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Berry Popsicles

Every time I walk through the frozen section of the grocery store, I catch a glimpse of the Popsicles and quickly re-live a moment in my childhood.  I use to love, love, love Popsicles.  It could be simplest of them all, you know the ones, liquid filled in a clear plastic tube only to be frozen until ready to have the top cut off.  Then there were those fun superhero ones, with multiple colors, flavors and shapes that looked like rockets most of the time.  Oh, and then there was those push-pops! My mom didn’t buy those often but when she did, oh my goodness!  

It must be a kid thing, because my kids love Popsicles too.  We couldn’t really eat ice cream due to my son’s dairy (among other) allergies, so frozen fruit treats were the way to go.  Occasionally, I’d let them indulge in some sugary ones, but most of the time, the ones made from real fruit juice filled my freezer. Have you seen how expensive those are though? I can understand why,  100% organic berries and natural sweeteners would be more pricey than fruit flavored sugar-water.

So, I started making my own, and I'm going to show how to make your own Popsicles, using only 4 ingredients. Of course you can always buy them, pre made,  but making them at home will save you money, let you create your own flavor combinations and provide your family with a treat that is actually good for them.

Thai Green Curry with Cauliflower

As I was making my menu for the week, I realized just how crazy busy my week actually was.  There is not even 1 night free, which isn’t unusual anymore.  Instead of freaking out, I remembered that I prayed for all of this.  The healthy kids, a wonderful husband, a job, a church we love, friends, etc.  Each of those bring much happiness, and much busyness.  There are athletic practices, music practices, church group, fundraiser dinners, church and even a Bieber concert thrown in there this week.

Instead of feeling defeated before the week has really begun, I go back to my menu and start trying to figure it out. I need to make dinners that are delicious, healthy, plant-based & easy.  Keyword here, EASY!   

I know I’m not the only one with busy nights, in fact, many of my friends and those I coach are constantly telling me how they eat out most nights and just can’t find the time to make a good “home-cooked” meal.  But trust me, but with a little planning, you can make a good-for-you meal just as quickly as it’d take you to drive somewhere and grabbing something to go.  And just in case you need a little extra help, here's my downloadable Weekly Menu Planner to make dinners a little easier for you. 

As for a recipe, well I have that too!  Whether you have had Thai food or not,  this Thai Green Curry with Cauliflower will take you on a little culinary adventure and is a perfect start to your meal planning. This is a wonderfully, rich & creamy dish, with just enough heat to make you smile.  Best of all, it's so, so easy to make and takes less than 30 minutes!   

Chocolate Sunbutter Crisp Pops

This winter, we took the kids to see the movie Creed and it's been non-stop, all things Rocky since then. We have all watched & re-watched, every single movie over the past 2 months and even now, I’m sitting here with my daughter, watching as Rocky admits to Adrian that he is afraid to fight & lose everything shortly after Mickey's death. As always, Adrian ends up encouraging him, telling him that she believes in him which leads to a more intensely driven training sequence. Enter “eye of the tiger”……..

This is seriously such a great movie series (Rocky V included)!  

Do you know what else is seriously good?  Nestle Crunch candy bars, or at least they use to one of my favorites when I was younger.  Something about the sweet chocolate with crispy rice in each bite, had me running to the corner store to spend what little money I had as a kid.

Sweet mango & mashed avocado is heavenly, especially with the added crunch of jicama in these delightful spring rolls.

Spring Rolls

I absolutely love looking out to my back yard through our bay window.  Although the trees are bare and the grass is brown, the site of beautiful red cardinals grazing off the bird feeder, all but makeup for the lack of color due to winter months. And although it is still a little chilly some days, the sunlight warms the room and reminds me that Spring isn't too far off.

This sunlight, not only makes this the perfect sitting area for gazing, but it also makes this the perfect place for ripening those stone fruits not quite recipe ready.  The mango and avocado I recently purchased from the market have patiently been sitting on the table, just waiting for the sun to ripen & sweeten them up for the perfect recipe. Meanwhile, as the sun was doing its thing, there was this wonderfully, crunchy jicama just waiting to join the party as I had something wonderful in store for them.

Mango Avocado Spring Rolls with a Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce.

Toasted Oat & Yogurt Bowl

I'm going to take you back for a moment (some of us a little farther back) to remember your childhood and what your mother or father would tell you about breakfast.  They probably said that it was the most important part of the day, right?  And,,,, more than likely, we tell our kids the exact same thing, but do we actually "eat" what we "preach"?

Breakfast is designed to supply a third of the macro and micronutrients your body needs to run without a hitch.  It prevents growling stomachs, low blood sugar shakiness, or wandering attention to keep you from nailing those big goals you’ve made for yourself.

So what are you eating each morning to prevent those things from happening? A cup of coffee gulped down on the go? A sugary donut or muffin eaten at your desk? Nothing at all?

Your body deserves so much better than that, and so do you!

Rich & Fruity, Berry Cream Popsicles are a delicious & healthy treat that's perfect for the Summer. 

Oh Summer Time how I love thee! Let me count the ways....... The heat on my skin when I'm out in the sun (I don't sweat, I sparkle) The color on my face from the rays' kisses (who needs anything but mascara by now) The pool time and chill time with family (everything's a little more laid back) Wearing sundresses and flip flops (just throw on some jewelry and you just made it fancy) And the fresh fruits and veggies (chop some up and call it a meal). Berry Coconut Popsicles