The Easiest, Healthiest, and Most Delicious Popsicles!

Hey everyone and happy Wednesday! Things are getting back to normal around here and Munchkin is slowly feeling better - phew!

It's been pretty hot out around here, in the 90s almost everyday, so I've definitely had homemade popsicles on my radar. I looked around Pinterest to find a recipe that looked good and didn't use any added sugar. I found two different recipes that looked pretty delicious to me, so if you don't think these look good, check back soon for a different popsicle recipe! 

The one I'm talking about today only requires three ingredients - that's right, only THREE! You'll need strawberries, watermelon, and one lime, along with some popsicle molds. I got my popsicle molds at Target, but these popsicle molds on Amazon (click here) got great reviews, so if you don't have any, try out those!

As far as the recipe, it's quite possibly the easiest process ever. You'll need to cube the watermelon, cut off the strawberry stems, and juice & zest the lime. The measurements are:

  • 3 heaping cups of cubed watermelon 
  • 1 heaping cup of strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • zest and juice of 1 lime

Once you've prepped your ingredients, throw them all into your blender (I used my trusty Vitamix again) and puree until smooth. After that, go ahead and pour the mixture into your popsicle molds, place them in the freezer, and freeze for about 3-4 hours, or until completely frozen. 

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Once you're done, you'll have popsicles that look like the ones above to enjoy! As far as the taste, they're SO good! They taste like a typical popsicle, you would never know that the only ingredients are fruit. Two thumbs up for this recipe - I highly recommend you give them a try! 

They're absolutely perfect for a hot summer day! Have you made homemade popsicles before? Will you give this recipe a try? Let me know in the comments! 

Jenna 

Your New Favorite Salad Dressing

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I hope that you all had a great weekend! My weekend started off with a pizza and wine/champagne night with three of my best friends, Meg, Taylor, and Lisa, to celebrate Lisa's engagement. It was a fun night of celebrating and catching up while we sipped on champagne and munched on pizza and the salad that I had brought over! 

This recipe is from Once Upon A Chef and it was super easy to make and so was the delicious dressing that went with it! For the salad I used: 

  • 1 large head of romaine, washed, dried, & cut into bite-size pieces  
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber 
  • 1 large carrot, peeled into ribbons
  • Handful of grape tomatoes, halved 
  • Handful of pitted olives (I subbed red onions for these)
  • Feta cheese, crumbled to taste 

Once you have all of your ingredients chopped up, go ahead and throw them in a bowl together. Now onto the dressing, which I'm 99.9% sure will become your favorite dressing after the first taste! The ingredients you'll need are:

  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh Italian parsley, roughly chopped
  • 10 big leaves fresh basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano 
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (I used Trader Joe's brand)
  • 3/4 extra virgin olive oil (Trader Joe's brand, again)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons honey 

Throw all of the ingredients in a food processor (I used my Vitamix) to blend. Once you're done that, you'll have something that looks like this...

With all of the basil and parsley in there, the dressing turns out to be pretty green! Don't be scared off though, I promise it's super delicious - much better than a store bought balsamic dressing! If you're going to be bringing it to a BBQ or to a friend's house, throw it in a mason jar like I did for easy and mess-free travel. 

I hope that you guys will try out this recipe! If you do, let me know how it goes in the comments :)

Catch ya tomorrow!

Jenna

Friday Favorites #2

Happy Friday, friends! I'm back for my weekly Friday Favorites link-up post. I hope that you all have a fun weekend ahead of you. I'll be hanging out with my three best friends tonight so my weekend will definitely be off to a good start! Let's get into what I've been loving this week...

1. Skyfit App

I discovered this app on Instagram a few weeks ago and decided to try it out this week for one of my cardio days. Here's the description the app store gives:

Skyfit: The only app to turn your phone into an on-demand fitness studio with all your favorite classes and music. That drive you feel to run, push or pedal harder in a class or when working with a personal trainer? Skyfit recreates that exact experience by synchronizing the voice of a trainer with a playlist of all the music you love, to deliver fun and motivating guided workouts straight your earbuds. 

Skyfit has the following categories: Treadmill, Outdoor Running, Elliptical, Indoor Cycling, 5K Training Program, 10K Training Program, and Yoga. I tried out the Chill Vibes Jog in the outdoor running category this week and loved it! Having a trainer encourage me throughout the run definitely kept me going when I usually would have stopped, which is a huge plus! The app also categorizes the workouts into beginner, intermediate, and advanced by putting green, yellow, or red next to it - so don't feel intimidated, there's a level for everyone! Click here to download the app or search for it in your phone's app store. You can try it for free for 7 days by logging in and then choosing the free 7-day trial.

2. Rx Bars

These bars are the bomb.com - but seriously, they are! The ingredient list on Rx Bars are just about the best you can get. As you can see, the one I had below only has 3 egg whites, 14 peanuts, and 2 dates. I bought mine at Whole Foods a few weeks ago, but I might have to resort to buying them on Amazon because for the past two weeks Whole Foods hasn't had them *insert angry emoji face here*! Amazon carries several of their yummy flavors including the peanut butter flavor,  chocolate sea salt, coffee cacao, and they also have a sampler pack which might be nice to try! 

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3. BookBub

As you could tell from my Book Worm Post, I like to read! Books can get pretty expensive though, even when I buy the digital version on my Kindle. This is where BookBub comes in! BookBub will alert you via email to limited-time free & discounted ebooks that match your interests. It's completely free to join, you can read on any device (your Nook, Kindle, Android, etc.), and the books are yours to own! I've already downloaded a FREE book onto my Kindle. Click here to sign up and tell BookBub about your favorite genres and authors so they can tailor your daily email updates to your favorites!

4. Siggi's Yogurt 

This is without a doubt my all-time favorite yogurt. Other yogurt brands can have up to 25 grams of sugar per serving, but Siggi's only has 9-11 grams per serving in all of their flavors - that's a huge win for Siggi's (and us)! Siggi's comes in a variety of delicious flavors like raspberry, orange and ginger, peach, pomegranate and passion fruit, mixed berries and acai, and strawberry, amongst others, I buy mine as Whole Foods, but according to Siggi's website you can also find them at places like Acme and Giant. I've been eating the vanilla flavor recently with some blueberries and granola sprinkled on top, which brings me to my last "Friday favorite" for this week... 

5. Kind Cinnamon Oat Clusters w/ Flax Seeds

I picked up this granola at the grocery store this past week and I was not disappointed once I tried it with my yogurt (let's be honest, I was eating it out of the bag way before it made into the bowl with my yogurt, oops)! This granola has 5 super grains in it including oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat making it the perfect snack after a workout. You can eat it plain, over yogurt like I do, or with milk or almond milk. This granola is an excellent source of fiber, low in sodium, and low glycemic (low glycemic diets help maintain blood sugar levels that are already within a normal range). All in all, this granola is a great pick! Just remember to not overdo it with the granola, as it is a higher calorie food. 

That's it for my Friday Favorites this week! What are you guys loving this week? Let me know in the comments! Have a fun and safe weekend, friends :) 

Jenna

*The Amazon Links in this post do link to my Amazon Associates account, therefore I will get a small percentage of you purchase, if you purchase a product, such as the Rx Bars through that link. Thank you for supporting my blog!

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