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homemade, creamy vanilla-strawberry-banana popsicles + kopy kat kale salad revamped!

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so he loved the homemade popsicles!!! i did too.

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made with all natural ingredients!

creamy vanilla-strawberry-banana popsicles

the stuff:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • *2 packets granulated stevia OR 5-7 drops of liquid vanilla creme stevia
  • 5 strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 heaping tbsp of plain greek yogurt (optional)

do this:

*you can use 1/4 cup of your fave sweetener  (honey, agave nectar, etc.) but i used stevia simply because i must monitor and regulate Chiso’s sugar intake as he asks for fruit all day long.  never veggies 😦 so i wanted the sugar to come from the fruit only.  this also keeps the nutritional stats of the pops low as well.  use what you and your family like best though!* throw everything into your blender and pulse it to your desired consistency.

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i left my ‘batter’ chunky cause i liked the bits of real fruit that appear as you eat the pop.  but you can liquify it completely – it’s always your call!  the greek yogurt gives it more creaminess and a shot of protein of course. however, they won’t be considered dairy-free anymore if ya add it, fyi!

for 1 pop:

vanillastrawberrybananapopsicles

my recipe made 4.  you can also try freezing them in ice-cube trays if you don’t have the popsicle mold. no biggie.

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frozen, guilt-free treat!
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the flavor combos that can be made with these things are endless. so expect more where that came from!

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Chiso enjoyed half a stack of spanana pancakes this morning,

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and he finished off the other half for lunch.

i’ve been able to add a few more recipes to the ebook as of late and i’m happy with its progress!  thank you guys for being so patient.  i stopped by Sprouts today to get some red potatoes for a new recipe i’m creating, but i forgot that their sale goes from Wednesday to Wednesday and, well, ….
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  let me explain!!!! i have never, ever, in my life seen fresh asparagus for under 1 buck per lb, ANYWHERE. i didn’t think it was possible.  so i got a few bunches. i had to.  Chiso loves the cuties, i ran outta alfalfa sprouts for my sammiches, Indiana Popcorn is just too hard to resist (it was on sale 2 for 5) and i grabbed THE last package of La Tortilla Factory 80 calorie light flour tortillas!!!!!! i mean it was literally perfect timing! they have been sold the heck out since my Sprouts opened, so i didn’t expect any there. can i get a WHOOP, WHOOP.  oh i really did get the potatoes too.

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now, here’s our post-workout dinner tonight!  pan seared onion & herb tilapia, the other half of my roasted acorn squash from last night topped with cinnamon this time, and a cleaner, better, revamped version of my copy cat Central Market kale salad!

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 FFL’s  Kopy Kat Kale Salad

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tbsp Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 1/4 cup Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 packet granulated stevia
  • 2 tbsp crystallized ginger, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup roasted, unsalted pepitas
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1 big fresh bunch of raw kale
  • 1 tsp sesame oil (optional)

do this:  wash, dry, and chop kale into bite sized pieces.  add all liquids to your mixing bowl as well as the stevia; stir until dissolved. toss steamed kale into your bowl and incorporate.  add the chopped ginger, almonds, pepitas, and cranberries and toss/mix well once more.  eat those greens UP!  they will taste even better tomorrow after the flavors do their thing in the fridge.

the big difference?  steaming the kale in my wok for about 2-3 minutes first made a significant one.  it gives the salad so much more flavor vs raw kale.

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hope you had a fab hump day.  enjoy those recipes!

le

3 replies »

  1. Thank God for your blog!! Not only do I get great tips but it makes me feel like I’m still apart of your life. Going from seeing you everyday for almost 4 years, to not very often is hard. But your blog helps!!! -Love you Monica & Fluffy

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