already-ready beets from TJs, so I felt like I had to eat them all before they went bad!! But hey, definitely not complaining bc this salad is amaze and packed full of antioxidants!

Ingredients:

♥ Spinach
♥ Beets
♥ Goat cheese
♥ Avocado
♥ Pecans
♥ Lentils

Throw your ingredients in a big bowl in your desired proportion, and toss with balsamic! If you need a little extra something to keep you full, try adding a protein like chicken or shrimp! Sprinkle some fresh pepper on top, and voila! Enjoy!

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Bullet Proof Coffee

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day…

As much as I buy that statement, ain’t nobody got time for that!! I usually hit the gym in the morning, which means I either turn to an $8 Equinox smoothie (so bad for the bank when that becomes a daily habit), OR I make bullet proof coffee when I get to work.

That’s right. It’s bullet proof because it’s badass and keeps you SO FULL for SO LONG that it’s kind of amazing. Plus, it’s CHEAP & HEALTHY. I know, you love me.

Literally, all you do is brew yourself a cup of joe, then add in a spoon of virgin organic coconut oil & 1-2 scoops protein powder (stick with vanilla or chocolate). This makes your coffee super thick and creamy and delicious! The oil and protein powder are great for you, perfect for post workout (or for just getting you the hell out of bed), and will keep you full til lunch time!

Try it! I promise you’ll fall in love ♥

Restaurant Review: Mattei’s Tavern

matteis-tavern-4Restaurant Name: Mattei’s Tavern
Location: 2350 Railway Avenue, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $$
Genre: American
Great for: Brunch / Your wedding / Living here forever

This place is a little magical getaway in the middle of Los Olivos. It’s perfect for brunch because outdoor seating is plentiful. There’s a huge grassy outside area with bocce ball, live music, and lots of space for dancing and frolicking in the sunshine! Plus, the food is amaaaaazing. So is the coffee. Do you really need anything more?? #heaven

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Brunch was followed by a fun little photo shoot around the grounds! We were all soooo over caffeinated after 4 cups of coffee each… the stuff was just so damn good and they kept refilling our mugs!!

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How fun is this little chalk board cabana?? It’s literally a cabana on the grounds and the walls are all chalk… pretty sure it’s there for little kids to doodle on while their parents brunch. We’re kids. That’s why we love it.

Drooling yet?? Visit the website here 

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&& “WRITE DRUNK, EDIT SOBER.” Words of wisdom, blogger friends. Never let that wine leave your hand. JK! But only kinda…

Guilt Free Berry Cobbler

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It’s winter, and when it’s cold out I crave desserts. Have you seen the New Girl episode where Nick’s girlfriend/sleep over buddy “…just isn’t a dessert person” and Jess freaks out? Because seriously!? Who is not a dessert person?? You can lie to yourself all you want, but I’m pretty sure if you don’t like dessert you don’t have a soul.

Anyways, I’m all about this guilt free, healthy version of a traditional cobbler. It’s jam packed with berries and antioxidants (among other things…) so at least you don’t have to feel terrible about it. And, I promise you’ll still fit into your skinny jeans tomorrow.

Here’s what you’ll need:
♥ 2 cups mixed berries
♥ 1 apple, chopped
♥ 3 tablespoons lemon juice
♥ 1.5 tablespoon stevia
♥ I cup oats
♥ 1/2 cup coconut oil
♥ 2 tablespoons honey
♥ 1/4 cup butter

The how to:
♥ Combine berries, apple, lemon juice, and stevia in a bowl. Mix well until all ingredients are combined. Place mixture into 8×10 inch glass baking dish.
♥ Using the same bowl from your fruit mixture, cream together coconut oil and melted butter. (By using same bowl, you’ll get the super cute pink effect!)
♥ Mix honey and oats. Add to coconut/butter mixture, mixing slowly to achieve a crumbly consistency.
♥ Cover the fruit medley with your crumble!
♥ Place in oven on middle rack and bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

 

Enjoy! xx