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Berry-Cherry Soft Serve

June 27, 2011

Write this down.

Are you ready for it?

If you don’t currently own a food processor, put it down at the top of your list of kitchen items you absolutely need. I promise, it will be the best investment you make for your kitchen, and maybe your health, too.

You see, I love ice cream. And if I didn’t have a food processor that enabled me to make healthy, fruit-based soft-serve at home, I would probably eat a lot more of the regular stuff. I’m an absolute sucker for soft, creamy, frozen desserts, and although I’m pretty good at making thick smoothies in the morning, using a food processor and barely any additional liquid makes for a homemade soft serve ice cream that’s eerily similar to the real deal.

Berry-Cherry Soft Serve

*1/2 cup frozen raspberries
*1/2 cup frozen dark sweet cherries
*2 to 3 tablespoons almond milk or other type of milk
*1 tablespoon reduced-sugar chocolate milk powder
*2 tablespoons Greek yogurt (optional)

*Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add extra milk, if needed.

Happy cooking!


Green Detox Smoothie

December 26, 2009

Thanksgiving and Christmas have passed, and my guess is that many of you are in need of a break. A break from butter and sugar and almost anything sweet that comes out of an oven, only to be covered in icing and powdered sugar or topped with whipped cream (and maybe even a break from family). So while I have a delicious oatmeal-coconut cookie recipe to share and a fruit pie that is to die for, I’m moving on to lighter, healthier fare – the kind that makes you feel good about what you just put into your body.

I love to eat, and because of that you will never see me posting anything about the Master Cleanse diet – a celebrity diet consisting of drinking nothing more than water mixed with lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup. If that’s a detox, I want nothing to do with it! But after the holiday season has come and gone, I find myself needed to lighten it up a bit.

It doesn’t get any healthier, or easier, than this smoothie. Packed inside this little glass is a serving of veggies (yes, veggies), fruit, and dairy. And when paired with a salad for lunch, it packs even more punch. As usual, feel free to play around with the fruit in this smoothie. The spinach is a great choice for the veggie because it has a very mild, and slightly sweet flavor that doesn’t overpower the sweetness in the yogurt and fruit. Trust me, you won’t even know the spinach is there.


1 (6-8 oz.) yogurt (preferably one with 100 calories or less)
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup fresh or frozen spinach
1/2 banana
2 handfuls ice
1 Tbsp. lemon or lime juice


*Mix all the above ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Top with grated lemon peel, if desired.

Breakfast Dilemmas

August 28, 2009

Breakfast. In my opinion, one of the most glorious times of the day. I’m a morning person by nature, made even more so by a few cups of strong coffee. My favorite mornings are those when I am able to sit and have a long breakfast, usually stretching over a couple hours, while watching the Today Show and reading the paper.

But beyond coffee, breakfast can also present some challenges, because what is consumed in the morning usually sets the tone for eating patterns the rest of the day. Can anyone relate? I know if I start the day off with something overly sweet, my willpower the rest of the day is at a serious disadvantage. Battling my sweet tooth once it gets going is a losing game.

Some may suggest a fiber-filled bowl of oatmeal, but I find that starting my day off with a heaping bowl of carbohydrates, even if they are the good kind, just isn’t a good fit either. What’s a busy, health-concious, food-loving girl to do? Don’t write me off as crazy when I tell you that my solution is a Berry Tofu Smoothie.

I beg you….give this recipe a try. Packed with protein, calcium, and a serving of fruit, my Berry Tofu Smoothie manages to curb my craving for sweet without loading me down and keeps me full for hours. Try it…. and let me know what you think!

Berry Tofu Smoothie:

1 cup frozen mixed berries of your choice
1/2 cup Silken Tofu (firm or soft, it does not matter)
1/2 – 3/4cup skim milk
1 light yogurt such as Dannon Light and Fit or YoLight (any flavor you like)
2 tsp. Splenda (optional, but I like my smoothie a bit sweeter)

In a blender, process until smooth. The mixture will be thick, which I love. If you want a more drinkable smoothie, just add a bit more milk.