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Build a Better Breakfast that is Quick, Easy & Healthy

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One of the most important things to me as a parent is making sure that my kids are successful in school and in life… and for our family, that all starts with a healthy breakfast each day.  So to ensure that we always have time for a healthy breakfast, I make sure that we have some healthy options in the refrigerator—and ready for the kids to grab and eat.

One way that I have found to do this for my kids is building a better breakfast with Great Value 2% Milk from Walmart, Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions, and Lender’s Bagels.  I love this combo because, together, it provides a well-balanced breakfast for my boys, which is also quick and easy!  ChooseMyPlate.gov shows how to build a better breakfast by choosing food and beverage from each of the categories: dairy, fruits, vegetables, grains, and protein—and Great Value 2% Milk, Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions and Lenders Bagels helps our family choose a healthy plate by hitting each of these categories.

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While we know how important proper nutrition is for academic success, it is a sad reality that many children do not have access to basic nutrition.  Childhood should be filled with playing, learning and growing. But for many children who face hunger, even basic staples like milk—and the nutrients that help power childhood activities—are missing.  Now, you can help feed a childhood when you shop at Walmart—by purchasing one or more of these products, you are helping Feeding America provide nutrient-rich milk to kids and families in need.  Join Feeding America in The Great American Milk Drive to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry children and families who need it most. More than 14 million servings of milk have been delivered to food banks through this first-of-its-kind initiative.

Growing up on a dairy farm, I know the importance of milk in a child’s diet.  Milk is naturally nutrient rich and powers potential—if you have access to it.  Milk’s nine essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein per 8 ounce serving, can help to ensure that kids have the potential to play, learn, and grow.  Add in a Lender’s Bagel, which is filling, sustaining kids all morning, and a Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusion cup—and voila!—you have a complete and healthy breakfast.

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Of course, this trio of milk, bagel, and fruit cup is quick, easy, and nutritious for the kids to just pull out of the refrigerator and make for themselves, but some mornings—when we have a bit of extra time—it is nice to add in another favorite of my boys—scrambled eggs.  I make a huge pan of scrambled eggs and whatever is not eaten at that meal goes into a storage container and put in the refrigerator to be reheated the next day.  You may not have ever thought of reheating eggs, but they truly do taste just as good as “leftovers.”  This is just another way that I make sure that I have healthy ready-to-eat items in the refrigerator so mornings run smoother.

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And I’ll let you in on my secret way of making scrambled eggs too—it’s really simple, but adds so much flavor!  I usually make a half dozen eggs at a time so I make sure to have enough for leftovers:

  • crack your eggs into a bowl
  • add some Great Value 2% Milk (it makes the eggs nice and fluffy!)
  • add salt and pepper to taste
  • melt a tablespoon of butter in your pan (over medium heat) and spread it around so the eggs won’t stick
  • beat the eggs thoroughly and pour in the pan
  • add some shredded cheese on top of the the uncooked egg mixture (I typically use Colby Jack, but American cheese is good too)
  • stir continually with a silicon spatula until completely cooked
  • top with a bit more cheese while the eggs are warm so it melts…yum!

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Now that my kids are bigger, we always choose 2% milk because it is good for the kids to drink and I like to use this in any cooking as well.  I’m glad that my kids like drinking milk because this is the base that we work from to build a better breakfast.

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But part of getting good food into kids is allowing them to help pick the foods too.  And Lender’s makes it easy because they have a bagel for everyone—even your pickiest eater will be able to find something that they will like: Plain, Blueberry and Cinnamon-Raisin flavors are kid-friendly & great for the whole family.  My two youngest sons decided that they wanted Blueberry, but my oldest son chose the French Toast bagels from Lender’s premium line of bagels.  I love that bagels for breakfast are timesaving, easy, tasty, and nutritious.  But when you go to the store to look for these, don’t head to the bread aisle… Lender’s Bagels are available in the refrigerated dairy section.

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Over the years, I have to admit, that I have gravitated away from canned fruit items because of the high fructose corn syrup, however, Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions has given me reason to come back… Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions is the only fruit cup product that provides one serving of fruits and veggies in a single cup.  The veg is in the juice but you’d never even know it!  So when your kids want to drink the juice that the fruit is in—it’s actually healthy for them!  There’s no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors or sweeteners in these fruit cups—and that’s important to me, as a parent!  So again, knowing that these are healthy, I had the boys pick out which flavors they wanted—because if they get to pick it, they will eat it, right?!  They decided on Apple Pear Watermelon and Cherry Fruit Trio, both were tasty—and easy to pack in school lunches too!  *Look for specially marked Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions packages on the shelf at Walmart for valuable coupons for Del Monte and Lenders products.

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Frosted Maple Cookies

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Autumn is not here just yet, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not looking forward to all of the autumn inspired activities and tastes… you know, everything pumpkin, hayrides, s’mores over the fire, and maple….

 

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Maple… a flavor that often gets overlooked with all of the delicious autumn recipes featuring pumpkin.  But, this is a flavor that I well remember growing up—and not just maple syrup on pancakes.  My grandma used to make maple cookies, with a maple frosting that were so good…

 

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Frosted Maple Cookies

  • Servings: approx. 4 dozen
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Cookies:

½ cup shortening

1½ cups packed brown sugar

2 medium eggs

1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

1 tablespoon maple flavor

½ teaspoon maple syrup

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

 

Maple frosting:

2¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon maple flavor

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon butter

 

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Directions

In a medium bowl, cream the shortening and brown sugar, then gradually add the eggs, maple flavor, sour cream, and maple syrup, and beat until light and fluffy. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to creamed mixture and blend thoroughly.

Cover and refrigerate for approximately 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Using a cookie scoop, to help keep all the cookies uniform in size, place mounds of cookie dough on baking sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile make the maple frosting. Beat butter, maple flavor, and confectioner’s sugar until smooth.  Add in milk 1 tablespoon at a time.

Frost cookies when completely cooled.

*If you want more of a glaze, add frosting to cookies when they are still warm and the frosting will melt.

 

 

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This autumn, enjoy some delicious maple cookies!

 

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Turkey & Cheese Panini Poppers

Turkey and Cheese Panini Poppers

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Summer’s over and it’s back to school time… Okay, technically, we still have over one month left of summer, but with the kids going back to school, it sure feels like summer is over and fall is here…

 

Getting ready to send the kids back to school is about way more than just making sure that we find every last item on their school supply list.  It is also about getting the right items to create healthy—and easy—pack lunches, after-school snacks, and meals at home.   While I always like to focus on healthy, it is also important for me to be able to put together meals and snacks quickly and easily.  With three boys, all involved in sports and after-school activities, we seem to always be on-the-go.  I’m sure many of you can relate to that, right?

 

So when I head to Giant Eagle to get my groceries, I know that I can find all of the “healthier” choices that I am looking for… and take advantage of great in-store deals with my Giant Eagle Advantage card.  One of my favorite aspects of this is earning Fuel Perks.  I love saving money when I gas up my car—and all I have to do is buy groceries!

 

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This year, back to school grocery shopping was easier than ever!  Some of my favorite finds at Giant Eagle were:

  • Frito Lay Multipack: Baked and Popped Mix
  • Schwebel’s Sweet Harvest Wheat Bread
  • Smucker’s Natural Strawberry Fruit Spread
  • JIF Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Nature’s Basket Strawberry fruit & grain cereal bars
  • Giant Eagle Part-Skim Mozzarella String Cheese

So, for less than $20, I had all of the staple items that I needed to pack nutritious lunches for the next few weeks (obviously, the peanut butter and fruit spread will last much longer than that!)

 

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I felt really good about sending the boys off to their first day of school with the natural peanut butter and strawberry fruit spread sandwich on the sweet harvest wheat bread.  Yes, this is just PB&J, but the only ingredients in this fruit spread are strawberries, sugar, fruit pectin, and citric acid—the exact same ingredients that I would use if I were to make homemade jam!  I have always loved to make homemade jam because many of the jams, jellies, and fruit spreads that you buy contain high fructose corn syrup, extra preservatives, and colors added.  But now, I have a quick, easy, and healthy-as-homemade option that I can buy at the grocery store!  So, adding in a strawberry fruit & grain cereal bar, some baked chips, and some carrot sticks and cucumber slices, the boys had a healthy and filling lunch waiting for them.

 

Another mainstay in our home is low-fat cheese sticks—I always make sure that I have plenty of these on-hand for the boys to grab for a snack or add to lunch because they are a great source of calcium and protein!

 

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Even though these cheese sticks are typically for lunches and snacks, I decided to make a special dinner.  So, to celebrate a successful first day of school completed, we are going to have Back to School Turkey & String Cheese Panini Poppers.

 

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Turkey and Cheese Panini Poppers

  • 3 cheese sticks, cut into thirds
  • 1 package, refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 4 slices deli-style turkey
  • pre-cooked French fries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Open the package of refrigerated crescent rolls, unroll dough.  Cut the deli meat into halves and the cheese sticks into thirds.

Simply layer the ingredients on top of the crescent roll dough: turkey, cheese and French fries.  Fold in edges and roll up.  Press sides of dough together.  Place on lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

 

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The boys absolutely loved them—and even asked for more! And because they were so quick and easy, we were able to make it to soccer and football practices in good time.

 

If you need a little inspiration for some tasty and quick back-to-school meal ideas, you can visit Giant Eagle meals and learn more about just how simple it can be… now, you don’t have to order take out for a quick and easy dinner… #backtoschoolsimple

 

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Strawberry Zucchini Brownies

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Eating healthy is a main focus of our family; however, we like to indulge every now and then with something decadent.  So when I find something that is a delicious treat, and a little healthier, I get pretty excited…

 

Nestle Toll House now has NEW Brownies & More Baking Mix, with Chocolate Morsels or Butterfingers; and Cookies & More Baking Mix, with Chocolate Morsels or Butterfingers… made just a little healthier— NO preservatives and NO artificial colors or flavors.  As a consumer— and a mother of three boys— I love to know that I am giving the very best quality ingredients to my family.

 

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So when I found out these new Nestle Toll House Baking Mixes were free of preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, I was ready to try them all! However, when we got to Target, not all of the baking mixes were in stock (they are available online though). So if they aren’t available in your area, you can always order it online and get free shipping and save 5% off your purchase if you use a Target Red card. I’m always looking to save a little extra money, so when I got to the checkout and was done paying, along with my receipt, I got an in-store Target coupon to save $0.75 on my next purchase of two Nestle Toll House Baking Mixes. And right now, you can save even more and join Ibotta and get an additional rebate of $0.75 on this product!

 

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Once we got home, we then had to figure out which baking mix to use first… and that was a hard decision… but, after much deliberation, we decided to go with the Nestle Toll House Brownies & More Chocolate Baking Mix.  (Plus, I knew that I could sneak some fruits and vegetables into the chocolate mix without it even being noticed by my kids… shhhh, don’t tell them my secret!)

 

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Usually, if you want to avoid the preservatives and artificial ingredients, you need to whip up something from scratch… and that’s another reason that I love these new baking mixes… just like homemade, but quicker and easier!

 

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I love the fact that these new Nestle Toll House Baking mixes do not contain preservatives, artificial colors, or flavors. And I also love to try to sneak in a few extra fruits and vegetables into my kids when I can… so adding in some strawberries and zucchini gives this “healthier” brownie mix even more of a boost— yet still tastes so good, the kids don’t even realize that they are eating zucchini!

 

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The boys got to spend the day with some of their cousins for my nephew’s birthday and take a little break for brownies.  They certainly look like they enjoyed them!

Strawberry Zucchini Brownies, featuring NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More Chocolate Baking Mix with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

  • NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More Chocolate Baking Mix with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ shredded zucchini
  • ¼ strawberries, diced and crushed
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray 7-inch X 11-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Stir brownie mix, egg, and oil in bowl until blended. Add crushed strawberries and shredded zucchini. Stir in ¾ cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels.
  3. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle ¼ cup morsels on top of batter and lightly press into batter.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.
  5. Cool completely before cutting. Dust with powdered sugar.

 

For more creative recipes like this one, you can find more Nestle Toll House recipes and be inspired to bake the very best for your family… how will you “sneak” some extra fruits and vegetables into your family?  How will you use these #mixinmoments baking mixes to create special moments in your life?

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Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger with Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce

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I love a good, juicy burger.  But I don’t love the guilt that I feel after partaking in this indulgence…

 

I have tried healthier versions, such as veggie burgers or turkey burgers to try to find a good substitute for the traditional {delicious, mouth-watering} beef burger, but none have satisfied… until now.

 

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I have recently discovered a wonderful little product from Kitchen Accomplice Wicked Juicy Burger Turkey concentrate, specifically formulated to be added to ground turkey.  This definitely enhanced the ground turkey and gave it a much more appealing taste for me.  Honestly, I actually even found that my burger didn’t taste that much different than a regular beef burger {big win!}, but I knew that it was much healthier… so no feeling guilty for indulging in this big, juicy burger!

 

I mean, this is the whole point of healthy cooking to me.  I don’t want to just eat something that’s good for me, I want it to actually taste good too and be enjoyable to eat.  I have bought food that is “healthy” for me, but tasted terrible and walk away from the table feeling full, but not satisfied, so I strive very hard to take all the types of foods that I love and just try to make them healthier.  I want to enjoy life, not deprive myself.

 

And I promise, you won’t feel deprived with this burger!

 

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Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger (with Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce)

Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger with Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2-3 tablespoons Wicked Juicy Burger, turkey concentrate
  • ¾ cup gluten-free panko bread crumbs (my favorite are the 4 Crumbs Italian seasoned GF panko)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (you can go easy on the salt because the turkey concentrate already has salt in it)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • finely chopped chives to taste

 

Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated.  Go ahead and get your hands in there… you are going to need to form the burger patties anyways!

Grill burger patties until cooked completely (no pink).

 

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While it is much easier to buy pre-formed burger patties from the grocery store, I do like to make my own because I find that I don’t really need a true quarter-pounder… that’s a bit too much for me, so being able to make a burger a bit smaller for the kids and myself, and maybe adding a bit extra for my husband, still leaves plenty of extra ground turkey that I will use for meatballs… but that is a different post…

 

So, as part of my journey to make traditional fattening foods that I love a bit more healthy, I decided to plant my own little herb garden this year. I figure, they are perennials, so they should come back next year (I planted them in pots so I can take them inside in case of a harsh winter), they will look nice, and I can actually use them throughout the summer and early autumn in my cooking. Now if you don’t have your own herbs, it could get pretty expensive to buy all of this at the grocery store. But, I have probably spent around $15 for all of these herb plants (probably about what it would cost to buy fresh herbs at the grocery store for just this recipe!) and I can use them all summer long… and hopefully, they will make it through the winter and grow again next year! So making this will literally cost just a few cents by the time I average it out over everything I will use these herbs for this year. Well worth the initial investment!

 

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Top: peppermint, spearmint, mojito Middle: dill, basil, thyme Bottom: lavender, chives

 

If you are new to gardening, here are some pointers on starting your own herb garden that are important to know, such as how to prepare the soil, where to plant your herbs, etc. Or, if you have limited space, or live in an apartment, you pay even want to consider a tower container garden, which is compact enough to go on a balcony or rooftop. Tower gardens are also especially good for very dry areas because they use less water as well…

 

Since I have all of these beautiful herbs right in my backyard, I decided to make a Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce to compliment my turkey burger.

 

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And the best thing about this dip is that it is so versatile. It can be used on sandwiches, burgers, even on pasta… so I guess, it really is a sauce too! However you choose to use it…. healthy, fresh, delicious!

 

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However you decide to top your burger, I think you will enjoy the better, richer taste of this wicked juicy burger.

 

 

 

 

*This post contains direct links to my JP+/TG Virtual Franchise. Should you choose to buy a product through here, I would receive a commission.

*This post contains links to KA, a subdivision of MTG.  While my husband works for this company, I have not been compensated for this post in any way, and all opinions are my own.

Blueberry Chia Smoothie

 

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Need breakfast on the go?  Well, it doesn’t get any easier than this.  And that is one of the reasons that I love to make smoothies for breakfast… quick, easy, and healthy.

 

This smoothie is packed with protein and healthy antioxidants.  Besides the whole foods based protein powder, blueberries provide many health benefits such as boosting the immune system, reducing belly fat, preserving vision, and improving heart and brain function.  Top it off with some chia seeds, which are also packed with antioxidants, high in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, and may even be helpful with weight loss, and you will have a complete, healthy meal.

 

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This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free:

Blueberry Chia Smoothie

 

Blend until smooth…and enjoy!

 

**Add less milk if you want a thicker consistency.

**Smoothie tip** using a frozen banana gives my smoothie a much creamier texture (almost like a milkshake!)

 

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Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip

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When ever you make a veggie tray to take to a party, you always serve it with dip, right?  It definitely tastes more appealing to eat vegetables when smothered in some sort of ranch or French Onion dip.  However, I always feel a bit guilty because I know that the benefit of eating all those good, fresh veggies was most likely just cancelled out by the artery-clogging fat of the dip.

 

I’m not alone in this feeling, am I?

 

So this year, I decided to plant my own little herb garden.  I figure, they are perennials, so they should come back next year, they will look nice, and I can actually use them throughout the summer and early autumn in my cooking.  Now if you don’t have your own herbs, it could get pretty expensive to buy all of this at the grocery store.  But, I have probably spent around $15 for all of these herb plants (probably about what it would cost to buy fresh herbs at the grocery store for just this recipe!) and I can use them all summer long… and hopefully, they will make it through the winter and grow again next year!  So making this will literally cost just a few cents by the time I average it out over everything I will use these herbs for this year.  Well worth the initial investment!

 

Herb Garden | Money Savvy Living

Top: peppermint, spearmint, mojito Middle: dill, basil, thyme Bottom: lavender, chives

 

If you are new to gardening, here are some pointers on starting your own herb garden that are important to know, such as how to prepare the soil, where to plant your herbs, etc.  Or, if you have limited space, or live in an apartment, you pay even want to consider a tower container garden, which is compact enough to go on a balcony or rooftop.  Tower gardens are also especially good for very dry areas because they use less water as well…

 

So now, instead of eating a fattening pre-made dip with preservatives and who-knows-what in it, this fresh dip is a much healthier alternative:

 

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And the best thing about this dip is that it is so versatile.  It can be used on sandwiches, burgers, even on pasta… so I guess, it really is a sauce too!  However you choose to use it…. healthy, fresh, delicious!

 

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Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip

  • ½ cup shredded cucumber (squeeze liquid out)
  • 3 cups fresh mint leaves (I use a mixture of peppermint, spearmint, & mojito)
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • ½ avocado (you can add the entire avocado if desired)
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Put all ingredients into a food processor, except for the olive oil.  Start to pulse the food processor and blend ingredients, drizzling in the olive oil slowly.

 

I love to add herbs and ingredients by taste, so you may want to start with this recipe and then tweak it a bit by adding more of any ingredients of the flavors that you want to bring out…

 

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*This post contains direct links to my JP+/TG Virtual Franchise. Should you choose to buy a product through here, I would receive a commission.

Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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A smoothie from Orange Julius is one of my favorite treats! I remember the taste of an Orange Julius as a kid and thinking that it tasted like a creamsicle in the form of a drink—so good! Well, over the years, it has gotten even better and now there are several flavors to choose from. My absolute favorite now is the Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

So even though these are a low-fat, relatively healthy treat, it can get pretty expensive to buy them very often, so I had figured out a way to get a very similar, frothy drink right at home!  This way I can save a bit of money, and add a little “protein boost” to it as well…

 

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Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie

In a blender, add the following:

 

Blend until smooth…and enjoy!

 

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Homemade Summer Salsa for Canning

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Now that spring is here, I am ready for my garden and all the delicious foods that come out of it!  But, of course, it will be a few months before I will get much from it… anyways, I am already thinking ahead to all the wonderful garden fresh recipes that I can make!  Any time that I can use vegetables from my own garden, I know it is healthier—and saves money too!  It literally costs a few dollars to buy the seeds and plants and I can make several jars of salsa from just a few plants.

 

While I love to eat fresh tomatoes, I love to make salsa with all those beautiful tomatoes, especially at the end of the season when they all ripen at once and I have to do something with them before they go bad… plus, I just prefer the taste of homemade to store-bought salsa… and making homemade salsa is easier than you may think!

 

Summer Salsa | Money Savvy Living

 

I like to put my tomatoes in the food processor because I like my salsa to be more of a smooth consistency, so just roughly chop any type of tomatoes that you have (remove some of the seeds or else it will get too runny) and the food processor will do the rest.  If you like a thicker, chunkier salsa, just dice to the size that you prefer and skip using the food processor.

 

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Add some peppers, onions, and garlic.  This is where you can really branch out and make it what you want.  I use sweet peppers and jalapenos, but sometimes, I add some pablano peppers if I have them.  If you like it hotter, add more jalapenos, or whatever other hot peppers you like.  I don’t have it in this recipe, but I often add some mangos or peaches to give the salsa a sweet flavor along with the spiciness.

 

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Homemade Summer Salsa

Homemade Summer Salsa

  • 10-12 cups chopped tomatoes, remove some of the seeds
  • 1-2 green peppers
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2-4 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 Tbsp cumin powder
  • Chop in food processor *Optional*  If you like chunkier salsa, just dice ingredients to the size you want.
  • Put in stock pot, bring to boil.  Cook for about 5 min.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Squeeze 3 Tbsp of lime juice into each pint canning jar
  • Pour salsa into each jar with lime juice, leaving ½ – 1 inch at the top of the jar.
  • Make sure each jar is clean and dry at the top.  Place lids and rings on jars tightly.
  • Boil in water for 30 minutes.  Make sure the water completely covers the jars.
  • Allow to cool for several hours, lids should be sealed (the lid should not pop up or move when you press on it) before storage.

 

 

*if you have a canner, you will not need to boil in water for 30 minutes.

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie |Money Savvy Living

 

Who doesn’t love a warm, gooey cinnamon roll?!  That is one of my favorite breakfast treats.  Of course, I don’t love all the fat and calories that are packed into those decadent pastries.

 

Every now and then, I do allow myself to have a cinnamon roll (maybe a few times a year!)  But now, I can have some of those ooey, gooey delicious cinnamon roll flavors any time that I want in my breakfast smoothie.

 

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free:

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • cinnamon to taste
  • splash of pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete protein

 

Blend until smooth…and enjoy!

 

**Add less milk if you want a thicker consistency.

**Smoothie tip** using a frozen banana gives my smoothie a much creamier texture (almost like a milkshake!)

 

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