Homemade salad dressings are so good—and one of my favorites is Ranch! I usually use low-fat dressings on my salads, so I thought I’d try making a low-fat Ranch dressing. You can use fresh or dried herbs in this recipe—whatever you prefer or have on hand!Continue reading
Chilled soups are perfect for summer! And if you like cucumbers, you’ll want to try this one! It also has Greek yogurt, green onions, fresh dill, and parsley in it. Lemon juice and salt give the flavor in this soup a little punch and I also added some garlic powder to the original recipe that I found in Country Living (you could also use minced fresh garlic instead of the garlic powder). The croutons on top are a nice touch, too! It’s a great summery soup to serve for a light lunch or dinner!Continue reading
For a summer breakfast or brunch, especially when it’s too hot to bake, here’s a quick, easy, and healthy recipe that looks really pretty, too! Yogurt with Strawberries and Pistachios could also double as a snack or dessert. It’s made with Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, honey, and pistachios—a really yummy combination! If you’re not a big strawberry fan, you could use other fruit like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, kiwifruit, mango…really, just about any fruit you like!Continue reading
Hello and hope you are all staying cool! This is one of the hottest summers we’ve had in awhile! I don’t like to bake or cook much when the weather is this hot–instead, I make a lot of salads, sandwiches, and simple side dishes that require little or no Continue reading
This is such an easy and healthy recipe for breakfast, a snack, or dessert! it’s from a new book called The SirtFood Diet. Before I received my review copy, I had never heart of “Sirtfoods.” In a nutshell, what I read in this book was that polyphenol nutrients from certain plants are good for us. And plants that have “noteworthy amounts” of sirtuin-activating polyphenols are called “Sirtfoods.” I know this sounds pretty technical, but the book gives a good explanation about all this. It also provides information about the top 20 Sirtfoods, along with other foods that are beneficial. I found that I actually like a lot of these foods, which include Arugula, Garlic, Green Tea, and even Cocoa!
This book explains that Sirtfoods, rich in special nutrients that help activate the same “skinny genes” in our bodies that fasting triggers, can help in effective weight loss–and so the Sirtfood Diet was created by nutritionists Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten. I haven’t tried the diet, so I can’t endorse it, but I’m sharing what the book says about it. The diet includes a plan for losing 7 pounds in seven days, along with keeping the weight off. There’s a recipe section that includes a good variety of healthy dishes–some even include chicken and beef. The authors also recommend having a good juicer to get the most benefits from this diet.
After looking through the recipe section, I decided to try this yogurt recipe because I loved all the ingredients and it was so simple to make. Simple as it is though, I actually made this recipe the wrong way! I put the berries over the yogurt instead of the yogurt over the berries! it does work better to put the yogurt over the berries as the recipe says, so be sure to layer the ingredients right! Even though I made this wrong, it does look pretty, doesn’t it? 🙂
YOGURT WITH MIXED BERRIES, CHOPPED WALNUTS, AND DARK CHOCOLATE from the SirtFood Diet
Makes 1 serving
- 1 1/3 cups mixed berries (I used some organic fresh strawberries and frozen blueberries)
- 2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (or vegan alternative, such as soy or coconut yogurt)
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons dark chocolate (85 percent cocoa solids), grated
Add the mixed berries to a bowl and top with the yogurt. Sprinkle with the walnuts and chocolate.
That’s all there is to it! I’m so glad dark chocolate is good for you, even if it’s the 85% cocoa solid kind; I actually like the really, really dark chocolate better than the sweeter varieties.
Are you a healthy eater and have you heart of Sirtfoods?