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Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash Stacks with melted mozzarella cheese!

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What can I say, I’ve created the PERFECT appetizer!

This slightly spicy, low-cal dish is great for parties, lunches or just a quick snack on a summer day. I had a bunch of squashes and zucchini left over from our “southern party” last weekend, so I threw them together and created Grilled Zucchini and Summer Squash Stacks!

To put a fun little spin on it, I sauteed the veggies in Balsamic Vinaigrette instead of oil and it came out GREAT.

Zucchini Squash Stacks Ingmake

Enjoy this fabulous low-cal snack!

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AfterParty

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I worked a promotion today for a new “rehydration” beverage with my promotional company today called AfterParty!

It’s a 0 Calorie drink that’s meant to rehydrate your body after drinking, or after a workout (an awesome healthy alternative to an energy drink.) It’s filled with various vitamins that replenish your body.

Vitamins in AfterParty:

  • Vitamin C
  • Thiamin
  • Niacin
  • B 6
  • B 12
  • Also, packed with electrolytes!

It’s naturally sweetened so it doesn’t have that artificial after flavor. All my customers really liked it, so I thought I’d share it with you guys too 🙂

AfterParty is pretty cheap ($1.99 at Bevmo) and has no High-fructose Corn Syrup (which is awesome, because my boyfriend and I gave it up together 6 months ago.)

I definitely recommend tasting some after your next workout!

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Kettle Chips- Oh My Gosh I’m addicted!

Jalapeno flavor; so spicy and SO addicting.

I like to tell myself they are healthier because they don’t have any Cholesterol or trans fat… but deep down inside I know they’re probably just as bad as lays.

I stick to a 80/20 diet which means 80% healthy and 20% what ever I want.

Kettle chips will definitely be taking up ALL of my 20% today haha!!

Has anyone tried any of the other flavors?

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Going Greek in Ralphs- Three colored grapes in one!

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Shopping around in my neighborhood store, I came across this AWESOME medially of grapes and bought 2 boxes!!

Now all I need is a hot guy in a Toga with a huge leaf fan to feed them to me while sitting in a royal throne.
Hey, a girl can dream right?

I wonder how my boyfriend Bryan would feel about wearing a toga…

I can’t wait to use these flavors in all kinds of recipes, salads and smoothies this week 🙂

Who wouldn’t like 3 colors of grapes in one? Pure genius.

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American Honey ♫

I was SO head-over-heels excited to find a shelf of all-natural honey flavors on the shelf above the delicious salad dressings!

Not to mention, the song “American Honey” played on our Road Trip Playlist on the way home from our BFF Road Trip. Gosh I love country music so much ❤

All-natural honey is SO much better for you because there’s nothing added to it like the honey you’ll find at the grocery stores. No added sugars, no artificial preservatives, and no added coloring. In other words, all the flavors you taste, and the colors you see in the bottle come from the actual fruit.

All-natural Honey> Store bought honey.

If you’re ever visiting a small town (as I am today with my best friend Allie and my puppy Locket) be sure to stock up on all natural foods. Small towns commonly make their own foods, and they’re much better for your body.

A good rule to remember:

Read the ingredients- if there are more then 5 ingredients, don’t buy it.

American Honey

After my many minutes of sifting through all the flavors of natural honeys, jams and dressings from my last post; Allie, Locket and I malingered into the hidden bottom half of the store. It felt like we stumbled into Wonderland! White warm lights, tea cups, vintage mirrors and red plant-bicycles galore!

If that was a real red bike, I totally would have bought it and rode around the little town of julian with Locket in my basket all day.

If you’re ever in Cali, I definitely recommend a little adventure with your best friend into the hills of Julian California 🙂

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Artichoke Adventures

Did you know that Artichokes are one of the WORLD’S most healthiest foods? 

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YES! But Why?

  • REALLY high in anti-oxidants
  • Cancer fighting properties
  • Really good for the liver *Also known for as a hangover treatment for you drinkers out there!*
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Really high in Fiber (which helps with digestion)

If you had asked me a year ago to eat this weird flowery looking cactus shaped vegetable… I would have looked at you like you were crazy.

Now that my taste buds are developing, I tried them for the first time about a year ago and I AM IN LOVE WITH THEM!

If you’ve never tried an artichoke before, I highly recommend it!

MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS BEFORE YOU TRY AND EAT ONE! They’re complicated to eat, but totally worth the extra effort.

How to eat an artichoke:

After you’ve steamed or boiled it for 25-35 minutes begin to eat.

  1. Pull off outer petals, one at a time
  2. Dip white fleshy end in melted butter or sauce. Tightly grip the other end of the petal. Place in mouth, dip side down, and pull through teeth to remove soft, pulpy, delicious portion of the petal. Discard remaining petal.
  3. With a knife or spoon, scrape out and discard the inedible fuzzy part (called the “choke”) covering the artichoke heart. The remaining bottom of the artichoke is the heart. Cut into pieces and dip into sauce to eat.
  4. I dip mine in a home made garlic sauce that I make myself with FRESH garlic. This not only adds to the flavors of the artichoke, it adds another entire health benefit from the fresh garlic!

Get out of your comfort zone, it’s no fun in there! 

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Appreciate your fruit- fun vintage fruit fact!

Did you know, back in the day in New York; an ORANGE was a traditional Christmas gift?

Groceries haven’t always been stocked with delicious fruits and veggies as they are now. Oranges were grown in Florida, so it was a really big deal to get one if you lived out of state.

I think we forget how blessed we are to have constant access to nutritious natural foods. That being said, mom if you’re reading this- you better not put an orange in my stocking this Christmas!

however, you can bet I’ll be thanking God for every blessed bite into a juicy piece of fruit.

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P.s On a side note- only 5 months till Christmas!!! (I’m a Christmas fanatic)