Chocolate Covered Tangerines

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Since, my sweet tooth has been flaring up a bit, I decided to make a batch of these semi-sweet & semi-healthy treats! They are incredibly addictive – I took them to work and they all vanished within 30 minutes!

They are super easy/quick to make, and can also be used as a great snack, dessert, or appetizer for your next gathering! All you have to do is take a handful of tangerines, your favorite chocolate (preferably semi-sweet), and sea salt (or any type you prefer) — WALA!! Your tastebuds will thank you!

What is your sweet, yet somewhat healthy snack?

What you’ll need:
♥ Tangerines/Clementines
♥ Semi-sweet carob/chocolate chips
♥ Sea salt
♥ Wax Paper

How To:
1. Peel the tangerines
2. Melt the chocolate chips for about 1-2 minutes, but stop every 30 seconds to mix and check consistency.
3. Dip the tangerines in the chocolate
4. Place it on wax paper and sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on top
5. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, then ready to eat!

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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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Best Ever: Skinny Blueberry Cocktail

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You know that I’m all about the healthy eats, but can’ t give up the yummy drinks. My new solution to this conundrum is to use soda water as my mixer in all my cocktails, and then to add some sweetness with healthy fruity garnishes (or ginger!!). This post focuses on my latest fave, which is oh-so-simple, just the way I like it!

♥ 1 shot vodka
♥ 1 cup soda water
♥ handful of blueberries, muddled & mixed
♥ 1 splash triple sec

*In case you’re wondering, I prefer my blueberries whole so that I can suck ’em up and enjoy them as little treats in between sips! Depending on personal preference, you can muddle to expose more flavor in your drink! Random finding: orange slices are the perfecccct little treat to pair with this drink because they’re just so sweet and tasty! (AYSO memories, anyone?). This might have something to do with the sweet citrusy element of triple-sec, which adds a certain richness to the drink and helps make it feel like you’re not just guzzling watered down vodka.

Of course, you can totally alter this recipe as desired. I’ve done this combo with strawberries, raspberries, even APPLE SLICES. Go crazy! Share your results below!

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^ Everything tastes better with super cute straws ^

Skinny Snack: Lentil Endives

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This is one of my go-to snacks when I’m in a hurry and don’t know what to eat that’s both healthy and filling. It’s really quick, looks pretty, and is (you called it) HEALTHY! Yay!

All you need is a pack of endives, lentils, and some bruschetta mix. Combine the lentils and bruschetta on a 1:1 ratio. Mix thoroughly and scoop onto an endive. If you’re getting fancy, try adding some crumbled feta or a touch of cilantro!
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Skinny Tip: Flavored Ice Cubes

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I’m known to guzzle water all day longgg. Drinking water just makes me feel so good and cleansed! And it’s sooo important for your brain / weight loss / clear skin / a healthy body overall!

It always amazes me when people tell me that they haven’t had any water all day. I chug water first thing in the morning and don’t stop all day! Nothing does a better job of waking me up and helping me to feel refreshed.

If you’re one of those people that doesn’t get their water fill, try this fun trick and I promiseee you’ll be more inclined to remember that water! These flavored ice cubes are super yummy and infuse water with different flavors and nutrients! You can pretty much do whatever you want here, but I’ve found that the most successful ice infusions are cubes made from a fruit base (lemon juice, orange juice, apple juice, watermelon, strawberries) with fun little accents embedded within (blueberries, mint leaves, orange rind).

There are two distinct ways of doing this, but I tend to favor blending fruit into little smoothie ice cubes! Gather your ingredients and follow the instructions below!

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Here’s my fave recipe:
Blend 1 cup strawberries with 1 oz orange juice and 1 tsp on mint. Pour into ice cube molds, let freeze. Drop in your water (or hell, your favorite vodka soda??) and enjoy!

Another option that I love? Straight lemon juice with blueberries floating inside! These look super pretty and taste even better!

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On the go? Try adding fruit to this fruit infusion water bottle!

What awesome combos have you tried?? Share with us below!

Best Holiday Cookies

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It’s the most festive time of the year… COOKIE TIME!!! Everyone loves holiday cookies, and I’ve been dying to whip up the most perfect batch of my favorite holiday treats: peppermint pretzel cookies. Mouth watering yet? I’m not peppermint’s biggest fan, but these are wild. Try just one and you’re bound to get caught with your hand stuck in the cookie jar. You can thank me later.

Wanna try? We use Sunny Anderson’s recipe, but nix the chocolate chips and candy canes. Instead, we buy Trader Joe’s Peppermint Pretzel Thins, mash them up, and mix ’em in. Use your discretion, but we usually add about a half cup. Side note: don’t even think about trying the batter before you bake it. It’s that good.

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Restaurant Review: Hiatus Urban BBQ

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Restaurant Name: Hiatus
Location: 1292 S. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Halfsies Rating: ★★★★★
Halfsies Bank: $
Great for: Lunch, taco tuesday

What I loved: That the amazing slow-cooked BBQ is also healthy! It’s the best of both worlds!! Not to mention the amazing menu that is super straightforward (think Chipotle assembly line). Don’t forget to try the sauces and slaws (I love the Horseradish Sauce and the Kale/Apple Slaw)!

What I’d improve: I wish this badass space was bigger so that I could bring everyone I know!

What I’d recommend: A plate with pulled pork, spicy sauce (if horseradish isn’t your thing), and any of the slaws! You CANNOT leave without a smoked chocolate chip cookie! **They’re so good, mention Halfsies anytime through 8/1/14 to get a free cookie!!

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Think the food looks bomb? The place is also amazingly decorated with rustic art-inspired pieces!

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We even got to hang out with the owner / head chef! Thanks for hosting us Hiatus… my mouth is still watering!

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Skinny Minnie Lunch: Quinoa Salad + Bubbly!

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This salad is so yummy!! It’s perfect for weekends like Memorial day when you’re going to be in a bikini and don’t want to bloat &/or overeat in the sunshine!

Here’s what you’ll need:

♥ 1 cup quinoa,  cooked
♥A few sprigs of mint leaves (ours are fresh from the garden! yay!)
♥ 1/2 tomato, diced
♥1/2 cucumber, diced
♥1 full grapefruit

Mix it all together and serve! We like to garnish with extra mint. Bonus: the grapefruit juice acts as a divine dressing, making this salad super low-cal!

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Of course, why save all those calories if not to have a little drinky too ;)

I made grapefruit bellinis with my faveee champ – Perrier Jouet! (Yep – we got the extra large bottle. Party time!)

Here’s what you’ll need:

♥Champagne
♥Grapefruit

Scoop out some fresh grapefruit juice & meat and place into the bottom of a champagne flute. Top with your favorite champagne. Enjoy. Repeat.

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