Mason Jar Berry Trifle

Is it just me, or are mason jars STILL all the rave?? I really thought this was a passing trend, but it looks like they are here to stay. I have to say, I am here for it! They are super cute and make food very portable. Of course, the original purpose of mason jars was to have an airtight container to preserve foods, but now they are used in so many instances.

Many will be heading outdoors for 4th of July festivities and whether it is to the park, beach, or to a neighbor’s backyard barbecue, making dessert in these cute little containers come in handy.

As for the trifle, I added my own flare and made it a but more healthy. These aren’t made with traditional lady fingers and custard, but instead angel’s food cake and yogurt, and then no added sugar. It’s yummy and it’s the kind of treat that won’t have children bouncing off walls, or adults feeling the guilt from over indulging. I highly recommend you try this– it’s really perfect for any time this summer, not just the holiday.

Berry Amazing Smoothie

Berries are pretty amazing fruit! They help improve memory, they help slow down the cognitive decline that is usually associated with aging, they are low in sugar, and they taste delicious! There are so many more benefits, so I would encourage you to do your research and learn more!

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Ingredients:
1/4 cup frozen mango
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

Tart Berry Froyo

This is the perfect summer time treat to beat the heat wave, but without expanding your waist line! I used berries, but there possibilities of fruits you can use are plentiful.

Eat like you love to live! ❤

3 Easy Gym Tips

Staying fit and keeping active for many is no easy feat. With work, children, travel, and catching up with friends and loved ones– it is sometimes hard to lock down a set schedule to head to the gym or get outdoors and be active. An active lifestyle helps relieve stress and maintain weight, but it works best in conjunction with a nutritious diet and plenty of rest. When I think of all the reasons I have skipped physical fitness, it mostly comes back to being tired or being too hungry. To remedy this, I have learned to snack. Snacking between meals should not be out of boredom, but out of purpose. It should hold a person over till their next meal, and it can also fuel a person before a tough workout. In these summer months, I will periodically blog about easy snack ideas so that we can all stay on track with our fitness goals. Here are a few things that consistently keep me feeling energized and light and ready to tackle a tough workout:

3 Easy Gym Tips
1.Smoothies and shakes:Add protein powder, fruit and any green and you instantly have a high protein, low calorie drink that helps you stay on track with your daily fruit and vegetable intake. Click here for a great shake recipe.

2. Nuts: You need only a small handful to provide you with fuel from protein and fat. These are very easy to store in the office or in your gym bag for emergencies.Does anyone else get cranky when they are hungry??

3. Water: spend a little money on a good refillable water container. It’s worth it. If you are feeling thirsty, you are probably already a little dehydrated!
4. Greek yogurt: Low calorie, high protein, and delicious.
5. Berries: These are full of antioxidants and they are brain food. If you are sharp and alert, you will have the mental power to PUSH during your workout!

Here is a link to my video pertaining to fitness and food tips: