choco banano (chocolate-covered frozen banana)

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Choco Banano: aka chocolate covered frozen banana!

A super easy choco banano recipe that makes a healthy summertime treat! Chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas are a match made in heaven! I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for weeks… but we keep eating these choco bananos before I can photograph them. Oops! Definitely wasn’t on purpose. I definitely didn’t do it so that I’d be forced to make more of them…. You might be wondering about my spelling. “Banana is spelled with an “A” at the end, Jessica!” I’ve gone a little Spanish-loco on you. The first time I discovered the wonders of chocolate-covered frozen bananas was … Read More

Perfect Baked Fries Recipe

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Perfect Home Fries

These baked fries are absolute fry perfection! They’re fool-proof crispy and have the best seasoning on them! Don’t sacrifice taste when opting for a healthier choice.  I recently heard that sprinkling fries with vinegar is just a Manitoban thing. I sure hope this isn’t correct because the rest of the world is missing out! But if it is true, then my mission with this post is to share the vinegar love with you all! Now, you can’t really put vinegar on all fries. If you go to McDonald’s or some other chain with stripped down no-skin fries, it doesn’t really … Read More

3 Ingredient Strawberry Nice Cream

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Strawberry Nice Cream Recipe

With only 3 ingredients and a blender you’ll have strawberry nice cream made in 5 minutes! A perfect treat with half the calories of ice cream.  I love “nice cream!” If you’re like my husband and have no idea what nice cream is, it’s like ice cream, but it’s made with frozen bananas. When I told my husband this, he said “that sounds a lot like a good food vs. bad food mentality.” I hadn’t thought about that. What makes “nice cream” nice? Is it because it’s made with more fruit than regular ice cream? That makes it healthier, right? … Read More

spinach and artichoke hummus with feta

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Spinach & Artichoke Hummus with Feta

I wasn’t planning on making and photographing a recipe today since I was busy working on other projects (stay tuned for some exciting stuff around here at Smart Nutrition!).  But lunch time came around and I suddenly had this idea for making a spinach and artichoke hummus. When inspiration strikes, you gotta follow suit!  Or maybe when you buy a Costco sized jar of artichokes for making this Spinach and Artichoke Quinoa Bake, you need to find other uses for it! Although, realistically I could eat that quinoa bake all day long. I didn’t really need to create another recipe. … Read More

the best chocolate chips cookies you will ever eat (and they’re gluten free)!

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Repurpose Halloween candy to make Chocolate Chip Cookies

Say hello to the. best. chocolate chip. cookies. EVER.  I’ve made my fair share of chocolate chip cookies. I know what I like and especially what I don’t like.  This is what I don’t like in a chocolate chip cookie: dry and crumbly crunchy all the way through soft and fluffy  hardly any chocolate chips This is what I do like in a chocolate chip cookie: chewy centre crispy edges simultaneous tastes of sweet and salty enough chocolate chips without being overly chocolate-y And this recipe has all those boxes check-marked! But the most incredibly part of this recipe is that it’s…. … Read More

vanilla chai latte smoothie (a vegan and gluten free recipe)

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It’s starting to warm up and really feel like Spring. That means it’s time to ditch the hot drinks and bring out the cold ones! Smoothies, that is. Or Vietnamese Iced Coffee (healthified slightly!). Or  Copycat Orange Julius (healthified a lot!). Consider this a good Spring transition drink. You’ve been enjoying your Winter Chai lattes and still have some concentrate left in the fridge. But you’re ready to move on and embrace the Spring. This smoothie is an edible way to bridge the seasons. This smoothie is silky smooth, earthy, spicy, and creamy. Not to mention… amazing, fantastic, and deee-licious! (in the words of … Read More

DIY smoothie booster

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When I make a smoothie I find myself hauling out the Tupperware containers that hold my health-boosting ingredients, and scooping out a little from this one and a little from that one. The other day it occurred to me that it would be much more efficient to combine them all together into one powerful health-booster! That way, when I want to make a smoothie, I only need to take out ONE container and ONE scoop. Admittedly this is pretty low on the genius scale of ideas, but it sure is a time saver! That’s the framework. Here’s what to actually buy at the store to get … Read More